So I already told you guys a little about how I like to game and how I like to review, but I thought some more information might be pertinent.
One of my biggest pet peeves in gaming is when people play a game for five minutes, decide that it sucks, and then give it a bad review. Granted, I know we’ve all had that experience. You pop in a new game, ready for an amazing adventure, and after a few minutes of play, your heart starts to sink a bit, because you’re getting a feeling that this game is not going to be everything you wanted it to be. Still, that’s no reason to quit and go blast the game on the Internet. This is why I don’t write reviews until I have finished a game at least once. Sometimes I will even play a game more, depending on how much content it has or on how pertinent I think another playthrough might be to my review. To facilitate this, I keep a list of all the games I’ve beaten.
I like lists, so a list of video games makes sense. I also keep lists of all the books I’ve read and all the movies and TV seasons I’ve seen. I started all of these lists a little over a year ago. A game does not go on my gaming list until I’ve finished it, even if I know I’ve beaten it in the past. I list all DLC as separate games so I know if I’ve played them (and hey, I had to pay for them, so they count as separate games anyway, right?). I also keep track of the system I played the game on, and I count a game twice if I beat it on multiple systems (a rarity for me – the only game to warrant this distinction on my list is Batman: Arkham City at the moment). If it’s a 360 game, I also make notes about achievements, so I know if I’ve earned them all or if I’m still working on it, or, in some rare cases, if there aren’t any achievements attached to a game (some DLC and indie games fall into this category). I don’t track PS3 trophies because the 360 is my main system, and that’s the one I want the achievements on. It may seem picky, but it helps me keep track. And if it’s been too long since I played a game and I want to review it? I play it again, or at least enough to refresh my memory.
I feel like anyone who is going to review a game needs to play the entire game at least once, not just form an immediate judgment or read about it and assume that they know enough to give an opinion that has any value. Another reason is that I’ve played many games where the ending drastically changed my opinion of the game as a whole. One good example is Dark Fall: The Journal, a point and click adventure game that is of higher quality than most. For the majority of the game, Dark Fall is atmospheric, creepy, and engaging, but the ending leaves a lot to be desired, and should greatly affect a review of the game. A more recent and well-known example is Mass Effect 3. Although I didn’t hate the ending like some people, I would have easily given Mass Effect 3 a 10/10 if it had not been for the ending being too vague and leaving a lot of questions unanswered, because the game was perfect up until that point. While the mechanics, graphics, and sound of a game are unlikely to change throughout, other aspects of a game can, and those aspects should be included in a review.
So that’s a little bit more about me and the way I game. I promise to have more reviews out soon!