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Opinion: Can reviewers ever be truly neutral?

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Can reviewers truly be neutral when appraising a game? Now that is a question. Of course the answer should be "yes of course, they are professional and therefore can take a step back and allow nothing to cloud their judgement," but is this really the case?

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GalacticEmpire1263d ago (Edited 1263d ago )

If you were 100% neutral you'd likely be some kind of emotionless robot. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has an opinion and, whether they choose to aknowledge that fact or not, it will always effect their judgements.

Murad1263d ago

Not necessarily true. I believe a neutral reviewer is someone who just states facts, and nothing more. Like, COD has a multiplayer portion that is similar to the last few, excepts with a few added features, and a biased reviewer would be like, "O Call of Duty 49 is just like the last 48 in the series, however, now you get a chance to get a pre-order exclusive, which will become purchasable in the years to come; 'Hooray'".

GalacticEmpire1263d ago

How can you score a game without having an opinion? A review that doesn't tell you whether a game is good or bad, in the writers opinion, is not much of a review at all.

Murad1263d ago

YOu can give a review based on the features only, and nothing more.

darthv721263d ago

of game reviews were centered on the scope of the title as the meat of the review. The last part was generally left open as the personal view of the review.

So you can effectively give a neutral review of a game when it relates to the nature of the game and how it plays but then all personal opinion about its graphics and sound can be at the end.

It was also that comparatives were made on the same game for a different platform. When comparatives started with x game vs y game is when things really went south. I mean does it make sense to compare street fighter 2 to mortal kombat or is it more ideal to compare street fighter 2 to street fighter 2 on two different platforms?

Oh and Galactic...technically written reviews can be read with varying levels of emotion by the person who is reading it. Which can vary from the emotion level of the person who wrote it. We all perceive things in our own way when we do not actually hear the tone of the words as spoken by the individual who is responsible for the review in the first place. thus we can read it with virtual excitement tone or pure negativity tone and the review changes perceived emotion even though it is written one way.

jordypordy1263d ago

Some very interesting points to be fair. Good Article.

Godmars2901263d ago

Most certainly haven't been neutral in regards to DMC. They've either taken up the side of NT and Capcom, criticizing fans complaining about "white hair" or, nothing. Very few reviewers have said that it isn't up to par with the original series or at least shouldn't be given a chance.

Dno1263d ago (Edited 1263d ago )

No, but i dont want them to be. eeveryone has ifferent views on different things and our job as readers is to find a review we agree with. reviews should not be the end all be all but for some people it is.

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