First post, yay! I don't, but I have my reasons.
I'l read a review depending on the score. If it is similar to my perception of the game then i most likely won't read the review. If it is a game I am excited about I'l read the review. Obviously I do this at acredited sources like Giantbomb and gamespot. For Mirror's Edge last year, with such a mix bag of thoughts on it i read so many reviews then decided it was not worth the 60 and later on i'l get it on steam
Typically reviews don't persuade me so I don't read them much anymore; although I read EGM all the time in high school, aka a few years ago. I'll usually skim through the reviews here however as I like to see the staff's opinions on certain games, but I also listen to their podcast so I get a audio review most of the times, lol.
" Not everything needs a poll, i've been seeing that alot lately here. Express your opinion, not click what you think and leave the thread. Sorry for that short but tepid rant... "I kind of disagree. I very much like seeing a visual representation based on the opinions of everyone on this forum and see which tendency they lean towards. That does not stop one from also posting a thoughtful response in the thread, as we are doing.
On this site, rarley. The black on white text colour scheme really messes with my eyes, and makes it very hard for my to read large amounts of texts. If it's something I really care about, I'll copy and paste it into notepad (bring back the alternate colour scheme, damnit!)
You have to read the reviews not just look at the shiny rating, AC2 is a great example of this yea Ryan rated it a 4 out of 5 but his major complaints were very minor and the review read like a 5 star review and after playing for about 6 hours yesterday the game is a 5 stars for me, Mmm its so awesome and here I am sitting at work again and its at home just waiting....
Meh, no one was going to actually READ it anyway. ;-D
" Wtf happened to my paragraph i wrote explaining why i made this topic? "
Yeah, I read the reviews. I tend to scan them first and see if they're well written, then if they are, I go back and read them with greater attention.
I don't usually read reviews for games that I know I am getting day one. I already know enough about it, and don't need to validate my purchase. I will, on the other hand read the review for a game that I notice discounted six moths later, or dare I say on occasion used. I use reviews for information on games that I haven't been previewing.
I read all the review that are released. Whether I'm going to play the game or not. If I am so that I have some kind of knowledge going into the game. And if not I still like to know what sort of game it is so I can recommend to people that may be interested when I talk to them.