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How Important Are Video Game Reviews To You?

By aquizero on Nov 25 2012 08:22 PM
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When a new game is on the verge of being released, the Internet becomes flooded with video game reviews. These reviews come in a few different forms such as lengthy articles or videos. This is a common practice in the video game world; though not every game can make the cut. Let’s face it, there are too many games released for all to be properly reviewed and scored. The most common reviews stem from the high money-making franchises and publishers. Yes, most Nintendo games get reviewed, but let's stick with a well known-game; New Super Mario Bros U.

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When this game was first announced, Nintendo only provided the public with a scarce amount of information on what made this title “new.” Even video game companies who received early copies of the game were bound to an embargo, limiting the release of information until a specific point in time. So, it's no wonder that curious folks, such as myself, were eager to find online reviews.

My question to you is, "how do the scores from these video game reviews influence your purchasing decisions?" Of course, a great score may help spark interest for the said game. A mediocre or bad score, however, may work against the titles’ sales.

In my experience, the reviews I read for New Super Mario Bros. U aided my decision to seal the deal and make a future purchase. Specifically, how well the challenge mode was received, solidified my decision. Of course, there was enough negativity to sift through, which is unfortunate as it may detract others. It is sad when this happens because each of us enjoys gaming for different reasons. What may come across as a negative criticism may not be something the average player would have taken notice to otherwise.

Have you ever let video game reviews hinder your decision for making a video game purchase? Has a certain review had the opposite affect? Do you decide to buy a game solely based on the final score? Let’s talk about it!


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Benjamin is a true gaymer. For nearly a decade, his interest in Nintendo has grown exponentially! He's not extremely skilled at any particular genre of games, but mostly enjoys RPG, strategy, and fighting games. His true obsession within the Nintendo universe is Pokémon, followed closely by Zelda. Ever since he watched the first episode of Pokémon, he's been hooked. To this day, he plays the main-series Pokémon games and watches the anime religiously. He's as close as it comes to being a Pokémon Master. His true passion for Nintendo makes him excited to write new topics for you!

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Comments: 12

I like video game reviews that clearly list the pros and cons of a game at the end of the review. This way I can see for myself how much it relates to my personal tastes. For example, if I like escort missions (for the record I despise them with a fiery passion) and the review states that the escort missions are crappy, then I will stay away from the game, or at least push it down on my queue and give other games a higher chance to be played.

So many games out there and so little time, something needs to help filter and/or prioritize them for me.
I'm trying to search for more reviews of the same game, from various sites. Because I am aware that it's hard to write a review without being totally detached. I compare more scores and then I take a decision.
But obviously, reviews are necessary. They weigh very much in my final decision.
I will always let reviews help me decide, especially if I am on the fence on a certain game.  They don't make the decision for me, but they help.
If i have a feeling that the game may not be what i would enjoy (which is hard cus i love a wide variety of games) then i look for reviews on it to decide whether i should get it or not.. but i usually use my fellow gamers as guiney piggies.. get their point of view.. cus some reviewers r bias or super negative about the game..
Reviews are important to me. I especially like reviews from fellow gamers that I go to forums with. I do subscribe to the digital copy of GI and I really love that as well.

View PostTaliZorah, on 26 November 2012 - 05:16 PM, said:

Reviews are important to me. I especially like reviews from fellow gamers that I go to forums with. I do subscribe to the digital copy of GI and I really love that as well.

GI does tend to have the better reviews, and most of the time they are a little early.
I don't read written reviews for games, unless it's one that is submitted by one of our community members. I focus on news-related content for games, which pretty much tells me everything I need to know about a game, summing it up nicely. I also watch trailers, which helps tie together what I already know about the game, and what it might actually feel like.

Nine times out of ten, if there's a good deal of news coverage for a game, then it's going to good regardless. The game might not be everyone's choice of tea, but overall, it will be well-embraced.

In the case of New Super Mario Bros. U, or any other Super Mario game, I would blindly make the purchase without even knowing anything about it. For a Mario game, I don't care to know what anyone else thinks about it. That's Nintendo's bread and butter and I'll support Mario regardless. After all, has there ever been a Mario game that was so bad, you didn't want to purchase it?

View PostKevin, on 27 November 2012 - 01:13 AM, said:

After all, has there ever been a Mario game that was so bad, you didn't want to purchase it?

Nope, I love Mario!
If you are going to focus on video game reviews in order to make your finial purchasing decision then you should do the research. You have to understand that there are bias people out there. Some people just hate on Nintendo. So, no matter how good a game may be, it all depends on the reviewer. I would say getting more background on the reviewer before you take any criticism by heart. The same could go for fan boys, who would think anything Nintendo makes is pure gold. If you want an honest opinion you should strive for a review from someone just giving you the facts and not clouding it with personal bias opinions.

quijas31, on 26 November 2012 - 09:42 AM, said:

I will always let reviews help me decide, especially if I am on the fence on a certain game.  They don't make the decision for me, but they help.

Same.

View PostDarthArk, on 27 November 2012 - 12:44 AM, said:

GI does tend to have the better reviews, and most of the time they are a little early.

The digital copy you get like a month a head of time which is great. In the past I always thought that GI was biased against Nintendo, but after their recent Mario cover I'm quite satisfied with how they do things. I especially love the video footage included in the digital copy. I'm just very impressed with how they have done things.
Another great article!

Video game reviews are helpful to an extent, but they rarely ever help me decide whether to buy the game or not.

I would take a friend's word who knows me well over a video game review any day. I also still like to take risks with getting a game too.

I go by my Nick Standards & that is based off of what I'm into. I will get a game if it is part of my favorite series, or genre. Of course I look at gameplay first or give it a try via demo. But most of the time, I just go right in for the kill & spend my money.

How are we to fully know if a game is going to be really good or not if we don't try it first hand? If it catches your interests & you've done enough research into it.. Go for it! Or if your friends have it, try it before you buy!

I don't care for a rated score of a game. What do ratings even mean?! Do you enjoy the game, or no? Yes or No? Simple?! Simple! I see game sites still put bad reviewed games in a top 25 list at times lol.

I remember the good old days when you'd get a game for the cover & for what was on the back of the case.. Remember those days? I do & I use to get a game based off that all the time when I was younger. It usually turned out good!

But reviews can help some people & there are others who could care less. It's based on your opinions & outlooks. These are mine. I go for what catches my eye. If I'm skeptical, I'll wait for a price drop. I've made some awesome purchases & I've made some not so great purchases... But that's what it's all about. We all are suppose to learn from our mistakes & gaming is no different from the choices that we make.