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game previews What is the role that internet plays in our lives? What is the internet, really? Ok, nearly 90 percent of the internet is filled with various forms of adult entertainement, but what about the other 10 percent?

The internet forms, besides various other things, a nearly unlimited source of information. How many of you remember the time when we had to go to the library, or grab an enyclopedia? I’m pretty young, but even I remember the times when we didn’t have access to ‘the tubes’. I remember the time when I had to browse through ‘Encarta’ for my school assignments.

Now, it gets easier by the day to access information. With a few clicks, you can be browsing over hundreds of different sources, and you can reach nearly any piece of ‘knowledge’ within seconds or minutes.

Of course, everyone of you is familiar with the big daddy’s of information, like Google, Yahoo or Wikipedia. But sometimes information is even easier to locate if you know where to look.

We’re going to peek at gaming-related sites. Places where you can go to find game previews, reviews, walkthroughs, numeral data, and so on. Today, we’re going to take a look at the best sites for the self-informing gamer.

Game Previews and Reviews

One of the first things I do before I go out to buy a game, is look for reviews. Games aren’t exactly what I’d call ‘cheap’, and we wouldn’t want to spend that all hard-earned money on crappy games, right?

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Besides reviews of the sporadical free games, which you’ll find here at MakeUseOf, there are tons of great places for game pre- and reviews.

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Game Rankings is a great site for those of you who prefer to look at the ‘game scores’ above all else.

This site indexes all ratings, from nearly all sites that are worth to mention, and then calculates the average score ratio for the game.

Links to additional reviews can also be added through the site.

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Visit Game Rankings @ gamerankings.com

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Gamespot is my personal favourite for game pre- and reviews, it is also part of the same network as GameRankings.

The site makes sure to deliver extended reviews in a very professional manner, but using the overview, it’s also very easy to get a proper idea of the game after a mere glance.

Visit GameSpot @ gamespot.com

Zero Punctuation is a video review series of The Escapist. In these weekly episodes, Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw gives his ever so harsh and cynical opinion. These hilarious reviews will allow you a different look on the current day’s games.

“See why gamers love it and developers fear it”

Visit zero punctuation @ escapistmagazine.com

Other great game review sites include…

  • 1UP.com is the online version of (you might’ve guessed it) 1UP magazine. Just like the magazine, 1UP.com has made itself a name on the gaming grounds.
  • IGN.com, property of Fox Interactive Media, is part of a much bigger network, with sites that most of us will know. Being the ‘brother’ of sites like Rotten Tomatoes, GameSpy and FilePlanet, it’s no surprise that we can expect a certain level of quality. This site delivers professional, and most of the time very extended reviews, in a pretty average format.

  1. Gyb
    January 10, 2009 at 12:24 am

    onlythegames.com/

    I recommend this, I'm in awe of this site. This site differs from IGN and Gamespot-like reviews, you should see that yourself.

    Oh, and I'm new to your site, hello.

  2. Graham
    December 26, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Varun is right. Gamespot should never be used for game reviews. They accept money for good review scores. If the writer gives it a bad score they are fired. The most infamous case of this is Jeff Gerstmann. He started a new site giantbomb.com. Their reviews are always well written and insightful.

    Also, IGN is a terrible place for reviews as well. Just my opinion. I like my reviews to actually tell me about the game not just say "This game is good" Why is it good?

    • Simon Slangen
      December 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm

      That's the first I heard from this and I'm really shocked. I'll keep it in mind.

  3. Varun
    December 26, 2008 at 8:22 am

    How dare someone include Gamespot ,what are you in the previous century.Don't you follw what happens in the gaming world?
    Its an insult.I seriously doubt you are a dedicated gamer.
    Shame
    Back on the topic.
    The site you seem to have included in "Other great sites" are the only ones who are worth anything.
    Really are sorry article i must say dude.
    p.s Shacknews is among the best resource for games news.(not necessarily reviews)

  4. Mike
    December 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    You left out Gametrailers.com. They have to highest quality trailers and interviews, in HD, for free. Not even a membership.

    I used to go to gamespot every day untill the whole Gerstman-gate incident. I don't trust them so much anymore.

    Gamesradar is also my favorite place for games articles. Their "7 things..." lists are worth visiting for alone.

  5. Womble
    December 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    IGN is the best of the bunch there the reviews are always well written.

    I would never trust a word gamespot says personally EA particularly seem to do far to well on there. What's this gertman-gate incident about Mike?. never heard of it.

    .eurogamer.net/ is a particular fave of mine they seem to catch a lot of games there that other sites miss.

    Merry Christmas

  6. Dave
    December 25, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Don't forget gametrailers.com They give great video reviews that are available in a wide range of formats. I subscribe to them via iTunes.

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