|James Rolfe||This crazy motherfucker's been around for a long time and likely is the most famous reviewer on the web. 99% of the time, he plays games on the systems the came out on so no save states for him or any of that cheating stuff (He does cheat sometimes, seriously fuck you Ikari Warriors). He tends to be somewhat biased, but you'll likely be able to relate to him, because he knows the rage you've gone through first-hand.
He has two characters: Angry Vigeo Game Nerd (AVGN) and himself. AVGN is famous for reviewing shit games for various retro systems (Mostly NES and SNES) while getting drunk and swearing like a sailor. He rarely does more recent games. "The Nerd" is just a vidya persona though and is entirely satire (for the most part). James Rolfe himself is a lot more reasonable, reviews all sorts of stuff (mostly movies) and is a pretty cool guy. He also does board game reviews, called Board James.
|ASSEMblerEX||picture?||Something different than other YT reviewers. ASSEMblerEX doesn't focus so much on games, but rather on the hardware side of the industry. On his channel you can find reviews of rare or prototype hardware and devkits. He also collects game awards memorabilia. It's definitely worth watching if you are interested in that kind of stuff.|
|ChargeBackForward||Hosted by Canadians Terence and Big Mike, this channel is dedicated to the gaming culture. Big Mike is all about preserving the history of video games with his very impressive game room of over 2300 games. Features a lot of pick-up videos with niche titles, game related figure reviews, as well as reflecting on some of their favorite video games, both old school and present.|
|Chris' Survival Horror Quest||Chris' Survival Horror Quest is a site dedicated to discovering and playing every horror-themed he can get his hands on (excluding PC exclusives, light gun games, and visual novels). His reviews are quite in depth and very interesting to read, and many of the horror games he plays are more obscure than the standard Resident Evil/Silent Hill/Fatal Frame games. He also writes several articles about horror, whether they be about horror games or horror as a whole.|
|Chuggaconroy||One of the most famous Let's Players out there, Chuggaconroy pretty much covers all things Nintendo. He has a big list of LP's and that list is only growing. Tends to make some pretty hit-and-miss jokes but overall is well received.|
|Classic Game Room||
BEER! and VIDEO GAMES!
Great review in terms of getting a gist of a game, fun to watch even if you aren't planning on buying a game. Humor is there too. He reviews ANYTHING and praises TRUXTON. From Atari 2600 to PC to iPad. True gamer who never lets companies buy his reviews and one of the best on Youtube.
As of January of 2018, he has moved out of YouTube for like the third or fourth time (for real this time) and is now hosting his reviews on Amazon Prime.
|ClementJ642||This guy is great. His Let's Plays aren't just him trying to be funny while failing at a game for 20 minutes. He knows literally everything about the game he's playing, and by the end of his video so will you. Currently doing a playthrough of the entire Sonic franchise. Even if you have no interest in Sonic (like me) these videos are entertaining simply because of the sheer amount of knowledge he imparts. You'll learn everything about everything. He does have some annoying speech habits (that fucking laugh, I digress), but they are no big issue. Overall a great guy.|
|EthosLab||If you have even a passing interest in Minecraft, this is one of the only Minecraft channels worth subscribing to. Etho alternates between doing playthroughs of incredibly hard adventure maps (usually by Vechs), doing an informative Let's Play where he showcases efficient farming and redstone techniques and short tutorial videos on different inventions (mob farms, TNT cannons, etc.). His videos are informative and relaxing, and definitely worth checking out.|
|The Game Chasers||Follow Billy and Jay on their quest to obtain retro games in this American Pickers style Youtube series. Each person on the show is quite the character, so there's never a dull moment. They actually do find some rare stuff, and they often meet up with other members of the gaming community.|
|Game Sack||Run by |
As of Episode 246, Dave (the Nintendo fanboy) has since moved on from the show to spend more time with his family, leaving Joe (the SEGA fanboy) solo.
