Hello, mostly non-existent readers! Despite this blog not actually being promoted or having much readership, I wanted to make a quick post that explains how I plan to go about creating review content for moving forward. For the record, anyway, and to have something to which I can hold myself.
I’m planning on breaking my reviews into two separate types of article. The first will be standard reviews, which is a format I’ll use for recent releases or for indie games that I find I have a lot to say about. This kind of review will strive to give a detailed look at four big aspects of each game as I’ve broken them down before: art (visuals, music and sound, story), interface (controls, navigation and menus), play (gameplay, level design), and content (length/size of game content, replay value). As I go, I may revise or abandon my review breakdown style, but that’s the current iteration of my long-format review.
The second type of article will be part of a series tentatively titled “My Impressions,” in which I give a smaller, more concise review of games that fall into a variety of categories: Some of these games will be beloved cult classics that I’m finally playing it after a long time (similar to my article about Psychonauts). Some will be short indie games that I feel I’m able to sum up concisely. Still others will be games which I don’t put the time in to finish but instead simply play a few hours and see what I think (these will have appropriate disclaimers, of course). I may end up giving these categories concrete labels, but we’ll have to see what works best.
Hopefully this partitioning of my reviews makes it easier for me to make more content because I can make shorter articles for the smaller/older games I play in between. This will also help me experiment with my review format and my approach to analyzing the games I look at. Expect full-length reviews soon for: Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Expect to see My Impressions soon for: Nova-111 (an indie action-puzzle game that I got in the humble monthly subscription), Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse, and maybe Majora’s Mask 3D if I manage to put the time in to finish it.