Is ALEX doing the review?

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#1 Posted by AssInAss (2543 posts) -

Hmm...

If so, I love Alex reviews anyway.

#2 Posted by Yummylee (21270 posts) -

I think that all but confirms it.

#3 Edited by BaconGames (3292 posts) -

I guess it makes sense but man is it weird that Alex is now the reviews workhorse around here. Looking at the list it seems like Jeff, Brad, and Alex take care of a vast majority of the reviews. Patrick and Ryan seem to be tied up for reviews. I does make sense though given how different Ryan's role is now, taking a more active production role around the office. With that said, Ryan's reviewed 2 games all year. And half the quick looks he said he's going to do never happen, like that Risen QL.

#4 Posted by Bocam (3672 posts) -

I thought RYAN was going to do it. But an ALEX is fine too.

#5 Posted by BaconGames (3292 posts) -

@Bocam said:

I thought RYAN was going to do it. But an ALEX is fine too.

Oh man, referring to their names in all caps like that makes me thing they're robotic versions of themselves.

#6 Posted by Milkman (16531 posts) -

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

#7 Posted by Bigandtasty (3202 posts) -

@BaconGames said:

@Bocam said:

I thought RYAN was going to do it. But an ALEX is fine too.

Oh man, referring to their names in all caps like that makes me thing they're robotic versions of themselves.

I thought of old-school JRPG characters.

#8 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

That makes since. That week is the most packed in months. We already got a quick look on it and Jeff will be busy reviewing DarkSiders 2.

#9 Posted by Yummylee (21270 posts) -

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

#10 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

I wonder if there will be sarcasm in the review, I guess, or something.

#11 Posted by SuperSambo (2853 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

I wonder if there will be sarcasm in the review, I guess, or something.

Sarcasm? Thats a thing.

#12 Posted by The_Nubster (2047 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

For me, it's either Alex or Brad. Brad's reviews read like a wonderful story, and Alex's are always pretty funny, but honest.

#13 Posted by Animasta (14648 posts) -

@SuperSambo said:

@Pinworm45 said:

I wonder if there will be sarcasm in the review, I guess, or something.

Sarcasm? Thats a thing.

he's stopped doing that though (so much), and plenty of other people do it too.

#14 Posted by wjb (1638 posts) -

Seems like a game to be dumped on Alex. Jeff might do a New Super Mario Bros. 2 review and Jeff or Ryan will write the Darksiders 2 review, if there are any reviews at all.

Brad will continue to hustle and check for updates on pigeon fucking.

#15 Posted by Yummylee (21270 posts) -

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

For me, it's either Alex or Brad. Brad's reviews read like a wonderful story, and Alex's are always pretty funny, but honest.

Ryan's pretty good, too. He has such a ludicrously expansive vocabulary and his writing style is probably the most... colourful. And no offence to Jeff, but I think he's one of the weakest writers on the site; he doesn't have as much of a unique writing identity as the rest of the crew. But he's also easily the most charismatic on-screen. It's why I've always loved watching his video-reviews, regardless of whether it's for a game I'm interested in or not.

#16 Posted by Aegon (5403 posts) -

Not exactly going into it with an open mind.

#17 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5137 posts) -

Maybe!

#18 Posted by The_Nubster (2047 posts) -

@Yummylee said:

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

For me, it's either Alex or Brad. Brad's reviews read like a wonderful story, and Alex's are always pretty funny, but honest.

Ryan's pretty good, too. He has such a ludicrously expansive vocabulary and his writing style is probably the most... colourful. And no offence to Jeff, but I think he's one of the weakest writers on the site; he doesn't have as much of a unique writing identity as the rest of the crew. But he's also easily the most charismatic on-screen. It's why I've always loved watching his video-reviews, regardless of whether it's for a game I'm interested in or not.

I think Jeff said as much himself in a Jar Time video. He thinks Brad is the best writer on the site, but his own history of doing shitty public access TV shows made him really comfortable on camera. Speaking of, I would kill to see those shitty public access TV shows.

#19 Posted by deox (210 posts) -

I always enjoy Alex's reviews, so I hope so.

#20 Posted by AssInAss (2543 posts) -

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

For me, it's either Alex or Brad. Brad's reviews read like a wonderful story, and Alex's are always pretty funny, but honest.

Ryan's pretty good, too. He has such a ludicrously expansive vocabulary and his writing style is probably the most... colourful. And no offence to Jeff, but I think he's one of the weakest writers on the site; he doesn't have as much of a unique writing identity as the rest of the crew. But he's also easily the most charismatic on-screen. It's why I've always loved watching his video-reviews, regardless of whether it's for a game I'm interested in or not.

