[February 24, 2015: This will be updated soon to reflect the updated review format.]
GameReviewPad provides reviews in a structure that gives the reader information and tools that no other review site currently provides. Contributors showcase their gaming history in every review to build a relationship with the reader. Every contributor is allowed their own writing style and format without using scores.
1. Review Context
The review context represents the contributor’s history with the genre or franchise of a particular game. The review context is designed to develop a relationship between the reader and each individual review.
For Example: “This is the first time I have ever played a Final Fantasy game.”
In the above example, a reader who has played few or no Final Fantasy games may find the review more helpful rather than a reader who has played most Final Fantasy games.
GameReviewPad allows multiple full length reviews of the same game for the same platform if another contributor has a very different experience level with the genre or franchise that produces an opposite opinion.
2. Date Playthrough Started
This is the date the contributor started to play the reviewed game. This date is important because it also determines the technical state of the game when it was played. If the review doesn’t mention a technical flaw in the game it may be because the game was played after the issue was fixed. It also works the other way around. If a review mentions many technical issues, but the issues were fixed shortly after then the reader knows the reason why they were mentioned.
(See 6. Patch this Review)
This just states the publisher and developer. No explanation needed.
4. PC/Mac Specifications
These are the PC/Mac specifications of the contributor’s play settings for that particular game. If the review mentions the technical state of the game then the PC/Mac specs are important to know.
5. Similar Games Liked/Disliked
The similar games liked/disliked section includes one or two games of the same genre or franchise that the contributor liked and/or disliked.
Have you ever read an extremely negative review and wondered, “Well then what does this person like?” This section is to help develop a relationship between the reader and the contributor. If the reader starts to see a pattern with a particular contributor where there is agreement on the reviews and the similar games liked/disliked, then the reader can develop trust with that contributor.