Reviews and review scores can be a contentious issue. Just how important are they for most people, and how do they affect the sales of games at the cash register? Palgn compare critical opinion with those of non-critics.
Remember when ign already decided the score for the 360 version of skate without even reviewing it...
Smae with all the others no doubt
When an awesome game like Lair gets 4 (Yes, I just bought it after I spent 3 days renting it, the reviews were dead wrong, I actually loved the game), an incredibly epic game like Heavenly Sword gets a 7, and shallow-as-hell pointless games like Stranglehold get 8+, makes me think reviewing games and the game industry went to the dogs sometimes........
You're the minority. If most major gaming sites agree that Lair is a bad game, it's their word against the minority. I take reviews very seriously. I don't like the idea of wasting my time on a crappy title. I rather know beforehand if a game is garbage or not.
Lair and Heavenly Sword and they scored like sh!t, get over it already.
Heavenly Sword got good reviews all over the board with a 6 being the lowest, however the vast majority were 8 and 9's with even a 10 thrown in there.
bloodysinner how exactly do know that Dr.Pirate is in the minority in the minority, unless you take a survey that's inpossible to know.
Well all reviews for all games give some direction how good/bad the game is. but i dont and none should trust them 100%, there are games that maybe got bad review but still there are ppl who like it so much to give it a 9/10.
If possible ill always try to test the game before buying.
Tough some games are just must buy even before it has been reviewed or even if its reviewed that it sucks balls.
I can't remember the last time I bought a magazine or looked at a review site for a game I was interested in. (apart from the recent Lair issue that was rammed down our throats left and right) I usually use a mixture of message boards and gamer reviews to gauge how the game is. I've been playing games for about 20 years so I know what I like and what I'm looking for. I may have found reviews good when I was much younger but now? Not so much.
Also after a recent trip into Game in UK and seeing that Transformers was topping the charts for every single console I'd have to say not that many people do go on the reviews.
this i do believe to be true cause i've been reading online rates of games for about 10 years now every since my EGM sub ran out .
if a game gets like 6.0 or less i'll prob avoid it, but if i like the look of a game, ill buy it and trade it in if its pants.
Reading a review tells that you showed interest in the game, so you could at least try it before you agree with the rating.
Reviews need to have the ability to be "reviewed" or RATED themselves by the people who buy/play the game. How easy would that be! Imagine this scenario wth LAIR...
~reviewers give a crappy review...
~the gamers who bought the game who think that particular review was not in line with their opinion of the game after playing it...
~they are given the opportunity to give a 1 - 10 vote on how accurate the review is...
~that score is placed RIGHT NEXT TO THE REVIEWERS RATING...
~reviewer gives LAIR (or whatever game) a 4...
~"USER RESPONSE REVIEW" is calculated on the spot giving it a 7, 8, or 9...
~reviewer looks like the idiots they can be...
~the right rating is seen by people who want it by people who have played it more than 5 minutes...
~end user is happy.
This could work beautifully! Someone needs to grow the balls now to implement it into thier websites reviews area.
over time, this type of reviewer rating would paint a picture on just how valid a particular reviewers opinion really is compared to the masses.
I love it!!!!!
GameSpot Score 4.5
Critic Score 6.6
User Score 175 votes 7.2
copy-paste from GameSpot review of the Carnival Games for Wii...
I hope it makes your day :p
GameSpot Score 4.5
Critic Score 5.9
User Score 2,192 votes 5.4
The critics reviews determines if I rent first before i buy. So reviews do matter in the bigger scheme of things when purchasing a game for 60 bones. If you don't take reviews into consideration, you're just a fanboy.
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