@TekZero:The other reason I avoid reviews is that I find they can taint my first experiences and hurt my feelings toward it as I play. If I know going in that a game is getting universal praise and being heralded as the greatest game ever created and hearing nothing but how it's the video game equivalent to being in a orgy, then when I get into it, and end up not caring for it as much, I feel like I must be doing something wrong the entire time and am unable to just enjoy it for what parts I like.
I didn't get around to playing red dead redemption for several months after it came out for example, and after hearing it talked about for so long as the above mentioned type of game, when I finally got around to playing it, it was a complete let down. It was talked up so much that it was impossible to live up to the hype for me, and I ended up putting it on the shelf and not touching it for months. Then one day many months later, after I had forgotten about all that stupid talk about how it's the greatest thing ever created, I sat down and was able to just enjoy the game for what parts I did enjoy. Overall I didn't really care for it, but it had enough parts that I did enjoy to make me glad I finished it and got to see it to the end.