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Old 09-07-2004, 09:31 PM   #11
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the only random games I buy have to be under 20 bucks. some of those are really good. so sometimes it is worth taking a chance.
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:40 PM   #12
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Usually I buy after reading several reviews, both in print and on-line.
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Old 09-07-2004, 10:04 PM   #13
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I buy random games if I've heard praise for them on IWF. Neverwinter Nights was a case in point, though the $10 price tag helped matters.
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Old 09-08-2004, 12:21 AM   #14
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I play test the games first at the computer shop before I decide to buy them. In that way I don't have to buy the wrong games.
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Old 09-08-2004, 06:00 AM   #15
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Originally posted by Azeral:
the only random games I buy have to be under 20 bucks. some of those are really good. so sometimes it is worth taking a chance.
Same, especially when the money comes from someone else (most people wont understand)
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Old 09-08-2004, 11:26 AM   #16
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definitely read reviews!!! and play the demo!

I mean I loved the EMPIRES: Dawn of Modern world and Age of Nations reviews

But the game just sucks!

It has all the right ideas but terrible game play in my opinion
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Old 09-08-2004, 11:05 PM   #17
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Yeah, I like to research games before I buy them, though on a 56k I'm not likely to download the demo.

I fall for the cheap ones, and anything that looks remotely interesting at places like Half-Priced Books. I found a game from 2003 for $9 that was about $50 next door at Circuit City (IL2 Stumovik's expansion). Of course it was used, but used games don't bother me as long as everything's there.

Next door I also saw a game that I got last year for $25, now priced at $45. The company even said they wanted it under $30, because it was really an expansion (AOW: Shadow Magic). Game prices confuse me.
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Old 09-09-2004, 05:31 PM   #18
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I. with a phone hook-up, can't even think about dounloading a demo. for any game, so I go for the ratings and most of the times I get suck into stupid games. A coupla months ago I bought a game that was #1 the year before "Prince of Persia". The game look good, played good terrific graffics and so on. Only when I have to leave the game to have dinner I foun out that I coul not save the game unless I get to certain point in the game. So the game is in my game "sellar" collecting dust, same thing with "Lord of the rings". Now you see what I mean?
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Old 09-11-2004, 05:22 PM   #19
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Popularity of games is tricky too. Games like Medal of Honor and Battlefield 1942 always got high ratings from what I saw. While fun in their own silly ways, the ridiculously low realism bothered me. In BF 1942 the first thing you notice as a German trooper is that you're holding a gun from 1944 lol. Troopers in both games are too bulletproof. I didn't think they could hold a candle to World War 2 Online, which got (and deserved) horrible ratings in its first couple of years, but infantry play (eventually) became so much more than any of the aforementioned.
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Old 09-11-2004, 05:33 PM   #20
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Always check out reviews first. Unless I've heard good things about the game, or if it is a sequel to a game I know. I don't trust most of the online reviews though. They usually seem biased to say the least.
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