It has happened to all of us. We read a review of a movie or show and say to ourselves: “WELL SEE?!? Have we seen the same case?!? »
I don’t know about you, but video games are the only ones that take the time to read reviews before bought. For movies and series, I prefer to develop my own ideas first. But with the often high price in money and time of video games, I do my research before investing.
Now that I’m writing reviews, I want to tell you how I do it. When I go through humor reviews, I often wonder what these people are thinking. Not that they’re incompetent, I’m just curious about their approach.
Since there are no standards in reviews, I want you to understand where I’m starting from when you agree with me, but especially disagree. That should happen all the same often!
I repeat it often, I consider video games to be works of art. It’s normal for opinions to vary and differ. To be on the same footing, you and I, here’s how I proceed:
My first goal
My first goal when writing a review is let you know about the game. Before giving my opinion, the most important thing for me is that you have a clear picture of the proposed game in your mind.
I’m assuming you’re coming from the same place I’m reading a review and your first question is “should I buy this?” »
To paint a complete picture, most of the time – meaning not including very fast games – I pass even about fifteen hours in one game. Those are the games that I find really boring.
Unlike gastronomy, games can take a long time. Unlike a food critic who finishes his plate quickly, I like – and often need for this job – to keep going. I found that 15 hours of my time was enough to paint a fair picture of the game.
A film critic puts up with a feature film he doesn’t like for a portion of that time. He was still lucky there. Despite all this, I usually give up Really more than that. This is really the minimum bar I set for myself.
Still on the information side, the review of a video game should spread its genre and its gameplay. In other words, I’m acting like we’re at a party and you don’t know each other, you and the game. I introduce you to each other: Reader, hello to the game!
Almost my only question
On the side of public opinion, the [presque] The only question I ask myself is: “Is this game giving me what it promised me?” “. It all depends on me.
I can’t have a universal size for all games. It doesn’t make sense. How do I judge a small puzzle game, a phone game, a beat them upa first-person shooter, an ultra-complex open-world or a dance game?
First, I explore my question in this first part: “What does this game promise me? If I had to review Brain Age, which was released in 2006, it was clear that one of the promises of the game was “we will train our brains”. So I thought I would measure this promise.
Then I check if the game has fulfilled its contract. What are the barriers to happiness? What makes it easier? Here, we fall between information and opinion. Some elements can be objective such as “we spend too much time on poorly designed menus” as well as subjective: “the boss music is really good! »
Through it all, I remain true to my impression. My goal here is not to go with the flow, to look polished or anything like that. It’s just to present it to you and then to say what I think of it.
Either way, I always approach all games in good faith, even if it’s a genre I don’t like. Because it has the spinal cord of a review: my personal tastes.
I have a weakness for games with original commitments, to remarkable music and there are interesting stories. One thing I like, but don’t consider a necessity, is amazing graphics. I see it more as an icing on the sundae.
The next step is to give me two or three days of not playing just to think about it. To boil my opinion. To argue with myself. Not to brag, but I’m good at sticking myself in my head!
At the end
Then I give it a score out of ten. Unlike other English-speaking sites that cry from start to finish on a game and end it with 8/10, I try to follow a scale that is consistent with my comments that show a dangerous. In the pure sense of critical mind.
In the end, it’s pretty simple. Video games offer us things and I tell you if they fulfill them In my opinion. This is it just is my opinion I don’t see myself as Anubis completely deciding the future with the power to impose heavy irreversible consequences on humanity.
i am fair a man giving his opinion that employers trust his judgment. I would never “defend” a review if you disagree. I think it’s good for a range of opinions to be asked about a video game.
Because they are works of art. And that is art. Some works resonate with us more than others. And it’s perfect like that!