So, the last video review on the site is Patrick's review of Skyward Sword for the Wii last november. And yeah... I know the guys have had some major changes since then and the video reviews take a good deal of work but man... I would really like to see some video reviews again. They are fun to watch! One of my favorite bits was the last segment on both the Deadspace 2 and Skyrim reviews adds a great bit of that Giantbomb personality to the mix. I hope to see some more video reviews in the future.
Jeff recently said on Formspring (when asked if Video reviews were coming back) that he won't say it isn't a possibility but that they don't currently have a set up for it and it isn't a priority to do it.
Found the exact quote:
Q: "Is Giantbomb going to have a new review video by the end of the year?"
A: "Hmm. Never say never, I guess, but probably not? We're not really set up to produce them right now, so it's not really something we're thinking about."
I miss them. It's good to hear how the reviewer is excited/on a downer by a game (as opposed to trying to infer emotional state) in a video review instead of just reading the words. Here's the thing though. If Gamespot has the capacity to do video reviews surely Giant Bomb has access to the same facilities. I'll use the giantbombcast studio as a primary example of these shared facilities.
I dont know how much time they actually put into it, because I am not editing them my self. But It looks like it could be a couple hours. And thats after you finished capturing all the hours and hours of gameplay. All to produce a 5 minute video is a little much.
I miss video reviews, but hey, they take time, planning and execution. Quicklooks are much, much easier to make, since they can openly discuss the game on and minute-to-minute basis and even screw up without problem.
Funny thing is, if there's one thing that I like in a video game site, its video reviews. I don't care for written previews, for dev interviews, for trailers for instance. Video reviews about fresh new games that i'm interested in always made me super excited. But now, I'm going elsewhere to get these videos. Like IGN, gametrailers and gamespot, along with a couple youtube channels.
I feel like Giantbomb's now becoming a quick cash-grab. Gross ads everywhere, less and less reviews, and video reviews are now non-existent. I guess that the owners of the site can now just cash-in their royalties a very minimum of effort and keep their review copies for their own personal uses.
I really highly doubt that the whole giantbomb team works from 8 to 5 like, for instance Gamespot. They're very nonchalant and even hired someone ( Patrick Klepek ) to make sure the website doesn't stay dusty for too long. I'm not even sure that what they're doing is called ''work'' anymore. I don't like podcast, because without video feedback, I lose interest very quickly.
I'd like to think otherwise, but sadly, right now, that's not the case with what I've been seeing.
I really wish they would. In all honesty I don't take the time to read through reviews anymore no matter what site I'm on. I'm a 38 yr old dude with 2 young girls and a wife that all want their time on the computer so I skim and move on. Yeah I realize that the video reviews usually take more time to watch than to actually read a text review but it's up to me how I wanna consume my reviews and I prefer them in video form...which is why I hit up Gametrailers for their video reviews and Metacritic for their summed up reviews. Here on GB I simply look at the Star score and then read the last 2 paragraphs and move on.
Some may think it's lazy but I visit several sites for their thoughts on different games and so I'm not gonna take the time to read each and every one.
Personally I think the best way to consume things like that are in video form.
Although I do believe a text review and a quick look are sufficient enough to explain a game, I will always love a good, edited GiantBomb video. The videos where Drew or Vinny have spent some time on and edited (such as the E3 videos) are always the best and usually the funniest.
Quicklooks + Review are the way to go. Quicklooks are always more interesting and you hear on the fly commentary and you actually get to see stuff they talk about in the review or something that stands out.
To be honest, the video reviews seem out of place on this site, because the guys are super serious on them when talking about the game and they can be a little awkward having to stand there talking off a script, especially Brad, he makes me cringe sometimes. But who wouldn't be awkward up there? Anyway, they just repeat most of what they say in the text review so I say, have a quicklook up with the review and things are great.
They seem "anti" Giant Bomb, ie they are overly produced and scripted, the guys come across as phony IGN/Gamespot (well lol)/G4/Gametrailers etc reviewers. Its just beneath them to waste their time doing it
I prefer far more to just watch the Quick Look, its raw and its Giant Bomb in every sense of the word. Them talking about games on Bombcast also is more geniune and informative.
I don't care about video reviews specifically, but I'm a little dismayed that this many months in to the CBS acquisition they are not set up to deliver the same content the did before and haven't seemed to prioritize it.
When the acquisition took place I got the impression it was supposed to lead to bigger and better things. What are those things? So far it just seems like they have a better podcast studio (good for them I guess, but that's not really different for us).
At the end of the day they were just video of game snippets with one of the guys reciting the review. The only thing it added beyond a quicklook and a written review was tones of inflection and maybe a little joke at the end.
The video reviews seemed like residue from their Gamespot days anyway. I'd rather they spend the time and effort on other stuff (random streams and mailbag type things)
I frankly "hated" them, with no offense intended to everyone involved in making them. They just... feel like verbatim readings from the text review, albeit condensed. And that just feels like reading the Cliff Notes of a novel or film. It just doesn't feel complete.
The only good one that I can remember is the famous 50 Cents: Blood on the Sand Video Review, where Jeff so deviates from the text in the review that it just becomes awesome.