|Gamester81||This guy knows a lot about retro video games, and owns more consoles than you probably knew existed. He's big on the days of arcades and also is a huge fan of Star Wars. Travels a lot for work so he gets to meet and interview a lot of other people with video game focused Youtube channels (HappyConsoleGamer, AlphaOmegaSin, ChargeBackForward).|
|HappyConsoleGamer||Very nice and happy guy who spends most of his episodes talking about games he loves and why he loves them. Some episodes feature his friend Robman. A great show if you like niche Japanese stuff. Also has a movie, which is pretty cool.|
|StopSkeletonsFromFighting||SSFF (formerly the Happy Video Game Nerd) is kind of like the polar opposite of AVGN. He focuses good games that are considered forgotten or underrated. He produces a lot less episodes than the AVGN but they be much more in depth and have less filler humor.|
|Hardcore Gaming 101||The best videogame review site on the internet, period. Hundreds of high quality reviews and interviews on all types of games. They mostly stick with older and more obscure stuff. The really great thing about their game write-ups is that they'll go in-depth for each game (unless it's a throwaway entry in a series), often noting history behind development and occasions when devs and/or companies shut-down and move on. They tend to note spiritual successors/predecessors as well.|
|Lazy Game Reviews||Somewhere between a casual and professional reviewer, Clint is a PC-oriented reviewer who has a taste for the unknown and obscure. He also has a large amount of The Sims related content.|
|MetalJesusRocks||Friendly guy who is a former employee of Sierra and plays in his own band (he's huge on music in case you couldn't tell by his name). He does a lot of videos on hidden gems and collects PC games. Also has a friend on the show sometimes named Drunken Master Paul. He's a chef who used to be on TV, and they do episodes on preparing snacks to eat while gaming.|
|PeteDorr||This guy owns a lot of video games and has a huge collection of Sonic the Hedgehog stuff. He often does gaming pick-up videos, and was probably one of the first people on Youtube to do so. He's very interested in quirky and obscure games and also happens to be a big fan of horror moves. Very chill dude.|
|PortsCenter||Hosted by Ben Paddon, this show focuses on changes games go through after being ported from one system to another, and whether the ported game is better or worse than the original. Looking for some mind-blowing gaming history trivia? PortsCenter is for you, and you're sure to learn something new. A focus on Amiga is clear, and the host doesn't hide that it's the system he has the most fond memories of. Contains HUGE amounts of British dry humor. Either you'll love it or hate it, but it sure deserves more attention, because the passion and effort Ben takes into making that series is remarkable.|
|Quill18||Even though you are (probably) not homosexual, there's a high possibility you might fall in love with this guy. He does extremely good lets plays from everything strategy related: Civilization, Dwarf fortress, King's Crusades, Europa Universalis, etc etc etc. Extremely entertaining and fun to hear, you might learn a lot from this guy. He also happens to be a master at anything turn-based related and he has quite a nice job on programming codes, but he's not boring at all.|
|Retsupurae||Fronted by 'Slowbeef' and 'Diabetus', Retsupurae (an engrish prenunciation of 'Let's Play') watches horrible Let's Plays and taunts them, weather it be the awful commentary, or the stupid game itself. Starting on the SomethingAwful forums, the two quickly gained popularity for pointing out not all Let's Plays are golden treasure troves. They sometimes watch extended silent Let's Plays (Called 'Long Plays') and comment on it, their own version of a Let's Play. They often bring guests from the SomethingAwful forums on their videos to commentate with them.|
|RebelTaxi/Pan-Pizza||A well-known cartoon reviewer, he occasionally reviews games he enjoys and whatnot. He's pretty sarcastic and shit like that and a good guy in general. He reviews anything of interest basically. While a couple of his game related videos are uploaded onto his main channel, lately as of Dec 27, 2016, he has been putting his LP videos on his MegaDrive channel, mostly flash games from CN. Speaking of CartoonNetwork, Pan-Pizza also was the guy who basically got Adult Swim to show Dexter's Rude Removal, a banned Dexter's Laboratory episode due to popular demand and shit like that from a video on his main channel. A.K.A., a guy who can also get shit done, and better than most cartoon reviewers (I'm looking at you, TheMysteriousMrEnter and PhantomStrider).|
|SA LP Archive||An archive of the cream that rises to the top of the Something Awful Let's Play forum. An A to Z listing of games all competently lp'd by various "goons" (this is what SAfags like to call themselves) some are videos with commentary some are more traditional screenshot lp's and some a mixture of the two.|
|StephenPlays||Stephen George famous for his ongoing V-Log as well as Ninten Speaks Channel makes some good LP's as well. One of his best is probably Earthbound, sonsidering how it's his favorite game of all time and how he knows pretty much everything about the game itself. He plays other games like Portal, Halo CE Anniversary, Skyrim, or Minecraft. Sometimes he playes 2-player games with his wife, Malarie. As well as has neat vids like demo Fridays which showcase a demo, obviously. All in all a good guy who plays some good vidya.|
T.O.M. (Toonami Operating Moduel)
C'mon, you know who this guy is, it's fucking T.O.M.! Anyway, although he just reviews games as an ends to defy means, some of these reviews are generally done from a gamers' perspective, although he might not be the best reviewer out there, it's still good entertainment. Some people bitch about how they're "paid reviews", but the main point is to be entertained by it and make what you want out of the review, like every other critic out there.
