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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 2:00PM Joshua Przygocki said

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After Aion... Yes...
Sadly I pre-ordered the CE, enjoyed the beta, hated the game.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 2:08PM Bhagpuss said

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I tend to read reviews because I like reading reviews, not to make a purchasing decision. If a reviewer writes well I'll read reviews of things I have no interest whatsoever in playing, just to enjoy the prose.

To decide whether to buy a game I browse its website and the associated forums. If there's a free trial or a beta I can get into then I try that.

When it comes to the substance of the review rather than the style, I probably pay most attention to the content of reviews of games I have already played. I find it's more interesting to compare someone else's experience with my own than it is just to read about something of which I have no experience at all. A (re-)review of a game that I used to play but haven't looked at in a while can make me go back and try that game again.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 2:35PM Pasha said

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Journalists usually biased (too excited) - so I wait for player reviews - then play beta or trial. That worked just fine since Ultima Online: I purchased/played UO, Asheron's Call, Everquest, Anarchy Online, Dark Age of Camelot, WoW, StarWars: Galaxies, EVE, LOTRO, Warhammer, PotBS - except for Conan and Shadowbane.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 3:06PM Natasha said

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I usually throw caution to the wind and jump right in just before release day, by virtue of having preordered. Unfortunately, my experience in the first few months falls short of my expectations.

That is not to say I don't read reviews. I do. They tend to give a general sense of where the game stands at the time. When Ia reveiw forcuses on a beta which I am participating in, the reveiw is either spot on or disregarded.

I am expecting a lot from SWTOR, GW2, and DCUO. The last, despite the hand of Chris in the pudding. Hard to forget what he did to SWG.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 5:01PM Palebane said

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I always always always read reviews before I buy a game,even if it's a game I've been waiting years for. There is just too much risk nowadays that the developers aren't going to deliver. It's also not worth it to me to try every game for myself because I don't have the time or the money to do so. So I have to be very picky with the games I buy, and will generally only try those that appeal to me initially and then have several great scores, or a great average on gamerankings.com and Metacritic.

There have been times in the past that I have played games with lower scores, because the reasons in the reviews were not as important to me. The reviews aren't the end all, be all of my decision, but they do weigh very heavily.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 5:08PM Tazmanyak said

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More than waiting for a review, i'm now almost ure i wont buy a game i cant test by myself.
This means, during OB,
Or with some kind of free trial.

My preference goes to OB test, just because this use to mean access to game beta forums.
And ability to check by myself for "what bugs are in since a few months, and will never be fixed". This includes players suggestions/rants/griefs.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 5:23PM Solp said

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What really bugs me is how games are hyped up SO far in advance, yet people aren't given a chance to test the final product.

Harky - What grinds my gears edition.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:02PM Graill440 said

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Peter griffin would be proud.
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Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:00PM Graill440 said

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I have a substantial background in research and the like, what we see nowadays on most sites are not reviews. A review should never contain "I", instead it should be a vanilla description of features and if those features are functioning as advertised, nothing more.

Lotr snagged me with a bunch of hype in its alpha, the devs hadnt yet said the game was not going to be non pvp so in anticipation i did a lifetime, i only get fooled once on something.

Now its the forums only, and many months of waiting to see what the average joe thinks on those forums, noting of course only a small percentage even utilize them.

If i read a review nowadays its for entertainment purposes to see how opinionated or how full of opinions it is.

MMO's in todays market are best enjoyed 6-10 months after release, or in the case someone else pays the purchase price one can romp around on day one.

Posted: Sep 25th 2010 10:03PM Aelon said

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Ordinarily I do, despite my impulsiveness. The reason: I've been burned too many times to count by game manufacturers. Just like TV Execs/producers do to us every season... "throw spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks." I'll just wait for it to dry fully now, thanks.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 2:48AM Haldurson said

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I don't wait for reviews if I know enough about the developer and it's part of a franchise that I have played before, or if I'm really intrigued by the previews. That said, I've been known, though, to cancel my pre-orders based on new information.

Unfortunately, I've learned the hard way that good reviews don't guarantee a game that I actually will feel good about. Maybe my tastes are not exactly mainstream, so I find that basing a purchase on the reviews is about as risky as pre-ordering with no reviews.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 4:37AM Snichy said

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For games I'm really excited about I generally preorder regardless (one of the benefits of having more money than sense!) but with games im not bothered with or are on the fence, I will either try OB, or check the feedback on comments from real players on sites like Massively after a few weeks of release. I only use reviews or youtube videos to get an idea of gameplay and the UI etc and if I like the look of it will give it a try.

Posted: Sep 26th 2010 8:24AM (Unverified) said

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there are only five or six companies in the industry I trust m100%, their games are auto-buys

everything else is metacritic-bound. i don't like wasting my money

Posted: Sep 28th 2010 11:04AM Valdamar said

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Honestly the pre-launch previews are often just as useful as the launch reviews - really if I'm that hyped about an MMO then I'm reading both types of article mainly to glean more information about the game, rather than actually caring about the reviewers opinion. If this was post-launch of a game I either overlooked, took a "wait and see" attitude on, or never heard about originally, then I would certainly read several reviews of the MMO before buying it, but again mainly for information not opinion. A review won't tell me if I like an MMO - only playing it will do that.

In truth I've usually decided what MMOs I'm going to try a long time before they launch (atm it's SWTOR, GW2, Dark Millennium Online, and probably WoD MMO, Rift:PoT and Secret World) - either because I bought into the pre-launch hype, or I'm interested in the IP/lore the MMO is based on, or I trust the Dev team making it and have liked their previous products - but reviews/previews can be useful in getting me interested in an MMO in the first place or making me more/less interested. I rarely play MMOs at launch anymore though (because most of them launch with server issues and bad bugs that take a month or more to fix), so sure I'll read reviews for info.

A review would never be the sole determinant of whether I played/bought an MMO though - the major factors would be whether I was actually looking for a new MMO, whether friends of mine were interested in that particular MMO, or how strong my own excitement was re the hype for that MMO.

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