That’s right, we’ve gone and done it. Or, more to the point, Sean Aune and Jon Rettinger came to my house in the middle of the night and demanded that I step up and start reviewing video games… or else.
Our first video game review was published alongside the post you’re reading right now. We covered Mass Effect 3.
I’m here now to tell you how reviews will be handled on this site. It’s not rocket science, yet, and I intend to do it in a way that’s easy to interpret while still in-depth. This is how we’ll be handling video game reviews at TechnoBuffalo.
Our promise to you…
We will always tell you exactly how much of the game we played before turning in the review itself. If a game is beatable (not a sports game, essentially), we’ll complete it before starting our review. We’ll do as many sidequests as we can in RPGs, we’ll replay levels a few times in platformers and we’ll rank up as much as we can in multiplayer arenas. We will commit as much time to each game as we can before writing our review.
Because of that, our reviews will go up when they’re ready. If we’re supplied with a review copy of a game well before it launches, we will likely meet the embargo date set by publishers. If we buy the game on our own once it goes to retail, expect to see a review up within two weeks. If we bought the game Tuesday morning and we post a review Tuesday night, something’s wrong.
To that end, you will always see a disclaimer at the base of the review that tells you how we acquired the game, when we acquired the game and how much we played it.
We offer a 10 point scale with .5 point increments. If a game gets a 5.0, it is considered average.
For some reason, review scores have become a strange thing in the gaming industry. Readers tend to see the scale under a slanted perception. Right now, if a game falls below an eight on a scale ranging from one to 10, it’s somehow perceived as poor. That’s not the case here at TechnoBuffalo. We intend to use the full 10 point spectrum when we score games. A game that achieves a 6.0 is better than average, a game that achieves a 4.0 is considered below average.
If you find that you absolutely love a game and feel it should have received a 9.9872 out of 10 and are cranky that we gave it an 8.0, consider that games start getting good on our scale at 5.5 out of 10.
Our reviews will end with an answer to the one question that matters: is the game worth the amount of money you’ll need to spend in order to get it? That’s what you’re here for, right? To decide whether or not you should buy the game we just reviewed. We’ll tell you if we think you should when we wrap up our coverage of each title.
More to come…
Our review coverage will change. As we see fit, we’ll re-address the way we handle reviews. Those changes might include adding video reviews, creating pro and con lists for each game, allowing for user reviews or adding more editors.
The point is, we recognize this is a new section for the site. We will grow.