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Thread: What influences you most in your game buying?

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    Post What influences you most in your game buying?

    Interesting poll by Gamefaqs. I've posted screenshots of the poll from 2011 - present below. What's also interesting is how many fewer votes their polls get each year. I wonder how the site (Gamefaqs) is doing financially? Seems like they've had a large drop off in users...or at least from those who care to vote.

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    Instinct. I quickly decide if a game is worth my time and money.

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    I buy my games based off the comments section of Digital Suck the Fun Dry videos on youtube.

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    Remindes me of another site with a drop off of users
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    I'd put those categories in a similar order of popularity as the GameFAQs audience. Previews, especially video of actual gameplay, are by far the most important for me. Reader reviews, word of mouth and demos/renting are all relatively equal for me, and both reader reviews and word of mouth will be followed up by viewing gameplay footage. Professional reviews are less important as I largely do not care for the gaming media and advertising is only useful for learning that a game exists and getting a basic idea of whether or not I think I might be interested in it.

    Price is important too as I'll be more likely to purchase games I'm unsure about if they're cheap.
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    In general Nintendo's logo helps. I'll take a look at pretty much any game they make because I really only need to care about the gameplay appealing to me. I don't need to worry about hidden microtransactions, unfinished or unpolished gameplay, and I can be pretty sure that the game will last long enough to be worth it. And in the rare occasions when it's not the case (Ultra Smash, Amiibo Festival) it's usually pretty obvious I won't like it lol.

    If it's not a Nintendo game then it's really just a matter of the game looking fun. But I'll almost never buy it day one because I wait to see if they're going to jam loot boxes or some other crap in there. And I want to know which platform it's in my best interest to play it on or if there's any technical issues. If I'm not going to pretend like a disappointment might keep me away from a game. I'm very unlikely to play Ghost of Tsushima because it's a Sucker Punch game that isn't Infamous.
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    I know you love Infamous, but did you ever play Rocket: Robot on Wheels or the Sly Raccoon games? Sucker Punch has a very good track record of making great games in my view.
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    I hopped on with Infamous. I'll probably get over it and play it eventually, but for now I'm having the same effect BotW had on me. It's not what I wanted so I'm pouting over it hahaha. At some point I'll probably like BotW for what it is, and I can't probably do the same thing for Ghost of Tsushima
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    Try Sly Cooper tho. Those games were the shit back when I was 10.

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    Generally speaking I turn out to have chosen well. I’d say my success rate is about 90%. I do sometimes buy a game that doesn’t look too hot but usually it’s heavily discounted so I don’t expect too much.

    Us old bastards had to buy games based off of magazines you couldn’t trust and the back of the box. If you might only get 2-3 games per year you develop a good BS detector.

    I’ve been told many times I overthink things, but with game purchases it’s quite easy and their is little internal debate.

    Of course, there are good games that simply aren’t your cup of tea. I generally wait for a deal or buy them used. Tokyo Mirage is a good recent example. I like it, but I don’t $50 like it. $25 is a good compromise.

    That said, I’m a sucker for certain things. Iron Man on the Wii for example. I bought that right after seeing the movie, so I was pumped, plus it’s Iron Man AND it had a SEGA logo on the front. It’s an okay game, but you can get it for $5 or so now. I got excited. It happens.
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    I must say, sometimes when I am shopping or games, I end up buying a game because the cover looks cool lol.
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    There are a lot of factors involved in my decision, but the most prominent one is gameplay videos. Generally I can decide if a game is right for me or not with a gameplay video. I don't usually read reviews until after I've already finished a game.

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    And then when the game comes out, and a thousand people tell you your instincts are wrong, you still don't change your opinion.
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    A thosand people who aren’t me and don’t know what I like?

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    Demos really work for me too - I was blown away by Rayman on the Wii U and decided against it on Switch.
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    Yeah, that Rayman demo sold me, too. That was absolutely the right way to do a demo. I wish they did that stuff more often.

    Why did you decide against it on the Switch, though?
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    It seemed harder and it just felt off.

