Is it okay to form an opinion about a game without finishing it?



  • I think it's fair to form an opinion on a game without finishing it. If somethings is not connecting for you then it's fair enough to say it's not for you, regardless of the late game. Even if the end is phenomenal but it was a massive slog to get there, overall I would say say that the game is still poor overall.

    I believe this to still holds true in a professional sense too for reviews, as it's more the reviewers opinion themselves I look out for, and if I respect their opinion or share a similar one. For example a review from a reviewer who hates JRPGs I'm not going too pay too much attention too, especially if they dislike it, as it's not there thing. Whereas if a reviewer who loves them dislikes it I will, even more so if it's states they couldn't play it through to the end.



  • Depends on what opinion you are putting across.

    What Brandon was saying was fine - he hasn't got into Final Fantasy VII and it didn't appeal to him. No problem.

    However, I have run into people (including some of my close friends) who like to really crap on games and claim they are through-and-through rubbish yet they've never played or even seen much of. That's not okay, not at all.



  • Its totally okay to form that opinion, but where you might voice that opinion is the one that matters.

    If your going to start slamming a game you've never played on a review for a website...that's pretty bad.

    With your friends on break at work? Yeah, probably.

    It's subjective, so as long as you are confident in your reasons. But if someone tries to expand your understanding, feel open to discuss it and change your mind.



  • I mean it depends on the game and how far in you got. Obviously you wouldn't have gotten the jist of Person 4 by only playing the first hour. But I think you can get a sense of whether or not a game is for you without finishing it. Generally speaking the ending doesn't make the game, it's the journey. And if the journey isn't much fun or compelling then you don't have to force your way through.



  • Like many have said before I think its fine to form an opinion of a game, or anything really, with little to no actual experience of said game or what have you. If I see a trailer for an RTS game I probably won't be interested just because of the game style. Or if a game is a horror game, I might not be interested just because of the genre. In these regards my opinion is still valid but doesn't hold as much weight as someone who played the game to completion.

    In the case of Brandon and FF VII i think his opinion carries some weight, he has at least tried the game but would lose interest quickly, which I feel is fair. Personally, when stating an opinion I think it's mostly important how you state said opinion. As long as you're being honest about what you've experience and how you feel about that expereince I think your in the clear.





  • @Musou-Tensei yup spot on. I've played enough of FarCry 2 for example to know that it is the worst and most fundamentally awful "AAA" game I have ever played. No need to punish myself, I have a life and have better things to do. My assessment is valid. Critics on the other hand need to cover all ground before publishing anything. Those are the rules if you ask me.



  • Also DEAD @ the Yoshi comment El, but let it go aha. You must find more purpose in life than to chastise Yoshi 😂



  • @michemagius I think, even then, it's okay to have that opinion about Persona 4. If Persona 4 failed to keep your attention for the first hour, then you can criticize it for that. The devs might need to do a better job at engaging the player in the first hour to address this person's criticism.

    It's a valid opinion, even if that person thought Persona 4 was more actiony when it's actually more about story and dialogue than the RPG fighting. Devs would want to know about all sorts of audience for the next game.



  • I still disagree with everyone who are saying you can have a valid opinion on a game that you haven't finished.

    The main reason is if you play the 1st 10% of a game and then say this game isn't good and you stop playing it based on that you are simply assuming that the rest of the game is the same therefore is a bad game.

    If you do not finish a game:

    • You have no clue what the story will bring.
    • You have no clue what other characters there is later on.
    • You have no clue what the rest of the game's world/setting has in it.
    • You have no clue if the gameplay/combat would of improved with depth later on.
    • You have no clue what other type of music the rest of game has.
    • Plus any other aspects of the game you really have no clue what they are really like.

    If you do not finish a game you are basically just making assumptions of what the game really is like but you simply do not know. It's like looking at the front cover of a game and dismissing it just because you don't like the artwork it's ridiculous.

