UploadVR’s Game Review Guidelines

by David Jagneaux • March 28th, 2016

As the age of true consumer VR dawns, so too does a new age of consumer-focused VR coverage. At UploadVR we’ve always been dedicated to providing the most exhaustive and detailed coverage of the fast-paced and evolving VR industry, so in order to continue doing that as these technologies and experiences evolve into purchasable products, it’s up to us to help you make informed decisions. You’re not on the outside looking in anymore – these are devices and games that you can actually buy with your own money and use with your own time. Because of that, we need to shift our focus a little bit when it comes to covering some stuff, specifically games.

As is customary for media publications, we’ll be producing full, detailed reviews of finished games. These reviews will be in addition to our existing features, interviews, previews, and editorials that we’re known for, so don’t worry about any of that content going away at all. But since these games are available out in the wild as finished products, it’s important that we address their quality and value to end users like yourself. Naturally, one of the best ways to do that, is via detailed game reviews.

We’ll provide long, detailed reviews for larger games, shorter and more concise reviews for simpler games, and in many cases, even supplement the written reviews with video reviews as well. But across all lengths and formats of our game reviews, one constant that you’ll see is an overall Final Score attached to each and every game at the end of the review. These are used to serve as an overall barometer for a game’s quality, as the individual reviewer determines, but the content of the review itself should be the primary force used to guide your thoughts on the particular game.

Since numbers are tricky and carry a lot of baggage, we’ve put together this review score breakdown guideline on what each number means when reviewing a game at UploadVR.

10/10 – Masterpiece

Games that receive a score of 10 aren’t totally flawless, since nothing is quite flawless, but they are masterworks in essentially every aspect. Everything comes together in such a perfectly orchestrated way that it leaves you utterly breathless. Few games achieve this mark, but when they do, they’re landmark titles in their respective genres.

9/10 – Amazing

These are must-play games that do almost everything correctly, and then some. These are the types of games that you buy a platform specifically to play – the system sellers, if you will – and they deserve immense praise and adoration. Just a couple snags are keeping them from reaching Masterpiece status.

8/10 – Great

These are the games that go above and beyond their primary intention to deliver something truly memorable. While a Good game you might stop thinking about after finishing it, a Great game typically leaves an impression on you and keeps you coming back for more.

7/10 – Good

At this tier, the game delivers on most promises and accomplishes what it set out to do, but it usually has a few mistakes that are too glaring to overlook. It’s far from bad, it’s labeled as Good after all, but it’s missing that “special” sauce that would have really pushed it over the edge. Good games are considered worth playing.

6/10 – Decent

Games at this tier aren’t Bad, they’re just not really that Good either. Everything works properly and is likely accomplishing what the developer intended, it’s just not an overly compelling or engaging experience. Decent games usually only appeal to a certain audience and aren’t always worth playing right away.

5/10 – Mediocre

Games that receive a Mediocre score exist and don’t do a whole lot else. They may take the form of shallow tech demos, unrealized potential, or just flat out boring implementations of an unoriginal idea, but in all cases, they’re bland and uninspired. While they may not be necessarily bad or painful to play, they’re just…blah. Usually not recommended.

4/10 – Disappointing

This tier is reserved for the games that leave no impression on you whatsoever other than the fact that you’d rather not be playing them. They’re not good games, but they’re not so bad that it ruins your palette for other things. Meaningless experiences that leave you no different than when they found you. Not recommended.

3/10 – Bad

This score is reserved for games that you truly have trouble finding redeeming qualities for. In most all cases this is a Bad game in every way and has no value for potential players, other than to possibly sour their appetite for better things. Not recommended.

2/10 – Horrible

These are the games that future designers and developers should look at as textbook examples of what not to do. Not only are they bad games, but they are often in such an irreparable state that it’s borderline painful to play them. Under no circumstances are Horrible rated games recommended.

1/10 – Unforgivable

This is the lowest tier and should be reserved exclusively for games that are unplayable, broken, and absolutely unsalvageable. Atrocious games may even be regarded as offensive to think that they were released in such a horrid and miserable state. Stay far away from these games.

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