How to Review a Video Game

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Reviewing video games may seem like the dream job to many, but there's much more to reviewing than playing games until you've gone half blind from hours in front of the TV or computer screen. Your readers will want a careful analysis of the game to help them determine whether to invest their time and money.

  • Play the video game for several hours, preferably over a number of different days.

  • Describe for your readers the basic facts they need to know about the video game, including its name, date of release, age rating, publisher, and the platform (Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo, or Gamecube, for example). If it's a computer game, list any minimum or recommended system requirements.

  • Briefly describe the objective of the game and the method of play. Are you trying to shoot the bad guys, win a race, or solve a puzzle? If it is a multiplayer game, how many gamers can play?

  • Express your opinion of the game play, using specific examples from the game to support your opinion. Address issues such as the game's difficulty, the ease of using the game controls, whether the length of the game seems appropriate, and generally how much fun the game is to play.

  • Evaluate the sound and graphics, describing how they affect the overall quality of the game. Tell the reader whether the graphics look crisp and attractive, or whether they are fuzzy and the animation looks jerky.

  • Describe how well you think the game's appeal will hold up after repeated replaying. Consider whether there are any expansion products currently available or in the works that will increase the longevity of the game.

  • Compare the game to others in the same genre to help readers determine whether this game might be for them.

  • Conclude the review with your overall opinion of how cool the game is and your recommendation. Who might want to purchase this game, who should rent it, and who should avoid it altogether?

Tips & Warnings

  • If possible, you should play the game until you reach its conclusion before you review it. Some games get more interesting the further you advance with them, while others fizzle out along the way.
  • Reviews that simply say ‰??Trust me, this game is great. Buy it!‰?? are the least helpful and most irritating sort. Readers are interested in your perspective, but each of your opinions should be carefully substantiated.
  • Don't spoil the fun! Don't give away any secrets of the game in your review.

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