How to Choose a Game before Making a Purchase? Top 5 Recommendations

07 August 2020 How to Choose a Game before Making a Purchase? Top 5 Recommendations

Today gamers have access to many video games of various genres. Games differ in not only style and quality of graphics but also the cost. For this reason, choosing a game from the huge assortment to meet all user requirements and expectations may be difficult.

Not to get lost in a variety of interesting offers and to understand whether you will like a certain game, you need to spend some time on studying the market and analysis of different content.

Here are top five tips on how to choose video games, following which everyone can find excellent content without the need to make a purchase in advance.

1. Study all aspects of the game

all aspects of the game

To choose a video game, pay attention to the following characteristics:

  • setting;

  • genre;

  • gameplay mechanics;

  • recommended requirements for launch.

The game setting is definitely important. However, it should not be a determining factor in your choice, as a nice picture is not enough in the end. Therefore, one should primarily pay attention to how the game works.

If you do not have preferences in genres and setting, have a look at the lists of the most popular video games presented on different online services, for example Steam. Such rankings often unite products that are highly praised by ordinary gamers and critics.

Besides, when you choose a video game, it is important to understand what device you are planning to use. Before you buy the game, check the technical characteristics of your PC or console and make sure that software will seamlessly run on it.

Watch streams on different platforms

stream lol

Streams are one of the best ways to see the peculiarities of the game and understand whether the game can interest you without playing it. Screenshots and advertising trailers show the most beneficial sides of games, which can be confusing. And by watching streams, you have a possibility to check out the graphics quality, difficulty level, interaction with other participants, etc.

Streamers often share their game impressions, which can also help you make a choice. Moreover, some streams allow winning free activation keys for games or in-game content.

Today streaming platforms allow watching not only such popular games as Fortnite, League of Legends, Dota 2, Overwatch but also many novelties. Sometimes users can watch game streams before the official release.

Streams are available on such platforms as Twitch, YouTube, GoodGame, Smashcast, WASD.TV, and others.

3. Read reviews and feedbacks

Read reviews and feedbacks of the game

Reviews and feedbacks make a simple and available way to find out more about the peculiarities of the game before you buy it. Text and video materials of this kind can be found on different websites, forums, and blogs. In commentaries to publications, you can ask any questions and discuss advantages and disadvantages of gameplay or other game subtleties with the author of the review or other users.

If you do not trust reviews for some reason, you can learn more about the game by reading feedbacks of gamers on Steam or Metacritic. However, to make an objective assessment of a certain gaming product, do not limit yourself to several opinions. The best idea is to read as many feedbacks as possible. It will help to consider the game from different perspectives.

Another way to learn more about game products is to read themed threads on Reddit or ResetEra where users discuss games. Note that usually they are written in English.

4. Play the demo version or take part in beta testing

beta testing of games

If the game has a demo version, do not miss the opportunity to check it out before making a purchase. Demo versions usually have restrictions in time or number of available game levels. Nevertheless, it is usually enough to understand all peculiarities of the game and to take a decision whether you should buy it.

You can find demo versions of games of different genres on Steam, PS Store, Xbox Store, and Epic Games Store.

Another way to check out an online game free of charge is to participate in its pre-release beta testing. The latter is usually announced on the official website of the developer.

Beta testing of game products can be closed, when you need to submit an application for participation, and open.

5. Make a refund

If you have bought a game that fails to satisfy your expectations for some reason, you have a chance to get your money back. However, not every game envisages this opportunity. Besides, platforms that supply video games set a number of requirements to the refund procedure.

For example, Steam and Epic Games Store allow claiming a refund within 14 days from the moment of purchase and on the condition that you have spent not more than two hours playing. Refund request is filed on official websites of services.

Sony and Microsoft allow getting your money back only in case you have very solid reasons. To get a refund, you need to contact customer support service.


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