Aspiring game reviewer? Maybe we can help. Chi Kong Lui, Brad Gallaway, and Richard Naik share their best trade secrets. Plus, our take on the best DLC no one's talking about: Enslaved's "Pigsy's Perfect Ten." Your host is Tim "Yes, Thanksgiving Was Like Two Weeks Ago" Spaeth.

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Crofto
Crofto
11 years ago

Great podcast again chaps! Also just wanted to highlight what you guys said about where amateur reviewers usually slip up when they mainly state features of a game, and not actually give a unique opinion on it. I completely agree with that, but also think it can be applied to even “professional” reviewers on the whole too; take a look on Metacritic, and at least 80% of reviews are exactly what you guys describe – non-unique opinions on a game with a list of how it functions. Until actual professional reviews begin offering unique opinions on the whole (for e.g.… Read more »

Tim Spaeth
Tim Spaeth
11 years ago

[quote=Odofakyodo]1) I don’t know if you already do this, but if you advertised your podcast topic beforehand, that could give listeners an opportunity to send questions that could prove valuable for the podcast discussion. This wouldn’t be appropriate for every podcast, but it would seem very applicable to some of them, in particular this one.[/quote]It’s a great idea, and I used to do it, but I’ve been lazy. Your comment has revitalized me though — you’ll now find topic threads for the next two episodes in the Podcast section of the forums.

Tera Kirk
Tera Kirk
11 years ago

I have a hard time writing conclusions too, Richard. As you said, the ending isn’t the place to bring in new information. It’s actually the place where the writer summarizes what they spent the whole piece saying, which is counter-intuitive.

Man, I’m writing like a robot this morning.

Odofakyodo
Odofakyodo
11 years ago

As always, enjoyed the podcast. Couple of things:

1) I don’t know if you already do this, but if you advertised your podcast topic beforehand, that could give listeners an opportunity to send questions that could prove valuable for the podcast discussion. This wouldn’t be appropriate for every podcast, but it would seem very applicable to some of them, in particular this one.

2) Now that you plugged the User Submission process, give me some feedback on my Flower review! 😛

Alv
Alv
11 years ago

I absolutely loved Enslaved. Loved the characters and the setting. The part I loved best was escaping from the ruins of NYC into the badlands that felt very much like a Full Throttle setting – remember that old LucasArts gem? – or Beneath a Steel Sky. I loved it for the way it made me feel and I didn’t care a jolt that it was too easy. Ultimately it has low replay value admittedly, but the single play through left a stronger and more lasting impression than open-worlders like Fallout 3 ever did. I can’t emphasis enough how directed games… Read more »