Consider this page a brief, but hopefully a concise guide into my reviews.
To begin, I would like to share with you my personal understanding of the definition for the term “Gamer” as being an enthusiast who enjoy games. By that definition it doesn’t matter whether or not a game played over a table top or on a computer entertainment system. An example of that definition – “O.G.” Gamers are the guys you see playing a session of Chess and/or Backgammon in the park.
This is for those curious as to how I rate a game, so below is an example of the “Report Card” I use for marking during a review.
# = A – D or F
* = Family, Youth or Adult
Starting with the grades themselves- Hopefully self-explanatory, but anyway…
A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Satisfactory / Reasonable
D = Mediocre / Substandard
F = Failure
Quality covers the audio and visual fidelity (when addressing computer games) or appearance (when addressing a table top or card game for example). This also takes into account any story a game might tell to immerse players, it also addresses overall presentation. Good design and presentation will likely score high grades. However, content of poor taste can impact negatively when grading.
Gameplay is pretty self-explanatory and relates to overall gameplay experience, user friendliness and enjoyment factor of game.
Content refers to quantity of content and/or longevity a game may offer.
Technical looks at stability (computer games) or the construction, printing and material quality (table top and/or card games). A buggy computer games, hyper-oppressive DRM, shoddy component construction for a board game or cheaply printed cards can be considered for bad grades.
Value is simple, as it addresses the asking price or going rate for any given game. A reasonably priced game that offers what you would expect to pay for a Triple-A release at full price is going to grade high. But on the other end of the scale – A Triple-A release that offers barebones experience will grade badly.
Audience is a simple recommendation, particularly to parents or those buying gifts for a younger playing audience. Whilst you have a government classification rating when applicable – These recommendations may differ as (for example) some PG rated games may not be suitable for children or certain MA rated games are in no way suitable for minors. They as follows:
Family = Suitable for all ages – From the young to the young at heart.
Youth = This includes school aged persons not of Legal Age.
Adult = Adults Only (Persons of Legal Age) – Legal Age defined as being old enough to be legally consider eligible to hold a driver’s license and vote, etc.
Anyway, I hope this helps give you an idea as to how I like to grade my reviews.