Submitted by Tuxmask55 1913d ago | article

Kevin Durawa: Game reviews still matter

Video game reviews still matter. And they apparently help sell games as well. This week a study was released from the Electronic Entertainment Design and Research group and Southern Methodist University Guildhall proving this point. (Aliens vs. Predator, Alpha Protocol, Culture, iPhone, PC, Plants vs Zombies, PS3, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Xbox 360)

dizzleK  +   1913d ago
the guy who keeps sending me the "crackdown 71 meta haha" messages can stop because i don't give a sh*t, i bought the game and LOVE it. reviews obviously don't matter to me, oddly the only games i've ever returned were the "AAA" ones that got over inflated scores.
schlanz  +   1913d ago
Reviews never didn't matter.
I don't typically trust a single review for any game. But when a game has 50 reviews and the average is a 7, thats plenty of information for me. I'm not saying those 7 games can't be a good time, but there are far too many 8.5+ games these days for me to have any interest in something that 9/10 people felt was mediocre.

I don't think there is anything at all wrong with trusting the wisdom of crowds when it comes to entertainment. Reviews simply cut the wheat from the chaff. It sucks for the developers of these games that get average reviews, but hell, you made an average game. There are no excuses and no reason why anyone should feel bad for not buying anything but the best.
sloth3395  +   1913d ago
someone needs to look at the stories from last week when it talked about this and they even talked about it on G4tv i have seen this story 3 or 4 times on this site now
SactoGamer  +   1913d ago
I guess when it's three or four times by three or four different outlets, it's different. How many 'top 10' lists do you see on this site, after all?
hatchimatchi  +   1913d ago
Yea, they talked about this on the gamescoop podcast.

Reviews shouldn't matter to people who game on a regular basis. I've played so many games that when a game is extremely mediocre I can still find it to be worth playing if the story is somewhat interesting. I.e. Lair, Alone in the Dark, Clive Barker's Jericho, etc.

Plus, some reviews are just downright garbage and go to the extremes. Like Ryan Clements & his review of White Knight Chronicles or Eric Brudvig & his review of Deadly Premonition. I've had more fun playing Deadly Premonition than I have any other game all year.
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