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"I Don't Need Critics to Tell Me What I Should Like"

We’ve all heard this statement many times before, but it’s spoken by those who don’t understand the proper role of a critic.

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PinkEye733d ago (Edited 733d ago )

Who says that they are? They're just telling you what THEY like. And if you have a particular publication that consistantly likes the games u like (my only fave is gamespot, i think IGN isn't critical enough when reviewing), and has the same criticisms about issues u don't like in some games, than u found a match worth considering. U still don't have to worship every opinion they have though.

Sorry but I won't just blindly buy a game anymore. With games being incomplete to sell dlc, microtransactions, pay to win model, etc I am not willing to pay $60 without some kind of insight as to what is in it and if the journey makes up for the initial cost.

But at the end of the day, I o rely on user reviews. I trust those who were excited enough to get it day one, only to give it a bad review after paying $60. Nobody does that for no reason. I trust the opinions of those who bought it, more so than someone who never had to pay for it (corporate reviewer)and might have been paid/bribed/supported via ads by the game publisher who gave them an unpaid version of said game to review.

DaleCooper733d ago

I rely on a mix of critic and user reviews when I buy games. I was told by another person on here to "try it for yourself, don't listen to critics". That'd be nice, if I didn't have to spend 60 dollars to "try" it. Unfortunately, I do have to rely on other people's opinions, but reading reviews from several trusted journalists has kept me from buying a bad game in at least ten years.

PinkEye733d ago

Yep. Watch Dogs got good reviews, but I waited. After 2 weeks the user reviews poured in and I new I was dealing with a slightly better-than-average game at best. Why pay $60 for that when I can buy like 3 $20 classics that I haven't played yet (Catherine, Dragon Age Origins, Demon's Souls, all of which are far more challenging games with a rewarding sense of accomplishment and are only $20 each). Sounds like a better use of my $60.

no_more_heroes733d ago

I use reviews to tell me what's in a game, not what I should think of what's in it. I already know what I like and what I'm willing to accept. I just need to know how that particular game "plays". So give me all the reviews and gameplay clips possible. I'll make up my own mind on what I see.

MEsoJD733d ago

Reviews are meant to help you determine whether you want to purchase the item in question or not.

Chrono733d ago

Can't you just, like, ignore them?

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