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Do you research a new game before playing it, or just dive in and hope for the best?

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  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 28,603
    edited April 2018
    I do cursory research.

    Just enough to know if it's something I might like. Since what I enjoy might not be the same for others, I don't give review scores much weight. I do give "what" people say more weight.

    So if someone says a game is grindy, non-issue. If it's long? Very much a non-issue.

    If people complain about subjective things "I didn't like the story/They didn't do the IP justice compared to the last installment" then that's also a non issue.

    I don't like having too much spoiled because if I research the heck out of something it will lose a lot of "discovery".
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  • Moxom914Moxom914 Member RarePosts: 731
    i just like to know the basics. what kind of combat, how are the controls. thats about it.
  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,897
    I like to research.  Specifically, I like to hear reports from regular people (not associated with the developer) that have had first-hand information.  I'm not going to be the first adopter in any game anymore.  If I'm moderately interested in a game based on the game's marketing, I will read reviews.  I generally don't watch videos, not my thing.




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  • TheocritusTheocritus Member EpicPosts: 7,663
    I think what we are seeing in this thread is why games are the way they are....We used to plop down money for the box, then a sub, then any expnasions too.....After a couple of decades though, we just don't do that anymore...There are simply too many other options to blindly drop $50 on a game....This is why f2p came about....it allows many to try it with no obligation, and believe it or not this is what the majority likes.
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  • FlyByKnightFlyByKnight Member EpicPosts: 3,967
    Research. 

    Game Companies aren't trusted sources anymore. They're looking to score big whether the game is good, bad, finished, unfinished. I miss the days of being able to go in just based on the word of the devs and being pleasantly surprised but we don't live in those times anymore.

    I try to never buy at launch anymore either. I wait for the notable streamers to take it for a spin while I watch in HD. The hardcore fans usually do a good job at detailing things as well, and will call BS relatively quick.
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  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard Member LegendaryPosts: 8,298
    This forum remains a quite good source of information too once you know which posters are reliable and relatively unbiased.
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  • ShadanwolfShadanwolf Member UncommonPosts: 2,380
    endless research. I also wait a few weeks after launch.I have been lied to far too many times,and expect it to happen again. I haven't played a new mmog in years since most new games are garbage.
    Scot
  • dougha1dougha1 Member UncommonPosts: 152
    I research ahead of time. Saves so much bandwidth time and aggravation.

    In recent times, the process has gotten faster: I find I can watch one youtube video and just from that get just about all of my questions answered and all of my checklist items (crafting yuck, open pvp ok, camera is not stupid etc.) checked.

    This forum is broken. It is time to move to proboards, because they're broken.
  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,298
    Sadly in these times, I have to research a games monetization model as well as the traditional aspects. It's definitely become a big factor in my decisions.

    Looking forward to Shadows of War come July 
    Scot

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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 13,302
    laserit said:
    Sadly in these times, I have to research a games monetization model as well as the traditional aspects. It's definitely become a big factor in my decisions.

    Looking forward to Shadows of War come July 

    I have researched monetisation models since Lotro went F2P, but it is getting harder to do so. With so much being sold before launch it becomes more difficult to gauge what effect any given style of cash shop will have.
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  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Member LegendaryPosts: 8,505
    Depends on the genre.  FPSs are, at their core, the same: aim and shoot.  I don't generally research anything other than maybe background lore there and check reviews to make sure gunplay feels good before I jump in.

    MMORPGs, or RPGs in general, I do much more mechanical research.  There's a lot more depth to RPGs generally, and being ignorant of them can lead to issues with a character build, so I check up enough not to completely gimp my character.

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  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,298
    Scot said:
    laserit said:
    Sadly in these times, I have to research a games monetization model as well as the traditional aspects. It's definitely become a big factor in my decisions.

    Looking forward to Shadows of War come July 

    I have researched monetisation models since Lotro went F2P, but it is getting harder to do so. With so much being sold before launch it becomes more difficult to gauge what effect any given style of cash shop will have.
    We also have to contend with bait and switch. A game may launch with an agreeable model, but that's no guarantee that it will remain that way.  
    Scot

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  • CryomatrixCryomatrix Member EpicPosts: 2,958
    laserit said:
    Scot said:
    laserit said:
    Sadly in these times, I have to research a games monetization model as well as the traditional aspects. It's definitely become a big factor in my decisions.

