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View Poll Results: How valuable are reviews/impressions to you?
They make my decision for me 1 1.45%
Significant, but I still rent/try on my own 16 23.19%
I use the demo 5 7.25%
I read them, but no real impact 29 42.03%
None at all 5 7.25%
I use a little bit of everything 13 18.84%
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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How much stock do you put in reviews/impressions

I loved Chris's reviews this year...the most in depth a Madden review has seen in awhile.

It seems that all the "legacy" issues that bug the crap out of me in Madden are still there, and I haven't played it yet. I read the demo roundtable... and one of the contributors said that the demo seemed worse than retail.

...and then I read there are certain bugs (while trying to stay out of the bugs and glitches thread)...as well as crazy design decisions, some of which probably won't bother me.

The thing I know I will HATE is the commentary/dead crowd which made Madden 11 pretty boring to me. I know the game will take sliders to be closer to sim.

Yet I STILL WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL... I already traded in NCAA this year, I found it lacking in many ways.

So how much do you weigh other people's opinion when considering a buy?
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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Largely, I used the demo, but I did consider some things I read in the impressions thread to decide to give M12 a shot.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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I play the demo to make my impressions. Sure I read everybody 2 cents because I love reading, but at the end of the day I make my opnions based on what I see with my own eyes.

Tons of youtube videos exists for every game that is out or about to come out. So therefore it is a lot to gather info from.

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Old 09-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #4
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none at all review and impressions mean nothing to me thats how they feel about the game they dont have the same taste in games i do
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:22 PM   #5
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I always go by my own personal tastes. Demos do nothing for me really unless its a game that is a first run. Reviewers are the last place I pay attention to.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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Here is how I use Reviews:
I go to gamerankings.com and I several Bad reviews, several great
reviews and the several average reviews of the game.
Sometimes there are upwards of 50+ reviews of the more popular titles.
After using this process I usually know all of the flaws and positives of any
given game. This process has saved me LOTS of cash since Ive started
doing this. So while reviews are valuable-I NEVER use one review
as a guideline for whether or not I will like a game.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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I read them because I'm interested in others decision, but I don't allow the reviews to impact my decision.

I'm my own best critic.

I just felt from Chris's review that he tested the game out of the box without slider adjustments and he might have said that in his review, can't remember.

I said this in another thread, there isn't a sports game on the 360 that I haven't personalized sliders to my enjoyment of the game.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:35 PM   #8
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Individual reviews little to no stock at all.

Reviews overall as a group a decent amount. When you read 10 reviews that all say the same thing, easier to believe it's true.
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