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Well, with regards to the "spectacular graphics", I just had a quick look at EG's Uncharted 2 review and it drives it home. It's the difference between EG saying "Naughty Dog has really taken the graphics to a new level, this time. Think Uncharted, but better. It really dazzles on the HD screen. You'll be captivated by how real it looks." and them saying:

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is beautiful, and Naughty Dog knows it. About halfway through, the game almost comes to a halt so that Nathan Drake can wander around a village where nobody speaks English and he is unable to run or use any of his small but imaginative range of gymnastic abilities. There is nothing to do but stare at the scenery: children and livestock scurrying across sun-baked mud-tracks crisscrossed by shadows cast from clothes fluttering back and forth on washing lines, the perfect transition of bright daylight to dark interiors, and a spectacular mountain range rising beyond the rooftops in panorama.

The attention to detail is beyond compare. One of the children squirms and blushes with embarrassment when Drake kicks him a football and he holds it to his chest uncertainly; the dark outlines of the clothing on the ground cast by the brilliant sun soften at their extremities, which are devoid of the jagged serration typical of game engines being pushed to their limits


Now, admittedly, there's more to gush about when talking Uncharted, but even a few specifics, a few examples, help to put your point across. The difference between saying the animation has good touches and saying that someone's hair flows realistically in the wind. The difference between saying the graphics are detailed and saying that you can see the veins popping on so-and-so's forehard, etc.

As for the grammar stuff, yeah, I find a second read-through usually helps clear that stuff up for me. :)
#361 at 02:11:25 - 01/10/2009
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Oooh you cheeky sod. I read though it a couple of times. It's just normally I'll leave it for a few hours before future read-throughs, this time I wanted to just get it boxed off and sent out.

Eh, I'm just going to blame it on the game being so uninspiring and move on.

#362 at 10:34:36 - 01/10/2009
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NY proof-read it and still didn't spot the opening sentence error: "Well, let's face it: the comparison had to made at some point". There's a be missing there, and not the buzzy kind.

DDevil the review is fine mate. It covers what people need to know and not every review can be better than your last one. Sometimes games just leave you so uninspired that it's hard to do a decent review (read my Zuma one; that's a fucking awful review and it will make you feel a lot better about yourself).

I find that if they're good or absolutely terrible then there's lots to talk about. However if they're generally 'alright' and don't get your juices flowing either positively or negatively, it can be a real bitch to review them sometimes.
#363 at 10:39:09 - 01/10/2009
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Actually, reading it I see a whole sentence missing from there. I meant it more along the lines of:

"Street Fighter II

Well, let's face it - the comparison was going to be made at some point, so I figured we should make it straight away. The King Of Fighters appeared a good way into the obsession the industry had with one-on-one beat 'em ups for a while back in the '90s..."

And then on with it from there. It's relationship with Street Fighter, and the fact it's "lacking" (for want of a better word right now) were the two concepts I wanted to put over with the review.

But is anyone ever REALLY satisfied with their work? I've yet to write anything I really like, but yet I still get (mostly) good feedback. Sometimes I wonder if people are being nice, but putting myself in the mindset that people think like me... I don't notice anything wrong with any of the other reviews on here - but do the writers feel the same?

I'm always paranoid about repeating the same word too many times, making paragraphs too long or too short, and a million other things. It can't just be me doing that :-)
#364 at 12:05:09 - 01/10/2009
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As Michael Jackson once said:

"You are not alone."
#365 at 12:49:05 - 01/10/2009
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He better not be saying that now. That'd really give me the shits if he is.

DDevil, I think everyone's like that. I've had one review where I've been really very happy with it (a Valkyria Chronicles review for Strategy Informer) but then others may have hated it. Just because I really liked it doesn't mean to say it's good.

Hairy, Katamari Review by Sunday at the latest. I got another review copy so no two week embargo anymore (one PR company seems to send me review code without actually telling me which PR company it is. I wish I knew, as I'd pester them for more. Probably why they don't tell me though).
#366 at 13:09:52 - 01/10/2009
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Reading my reviews for the bits hairy changes is the fun part! :D
#367 at 17:08:40 - 01/10/2009
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/resists urge to correct grammar issues in York's corrected version :P

If it's any comfort I think most of my stuff has been somewhere between okay and workmanlike - most feel far too dry and fail to convey much enthusiasm for the game.

