Today, I submitted my 50th review on Gamespot!
About 2,5 years after posting my first review on this website, I can finally celebrate a little anniversary. Because since I posted my opinion on Star Fox: Assault, I wrote up another 49 reviews, adding up to a tally of (surprise!) 50!
Since then, quite a lot has changed in terms ofstyIe: I stopped adding a breakdown to my reviews with my Jazz Jackrabbit 2 review, and I took up the habit of actually checking my reviews before submitting them sometime earlier, probably when I elaborated my opinion on Metroid Prime Trilogy, which, by the way, also happens to be the only release I ever gave a 10/10 so far. I'm not too sure about that now, though.
Another turning point was my review of STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl. Not only because it's a review of my favourite game of all time, but because it's the first game I reviewed after getting my gaming PC. Up until that point, I had mainly reviewed console games. But seeing as my focus was now on PC gaming, my writing started to reflect that.
The change in focus wasn't limited to merely reviewing games of another platform: I started becoming stricter and more objective, and spent even more time trying to explain why I thought a game was good/bad, regardless from whether or not I enjoyed playing it. I also started paying more attention to obscure, independent titles rather than just sticking to the big budget stuff. This led me to review several indie games and quite a few Eastern European games.
The most recent turning point is Zombie Driver, because that was the first game I reviewed for NoobFeed.com. On that site, I do not only get the chance to post fancier versions of my review (with pictures and videos and all that), but also to play games before they are released by means of preview codes given out by publishers. As such, my Men of War: Assault Squad review was posted on NoobFeed the day it came out.
And thus it was that my latest 3 reviews carried the overall tally to 50. But it will definitely not stop there. A Streets of Moscow review is already scheduled for next week, and a Crysis 2 review can be expected in April. Until then, I kindly demand you to read my 3 latest entries:
Before I end this article and start working on the next 50 reviews, here are a few fun facts about my work so far:
- Going by recommendations, my most popular review is STALKER: Call of Pripyat (recommended by 13 out of 16 people). My least popular review is the original Legend of Zelda (recommended by 0 out of 4 people).
- My personal favourite review is Cryostasis - The Sleep of Reason, because I really feel like I managed to explain very accurately why this game is so good. My least favourite review is BioShock. While I think it's one of my best reviews in terms of writing, I disagree with its content. It's just not that good.
- If my memory serves me correct, the oldest review on the list actually is Mario Kart Wii. I wrote it for a now near-dead website called 1337Planet right before writing up the Star Fox Assault review, but for whatever reason I reversed the order when posting them. There are much older reviews - I actually found a bunch from as early as 2004 - but they weren't worth posting by then as I saw how poorly constructed they were. Not to mention the flawed grammar.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who has been following my contributions over the past 2,5 years. I hope you will stick around long enough for my 100 review anniversary.
Meanwhile, you can browse all of my reviews by going here. And no, I didn't spellcheck this article, in honour of the good old days.