Hello Esperino readers, we would like to take the time to inform you on how we manage review scores with our appropriately named Esperino Review Guide. Before we begin to look at the score guide we would like to outline a few points for you to consider.
Here at Esperino, our goal is to provide fair and honest reviews based on our experiences as people who appreciate games.
Each game is acknowledged on its own merits and is created with its own set of individual goals. Just like how a teaspoon is not made with the intention to excavate mountains, not every game is made with the intention to be the next defining cultural phenomenon. While we do give an arbitrary score to reflect our thoughts and feelings on a particular game after we have finished writing our review please read the review to understand the reasoning to our conclusions.
A review is one person’s opinion. These are our experiences from playing the game and we acknowledge that everyone will have different experiences and expectations. Some games will resonate with some players while others will not. Please do not be angry, confused, disappointed or lost if one of us finds a certain game you detest enjoyable or fails to grasp why a particular game you love is the next big thing. If you find a game fun and engaging that is all that should matter to you.
Please do not compare our reviews. This is an important point, we believe that each game is a unique experience and to be enjoyed in its own way. Each game has it own criteria weighted according to what it sets out to achieve, be it a first person shooter, a role playing game or a rhythm game. If game X receives a higher score than game Y it does not mean that game X is better than game Y. It means that game X was better designed to meet its own intended goals.
Esperino operates on a 1 to 10 scale. What is the average score you ask? Easy, the average is 5. Essentially if a game is awarded less than 4.5 it is probably not that good. We only have x.5 (going further unnecessarily complicates things) as it means it almost X score but not quite.
And without further delay here is our score guide.
1 – A lost cause. It is an unplayable mess with no redeemable qualities and a disservice to video games. One shudders on the thought of how this even made it past the concept stage.
2 – Bad. Plagued with bad design choices and decisions that only evokes negative emotions of frustration and misery. A product devoid of fun with no clear goal or objective, this is a waste of time and effort for everyone involved.
3 – Poor. There may have been a couple of promising ideas, but these are overshadowed by glaring faults that look to sabotage any fragment of fun with malice. Looking for anything more will be in vain.
4 – Below Average. Decent but sadly delivers one too many design faults; disappointing and a missed opportunity. There may have been some genuine good but it is quickly lost behind the bad.
5 – Average. While it does nothing exceptionally bad, it does nothing exceptionally good either. It may be fun for a while but it will struggle to maintain any interest.
6 – Above Average. Fun but it is let down by some questionable design choices. While it has its own identity, it doesn’t go beyond its own limits.
7 – Good. Entertaining but is held back by a couple of flaws. It will certainly capture its intended audience but it won’t appeal to everyone.
8 – Great. An enjoyable experience, fans and newcomers of the genre will be entertained. Any noticeable flaws are largely outweighed by the positives.
9 – Excellent. Fun, enjoyable, engaging, and memorable but is missing that little something that will make it exceptionable. People will fondly talk about this for generations to come.
10 – Brilliant. Perfect in its design and brilliant in its execution, it captures the heart and goes well above and beyond any expectations. People will be playing this for generations to come.
We put a considerable amount of time and effort into crafting our reviews. We aim to try to complete the game in order to give a fully informed review. However not all games have a definitive ending and we take this into account. Games which are a considerable length and may take some months to complete, we make an effort to play as much as possible (sometimes we may end up playing it for months) till we are comfortable enough to give a fair and informed review.
We are not competing to be one of the first people to release a review for any game and we will not make a review based on poor assumptions from the first ten minutes of a game or even worse, based off someone else’s opinion. We review games because we like games and we would like to share our own thoughts and feelings about the games we play.
I hope this guide has given you a better understanding on how we at Esperino manage reviews. We hope that you read our reviews as part of your consideration for purchasing a game and not a definitive decision. Thank you for your time. Now you can go and do some more interesting things, like playing games.