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    Like Lu, I am also into writing reviews, and I thought I would post up some of mine. I have a handful of reviews already done, but over the summer, I am going to be writing a lot more of them.

    I hope you enjoy them.

    Will post my first review in a separate post.

    The first handful of reviews being posted up will be of older games, since I have already written these reviews quite some time ago. New games will be reviewed soon.

    Review Scores (Click title to see review)

    Left 4 Dead: 9
    Gears of War 2: 9
    Mirror's Edge: 7.7
    Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: 9.5
    Bionic Commando: 5.9
    inFAMOUS: 9.1
    Prototype: 7.7
    BlazBlue: 9.5
    The Conduit: 6.0
    King of Fighters XII: 5.4


    Upcoming Reviews


    New:
    King of Fighters XII (PS3, 360)
    Shadow Complex (360)

    Reviews in Progress
    Batman: Arkham Asylum

    Review Scale

    I break down my reviews into the following sections.

    -Story
    -Gameplay
    -Graphics
    -Presentation
    -Lasting Appeal

    Some of my early reviews had slightly different categories, but same concept. This is the criteria for which I judge a game and is what I use to base my final score on. Each category will get a score, as well as an Overall score.

    When scores are given higher up on each interval, it is contains only a few of the bad aspects explained in each section (or has all of the good aspects), and is just held back from reaching the next level. Games lower on the interval contains almost all negative aspects pointed out.

    Story

    9.0-10.0: The story is clearly well written, presented excellently, and provides a significant amount of immersion to the player. The story may also contain unexpected twists and turns to keep the player interested, while making the overall game experience much more fun. Causes the gamer to continue playing to find out what happens next.

    7.0-8.9: The story is not the main focus of the game, but is still fairly decent. Presented moderately well, but may be hurt by lack of substance, twists, or set pieces that would usually tend to keep the player interested.

    5.0-6.9: The story either lacks substance, or is presented very poorly. Possible due to uninteresting, repetitious or filler dialogue, as well as a plot that is very predictable or does not necessarily go well with the gameplay.

    0-4.9: Hardly any attempt to provide an immersive story and fails on almost every front.

    Gameplay

    9.0-10.0: The gameplay is very fun and most importantly, very refined. The gameplay has a lot of variety, and is consistently interesting throughout the whole game. The controls are perfect.

    7.0-8.9: The gameplay is fairly well done, but may suffer from a small amount repetition or technical issues. It is completely playable, but may get a bit frustrating at the lower end of the scale.

    5.0-6.9: The gameplay is marred with severe technical issues and repetition. The player consistently has to fight control issues to be able to accomplish certain tasks.

    0.0-4.9: Unplayable or technical issues are way too distracting. The game lacks any amount of substance and variety in gameplay.

    Graphics

    9.0-10.0: The technical details of the graphics are great while providing an appealing game through different graphical techniques and art styles. A visually appealing game, and a graphical style that fits the theme.

    7.0-8.9: The game looks fairly decent, but may have some technical issues or a rather bland appeal. The lower end of the spectrum are the games which are not at the standard expected from the system that it is on in the technical aspect.

    5.0-6.9: The game has very distracting technical issues, while not being close to the standard expected from the console. The game has an unappealing design, or does not fit the intended theme of the game.

    0.0-4.9: Downright ugly or marred with severe graphical glitches that cause the game to be rather unplayable. These games are no way near the standard, and are the worst looking games for the console.

    Presentation

    9.0-10.0: The graphics contain a very fitting art style, while coupled with brilliant music and sound effects, creates a very immersive and interesting universe. The game suffers from none to very little glitches, and is extremely polished.

    7.0-8.9: The universe is moderately interesting, but may suffer from subpar or inappropriate sound effects and music. The game may have a fair share of glitches and lack of polish.

    5.0-6.9: A very bland graphical style with mediocre sound effects and music. Not at all immersive, but is tolerable. Hardly any polish.

    0.0-4.9: Complete lack of polish. The game does not have strong technical graphics, and an uninteresting art style. The game has either horribly used graphical effects, or a lack of any sort of effects. The game is very glitchy, and is head-ache inducing.

    Lasting Appeal

    9.0-10.0: The game will get your attention for a long period of time. Whether it be through a lot of unlockables requiring multiple playthroughs, collectibles, challenges, in game rewards, or the general length of the game is very long and requires a lot of time. Excellent multiplayer helps, but is not needed to get a good Lasting Appeal score.

    7.0-8.9: The game lasts a fair amount of time, but the length of the game itself may be short while not giving as much of an incentive to replay the game too many times. A multiplayer mode may add some more hours of play time, but it is something that one would not play for long periods of time.

    5.0-6.9: The game often only warrants one or two playthroughs (Bigger deal if the game itself is short). If a multiplayer portion is present, it is often poor and does not attract players.

    0.0-4.9: Hard to get through the game once.

    Overall

    9.0-10.0: The game provides a very interesting and immersive experience. The game is considered one of the best games of its genre, and really stands out. The overall experience is very polished, and lacks any sort of technical glitches that hamper the game in any way. It provides several incentives to play it multiple times. The game has excellent pacing and remains fun from the start to finish. Contains an excellent story as well as several set pieces that make an impact on the player.

    I consider this to be a must buy game for anyone interested in the particular genre of that game.

    7.0-8.9: The game is fairly well made, and is a fun and excellent experience. May be hampered by a few technical glitches. It may not be too strong in all of the catagories such as Story, Gameplay, and Graphics, but is at least strong in some, or fairly good in all of them. The game might not stand out as much, but is one that will be interesting for the player, and will often warrant a purchase.

    I highly recommend checking the game out, possibly renting before purchasing to make sure if you like it. I believe it is a game that must be checked out if you are interested in the particular genre.

    5.0-6.9: Contains too many glitches, or is a rather uninteresting or uninspired game. Does not do that much different compared to other games, and fails to stand out. Has very poor execution in its gameplay and/or story, and is an often frustrating experience. May be very bad in some catagories, but decent in others, or overall mediocre in all of them. Overall a bad price to content ratio.

    Games that I would not recommend purchasing, but would most likely only suggest either renting it at most, or avoiding the game if you are not too fond of the genre.

    0.0-4.9: Unplayable, or a completely lacking experience resulting in the game not being fun at all. May be very short, and surely does not warrant the price of the game.

    I would not recommend these games at all, and should be avoided at all costs.
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    Nice reviews, Dude.. Very detailed stuff.

    Better then some of them 'other' review sites.
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    I disagree with your Mirror's Edge rating.
    Mag: i'm just yankin your dick

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    Quote Originally Posted by .writer View Post
    I disagree with your Mirror's Edge rating.
    Then go say why in the thread that has the ME review in it. :P
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    Working on Devil Summoner 2 review over the next week or so as I play the game. Expect it maybe by next weekend if you care at all.

    Added Far Cry 2 to upcoming review list, as I have finally decided to try it out.
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    Added link to Bionic Commando review.

    Added Far Cry 2 under reviews in progress.

    Added descriptions of my review scale.

    Expected release date for reviews:

    Far Cry 2: May 25th-26th
    Devil Summoner 2: May 26th-27th
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    I scratched the Far Cry 2 review. Don't feel like writing that one.

    Adding The Conduit and BlazBlue to my upcoming review list. Working on Devil Summoner 2 now, which I got very behind on.

    Prototype review is done.
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    What was up with Far Cry 2 that made you not want to write it? Poorly made game I'm guessing?
    Classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Pre View Post
    What was up with Far Cry 2 that made you not want to write it? Poorly made game I'm guessing?
    Just not enough interest in the game to make writing the review enjoyable.
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