eGamer writes: "Are reviews just opinions?
Short answer? No. I strongly don’t believe so. I know many people will disagree with me, and for many good reasons. Like the fact that you often don’t need any qualifications to write for a gaming website, and if there are requirements they’re not very demanding. Or the fact that a review is just someone’s personal experience with a game. Or the fact that a game critic’s viewpoint is no more important than any gamer’s. And you know, these are all valid points. Even great ones. So why do I disagree?
Because whether you like it or not, game critics are either leaders or simply credible and trusted sources. They are valuable. That doesn’t mean they all are trustworthy or worth listening to, but people read and rely on reviews for a reason. There is financial success and critical success for a reason. Yes, game critics may still be far off from being great at their job or reaching the levels of experience you can expect from a movie critic, but the reality is many, many gamers use them as a guideline on what purchasing decisions to make. Reviews can make a massive difference. I’ll tell you why."