For the purposes of standardization, I have created and refined a format for reviews that I’ll be posting on this website. My review format has gone through multiple iterations throughout the years, and it will be refined further as I post more reviews for this website. Much thought and effort must be put into the act of objectifying subjective experiences.
I’ve also adopted various elements from different review outlets to come up with this consolidated format that hits a balance between being simplified and comprehensive. Every review will follow this basic structure.
(As of March 8, 2017)
First off, these reviews are made from my own observations and opinions regarding the review subject. I will do my best to do my homework and get important information right. However, I will not entertain every single complaint regarding whatever I get wrong, especially if it’s something I said about the review subject that is different from your own opinion. We all have our own preferences and inclinations, so what you happen to like may not be what I like and vice versa.
The most important thing about reviews is honesty above all else. The act of objectifying subjective experiences is a hard one, but it’s worth doing.
Some reviews may include videos for visual presentation. In those cases, the written review will be more about details that supplement the video.
I’ve previously attempted to make a video prior to posting a review, but this has resulted in the written reviews being delayed for an indefinite amount of time while trying to finish the video. Therefore, I will be posting the written reviews as soon as I finish them and not wait for the video. Once the review video is finished, then I shall add it to the entry as well.
Due to concerns regarding copyright, I’ll only be making review videos for games (video and tabletop) for now. I might be able to get away with anime review videos as well, but this will require further research before implementation.
The hard rule here is to have up to three criteria in order to simplify reviews and assess the review subjects on their fundamental components. (A “trinity” per se.)
Video Games: Story, Presentation, Gameplay
Movies: Story, Cast, Direction
Anime: Story, Characters, Direction
TV Shows: Story, Characters, Direction
Documentaries: Writing, Presentation, Direction
As more types of review subjects are added in the website, this list will be updated.
I understand that keeping score is perilous in reviews as most people would refer to it as the ultimate benchmark, despite the numerous intangibles in every review subject that can’t be easily quantified and must be further inspected. Not everyone is detail-oriented, after all.
For scale, I shall be using a simple 10-point scoring system without decimals. This gives me both flexibility and simplicity in my attempts to scale the quality of the review subject through its technical and artistic merits.
Forget how other websites treat their scoring systems, wherein 7 is a mediocre score and 6 is already treated as bad. I shall be strict with this system; 5 is for the truly mediocre and 6 is an above-average score. If something gets a 6, it’s still pretty good; it just didn’t get 7 or more due to reasons stated in the review itself.
10 – Sublime: It’s the closest thing to perfection, being the pinnacle of ideals brought to life through its chosen medium. This is the result of the right circumstances and the right people coming together to create such a rare gem; a miracle event from beyond this realm, designed by the gods and forged by destiny.
While the above description can easily be for the score of 9, what takes it up to 10 is how perfectly the subject suits the reviewer’s taste and preferences. The score of 10 is not just an ethereal concept, but a mark of subjective perfection.
You can say when it’s given a 9, the only thing wrong with it is that its theme or overall personality isn’t EXACTLY what the reviewer is into.
9 – Excellent: This title pushes the envelope and raises the bar across the board, representing top quality in virtually every single aspect. It’s a prime example of its category, leaving audiences moved and wanting more. “Beautiful” is the most proper description and it showcases its medium as a true art form.
8 – Great: This is appreciated by most audiences and can stand the test of time. There are little to no flaws present; if there are, they are minor and negligible. The care put into it is obvious and the sheer effort in its execution is worthy of respect. You would wish that there was more like it, and the maker deserves your support and patronage.
7 – Good: It may not be the very best, but it’s something most people can agree on and can put a smile on your face. If you had this for the weekend, you’ll wake up at Monday morning without regrets. While not a complete masterpiece, it’s certainly nowhere near inferior either. Most people would like it, and whoever made it is obviously skilled and talented.
6 – Fair: There are one or two things that make it acceptable. If someone likes this, you can’t blame them for it as to each his own. It’s not aspirational, but also neither bland nor offensive. It’s decent and deserves a nod, even if there may be problems with it. However, it would still have a considerable number of detractors.
5 – Mediocre: This is the median, the most neutral of assessments. Neither bad nor memorable and middle-of-the-road in every way. It’s not even equivalent to drizzle since there’s something going on in such weather. It neither brightens nor ruins your day, as if nothing happened at all — the very definition of blandness.
4 – Disappointing: There may have been potential, but it falls short in the most important aspects. While it may be acceptable in some respects, it can’t stand on its own without those few good parts like it’s on life support. This title is clearly inferior; it could have been decent, but it’s not.
3 – Poor: The quality isn’t merely questionable, but irredeemable. It could’ve turned out better if given to more competent people, but fate was cruel on this one. Maybe it can get more interesting if you get high because it sure isn’t good without some assistance, especially if you paid good money for it.
2 – Bad: It’s an absolute disaster and serves as an example of what to avoid, either as a creator or as an audience. From its initial conception to its dismal execution, things were going wrong left and right. The fruit of that tree had been rotten from the start, and it still goes downhill from there. No altered mental state or chemical substance can improve it.
1 – Garbage: Its very existence is an insult to its medium and those who practice the craft. Its creation was like an apocalyptic event, foretold in ancient times to be the doom of the art form. There’s a lot of bad stuff in this world, but among them is this special turd that’s a vision of hell.
0 – The Void: How can you ever reach this low? Fuck, it’s not even low because it’s just nothing. This is oblivion, wherein nothing can be seen or felt. Whatever goes here shouldn’t even be spoken of in hushed tones; it shouldn’t be spoken of at all. Anything that gets a 0/10 must never be spoken of again (even if a review of it exists on the website).
Pros and Cons
To make it easier for readers who are browsing through the review to comprehend details, this part will enumerate whatever is good and bad about the review subject in an easily digestible format. It is put at the end of the review to serve as a summary.
Every pro will have a green plus sign in front; every con will have a red minus sign in front.
There should be a concluding statement to round up the whole review and to explain the score and why I like it or not. I believe that having both an objective and subjective metric gives the review more ways to express my feelings towards the subject. This concluding statement should be no longer than one or two short paragraphs.
There will also be a small footnote containing a link to this entry on the very bottom of every review so that readers can click and read about the review system if they have any
What I Review
Review subjects will include video games, tabletop games, movies, documentaries, books, etc.
I’m currently focusing on video games, film, and anime; more will be added in the future.