Game Reviews - A thing of the Past?

With the advent of all things internet - blogs, forums and other online social networks - have game reviews really become a thing of the past?

Sony's semi official 'ThreeSpeech' blog think so.

"Maybe it's because we don't need reviews as much? We can now download trailers, videos featuring gameplay footage, screenshots and other media that all help to give us a better glimpse of games that interest us. We also have access to much more opinion than ever before, through countless forums and blogs, and of course, we get views from our trusted friends in our online social networks (more on this in a second). The biggest change, though, is that we now have 'free' playable demos, so we can actually see for ourselves just how good or bad a game may be.

There's another reason why game reviews may have lost some of the regard and influence they once held - slant. Many people comment on how they feel certain journalists/publishers have a particular lean towards one platform over another. I often see concern and speculation on forums as to which game site is on the payroll of which company. Is there any truth in it? Who knows, but it has to be said that game sites rarely do themselves any favours when they cease being impartial - or worse, consistently denigrate a particular platform to the extent that it becomes obvious."

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specialguest4304d ago (Edited 4304d ago )

I think it's best to gather up as many review scores from different websites as possible and round it up and average it to get a fair estimation. In the past, you had video game magazines like EGM that had 4-5 reviewers, reviewing one game. They each gave the game their own personal reviews and score. Then they rounded up the scores to get the final overall score. Now it seems like only one person reviews the game.

icdedppl4304d ago (Edited 4304d ago )

i agree, i think a combined review (ie metacritic) will give you a very good gauge of what a game can really be rated, given a number scale. reviews are still important and so are opinions, just as they are for movies. games are a form of media and entertainment and no different than movies.

and sure, one site or magazine might be more biased because they are on a certain companies pay roll, that's why it's important to get views and reviews from many different sources. and if you're still confused about the game, go rent it first. you only spend $5 and you get a real taste of the full game and then you can buy it or not buy it.

fenderputty4304d ago (Edited 4304d ago )

like the article said, I also get my info from forums, firends, in game footage shots, media leakage, trailers etc etc.

Who's the most trusted reviewer? IGN?

What do you guys think? Do you think there is a tendensy for sites to lean one way or another simply because of platform?

With the exception of a few games, I plan on renting most games I want to buy. This generation's games are far too expensive to not try the game out first.

hfaze4303d ago

I would say a combination of GameSpot, IGN, and 1UP will give you a good idea of what calibur of game you are getting into...

As far as game reviews going away, I wouldn't want that... There's too many TERRIBLE games that come out for all the systems to go into a $40-60 game purchase blind.

lil bush4304d ago

i like when mags have a group of people giving a review cause its everybodies opinion and reviews are a good tool to buy your games and especally when your putting 60$ a game

lil bush4304d ago (Edited 4304d ago )

definetly i think that people put certain scores just cause what console its the game on and thats not cool and as long a game is good it should get the score it deserves and what happens when its a bad game then that becomes totally unfair

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