Amazon's Game Room has an interesting post exploring all the different factors that go into making a game purchase, outside of game play that is.
Usually if it's a sequl to a really good title like GTA Series, or if I hear good things about it then most likely i will pick it up,oh yea money pay a factor in it to
For me, it's usually story and style. I don't care much for reviews, because A: it's just someone's opinion, and B: it's based off what the masses like, and I understand from the get-go that that will differ from what I like. For example, I don't like GTA, Gran Turismo, MGS, or FF. Pretty popular games though, right? Basically, if the game seems in any way "new" as far as mechanics go, it'll pique my interst. Music games are an automatic interest. I may like the art and mechanics of a game, such as Okami and SotC. Or more story driven games like Indigo Prophecy. Some, it's purely based on the premise, like Viewtiful Joe and the horribly under-appreciated God Hand (I'll miss you Clover). I basically use previews and reviews not for the writer's opinion of whether the game is good or not, but rather, to learn what it's about. When I first saw Assassin's Creed, I saw the crowd physics and heard the word "parkour," and immediately knew I'd get the game, regardless of what anyone thought of it. It's usually that simple a process to me; soemthing just sticks out.
.. is simple. I buy games I will get the most bang for my buck out of. And for me "ONLINE" with friends rules over all. So let's say I have two games I really like and want to buy but can only get one (usually I will buy both, but just for example) I will go with the one my other friends have since I love XBL with friends I know rather than the open public which is riddled with idiots.
I normally look for screen/shots or game play footage. I also read EGM and Gameinformer for story and action controls schemes. Then with the new gen they normally got DLable demos. Then last but not least theres word of mouth or renting.
For me its very simple; all I need is to know what the game is about and see 2 to 3 different samples of the gameplay footage and I know if I will like the game or not. I never rent games, and although I have brought a few games over the years that I thought were not as good as what I originally thought, I still think I have a pretty good eye because I can honestly say I have only brought 1 game in the last 5 yrs that it turned out I regreted buying(didn't like it). I think most "gamers" who have been gaming for along time like myself can tell very quickly if we will like a particular game or not, however I do like reading reviews and I think they can be very helpful for some background info before you buy.
i don't know..it's like a gamer's intuition of what games are good/bad...some are stronger than others.
I have a very simple method. If I want it, I get it. Like movies I usually know if a game is good or a stinker. Haven't bought many bad games in my life. I get most of mine from EB as well so if they're no good they go back to where they came from. PS, I just paid for my PS3 and 4 games. 3 sleeps to go til pickup.
It's not so much the type of format anymore, as everybody now knows the formula for each type. One things for sure though and it's every individuals' preferences that matters most, and costs plays a big deal whether it's a killer game or what you tought was a killer turned into a crap game on every game console.
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