Review Guidelines and Scoring System
We aim to get our reviews posted onto the site as quickly as possible, taking into full consideration when we receive the product, how long the game takes (or how much features the product contains) and our personal schedules. We will never publish a review before we are completely sure that everything we wanted to say is backed up and we are comfortable with it. We do not have a set length for our reviews, however, we try our hardest to cover every facet of what the game or product has to offer.
ALL REVIEWS POSTED ON THE OUTERHAVEN ARE THE EXPRESSED OPINIONS OF THE INDIVIDUAL REVIEWER.
We utilize a FIVE-STAR scoring system for our games/products.
- 1.0 – 1.5 means that we believe the game is missable.
- 2.0 means that we believe that game will only be acceptable to certain fans.
- 2.5 means that this game is middle of the road, maybe something you would play if you’re bored.
- 3.0 – 3.5 means that the game may have its problems, but the game is still largely enjoyable.
- 4.0 – 4.5 means that the game is a near masterpiece with a small foible.
- 5.0 means that the game is a masterpiece (or the G*dd*mn Batman.)
All of our reviews consist of 5 criteria; Story, Presentation, Gameplay, Replay Value and Final Thoughts, all of which may not be applicable depending on what genre of game/item is being reviewed
Not all game has a story. Sometimes the background, development process or narrative may be discussed in lieu of story. Whenever a game being reviewed lacks a story element, we will forego this section of the review. Sports games will usually have this section unscored.
When it comes to presentation, the focus lies on how the game looks…mostly. Other things that will be discussed in this section include, but are not limited to, how the game runs on the platform it’s being reviewed on, any bugs in the system, as well as the way sound is implemented and the ambiance/atmosphere of the game.
Everything from game mechanics, moments that we enjoyed in the game, moments we disliked, improvements that we feel could be made with the game, and anything that the story and presentation categories couldn’t afford to allude to. This section may be the longest out of the five.
This section answers the questions of “should you replay the game, and why?
This section covers the demographic we feel this game reaches, why you should buy this game (or shouldn’t.) and is handled in our final scoring of said item.
Code of Ethics
We at the Outerhaven Productions, while not receiving monetary compensation for our work, consider ourselves journalists in the field of gaming, anime, and technology. Although journalism has an unwritten code of ethics, the writers of this site will strive to hold ourselves to a standard befitting you, our audience.
While we’re not on the same level as IGN, Engadget, Anime News Network or Joystiq, we perform the same duties as the curators of sites like those. We conduct interviews, review games, technology and anime, gather news and communicate with our readers. We do not, under any circumstances, hold personal relationships, friendships, or otherwise with developers, public relations staff or publishers. We strive to conduct ourselves with a professionalism that befits what we strive to be, as do they.
As we said previously, we DO NOT get paid to write for The Outerhaven. We are still journalists in the purest definition of the word and will hold ourselves to a journalistic ethos because we are lovers of the world of gaming, technology, comics/mangas and anime.
Should you have any questions for us regarding our scoring system, please feel free to contact us below: