Are GameSpot's reviews trustworthy? 13 replies

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Solace92

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#1 8 years ago

In the past I never really gave much thought to GameSpot, or it's reviews, but recently I've been using it quite a bit. However I'm beginning to question the trustworthiness of GameSpot's reviews. For instance all of these titles (except MW2, which is overrated) are underrated by the GameSpot review team (not taking into account critic or user reviews), Resident Evil 3: Nemesis received a 4.7 (link), Alpha Protocol received a 6.0 (link), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for PC received an overrated 8.5 (link), whereas Medal of Honor only received a 7.5 (link), Resident Evil: Director's Cut received a 6.9 (link), and countless other reviews that I would argue are fundamentally wrong. So what is your opinion on GameSpot's reviews? Are they usually good? Or are they wrong too often to be fully trustworthy?




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#2 8 years ago

I used to agree with GS' reviews, can't say I do anymore. They've pretty much gone to the Fantasy RPG wayside, they're very biased in favor of such games. Lately I get my reviews from GameTrailers, much better. :nodding:

That being said, I can't say I agree with you on your assessment of most of the games mentioned. I'm not familiar with the RE titles listed (only played 4 & 5), but Alpha Protocol is simply a buggy mess with crap graphics and fundamental problems that affect playability, MW2 is the best of the non RE titles mentioned by far, and MoH is widely known as a copy cat title that doesn't bring much to the table, besides being horribly unoptimized compared to MW2 despite it's inferior graphics.

I had high hopes for MoH, I've played all the MoH titles since Allied Assault. This one is so unoriginal I guess it's fitting they just call it MoH, it doesn't really even have it's own title. It's not just that it's rehashed content though, it's a poor quality game all around. The enemy AI are pretty much brain dead. I'm thinking Six Days in Fallujah will blow MoH away. If it weren't for the angst from PC sentiment over recent and present day war, it would be on the shelves already.




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#3 8 years ago
>Omen<;5417747I used to agree with GS' reviews, can't say I do anymore.They've pretty much gone to the Fantasy RPG wayside, they're very biased in favor of such games. Lately I get my reviews from GameTrailers, much better. :nodding:

I thought GameTrailers just does trailers?




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#4 8 years ago

its better then IGN's.




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#5 8 years ago

I go by the user reviews that are adjacent to Gamespot's. They're usually a good indicator.




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#6 8 years ago

AngryJoe's reviews FTW! :)




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#7 8 years ago

Go Metacritic. Also, you know Activision bought off MW2 reviews? They had the major review syndicates flown to private hotel rooms to play the game.




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#8 8 years ago

I wouldn't even go to MetaCritic. They base the overall score off the total score of the big reviewers, including some minor ones. I don't trust any reviewer, really. They're generally biased, and most of them present their opinion as fact. If you want an opinion on a game, look up information and gameplay videos of the game. Form your own opinion and ask yourself; "Is this game any good?". If you think it looks good, get it but don't have any prejudice towards it. If you start playing a game thinking, "This is probably going to be terrible." It will be terrible.

So no, GameSpot isn't trustworthy. Neither is IGN, GameTrailers, or any other reviewer.




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#9 8 years ago

Serio;5417928I wouldn't even go to MetaCritic. They base the overall score off the total score of the big reviewers, including some minor ones. I don't trust any reviewer, really. They're generally biased, and most of them present their opinion as fact. If you want an opinion on a game, look up information and gameplay videos of the game. Form your own opinion and ask yourself; "Is this game any good?". If you think it looks good, get it but don't have any prejudice towards it. If you start playing a game thinking, "This is probably going to be terrible." It will be terrible.

So no, GameSpot isn't trustworthy. Neither is IGN, GameTrailers, or any other reviewer.

^ This.

I don't go by what any game review sites have to say anymore. I make my decisions based on watching gameplay vids and reading forums and such and hearing the opinions of people who are actually playing the game for the sake of just playing it and having fun. I've been disppointed in review sites many times. Some games that they loved i thought sucked, and some they said sucked, i thought were great fun.




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#10 8 years ago

There's no one review site I trust unconditionally, it's just that I've narrowed my review checking down to one site that happens to be consistently closest to my opinions on games I play. That doesn't mean I don't disagree with some of what they say. I also use GameRankings.com just to get an idea of how review sites are rating certain games worldwide for comparison sake, because they show most of the major reviewers and offer the average for convenience sake.

GameTrailer's search box results typically shows the review of any given game at the top of the trailers listed. If they've yet to post it you can also search via Google by typing the title along with "GameTrailers review".

Some dislikes about GT reviews. They compete to get their's out fast as do most review sites, so they almost always review the console versions only. They also don't seem to point out things like no dedicated servers.

For me however, I just disregard anything they say about any given game clinging to console specific traits like auto targeting, as I never use it even when it's an option in PC games anyway. I also don't play mp anymore, so not mentioning no dedicated servers doesn't affect me. The biggest annoyances of their reviewing mostly console games for me is there's no indication of how well or poorly optimized or ported it is for PC.

Mostly what I look for in a review though is detailed info on gameplay mechanics and bugs, including AI, weapons, vehicles, etc, story quality and delivery, depth and variety of missions, maps, and characters, and finally, quality and consistency of graphics, effects, audio, and voice acting. They detail all those things very well. The only exception is when someone other than the reviewer in the vids below is doing the review, which is rare.

That being said, here's GT's scores for the non RE titles mentioned above:

Alpha Protocaol - 6.4 GT AP review Alpha Protocol Video Game, Review HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com

Medal of Honor - 8.1 GT MoH review Medal Of Honor Video Game, Review HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com

Modern Warfare 2 - 9.5 GT MW 2 review Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Video Game, Review HD | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos | GameTrailers.com

...and here's Game Ranking's averaged scores worldwide for the above titles:

Alpha Protocol - 73.43/100 Alpha Protocol for PC - GameRankings

Medal of Honor - 73.81/100 Medal of Honor for PC - GameRankings

Modern Warfare 2 - 88.72/100 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for PC - GameRankings

For the record I would rate Alpha Protocol in line with what GT said, MoH more in line with GR's world average, and MW 2 somewhere in between GT and GR's tallied average. Goes to show that no one review site, even your favorite, is always going to be in line with your opinions.




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