I think Jeff said as much himself in a Jar Time video. He thinks Brad is the best writer on the site, but his own history of doing shitty public access TV shows made him really comfortable on camera. Speaking of, I would kill to see those shitty public access TV shows.

Timestamp for that?

#21 Posted by The_Nubster (2047 posts) -

@AssInAss said:

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@The_Nubster said:

@Yummylee said:

@Milkman said:

Alex is, by far, the best reviewer on the site so I hope so.

Absolutely.

For me, it's either Alex or Brad. Brad's reviews read like a wonderful story, and Alex's are always pretty funny, but honest.

Ryan's pretty good, too. He has such a ludicrously expansive vocabulary and his writing style is probably the most... colourful. And no offence to Jeff, but I think he's one of the weakest writers on the site; he doesn't have as much of a unique writing identity as the rest of the crew. But he's also easily the most charismatic on-screen. It's why I've always loved watching his video-reviews, regardless of whether it's for a game I'm interested in or not.

I think Jeff said as much himself in a Jar Time video. He thinks Brad is the best writer on the site, but his own history of doing shitty public access TV shows made him really comfortable on camera. Speaking of, I would kill to see those shitty public access TV shows.

Timestamp for that?

I dunno man. It was a Jar Time video; I don't remember the episode, much less the exact time, nor the exact quote. I just remember he said that Brad is a better writer than he is.

#22 Posted by minotaka (320 posts) -

Inteeeeeeeeerrestinggggggg *strokes chin*

#23 Posted by AssInAss (2543 posts) -

@The_Nubster said:

@AssInAss said:

Timestamp for that?

I dunno man. It was a Jar Time video; I don't remember the episode, much less the exact time, nor the exact quote. I just remember he said that Brad is a better writer than he is.

Watched the latest Jar Time, he doesn't mention Brad. You made me waste more than an hour of my life searching for it! *lights up pitchfork and knocks on The_Nubster's door*

#24 Posted by Oni (2094 posts) -

@AssInAss said:

@The_Nubster said:

@AssInAss said:

Timestamp for that?

I dunno man. It was a Jar Time video; I don't remember the episode, much less the exact time, nor the exact quote. I just remember he said that Brad is a better writer than he is.

Watched the latest Jar Time, he doesn't mention Brad. You made me waste more than an hour of my life searching for it! *lights up pitchfork and knocks on The_Nubster's door*

I can definitely confirm he said something to that effect in one of them, but it was a while ago. I think Brad and Ryan are both very good writers, Alex as well. But reviews aren't really the thing most people come to GB for. I'd much rather hear them speak candidly about a game on the Bombcast. Usually the best discussion on games are a while after they've been released.

#25 Posted by Humanity (8814 posts) -

I enjoy Ryans written reviews for their flow and wording and I enjoy Jeffs for how easy they read and how straight to the point they are. I think Alex tries too hard with this whole snarky persona he has and Brads reviews are always so completely skewed I find them difficult to get through.

That said I don't know why they even bother writing reviews. Each week on the Bombcast you can get a pretty comprehensive review for whatever game they were playing with the added bonus of others weighing in on it or asking questions that you yourself might have asked. If you're a fan of the site and watch all the QuickPeeks and listen to the Bombcast then the written review is somewhat superfluous.

#26 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -

So wait, is Alex a robot now?

#27 Posted by AssInAss (2543 posts) -

Yeah even with Ryan liking Max Payne 3 in his review, everyone else blasted it on the podcast in the following weeks and he barely tried to defend it. Podcast for review consensus.

#28 Posted by Humanity (8814 posts) -

@AssInAss said:

Yeah even with Ryan liking Max Payne 3 in his review, everyone else blasted it on the podcast in the following weeks and he barely tried to defend it. Podcast for review consensus.

Well Ryan is overall very wishy-washy. During GOTY talks he basically just said whatever you guys decide it. I don't think I've ever heard Ryan argue strongly for saying - except BestBuy, he did rail on BestBuy.

#30 Posted by sub_o (839 posts) -

They should have asked Matt Rorie to review it, then it will be 70 out of 5 stars.

Or maybe they should ask him to play it during Big Live Live Show.

#31 Posted by Fearbeard (824 posts) -

Probably, he seems to do most of the reviews anyways.

One of the main Bomb crew will probably be doing Darksiders 2 and Brad's on vacation, so yeah I'm gonna bet on Alex.

