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Topic   What do you look for in a game review?

six
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28-Sep(#1)
I've been thinking about doing reviews for awhile now either on YouTube or in written form. What do you expect in a review that makes it trust worthy? My idea is to review the game on a few thing and give them all different scales. The categories would be Game play which includes movement, controls ,frame rate and all that jazz, story telling, presentation and fun factor. I was also thinking of doing is it worth the price. I now most outlets get the game for free and don't consider price in these reviews.
whitefire
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* 28-Sep(#2)
I look for balance. If people just crapting on every popular game, they're clearly just after clickbait, but conversely, if people praises every other thing (especially from a particular series or company) just because, I probably won't listen to them either.

I also like it when people are relatable. When reviews get bogged down by details like frame rates, pixels, and other more technical stuff, I kind of fade out. I'm looking to know whether a game controls well and is fun, replayable, and worth buying. I am not a hardcore gamer or in the industry, so I don't really care about technical specs. It looks good is fine enough for me.



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KCPenguins
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* 28-Sep(#3)
Honestly I don't look for reviews for scores, I look for unbiased details on gameplay. It's tough to find good ones, so I typically read summaries of many both high and low. Online reviews are mostly crap. They're too worried that an indie game (low budget) might outscore a decent unless it's on the hype train. Frankly the large majority of reviewers not qualified enough to be taken seriously.
razeak
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
28-Sep(#4)
I look for an explanation as to why or why not something works mostly. Also, no politics unless it is something egregious (Polygon Bayonetta 2 for example)
KCPenguins
Gold Good Trader
28-Sep(#5)
razeak wrote:
> I look for an explanation as to why or why not something works mostly. Also, no politics
> unless it is something egregious (Polygon Bayonetta 2 for example)


Bayonetta 2 was highly MEH for me so I paid no attention to it, what was PG's beef?
tonymack21
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28-Sep(#6)
The score doesn't really matter to me..I look for what they liked and didn't like..because the dislikes may not bother me. Most niche rpgs I end up liking don't always review well because some people just don't like slow rpgs

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Admiral
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29-Sep(#7)
whitefire wrote:
> I look for balance. If people just crapting on every popular game, they're clearly
> just after clickbait, but conversely, if people praises every other thing (especially
> from a particular series or company) just because, I probably won't listen to them
> either.
>
> I also like it when people are relatable. When reviews get bogged down by details
> like frame rates, pixels, and other more technical stuff, I kind of fade out. I'm
> looking to know whether a game controls well and is fun, replayable, and worth buying.
> I am not a hardcore gamer or in the industry, so I don't really care about technical
> specs. It looks good is fine enough for me.
>
>

This is me to a T. I can't stand it when ANYONE tries to convince me something is good without admitting at least one fault. When I buy a car, I make the salesperson tell me something that could be improved (or something competitors have over their vehicle)...just to know they are a little more honest and not trying to B.S.

Also, the relatable thing....I was thinking about this last night while I stood with other gamers in line for the SNES classic. Some of the guys would go off on wild tangents/explanations as to why they enjoyed a certain game, and I kept thinking "I DON'T CARRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

Some people go overboard with details in games when they discuss them. Just give me the low-down...
egg
Double Gold Good Trader
* 29-Sep(#8)
six wrote:
> I've been thinking about doing reviews for awhile now either on YouTube or in written
> form. What do you expect in a review that makes it trust worthy? My idea is to review
> the game on a few thing and give them all different scales. The categories would
> be Game play which includes movement, controls ,frame rate and all that jazz, story
> telling, presentation and fun factor. I was also thinking of doing is it worth the
> price. I now most outlets get the game for free and don't consider price in these
> reviews.

1) You had to have played the game. 2) If it's a positive review, you had to have at least beaten the game. 3) You cannot look up help online, this is technically a form of bias. 4) Price? How about if a game is worth the time. (Also, your review will become dated when the price drops.) I can play any PSP game for free, but that doesn't stop most of them from being garbage. Likewise, it's physically impossible for a price tag to affect whether a game is unforgettable or not.

As was mentioned, balance and relatability are good also. Probably a good idea is to talk how an actual person describing a game would talk, as opposed to using reviewese or sounding like you're giving a keynote. Relatability also means being someone who actually played the f-u-d-g-ing game and someone who actually plays games in his spare time. (e.g. when watching SNESdrunk, I can pick up on the fact that he is someone who plays/collects SNES games in his spare time, not just the one being reviewed.)

Balance can be a double edged sword, it's technically a form of bias if you really think about, at least if taken to the extreme. Nothing says there must be an equal amount of good and bad games. Probably good way to be balanced is to point out good/bad things in any game. Bashing every single little detail in a game is kind of like giving every game a negative review, maybe even worse.
Sid_Ceaser
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29-Sep(#9)

I look for people that can actually write.

Not only talk about the game, but talk about the game well.


six
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Sep(#10)
Thanks for the feedback, I think I'll give a review a shot with cuphead !
sixteenvolt420
550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 29-Sep(#11)
I honestly don't pay attention to most reviews wording. I'll look at the score, and see what other people have said. Then i'll watch a video or 2, and decide if it looks like a game i'd like or not. I've had a few games in the past, that reviewed low, but i ended up enjoying.


*Edit Oh, i thought u were talking about sites that review games.
razeak
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
29-Sep(#12)
KCPenguins wrote:
> razeak wrote:
>> I look for an explanation as to why or why not something works mostly. Also, no
> politics
>> unless it is something egregious (Polygon Bayonetta 2 for example)
>
>
> Bayonetta 2 was highly MEH for me so I paid no attention to it, what was PG's beef?

Sexism.
lpeters82
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29-Sep(#13)
This might sound odd, but I look for a reviewer that I agree with most of the time and then use their suggestions to discover others games that I might enjoy. I think you're idea about "price point" is a great idea, but it could also make your reviews dated after awhile.
PizzaTheHutt
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* 29-Sep(#14)
If you're doing it on YouTube, the length of the review is also important, imo. ACG on YouTube has some really good reviews that go very in-depth about the game. He starts each review off with "it's my continuing mission to bring you reviews that aren't 2 minutes long", and I agree 2 minutes isn't enough to go into detail about a game, but his reviews often go for 10-15 minutes and I think that is sometimes too long and I'll turn off the video around the 6 or 7 minute mark.

What's a nice place like this doing around people like us?
benstylus
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* 30-Sep(#15)
Based on the assumption that a review is something to help you decide whether or not to buy a game, then for video or audio reviews, I've found that the perfect length is 172 seconds.

Example:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O-rfD-kABcI

Doesn't overstay its welcome or get bored down in minutia, but long enough to go over the important positives and negatives. Video is preferred because it can show gameplay in the background, but if you just have an audio review (on a podcast, for example), or you want to see more gameplay footage, you can always look up additional gameplay footage. I don't need someone to GameXplain the entire time. When I want to watch gameplay, I want to watch gameplay, not listen to some condescending guy drone on about every little thing.

Also, if the reviewer is British, your review is better. Not sure how it works, but it just does - Brits just know how to talk about games.

I don't even read written reviews much anymore. YouTube has all but eliminated the need for them.
Admiral
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Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
11-Oct(#16)
Agreed about Youtube. Nothing beats hearing someone talk about a game, WHILE you see the game in motion.
KCPenguins
Gold Good Trader
11-Oct(#17)
I look for Dashey!

Topic   What do you look for in a game review?