So what do you guys think? There hasnt been one since Heavy Rain. I'm not really complaining, per-say, since we get a slew of other video content, like QL, ER, and the occasional special event (xboxalypse). Even though their video reviews were great, you realize that they were just saying what was already written down. So I guess maybe they felt there was no point for it? What do you duders think?
Is Giantbomb done with video reviews?
meh I don't care much for video reviews on this site. The first ones they made were the best but I think they got boring and less creative as time went on. Anyway with the extensive talk on the bombcast and the well made written reviews I really don't miss them and I would only click on a video review of a really hyped game like MGS4 or GTA4 at this stage, but still I'd prob. end up bored.
When they do them they're professionaly done, but the thing is they're almost redundant. Its almost always games they were interested in enough to do QLs for (I honestly can't remember the last game with a VR that didn't get an QL beforehand) and QLs require very little comparative editing and preparation and honestly tell you more about the game. And they tend to come out days or even over a week after the proper review. Between the QL and the print review (and possibly Bombcast commentary) you've got all you need to make a decision.
The video reviews are just the guys reading directly from their written review so there's no point really. That doesn't mean I'm against video reviews. I remember loving Jeff's video review of the orange box back when the guys worked at gamespot. He didn't seem to be reading from a script or anything weird like that. It just felt natural.
I think video reviews are a waste of resources. Quick looks save human resources because they need very little production and editing time. I also think that when coupled with written reviews, quick looks tend to give more information then if Giantbomb was just to rehash its written statements.
No no no... Xboxalypse has a much better ring to it!
" I don't read written reviews at all, so I wish they'd just allways do videos. Also they SO should've called it "Xbocalypse". "
I don't think the video reviews go that in depth of the game, while the written review does. So I really don't need the video reviews. If I want to see some footage of the game, QL's are much better for that anyways.
Try to remember that a video review requires the reviewer to record gameplay, write a script (they don't just read the review) and film it. Then a video editor spends at least a day cutting the whole thing.
When you're four guys working in a basement, that is a lot of resources to commit to one video review. I'm not saying they shouldn't do them, but that they shouldn't be prioritised.
" @CitizenKane said:Video reviews take a lot of time to produce. They aren't going to waste time on making them for games nobody cares about. Outside of the recently release Splinter Cell: Conviction, there haven't been any games in a while that are worth spending time on a video review." What games that have come out recently have deserved video reviews? "The point of a video review isn't to preach to the choir. The fuck does "deserve" mean? If a game is already a proven quantity, a video review is even more redundant. "
The video content is the best thing on the site and, along with the bombcast, is what keeps me coming back. The guys are such natural and charismatic performers and speakers that being in front of the camera is the best place for them. You really get a feel for their personality and camaraderie that you can't get from text content.
" @I_smell said:Yeah but I don't think anyone on this site would get confused like HUH WHAT'S AN XBOC??" I don't read written reviews at all, so I wish they'd just allways do videos. Also they SO should've called it "Xbocalypse". "I thought so too, sounds better. But then it would have been the apocalypse of Xboc, not Xbox "
" @armaan8014 said:Your avatar matches your feelings PERFECTLY!" @I_smell said:Yeah but I don't think anyone on this site would get confused like HUH WHAT'S AN XBOC?? "" I don't read written reviews at all, so I wish they'd just allways do videos. Also they SO should've called it "Xbocalypse". "I thought so too, sounds better. But then it would have been the apocalypse of Xboc, not Xbox "
I like the video reviews, but I don't think every review needs them. I'd say that they only need the video reviews for games that are either really major releases (like Splinter Cell or Heavy Rain or Final Fantasy XIII), or are horrifically god-awful and the the GB Crew feels that they really need to get across that we shouldn't be playing that game.
" @brooksee said:It really isn't a huge investment and I'll take a written review over a video any day. But, it seems like the majority of people, when given the choice, would opt for a video that requires less time and breaks down the most important points of a more in-depth written review." @I_smell said:You guys make it sound like such an investment. "" I don't read written reviews at all, so I wish they'd just allways do videos.This is why video reviews are kind of necessary. Not everyone is willing to take the time to read a review. "
I don't think there's much of a point to them, you can get the information you need in their written reviews, and they do quick looks of a bunch of games which is a lot of times more helpful than a video review in letting you know whether or not you may be into the game.
This. I think they only go for the ones the staff find worthy. Plus, are people really crying out for video reviews for every game? If you find the need to watch them then go to some other game sites that I will not mention.
" What games that have come out recently have deserved video reviews? "
Quick looks are nice, but sometimes I feel like they are a bit too, not sloppy, but casual. Sometimes I just want to hear someone concisely tell me what's cool and not so cool about a game, while mixing in some footage. It's great to be able to watch a 4-5 minute video and be able to decide whether or not you like a game, rather than watch a half hour of interspersed commentary, silence, and jokes.
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