John of GAMElitist.com - "How do you decide what your next game of choice will be? Aside from the obvious word-of-mouth or the madness that is game advertising, most of us get our information from sites like this one."
I'd rather watch game play. Reviews seem to either just be a reviewer praising or trashing a game the whole time with a little paragraph actually describing the game. Video Reviews I guess is a good one though since they can show you game play and describe what they though of the over-all game.
Exactly, more often than not "reviews" tend to be nothing more than an inside look at the reviewers personal taste in gaming with more opinions then factual information. All I want is to know about the game, the features, modes, controls, etc, factual info and what the developers were trying to achieve with the game not what void in your gaming life you expected it to fill!
Agreed. As I do enjoy reading people's opinions about the game, nothing lets me truly see what I would be purchasing like actual game play footage. This is the one feature of PS+ I really think they won with. Download the game and play for an hour. I can read all day long but until I feel the game mechanics at work and see the art direction in play I just don't really know what I am getting.
play a demo is the best way.
Or just rent the game. Demo's are becoming extinct. Not that I agree with that of course. If I can't rent it. I just wait for it to hit the bargain bin + sale price to pick it up. I'm not super impulsive and have that mind set to were I HAVE TO PLAY IT NOW. Pfffffft.
I get the impression these days that developers don't realise how much of an important tool demos are. They just throw any old section out. It rarely represents the full game very well. When Valve released the demo for Half Life it was a tailor made experience which whilst it represented the game did not appear in the final product. It was almost like an individual game itself.
Depends. I have people that I trust their opinion, but at the same time they are closed minded so say they love FPS titles but shouldn't be reviewing RPG titles.... With that being said its a mix, I watch gameplay before i buy a game and if a demo is available ill usually buy the game, unless it truly sucks.
I have some trusted sites where I go to to read reviews. My process is usually: read review first, go watch some walkthrough on youtube, if I like both then I consider a purchase.
watching gameplay doesn't cover the most important details of a game, especially if the player is an @rse candle!
Haha @rse candle. You're right, some people shouldn't post gameplay videos. I remember watching one for Deus Ex HR where the guy had his mouse sensitivity up so high he spent most of the time looking at the floor and sky.
+1 for @rse candle!
I usually watch the gameplay, GiantBomb does it pretty well, they do the Quick Looks where they talk about the game as they play it and it's in it's own a mini-review.
I'll take a review, assuming it's well-written and as objective as possible.
If I were forced to choose, I'd choose the review. After all, ALL game trailers are made to look cool, but, at the end, they say nothing about the game. I dont know anyone who says "my game is bad", so I find pretty dumb to choose a game based on a video. But the best option is to rent it or take it from a friend. For a time, of course.
Both,as I do both. Read as many review as possible.
When I write reviews, I try to post clips of gameplay within them. The gameplay is the objective part of the review, as well as a description of what the game is about. A review is a recommendation to either pick up a game or leave it alone. It's impossible to be objective in a review - I don't understand what people are expecting when they actually read a review. If you want an objective look at a game, look at gameplay videos. If you're looking for an opinion (perhaps a trusted one) then read a review whose author you trust for their knowledge and experience. I think people are confusing objectivity with bias. Each review will have a bias - it's impossible not to. However glaring bias taints reviews, even entire sites, and is possible to avoid.
Watch the gameplay. It tends to tell me more about a game than a review. Besides, reviews are generally subjective.
I just read the Pros and Cons of a game so my choice is reading.
I look at gameplay, demo's, and Metacritic. I don't agree with the 10/10 reviews mostly ever. I just look at how many positive reviews a game has.
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