This blog is dedicated to everything that’s wrong with reviews and the people who do them. After years of reading increasingly irrelevant reviews that insist on treating opinion as fact I discovered a simple solution. The 5 Question Method. 5 questions, 5 stars, a wonderfully simple concept:
- Does the game do what it says it does?
- Is the game enjoyable?
- Do you think other people will enjoy it?
- Did the game make you laugh?
- Did it make you cry?
Does the game do what it says it does?: Is it a racing game? Is it really a racing game? Are the graphics really outdated? Or is this the style the game is going for? these are the questions a reviewer should ask themselves when reviewing anything, not just games. The problem I often see with reviews is that the game will be compared not to other games of the same genera, but to games the reviewer wants to play. This should never happen, it’s unprofessional and unfair to those who spent years making the game.
Is the game enjoyable?: If it is what made it so? or if you didn’t like it; Why? The things that can break a game for someone can be as simple as bad music, terrible voice acting, or bad game play. Or they can be harder to pin down, a combination of problems that on their own would have been fine. Either way this is your opinion. It should never be stated as a fact. There’s the saying “Different strokes for different folks” remember in the end you can only let readers know what exactly was the breaking point, and let them decide.
Do you think other people will enjoy it?: Is it something anyone can enjoy? Or something only a select few will play? Or is it something that everyone should play? Keep this in mind when reviewing anything.
Did the game make you laugh? Did it make you cry?: These last two questions cover the story: The most important part of the game. A story has to draw out your emotions, make you attached to the world and the characters inhabiting it. The two questions cover each end of the spectrum; every drama should have some comedy, every comedy should have some drama, and the greatest story is one that can incorporate both.