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Which review sites do you trust?

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Pete.Dakota, 7 Mar 2010.

  1. Pete.Dakota

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 31 Aug 2009

    Posts: 1,015

    Location: Surrey, UK

    I've always liked IGN, however recently I'm picking up some biased in their reviews. Why would they give a bad review to a game they're advertising to buy through their sister company Direct2Drive? The Total War review was up along with a plastering of ads for the game, telling me to buy it now on D2D. And they said GTA4 was 'perfect', 10/10.

    I've recently started reading Eurogamer's stuff - it's pretty good and seems quite independent.

    What review sites' the one for you?
  2. Duran


    Joined: 30 Jun 2008

    Posts: 1,225

    none. i trust feedback from users
  3. Marky


    Joined: 16 Apr 2007

    Posts: 23,406

    Location: UK

    Gametrailers are pretty good because they are video reviews and so you can sort of judge for yourself as well as get their opinion :)
  4. jaysus


    Joined: 25 Dec 2009

    Posts: 441

    I tend to trust peoples comments on forums rather than reviews. That said, the eurogamer stuff is well written so I do tend to give them a read every now and then.
  5. Masterdog


    Joined: 1 Jan 2007

    Posts: 3,186

    Location: Exeter

    Metacritic. I'll get a general consensus, read maybe a good review and a bad review, then make up my mind.
    My least trustworthy? Zero Punctuation. Of course I watch it mainly because it's funny, but Yahtzee emphasises the negatives so much that it makes it seem like no game (apart from Portal) is worth buying.
  6. dmcg


    Joined: 5 Jul 2009

    Posts: 3,704

    gametrailers are terrible
  7. solway


    Joined: 9 Mar 2007

    Posts: 160

    Location: Cornwall

    i trust user hype

    or demos, lol
  8. Mr-Xoc


    Joined: 7 Nov 2004

    Posts: 302

    Location: London

    The only review site I look at is Metacritic. You can usually gauge how good a game is once a good number of reviews are out to give it an average score :)
  9. Pigeon_Killer


    Joined: 21 Nov 2005

    Posts: 35,170

    Location: Cornwall

  10. Jsbeer


    Joined: 30 Sep 2009

    Posts: 580

    Gamerankings mainly. Also Metacritic sometimes.

    The good thing about both sites is that they have user reviews too. (for Gamerankings go via their Gamefaqs partner)
  11. anty1


    Joined: 9 Feb 2010

    Posts: 291

    Location: London

    Giantbomb all the way!
  12. manic111


    Joined: 1 Jul 2007

    Posts: 17,111

    Location: Various

    Tend to go with Metacritic. What I will say about Yahtzee is that, while obviously you need to contrast his stuff with other reviews, he often brings out negatives or niggles which other reviews don't; things which are really annoying as a player, but other reviews may not see as "technical" enough to mention.
  13. Will Lucky


    Joined: 4 Oct 2007

    Posts: 904

    Usually user comments and my own opinions on the game beforehand.
  14. Souness

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Feb 2007

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    ... is the review site I trust the least
  15. Alex74


    Joined: 7 May 2009

    Posts: 3,541

    Location: London

    I dont really have a most reliable source..if anything i'll look on metacritic or forums, but ultimately the best review i'll get is after I've sat down and played it myself..

    I suppose I agree with MasterDog about Yahtzee, but while I wouldnt buy a game based on his yes/no (no), I appreciate that he makes interesting comments about what he reviews which others might not make. Plus it's a good laugh :p
  16. Digitalle


    Joined: 22 Jul 2009

    Posts: 940

    Location: London. Glasgow.

  17. kkbigal

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 24 Jul 2003

    Posts: 1,422

    Location: West Mids

    I always read Eurogamer reviews as my first choice.
  18. z3r0


    Joined: 15 Apr 2009

    Posts: 700

    Location: West Midlands

  19. NeoReloaded


    Joined: 16 Oct 2005

    Posts: 3,682

    Location: Poole

    Gametrailers. Was Game Spot, but after the farce over them giving the first Assassins Creed a high score because they were paid i lost faith in them!
  20. Gideon Lorr


    Joined: 2 Feb 2008

    Posts: 778

    This. After Far Cry 2 and other games, I've learned my lesson.