There is just something about Tom Vassel, and Dice Tower reviews in general, that I just don’t like. Tom Vassel himself just kind of annoys me, and just rubs me the wrong way, but I find his site’s reviews to be superficial and not very helpful when I’m making a decision as to whether to buy a game or not.
Different people are going to like different reviewers, but I tend to prefer Rahdo’s reviews, because he seems to have similar tastes in games as I do, but more importantly, when I watch a Rahdo review, I get a pretty good sense how the game plays, which I don’t get from Dice Tower reviews.
I forget what game it was, but I remember watching a Dice Tower Tom Vassel review where Tom didn’t like the game, which was fine, we all have different tastes, but watching the review, I still had no idea how the game played to see if I would like it.
Also, I find that because the Dice Tower guys review so many games, that they churn out reviews as quickly as possible, and as a result, they don’t really take the time to really learn the game. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think you can give an adequate review that’s not just surface-level, without playing a game a couple of times and really sinking your teeth into it.