Review Policy | PSNStores

Review Policy

All reviews are based on copies from the PSN store. In most cases, these are not “preview” or “review” builds; we are reviewing the same thing that you will be buying. In order to avoid bias, any editor who has ties with a given game will not be reviewing that game. We try to be honest and objective in our views. That being said, these are our expert opinions and should be taken as such. If anything strikes you as scandalously incorrect, please make it known in the review’s comments or otherwise contact us.

We use a “10 point” scale with half-point values. All full games are rated on a scale that ranges from 1 to 5 stars. A breakdown of the scale is below.

A game that every PS4, PS3, and/or Vita owner should have. It is by no means “perfect” though.

A game that you could recommend to a friend, regardless of their genre proclivities. There may be a few things wrong, but that won’t take away from the overall experience.

The good in the game outweighs the bad. This is just your average run of the mill game that probably doesn’t innovate in any regard. It’s neither spectacular nor bad. Fans of the game’s genre may find it to be enjoyable, but others may be bored by it.

The bad in the game outweighs the good. There are likely some technical errors in addition to dull gameplay. Most people won’t find enjoyment in this title, although fans of the genre or series still might. If there’s a demo, try it first.

Avoid like the plague.

Review Transparency
Most of the time we are given vouchers by the publisher, developer, or PR firm promoting a given game. On the off chance that we are not given a code, we will pay for the game out of our own pocket. If you do not see any additional notes at the end of a review, you can assume that we were given a code so that we could review it. If we paid for the game out of pocket, you will see a note mentioning that. We try to complete games before reviewing them. In some cases, this may not be possible (or healthy), and will likely be noted within the review.

We hope this gives a better picture of how we are reviewing games.

Placing an ad on the site in no way affects the review score of a game.

Updated 1/4/16