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This week's big release, Aliens: Colonial Marines, is doing terrible almost across the board when it comes to review scores. In response, I've seen plenty of gamers on Twitter mention that they've cancelled their pre-orders or that they're returning their copies before they even open them. What about you? Does any particular score or an assortment of scores affect your purchasing decisions?
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For me, I follow the following formula:
1) Check GI first as I trust you guys the most. A score above 8.5 is a done deal, I'll check the game out (assuming its my kind of game in the first place)
2) If GI scores 6 - 8 then I move on to IGN. They are typically less favorable to almost everything. If IGN hits at 7.5 or better, I will YouTube the game and/or hit up Metacritic.
3) Test chamber is the X factor. I have made several decisions based on Test chamber.
If it's universally hated that's a pretty telling sign. I have chosen to cancel my pre-order of ACM after the reviews and watching gameplay footage.
It depends, No matter what the review says, I buy it, and I try to find myself if the review is right.
It depends on my anticipation for the game. RE6 is a great example. I loved that game. Most people didn't
It does for the most part, but I'll still pick up a game if I want to stick with an IP I'm interested in.
If the series is usually said to be bad, then I won't get the game.
If a game gets a good score that I wasn't originally intending on getting, i'll usually check it out. But if i'm already planning on getting something, i'm not gonna cancel it based on just a bad score. As for the new Aliens game, I was still looking forward to it, though much less after your review. What changed my mind about it was actually your test chamber.. didn't look anything like i'd hoped.
I have found that the GI community's review closely matches my personal review of games so if its low I won't pick it up. Test Chamber goes a long way in my financial votes.
Review scores definitely affect my purchasing, but not control them.
If there's a game that wasn't on my radar but is getting all 9's to 10's, I'll seriously consider getting it. If I was interested in a game and it at least gets decent scores, for the right reason (I consider the reason the game lost points more so than how many points were lost) then I'll get it. Lastly, if I hear good things about a game from people online but it has bad reviews, I'll try to play or watch some of it before making my decision.
The only time when I really don't care about reviews (though I'll read them anyway) is when I feel I know more than the reviewer about that series. So when the new Starcraft expansion comes out, I'll have already sunk sooooo much time into the series and have played the beta so much that I know exactly what I'm getting. And if a new Zelda game for instance comes out and somehow has mediocre scores, I'll still 100% get it asap and try for myself because of my love for the series.
I read multiple reviews and pick out the things that I know will be a factor to me either pro or con. I don't pay attention to scores, but if I see a lot of very low ones, I will avoid the game. Some titles that wasn't big hits with scores have turned out to be some of my favorite games. However $60 is too much to spend on something that will frustrate me and is a waste of my time.
Due to my limited budget, I typically rely fairly heavily on reviews when buying new games. When you only get about 4 new games a year, you tend to be a little more cautious. My idea of quality is a little different than most however, as I look chiefly at how much play time I can get from a game. Skyrim was one of my few day one buys because I adored Oblivion and Fallout 3 due to the fact that I was still playing them over a year after I bought them. When buying older games however, I tend to be willing to take more of a risk because there's less money on the line. It's all about shopping smart as far as I'm concerned.
Depends on how low. Below a 7 is a no for me.
Sometimes, not usually though. Sometimes I purposefully get games with bad reviews just so I can see what people are complaining about.
That's a good question I actually review professional reviews and as well watch walkthrough's on YouTube to make my final decision and it worked pretty well so far tho : )