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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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If review scores are bad on multiple big name gaming sites then yes, I avoided the latest RE, but went with the latest Dead Space. Depends how much I like a franchise too. RE has been going downhill for years, but in Dead Space's case only the latest one was kinda ok. Let's just hope both franchises next games are MUCH better.
Always best to try yourself but if it has been panned across, then I would probably wait for it to go cheaper at some point if I was wanting to buy it new.
Will say though, even though this game has been panned, I still want to have a little play of it. Love Aliens to bits, and I wouldn't mind having a quick few goes on this.
Usually I will, but sometimes I have to play the game for myself.
I feel as though that people who give their official rating (i.e. their JOB) know what they're talking about
I almost always go by review scores. Very rarely do I stray from them.
I won't buy a game under 9.0. Ok, I've made a rare exception now and again, but usually I regret it.
If the next installment in a series I love received a lot of bad reviews I have a hard decision to make. If its a new game then I just don't get it.
Depends on what you define as 'bad', what series it may be, and how popular it is usually. Can't say I'm not prone to fanboyisms sometimes of course. ;-)
I generally avoid games with bad review scores, even if I was looking forward to it like A:CM. There are some exceptions though.
i got A:CM at midnight on release day, and after spending many hours with the game, i don't regret it for a second. sure, it's not perfect and not entirely what i expected. but at the same time, playing the campaign with my brother has been a blast, and multiplayer is a lot of fun to me. i was actually shocked when i saw the review score, but it hasnt stopped me from enjoying the game. same thing happened with resident evil 6. ive been playing those games for years, and 6 has actually become one of my favorites.
Depends on how bad. I figure anything sub 70 on metacritic is probably a pass baring some fluke, which I haven't come across much. Mario Tennis for 3DS has a 69 I believe and I enjoyed it. If it has above a 7 from any journalist I am willing to give it a try if the game is something that fundamentally appeals to me or if I really trust the reviewer and they give it a high score against the grain then I might try it.
I take them into consideration . However, I will not base a purchase on a published review. I have to make the final call for myself. If I like it and enjoy playing it then I will buy it. I do love to read reviews though and compare my pros and cons with that of the reviewers. I have been enjoying playing Aliens Colonial Marines thus far but I do see why some of the frustration and outrage concerning that game is overly prominent. So much time in development but still feels half baked as IGN indicated. I expected much more from it but don't agree that it is just utter garbage as some of the reviews indicate. Happy gaming!
I generally read WHY the game got a bad review and figure out if the problems the reviewer said in it would be enough to limit my enjoyment of the game to the point where I wouldn't buy it.
It depends on the game and my personal hype for it. I'm willing to ignore review scores to try a used game out, but if I'm buying something brand new, it better review well. At least relatively well. Reviews are kind of hard to read as far as the numbers go, since in school anything under a 60 is failing, but in reviews it might mean the reviewer didn't necessarily like it or it had a flaw that might be overlookable (dropped frame rate for instance). So I use reviews to shape whether or not I'd be willing to try something I don't know anything about, but not to dissuade me from things I'm already anticipating.
If it's a game I'm on the fence about, I usually will go by reviews. I like to look at multiple reviews though to make sure one source isn't bias towards an element of gameplay.
For the most part I don't let review scores influence my buying practices. Instead I let experience guide them. Hasn't been wrong yet!