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#1 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -

The only reason I travel to other sites at times is to find early reviews of games to aid in my decision making process to purchase a game or not. The problem is that other sites often post spoilers and they  are just simply not as good as giantbomb. What holds giantbomb back from posting their reviews earlier? 

#2 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -

A lot of times they don't get review copies as early as the bigger name guys(IGN, Gamespot, etc) or, sometimes, have to buy the games themselves on release day.

#3 Posted by Leviticus128 (217 posts) -

With it being a fairly small operation they don't always get early review copies and with the mound of new releases coming out recently its hard to play through the whole game, write a review, proofread it and get it up early. i sure as hell know i couldnt play every game given to me on a schedual

#4 Posted by WilliamRLBaker (4777 posts) -

And Giantbomb reviews are the cream of the crop far better then some other reviews you can tell the giantbomb guys spent some good time with the games.

#5 Posted by Siphillis (1290 posts) -

The staff of GiantBomb is markedly small in comparison to sites like IGN and 1UP.  If I recall, only four reviews are employed, each taking a week (if not longer) to complete each game at their leisure.  The pressure to complete a game and critique it on time simply isn't present as it was at GameSpot, especially under the leadership of Greg Kasavin.

#6 Posted by mracoon (4948 posts) -

I'm a bit surprised that they haven't put up an ME2 review yet because it came out in the US today and they said Brad had been playing it.

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#7 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@CitizenKane: That's really too bad. I'm pretty new to the site and I find the reviews so good. I'm sure it'll just be a matter of time before giantbomb becomes one of the top sites and gets games far earlier. I wonder if some video game companies are a little apprehensive because of the brutal honesty in the reviews?
#8 Edited by JWawin (70 posts) -
@WilliamRLBaker: Cream of the crop indeed! That's why I like giantbomb so much you can tell they give games a good play through before writing a review. It's just too bad sometimes because this is the only site where I trust the reviews and when a game is already out and a review hasn't been posted it puts me in a tough situation because I'm not sure if I should pick up a game or not. 
#9 Posted by super_machine (1929 posts) -

Because they're waiting for the mail to come to see how big the check is... (runs away).

#10 Posted by tomte (291 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" I'm a bit surprised that they haven't put up an ME2 review yet because it came out in the US today and they said Brad had been playing it. "
 
Are you sure that he played the whole game? As i understood it he only spenta few extra hours with it but not playing it to completion, also if this is the case they might not have the save file, tus have to start over from the beginning
#11 Posted by CitizenKane (10501 posts) -
@JWawin: I wouldn't look too much into that reasoning for it.  Simply put, while all of staff have been around for years, Giant Bomb in itself is a relatively new, up-and-coming video game journalism website that still has to earn some more stripes in the broad scheme of things.
#12 Posted by Cazamalos (983 posts) -

since i'm the kind of guys that takes some time to finish a game i can't ask to someone to finish quick and experience all a game :(  , and when a want to brought a game in day one i already know what is the game about.
 
but also i'm gonna quote Shaun McInnins's twitter 
 

 I wonder how many websites review MAG (online-only game with deep leveling system) before release tomorrow. So far: two!#notaraceguys    

#13 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@CitizenKane: Yeah I hear you, it's hard to believe that giantbomb is so young and I forget that at times. I think they're doing stuff way better than sites like gamespot and ign. A big reason I care about reviews being posted earlier is because I'm a broke ass university student who can't afford to buy any game that comes out haha. I'll just have to tough it out and wait on certain games or until giantbomb becomes a beast!
#14 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

because they hate you.

#15 Posted by Griddler (3344 posts) -

Doesn't bother me. It's good that they put alot of time and effort into their reviews, also I don't rely on review scores to decide on whether or not to buy a game.

#16 Posted by Milkman (16484 posts) -

I was actually a little surprised that Giant Bomb didn't post their Mass Effect 2 review at midnight. Pretty much every site, and I mean every site, posted their review at midnight.

#17 Posted by Vinchenzo (6192 posts) -

Why do you ask stupid and obvious questions?

#18 Posted by Tireyo (6408 posts) -

It takes time for perfection. = - P Hehe.

