What Is: Your Review Sucks!

Not every review is a good one. Every gamer learns this some day and in many cases it eventually leads to them almost completely ignoring reviews altogether.

At first glance it may seem like these reviews are merely differences in opinion. After all, that’s what a review is, right? It’s just someone’s opinion and yours may be different, that’s all there is to it!

However this is not the case. While personal opinion does make up a sizable portion of a review, a good review must also contain facts and information. Here is where a review can fail. Hard.

Dozens of things can go wrong when a reviewer just fails to care and ,isinformation and a lack of fact checking are only the tip of the iceberg! Unfair comparisons, pre-review pejudices, and an excessively cynical tone for the sake of “comedy” can all bring a review crashing down.

It’s here that I put my foot down. With “Your Review Sucks!”, I make a special note of reviews that fail spectacularly and point out what went wrong with them. In essence, yes, I am writing a review of a review.

Why do I bother? Because poor reviews get under my skin! People spent hundreds to thousands of hours crafting these games and yet they’re blown off by so-called “professionals” in only a handful of words.

That’s one thing that’s important: All of these reviews are by “pros”. Some yahoo on GameFAQs writing a poor review means next to nothing, but when a paid professional (no matter how little they are paid) does such a poor job, I can’t help but take notice.

Before I go though, keep in mind that I am only bashing the reviews and, for the most part, not the reviewer. Reviewers are people too, they’re only human and as such are prone to human error. Deadlines, bad game assignment, and just having an “off” day can all lead to a faulty review and I do not wish to get anyone fired from their jobs despite what I sometimes say…

…unless you happen to show up here frequently. Then you’re clearly doing something wrong.

Anyway, that is what “Your Review Sucks!” is. Sit back and enjoy the show!

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