The Review Process: Do Reviewers Need to Finish Games?
How long do you have to not enjoy a game to definitively know it sucks? How long do you need to be entranced in an action game to know it rocks?
How is it that a guy who writes so badly ends up working for this online Seattle publication? Not only does he misuse “your,” but he also writes “day job” four times within two sentences. But my anal grammar habits aren’t the point, here. The point is that there is a legitimate question that has been brought to this reviewer’s attention: Do you need to finish a game in order to review it?
The short answer is no. You don’t need to finish your dinner in order to tell if it’s a good or a bad meal, and I think the same can be said about video games. But what does one do with a review which, really, isn’t even worth its weight in gold?
8BitJoystick gets a little butt-hurt when a gamer accuses him of a bit of foul-play in his review of Blue Dragon for the Xbox 360, claiming that the achievements he received in the game clearly came across as nothing but a n00b, or at least not finishing the game. So is there something to be said for gamers who achieve enlightenment after finishing a game which is considered by many to be anything but good? Yes, and it has something to do with finding a justification for wasting dozens of hours of your life.
And with that, there is definitely also something to be said about a game not even being able to motivate a gamer to even think about playing all the way through a game.
via Digital Joystick