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SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 01:36 AM
I decided to make this thread in response to all the "Man this game sucks!!" comments toward many games, so heres a checklist of "things to do" that you should keep in mind before actually spending money on a game

This Checklist will not help to find you games for achievement , but games you will like. NEVER buy games just for achievements, its a waste of money, rent them at a local store or from gamefly


Look up gameplay videos on IGN, Gamespot and any resource to help give you an idea of what you do in the game. DO NOT rely to much on screencaps, and Cinematics dont count as gameplay



Look up demos on the Xbox Live Marketplace so you can actually play a bit of it before purchasing



When looking up reviews online , consider whether or not the Pros outweight the Cons pointed out




If its an older game thats bit out for quite a while then many people will have played this game already, so look up how much replay value it has to determine if you can beat it fast enough to just rent the game



Ask around to people who have already played the game and whom have experience with that genre




Look up prices at different retailers online to save money, dont just assume stores that specialist in games will have cheaper prices. Also look at the "Good Deals" Thread for any sales



If the game is new and coming out soon and your worried about it being a waste of money, try renting it from a local store first to see if it really as good as reviews say or wait and see the review of gamers who get it upon release.


Thats about all i can think of, If anyone else has anything to add please feel free to post, I hope this helps

Fallen x360a
08-18-2009, 01:50 AM
Personally, I don't go by reviews from IGN or any other place. To me it doesn't make any sense for a lot of games. Any time something get's reviewed badly, and I get that game, I end up loving it, so I don't go by reviews at all. For instance the rating RE5 got from G4, it was only 3 stars, yet I absolutly love the game.

SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 01:55 AM
Personally, I don't go by reviews from IGN or any other place. To me it doesn't make any sense for a lot of games. Any time something get's reviewed badly, and I get that game, I end up loving it, so I don't go by reviews at all. For instance the rating RE5 got from G4, it was only 3 stars, yet I absolutly love the game.

Now that you mention it thats very true , IGN gave Blazblue a very low score at first and i for one cant get enough of the game , i edited it in the main post :]

Fallen x360a
08-18-2009, 01:57 AM
Now that you mention it thats very true , IGN gave Blazblue a very low score at first and i for one cant get enough of the game , i edited it in the main post :]
Yeah the only "review" I go by are from friends that I know, and have the same interest in games that I do.

VladimirK
08-18-2009, 02:19 AM
1. If the description looks good to me.
2. If I like the genre.
3. Screenshots.
4. Price. (I'll pay for the full price if the first 3 points on this list are good or if it's a Limited edition).
5. Achievements. (If it's a cheap game, on sale for example and doesn't look too bad).

I only read reviews after I've played it, that way I don't get any ideas about it stuck in my head that aren't my own.

SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 02:45 AM
1. If the description looks good to me.
2. If I like the genre.
3. Screenshots.
4. Price. (I'll pay for the full price if the first 3 points on this list are good or if it's a Limited edition).
5. Achievements. (If it's a cheap game, on sale for example and doesn't look too bad).

I only read reviews after I've played it, that way I don't get any ideas about it stuck in my head that aren't my own.

1,2,3) The description of X-Blades (http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/bigboxshots/2/945132_100078_back.jpg) (Click the name of the game to see its back cover) can be very alluring to me, i like what it says , love hack and slash and the screens look great , however when you actually play you notice the levels are like arenas with limited space, unlike NG2 and the story is WAY to short with no real appeal

4) Limited edition versions of games only give you extras as a collector, only few LE games has extra game content

5) I would say rent , cause after you get all your achievements that game will most likely just be a waste of space to your collection, only exception is if you wanted that game and just waited for a price drop

Vendetta
08-18-2009, 02:45 AM
Metacritic is what I usually go by if I want to read a review. Gamespot & IGN have lost any and all credibility with me after the reviews of Madden 10 & BlazBlue respectively by each site.

SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 02:49 AM
Metacritic is what I usually go by if I want to read a review. Gamespot & IGN have lost any and all credibility with me after the reviews of Madden 10 & BlazBlue respectively by each site.

Wow Metacritic isnt that bad , im pondering if i should add it to the checklist now

vetteindreams
08-18-2009, 03:42 AM
really enjoyed reading someone else's process of game divining

i too hate reviews, lately it's 'the game-play is different and requires.... or.. it's passable, but may become repetitive or it's graphics are...'

to this end i have become a wait and see gamer - i wait for forums and a program on ABC AU - goodgame.

i struggle with Metacritic as i don't understand their weighting, which results in games having a massive variation in figures

i really miss kasavin - for me his reviews were accurate and real

i also listen to friends and see what they are playing...hoping that it's not all just FPS/TPS

RadiantViper
08-18-2009, 04:54 AM
I read reviews for the facts sprinkled in them, not the number at the end. Any major pros or cons they mention are more important. I don't think reviews are totally useless, but it's impossible for them to be %100 true for whoever is reading them.