    I'm sorry but your opinion is simply not a valid one if you have not finished it, you cannot say that a game was bad like Brandon did because he gives no good reasons to why he did not like it expect for liking FF6 more.

    If however you did finish a game then you are entirely entitled to say how bad/good each aspects of the game is as you experienced it all. You cannot do this after only playing a small part of the game as you are only assuming that it is bad/good.

    If many people are saying that a game is great/amazing and that you should play it like for example with FF7 then you tried for 1hr so did not finish it and you did not like, you have no clue whether or not you would of liked it if you carried on and if you did finish it in end maybe your opinion would of changed. This has happened several times to me with games, anime and tv series I stopped after a few episodes or hrs of playing and found them to be average at best but when I eventually went back to finish them they ended up being some of best experiences I ever had. Some however did not improve and ended up being bad still but then my opinion is totally valid as I can say why I did not like it and give valid reasons to which parts or aspects of it that led to me coming to that conclusion.

    Remember a game that has not been finished that you did not like can always change your opinion when you do in fact finish it.

    But a game that you did finish and did not like cannot change your opinion as there is nothing left to change your mind.



  • @ZellosWilder said in Is it okay to form an opinion about a game without finishing it?:

    I still disagree with everyone who are saying you can have a valid opinion on a game that you haven't finished.

    The main reason is if you play the 1st 10% of a game and then say this game isn't good and you stop playing it based on that you are simply assuming that the rest of the game is the same therefore is a bad game.

    If you do not finish a game:

    • You have no clue what the story will bring.
    • You have no clue what other characters there is later on.
    • You have no clue what the rest of the game's world/setting has in it.
    • You have no clue if the gameplay/combat would of improved with depth later on.
    • You have no clue what other type of music the rest of game has.
    • Plus any other aspects of the game you really have no clue what they are really like.

    If you do not finish a game you are basically just making assumptions of what the game really is and you simply do not know. It's like looking at the front cover of a game and dismissing it just because you don't like the artwork it's ridiculous.

    I'm sorry but your opinion is simply not a valid one if you have not finished it, you cannot say that a game was bad like Brandon did because he gives no good reasons to why he did not like it expect for liking FF6 more.

    If however you did finish a game then you are entirely entitled to say how bad/good each aspects of the game was as you experienced it all. You cannot do this after only playing a small part of the game are you are only assuming that it is bad.

    If many people are saying this game is great/amazing you should play it like with FF7 then you try and say you played 1hr of it so did not finish it and therefore you did not like, you have no clue whether or not you would of liked it if you carried on and did so in end maybe your opinion would of changed. This has happened several times to me with games, anime and tv series I stopped after a few episodes or hrs of playing and found them to be average at best but when I eventually went back to finish them they ended up being some of best experiences I ever had. Some however did not improve and ended up being bad still but then my opinion is totally valid as I can say why I did not like it and give valid reasons to which parts or aspects of it that led to me coming to that conclusion.

    Remember a game that has not been finished that you did not like can always change your opinion when you do in fact finish it.

    But a game that you did finish and did not like cannot change your opinion as there is nothing left to change your mind.

    No I disagree entirely. You can infer plenty once you have played a certain amount of time. If the game is full of tone issues then it does not matter if the story improves because what you have played has already demonstrated that the story has major issues at one point.

    On the game player front - again - if you have spent enough time, then you can infer things will not deviate. Not many games introduce some sort of gameplay paradigm shift at 75% completion.

    For example, 25 hours of Far Cry 2 will show zero deviation from the first 5 hours. The mechanics are consistent: drive, get attacked by hyper aggressive mindless AI, fix your jeep, do mission, gun jam, take 18 needles to gain HP, finish mission, drive back, get ambushed by the same hype aggressive mob that you already killed 5 minutes ago, fix jeep, have a malaria attack, drive, hit zebra, repeat, repeat, repeat. I only have to play a few hours of that consistency to infer that the rest of the game follows suit.



