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Submitted by KingWilly105 842d ago | opinion piece

Reviewing the Review

SWM: Are reviews losing their relevance and becoming nothing more than ammo for fanboys to criticize each other? How can reviews be fixed? (Culture, EA, Gamespot, Industry, Kevin VanOrd, Resident Evil 6)

CustardTrout  +   843d ago
I think they have more honesty now, we don't see 9/10 on almost every single game.
A gamer can almost always review a game with more honesty than a high paid professional.
cleft5  +   842d ago
Reviews are a joke nowadays. Either the review is absurdly high or the review is far to low. My major problem with reviews and Reviewers is that they are just worthless opinions.

I know that sounds odd and harsh, but back in the day Reviewers use to review a game based off its major components like graphics, gameplay, controls, etc. When a review was done you could see why a game got a certain score and it made sense. Some places like Gametrailers still do this old practice.

Unfortunately, to many Reviewers have moved toward this practice of justifying their scores with a well written argument that explains why they gave the game a low or high score. Now that might sound like a good practice, but being able to write well isn't the same as reviewing a game well.

For instance, I am a decent writer and I can give you a well written review why Borderlands 2, Half Life 2, or Portal 2 is a terrible game. Everything I would say would be factual, but the reality is that I would be wrong. Now if I have to base my review off of 5 or 6 major elements, like gameplay, controls, graphics, etc. there would be a hell of a lot less wiggle room for me to write a review that makes no sense and is absurdly wrong.

Another major problem with reviews is that they are just huge spoilers. Personally, ever since the Gamespot debacle I no longer trust Reviewers. I make up my own mind by renting a game or watching someone play it. People just need to think for themselves, because nowadays reviews are just a joke.
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SolidGear3  +   842d ago
Very well said. You should be a reviewer.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   842d ago
Totally agree. Another thing that should be destroyed are numbers or grading on the whole. A game should be either a buy, rent, or discarded. I fail to see the difference between a 9 and a 9.1 in a comparison between titles.

Reviewers should also be able discern genres for readers if a major company isn't or doesn't want to label the game's MO accurately. This prevents games from having mixed reviews.

A game should be judged on it's playablility and how much it stands out in the genre it's placed in.
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