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Discussion in 'General Game Help & Discussion' started by Warp, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Warp

    Warp Loves Everything Moderator

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    Feeling a little put off by huge aggregates like Metacritic and GameRankings? Not sure if the "latest and greatest" in interactive entertainment is worth your hard-earned money? Then perhaps we, the GameWinners community, can be of service. Below you'll find a growing list of games that our members have experienced firsthand, and whether or not they believe them to live up to their pre-release hype.

    And of course you're more than welcome to chime in as well! The way this works is super easy, because choosing the next world to explore shouldn't be rocket science:
    • Games are rated using a 5-star system. 1 is bad, 2 is mediocre or disappointing, 3 is good, 4 is great, and 5 is a genre-defining/eclipsing masterpiece.
    When providing a score, please give a short description of your experience with the game -- whether positive or negative -- and what caused you the most trouble or gave you the best impression.





    PC / Steam

    Hotline Miami
    Average: 5.0 (1 Review)
    PlayStation 4

    NBA 2k15
    Average: 4.0 (1 Review)
    The Order 1886
    Average: 2.0 (1 Review)

    Note: Just because a platform isn't listed doesn't mean you can't provide a game review for that platform. Just adding non-current platforms as reviews for them are given.
     
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  2. Tubby23

    Tubby23 Break the Walls Down Premium Member

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    I'll start with NBA 2K15 for PS4, I'm going to give it a 2 star rating (I think it's an absolutely fantastic game but I know sport games don't appeal to everyone). The reason I give it this rating is because I think a) it's the best basketball game there is and the MyGM mode and being able to build your own team is fantastic and b) the MyPlayer mode is perhaps one of the best RPGs there is even though it isn't your traditional RPG.
     
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  3. Spectro

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    Hotline Miami - 3 stars
    It's basically a murder simulator with pixel graphics. The storyline is pretty interesting as well. I've just started the second one.

     
  4. Spiner202

    Spiner202 Ex-Moderator Premium Member

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    Great idea, although the rating system feels slightly restrictive (where do mediocre games go? :p ). I'll definitely be contributing to this a bit later!
     
  5. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem Is that a pro Genji?! Premium Member

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    This. I think a 5 star rating would be better for this. Great idea, nonetheless, and something I will also end up contributing to later on.
    Any chance we can expand the system selection to any and all gaming systems?
     
  6. Warp

    Warp Loves Everything Moderator

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    I always take the approach that whatever number you say your scale is, the inevitable "in-betweens" pad it out. 3 becomes 5, 5 becomes 9, etc.

    Totally open to adjusting the scale, within reason -- no GameInformer 6.75 vs 7.0 cluster**ks, please. :chuckle:

    Yup:
     
  7. The Eye in the Sky!

    The Eye in the Sky! That guy eating pie Moderator Premium Member

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    My favorite thing to do when reading about gaming is to find reviews and immediately go to the comments. In my research, 7.9 and under is garbage, 8.0-8.5 is a disappointment, 8.5-8.9 is decent, 9.0-9.4 is pretty good, 9.5-9.7 is great, 9.8-9.9 is the best game ever, 10 is the company paid off the reviewer. :rotfl:

    I love the idea. I still prefer 5 stars where 1 is bad, 2 is disappointing, 3 is good, 4 is great, 5 is a masterpiece but the 1-3 system works too. The description means more than the number anyway.

    I'll post some later today.
     
  8. dimmerwit

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    I also prefer 5 stars. Whilst I agree about the padding out comment, I still think that 3 is a little too restrictive.

    Not to mention when I saw the 3-star review for Hotline Miami I instantly thought "average".
     
  9. Jawneh

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    Forget the numbers. Just do "play this effing game", " decent time waster" and "avoid like the plaque." Much more descriptive as well.
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  10. Warp

    Warp Loves Everything Moderator

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    Haha, no doubt. Internet meltdowns in general are hilarious, but there's just something special about review meltdowns. The 8.9 for Uncharted 3: Drake's Fortune from IGN... Austrailia, I think? Legendary reactions legendary scrore trolling.

    Most suggestions received for anything so far! Done.

    @Tubby23 and @Spectro can adjust their scores if needed; linearly scaling it since 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 were valid options before.

    Still technically numbers tiers and not far removed from the initial 3-star system! :tease:

    I agree with the sentiment, honestly. But ideally at least some games are going to have reviews from multiple people and I'd prefer having some way to compare/average them and sort them based on that using the new table function.
     
  11. Tubby23

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    I'll make my rating a 4 as I was this close to giving it a 3 last time.
     
  12. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem Is that a pro Genji?! Premium Member

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    Meh.
    5- Should definitely play this s**t.
    4- I'm sure you'll like it
    3- If you've got time
    2- It could be worse
    1- Laugh at the awful
    0- OMG, did they make this with a toaster?
     
  13. Spiner202

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    The Order 1886 (PS4) - 2/5

    It would be unfair to call this game outright bad, but disappointing is definitely an apt term. The Order looks phenomenal, and I got through the game without any bugs or glitches (a rarity these days). Likewise, the cinematic approach really wasn't the problem with this game. Yes, there's a lot of cutscenes, and the game is very story-based, but that's not a bad thing. The first problem is that the gameplay is very standard. There's really nothing here you haven't seen in any other game before. Though it isn't all that bad, there's far too much time in the game where you only get to walk around slowly. If the game were more action-oriented (again, cutscenes aside), it would be much better. Of course, the game itself is very short. It didn't feel too short, but the dollar to value ratio just isn't there until it hits $20 or less.
     
  14. Tubby23

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    MLB 15: The Show - PS4

    4 stars - I feel that after having this game for just a weekend that this game is certainly worth playing. I think much of what I said about 2k15 applies here.
     
  15. Gorge

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    Red Orchestra 2 - PC
    4/5 Stars

    Realism based (different from realistic) multiplayer WWII FPS. A game where kills don't matter, I love that it heavily relies on tactics and teamwork in order to capture various points on the map much like the Battlefield series but infantry focused and slower paced.
     
  16. Kobra

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    I think I shall be utilising this rating system alongside the official one! :chuckle:


    So... Batman: Arkham Knight... I noticed the thread about this and feel compelled to give my two cents (without giving anything away that may spoil the experience for you):

    Rating: 5/"Play this effing game"

    Now I'm sure plenty will find many things wrong with this game (hell, I did) and I'm a very harsh critic myself so I'll address the negatives really quickly (many of which are actually positives). Unlike previous titles, Arkham Knight throws you into the fire almost instantly with a wide array of gadgets and abilities: This is great as you don't have to spend a whole play-through unlocking the really cool moves; there's still an abundance to learn and upgrade. The Batmobile is "gimmicky" and over-used: Not at all; The controls take a little while to get used to but are extremely fluid and the use of the car is really in proportion to the game; yes, there are plenty of parts which require the use of the car but there are far more which are good, old fashioned Batman action. Another aspect which I've seen mentioned is the lack of "training" sections of the game that allow you to practice and learn techniques: Whilst this may seem so there are plenty of opportunities to try out Batman's skills and, if playing through the game gradually (instead of just speed running through the story), you can attempt "AR Challenges", side quests or just clean up the streets. One of the really good things that's new to the Arkham series (and indeed extremely uncommon in games period) is the fact that between the chapters you have the choice to pursue the side missions without feeling like you've abandoned the "Main Path"; this is achieved largely through the narration (which is a godsend for O.C.D. freaks like me that want to play the game all realistic-like).

    I actually went against what I've said (but I am a Batman veteran) and breezed through the game once already. Now I'm after that plat!