These reviewers

07-01-2013, 07:23 AM
#1
These reviewers

I'm kinda hating some of the reviewers that rated the best games I've ever played low, especially IGN, the games that should be rated low - rated high, the games that are very awesome and addictive - rated frikin' low. But I'm not hating on TA, they are the best app reviewers ever, the other one would be 148apps.

And Gangstar IV, too. Lots of 2/5 or near to that, but 4 stars would be the appropriate ratings for that game.
07-01-2013, 07:37 AM
#2
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Originally Posted by Oceraux View Post
I'm kinda hating some of the reviewers that rated the best games I've ever played low, especially IGN, the games that should be rated low - rated high, the games that are very awesome and addictive - rated frikin' low. But I'm not hating on TA, they are the best app reviewers ever, the other one would be 148apps.

And Gangstar IV, too. Lots of 2/5 or near to that, but 4 stars would be the appropriate ratings for that game.
Well a review is one person's opinion so why the hate? They have the right to express what they think the flaws of that game are and if it bothers them or not.

07-01-2013, 07:43 AM
#3
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I wouldnt get too upset. I've learnt that we all have such varied tastes. Some games i see and think 'ha ha this looks rubbish' and a minute later someones posting how great the game is.

Reviews are frustrating though, on 'some' sites the reviews seem to always be low. As for app store reviews they're just the worst, some kid giving a game 1/5 stars because it only has 100 levels for his 99c etc !

In your view Gangstar should get 4/5, read quite a few opposite opinions for that game though.
07-01-2013, 08:06 AM
#4
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Philippines
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Appstore reviews are teh worst.

I am somehow inclined to think that some of these big-name reviewers' reviews may be influenced by their "connections," however thoughtful or shady they may get.

Exact-Psience My 2014 Top 10 Games of the Year: Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Hearthstone, VVVVVV, Battleheart Legacy, Wayward Souls, Bug Heroes 2, Powerpuff Girls Defenders of Townsville, Deep Loot, Monument Valley, Bioshock Honorable Mentions: Traps N Gemstones, Bardbarian, Goblin Sword
07-01-2013, 08:12 AM
#5
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Location: England
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If theres a decent couple of sentences on an app store review i tend to believe those. But if its just a few words like 'this game sucks' or 'this is an amazing game' i just think of all of those as fake.

Might not be the case but after seeing so many obviously fake reviews its difficult what to believe.
07-01-2013, 08:19 AM
#6
Some reviewers just don't care about playing the game further and learning more about it, example is 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩's Kinetic Damage review, I love that game.

Some are just ain't opinions, though.
07-01-2013, 08:21 AM
#7
Agreed to the app store reviews, I HATE those kids complaining their games don't launch on their iTouch 4ths. I guess they've just wasted their parents' money.
07-01-2013, 09:02 AM
#8
Joined: Jan 2011
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If it's a good review, you'll be able to tell what will and won't appeal from the description given of the game and its elements. If a reviewer just states, "I liked this," or, "I didn't like that," and never explains why or links that to the relevant mechanic, it's probably not a very helpful review. A solid professional review is never "just somebody's opinion", but unfortunately many game reviews on the net often even on "professional" sites are written by amateur fans and hobbyists who basically write reviews with all the impartiality and depth of a Facebook status update or blog post.

If a reviewer goes on and on about how awful a game is just because it includes a virtual joystick, that won't necessarily mean much to somebody who likes this type of control scheme. Merely mentioning the existence of the virtual joystick is enough to go on with, unless there's something out of the ordinary about it: people who like them will be okay with that feature, and those who don't will have been forewarned. Knowing that the reviewer personally doesn't like something is worthless to me, and won't have any impact on my view if the review is written properly.

Excess personal value judgements just cloud the issue; we're sitting at over seven billion people worldwide, so a personal "opinion review" made up of likes and dislikes is no more valid or concrete than the potential seven billion other such subjective opinion pieces. Just give the facts of the matter and let people interpret them for themselves. Do you like something? I don't care; tell me why you like it, tell me about the mechanic itself. Is something "too hard"? Not useful, tell me why you think it's "too hard", because it might be something I find easy. If something about the game is "broken", it had better be objectively broken and not just something the reviewer couldn't figure out.
07-01-2013, 09:30 AM
#9
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I have been approached to do some paid reviews for the AppStore. The individual shamelessly advised me to post positive reviews in exchange for a small fee. On principle, I turned them down.

"@ColeDaddy - My wallet hates you. That is all."
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07-01-2013, 09:32 AM
#10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
I have been approached to do some paid reviews for the AppStore. The individual shamelessly advised me to post positive reviews in exchange for a small fee. On principle, I turned them down.
Good on you

I always moan about some of the competitions here, quite surprised by some users. The ones where its 'to win $15 itunes voucher download our free app and leave a review....'. Obviously everyone leaves good reviews whatever the app is.

There was one app about babies/toddlers the other week, i'm positive 99% of the users who entered havent a clue whether that app was good for toddlers or not ! They just want to try to win $15.