As you have probably noticed we have made some changes to the site today. For the last 6 months we have been working on building the new N4G site, as well as a few other surprises which will be revealed in the near future. This is the first of many site updates to come, and here is some info about the new site features that went live today.
New Design and Layout
We have tried to improved the site navigation and design without changing the site too much. We felt the basic concept of the old design worked well, so we have done our best to improve on what we already had instead of making a completely new design. We are not 100% done with the design so further improvements will be made in the near future.
Improved Site Performance
We have spent a lot of time optimizing the site script and database. The site should now load much faster resulting in a better user experience. Some of these changes have already been in effect for a few weeks.
We have improved the profile pages for the games to make it easier to find the info you are looking for.
We have added a Meta review section (MR) , which collects data from all the reviews submitted to N4G. This will be a handy tool when looking for game reviews. We will soon add the option to bypass the news system so older reviews can be added.
The much requested User Review (UR) option is finally ready. Last week we invited some of our forum members to test it out, so click here to check how the user reviews look. All reviews must be approved before they go live on the site.
My N4G Favorites
This is a small but very handy feature. You can now keep a record of your favorite N4G news stories. Click the Save link at the bottom of a news story to add it to your Favorites Channel. The Favorite Channel can be found in the More tab on site section menu bar.
The comment section is now divided into two zones. The Open Zone is the old comment section. This section is only lightly moderated and here you can argue freely as much you want about which console is better. Let's face it, the console war is not going to end anytime soon, and a lot of people enjoy the heated debate.
The Gamer Zone is a new and moderated comments section run by our forum mod team. To begin with all members will have access to the Gamer Zone. Members who are unable to behave in a mature and respectful manner will be temporarily or permanently restricted from posting in the Gamer Zone. Using words such as Xbot or Sony Droid is not welcome here so leave your fanboyism at the door please :)
Now the neat part is that you can decide yourself which section you want to show up as your default. If you want to you can even have the comment numbers on the front page only reflect your default comment zone. Click on the Comment Settings link to adjust your settings.
These are the main new features included in this update, but we have lots of more stuff coming soon. Upcoming site features includes the ability to filter out tech news and rumors from the front page, improved social tools to interact with other N4G members, and much more. We are also soon launching the N4G Network which will include many new and original game sites developed by the N4G team.
We welcome your thoughts and feedback.
Note: There are most likely a few bugs so please report all problems in our forum or through our feedback form.