I recently was reading someone complain about Game Informer because they gave a bad review to Rune Factory: a Fantasy Harvest Moon.
Now I'm not biased on my magazines, because I don't buy any of them. I work in a place where there is nothing to do and all of these magazines. Granted, I don't like Harvest Moon at all. Animal Crossing is where I draw the line as far as doing menial labor in games. But I think I will make a list that breaks down magazines, because in my opinion, my opinion is right.
jBusiness TALKS MAGAZINES
1) Electronic Gaming Monthly
It has three people reviewing the games, so you are almost always entitled to several pros and cons. Interesting material usually, good layout, good amount of screenshots, and Hsu and Chan at the end of every issue. That's awesome. I think I'd recommend this the most, as long as you all remember that on April fools, sometimes jokes happen. We had a bunch of people at work get all stupid and mad over the Wind Waker prank (wiki it if you need)
2) PSM/OXM/Nintendo Power
These magazines are what you read if you only have a particular system. They are all actually pretty good as far as not being biased (OXM particularly) and they offer sound reviews and coming-soons. Nintendo Power I have to give credit because when I used to get it, it was stupid kiddy, and they have actually moved forward (though not as much as I would like). PSM also has a swimsuit issue, which is awesome if you like girls that aren't real.
3) Game Informer
This has two people reviewing it, which in my opinion is one short. It has good reading and at least once (Borderlands) it has brought an awesome game to my attention before I found out on my own. That means something to me. However, they populate the magazine with top-tens and quizzes so at times the magazine feels like a David Letterman rip-off. If you were going to rip someones ideas off, David Letterman is not the person. The ratings you should only pay attention to if they are less than 4, or if they are the game of the month. Other than that they are usually wrong. I'm not sure that a magazine with guidelines as to what to read and what to ignore is a good magazine, but hey. $15 a year. Can't complain.
Ah, Play magazine.
I think that this is the magazine that I dislike the most. I used to love it, too. It's upbeat, I think. That's why I liked it. This magazine reviews almost anything with the 'every cloud silver lining' thing. This means that no matter how bad the game turns out to be (Musashi: Samurai Legend), they will make it sound awesome, and you will buy it (if you're me) and summarily hate yourself and hold a funeral service for your $35 (tragically taken from you). They don't have a lot of pictures, which is annoying because they often talk about how beautiful games are and these guys seem to value graphics more than you should. Thanks to Play magazine, I was able to play Musashi: Samurai Legend, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, and Lair! Throw up the horns!