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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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Normally, I like to try for myself. I like plenty of games that get mid-level scores. Dead Space 3 is in the high 70s and I think it more than deserves as high of a score as the first two. In instances like Colonial Marines, however, I actually wished I'd waited for the reviews instead of playing a midnight launch of it. I'm actually going to see if Steam does refunds (someone told me that you get one or something).This game was more offensively bad than DNF.
I could honestly rant on ACM for hours. The critics were dead right with this game. Cancel your pre-orders and get ready for Crysis 3 or anything else. NATURAL SELECTION 2 is a great substitute for the PC for your alien vs. human needs.
It's not so much the score that affects whether or not I make a purchase. I generally read the reviews of reviewers I trust (several) cross reference what they did and didn't enjoy about the game and go from there.
Generally, if "bad A.I." or "poorly implemented mechanics" is anywhere in the review, that game does not get my dollar.
I don't have enough spare time to waste on games that get bad reviews. On the whole I play to completion only 6 or so games a year so I try to make them games that have been very well received. As a result I am very pleased with all the games I play.
However, that is not to say that I will not check out a game that is recommended to me. For example, the game Hunted: Demons Forge got pretty lackluster-to-bad reviews but one of my friends said it was a little clunky and flawed but he had a blast with it regardless. I played it and also had a great time.
Basically, a game needs to come recommended to me by somebody before I will consider spending my time playing it. Especially in these days where renting games is more difficult.
To a point. It isn't just the review score, but what is said in the review itself. The new aliens game is doing quite poorly review wise, but I still one hundred percent intend to pick up the wiiU version of the game. I think the wiiU version will be the definitive one.
@ $60.00 a game and the on going threat of the end of the used gaming market as we know it, your darn right I personally rely more on game reviews than ever before!
Games are too expensive to not do research before you buy. I never buy a game anymore until after ive read and watched multiple reviews. Ive made too many mistake purchases in the past.
Of course. It's not about the score; the review content is what really matters. There's no scientific way to rate a game (or movie or book or dance routine or whatever), so actually reading someone's thoughts and knowing where they're coming from is the only good advice. And that's all a review is: advice.
Yes, because of the fact that buying a video game that sucks is not like wasting money on an awful movie. You are out 60 dollars, and you won't get repaid that 60 dollars even if you trade in that game within a couple of days.
You guys gave Mario Party 9 like a 5.75 or something. I still loved every bit of it. What a reviewer might not find fun, you might. Don't listen to critics.
Being that I have friends that get games early since they are on youtube and what not they allow me to play the games. I played Aliens and I'm glad I didn't get the game yesterday. The game is just awful. Being that Aliens was something i was looking forward to, I was really disappointed, I'm not sure if he's going to continue the series on his channel, but so far he has 5 videos for it and it got more thumbs down then any other of his video games walkthroughs
I generally don't buy games unless I've played other games in the series, played them at a friend's house, or read about it in this magazine. If GI gives the game a bad score and backs it up with a compelling reason, I trust it. The only exception would be Fallout 4. If for some reason GI gave Fallout 4 a low score, I'd buy it anyway.
I will look at a score to give me a guideline
But I don't listen to it as gospel
GameInformer has given several games 9s that I have played and thought were average to garbage
GI has also given some games 6s even 5s that I think we're way to harsh and enjoied the game
Some even some of my top games
Game reviews help me to decide, if they're solid, on what game I will likely purchase next. What helps me more than that is watching actual game play footage with commentary.
reviews are helpful... well they can be. in this case CM was horrid the build i played at gearbox wasnt near as broken as the retail. you can clearly see that borderlands 2 took precedence over CM
Yes and No. If it's a game that I know little about but have some interest in, I'd say bad reviews would stop me from getting it. However, if it's a series I'm highly attached to, or a game that really sparks my interest, I'm willing to look past average scores. Can't imagine I'm unique in having this mindset.
It depends. I have my own standards on video games which I might disagree on with the proffesional reviewers. I always watch a gameplay video and maybe even trying out the demo before I decide on what games to buy. In fact, I'm very easy to satisfy when it comes to games as I've enjoyed several games that proffesionals consider abysmal (such as the dynasty warriors series) So I think it's all up to what the consumer is looking for in their products and reviews only inform them on what they are going to get. Yes, I bought Duke Nukem Forever despite all the bad reviews 2 years after its release. :P
Every game I've enjoyed has had great critical reception, so no, I don't look past reviews. I do, however, try to get a wide array of reception to judge by.
I like to play a game for myself or watch a friend play it to decide whether or not I buy it. Usually I use a review so I know if I should be expecting glitches or other things like that.