Where do you go to get reliable game reviews?
What sites do you trust the most to give you honest and accurate game reviews? With the recent slew of games that have been very highly rated by reviewers and poorly received by fans, there is a growing feeling of distrust and disconnect between game journalists and players. Many players feel that professional reviews are 'bought' and can't be trusted. Do you think this suspicion is justified or are some gamers just becoming more belligerent and vocal?
I think more and more of them are bought. I mean, i look at some reviews on Gamespot or IGN and they're... I can't even say what i think, because Hubpages would ban me for the language:) if you want a decent review, read the customer reviews on Amazon or GoG, it's your only shot to not be lied to.
This disconnect you mention comes from games getting a score that players don't agree with. Game scores are considered too low by die-hard fans or too high by haters. If you find that you disagree with a certain website's scoring of games that ought to have been given better or worse scores, you now have a good sense of how right or wrong their reviews are.
The best place to go for reviews is ALL OVER. Go to Amazon and read some customer reviews. After that, go to Metacritic. Ignore the aggregate score. Take the time to find a couple reviews from the Green, Yellow and Red score blocks. Read each review COMPLETELY, not just the summary, then make an informed decision.
I used to write game reviews, in exchange for free copies of the games. I would hardly say that this meant my review was "bought," because I have historically given more reviews for games that I found to actually BE mediocre.
I think part of the problem with game reviews is that you're asking for opinions, and everyone's opinion will be biased to some degree, unless they choose to set aside their hardline preferences.
In all honesty? I come to HubPages, because it's a place where critics can't be bought to say good/bad things - it's from experience, rather than looks and it's evident in the writing.
When companies like IGN fire reviewers because they gave Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days a 6.5/10, I lose a LOT of trust in them.
I usually end up reading Gamespot reviews. It's the site I read in high school and it's kind of been my go to ever since. That being said I only agree with them about half the time and their writing style really irks me at times. Still, not a bad place to check out.
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