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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:51PM (Unverified) said

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A platypus?

*looks at picture*

PERRY THE PLATYPUS?!

Sorry, I had to...
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:53AM Arkanaloth said

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no I don't generally wait for reviews. However I will try to find forums and read what people are saying that are relevant to my interests. Case & Point: Aion. I was considering picking up Aion when it was first announced but couldn't get a beta slot, so off I went to MMORPG.com after the NDA was lifted to get the pulse of the community.

There was a TON of complaints about Rift Ganking and the game wasn't even out yet. I knew it was a PVP game but just how open was the pvp was my question. Are we talking arena based / areas based or wide open? After reading the player forums and beta complaints I determined it to be a pretty wide open PVP game and decided not to buy it.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:01AM archipelagos said

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Excellent point. Aion is essentially open-pvp and it was never advertised as such because they KNEW a whole load of people would simply not be interested. So what happened? Loads of people bought it, played it, realised they couldn't avoid pvp and dumped it.

Studios need to be very open about the type of game they're making.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:57AM archipelagos said

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I was actually having a discussion about this last night. MMO's, and gaming in general, could benefit greatly from a more standardised approach to pre-release information, not only to the media but to the customer. Especially when you take into consideration that gaming is becoming more and more of a nickle and dime industry all the time: it's absolutely vital we have efficient means to know how something will play before spending our money.

My main issue is that reviews are not enough on their own for people to make informed decisions about what to purchase. Reviews are very important, I'm not arguing otherwise, but the motivations behind their writing can vary wildly from one article to the next: be it personal bias, pressure from their employer, pressure from the studio to give a good score (how you like dem exclusives, bud?), even pressure from the audience that views the content (wot you mean my favourite game ever that I haven't played yet only got 7/10, wtf! I am never reading your publication again, omg!). You need to be very cynical and read a LOT of reviews to get a better picture of how a game actually plays and whether or not you'd like it and quite frankly it can be exhausting, not to mention time consuming.

Demo's, free-trials, reviews: gotta use them all.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:21AM Its Utakata stupid said

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After my experience with out of the box Champions Online of release date, not only do I wait for reviews...I wait to hear what other players are saying about it as well. And there was a lot of player issues with that game that where similar to mine. But it was too late for me...I should've waited.

Case in point, it's been a year since Aion has released here in NA. Yet despite this being a game I've really wanted to play, I've held off...since there where so many complaints about from many different players. I decided this game wasn't for me. And I would only be dissapointed if I purchased it in the end.

I understand the public is sometimes wrong. But in most cases, like with games...I don't know any of the players. So I presume they have different values, goals and personalitiies from my own. Thus it becomes more apparent when random players that are likely different from me all start to agree with each other there is something wrong with the game in question. So that product is maybe something I should avoid...unless I want to waste money on a game that makes me another complainer. :(

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:25AM Minofan said

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To be honest; no.
I read plenty of reviews alright, but only for games I wasn't that interested in - either because I'm bored and desperate for a game that might just be ok after all or (more likely) because I'm looking for reinforcement in my decision not to get a game.

If I actually really like a game (which usually only applies to 1-2 a year), I commit befopre reviews most times.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:27AM donweel said

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If it's a new game and interesting, I will play the Beta if I can. If not that, will take the free trial. Try before you buy. If reviews are really bad I will not bother to download.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:30AM Ayonyx said

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I never read reviews, because they aren't ever the case for me. $50, $60, $70, $80 isn't that much to spend for a game and a month of entertainment. If I don't enjoy myself after that point (See Aion) I simply stop resubscribing and go about my business.

There does seem to be some sort of animosity towards a game if it doesn't turn out to be what people expected, as if they are upset that they invested time into it as now they feel that time has been wasted and quickly return to whatever game they were previously enthralled with. I simply don't conform to this mentality, as all games are basically meant to waste one's time. Why would I care where I waste my time as long as I'm entertained?

