Quick: When was the last time you said to yourself, “Hey, I
want to read the latest on Grand Theft Auto on the PS3.” Or, “I can’t wait to find out what’s up with
Assassin’s Creed on the Xbox 360.”
Sure, like all of us, you want the latest and greatest info,
features, reviews, videos and guides on all the games that matter. That’s what
we’re here for, and that’s what we’ll continue to deliver.
Above: Everything you need, all on one page
But now, we’ll deliver it in a much easier and more
intuitive way. Today, we rolled out some big changes to how we craft and curate
content surrounding every game. We have, in short, unified.
What’s that mean? Easy. We’ve created unified game hubs for
every single game release. That means when you want to see everything there is
about, say, Mortal Kombat, you can now go to one convenient place. There, you
can find the review, the cheats, the guides, the features, the previews. There,
you can comment on any of the stories, or join an open conversation about the
game in general. There, you can find any news about the game, regardless of
platform – meaning you won’t inadvertently miss out on a patch that’s announced
for another platform but that’s surely coming to yours.
(For those of you who really, really only want the Xbox 360
news, don’t worry; you’ll still be able to visit the various console channels
and filter our content that way.)
Why’d we do this? Because this is how we all think about games now. It’s no
longer about console wars, or focusing on the minute differences between
console releases. Instead, it’s all about the games themselves, and finding out
what you need to know about the games you crave. This also helps us track games
as “platforms”; after all, games are no longer singular releases, packaged and
released, with no updates. Downloadable content, patches, updates and more –
those are all just as important as the game itself, and having a real hub
around every game allows us to deliver great content while helping you find it
faster. You can follow any game you like (or Like any game you follow), and
that way you can keep up with what matters to you most.
Above: Reviews are lookin' good
To celebrate this big change, we’ve also made some nice
upgrades to our review template as well. It’s cleaner, easier to navigate, with
the key info up front. Oh yeah – we’ve also moved to a 5-star scale. We feel
it’s the most intuitive way to score, well, anything.
While the debate often rages on about what a 5 out of 10 means (is it average,
or is it failing?), it’s much easier to see a 2.5-star game and intuitively
grasp that that means “mediocre.” In our experience, we’ve also found it’s
easier to use the full scale, allowing us to reward the greatest games with the
coveted 5-star award while punishing the worst games with the woeful rating of
a single star.
So poke around on the site. Check out our new unified game
hubs. Peek at our new reviews. And give us your feedback. Leave comments below,
or reach out to me directly with a private message. We hope you love the
changes as much as we do – but this is your site, so we want to know what you