    What I was surprised at with the Wii U demo (and I assume Switch is the same) was just how much content you had to play with - I actually stopped as I knew it was for me quite quickly.
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    I miss those days!

    I tend to go on screenshots (too many spoilers in videos) and user reviews these days. Also, if it's a series I've invested in, I'll take the plunge.
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    Haha, I remember those "back of the box" days. I made a lot of game selections based on that. We've come a long way since then... Plus, if you got stuck in a game you were just stuck. Unless you had a strategy guide... GameFaqs came about but wasn't always very helpful.
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    I hate how it is now. I'm sure I've mentioned this before...

    Old days: I'm stuck. I'll keep trying and get better. YAY! I did it *sense of achievement*

    Modern Gamers: I'm stuck. I'll google it. *hollow brags about completing a game*

    The best we had in the old days was tips in a magazine (occasionally they had walkthroughs) and game guides (heresy!).
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    The Murfy levels are definitely a little harder. I bought the game on PC. I thought relegating Murfy to a button push would make it easier. But I didn't realize you have to control the other guy while you're pressing the Murfy button. It makes it a little harder.
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    The Rayman Wii U controls made real use of the Gamepad (further showing up Nintendo!).
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    I'm kinda like Drew. Instincts play a large role in it. I'll watch the trailer first. If they can't grab my interest with their own professionally put together propaganda reel then there probably isn't much hope. Then very short snippets of gameplay video (I hate spoilers). After that it's just knowing what kind of games I like to play and what I'm in the mood for. I tend to be an impulse shopper of games though so I don't sit around researching it or dwelling on a decision.
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    It's still a fun game on the PC, but it was definitely better overall with the GamePad.
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    It's the future, my friend!

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    Another factor is publisher and their rep. A Konami game used to be a must buy with few exceptions. Capcom was the same way. Now it’s a bit different, more’s the pity.

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    Back in the good old days Code Masters was a pretty safe seal of quality. Ocean Software, Mikro-Gen, Mastertronic, Hewson Consultants, Firebird Software, Domark, Beyond Software, Activision, Ultimate: Play the Game, Quicksilva, Psion, Melbourne House, Imagine Software, Bug-Byte, Mirrorsoft, U.S. Gold, Elite Systems, Gremlin Graphics, Electric Dreams Software.. There were loads of publishers you could have a little faith in!
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    Publisher and Trailers. If I trust the publisher i will try there new stuff. I brought the Last of Us just because it was from naughty dog and I will buy cyber Punk 2077 because it comes CD Project Red. I will buy games from Ubisoft because they have a large catalog of quality games .

    I will also trust game play trailers. they can show you a lot of what the game is about, but only if they do not cut the scenes every 2 seconds.
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    I’ve actually heard of about two of those, and Codemasters only because of Micro Machines.

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    you missed out on Acclaim since your listing a lot of old great companies.
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    Damn!

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    The trailer for Devil’s Third sold me on that game. Usually I ignore trailers though.

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    And it was pretty honest with how it represents the game. I'm not sure why so many people that were initially hyped were let down by it, other than those who care a lot about technical performance. This is a game you and I agree on; I honestly think most of the haters were just riding the coattails of internet loudmouths.

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    Well, hating on the WiiU was fashionable among idiots for awhile. Dude, DT isn’t great, but what it does, it does extremely well. It feels like an over the top SEGA title at times.

    When you duck behind a wall for more than two seconds, Ivan lights a cigarette. That’s how many f*** he gives. It’s absurd and in the age of either everything being anime or hyper realistic, that was very welcome. You got to get the joke to be able to laugh.

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    I ended up getting Blacklist pretty cheap on the PC. I couldn't stick with it, though. I really didn't like it that much.
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    I liked it okay. I got it cheap and liked how you could approach each mission in 3 different ways. I don’t necessarily have to love a game to appreciate that it’s good. Plus it used the GP in cool ways.

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    I don't play games that much, so if I don't love a game, I don't waste my time with it.
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    Yeah, that’s why I don’t 100 a LEGO game. They are fun, they ain’t great though.

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