Choosing the right videogame to buy can be challenging. My first thought is what type of games do I enjoy the most, whether it be RPG, Strategy, or FPS. If the game scores above 7 out of 10 between many reviewers then the game will be on my radar for buying. I then look at all the trailers I can find and lets plays. Finally I look at what crowd does the game appeal too. Does the game appeal mostly to Casuals? How seriously can I take their opinions and reviews if they don’t game that much to have any experience with similar titles? Does the game appeal to Hardcore Competitive Gamers who dedicate hours on end and sink almost every thought they could in the game. Yeah, I think I’ll take the Hardcore gamers opinion more seriously.
If the game is on steam I check the reviews and average out the amount of gameplay hours between about twenty people. It’s to gain a gist of how long I will be playing it. The amount hours you play in a game should be related to how much money you should spend on a game. If a game gives 3 hours of gameplay and only costs $1 then you are HIGHLY LIKELY to get value then getting a disappointment. Now if you spend $60 on a videogame and you saw it had good reviews and it only had 10 hours of gameplay, was it really worth it? Maybe. You are risking $60 for a CHANCE to get a good game. Minimum wage in USA is about 7 dollars an hour, so 10 hours of gameplay should = $70 right, I got the value I wanted, right? Only if you truly enjoyed the experience that you couldn’t stop thinking about it, then yes it was. There are just too many crappy games nowadays to justify risking $60 dollars to be honest.
If developers spent many years on a game then I am more likely to buy it. Chances are it’s polished and loved with the dedication of time. If the developers spent a year or less on the game then you are more likely going to get crap. Remember, time is priceless. So developers who spend the most time to create a game build the most value, and you are least likely to be disappointed.
To sum it up, buy a game if it has good reviews. If it appeals to your crowd and you watched a lot of trailers you liked. The amount of time you get in a game versus what you paid for it is great and that the game was fun. Lastly how much time has the developer sunk into the game to make it as good as it possibly can.
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