Playing video games is all about having fun, but when it comes to reviewing video games, it’s serious business. That’s why we will go to an extra mile to give you all the info you need to determine if a game is worth your money and time.
We understand that some of you might not have the time or patience to read the full-review. Therefore, we will be adding a numerical scoring system to each review. Continue reading for the breakdown of our numerical scoring system.
Gameplay: The most important aspect of any game, is gameplay. At least, that’s what we believe, here at SegmentNext. While we have an immense respect for all the other important elements that come together to make a really great game, it’s really addictive gameplay that keeps you coming back for more.
Graphics: When judging a game based on its graphics, there’s much more to it than the power of the game’s graphical engine. Indeed, art style is often just as, if not more important, than raw performance.
Fluid character animations also go a long way in providing an immersive experience. Which is what graphics are all about, creating an immersive world for you to, temporarily, live in.
Sound: A very multi facetted category, sound covers anything from the tone that the music sets, the authenticity of the voice acting, to the satisfying, hypnotic sound of automatic gun fire, as the shell casings hit the floor with a twang.
Value: Varying from game to game, value is how much bang you get for your buck. Some games have a multiplayer that you’ll never stop wanting to play. While other games might have a story line that’ll top any blockbuster film you’ll see this year.
Development is also considered when evaluating, well, value. Indie developers who sell their games for a reduced price, have their content judged at that value, in comparison to similar games.
Presentation: Easily the most convoluted of all the categories, presentation covers a wide range of diverse elements of a game. Generally, this includes that “unique” factor, that “style” that makes the game so distinct.
Sometimes it’s impeccable writing. Other times, it’s an emotional story line and great characters. Hell, occasionally it’s just a really pretty Interface or game menu.
Our rating system will be on a scale of 1-10. Unfortunately, reviewing games isn’t a science. The process isn’t consistent and has to be tailored towards the individual game.
As a result, we will not be arriving at a scores based on an average, of all 5 categories. Since there is no perfect formula for making a great game, there can be no perfect formula for reviewing games. Some games may be lacking in sound, but may, at the same time, have innovative and amazing gameplay.
If, in those circumstance, the gameplay is so incredible, that the sound doesn’t impede the player from being completely immersed in the game, then we don’t feel that the score of the sound, should drag the game down too far.