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  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 10, 2009 6:04 p.m.

    @infiniti101: I'm a teenage gamer and i pay no attention to either of these. It's GR for gaming and I take no advice from an up-it's-own-ass Channel
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 10, 2009 6:02 p.m.

    @cart00n: Nah, GR have said it themselves, 7 is a new 5. I read it in an article. Honest
  • HungryBeaver - February 9, 2009 9:23 p.m.

    I think Metacritic is total crap. Never EVER use user reviews and put them as a score. It completely messes up the system as a whole. On the other hand I pay attention to alot of reviews because for a lowly 14 year old who has to cut my lawn for money (which I can only do in the summer - too cold for grass in winter so I have to wisely save money during summer)money is hard to come by and I need reviews of people who know what they're doing. Most Metacritic people probably know, but the users dont which is why i only use GameInformer and this site for reviews
  • infiniti101 - February 9, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    Thats two companies that rule us now; MTV rules all teenagers, and Metacritic rules all gamers. I wonder who rules teenage gamers?
  • crazyqazqaz - February 8, 2009 4:10 p.m.

    Look, the best way to review a game is to play yourself and that's the end of it.
  • Vagrant - February 7, 2009 8:08 a.m.

    On the theory, Metacritic and current gaming reviews are quite flawed. (that old 7-10 range) But I do think you can objectively tell the general quality of game from the Metacritic and whatnot. It's pretty good on the whole, I find. Although the thing about Gerstmann was pretty depressing. :\ But here's a tip for all you producers and designers: FIX YOUR CRAPPY GAME'S FLAWS. Just an example, but Ubisoft: Skippable cutscenes. Think about it. Things like that might get you those 9s and 10s instead of all those 8s.
  • lovinmyps3 - February 6, 2009 11:15 p.m.

    i tend to base my buys on the previews. if i like the subjuct or idea, ill usually by it, if it looks like a generic shooter that ther are millions of others, i wont get it. Kane and Lynch i got because i like the premise and story, MGS4 because i <3 the whole series, call of duty because online rocks, etc, etc. pick one source that you tend to agree with and look for what they list as the flaws, if you think it would really tick you off, dont waste $60 on it, wait for it to be used, thats what im doing for the force unleased lol
  • stuzimuzipuzi - February 6, 2009 6:59 p.m.

    this article dont matter cause ps3s are crap so EVERYONE GET A 360!!!
  • jimsondanet - February 6, 2009 3:37 p.m.

    in all honesty i have no beef with the user reviews. for instance that review posted on the first page maybe some users rant on the ineffectiveness of the weaponry, but if thats what gets your goat then dont get it or rent it. i dont care about the opinionated dribble but as long as theres specific gameplay flaws/pros mentioned, i can still use it for a cross reference against other reviews to form an educated opinion. "completely useless" ...yea righteo. write a review on it once youv finished puberty
  • Romination - February 6, 2009 6:15 a.m.

    I think the biggest point is that the reviews are weighted. Alright, just because someone's popular doesn't mean that they have good reviews. If IGN gave something a 3, that 3 from them would weigh a lot more than a 7 from Giantbomb or something. It's just a bad idea, and it would be a lot better if it just got rid of THAT.
  • Spybreak8 - February 6, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    I'm a sucker for a 10 anyday but I don't go ok now I'm buying this game. User generated scores can vary because games are subjective, like art or should I say because its art. Hey I use IMDB to check out scores for movies on DirectTV, I don't want to play PPV for a shitty movie. It's about the same with games although I put more thought into it since its a bigger investment to me and I need a game I'll play again and again. It really is a phenomenon, internet what would we do without you. Ultimately the best way, rent the game of doubt.
  • twishart - February 5, 2009 11:27 p.m.

