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PostSubject: Do game reviews really matter?   Sun Apr 03, 2011 6:31 pm

The bad-to-mediocre reviews that some of the recent Sonic games (between Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic and the Black Knight), got me wondering this. Since it's more of a general gaming topic, I decided to put it here.

Anyway, when I was a kid and started gaming, I didn't even know about game reviews. As far as I knew, if I was enjoying a game it's good, and if I didn't it was bad. It was just like any other form of entertainment. Lots of the games I like include classics such as Mario and Sonic, and even games like Home Alone, which I didn't know until the Internet that it was a "bad" game. Still I enjoyed them when I was a kid.

With the Internet, reviews seem to be the topic in gaming. Even though reviews are opinions, some gamers tend to treat it as fact. For example, if I said "Sonic is good", someone will point out the reviews and say it's not, like it's a fact. Or even uses a Metacritic score to prove it's "bad".

So do game reviews matter to you? Call me old fashion, but I play games and I decide for myself if it's good or not.

Also, considered this scenario. You played a game when you were a kid, and liked it a lot. When you're older you read a review about it, and the review is bad. Would this change your opinion on the game? Just something to think about.
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PostSubject: Re: Do game reviews really matter?   Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:47 pm

Yes, to an extent. Reviews matter to me because they tell me what to expect in a game's contents. That said, whether or not I or anyone else enjoys something is strictly opinion based. But a review will let me set a level of expectation.
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PostSubject: Re: Do game reviews really matter?   Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:13 pm


To me them matteer if I trrust the person who reviewed it.

Like i trust ONM, or my best friends.

But no pure COD gun-slionging manics
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PostSubject: Re: Do game reviews really matter?   Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:26 pm

LFshogun564 wrote:

To me them matteer if I trrust the person who reviewed it.

Like i trust ONM, or my best friends.

But no pure COD gun-slionging manics

Do you type with your eye's closed Shogun? xD

Yeah but I agree. Don't listen to chavs. ONM is usually right, but there was some games (can't remember any just now), that I thought Kicked A' , even though ONM only gave them 50%ish.
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PostSubject: Re: Do game reviews really matter?   Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:21 am

Thorn wrote:
Yes, to an extent. Reviews matter to me because they tell me what to expect in a game's contents. That said, whether or not I or anyone else enjoys something is strictly opinion based. But a review will let me set a level of expectation.
Now that I think about it, I was thinking more of the opinion aspect of a review. Yes they do say what's in a game's content.

Shogun, I also talk about games with my friends. If a friend recommends me a game, I'll look at some videos, maybe play a demo, or even rent it.
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