  • @GoTaco

    Yes some games do not change over the course of finishing it but you cannot come to that conclusion until you in fact finish it as I said you are only assuming that the rest of the game will be like that through the whole game which isn't really a valid opinion to say it is a bad game, its only an assumption that it will be like that. However if you do finish it then you can say it does not, like with your example with Far Cry 2 then you can come to that conclusion however if you do not finish it then you simply won't know for sure.

    Lots of games introduce all sorts of new gameplay in the game, like minigames, new weps, new abilities, side quests, different enemies etc. There are far more games that change over the course of the full game than stay the exact same as you started it that might change your opinion while you are playing through it from start to finish whether it changes from good to bad or from bad to good.

    I have never played the Far Cry series but I would not say or know what the game is like before I started to play it, while I am playing the game I cannot say the gameplay will remain the same from start to finish until I actual finished it.... therefore I cannot say the gameplay is bad or good within the first few hrs as I simply would not know if it did change or did not change unless someone else told me it remained the same through out the whole game.

    It's the exact same with Brandon with FF7 he does not know for sure if he will like the game or not until he actually finishes it, he is only assuming that he will not because "he does not have the time to play it" "prefers FF6" these reasons are not valid reasons to dislike the game and Bradley gets mad because of that, due to Brandon only playing the first few hrs instead of finishing the full game giving real valid reasons why he did not like it when other do like it. If however Brandon did finish FF7 then said he preferred FF6 over it giving some actual valid reasons why, Bradley probably would of accepted that.



  • Case by case basis,you don't have to finish a game by Telltale to know you don't like the gameplay but you need to beat them to judge the story.

    It's very possible that your opinion of a game is misguided or unfinished if the game was unfinished.



  • Like others have said. If you are not reviewing it, you can have your opinion about the game but you got to also be ready to get corrected for things you didn't know about the game. Some games simply starts off badly or you don't get the vibe and might stay that way for the rest of the game so there is no point torturing yourself. You play them because you like them unless you lost a bet or something.

    Opinions are great to have and it might anger others but we all are different and have different tastes. A friend of mine have been trying to persuade me to try SMITE or Paragorn but looking at the gameplay and trailers and not feeling the need to spend my time on it, I shouldn't play it even if I can chat with my friends more. And I can clearly see and say that those games are not for me so I said "No" and gave my opinion of what I know of it and why I will not play it. In other words I can have an opinion for everything even if I have not played them as long as it is valid enough.



  • @Whoaness said in Is it okay to form an opinion about a game without finishing it?:

    @michemagius I think, even then, it's okay to have that opinion about Persona 4. If Persona 4 failed to keep your attention for the first hour, then you can criticize it for that. The devs might need to do a better job at engaging the player in the first hour to address this person's criticism.

    It's a valid opinion, even if that person thought Persona 4 was more actiony when it's actually more about story and dialogue than the RPG fighting. Devs would want to know about all sorts of audience for the next game.

    Quoting myself since it became true. Persona devs took the "boring start" criticism to heart, and now this is the first 18 minutes of Persona 5. Don't watch if you don't want spoilers.

    Youtube Video

    A perfect example of why every opinion matters whether you finish the game or not. I think they even matter even if you didn't play the game and think the game "isn't for you" when you look at the marketing.



  • I feel that at least playing a game is necessary, but not finishing it to formulate an opinion. I think you can even legitimately say you like a game, and would recommend it without finishing it.

    An example of this for me would be Alien: Isolation. I played about 2/3 of the game, and really enjoyed it. That alone took me around 10 hours, and then there were also survival missions to complete. The last third of the game is known to be sub par, and as my enjoyment waned, I turned my attention to other facets of the game. The first 2/3rds of the game and the bonus content that is available to me was enough to recommend the game to anyone that likes survival horror.*

    *I would of course mention that I did not finish the game, and likely would not recommend the last third of the game.