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8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2012, 18:51 Creston
Rigs wrote on Oct 3, 2012, 15:07:
I respectfully disagree, Creston. Not that reviewers are marketing hacks in sheeps clothing (this is gonna be shorter than intended as lightning is hitting pretty freakin' close right now), but that reviewers have to point out the things that other reviewers miss to be an actual unbiased reviewer.


That's not really what I said. I said it's fine IF he mentions other reviews and says something to the extent of "A lot of people blast the game for this apparently broken feature, but I had no problems with it whatsoever."

Or "A lot of people say that playing with the AI companions is fantastic, but for me all they'd do is bump into the wall and refuse to attack."

Being unbiased doesn't mean you have to do your review in a vacuum and pretend nobody else has ever reviewed the game. Being unbiased means that you review the game and take it on its own merits, based on your experience with it. So I said it's fine if they mention other reviews, as long as those reviews don't color their interpretations. Sadly, as we've seen plenty of times over the past (how long has it been since we've had good reviews? Ten years?), those kind of reviewers are long extinct.

The toolbags that "review" games now should just call themselves shills. It'd be more fucking honest.

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