#19 Posted by Sweep (8790 posts) -

there is also relationships with developers and publishers and whatnot that might dictate when they receive a review copy - for example if Jeff gave a previous Eidos game a bad review, Eidos might not be so enthusiastic to get his opinion on their newest game. 
 
The focus of giantbomb isn't the reviews, it's the podcast and the wiki. I think as far as giantbomb is concerned there is already enough of that stuff in existence, if you want to read rushed early reviews there are plenty of decent places to do so elsewhere on the internet.

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#20 Posted by Mr_Bubbles (174 posts) -

They're a group of dudes who play games. They don't always get early copies like IGN or GameSpot. They buy the game when it's released, and then play it until they can review it.

#21 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@Vinchenzo: Thanks for making the new guy feel welcomed. 
#22 Posted by belaraphon (451 posts) -

often times i find myself purchasing a game that i have a small interest in because i read a solid review for it.  but using giant bomb i plan my game purchases out a a little more strategically - and save myself some coin to boot! 
 
also their reviews are top notch. i don't like i have seen a "world exclusive first review" from them which is usually nothing but glad handing the publishers.

#23 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

You shouldn't solely get your information from one site, I mean in reality GiantBomb is a small operation that doesn't always post releveant news. There are other good non "corporate" sites like Destructoid and Kotaku which provide relevant reviews. Hell I think I prefer Kotaku for reviews over GiantBomb because they dont give meaningless numbers. They state pros and cons, some details on the game and thats it. You can generally tell from the tone if they liked it or not but based on the pros and cons you can make your own decision.
 
Also Metacritic is a great way to see if the game is praised universally just because say Brad  gave something a 5/5 doesn't not everyone else gave it a 1 or 2 out of  5.

#24 Edited by Littlejehova (34 posts) -

I think also you have to take into account the amount of video content and podcasts these guys are putting out. Quite honestly for a group of 4 -8 guys its staggering. And while I'm sure everyone agrees that the reviews are fantastic most people keep coming back to Giantbomb for the video content, podcasts and the community. At the least for me the reviews have become simply supplemental for the enjoyment of the site, while the quicklooks, features and podcasts have become the main course. And I say if we have to wait a few couple days for a review so we can keep on getting such great content, what is there to bitch about.

#25 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

Also, with a fairly small staff they sometimes can't get a game finished in time. While a reviewer on another site may be completely assigned to a particular task until it's done, the reviewers on this site may have to do quick looks, news, bombcasts etc in between. 

#26 Posted by EpicSteve (6470 posts) -

It's also my understanding they don't go after exclusive reviews, unlike IGN which gets them like candy. Then again, GiantBomb (or any site) shouldn't be your only source for information. All sources have specific strengths and weaknesses, GiantBomb is no different.

#27 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@Subject2Change: I agree, I think it's good to check out other sites I just find myself agreeing the most with giantbomb reviews. There are certain games i will pick up  without checking reviews but I just find them helpful because money is tight right now and it's nice to get a good idea about what I am purchasing. I haven't been to   Destructoid and Kotaku but I will check them out for sure. 
#28 Posted by swamplord666 (1757 posts) -

well in the case of MAG, BIG kudos to them for waiting till the public servers are up and they've gotten sometime in with the community before reviewing the game. How can you tell what the experience is like on a mltiplayer game based solely on a beta?

#29 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@mracoon said:
" I'm a bit surprised that they haven't put up an ME2 review yet because it came out in the US today and they said Brad had been playing it. "
I think you answered your own question.
#30 Posted by MachoFantastico (4479 posts) -
@swamplord666 said:
" well in the case of MAG, BIG kudos to them for waiting till the public servers are up and they've gotten sometime in with the community before reviewing the game. How can you tell what the experience is like on a mltiplayer game based solely on a beta? "
Totally agree, when I heard that I thought 'bravo GB, bravo indeed' wish more sites considered things like that. Could make a huge difference to MAG. 
#31 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@Littlejehova: I understand, it's not a matter of me bitching I was just curious. I saw a bunch of reviews posted days before the release of ME2 and I was curious because it seems like giantbomb has a good relationship with bioware. I just assumed they would be getting a copy pretty early and it made me wonder why they hadn't posted a review yet. As for the bombcasts, they are probably the best part of the site for me! 
#32 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -

I actually like it better that way. They're experiencing the same stuff at the same time as the consumers. Just so we have something to talk about. Instead of saying "I wish I can play it now".

