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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:10AM alinos said

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i normally end up impulse buying at some point

i tend to ignore review's normally because i seem to disagree with them more than to agree

what might irk them i sometimes see as a good thing

it's like using community hate at the game to make a decision

all the angry people who don't like the game are out trolling forum's while those that enjoy the game are actually playing it

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:03AM (Unverified) said

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This is the reason I actually read reviews from different sources. A single review site will never give an accurate representation of a game. Read up on multiple sources and maybe even some user reviews (although they tend to mostly be vitriol or unabashed adoration) combined with some videos of the game in question and I get a pretty accurate idea on whether I'll like the game or not. Since this article has a FFXIV image, I'll say that I'm definitely waiting for multiple reviews/opinions on that before even thinking if its the game for me. The open beta left a bad taste in my mouth and I'm not going to take the plunge any time soon.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:25AM alinos said

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oh im avoiding FF14
after the terrible game that was FF13 iv'e sworn off FF for good i think

and besides with an MMO i never feel completely ruined by the fact that i bought in the first month i mean i'll usually end up resubbing at somepoint and find that they've changed the issues i had with it anyways
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:55PM drakon said

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The best (and only IMHO) way to accurately read reviews is to look objectively at the negative feedback. This works for buying anything. Sure it doesn't hurt to look at the positive reviews to see what people liked, but overall the best way to judge whether a purchase is good is to read the negative reviews. Some people will just rant for reasons not related to the product (MMO or otherwise). Once you filter those out you can get an accurate picture of the problems. If you can live with those problems then its a good purchase.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:23AM JohnD212 said

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The beauty of an MMO is it isn't stuck in it's present state. It really is a living organism - it evolves sometimes a little and often a lot of the first few months or years that it is alive. I buy a game when I want it. If I want it when it comes out..I buy it knowing it will have limitations and complications. If that will bother me...I wait a few weeks. I also don't overly read reviews of MMO's - they're just too big for most reviewers to review thoroughly.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 10:39PM (Unverified) said

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I agree John, MMOs are too big to review in one small sitting (generally reviewed at stage where the game is far from finished) You can get an overall "feel" for an MMO. But to give an indepth review on mechanics and the first 10 levels won't show that.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:32AM Tom in VA said

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Oh, yes. Definitely.

Unless I absolutely KNOW something is produced by a quality publisher (Blizzard and Bioware, for example) whom I can trust to put out a good game. Then and only then will I "impulse buy."

More usually, however, what I am waiting for are the game's release glitches and flaws to be ironed out. Having multitudinous reviews by that point is simply a side benefit of waiting.

In STO's case, it went: (1) rocky release ... followed by (2) waves of negative reviews ... followed by (3) Cryptic responding to many of the issues and lots of glitch resolution on their part ... followed by (4) me picking up the game (on the cheap!) 6 to 8 months after the game's release.

Moreover, it's often the negative reviews that cause me to buy a product.

It was the repeated accusation against STO that it "plays like a single-player game" that ultimately won me over and, sure enough, it does. With my work schedule, an MMO with lots of single-player love is just the ticket.

It was the accusation in one reader review that Guild Wars was "much too story-based" that prompted me to try it out. I ended up being happy and satisfied by both games (much moreso with GW, natch). :-)

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:28AM alinos said

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I don't see how a game can be Too story based

especially when you can skip the cinematic's if you want anyway

a good story can make me put up with the broken parts of the game

No story ultimately leads me to the view of what the hell is my motivation, other than walk around and whack things with a stick
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:46AM Theeinferno said

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I like to wait for reviews with mmo's. But, I normally just buy the game if I liked the beta.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 8:47AM Tazmanyak said

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I always personnaly wait for reviews, since Aion :p
That was my last "impulse buying" ... i preordered.
And was quite disapointed!

Now, i use to try OB, if available, as a "free to try test" before release.
If i am suspicious (as i have been with ffxiv) i wait for the first feedbacks, to see if realease came with some patches :)

I also like re-reviews some sites use to do.
Such rereviews should be done every 6months/1 years after a game release, imho.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:25AM Suplyndmnd said

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Heh, seems we both got bit by the Aion bug. I didn't have a hard and fast rule about pre-ordering as much until that game sucked money out of my wallet. I always always always wait for multiple reviews first and about broke that rule with Final Fantasy XIV and I'm thankful now i didn't. The game is a Final Fantasy game and it will probably be decent enough but from what i read, it's not for me. I wanted to get APB too but luckily it got enough bad reviews that i knew better.

I think with MMO's now i'm going to wait until they are established some what before i go buying and making such a huge investment in them. Non MMO games i'm a lot more picky about since i typically play those on consoles and they are 60 bucks a piece.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:06PM RosevilleWgn said

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Oh god, what a snafu Aion turned out to be. There were so many things they could have done to improve the game play, the least of which was to put some servers on the West coast.

Hours of "Where's Tutty?" didn't help either.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 5:02PM Tazmanyak said

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"Hours of "Where's Tutty?" didn't help either."
I really smiled when i read this one ^^

I was on french servers, and gave a try to euro ones.
i saw spam of these one both!
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:06AM Purkit said

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I don't wait for reviews. They can be useful to get an overview of the game, but its not the reviews I wait for. Almost always (at least nowadays) I'll only buy a game if its extremely cheap or I'm able to play a free trial or beta. If a game doesn't allow me to play before I buy then I'm wondering what exactly they are trying to hide.

FF is a good example. Its had some really positive articles written about it on Massively. Its not until I played the game during beta I realised how much I disagreed with some of the points raised in those articles. It comes down to personal taste and reviews are often little more than opinion pieces with the odd fact thrown in. Useful but not something I rely on when buying a new game.

My rule is always try before you buy.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:14AM J Brad Hicks said

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"Wait" for the review? I read Massively. The reviews start to come out a year before the games do.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:21AM Shadanwolf said

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I won't play most games without a review or reading player feedback.We choose to play ONLY ftp games that have positive reviews/feedback.Some games last as short as 10 minutes before deletion.Tight money and game company lies will do that to you.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:36AM Dandmcd said

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I don't wait for reviews or impressions, I try my hardest to get into beta and get a taste of the game for myself. If I went by reviews like on Massively, I'd be playing every game since every game gets hyped and praised by the writers endlessly on here. If I like the first couple hours of gameplay, I'll usually buy if it feels right to me. Aion being my only mistake, I didn't realize after the first couple hours of gameplay that the game would go so far downhill as I leveled.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:43AM jpkustra said

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First impressions of beta is a good enough sales pitch for me to buy it! ;)

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:46AM Scuffles said

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Depends if there is a sale I might impulse buy because even if its not as good as I expected its worth what I paid.

For new games tho I already know whether or not I'm going to buy it before it comes out. I've usually watched the game since it caught my interest in early development and followed it myself. Now Reviews do play into that but only as far as they give me additional information. Generally I don't care how they score the game.

As for MMO games ..... I don't really play P2P games anymore so I have tried a few that I normally wouldn't have. But it doesn't cost anything to give it a shot. I don't think my next MMO purchase will come before GW2 is released.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:51AM Platypus Man said

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With MMORPGs, I tend to follow a game during it's development phase, and I usually base my buying decision of what I know of the game from that information.

But yeah, with single-player games I read as many reviews as I can find before plopping down hard-earned cash.

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