Review Guidelines and Scoring System

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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.)

Review Criteria:
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

Story:
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.

Presentation:
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.

Gameplay:
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.

 

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