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 Gaming/Tech/Anime Journalism has an unwritten code of ethics, the writers of this site will strive to hold ourselves to a standard befitting you, our audience.
We procure 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.
Our reviews are strictly our opinion. 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 item is that we are reviewing.
We utilize a star based system for the items we review. This includes video games, comics/mangas, hardware and technology, music, tv & film and anything else that we review. This has been updated as of 3.20.2016 and will be our scoring system going forth. Many of our previous reviews were based on a percentage system and will be updated as needed.
How our star review system works
- 1 star means that we believe the item being reviewed is missable.
- 2 stars means that we believe that the item being reviewed will only be acceptable to certain fans.
- 3 stars means that the item being reviewed is middle of the road, maybe something you would bother with if you’re bored. It has some issues that perfect it from being more than it could have been.
- 4 stars means that the item being reviewed is a near masterpiece with a small foible.
- 5 stars means that the item being reviewed 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.
- Replay Value:
This section answers the questions of “should you replay the game, and why?
- Final Thoughts:
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.
Should you have any questions for us regarding our scoring system, please feel free to contact us.