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Do Reviews Sell Games?

Earlier this week Next-Gen.biz posted a story that detailed the Top 100 best-selling games of 2007. Many have been curious if review scores impact sales. IGN thought it would be a fun experiment to see if the proof was indeed in the pudding when it comes to the correlation between sales and review scores. IGN lists the top ten reviewed games of 2007 (all game review statistics supplied by GameStats) and the top ten titles in terms of sales.

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squallsoft3452d ago

In my opinion, i think reviews can Help game sales, but it ultimately ends up being marketing, word of mouth and brand recognition that truly pushes titles off the shelves and into gamers' hands.

-Squall

PS: Keep in mind, however, that being able to put up "10/10 -Game Informer" in your add can't hurt! :-p

-Again, Squall

LightningPS33452d ago

I think recognition and hype is what sells the most games on launch day.

If a game is really good and stays selling for a long time it's usually as word gets around from peoples friends and things like that.

Reviews do play a role but smaller. In some cases like Lair, if the game is a total bust then it could get the attention of some people.

Excalibur3452d ago

If I want to play something I'll buy it, If I don't I won't.

-EvoAnubis-3452d ago

If reviews sold games, then Enter the Matrix and 50 Cent: Bulletproof would have sold 5,000 copies. Combined. And games like Beyond Good and Evil and Okami would have been blockbusters.

No, reviews mean something only to the hardcore, and we don't make up even half of the market.

I didn't read the article yet, but based on the question alone, this is my answer: no.

The Wood3452d ago

and shadow of the colossus would of sold much more if you apply the writers model. Ultimately its a combination of reviews, hype, tastes recommendations and even sales. Why a game sells or not can never be down to one factor alone.

meepmoopmeep3452d ago (Edited 3452d ago )

you made a great comment. QTF man. bubble for you.
it's really a shame that so many games were left behind in the shadows, while mediocre games grab the spotlight because of hype, brand recognition or review scores.

hunter213452d ago

well for most of the gamers it is, cause of the game reviews.... gamers can tell if they going to buy it, rent it or not play it at all... but for me im not depending 100% on the reviews probably just 40% of it, i still believe in my own... what do call it ahh instincs??i guess.. anyways if i like the game ill buy it.

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