Anyone know of a good place for reviews? Usually I just go to IGN/Gamespot. Both seem to be OK but sometimes they are very pedantic about pointing out flaws that aren't really flaws, or hyping up games that are mediocre.
Gamespot is generally where I go for reviews. They aren't quick to hand out high scores unless the game really deserves and don't work on a silly 7-10 scale like other places (IGN) do. If a big name game sucks, they'll give it a 6 or less.
IGN tends to give out scores to big releases that are a bit undeserving. I usually see what the metacritic score is and if it's above 80% I usually look into trying it out, if it's 65-80 range, I'll check IGN, Gamespot and Gameinformer. Lower than that I usually say f*** it unless it's a game I wanna play anyway
I love Zero Punctuation because he hates pretty much everything, even the stuff he loves. I like this because I don't care if the reviewer likes the game or not so much as I want to see WHAT they like or not. And he really breaks it down extremely well. It's that case of a lover of video games who knows a bunch about them making reviews for others like him.
The ONLY problem is that it's one guy and he only reviews certain games so...
A lot of games I have a good idea if I will buy it based on who it's made by and the type of game it is. I do like the Giantbomb quicklooks though, it's gotten me interested in a few titles I wouldn't have considered before. I don't really pay attention to any specific reviews, I'll usually see how the game is received by the gaming community as a whole.