-Ayo

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:55AM Carefulwiththatpoptart said

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Agreed. If a game is bad, move on. Many nerds treat a failed game like the bully who stuck their heads in a toilet in high school. " You will pay for what you did to me." LOL. Then the rants begin, never to subside. Anyway, if $15 a month breaks you, find a new hobby.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:04PM Audacious said

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I find it kind of sad that you don't value your money more, but to each their own.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:07PM Deadalon said

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Some ppl are not so stupid to throw money into something that they might or might not like. Some do tho...

Aion needs free trial. Spending money on a product not knowing how it works on your PC - not knowing the Ping - not knowing ALOT of things that could be checked out in few hours with free trial...

But maybe Sony is counting on ppl like you to buy a product that you will then just throw away... That tells you more about the ethic of the company that thinks that way more than anything else.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:17PM Ayonyx said

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I find it interesting that you two are so concerned with your money. I don't really feel like the cost of an MMORPG is so extreme that buying one or two a year is going to bankrupt me. If the game interests me, I will buy it.. it's one of the nice things about having disposable income.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 9:54PM alinos said

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i agree with Ayonyx

and it's not the loss of value in money or wasting it

the money i may have spent on aion which i played for a month and then unsubbed would have been wasted on some other 10 hour FPS or whatnot for much less entertainment time

the fact that i had money to pay for an MMO meant it was going to be spent whether on the MMO on booze, on a console game on take out, out of all those things the most entertainment comes from the MMO

and it probably saves me more money than it cost's
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 11:59AM Revrant said

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No, I don't, I play the MMOs in trials or betas and decide if I don't like them then, for free, and I generally ignore the reviews.

Normal games on the other hand I tend to weight reviews more favorably, especially from specific editors at the gaming websites I know I can rely upon for a sound opinion.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:03PM Audacious said

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Reviews aren't necessary for me any more. This is a day and age in which information for any kind of product you might want to get your hands on is a few keystrokes and mouse clicks away: videos for the product in motion, first impressions and opinions of professionals and fellow customers alike from websites and forums; interviews with the people behind the product (although these tend to be as worthless as reviews are, in most cases); what have you.

Unless I'm impulse buying something I had no vested interest in before hand, the overwhelming majority of the time I know what I'm purchasing and just how high quality a product it is, without all the biases that most reviews (yes, even yours, hell, /especially/ yours, Eliot) inherently always have. That's not meant as an insult, though: clearly you've invested a great deal of time and interest in the Final Fantasy online brand and only want to see it succeed: but that's all the more reason why I can't even so much as take your words on the subject, or anyone being paid to review anything, for that matter, with a grain of salt.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:03PM Deadalon said

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I no longer wait for reviews - I wait for free trials and have promised myself to never fall for hype of any game ever again.

The things is... Some MMOs dont even give out free trials. Aion for example. It might that I LOVED the game - but I wont buy it until I have experienced it on MY computer on a free trial.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:07PM JanChel said

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Not usually if it's a game I'm heavily anticipating. At that point, I would've been getting enough info about the game from betas and previews. When you really want to play something, you do all it takes.

But a favorable review can often sway me to buy games that I'm casually interested in. Like FPS games, usually I'm not a serious fan. But when the latest CoD or Halo comes out and it gets rave reviews, I get a copy and try it out.

Of course, the system isn't perfect. Sometimes, I get a game I really enjoy and other times not so much. But what has stood true for me all this time is that what others like might not be what I like, and vice versa. And that you can't really judge something by what others say.

Great reviews or not, it's all moot if you're not enjoying it personally.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 12:12PM Ayonyx said

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Value my money more? I average around $100 a year on MMORPGs, that's nothing...

Posted: Oct 25th 2010 11:54AM BaronYiffington said

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I used to not care about reviews for MMOs.

However, after buying and getting burned on APB, I will NEVER again buy an MMO on release day, and never before seeing at least a few reviews.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 1:11PM Saker said

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Absolutely! INDEPENDENT reviews! This is important! And trials, really need to try yourself. History show clearly you can't trust the companies (seriously anyone who trusts any companies at this point in history, and that goes for -all- companies not just gaming companies, well that person is a idiot and needs a serious therapists services)!

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