We all love to talk, think and dream about games throughout the day. But some out there want to review games in order to show fellow gamers if a game is really 'worth it' or not. GamesCastLive are here to give you 5 important tips to help one become a video game reviewer.

As gamers, we’ll talk about games, dream about games and live for games. But the question remains; how does one become an expert on games? Being a game reviewer can almost become an excuse with which you can explain your obsession with gaming.
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    Chad May 29, 10
    Can't say I follow the first rule, and I'm sorta iffy on the third. I say finish the main story (though 100% completion of extra things aren't a big deal), explore the other modes (at least get a feel of them to thoroughly explain and give your opinion on them to the reader), and look for other things that a reader would care enough about that it's worth to put into the review. Often I review games after getting them about 70% total completion while fulfilling what I just listed.
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      JimmyP May 30, 10
      Hey Chad, you're right, with most games it's tough to finish the WHOLE game. As long as you complete the primary campagin, story etc, I think that's sufficient. As for getting games, I think they just mean that you can't buy everything, it's too costly, some sponsorship is needed to ensure you can review most titles
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        Chad May 30, 10
        Haha, yeah, tell me about it. I've greatly shortened the amount of games I can review due to not wanting to shell out $60 for every cool looking game I see. =(

        Think you can hook me up? (just kidding of course, haha)
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          JimmyP May 31, 10
          haha, yeah man, it's still a semi-struggle on my part haha. Hiring games is always also an option, but it's tough to find places that rent out the latest stuff. Talk to distributors, they are always willing to support reviewer, even small independent ones.
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    conel3 May 30, 10
    I understand that 100%ing games can be time consuming but unless you have completed the campaign and had a good amount of time in any other modes ie online or versus, the review is completely worthless. You can't seriously review a game without first finishing it. People like Destructoid's Jim Sterling ruin reviews for everyone. After giving FF13 a biased, bad review, people looked at his trophies to realise that he hadn't even completed the main story. Looking further many games he reviewd he had barely even played for more than an hour or two. People like this just make game reviews worthless. Without finishing a game you really don't have a worthy opinion on it and when these kind of reviews become official reviews just become worthless.
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    JimmyP May 31, 10
    Completely agree conel3, the issue with completing games is that, games also can start out a little underwhelming at first, and then really pick up and shine later in the campain story etc. Thats why i think it's good to get an all-round impression of the game. Not a fan of reviewers who play for 10 mins, and write up a review.
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    bubs78 Jun 3, 10
    I dont agree with the first part i prefer the independent sites that buy their own games as they understand what i look for when im spending my hard earned cash rather than a site that just gets piles of free games everyday and suck up to publishers so they keep getting free games.

    I think you need to finish a game but finishing a game and getting 100% done are different i finished MW2 and only had 50% !!

    Agree with the dont be over critical i hate reading a list of faults with a game. if a game is really that bad sum it up quickly and move on.

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