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Bold layout and format changes at GamesRadar.com

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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66 comments

  • Scoob - June 25, 2012 12:06 p.m.

    The current layout sucks anyway. So yeah, change is good.
  • Thequestion 121 - June 25, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    Nice layout improvement! Though I'll miss the 10 point scale. But I'll get used to the new one lol
  • TheHalfanese - June 25, 2012 12:08 p.m.

    Lookin' good, guys.
  • inner_hope - June 25, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Please put developer/publisher/platform/release date information.Thumbs up for the new layout
  • Darkhawk - June 25, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    Fix the fucking video player. Period.
  • Corsair89 - June 25, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Like any layout change, I'll get used to it. It looks pretty slick so far.
  • BladedFalcon - June 25, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    I like the new layout so far, and while i haven't fully tested it, it DOES seem to load faster, so that's great ^^ Also, the search engine seems to not suck anymore, which is also great. Liking it so far, but like Metroid Prime Rib said, an edit button for comments would be greatly, deeply appreciated.
  • loonyman978 - June 25, 2012 12:16 p.m.

    From the example it looks like the star scale is going to be out of 10 as well though so it doesnt make a difference. Can you please bring back super reviews? They used to be a really good read and a much better take on a standard boring review...When does the update go live?
  • Thedigitalg - June 25, 2012 12:23 p.m.

    As much as Henry is one of my favourites, with the loss of the big 3 (Antista, Reparaz and Elston) the feel-good vibes that have gone are not going to be replaced by a new format. Get some writers with a personality!
  • bobby-portlock - June 25, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    could not agree more
  • loonyman978 - June 25, 2012 1:13 p.m.

    I second this guy ^^
  • doolahee - June 25, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    Absolutely! The format of the site is minor. The quality of the writing is what matters and it has suffered SERIOUSLY! I don't visit the site as often as I used to and have considered just packing it in all together and that makes me sad because I have been a huge fan for years.
  • Net_Bastard - June 26, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    Agreed. I've been on this site since I was 11 years old. I welcomed every change. But please, get some funnier writers. This site ain't what it used to be, and it'll probably collapse under its own weight soon if nothing gets done about it. I find myself going to RockPaperShotgun more often than GR. It's like a PC-centric old-school GR as far as the writing style goes.
  • robertpopovic - June 25, 2012 12:34 p.m.

    Will have to get used to it, but looking nicely. I'm not too fond about seeing the grade, pro's and cons right upfront (I sometimes like to build it all up with the story), though I do see how it accomodates those that want to know a bit about a game in a nutshell. With games I don't really care for I tend to just go for the endbit anyway :P Will have to try out the search function later because that was always a horrid beast to use if you wanted to find a specific item.
  • XanderGC - June 25, 2012 12:37 p.m.

    Am I the only one who finds the orange font on grey with a white drop shadow on the text hard on the eyes?
  • Tronto13 - June 25, 2012 1:01 p.m.

    love the new look, only thing im not sold on it moving to a 5-star rating system. Though im sure ill come round to it, especially if you are including half stars :)
  • GarySteinman - June 25, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Yep, we've got half-stars.
  • Cyberninja - June 25, 2012 1:15 p.m.

    I can live it, I have been through alot of changes to this website since I first came here years ago.
  • Darkhawk - June 25, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    I also miss FAPs. Where else can I go to mock obscure WiiWare releases?
  • Child Of Death - June 25, 2012 1:34 p.m.

    This layout is smexy!

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