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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 think!

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  • GrandmaSlayer - June 28, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    now, seriously, get rid of the list format! I can't look at ANY of them anymore
  • codzprc - June 27, 2012 2:09 a.m.

    3 is the new 7? Hope that's not the case, I know you mentioned "...easier to see a 2.5-star game and..." - which I'm hoping means you're scale adopts half points, otherwise, why mention it. I guess I don't care so much about the math behind your ratings, as much as I'm excited to be able to SEARCH for a game and not have to trudge through 1998 list results that have nothing to do with my query.
  • GarySteinman - June 27, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    Yep, we have half-stars. We debated about the hard shift of only using full stars, but we ended up agreeing that we need that additional level of nuance.
  • jackie-graves - July 1, 2012 11:33 a.m.

    That sounds like a...truly difficult decision(that didn't have to be made). A 5 out of 10, regardless, means the game is probably not that good or is loaded with technical issues of some sort. I don't see how gold stars are "intuitive", hard numbers have more explanatory value and immediately hit you with the grade - Plus if you're going to be using half stars, then the purpose is defeated entirely >_> The scores are just cut in half and pasted onto the sideboard there for lazy readers. (I also wouldn't call a 5-star system "full" scale, when you're actually cutting the numbers in half. And a 1-star is one thing, but a 1 out of 10 strikes with much more emphasis.)
  • Alex_Syros - June 27, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    "Put the rating at the end, not on the side. That encourages lazy reading, and would partially defeat the purpose of writing the whole article." "Super reviews were one of the best things about Gamesradar. Bring them back." "2 large buttons and neither one is "edit"" Also, the 5-star rating system does not have the same ring to it as the 10-point scale. It just doesn't.
  • jackie-graves - June 26, 2012 11:26 p.m.

    Put the rating at the end, not on the side. That encourages lazy reading, and would partially defeat the purpose of writing the whole article. Go back to the 10 point system as well - 5 points simply don't tell you enough.
  • Fuzunga - June 26, 2012 9:14 p.m.

    Looks like someone is a fan of the Polygon review template.
  • Edias - June 26, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    I like the changes overall, but I do have an idea that could potentially address the issue that some people are having with the sidebar score. The obvious solution would be to remove the sidebar from all but the last page, but if you wanted to take it a step further you could keep the score in the old location and add the sidebar to every page but the last but keep it hidden. That is, make it so that you have to click it if you want to see it. It would probably make for more work, in terms of coding, but I bet that you could find some way to streamline it. That should please everyone except for the most tiresome of nitpickers; as well as, perhaps, the people having to do the work. lol
  • Net_Bastard - June 26, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Fuck you guys for putting the rating on the sidebar again. I want the rating to be shown after reading the review. Everything else is fine though. But seriously, fuck the sidebar score. Please put it back in the bottom again.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 26, 2012 2:57 p.m.

    Here here
  • GarySteinman - June 27, 2012 11:18 a.m.

    Hey, I love that you love reading our stuff. And I wish everyone read every word we published. But the score, up-front, is for the vast majority of users who want info fast. The score isn't meant to be a surprise, or to spoil the text. They exist hand-in-hand, and one enhances (and speaks to) the other. Thanks for reading. Seriously. We love readers like you, who are passionate about enjoying what we produce.
  • DiJunoMan - June 26, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    It looks beautiful but what was the point of switching to stars?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - June 26, 2012 2:18 p.m.

    Remember back when everyone was raging about how GR gave Halo Reach an 8? This way, no one will complain about Halo 4's rating.
  • aspiisd - June 26, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    Forgot to say, add an EDIT button please!
  • aspiisd - June 26, 2012 8:09 a.m.

    I like the 5 star scale and the more user friendly interface but the SuperRewiews should be back, i really loved those and that's a reason i found GR.
  • AuthorityFigure - June 26, 2012 3:34 a.m.

    Better than the current blog style. The year of the blog was 2004.
  • CitizenWolfie - June 26, 2012 3:27 a.m.

    That all sounded great until the 5 star rating system. Personally I thought GR was (usually) always fair with their /10 system instead of just the "7 = bad, 8 = OK etc" thing that most sites do. Ah well. Hopefully the cool articles and features will remain funny and/or controversial.
  • UndeadCorpse - June 26, 2012 3:06 a.m.

    So, like IGN then.
  • jenovalife1 - June 26, 2012 1:04 a.m.

    i bet theres no reboot to talk radar in that re-design XD
  • talleyXIV - June 26, 2012 1:02 a.m.

    A 5 star scale is the same thing as a 10 point scale.

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