Hidden Mission writes: Over the past few years it's become very clear to me that many a journalist and gamer alike have zero clue on what the word review actually means.
Whenever I hear "oh, a review is just an opinion" as an excuse I cringe. A review is SUPPOSED to inform the reader, but when modern reviews are full of so much misinformation and fanboyism...
Saying "this review is just an opinion" should be seen as an insult. A review should be more than just someone's opinion. It should help guide the reader's purchase.
And of course, I'm setting aside the fact that a lot of reviews these days are just a thinly-veiled advertisement for whichever game dev is paying the bills for the website.
I don't trust reviews from these mainstream sites..High scores are just thrown out to games that suffer from all kind of flaws which the journalist often fail to mention.The major sites will do anything to keep that ad space money.I remember when Jeff got fired from Gamespot over his review for Kane&Lynch.
I agree NYC. I think the mainstream sites seem to be unwilling to mark down the bigger titles when they have flaws but will flail lesser titles for the same issues.
I totally agree, I think reviews should be an imparcial description of the quality of the game.
No one has to listen to what the reviewer says. But to others it is a guideline to the game. A reviewer tells you what he observes and what he does or doesn't like and it is up to the gamer if he or doesn't want to buy it.Like I always say 'tell the truth and let the gamer decide if they want the game' not make excuses for it or say it is good so you won't anger gamers. What is worse is when they have nothing to say about the bad things in mainstream popular games but make sure and pick on the smaller titles for the same thing the big titles do. Bethesda for instance gets away with all the glitches and problems with high scores and praise but just watch any smaller less popular title do that. They get ripped to shreds over it.
Reviews are so misleading. I would honestly never rely on someone else to tell me if i should or should not play a game based off of their experience with it. I like to read about what is in a game what the modes are and stuff but not anything that forces the writters opinon on me.
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