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Have Gamers Forgotten Why Reviews Exist?


Fortune Street is a Mario and Dragon Quest game that deals with the stock market.

I don�t blame you if you find this concept to be an idiotic waste of a crossover. However, the overall bizarreness of this monopoly styled board game is what gathered my interest. Being that this is the first entry outside of Japan, I had no prior opinions of the series that I could use to form an opinion before my purchase. As a result, I found myself reading numerous review scores from credible websites around the Internet. The game has earned a 71/100 on metacritic, which reflects that of a good game. Yet, that�s all it really is: a reflection of the reviewer�s opinion of the game. It doesn�t mean that everyone will believe that the game is a good game. Some may think that the score should be much higher, while others may be led to believe it deserves much lower. The opinions that people form all depend on personal preferences. In order to form my own opinions on Fortune Street before purchasing it, I had to match up my preferences with that of the reviewer. Below are a few criticisms by Jeremy Parish from 1up�s review of the game. For the sake of argument, I�ll put some of the main complaints reviewers mentioned in the review and compare them with my own personal tastes.

Fortune Street is no fun if you play the game solo.
While it is true that Mario Party is vastly different from Fortune Street, my friends and I have played Mario Party 2 and 3 for years. Upon showing them the game, they were instantly interested in the concept of Fortune Street. So, getting people to play the game with me will not be a problem.

Fortune Street is a complex experience that may drive off some gamers.
Fortune Street is really just a more complex version of monopoly, which is a game that I have a genuine love for. Because of this, I am willing to learn all of the rules of Fortune Street.

A single game of Fortune Street can take hours to finish.
My friends have no problem sinking in numerous hours into one game. Honestly, if they can force me to play 50 turns of Mario Party, then they should have no problem playing Fortune Street. Don�t judge us!

Even with these three criticisms, Jeremy still gave the game a B+. He even heavily praised it, naming it as, ��one of the best video board games I�ve ever played.� After comparing my preferences with his review, it became clear that I was going to enjoy the game as much or even more than the reviewer himself. After buying the game, I can safely say that I made the right choice by buying this game. This is exactly how reviews should be utilized. By comparing personal preferences with a reviewer�s criticisms, one can deduce whether or not a game is made for them. After all, reviews exist to aid us with our purchases.

You must be thinking, �No shit! Everyone knows this.� Yet, I don�t think that�s the case. In all honesty, I think people have forgotten why game reviews exist.

It seems that people who read game reviews seek a regurgitation of opinions that they already formed before reading the review. Usually, this entails the expectation that the review will be written as if it were an advertisement of the game that gives it the highest praise possible. If a review criticizes something that a person has already formed an opinion on, they read it just to bash it. This reaction is something that I see often in reviews like Jim Sterling�s Mario Kart 7 review. People who love Mario Kart raged over his 5/10 score, swearing that they are still going to buy it and passing the review off as ignorant. If so, then why did people read his review? I don�t understand why people would take time out of their day to read a review of a game that they are already going to buy. I would understand if this was done to gather multiple opinions from different people, but it doesn�t seem that way. Instead, it appears that people read game reviews to confirm that everyone in the world agrees with their personal opinion. I can�t think of any other medium where people do this with reviews.

Instead of passing opposing reviews off as ignorant, reviews need to be analyzed. In Jim�s Mario Kart 7 review, there were a couple major criticisms made: the game is a predictable sequel that doesn�t hold up anymore and its slow nature makes it easily outpaced by others in its genre. If the hardcore Mario Kart player truly believes that the series still holds up and is worth another shot, then none of the criticisms should affect their decision to buy it. Granted, the people who read Jim�s review are still buying Mario Kart 7, but they�re doing it for all the wrong reasons.

The fact that there was such a huge vocal backlash leads me to believe that there are few people who actually read reviews to aid their purchase. It seems that before any review drops, people have already made up their minds about their purchase. If anyone dares to post a review that�s contrary to one�s opinion, the writer is accused of having an incorrect opinion. Because this is so common, most gamers have forgotten the purpose and worth of a review. Without a willingness to listen to different opinions, we might as well have PR representatives write the reviews for us.
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About AhTheCastleone of us since 10:04 PM on 10.04.2011

Currently studying journalism in hopes of getting the opportunity of playing video games for a living. A man can dream, right?