First impressions are important. They say a person decides if they’re attracted to another in the first 7 seconds of meeting them. A decision is made in the brain that determines if another person is someone you just met or someone you want to know better. First impressions are important. In entertainment, if a product doesn’t engage you quickly, doesn’t stir you, inspire you, fill you with joy, urgency, fear, or purpose, then it’s failed as an entertainment product. videogames’ first impressions are important. Do you buy this title after playing a demo, do you play another multiplayer game despite being absolutely thrashed in the first instance, do venture on to discover more about the story or the characters?
A game has a very limited window to grab your attention, and is constantly fighting to keep it once it does. Comical musings, inspiring revelations, or simply cool mechanics and scenes, whatever the hook is that draws you in, its effect and affect is interesting.
So that’s what we’re going to try and do here on This is Xbox: share first impressions more readily. You can read our in-depth and thoughtful reviews where we approach the titles as a whole to be judged and analysed, but here you can watch clips from the first hour of play on a title and the first impressions that surface from it.
In this video, Greg Giddens, shares his fright and delight with Resident Evil HD Remaster.