#32 Posted by OtakuGamer (1224 posts) -

Sleeping Dogs is a thing. 5 stars! - Alex Navarro

#33 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

@OtakuGamer said:

Sleeping Dogs is a thing. 5 stars! - Alex Navarro

Oh snap! You hacked Alex's computer to get access to the review early didn't you?

#34 Posted by cannonballBAM (591 posts) -

If you check his achievements, you can see he is already playing it.

#35 Posted by Bloodgraiv3 (2712 posts) -

I sure hope so, Alex does the best reviews on the site.

#36 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4578 posts) -

@Humanity said:

That said I don't know why they even bother writing reviews. Each week on the Bombcast you can get a pretty comprehensive review for whatever game they were playing with the added bonus of others weighing in on it or asking questions that you yourself might have asked. If you're a fan of the site and watch all the QuickPeeks and listen to the Bombcast then the written review is somewhat superfluous.

Well, not everyone has the time to keep up with all their content, or perhaps even wants to listen to three hours of people talking about random crap just to find out if a game is good or not. Granted, they tend to save most of their reservations about games for the podcast (which has always annoyed me), so maybe you should listen to that if you want their complete opinion, but if you just want a straight review of the game, they do kind of need to put those up. Seeing as they're a site that reviews video games. And all.

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#37 Posted by san_salvador (144 posts) -

I just hope the review goes up before the european release.

Gogo Alex!!

#38 Posted by ZombiePie (5587 posts) -

Alex doing the review has been confirmed on the most recent I Love Mondays video, and it will be published this week.

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#39 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

2/5! This isn't a thing you should get maybe, that's a thing I guess because of course it is!

#40 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

It's struck me as odd regarding the massive lack of written reviews in general over the past year. Giantbomb is a widely appreciated site and I don't know what it is, but they seem to be slacking with the reviews.

#41 Posted by Aegon (5403 posts) -
@cannonballBAM said:

If you check his achievements, you can see he is already playing it.

"Last played Aug 11, 2012" 
 
If he hasn't played it since then, he could very well be done with the game. 
#42 Edited by san_salvador (144 posts) -

Embargo ends 12:01 PST, he should finish typing by then.

#43 Posted by kerse (2100 posts) -

Really curious to see how this turns out.

#44 Posted by Undeadpool (4911 posts) -

@mcderby4 said:

It's struck me as odd regarding the massive lack of written reviews in general over the past year. Giantbomb is a widely appreciated site and I don't know what it is, but they seem to be slacking with the reviews.

It could have something to do with the whole "Company was purchased and entirely uprooted/moved to a new office" situation. Just a guess, though.

#45 Edited by SmilingPig (1337 posts) -

So it won't be a video review.

Alex is at is best when he review truly awful games.

#46 Posted by President_Barackbar (3434 posts) -

@Undeadpool said:

@mcderby4 said:

It's struck me as odd regarding the massive lack of written reviews in general over the past year. Giantbomb is a widely appreciated site and I don't know what it is, but they seem to be slacking with the reviews.

It could have something to do with the whole "Company was purchased and entirely uprooted/moved to a new office" situation. Just a guess, though.

That only gets to be an excuse for so long. When they have people paying to keep the site alive, they need to deliver content. I can only cut them so much slack.

#47 Posted by Zleunamme (651 posts) -

What are the chances Sleeping Dogs would be called True Crime by accident in the review? Or on purpose?

#48 Posted by dvdhaus (355 posts) -

Played about an hour of it so far. It's good. Plays well on the PC also. Driving is a bit weird, although you get used to it fast. The melee reminds me of Batman, although you do not have that weird counter issue were you glide from target to target so you can't spam the counter button.

#49 Posted by SarjuTheRapper (279 posts) -

@Zleunamme said:

What are the chances Sleeping Dogs would be called True Crime by accident in the review? Or on purpose?

"it would be a true crime to pass up on this engaging, visceral interactive experience"

#50 Posted by Deranged (1837 posts) -

@President_Barackbar said:

@Undeadpool said:

@mcderby4 said:

It's struck me as odd regarding the massive lack of written reviews in general over the past year. Giantbomb is a widely appreciated site and I don't know what it is, but they seem to be slacking with the reviews.

It could have something to do with the whole "Company was purchased and entirely uprooted/moved to a new office" situation. Just a guess, though.

That only gets to be an excuse for so long. When they have people paying to keep the site alive, they need to deliver content. I can only cut them so much slack.

Exactly. I can understand that's a suitable reason when they were moving, but they seem to have been settled for a while now.

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