Look up ‘review’ in the dictionary and it will be defined as an informed and impartial evaluation of a service or a product, or something very much along those lines. At its core, a review is a service aimed at the consumer to help them make an informed decision over whether or not to make a purchase. A positive review can therefore be a powerful weapon as it can directly or indirectly affect a company’s bottom line.
As the wise man said: “with great power comes great responsibility”, and with gaming being a multi-million dollar industry now, the field of games journalism has become a battleground. Is it a battle that us game journos are ready for, or even prepared to fight?