Ratings from Game Magazines

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Ratings from Game Magazines Influence You?

Yes, often
Yes, sometimes
Yes, but rarely
Never, these ratings are not trustworthy
Never, I know what I want
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Ratings from Game Magazines

Unread postby robbyjo » Mon Feb 28, 2005 7:58 am

Hi all,

I'm wondering... Do you consider ratings from gaming magazines influence you a lot in purchasing decision? For me, it's rarely. But I always try it first before I decide to buy (from the demo or in-store demo machine).

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Unread postby Devilrai » Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:18 am

Nice question robbyjo to all the magazine readers out there. :D

And my answer is Yes, but sometimes, since I read game magazines very often I always read the reviews and if its a bad game I won't buy it, but here is when the sometimes part come in...

Dynasty Warriors games in some mags' such as EGM gave it mediocre reviews, but that doesn't stop me from buying it because I have played the past DW games and loved it.

Another thing all reviews are not the same, one mag may give it a great review while the other mag gives it a bad one...confusion.

So I try not to let mag reviews influence me in my purchase, I thank demos for that.
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Unread postby Li Ruiyue » Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:28 pm

I do not let them influence me, mainly because I don't like people judging how I should like/think of the game. The magazines I (used to) read gave DW3 7/10 when I feel it deserves an 8 or 9. People who review the games have different interests and however unbiased they try to be, you can't judge a game for everyone. Everyone has their own opinions.
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Unread postby Kong Wen » Mon Feb 28, 2005 4:38 pm

I am never influenced by game ratings, either from magazines or website or anything like that. I've grown out of games quite a bit, and right now, the only games I ever buy are the ones I know I am going to want to play. I'm at a stage where the games I already have are good enough to keep me going, replay-wise, for the rest of time, so new games are really just a bonus. This is why I won't buy a new DW game unless it fills a void DW4 doesn't fill, or a new GTA game unless it fills a void GTA3 doesn't fill.

On the other hand, it's also why I'll always buy a new RTK game the day it's released.
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Unread postby robbyjo » Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:02 pm

Well, thanks Blue Moon Samurai. :D

Yes, that's true. I got tired of these gaming magazines, really. Not only do they provide biased and often unfair review, they also doggedly defend their view. For example: *cough* Game Informer *cough* gave "State of Emergency" an 8.5 (IIRC) and DW3 a 7. But by large, DW3 >>> SoE. Not only that, they also gave Paper Mario 5 a score of one. That's right: One!

Oh well...

I'm also grown out a bit from games. I scour for good games from flea market / pawn shops and usually get good deals. But for games I really love like DW series, Zelda, or Mario, I often preorder them. Other than that, I'm looking for used ones, where each is about $20 or so.

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Unread postby Guan Yunchang » Mon Feb 28, 2005 5:35 pm

I don't listen to reviews from anyone. I watch X-Play but that's because it's funny as hell.
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Unread postby Exar Kun » Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:39 pm

I'm influenced to a small degree.I mostly make up my mind on my own,but I use magazine,website and player reviews to reinforce my feelings.
There are a few gems I would never have come across if not for magazines though,including Xenogears.
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Unread postby Bryan » Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:50 pm

I always look at game ratings objectively, and I never look at just one reviewer's rating of a game.

And as to Paper Mario 5, robbyjo... I agree that it should get a 1.
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Unread postby DruidWu » Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:47 pm

I usually take notice what they say with the rating; usually they have their percentage and Pros and Cons, I normally take those into account. Otherwise my main way to settle things is to play the demo then read the review. I was going to get Worms Forts, but I was saved the dissappointment by reading the review :wink:
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Unread postby Sum Gai » Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:29 pm

I only read Official Playstation magazine, and I trust the good folks over there. Whenever I go against them and get a game that they rated lower than 3.5 - 4 stars, I end up regretting it at least a little. I won't buy a game just because they say it's good, though.
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