We wanted to give you, the viewers and the publishers and developers we liaise with an open look at how our review scores work. Below is a guide in our approach to how we score games. Many other gaming sites are dropping physical scores but we believe that they still hold a place in video game journalism as they are a tangible grading between other games in the same genre.
Our review categories are very simple;
Our Stance on Multiplayer
We believe we now live in an age where consoles and PC games have a fundamental connection to the internet and as we progress forward online updates to games, patches and content expansion is something that will become the norm. When we review a game that features multiplayer we will question whether the game should have online multiplayer, we also question as to whether a game should also have multiplayer and we will factor a score difference based on the finished product.
A good example is a case where a game has multiplayer but the only multiplayer option is offline play. If a game has multiplayer but doesn’t have online play, we will as a result downgrade the scoring for that category.
What is good and what is bad?
Will our scores change with time?
We rigorously oppose Day 1 patch updates to video games. We believe publishers should finish a game properly before launch rather than pander to shareholders by shipping a game unfinished. We very much welcome developers to contact us if they have added free content updates to games we have reviewed as we believe this is a big win for the consumer and subsequently a score maybe changed if the expansion of the game is significant.
How long do you play before you assign a score?
This is very much dependent upon the game genre. Games that have an ending will get completed before we post a review score. For Sports based titles we assign at least 10 hours of gameplay before assigning a review score to a title ensuring the game is explored upmost to gauge the idea of replay value.
Subject Matter Experts
We try to assign a game to review based on subject matter experts. This does mean currently that we do not review all game genre types until we have SME’s for all genres. We prefer to review games we have a rich history in playing as opposed to reviewing a game inside a genre we have no history of touching. As we continue to increase our contributors we will have a much wider spread of game types being reviewed.