I think my GTA one is one of my better bits of writing and I did that while drunk then corrected spelling and grammar the next morning :)
#368 at 21:10:17 - 01/10/2009
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I hate pretty much everything I've ever written, and can go back over it and pick so many holes in grammar (though spelling is something I'm really fanatical about so if you see spelling mistakes in my stuff, I'll welcome the corrections!)

Is someone doing a Red Faction: Guerrilla PC review? I have one for somewhere else but they don't want it, so it's up for grabs. Not really much to say about it other than it wasn't worth the extra wait.
#369 at 16:09:38 - 05/10/2009
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DOH! Ignore last post, nice one Tom.

#370 at 16:25:30 - 05/10/2009
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hehe, cool thread. I shall make my lurking a bit more obvious :)
#371 at 17:41:51 - 06/10/2009
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Metalfish here, reporting back in after some time in the wilderness.

/Shameless grovel in HairyArse's direction

I'm desperate for some writing exposure, any exposure at all. As such, literally anything you want written about, I am available for. Commission it, and it shall be done. I can't claim to be good, but I think I'm good. I'll probably submit a couple of things anyway, but with your input you stand a much better chance of getting something you want.

/End embarrassing grovel.
#372 at 01:18:17 - 07/10/2009
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In the words of Brando..."What've you got!"

Seriously MF, you wanna write for us then as with ANYONE here, we're happy to have your stuff and will even purty it up with splashes and stuff if you do the grunt work of putting the words together.

And as I said there, that goes for ALL of you. No one (and I do mean seriously NO ONE) just wants to read a site with our stuff on it, it's your stuff that counts.

So grab your scribbling sticks and get scribbling, all contributions welcome.
#373 at 10:14:02 - 07/10/2009
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Yeah I didn't build that big SUBMISSION button for nowt you know?
#374 at 11:10:33 - 07/10/2009
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Gran Turismo on PSP anyone?

First dibs to newbies...
#375 at 13:14:10 - 07/10/2009
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It's a trap!

/wishes he had a PSP
/and was a newbie
#376 at 13:23:25 - 07/10/2009
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I've also got a download code for a PSP-Mini title called Vempire?
#377 at 13:57:44 - 07/10/2009
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HairyArse said:Gran Turismo on PSP anyone?

First dibs to newbies...


:o

I'm a newbie, just look at my post count!
#378 at 14:41:11 - 07/10/2009
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Submitted. First part of a three parter, for your consideration.

Boosh!
#379 at 22:39:01 - 07/10/2009
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Vempire?

I promise a quicker turnaround than last time ;)
#380 at 23:17:31 - 07/10/2009
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papa rabbit said:Vempire?

I promise a quicker turnaround than last time ;)


I've just offered it to MetalFish but if he doesn't want it it's all yours.
#381 at 23:59:40 - 07/10/2009
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I've not got a psp, so go for it, Papa rabbit.

For future reference (looks like I've got at least 2 more pieces to do now) I have the following to hand: a 360, a gaming PC and a DS.
#382 at 00:03:47 - 08/10/2009
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papa rabbit said:Vempire?

I promise a quicker turnaround than last time ;)


Email sent mate.
#383 at 00:08:44 - 08/10/2009
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I was serious about Gran Turismo btw Hairy, in case you didn't realise. :)

that's if no-one else offers, of course.

Edit: Actually, wait - is it the UMD or PSN version?
#384 at 17:19:56 - 08/10/2009
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Kay - PSP UMD - can you send me your address and I'll get it posted.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising on 360 anyone? First dib to newbs.
#385 at 18:08:43 - 08/10/2009
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I've forgotten how to bung a front page thumbnail on me review, eek!
#386 at 19:01:48 - 08/10/2009
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Sorted it Hughes - that's my fault. The actual uploader needs fixing and I haven't got around to it yet.
#387 at 19:10:34 - 08/10/2009
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Hooray! I couldn't remeber which font to use for the splash image either, but I think the one I used looks near enough.
#388 at 19:12:51 - 08/10/2009
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HairyArse said:Kay - PSP UMD - can you send me your address and I'll get it posted.

Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising on 360 anyone? First dib to newbs.


I would definitely like to break my reviewing duck with this if that is fine with you hairy?

I can get a review done asap!
#389 at 20:11:57 - 08/10/2009
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Sure thing mate - email me your addrss and I'll get it in the post tomorrow.
#390 at 20:40:06 - 08/10/2009

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