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The 10 Best Video Game Review Channels on YouTube

Growing up, I had subscriptions to all the video game magazines. Tips & Tricks, GamePro, Game Informer, Nintendo Power, Xbox Magazine, Electronic Gaming Monthly, the works. I was close with the librarians in my high school, and at the end of every school year, they’d let me have all the back issues of PC Gamer that they had. Reading video game magazines was one of my favorite pastimes as a kid, and I always read them from cover to back.

But as every reader of Exclusively Games knows all too well, the video game journalism industry is pretty hot. And not because Eminem came in and did a 16-Bars feature for IGN, but because video game journalism is an absolute dumpster fire now.

Some video game journalism outlets won’t let go of GamerGate. Others are more interested in engaging in pseudo-activism than they are in doing their job and writing about video games. Others are so god-awful at video games that the only value their reviews hold is as things to have a good laugh at. So yeah, you could say that good video game reviewers are in very short supply.

Thankfully (Well kind of–YouTube isn’t exactly a great platform right now), YouTube exists, and with that comes many video game content creators who are picking up the slack of the mainstream video game journalism industry.

Unlike the journos we all cringe so much at the mere mention of, there are plenty of good folks on YouTube who deliver outstanding reviews for pretty much every kind of video game you can think of. From horror adventures, to RPGs, to waifu high school rail shooters (I’m not kidding. Japan is awesome, but also very weird), old school games and new releases, YouTube has it all.

These people don’t complain about the representation or the supposed lack thereof in video games. They don’t whine about a new release not having enough real-world social and or political interjection in its plot or characters. They focus on what matters: the story, the mechanics, the technical stability, whether they think a game is good, and why.

Add in the abundance of visual aid that YouTube reviewers supply when doing their reviews, and you can see why video game content on YouTube is doing so well. YouTube reviews are, in my opinion, the best way to fully experience a video game review.

I took the time to compile a list of who I think are the best of the best on YouTube. Before anyone asks, this list will not have any channels that do retrospectives or critiques. This is strictly a review channel list. So, no Matthewmatosis or Critical Nobody.

That being said, let’s get started!

10. William Strife

For years, William Strife was primarily a walkthrough and strategy guide type of guy. In the past year, he’s made some changes to his channel and started to delve into video game reviews.

Since dialing down on his walkthrough videos, his uploading has decreased considerably. However, armed with his trademark liquid gold voice (Which if he isn’t using for voice acting in some capacity is a dang shame), and straight to the point review style, I think William Strife is a great new addition to the world of YouTube video game reviews.

#9–J’s Reviews

Whenever possible, the channel’s intro video will be used to explain what’s going on.

#8–Rad Rat Video

In this intro, we get the channel creator himself.

#7–Pikasprey Yellow

People more than likely know of Pikasprey Yellow thanks to his Can You Beat Pokemon videos, but turns out the guy does reviews too. And he’s good at them.

As you might guess from a guy who uploads videos of him intentionally trying to find ways to break video games, Pikasprey Yellow is very thorough in his reviews and why games do or not work. He’s got a thing for Castlevania games, but also has the oddball videos for Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Travel and the long-since-forgotten in the west, Duel Masters game. Pikasprey Yellow has also built up a little niche for himself in reviewing fan-made games, so if that’s your thing, then this is your guy.

#6–DWTerminator

And this guy covers table-top games!

#5–SuperBunnyhop

Some people get their information across in creative ways.

#4–JarekTheGamingDragon

Some channel creators put their best foot forward as their intro movie.

#3–Gaming Pastime

Criminally under the radar, the quality of Gaming Pastime’s reviews, as well as the speed in which they upload them, are matched by few and surpassed by none. These guys review a lot of video games, and they cover old and new video games of every genre. They also tend to review an entire series of games back to back, which is great if you’re deciding to pull the trigger on a franchise bundle deal on Steam or GOG.

#2–GManLives

Formerly a Kazakhstani boxer, but now a government suit living the dream in Australia, GManLives is an Aussie who loves FPS games, talking about Reuben sandwiches, and calling people Sonny Jim. Not necessarily in that order.