#33 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@EpicSteve: It's not my only source but it is without a doubt one of the better sites.
#34 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@ch13696: Yeah but what if you are undecided on a game that is coming out and you prefer giantbomb reviews opposed to others? Some games can be very tough to get if you aren't there for a midnight release. 
#35 Posted by Altered_Confusion (197 posts) -

To cite everyone who's said it before they don't always get the games early, a good chunk of the time its on their own dime, since they are a review site they have a ton of games to get through and little time to do it in, and they actually play the games. I think one of the huge differences is that there's not a check neatly slipped in the case, so they give the honest review which takes an entire playthrough, maybe more to accomplish. 

#36 Posted by Tennmuerti (7957 posts) -

If you are important people will wait.

#37 Posted by ch13696 (4582 posts) -
@JWawin: Trust me. There are plenty of stores that have the game. Most people believe that only GameStop carries games. But there are other ones like Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, etc. That's the big problem with GameStop is that they only carry the same amount that people pre-order. While the other places order a lot.
#38 Posted by Cwaff (1260 posts) -

I don't mind waiting a little longer for the qualitative reviews that we see here.

#39 Posted by supermike6 (3530 posts) -
@JWawin said:
" @WilliamRLBaker: Cream of the crop indeed! That's why I like giantbomb so much you can tell they give games a good play through before writing a review. It's just too bad sometimes because this is the only site where I trust the reviews and when a game is already out and a review hasn't been posted it puts me in a tough situation because I'm not sure if I should pick up a game or not.  "
You know you don't have to pick up a game on release date. You can wait a week, it'll still be there.
#40 Posted by Creamypies (4044 posts) -

I think if you are in a situation where you're still unsure on whether to get a game on launch day, then obviously you're not too eager to get it. In which case, a day or two late is hardly going to cause you much hassle.

#41 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

GiantBomb doesn't really post their reviews that late. Usually they are posted a few days before release, or a day or two after release. You have to remember that they are a relatively small group of people and their main concern is playing the game through, maybe playing a retail copy (if it warrants a reason), and getting a good, quality review before post.

#42 Posted by wwfundertaker (1395 posts) -

Better late then never is my saying, i may have stolen that tag line.

#43 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@supermike6 said:
" @JWawin said:
" @WilliamRLBaker: Cream of the crop indeed! That's why I like giantbomb so much you can tell they give games a good play through before writing a review. It's just too bad sometimes because this is the only site where I trust the reviews and when a game is already out and a review hasn't been posted it puts me in a tough situation because I'm not sure if I should pick up a game or not.  "
You know you don't have to pick up a game on release date. You can wait a week, it'll still be there. "
I have a number of poor qualities and unfortunately a lack of patience is one of them.
#44 Posted by PenguinDust (12442 posts) -

Giant Bomb is about quality, not quantity.  This is a small, tight run unit of seasoned professionals who work hard to keep us all entertained and informed.  They've been doing videos, writing news articles and other stuff we haven't even seen yet.  They do all this and have to make time to play games for review.  Oh, and then there is that little nagging thing about having an outside life.  They get to it and when they do, it is good.  There are plenty of other sites with larger staffs that will give you more timely reviews if that is what you're looking for.  Me, I can wait for something I will truly value when making game purchases.

#45 Posted by iam3green (14390 posts) -

i would say because they are not big to get copies like gamespot and other great review sites. they have to wait until the reviews come out.

#46 Posted by Jeffsekai (7026 posts) -
@JWawin: They do it to piss people off.
#47 Posted by DanceDanceKennypants (632 posts) -

Because it's freaking art, man.
 
You can't rush art
 
Ol' Leo Da Vinci didn't take no shit from anybody. No sir.

#48 Posted by Raven_Sword (3438 posts) -
@CitizenKane:

This.
#49 Posted by MAN_FLANNEL (2462 posts) -

Because Brad sucks at video games.

#50 Posted by JWawin (70 posts) -
@Jeffsekai said:
" @JWawin: They do it to piss people off. "
Well it's working haha.