Metacritic is nice but I know I have several games I love that only have around 65 there. I use it to quickly find lots of reviews for games.

For me, things I consider are:

- General Interest
- Do Pros outweight the cons
- Friends suggestions
- Price
- Achievement list

I'll buy a game I really want regardless of achievements, but I'd like to get the 1000 too :) I've also bought games mostly on popularity sometimes (The Orange Box, Braid) but I do look into them too. It's nice once in a while not to spoil it with research and just hope it's good.

SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 05:03 AM
I read reviews for the facts sprinkled in them, not the number at the end. Any major pros or cons they mention are more important. I don't think reviews are totally useless, but it's impossible for them to be %100 true for whoever is reading them.

Metacritic is nice but I know I have several games I love that only have around 65 there. I use it to quickly find lots of reviews for games.

For me, things I consider are:

- General Interest
- Do Pros outweight the cons
- Friends suggestions
- Price
- Achievement list

I'll buy a game I really want regardless of achievements, but I'd like to get the 1000 too :) I've also bought games mostly on popularity sometimes (The Orange Box, Braid) but I do look into them too. It's nice once in a while not to spoil it with research and just hope it's good.

Thanks for your input , i replaced the reviews part of it with your 2nd consideration, then in response to your considerations

Wouldnt a game catch your eye before a friend suggestion , unless its an older game ?

Then price really varies, Achievement List isnt the purpose of this checklist :P

Unterofficer
08-18-2009, 05:29 PM
Such disregard for reviews on here. Remember that not all gamereviewers are corrupted gamedesigner lackeys who give grades depending what the PR-staff want.
Anyway very good checkmarks, and I don't think there are more general marks that you could add to the list.

SetsunaFSeiei
08-18-2009, 05:33 PM
Such disregard for reviews on here. Remember that not all gamereviewers are corrupted gamedesigner lackeys who give grades depending what the PR-staff want.
Anyway very good checkmarks, and I don't think there are more general marks that you could add to the list.

Yeah ... which i why i changed the whole review thing with someones post here

The reason i hate reviews is because of the scores i see in Gameinformer ... of course games like GTA, Batman and such get the highest scores, but theyre giving other amazing games like FF: Dissida and Blazblue low scores ? but then thats not the case with ALL reviews so yeh .. Pros over cons it is x]

And Thanks for the feedback

Fallen x360a
08-18-2009, 05:51 PM
I say use reviews to get a general idea of what the game is. Don't say oh that game sucks cause it got a bad review. One of my friends buys games ONLY on the reviews that are good, which are mainly the big titles (Halo, Gears, COD), and misses out on a lot of the good games that don't see much light.

A Meat Pie
08-19-2009, 09:42 AM
Hey, this is a pretty good checklist. This should probably be stickied or something...

valentine83
08-19-2009, 10:35 AM
When you buy a game you need to be sure it worth's your investment ... but I believe that's why demo's were created

CutmanMike
08-19-2009, 10:47 AM
I never put Achievements into the calculation. Level editors and Online Play are big pluses for me when buying games.

Dragon's Heart
08-19-2009, 11:02 AM
I just go by, if it sounds good to me, I buy it...If it turns out to be a shitty game, oh well, shit happens...Of all the games that I have ever bought I think the only ones that I have ever been truly disappointed in was Avatar and GTA IV...Other than that everything else we own I like okay, or if I don't like them my fiance does, so they don't go to waste anyways...

I don't tend to listen to what other people say about stuff that I plan on buying, especially when it comes to games/movies...A lot of times people say something sucks, I like it...But there have also been times people say 'oh this is the best movie/game ever! u should get it.' and I find it to be a total bomb...Good example the movie 'the happening'...Omg I bought it and found that it wasn't even worth renting...

Sha
08-19-2009, 11:20 AM
Good example the movie 'the happening'...Omg I bought it and found that it wasn't even worth renting... Not really a good example... everyone completely thrashed that movie to begin with :)

SetsunaFSeiei
08-19-2009, 09:48 PM
Hey, this is a pretty good checklist. This should probably be stickied or something...

Only if a mod recognizes it as a good thread, however i feel as if it still needs work for some reason

Dragon's Heart
08-19-2009, 09:50 PM
Not really a good example... everyone completely thrashed that movie to begin with :)

Not that I have ever heard...Everybody around here kept saying that was the best movie ever and that it was one of those 'u have to buy it!' kind of movies...Gay as hell...