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Windows 7: Do you trust game reviews / worst game installed but got good review

07 Jun 2012   #11
Richardc269

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
Personally, I don't take that much notice of reviews. They are just the opinion of the individual reviewer of a product at the time they reviewed it. As such, they are subjective. Of course, you might agree with their views, but there will be times where your own opinion is the complete opposite of the reviewer.
True. Though there are a few people who give really good/insightful reviews, and those are the ones I generally look for.


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07 Jun 2012   #12
Trucidation

 

"Official" reviews are still just 1 review each; I only read them because they tend to be written with actual grammar and spelling right. I "trust" them about as much as I trust any other review.

I read the really bad user reviews to find out the main weaknesses, bugs etc of the game.

I read the really good user reviews to find out the good points of the game.

Between these good and bad points, I have a sketchy mental picture of the game; so now I go read the sane user reviews, and see how everything matches up.

Then I look up gameplay videos to see the game in actual play.

Last of all I go into the forums and see what people are actually talking about. You can have a great game with overall good reviews, but only find out in the forums that the save game mechanism is bugged and craps out 50% of the time. Or somebody might recommend a similar game that you like better due to feature X instead of feature Y in this game.

So yeah, you need to read beyond just "official" reviews.

To answer the OP's question: no, I have never been disappointed by reading a good review, then buying a game I didn't enjoy. Have been gaming for 2 decades+ now.
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07 Jun 2012   #13
dwarfer66

 

I just recently got Max Payne 3, in the first 20 mins of game maybe had 5 1/2 mins of actual gameplay, I like storytelling but surely MORE gameplay than movie watching?, Had my bitch, still like game , just movie movie watching than anything.
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08 Jun 2012   #14
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trucidation View Post

Then I look up gameplay videos to see the game in actual play.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
I just recently got Max Payne 3, in the first 20 mins of game maybe had 5 1/2 mins of actual gameplay,
Therein lies the problem... sometimes.

If you go to watch the trailer or teaser (before the game is out and or you are thinking on preorder or either buying the game), there is no actual gameplay but mainly cut scenes.

Only after the game is out and a few people have pre-order it (thank god for them though ) is that you can see actual game play.
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08 Jun 2012   #15
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't put hardly any faith whatsoever in a game review. I often look at the review to just get an idea of how the game plays, or features that have been included or removed, but that is about it for me.

Games are so subjective. Lots of people that I work with are fans of World of Warcraft and StarCraft and absolutely love them. For me, I tried them and they are not my kind of game. This doesn't mean they are bad for their genre, but I don't care for the type of gameplay they provide. They just don't apppeal to me at all. I tend to like FPS games and racing games. Things that I can fire up, play for 10-15 minutes and then go onto something else.

So, yeah, I will buy a game which gets a bad review, and I will skip a game that gets a great review.
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08 Jun 2012   #16
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
I just recently got Max Payne 3, in the first 20 mins of game maybe had 5 1/2 mins of actual gameplay, I like storytelling but surely MORE gameplay than movie watching?, Had my bitch, still like game , just movie movie watching than anything.

Well Max Payne is Based on a Graphic novel so........ Expect the voice over and cut scene's to be frequent as in the previous Max Payne 1 & 2

Also nothing against you but that was already expected of this game
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09 Jun 2012   #17
Richardc269

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Another thing that I really go for is what they think is a downside or a "con" to the game. Such as if a person says "it has shitty controls" or if they can't change the keymapping like they did for Dungeon Siege 3 (which I sent back, the game's a P.O.S). It's little failures like that that keep me away from some games. Like Assassin's Creed 1. I didn't really care for the controls in the game, and I stopped playing it within the first hour or so.

Normally if I don't like a game within even the first 30 minutes sometimes, I just won't play it anymore, or I'll just give the game to someone else. Such as Dungeon Siege 3. I played it for maybe 30 minutes, and I didn't like it at all. It did NOT feel like Dungeon Siege 1 or 2 at all, so I quit playing it. Doom 3 was the same way for me. They just screwed it up big time.

Edit: I've been playing the crap out of GTA4 recently. I've been having a blast with it. It's just frickin' awesome. It's just one of those games I'll be playing a lot like I did with GTA3. (I didn't really like San Andreas mainly because the whole "living as a gangster" is total BS to me. I honestly thought it was boring as hell and most of the "skills" you learned were just totally effing pointless). Vice City was alright, but I more than likely won't play it again. I beat it once, and I don't really have any inclination to play it again.
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09 Jun 2012   #18
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'll read some reviews just to get an idea of what the games about.
But as others have said, games are pretty subjective.
Youtube vids have saved me a lot of money.
I can pretty well tell from watching a couple walkthrough vids if the game suits me.
I've watched 2 complete walkthroughs of games I never even wanted to buy.
Alan Wake, and Metro-something or other. Both linear, which i just don't care for.
Some others I buy after seeing just a couple short playthrough vids.
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10 Jun 2012   #19
Trucidation

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
If you go to watch the trailer or teaser (before the game is out and or you are thinking on preorder or either buying the game), there is no actual gameplay but mainly cut scenes.

Only after the game is out and a few people have pre-order it (thank god for them though ) is that you can see actual game play.
Given the industry's track record of launch day bugs and nearly universal failure for titles to live up to the hype, "preordering" is generally a very unwise gamble.
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10 Jun 2012   #20
dwarfer66

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Solarstarshines View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
I just recently got Max Payne 3, in the first 20 mins of game maybe had 5 1/2 mins of actual gameplay, I like storytelling but surely MORE gameplay than movie watching?, Had my bitch, still like game , just movie movie watching than anything.

Well Max Payne is Based on a Graphic novel so........ Expect the voice over and cut scene's to be frequent as in the previous Max Payne 1 & 2

Also nothing against you but that was already expected of this game



No probs, I liked Max Payne 2 better for action because at least after the movie scenes (most) you got to play more actual game, just that I noticed most of the cut scenes used in MP3 you got to actually play them instead in MP2 of just watching them.
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