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A Better way to do Game Reviews?
Old 05-06-2014, 12:54 AM
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(Normally, I'd put something like this in feedback but I want people to actually read this.)

I'm tentatively starting up a new Nintendo 3DS blog (David recently decided to shut down the original one).

News is news but I'd like to post review articles of 3ds games based on comments and impressions from members of the forum.

Would you all be interested in doing that?
Old 05-06-2014, 12:58 AM
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I've always felt like the most valuable reviews are from those whose taste you trust, or who has taste similar to yours. So, I feel like getting a variety of different opinions in a single review is a good idea, but they could perhaps each use some context as well. Such as, perhaps, what sort of games people enjoy or any previous exposure to a series.
Old 05-06-2014, 12:59 AM
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Each reviewer could have a short bio listing their favorite games and genres.
Old 05-06-2014, 07:33 AM
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Yeah, I agree that reviews are best when written by one person with a well-defined taste. Synthesizing a review from a bunch of different comments isn't as engaging, even if it may be accurate of some sample size's opinion.
Old 05-06-2014, 01:33 PM
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Full-length discussions about a game and playtests are more useful to me than most reviews. Playtests are really important for beginners of a series or a genre (some newcomers were having trouble with FE: A and SMTIV) and shifts focus away from beating a game so you can say your thoughts on it to understanding the best way to play it. You can play Vanquish as a cover shooter like Sterling did just so you can beat the game but that doesn't mean you played it the best you possibly could. And you might overlook moves that you can do like shooting a grenade mid-air if you don't mess around with the mechanics.

You can have typical talking points for the discussions: gameplay, graphics, story, sound/music, etc. and they could talk about anything else that they wanted to talk about. Talking to another person about anything can help you form or solidify an opinion and the discussions could all be through messages/text which will give them more time to word out their thoughts on the game too.
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Old 05-06-2014, 03:22 PM
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We can always have an opinion section at the bottom of the review from readers. Of course these opinions need to have well thought out posts discussing the game itself, rather than the usual nasty remarks about how the reviewer is crazy.

So we can have a dedicated group of reviewers but also integrate the rest of the community with this section.
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Old 05-06-2014, 06:15 PM
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Just an idea... You could do a sort of thing metacritic do, take all scores from review websites and combine them to work out an average, you could do the scores of members of the forums
Old 05-06-2014, 06:49 PM
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Sounds like a potential idea, I'm in even though SRT thinks that my taste is universally bad
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:17 AM
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Sounds like a potential idea, I'm in even though SRT thinks that my taste is universally bad
SRT only likes japanese rhythm games involving drums
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Old 05-07-2014, 11:40 AM
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I'll agree with some of the former comments and say that getting multiple reviews would be good with context placed around them such as "Have they played a former game in the series/spriritual predecessor?" or "Do they generally like this genre?"
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:02 PM
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.

I suppose I would source the quotes like so:

"huehuehue" - SRT, long time fan of Rhythm Heaven and weaboo

And do a write-up sort of what like Rotten Tomatoes does on its pages with movies except longer.

If the OT is well-done, I'd probably link to it.

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Just an idea... You could do a sort of thing metacritic do, take all scores from review websites and combine them to work out an average, you could do the scores of members of the forums
I would like to something like this but gaming scores tend to be inflated as in 5 = really bad.

I was thinking of using a 5 tiered system:

Bad - no good points, not worth it at any price

Poor - a few good parts but has an overwhelming amount of flaws, only for fans of the series or genre

Average - a game that is unremarkable in every way, while it's enjoyable enough there are plenty of other games available that are superior to it

Good - while it falls short of being excellent, it's a still solid game and those willing to overlook its shortcomings will enjoy it

Great- a game that exceeds expectations, this game would be considered a must own

Then displaying the votes for each category.
Old 05-09-2014, 03:34 AM
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One of my biggest pet peeves in review is when reviewers input too much opinion into a review, which would be ok if it were to be handled correctly, for instance, saying "this is a problem with the game because _______" but reviewers that just flat out say "I don't like this part" I don't trust as much because who knows if I feel the same way or not, although when simply presented with facts its much easier to identify what the review is saying and makes it easier for me to either agree or disagree with what they're saying. Saying something like "The music is good" will never have the same effect on me as "The soundtrack in this game is full of great tracks and really compliments the game play during combat, the music stays fresh throughout the game and does a good job of setting the mood and tone in the overworld" obviously im going to trust the second example more, because its actually telling me whats good about it. Anyway yeah, specifics and in reviews are an absolute must, and facts>opinion
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