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."