This section discusses how we rate the games, movies and products we review on ShogunGamer. The staff here loves to have fun but we take our reviews very seriously. Now that doesn't mean we won't crack a few jokes or include the odd ridiculous photoshopped images. But it does mean we are committed to providing honest, unbiased and thorough reviews to our community and constantly look for ways to improve our process. Below you will find the most up to date information on ShogunGamer review practice and policy. If you feel like something is missing or your question is not answered please use our site contact form and let us know.
We rate games on a scale from 1-10 Ninja Stars. There are no .5 or decimal based ratings. We get right down to brass tax and insure that when we give a game an A+ rating of 9/10, we mean it. To help summarize the exact reasons a product was given a particular rating we include Pro's, Cons and a short Overall opinion at the top of every review. The 10 possible ratings are listed below:
10 (Superb) - While nothing can be totally flawless, some come close. Every so often we are gifted with a gem that transcends the realm of awesome. It takes a very special product to not only exceed our expectations, but blow us away and achieve a 10/10 ShogunGamer rating.
9 (Excellent) - We really had to dig to find some flaws in this product. We had all of our expectations met and maybe even exceeded them in some areas. We highly recommend these items for purchase. If you are looking to try a certain product for the first time, one rated 9/10 is a great place to start.
8 (Great) - Great products are...well...GREAT! They might have a minor flaw or two but there aren't any major issues when contrasted with all the goodness it brings. Fans will likely want to buy these products and newcomers will likely have a damn fine experience.
7 (Good) - It's a good product but it does have some obvious downsides. The cons don't ruin the experience, but they hold the product back from being more then just Good. Hardcore fans will likely enjoy the product, but everyone else will want to try before they buy.
6 (Alright) - These products don't really stand out in anyway and might even slightly underperform. There are some redeeming qualities, but they are held back by obvious flaws. When it comes to games and movies, definitely rent or demo any rated 6 or lower before you spend your cash on them.
5 (Mediocre) - An overall underwhelming user experience. Either the flaws in this product overshadow major redeeming values, or there is simply a much better alternative on the market already.
4 (Poor) - This product has missed the mark in a bad way. Maybe it wasn't well thought out? Maybe it was just bad execution of a great idea? In the end, the cons greatly outweigh any chance of good times. Hell it may even be broken in some aspect. Probably not worth your time.
3 (Bad) - Do not pass go. Do not collect this product unless you enjoy being disappointed. Any good qualities it may have only exist to provide a sharp contrast to how crappy it is.
2 (Terrible) - It's beyond bad. If you had a choice between a 2/10 product and socks for Christmas, heavily consider socks.
1 (Disastrous) - Get a restraining order on this product and avoid it at all costs. These products are so awful they are practically hate crimes. Do not pay for this. In fact, don't even accept money for it.
No. ShogunGamer will only reviews retail product or games that have been deemed "final gold code" by their publishers. While not all of our review builds come in a fancy box, they are identical to the master that is sent out for duplication weeks before a game's release, and contains the same code that will appear on store shelves. We do not review any early-release builds or non-final product, and deny early reviews if the publisher cannot provide us with a final build of the game. However, we will post "impressions" and thoughts in the form of news stories when possible.
Note: We don't always get titles early, and just like you we'll be rushing to the stores to buy games on the day of release so we can publish our review as soon as possible.
We assign games to our editors based on genre knowledge and personal interest. While this means that our editors are allotted their reviews with a specialized expertise (and sometimes even excitement), it does not mean they approach the review with a pre-disposed biased. Shogun Editors, while gamers, are professionals and are mandated to evaluate a product on its own merits and illustrate those findings to our readers in an honest and comprehensive manner.
Not always. Most sports titles, puzzlers, and MMOs are examples of games we regularly won't "Finish" before posting a review. Mostly because they might not have an end. As a general rule, the editors should play an assigned game as much as they need to in order to give a fair, in-depth review that can accurately represent the overall experience. This means that we might spend as little as 1-2 hours with a casual puzzle game or more than 100 hours on longer more "epic" titles. It really is on a case-by-case basis and is up to the individual editor.
That said, we always try to complete every game that is "beatable" and usually do so more often than not.
No. We operate on strict Ninja code of honour. Taking bribes for reviews is punishable by harakiri.
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