The whole point of this blog is based on Gamespot's Recent Topic- Chalk Talk: Reviewer Revely, when youre looking on a website like Gamespot or IGN or even GamesTrailers you see a score rating or a something out of 10 on their reviews page. Straight away you would tell its a good rating or a bad rating on a game, but however most people would just see what the score is and don't bother reading the review. I on the other do have a read on most reviews that go online pending on what type of game it is and whats good and bad about it, half the time I would agree with the odd reviews if its a game I'm not even sure of purchasing or I end buying the game but have the same thought as they have had.
Sometimes you could just read a User-Review by any User who has posted a review on a certain game youre not even sure of playing or worth picking up. Everyone has their own taste and opinions on how much they either love it or hated it that much, gaming magazines do have an odd taste and score when it comes to reviewing if you look at magazines like Official Xbox magazine, they would do a review and a score which they think is pretty good. If you look at Resident Evil 6 which was just released last week and pretty much almost every website, magazines and even newspapers gave that game mixed reviews-
- Gamespot- 4.5/10
- IGN- 7.9/10
- Official UK Xbox Magazine- 8/10
- Metro (UK newspaper) - 2 stars
- Famitsu- 39/40
Most of these reviews I've read, I would agree with the 1 or 2 reviews on what were the good parts about the game and the bad parts about. Even if it is not worth checking out people are still going to buy it because most people would be a fan of that series, have a look at Call of Duty the series has sold millions and billions of players play online for fun but half the gamers wouldn't even care how bad it is, people would still play it. I was a little puzzled on why something like Famitsu would rate this game a 39/40 where everywhere else gives it a lower score or a high score mainly because big companies want to try and sell, sell to the customer.
(People are still going to buy it, no matter how crap it looks, same goes with films and books)
Okay another good example on a review is that if you look or read a review on Pokémon Black and White 2 (Nintendo DS), I never really liked the Pokémon series but everyone has their own opinions. Fans of the series would buy it either on day of release or later in the month because they know that they'll enjoy it. But non-hardcore Pokémon fans would play and review but also takes the time and effort to review it and an honest opinion on the games. From what I've heard and read on Pokémon Black and White 2 most reviews have different scores and reviews but all have exact same point.
(Never judge a book or game by the front cover)
At one point gamers would look into it and see what they really liked about this certain game or an upcoming release, it can almost be based on anything-
- Main story, plot or twist around it
- Graphics and animation being poured into a game
- Music and Voice acting
- Art also plays a good role on character designs and the layout on its environments and settings
- Multiplayer and Online support
In the future I still think that non-gamers or gamers like you should give the chance to read it before considering why they gave it a good or bad score or rating on a title. Or if youre not too sure on something ask a friend or read a few user-reviews before deciding to pick or renting a game from the high street shops or online.