    I MUCH prefer picking a specific site, getting to 'know' the reviewers (scores they typically give for genres, likes and dislikes, etc), and reading the ENTIRE review. Only focusing on the score doesn't tell me enough about the game - and certainly doesn't indicate whether the reviewer is a fan of the genre/series, etc. Bias is the wrong word, but certain reviewers just 'get' the genre better than others. I think Gamesradar has a pretty good grasp of which reviewer suits which game, and I certainly haven't been burned by a recommended purchase yet - except for that whole Killzone 2 thing. WTF MIKEL.
  • EricBratcher - February 5, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    I'd suggest aggregators like MetaCritic and GameRankings are useful because they enable you to see multiple opinions at once. That can be very helpful no matter whose reviews you're reading. Games are expensive - you've got to choose carefully.
  • Katana314 - February 5, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    On the one hand, Metacritic allows people to have a quick way to base their buying instead of just getting whatever looks the shiniest. On the other hand, we are putting a lot of power into reviewers; sometimes perhaps too much, as they can pretty much decide with some altered scores which games succeed. We need to be sure we're not dismissing games just because they're below a certain score. Dead Space scored higher than Assassin's Creed, but I readily call Dead Space "Doom 4: Aliens Attacking Yet Again" whereas Assassin's Creed, while imperfect, was new and interesting. End of the line; to support your local developer, try to be looking past the Metacritic review. It's like using Wikipedia for reference; you never know.
  • cped - February 5, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    I typically only glance at the score given by a Gamesradar or other reviewers. I like to actually read the article and figure out if this is a game that fits my taste.
  • skyguy343 - February 5, 2009 12:44 p.m.

    risking a fanboy statement but here we go: i think one of the best reviews around is Zero Punctuation by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. He is brutally honest and definetely not afraid to beat a game into a pulp. He also doesn't use numbered scoring, something I personally like as a simple "yay" or "nay" would do the trick for me.
  • Shifty1001 - February 5, 2009 2:42 a.m.

    I must say that I agree with everyone's statements about user reviews being mostly unreadable trash. You know how you can figure this out easily? Go on, let's say... IGN. A lot of the time, they have reviews up before the release date. Sweet. Then you see an actual number in the "Average User Score" section, and I do a facepalm. User reviews--especially those specific ones that I have just mentioned--are absolutely worthless, based entirely on expectations, bias, and fanboyism. I actually once read a review that said something like "I hurd dis game guna have . Dats so kool dis game guna destroy Halo and Gears 9/10!" Fail.
  • Craza - February 5, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    Honestly, I do depend on reviews to give me a little opinion on what other people think. As a 14 year old who doesn't have a job, money is hard to come by, so when I save up enough to buy a game, I really want to research what I'm looking to buy. I don't just look at the score and then make that the deciding factor, I also read the review, find out why that score was given, what the game's flaws were, and how it was good or bad in areas. User reviews can be helpful, all you gotta do is sort out the fanboys from people who actually have a head on their shoulders and wrote a good review. This is why I love Gamesradar's "Love This, Hate This" at the end of every review, it tells me things that might make me rethink my decision and it sums up what the reviewer ultimately thought of the game. I also love Game Informer's review system as well, they pick apart the game and give separate reviews of music, controls, and the like. So I usually go by these two sources. Though of course, reviews still don't make up my mind for me. It was a really tough choice between Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed. I bought AC, loved every minute of it, and now guess what? Mass Effect is down to like $20! :D
  • DeadGirls - February 5, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    User reviews are hilarious. Gamespot, Metacritic, IGN, and even Amazon user reviews are completely unreliable and pointless (except for the occasional entertainment value). It basically comes down to the fact that users are fucking retards. The best thing about Metacritic is that it allows you to browse through all the reviews in one place, and provides links to the ones available online. If the "average" scores were done away with, which I think would be to everyone's benefit, responsible and educated gamers wouldn't miss it at all. An intresting thing to note -- reviews from gamesradar are not included in Metacritc scores (although PC Gamer reviews are).
  • AnonymouZ - February 4, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    goddamn. well, it makes me kinda glad i didn't even knew about metacritic site... now tho... i feel like going to mess some gearsofwar scores... hahaha. nah... not really. kinda.

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