Press Start would like to gladly share with readers our code of ethics in regards to reviews, scoring and gaming media in its whole.
In terms of reviews: Press Start has not nor will not receive bribes or anything that will influence our final score. We DO however receive review copies in order to review a game before release thus making it more relevant and useful to our readers. We occasionally receive press kits that go with the game, but these are just extra trinkets we ignore since they aren’t relevant to the review. We do not hold personal relationships with any of these developers, PR people or publishers. We conduct ourselves professionally, as do they.
What follows is Press Start’s review guideline. We use a 10 point scale from 1-10
In regards to our reviews, we aim to have all reviews up in a timely matter taking into consideration how long the game is and when we can get our hands on it. We will never publish a review before being 100% sure that all of our opinions are backed up. Our reviews aren’t dictated by length but always aim to cover the specific features about the game that set it apart from other games, what does the game do right or wrong, who should buy the game and what has changed if the game is apart of a series.
All of our reviews have 4 categories.
This doesn’t necessary have to always be 100% about the story of the game. It can be made up of background, development process, narrative and story. Sometimes all of these things are included and sometimes it may just focus on one depending on what is seen as most important. In situations where scoring is irrelevant we will eschew it. For example: reviewing a sports game will have no score under Story since it is not relevant.
This section will mainly focus on how the game looks. It will also touch on how the game runs on the dedicated platform as well as any graphical bugs that we may have encountered. It will also touch on sound and atmosphere.
This section will more than likely always be the largest. It will cover everything from gaming mechanics, what we loved about the game, what we didn’t love about the game, things that could’ve been improved and any other portion of the game that doesn’t come under the first two categories.
This is where the review will discuss the main points of WHO should or shouldn’t buy this game and WHY. You will also find a few positives and negatives from the game. We rate our games out of 10:
1/10: either shovelware or a game entirely devoid of purpose and positives. If a game hits a 1 at Press Start it’s for very good reasons. Do not buy.
2/10: Let’s not kid ourselves. You still wouldn’t buy a 2/10 and we wouldn’t recommend it. Not a complete disaster but we do not recommend playing at all.
3/10: Maybe contains enough content to warrant a completely dirt cheap purchase (we’re talking Steam Sales after Steam Sales) but don’t expect to get anything beneficial out of playing it.
4/10: May contain some unique characteristics but again, not worth playing unless you are especially invested in the game in question or find it for very cheap.
5/10: A game that is completely average, run of the mill, or a game that is remarkably different but is brought down by crushing flaws. You should play a 5/10 depending on the game in question, but you should do so with caution.
6/10: A game that’s worth playing, if they suffer from some bad flaws that could definitely hinder your enjoyment of it.
7/10: A game that’s good and definitely should warrant a playthrough, whether you want to pick it up on release or on a dirt cheap sale is dependent on the game in question. Obvious flaws detract from the experience.
8/10: A very well made, solid game that will obviously have a few flaws that shouldn’t subtract from the overall experience. Usually a 8/10 means a must-buy, again, either on sale or on release, depending on preference.
9/10: A game or an utterly unique experience that should definitely warrant a playthrough by everyone. Not perfect but any flaws can be ignored as they wouldn’t harm the game in the long run.
10/10: A masterpiece. A 10 does not mean perfection. A 10 means a game so dense, so unique or so ambitious that it absolutely deserves to be played by everyone. A 10 at Press Start is like a 1: if a game hits a 10, it’s for very good reasons. Must buy.
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