I was kinda thinking about giving it a try. I did made some reviews on gamespot in the past. I was thinking about reviewing spec-ops: the line once I've played it. Anyway have anyone of you guys or girls. Made any written reviews on giantbomb?
Yeah, I've done a couple of reviews. I find it's a good way to keep the quality of my writing from deteriorating too much over the summer break. And you play a game much differently if you go into it with the mindset of "I am going to review this one." You're more critical and analytical, and it makes playing an even more active and engaging experience.
I only write a review when the site isn't already inundated in them. A public service. Sometimes I"m tempted to do it for a major game, but I look at the list and really, even if people were going to read my review after everyone else's, I wouldn't have anything original to say.
I've written reviews for Where Is My Heart?, Shift 2, Tomb Raider Underworld and the Challenge of the Edy Detachment DLC for Valkyria Chronicles. I keep my reviews limited to between 450 and 600 words since I know the internets attention span is pretty low. It also means I can cut out any of the unimportant filler and get straight to the key points.
I've only written two reviews on this site- thinking about doing some more at some point definitely.
According to my profile I've done 72 in total! Though some of those may just be text-trash ported from my gamespot profile... I enjoy writing user-reviews, if only to better contain my own thoughts on a game. But it can also take me a while just to get the energy to write one. I'm not a particularly good writer or anything, but I still like to manage some level of quality and it usually takes quite a bit of time for me to write up a review I'm happy with. And even then I'm constantly heading back in to edit any typos or awkward sentences that I may have missed.
No. I do believe I play games with a critical eye, and in my mind I take notes as I go through one, but when it comes to writing down my thoughts in review form, I just have a hard time knowing where to start and where to go from there if I do get it started. I think if I were to have a game site and have to give my opinion, I'd rather do a type of Q&A, where viewers write in questions they have about a game and I can answer it that way, it'd just be easier, then I'd provide a score with some descriptions since I can score games pretty well, ha ha.
I have done three (did more but they were horrible so I deleted them) and they have all been pretty helpful to people. 8/10 people have found them helpful.
Maybe I'll do more. I like writing reviews and I just rented Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning so I might do one on that. I also might do one on The second episode of The Walking Dead.
@Video_Game_King: I just want to point out that it wasn't me who unrecommended your Code: Veronica: X review, as I'm sure I was your most likely suspect. :o
Given that I wasn't thinking of it before, I do now.
I'm now almost inclined to recommend it just to abolish any and all suspicions. But... nah. You're just going to have live in anguish and uncertainty.
No because I dont care if any of you people buy horrible games. Everybody buys a horrible game even if they read a review.
I also dont have time . Oh and if i reviewed the games I worked on I would give them all perfect 10s and maybe even 11s I have bills and I also think some of the crap for the xbox 360 that comes out of our parent companys studio is ass.
I think I wrote one user review on here in my entire time. It was for some weird iPhone game. I'm fairly sure the review was terrible. Generally when writing about games, I prefer a blog format where I'm just talking about my particular experience with it, with the intention to entertain and encourage discussion on the subject, rather than provide purchasing advice. And I do regularly blog about games.
I made one for Recettear almost as soon as I started being a member on Giant Bomb and somehow it actually found its way on the front page. I was really lucky; if I remember correctly I was in a window right before they changed the front page to what it is now.
I hope they'll get back to somehow highlighting user reviews - maybe in the same section as the community highlights? It'd be a good opportunity to get people's reviews out there. I actually liked reading those featured reviews, too.
@EquitasInvictus: They do still occasionally highlight user reviews in the 'rad stuff made by our community' tab, but I think the mods are much more selective of what goes up there now.
You're just going to have live in anguish and uncertainty.
Don't we all?
I always want to, but by the time I finish a game its usually a few weeks after it comes out and by then writing a review is kinda pointless because the people who finished the game in a timely fashion already wrote a bunch. So I never do, but I should because I always think it seems like fun.
Just one for Kane and Lynch 2.
I remember seeing your review along time ago. I agree with everything you said about the game. I remember when I first bought it I was pissed. I beat the game in 3 hours, and the ending was out of nowhere.
It takes me awhile to write reviews (I used to write some on GS before GB), so it is good to know some people read them.
I've done only one because I wanted to put my feelings down about how I felt about the game (Arkham City). I wanted to review every game I played but I have a hard time putting how I feel about the game into words. I hope to do more and get better at it soon. It will be easier when I'm just working and playing games instead of school distracting me.
I have reviewed a couple of games in the past, but most of them were ignored so i haven't done any in quite some time. I don't know if this speaks to the quality of my reviews, or if the website is just not displaying the content in any way that will bring decent traffic to user reviews.
I intend to edit my retrospective about Fire Emblem 6 into a review. I write reviews pretty often but I rarely post them anywhere. Mostly just a writing exercise, and a process to get my thoughts out about a game instead of just letting them stew around in my head.
I do them for new releases now as a hobby as I think reviewing older games now is somewhat unfair. I just played through Vanquish and I'd probably give it a 3/5 but maybe a year or two ago my feelings wouldn't be as negative. The Bombcast overhyped it way too much but thats what they do - champion mediocre games.