Call it a "State of the Review-nion" if you will
.....sorry that was bad.
Looking over the section it is easy to see that over the last few years the general quality of most reviews has really increased. Due to the number of reviews we have, we're able to be more specific with our criteria versus in a past time where most any review posted more than a paragraph could be accepted out of need.
Moving forward a couple changes are being made to the section to help keep the standards while still allowing users without a journalism degree to continue posting reviews of the games they play.
Update #1: Replacement of existing reviews
Currently we have the policy that allows you to post a game review even if the game is already reviewed. You can post the review as a reply to the existing review. However, many of the existing reviews have become archived, the OP has been suspended, or time has not been kind to them and there are many AAA games that have reviews in place that aren't great quality. Therefore, after going through many of the reviews, I've decided to hide a number of them from the section, opening them up for new reviews on the Review posting thread.
If one of your reviews was one of those hidden, do not worry, they still count towards your Review numbers, and they are recoverable if it is decided that a better review will not be posted. Any questions, just send me a PM.
List of the Reviews that are now hidden:
50 cent: blood on the sand
alien vs. predator
adventure time: explore the dungeon
amnesia: the dark descent
assassins creed 2
banjoe-kazooie: nuts & Bolts
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham Origins
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Brothers in Arms: Hells Highway
Burnout 3: Takedown
Call of Duty 2
Call of Duty 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2
Call of Duty: Black ops II
Dark Cloud 2
Destroy All Humans!
Fallout New Vegas
Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy IX
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy XII
Final Fantasy XIII
Forza Horizon 2
Forza Horizon 3
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 4
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto: The lost and Damned
H1Z1: King of the Kill
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Little Big Planet
Little Big Planet 2
Lego Harry Potter (Years 1-4)
Lego Batman: The Video Game
Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
Saints Row 2
Sid Meier's Civilization V
S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl
Star Wars: Battlefront
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Super Smash Bros: Brawl
Super Mario Galaxy
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario 64
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Tom Clancys Rainbow Six: Vegas
World of Warcraft
Update #2: New approval method for reviews
Reviews can still be looked over and approved by staff, however moving forward we will be allowing members with the game reviewer badge ( [ Register or Signin to view external links. ] ) to give their approval for a review.
Meaning, that by using our Upvote system a Game Reviewer can upvote a review submission and a staff member will then add it to the section thanks to the badge holders recommendation. Staff will still have final say in this situation and if a user is found to be abusing this system, the review will be deleted and the Game Reviewer will have their badge removed.
Update #3 (as of 12/13/18): Changes to review requirements
Reviews that include information and opinions on the Graphics/Art of the game now require you to include images/videos of the gameplay as an additional resource to your review.
Game reviews are an "Opinion" Piece, not a book report. Meaning, your reviews should include criticisms and praise of the game, not just an explanation of the story. In the past couple months nearly all reviews have included the "Storyline" section, and just explained what happens in the story. That's what the wikipedia page is for, do not do that. Give your opinions on the story/game mechanics, how well it works, what doesn't work, etc.
If a review is posted but does not include this required information, it will not be considered for approval until it is updated with the items.
Update #4 (As of 12/13/18):
Game Reviews that are submitted to our Submission Thread , and are not up to the standard required for official posting will be left on the thread so that the OP has the chance to update the post and possibly have it approved later. If your post is not approved after being looked over, the Staff member overseeing your post will send you a PM letting you know and welcoming any changes you wish to make for it to be reconsidered for approval. If you wish the post be deleted, please make sure you inform the staff member so that they can remove it.
This is how the system has been working for a few months, however I noticed I hadn't made an official announcement regarding it.
I'll update this thread with any new information or changes that happen.
This overhaul took a lot of tabs and typing so I'm sure I made a couple goofs, if you notice any feel free to PM me with them and call me a loser, thanks!
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I would love to see a rule update to have a mandatory 5 sentences or more in each category you're reviewing(discluding Controls). Ive been seeing reviews with a minimum of 2 sentences for Plot and Graphics. These are not classified as reviews as they are just a quick explanation coming from your ass.
Tom wroteI would love to see a rule update to have a mandatory 5 sentences or more in each category you're reviewing(discluding Controls). Ive been seeing reviews with a minimum of 2 sentences for Plot and Graphics. These are not classified as reviews as they are just a quick explanation coming from your ass.
As a rule of thumb I don't think typically accept any that are less than a decent paragraph per section because it's impossible to write quality content without at least putting that much effort into it. But if there are published reviews that have this feel free to PM me them and I'll give them a look over.
Same goes for any game reviewer that wants to help me with that, Craig and I have discussed it already and the help is always appreciated.
I couldn't look over every review because I'm one person and there's a 1300 strong catalog.