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Discussion in 'Gaming' started by David Galindo, Nov 16, 2003.
Just wondering, but probably not since this is not a video game forum...
I think a few members have reviewed games in the past, but never officially by HTF.
Is this of interest to you guys? Would you like to see a couple of qualified reviewers for this forum? They would be designated with "official" review threads. Perhaps something we could pursue.
I'd love to do a Xbox review of Counterstrike on Friday, and if you like my style of writing, perhaps I could be a HTF videogame reviewer
I would be interested in contributing if something like this were to start up.
Id be interested as well. I did write reviews for a local DVD site for a spell. Ill link you to my reviews if you'd like.
I think it's a great idea too. I would love to see reviews from the same perspective I enjoy them. Good gameplay and a good hometheater experience.
I strongly support this too. Very good idea.
Perhaps there should be 2 Xbox reviewers, 2 PS2 guys, 1 Gamecube and one GBA reviewer...
Just throwin around some ideas.
Best review gets the official nod no matter who makes it.
Why not make the review threads for games more like the ones for movies than those for DVDs? Everyone posts a review of their own opinion.
I'd say one to each platform. That way the reviews can be isolated to someone who knows what to expect from that platform. To have any person spread cross pltforms will invariably lead to platform-vs-platform comparisons, and we all know how well that goes over in this place.
I am interested in the PC obviously, and my affiliation with another web site (not my own since it's obviously not related to gaming) can get me some inroads to software companies. I've received pre-gold game software for review in the past. Be aware that I'd likely have to share the reviews between HTF and the other site, if that's not a problem.
My only real request if this goes through is that all review threads SPECIFICALLY mention the platform in the title, such as
OFFICIAL MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE (PC) REVIEW
OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE
That way if the same game gets reviewed on multiple platforms (which I do believe will be of interest particularly for games that have different features based on platform), there will be no confusion as to which thread is for which specific review. I can already see a review for a game on a console + PC and the replies that say, "But [version] has these features!"
Excellent suggestion by John re: format of thread title. I think platform-specific reviewers makes sense for the reason you indicate above. To play Devil's Advocate, however, the one problem I see is having the same titles reviewed up to three times.
Ok, bear with me here - is there a way to manipulate the post order in a thread?
For example, say Max Payne 2 came out last week and John did a review for the PC version and makes a thread called "OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE".
Then a week later the XBox version comes out, and I do a review for it. Instead of starting a new thread about the XBox version, would it be possible to move my review to the first response of John's original thread and then just edit the title to "OFFICIAL REVIEW (PC) (Xbox) - MAX PAYNE 2: THE FALL OF MAX PAYNE"?
That way we could cut down on the number of threads, keep the threads organized with the reviews always coming before responses / questions / comments, and make it easy to see which versions of a game have been reviewed.
Sorry if that was confusing - studying for the GRE I have on thursday has turned my brain to mush tonight.
This is a great idea and perhaps long overdue. I get tired of reading Xbox game reviews online where the reviewer doesn't bother to mention (or simply isn't aware) that a particular game doesn't support 480p, or, in some cases, even DD 5.1...
Game reviews tailored for a home theater audience interested in high quality audio and video along with gameplay would be GREATLY welcomed...There are several sites that review DVDs from a home theater perspective, but almost no sites that treat video games the same way. With games approaching films in terms of effects and sound, it is about time they were treated equally on those terms by reviewers.
As to the issue of reviewing the same title for different consoles: comparative reviews should be done by the same person, or not at all. You won't know if the difference in ratings is subjective to the person or due to actual differences in the versions of the game, at least as far as general look, feel, and play. It would be nice to note differences in online implementation and such though, all that would be required there is a little research.