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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?
Sound off in the comments below.
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Yes, because a number of times games reviewed negatively or rather "meh" by GI have actually often turned out to be interesting to me.
For instance, you guys claimed Silent Hill: Shattered Memories had bad controls and horrible graphics, and yet I found it to be one of the most fluid and polished and graphically impressive experiences on the Wii. In fact, I never found this "VHS quality" to the graphics that you claimed it had, and it's always made me wonder what Jeff M. was referring to.
Similarly a number of good scores have actually led me wrong. Red Faction Guerrilla was horrible in comparison to Armageddon, Uncharted had as much depth and complexity as a wading pool with a hand railing in case anyone dare think about going somewhere they weren't supposed to, and PoP: Forgotten Sands for the Wii earned a 4/10 in my user review.
So yes, I try my best to play a game first before I go by reviews. I'm not accusing you guys of necessarily having bad opinions, just that sometimes... they haven't added up. Not that it's just GI that I've found to sometimes not make sense when comparing the review to the experience -- there's a reason I read from here, Kotaku, Escapist, PC Gamer, and sometimes Destructoid.
Not trying to be inciteful or bitter, just being honest.
Reviews are just opinions with a rubric. I don't always agree with them regardless of high praise or intense disgust, so I always reserve judgement for my own experience.
I never take another persons word for anything until I actually experience it for myself.
It depends on a myriad of things. If the game appeals to me in any significant or personal way, I'll at least give it a good look. I also have my go-to reviewers that I trust more than others. So, yes, reviews matter to me, but I'll look past them for something that seems interesting to me.
50\50 with me. If I have been really wanting the game then i'll give it a try.
Review scores have more influence on my buying purchases than I would like to believe, but at 60 dollars a game its hard throw that kind of money down knowing there are major flaws going into it. I still plan on playing Aliens: Colonial Marines at some point, but I definitely won't buy it new like I was debating last weekend
I've always based my purchases on the reviews given by GameInformer and not once have I been disappointed. I even picked up Resident Evil 6 and thought that it was actually a good game.
If I tend to share the same taste as the publication, then it'll cause me to put off buying the game day one. It used to happen a lot back when EGM was still a paperback magazine. Dan Hsu and I had similar tastes.
And, really, it's all a matter of taste and opinion, and the only way you'll know for sure if something is good or not, for your particular taste, is to try it out. Demos are great for that.
Otherwise, like I mentioned, I'll look for who is doing the reviewing, see what games we've agreed on in the past, and give more weight to that person (Dan Ryckert and I, for example, don't feel the same way about certain games. :P).
The score doesn't mean that much to me. I look to specific journalists who aren't jaded or pretentious and who's style resonates with my taste in games. Luckily the fine folk here at GT typically fit the bill in that regard. There are a lot of journos out there who seem more interested in stirring up controversy with their scoring or promoting a crusade rather than getting to the core of what really matters: finding and playing good games.
Why should I listen to the review of a completely different person? I buy a game that interests me, not what people say is fun...
Hell Yes. I've never once relied on a review to persuade my game purchases.
Reviews are heavily opinion based, with a sprinkling of "if we review this too badly we might risk losing free review copies in future".
But the bottom line is this: if you enjoy a game, you enjoy it. Just because a bunch of reviewers (or even other random gamers) don't enjoy it, doesn't mean a damn thing.
Millions of people love Call of Duty. They play it daily, for 12 hours at a time. Personally I think it's boring. My opinion won't stop them loving it. So why do review scores stop people trying Aliens?
Aside from the fact they get paid to do it, reviewers are no different to you and me. They have their own likes and dislikes. Even if there are 15 of them that agree - it doesn't mean you will agree.
TL;DR I loved Aliens: Colonial Marines and honestly think the reviews have been blown way out of proportion. Much too harsh.
most of the time... but than again who gave soul calibur 5 a good review?... who called it the BEST soul calibur ever made?... who caused me to waste 30$ on the WORST soul calibur ever made?
I listen to the fan response more actually. Reviews are just a single opinion that can easily be from a biased source. I listen more to people I know and demos.
If I spent 60 bucks on a game and then find out its reviews are terrible, I'd probably return the game before opening it and then, maybe, rent or purchase the game later for a much cheaper price. It also depends on who's giving the review and what others may be saying. Now, if practically every publication is saying the game sucks, like with Aliens: Colonial Marines, the only likely way I'm gonna even bother with the game is if a friend has it and will let me borrow it so I don't have to pay anything. Another factor is just how low the reviews are. For instance, Resident Evil 6 certainly got reviews well below my expectations, so I didn't buy it when it released. However, the reviews weren't rock bottom so once it's cheaper, I'll probably give it a try.
Review scores aren't really what I look at. However reviews themselves can sometimes affect my purchase decisions. I likely would have picked up the new Aliens, but when almost every review I read universally says It's just a flat out bad game? I tend to listen. But the opposite also holds true, I would never have even considered buying X-Com had it not gotten so many glowing reviews.
Well, first, you have to clarify two things. What defines bad, and how many scores?
I'll play something in the 6 range, if I know it's something that I'll probably enjoy. I always tend to hunt down the low points in reviews, and see if that's stuff that would really bother me. For example, Kim's Ni No Kuni review. I don't agree with her score, but looking through her review, I found a lot of her low points are not things that I care about.
If a game receives a couple bad scores, but is generally rated higher, then I tend to ignore them. It works the other way around as well, if a game universally scores low, a couple high scores won't sway my decision.
I suppose I should note that with my huge backlog and influx of new games, I've been trying to be more picky. Maybe raise my cut-off point from a 6, to a 7. This isn't because I wouldn't enjoy those lower games, it's simply because I do not have enough time to play through every game that looks interesting. I don't feel like I'd be missing much if I cut out the bottom rung.
If I already pre-ordered a game or bought it, I'm gonna play it regardless. If I'm merely thinking about getting it, though, review scores will certainly make me think a LOT harder about it, especially if I am only half-heartedly interested in it. If I'm really really into a game, though, I'm gonna get it and try it out regardless, no matter what review scores say. Sometimes review scores ARE just wrong and I like to try out games for myself in general.
Well I certainly do not want to waste 50 dollars on a bad game!
I've never been a fan of relying on the opinions of others. I have enjoyed games my friends hate, and vice versa. It's all a matter of personal taste. Just because someone else isn't singing the praises of a particular game doesn't mean I wouldn't enjoy it.