So that new game just came out, what's the first thing you do ? Run to the store and buy it, of course...or, if you have a brain in your head, watch a review by a big, over-paid site like IGN or Gamespot and see if said game is worth buying.......and , chances are, you're probably making a mistake. why ? They screw up. Those reviewing sites aren't perfect, far from it, in fact. they constantly make mistakes, leave out important details and add in false information, for instance, Disgaea 5's non-rotating camera, FF-Type 0's "confusing" story and many more. If a game you want is reviewed by a site and they make a bunch of mistakes in their review, who points it out ? they were the first to play the game, and since no one else has played it yet, you believe what they say, on the simple point, there is no one to prove them WRONG. I laughed my ass off watching IGN's review of Disgaea 5, One minute he brags he could teach a master class on Disgaea, the next he states you cant rotate the camera ( something that each Disgaea game does by pressing the shoulder buttons ) and that is just one of the many blunders reviewers make. They can either undersell or over-inflate a game. Yet another thing I've noticed is that a lot of good games with terrible score, eg: Growlanser, God eater, Toukiden. were approached by reviewers with the completely wrong attitude, for instance, instead of looking at a game as its own unique experience, they see it as a clone of say, GOW or Monster Hunter, or some other prominent game, then compare it to the game they thinks it's a clone of, and see how it will do better than those games, and not as it's own unique game. this can greatly damage a game's score, by being stated as a type of game which it isn't. On the other hand, they let their own personal preferences into their review, giving a game much higher marks than it deserves because it has a few feature they like, and turning a blind eye to it's faults. I've also noticed that some don't fully play a game before rating it, For instance I read a review on an old PSP game called White Knight Chronicles : Origins, after which I was convinced the reviewer had played the game for all of 5 minutes before reviewing it. They ignore games Another reason I don't like reviewing sites is the fact that they go straight for games they like and will ignore many other games, gems that could be enjoyed by many people if they took the time to review them. big series like Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Mario. Pokemon and Zelda have a review as soon as the game hits the shelves, But where is BlazBlue, Meadow and many other games ? sinking into obscurity because nobody knows about them. So, to end this article, I say, if you want to fully experience gaming, don't rely on reviews, try the game for yourself and judge what you find. I do it that way, and I've found hours upon hours of enjoyment I would have passed over otherwise, not even knowing what I was missing.