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Peacenik

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#1 14 years ago

Which are people's favoured gaming print publications (and as I'm in London, this relates mainly to magazines available in the UK and Europe I suppose). Do people have any gripes? For PC games I regularly read PC Gamer, PC Zone and Edge. The last of the three of course covers all formats. It's definitely the most grown-up of the bunch and its reviews tend to give games in general lower review scores than the others. Gamer and Zone are possibly more fun, but the constant grammatical slip-ups annoy me (yeah, I'm an old fogey). They really should put a tiny bit more effort into sub-editing. The enthusiasm they exude can't be denied though and the content of their reviews is normally very reliable. Do others out there trust the reviewers? Or do we think the magazines are merely servicing the huge games industry, trailing games with previews months ahead of release to ensure they shift as many units as possible? Has anyone ever felt misled by a games reviewer - and duped into buying a turkey? Oh and what do people think about what's offered on magazines discs - do they justify the hefty price you have to pay for the magazine? Winning reply, secures a year's subscirption to my inane posts - :rolleyes: :lol:




RivaOni

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#2 14 years ago

I read GamesTM every month, I've tried reading edge but they seem too far up their own backsides and seem to believe their the gaming bible. GamesTM is a very similar read, but also has the advantage of a great Retro section to boot. Their reviews are very reliable, but I dont tend to buy games based on what one person has said, I look around, try and test them where possible or stick to what I know I like and follow that route in buying my games :) after all everybodies taste is different




Falcon.

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#3 14 years ago

I have a Subscription to PCGamer, they have some good stuff, some humor,

(Not Like G4's Where you cant tell if they are serious or not) Gread Demo discs, Yeah, so its all good. But I didnt get the June issue, but I got the July one :wtm:




Peacenik

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#4 14 years ago
RivaOniI read GamesTM every month, I've tried reading edge but they seem too far up their own backsides and seem to believe their the gaming bible.

You have a point there. However, I still think Edge writers are less likely to get stupidly over-excited and give a review game a much higher score than it merits. So, it's always interesting to compare reviews across magazines while browsing in the newsagent's. The only thing I don't like about GameTM is the poor production quality of their pictures and screenshots - makes my eyes sting after a while :uhoh:




RivaOni

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#5 14 years ago

ive never seen anything wrong with their screenshots and pics to tell you the truth, they can sometimes get too carried away with previews sometimes too (issue 32's Saints Row for example)




*Soviet.Power

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#6 14 years ago

I read PCGamer now and then. I used to be subscribed to it, but I'm not anymore, as I can download the demos now (broadband does wonderful things...), and never used the discs much, which is really what I seemed to be paying for. PCGamer has good reviews though, and I still buy it quite often.




Peacenik

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#7 14 years ago
RivaOniI read GamesTM every month... Their reviews are very reliable,

I've just bought the current issue of Games TM - and I concede that maybe I was being a tad harsh on them. Quite balanced, and there's no sense that they really get behind a game and invest in it. PC Gamer and PC Zone inject lots of opinion into previewing games and act as cheerleaders for particular titles. While this lends itself to entertaining reading and definitely has its place, it's also refreshing to read - as in Games TM - less partial material which merely presents the facts and allows you more freedom to form your own opinions unaided. On the point of free discs, I agree that their main function from the publisher's point of view is to boost the magazine's price. But if it wasn't for two cover CDs back in the 'mysts' :lol: of time - one with a [color=red]Deus Ex[/color] demo and the other [color=blue]Half Life[/color] and [color=blue]Opposing Force[/color] demos - I would never have got into gaming in the first place. I don't know if you can wear CDs out, but I played that Half Life demo until by rights, the disc should have melted away. :beer:




Napalmbrain

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#8 14 years ago

I find Edge is the most reliable for scoring, with a few exceptions (Halo 10/10?). Most mags tend to go over the top, and even mediocre games get scores like 8 or 9. Unfortunately, Edge does have a habit of being self-indulgent, and I don't like the new look. I occasionally read PC Gamer as well, their reviews are usually reliable (even though I don't like percentage ratings) and the features are often quite interesting.