    Looking forward to Shadows of War come July 

    I have researched monetisation models since Lotro went F2P, but it is getting harder to do so. With so much being sold before launch it becomes more difficult to gauge what effect any given style of cash shop will have.
    We also have to contend with bait and switch. A game may launch with an agreeable model, but that's no guarantee that it will remain that way.  
    That is precisely the reason to not be the first to buy, let it out for a week or 2 before buying
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  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,298
    laserit said:
    Scot said:
    laserit said:
    Sadly in these times, I have to research a games monetization model as well as the traditional aspects. It's definitely become a big factor in my decisions.

    Looking forward to Shadows of War come July 

    I have researched monetisation models since Lotro went F2P, but it is getting harder to do so. With so much being sold before launch it becomes more difficult to gauge what effect any given style of cash shop will have.
    We also have to contend with bait and switch. A game may launch with an agreeable model, but that's no guarantee that it will remain that way.  
    That is precisely the reason to not be the first to buy, let it out for a week or 2 before buying
    I'd say more like the first quarter or two ;)
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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 22,092
    That is precisely the reason to not be the first to buy, let it out for a month or 2 before buying
    Fixed that for you.  I thought about substituting "year".
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  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,897
    Quizzical said:
    That is precisely the reason to not be the first to buy, let it out for a month or 2 before buying
    Fixed that for you.  I thought about substituting "year".
    Substituting 'Year' wouldn't have been totally wrong, especially if things like a stable population are important to the individual.
    laserit

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  • EldurianEldurian Member EpicPosts: 2,736
    edited April 2018
    Before I will try a new MMO I have to be convinced it's actually presenting me something I haven't played before. Usually when I hear about a new MMO the first question I ask is:

    "What makes this game different? Why should I want to play it over existing MMOs?" or something similar.

    If I don't get a satisfactory answer, I don't try it. If I do get a satisfactory answer I'll ask more questions about it, check out footage of gameplay and try it if I'm still interested. 

    I almost never will read reviews though. I've found they're too forgiving of lack of innovation, and too harsh on bugs/performance issues. I'll slog through a few bugs for a game that's innovative. 

    It's like with dating before I met my current fiancé. The longer I go the more I know what I'm looking for and the better equipped I am to ask the questions that will sort the gems from the crap.
  • blamo2000blamo2000 Member RarePosts: 1,047
    I somewhat research.  For some reason, the information I want is usually not easily available and research will not be fruitful in answering them.  So I have to ask the community to answer the questions.  This is usually telling as you can tell the intelligence level of the target audience of the game.  Games for kids get kid answers, usually twisting the question I asked into how they fell about my question, and how I should feel about the game, instead of an actual, factual answer.

    It seems that since game devs now develop games to be watched instead of played, and dumb down systems to never before seen levels because their core watching audience are little children, labels mean nothing, genre means nothing, and definitions have been broadened so widely as to be absolutely useless.  
  • ShazPurShazPur Member UncommonPosts: 47
    My steam account is littered with games that I've bought out of curiosity that turned out to be real trash.
  • jmcdermottukjmcdermottuk Member RarePosts: 1,569
    I used to just dive in. Once upon a time I used to buy PC Game magazine that had a CD full of game demo's you could try out.

    Now I don't pre-order, I don't early access and I don't buy on the day of release. Now I wait a few weeks and read reviews made by people I trust to be impartial, mostly on YouTube.

    Truth be told I no longer buy many games. They're mostly shit now, full of "features" that we used to call cheats. Why is it that nearly every game I see these days has built in wall hacks? I blame the console peasants.
  • IselinIselin Member LegendaryPosts: 14,399
    Researching the hell out of something before I buy it is half the fun. It's not just games, I do the same with HW components and just about anything else I buy.

    Most of the useless junk I never use is stuff I bought without knowing anything about it just because it seemed very cool at first glance... live and learn.
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  • SithosSithos Member UncommonPosts: 312
    I always research any game that I may want to play. I check their website, watch video and read reviews. I talk to my friends about their thoughts or impressions. Usually within 24-48 hours I know if it is a game I will buy/play. 
  • crimedoggcrimedogg Member CommonPosts: 3
    Price has a lot to do with it.  If it's under 20 to buy/play, I will likely give it a shot.  If it's more, it's going to get some research.
  • AkulasAkulas Member RarePosts: 2,657
    If it's free, blindly dive in. It has 15-30 minutes to sink or swim. If it's paid I would advise watching a no commentary youtube video (I usually scroll half way through and watch 5 minutes) and that's usually enough for me to make a decision one way or another reguardless of what the reviews say. Either way the amount of disappointment seems to have grown over recent years.

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  • mbrodiembrodie Member RarePosts: 1,496
    Jump in if i like the look of it, it’s a video game... not a car or business or house or something lol
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