2 Minute Reviews

I’m getting sick and tired of online reviews and magazine reviews of games. I feel that if you’ve read one, you’ve read them all. Also, have you ever noticed that the reviews are getting longer? Every little nitpicking detail is gone over. I usually end up just reading the summarizing statements and the scanning the scores anyway—oh, man, the scores—don’t get me started.

I want to try something new: a 2 minute review—a review you can read quickly and get a (hopefully) good overview of what it’s about and if it’s worth the price to play.

I did a count and I have just under twenty new games that I can cover over the course of the summer. My requirements are this: that I play the game for 5 hours and then summarize (1) if I should keep playing and (2) is it good (+) or bad (-).

Maybe then I bring myself back to a little more sanity and you can hop along for the ride.


  1. Interesting, I thought the reviews at The Guardian ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology ) were too short, but their film reviews were more on the ball, being around 3-4 paragraphs or so instead of 1. Likely a factor of the game reviews having only one paragraph to fill on the print version, while films get a few pages to fill (lesser known films get less space of course).

    Perhaps say “4 minute review”, it’s nice to get a little bit of detail in there, along the lines of a film review.

    But seeing some short reviews on blogs are always great, much more interesting and usually written to be short enough to grasp in a few minutes if you’d enjoy it or not. If you do get some done, that’d be cool.

  2. Wow. You were quick. Read on.

    I have a lot of love for video reviews. Gamespot used to be pretty good and IGN is getting a little better. however, they would take the same amount of time to watch. Why? Most of the time, these guys were just reading a draft of their article.

    Might as well hear the review with visuals.

  3. Very cool, Nat. I look forward to seeing how these turn out.

    Every time I try to sit down and write a “non-review” of GTA IV, Mario Kart Wii or Super Mario Galaxy, it always feels like I’m trying to do a review. I think some games deserve a longer treatment, but that’s not necessary a review. Some games just need a thumbs up or thumbs down with a couple reasons why. I like this idea.

  4. So if the game is good it rates: +

    If the game is bad it rates: +

    Am I missing something?

    I just read your first one and it was exactly what you said it would be.

  5. @Bobster – Good catch. Fixed.

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