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The Hindle
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Hey im thinking of doing a Darksiders review, has one been done yet?
#841 at 23:11:44 - 03/05/2010
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I think peej did one (I remember reading one and I think it was peej that wrote it) but I'm sure a second wouldn't be frowned upon. It's nice to see what others think.
#842 at 00:33:53 - 04/05/2010
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Follow up reviews are always good, for that one it might be even better with the PC version out soon(ish).
#843 at 02:15:17 - 04/05/2010
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Yup I did a Darksiders review but it's always welcome to have a second opinion on stuff. We've had duplicate reviews for God of War III recently as well as Mass Effect 2. Often the followups get better hits than the originals because by the time the followups are out, more people have played the games.

#844 at 09:38:58 - 04/05/2010
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I think "second opinion" reviews are also more intriguing, because it almost implies a conflict of opinion, and readers check it out expecting something different from the majority of reviews.

Like if I read a 10/10 GTA IV review, and then see "GTA IV review - second opinion", I'm already interested because I expect this second guy is going to be taking a different slant to the first guy who drooled all over it.

Of course it could just be that the second guy also drools over it. But there is an expectation of contention.
#845 at 11:06:30 - 04/05/2010
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Second opinions are good to read but when they come quite late after the game's release I worry that we've missed the boat a bit.
#846 at 11:14:26 - 04/05/2010
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You could call it an early retrospective :)
#847 at 11:15:29 - 04/05/2010
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I guess with most of the second opinions here, they've been covered pretty soon after the original review.

That said, here's an interesting case in point. I'd started to jab together a Picross 3D review. Checking the CMS I realised that there was already one, penned by "the boss" - that dates back more than a year to the original Japanese release. I didn't bother finishing my review (mainly because Hairy's covered all the points I was going to make, and did so more eloquently than I'd manage).

Similarly with Darksiders, the PC version's only really just been announced so if there was an upcoming chance to review that, we'd probably still do it.

I guess to be frank though, if you're planning a 2000 word mega opus on something everyone's moved on from, you're going to get a handful of hits and not a lot more. It's a tricky balance judging what's going to work and what's not.
#848 at 11:22:59 - 04/05/2010
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Peej you should still bat up your Picross 3D review because it's relevant, and if you've already done it then there's no sense in wasting it.

:)
#849 at 11:31:11 - 04/05/2010
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Nah I'd half written it, but it just didn't really put much across that wasn't already detailed in your review.

TBH I have no idea why it took so long to localise. It hasn't changed in any way from the Jap language version, not that I can see anyway.

#850 at 12:15:39 - 04/05/2010
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Cheers for the advice guys, assuming someone isnt writing one at the moment ill do one for Alan Wake after ive finished it.
#851 at 13:03:28 - 04/05/2010
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That'd be cool.
#852 at 13:10:30 - 04/05/2010
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On the same topic - I'm considering doing a God of War Collection review, if everyone's OK with that. It'll take me another week to finish it though...

:)

(Fat Princess review in the next day or so)
#853 at 13:16:01 - 04/05/2010
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I was actually going to suggest an article for Uncharted 2. A sort of 'now the dust has settled' type of article/review.

I was thinking of doing more of those actually, perhaps one a month. The idea being that not everyone buys a game at launch and that sometimes a game gets a shitload of praise at launch, only for people to wonder what all the fuss was about six months later as games have moved on and the hype surrounding it has died down.

Is that something people would be interested in, or should I not bother?
#854 at 22:03:52 - 04/05/2010
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Sounds good. And launch reviews are done in such a rush, how can you even trust them? There's something appealing about a more sober "I've had time to reflect" review for late buyers (though everyone who wanted Uncharted 2 has already bought it, I imagine.)
#855 at 22:07:59 - 04/05/2010
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Nope, I only got it two weeks ago. I didn't like the first one that much you see (correction; I thought the first one was good but not worthy of such high praise that it received).
#856 at 22:24:21 - 04/05/2010
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Pretty frikkin' awesome, ain't it?
#857 at 22:28:12 - 04/05/2010
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I couldn't possibly divulge that information ahead of the article. :o)
#858 at 22:37:40 - 04/05/2010
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Fat Princess review in :)
#859 at 12:44:51 - 05/05/2010
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I'll upload it tonight yo.
#860 at 17:02:02 - 05/05/2010
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Thanks - hope it's OK :)
#861 at 17:24:39 - 05/05/2010
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Don't worry - I'll just edit the fuck out of it if it's not.
#862 at 17:33:26 - 05/05/2010
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My parents just received Nier, and they are sending it on to you, evilashchris: should be with you tomorrow.
#863 at 15:57:49 - 06/05/2010
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Nice one York, tell Mum and Dad thanks from me :)
#864 at 16:06:39 - 06/05/2010
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Will they be sending some of those excellent Football shaped biscuits along with the game? Or am I getting your parents mixed up with someone elses?
#865 at 16:29:34 - 06/05/2010
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Yes, that's probably a mixup :)

Hey, how come Hairy never sends me biscuits with review code? I thought we were buddies. :(
#866 at 16:52:23 - 06/05/2010
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>:(

Got my hopes all up there Peej!
#867 at 17:01:21 - 06/05/2010
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Just got it through, York, cheers :)

I'll get on it at the weekend.
#868 at 13:48:03 - 07/05/2010
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Considering I could have played it on the 10th, and you won't play it till tomorrow, we have saved a total of TWO DAYS.

YEEEEAAAAAAAAH.
#869 at 18:39:01 - 07/05/2010
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ModNation Racers PSP?
#870 at 13:13:51 - 10/05/2010

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