GManLives is primarily known as the FPS review guy, and for good reason. You can count on GMan to review any and every past, present, and future FPS game and mod that you can think of. And he’s the best at it too.

#1–ACG

The showstopper channel! Hopefully you enjoy their take on Outer Worlds.

Did your favorite video game reviewers make the list? If not, let us know in the comment section who you like to watch the most!

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. On the intro anyway. I hadn’t heard of anyone on these youtubers, which is why YT is so great.

    Seeing as all triple-a games development nowadays is exclusively for profit only, and a mightier dumpster fire than the rats pecking in the ashes from it, check out SplatterCatGaming (https://www.youtube.com/user/SplatterCatGaming/) for an indie-game review every bloody day. He’s pretty much the go-to guy for any indie-dev.

    • That’s the awesome part about content creators. There are so many of them that even gems might be flying under the radar. I am sure that I have left out some good reviewers only because I am not aware of their channels’ existence.

      Thanks for that channel suggestion. I am hoping to get into indie games a lot more in 2020. Will have to check him out for sure.

  2. Hoarderoftaste on January 8, 2020 at 2:20 pm said

    I disagree that a critique is not also a part of a review.

    Yong Yea
    Worth a Buy
    Legacy Killer
    The rageaholic
    Upper echelon gamers

    • My thing with leaving channels that are heavy on critique videos is primarily the length. A lot of critics can go for 3-6 hours long. I tried to keep this list comprised of content creators with videos that are kept on the shorter side. Shorter than 3-6 hours anyway.

      I’m not saying that critique videos don’t review the games of course.

  3. Worth a Buy should be #1 and it’s not even in top 10…

  4. Richard Garabedian on January 8, 2020 at 10:03 pm said

    Wow…you didnt say Angry Joe….So now I know your serious…Ill give these guys a shot…But its ironic…I tried searching for funny video game reviewers but only found the AVGN…wait…you didn’t mention him…you monster…

    • If this was OG Angry Joe, like OG OG Angry Joe, he might be here. Not 2020 Angry Joe though.

      I still watch some of his videos from time to time. His videos on games like 2K and Madden were spot on, and I enjoy his videos on the RoS and his Game of Thrones videos from season 8, but I wouldn’t consider him top 10 for game reviews anymore. Not to say his content is bad of course.

  5. I was getting concerned as I scrolled down that ACG might not be on the list, and then he was there at #1. No argument here. Skill Up is usually pretty good too and could take a top 10 spot.

    • Same for me as well. Super happy to see ACG at #1. His reviews are great; however, I love his International Podcast even more. I listen to it every week — 2 to 3 hours of four gamers, and sometimes cool guests, discussing interesting news and games. I highly recommend it.

  6. For all things ARPGs my goto channel is Rhykker.

  7. Richard Lewis on January 10, 2020 at 2:14 pm said

    No love for Arlo? Absolutely love he does for the nintendo scene! Plus he’s a puppet!

  8. “to waifu high school rail shooters” – I too play Gal Gun.

    While I’m sure all these people are good creators I didn’t know any of them. I rarely watch game reviews these days since I form my opinion on a game by seeing gameplay or usually playing it myself if I’m interested. Sometimes it’s nice to watch videos on the game in question after completing it to see how other people perceive it.

    • The last sentence of your comment sums it up well. I too, play games for myself and form my own opinions on games, Gaming Gods know a like a few games that most people would disregard, but I really enjoy hearing other people’s thoughts on games.

      Same reason why I still watch video game walk/playthroughs of games that I have already played myself.

  9. federico.deobeso on January 10, 2020 at 5:02 pm said

    Awesome article.
    Thank you, veeeeeery much.

  10. Good article. I do think SkillUp should be somewhere on the list and I am not sure if I would still consider Superbunnyhop to be a game reviewer. His videos for a while now have been mostly about gaming culture and the intersection of games with other aspects of life. Good topic though and YouTube is clearly where the best games reviews are these days.

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