Moltar had the same qualities as well, was the former host of Toonami until T.O.M. came along in 1999. R.I.P.
|Turbo Views||If you like the TurboGrafx-16/CD and/or PC Engine, Chris Bucci is your man to listen up on for some potential games to play. He generally hits on all the highs and lows of games with very little bias. Best of all, he knows his stuff, even bringing up pricing and hardware concerns when relevant. If you haven't gotten into the Turbo line before, but may have been interested thanks to Wii's VC, PSN, or some other means, check his videos first before you shell out for a potential buy. He doesn't have every single game video'd, but he does have several of the more well-known titles up. His DVDs (very cheap and region-free) have some extra goodies in addition to Turbo Views.|
In other languagesEdit
|Game Center CX||Japanese||Legendary television show about playing video games starring comedian Shinya Arino. About 3/4 of the time, the games he plays came out everywhere (Mario, Mega Man, Sonic, etc.). Sometimes he plays Japan-only games and even some Western-made games, but that's irrelevant, since the draw of the show is all about his playing.
It's hard to briefly say why it's, well, addicting to watch him, so here's a guide. That's only part of it though, since the episodes are peppered with neat little segments where Arino and crew visit arcades and game stores, study vidya history, sometimes even talk with vidya devs and attend conventions, and generally have fun to ease the tension.
Japanese, but the subs are more than enough. There's video download-mirrors all across the net if you know look, since we can't technically tell you where. ...What do you mean "Kotaku videos"? Look, those awful shits don't exist. Fuji TV agreed. Don't bother them about it.
Most episodes on Daily Motion Subtitled up to Episode 199 and the Vietnam Special as of August 18th of 2017, while some missing episodes prior are getting subtitled.
|Joueur du Grenier||(Picture please ?)||French||On the surface, "The Attic Gamer" is your average weeb AVGN clone with clickbaity thumbnails, but the production values and sub count rivals (if it doesn't surpass) the Nerd's. Great content for both casuals and more seasoned vidya enthusiasts. Even if some of the writing that ranges from hilariously unexpected to utterly predictable, it is truly a breath of fresh air, considering France is prone to birth some of the normiest, cringiest
let's players and gaming channels on the planet.
Also subbed in English
/v/ loves this weird fucker. Basically only reviews the Dendy and Dendy games, Russia's knockoff Famicom. goes pretty in depth into the history of the console and it's games, and his reactions are priceless.
Has english subtitles on his videos.
|Planet Emu||French||Despite being an emulation site, it has a subsection dedicated to articles, having excellent reviews about various games.|
|Velberan||Portuguese||Probably the best Brazilian channel, it has lots of reviews, gameplays and more general stuff, focusing on both mainsteream and more obscure stuff.|
|Zangado||Portuguese||Brazilian YouTube channel dedicated to reviewing games, it has videos dedicated for entire series, demo gameplays and first impressions.|