As someone who has been coming to this site regularly (several times a week on average) for the past years, I´ve always found myself shocked at the amount of hate and/or negative comments in general that reviewers get whenever they publish their professional opinion and score of a game. Its like there is no way for the critic to be right. If the score is too high then hes probably being paid by the manufacturer, if the score is too low the hes being paid off by the competition. Not to mention all of the accusations of being biased and the awful name calling.
I tend to see it in another light because I actually depend a lot on reviews. Games in my country are really expensive so you need to be really sure that a game is good before you commit money to it.
And the reviewers here are amazingly professional, and they always speak with honesty.
Of course you cant take a review as absolute truth. Since the critic is still a person, hell probably take issues with a certain aspect of the game that you might no find so bothersome.
But that doesn't mean that the critic is wrong or stupid or bribed.
You tend to get to know the reviewers opinions and tastes. After being on this site for several years I have a good idea of what most of the reviewers on this site like and enjoy. I know I can usually trust in Kevin Vanord opinion when it comes to a shooter or RPGs because after having played several games reviewed by him i found myself agreeing with most of his comments on the game . Now for a more story driven experience i usually find myself agreeing more with Tom McShea´s opinion (i even agree with most of his opinions on bioshock infinte).
And that is OK, the diversity is always good for the gamer not bad. there is no perfect game and the game you loved will probably be hated by someone else. And the critic will probably agree with both because he has to see the good and the bad.
And if you disagree with the reviewer you can write a comment on the review asking him or her about it.
This is a wonderful site, and the amazing thing about it is how open all of the staff is. You can leave a question in the comments of a review and chances are it will get answered by the reviewer himself. You can look them up on Tumblr, twitter or even facebook and you'll get a straight answer from most of them. This interaction is to me priceless. The only thing standing in between of that are the hundreds of offensive comments on every review that drown out real questions from gamers who just need a little feedback.
But if we as a community keep going back to the same bs of You got paid by microsoft, you should be fired, etc the we risk losing that opennes.
Who need game critics?
I certainly do. Thanks to them i enjoyed hundreds of hours into Dragon Age origins. And tom mcsheas review of Beyond is what convinced me to buy it and i loved that game.
And kevin vanords excitement over Dark Souls overcame my fear of the difficulty and i also enjoyed countless hours dying every thirty second followed by hours of cheering whenever i didnt die.
Do you have a game you bought based on a review? or wanna comment on the role game critics play? just leave a comment or write a message. Just keep it clean please.
Happy new year everyone