Author Topic: Luigi's Advice to Make Your Reviews Better. (Read This if You Want to be a Reviewer!)  (Read 7378 times)

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No need to bump a fused thread.



So very true.
 

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<div align=center><font size=6>Luigi's Advice for a Better Review</font size></div>

I'm writing this for everybody who wants to become a mainsite reviewer, a reviewer for a particular center, or just in general want to make your reviews better. Pay attention because I'm only going to say, or rather type, this once.

Because I don't know for sure what Empoleon or any of the review center recruiters look for in a review, I can't promise that you will be accepted by them. To a certain extent, a good review is in the eye of the beholder. I can promise that if you follow my advice you will know how to not write a bad review.

The first thing you all should know is that there is no secret recipe to writing a good review. There just isn't. There are certain things that a good review does and doesn't have, but don't think if all of your reviews include this, that, some of those, a few of these, and a pinch of this that they will all be good. If that's what you think then you can stop reading now and go back to the discussions page. Now this brings me to my first point...

<u>Find Your Voice</u>

What does this mean? It means write with style. It means writing to keep the readers attention. Writing a review is about voicing your opinion about the thing you are reviewing, in this case a game. Since it is your opinion you don't need to write objectively. So don't write objectively. Your review shouldn't sound like it was written by a computer. (Thrash, you can ignore this next part.) Be yourself in your reviews. Write it the way you would say it out loud, as if you were having a conversation with somebody. Just be casual. Doing this well can make your reviews a lot more interesting. This is something that came relatively easy to me because writing is just something that I am good at. I have a natural writing voice. This isn't something that can be taught. You must develop your voice on your own. Like with everything else, practice makes perfect.


<u>Structuring Your Reviews</u>

How you structure your review is your own choice. I like to structure mine like this:

~Introduction~

(Paragraph explaining perhaps why I chose to review this game, my initial thoughts of the game, etc. If I'm doing a review for a center or I'm reviewing a certain kind of game for the first time I will point it out at the beginning of this paragraph. I may even talk about the game's creator. Basically, any relevant background information about the game, the creator, or me can go here.)

~Game Play~

(I talk about the gist game. I let people know just what makes this game unique. I try to include information about enemies, items, puzzles, if the game has any, the game's design or anything about the game that stands out to me. Now, I don't just talk about these things. I also give my opinions on them. One of the most important things I can tell you is to always use examples. Don't just say that enemy placement was good, but they could have done better. Explain why you think that. I will talk about this a little more later. Another important point to make here is that I don't write a walkthrough of the game. Writing a review that is simply a walkthrough of the game is the cardinal sin of game reviewing. For one thing it's not really reviewing the game. Secondly, a walkthrough can give away things about a game that the game's creator may not want revealed. They include *SPOILER ALERT* spoilers.  If I ever include a walkthrough in my review it is of a small portion of the game. Usually they aren't even really walkthroughs, it's just me getting very detailed. There is a difference between between very detailed and writing a walkthrough.)

~Conclusion~

(Here I write my final thoughts. I give my final opinions on the enemy placement, item placement, puzzles, how challenging the game was, etc. Here I don't need to cite example because I've already done that in the previous section. This paragraph doesn't need to be very long. It just sums up my overall impression of the game.)

~Report Card~

(Here I give grades on 5 criteria: Challenge, item placement, enemy placement, puzzles, and creativity. I usually give each category a score out of 5, then I add them all up for a final score out of 25.)


That is just how I like to structure my reviews. How you structure your review it totally up to you. There is no one correct way to do it. I like to keep it simple, I think that is the best way to do it. That is just my humble opinion.
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Well, i am trying for reviewer, too! ;)
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Why is this in the reviewer applications and not in reviewer lane
 

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Why is this in the reviewer applications and not in reviewer lane
Just cuz people go here to make their reviews.
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 :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :)thanks luigi,ive been wanting to be a reviewer on a certain game making website all my life,and sploder for me is the right choice.i think that sploder should get inducted into the game making hall of fame,sploder should compete with newgrounds.com and it''ll be a great rivalry.i would love to review games. 8) ;)
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hey, I've made a review, it's not the best but it IS only my very first one, so if someone could read it, and jakemiller1's too, I'd be grateful! :D
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hey, I've made a review, it's not the best but it IS only my very first one, so if someone could read it, and jakemiller1's too, I'd be grateful! :D
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um, how long does it usually take for a recruiter to accept or deny applications? :)
Shadow ray cannon
Gold aurum axe
Shadow soul sword
9 bronze
17 silver
Golden exalted stake lance
Golden cross sword
1 phantoms
hp, phy def talisman
Hp and range attack talisman
Hp and speed talisman
Key
2 HP potion
Speed potion
Demon shard 1/5
3 Armour temp.
8 fish
1 lan. bow. temps.
 

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If you don't mind me adding, in my applications, I tend to make up a title for it that relates to the objective of the game instead of having "a review on ....." just to add if you don't mind.
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Main Project: Conquest

Game in progress:
Conquest
Diversion I
Frigate










(•_•)
<) )╯ all the single ladies
./ \.

( •_•)
\( (> all the single ladies
./ \.

(•_•)
<) )╯
./ \. oh oh oh


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Latest feature: N/A
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Thank you! This helped me a lot. One question though: Why does it say Thanks: blackmustangs075?
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Thank you! This helped me a lot. One question though: Why does it say Thanks: blackmustangs075?
Because you thanked Luigi.



 

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Woot! I got my first smite! :D Thanks for the love, everyone!
 

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No. I didn't. I don't even know how to thank anyone..
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No. I didn't. I don't even know how to thank anyone..
Then you must have accidentally hit the thank button.
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Oh, where it says Thank and Smite? I didn't know it did that
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Lol, I just spent like 30 minutes making a redraft of this for my forum I'll om you the link I'm I terested what you think.
Main Project: Conquest

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Conquest
Diversion I
Frigate










(•_•)
<) )╯ all the single ladies
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( •_•)
\( (> all the single ladies
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(•_•)
<) )╯
./ \. oh oh oh


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Good advice! How did you make the music come up while you're reading?
 

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Good advice! How did you make the music come up while you're reading?

You don't use music my friend, you use text.
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I'm not sure why this was moved to the archives but I think it can still be useful. I'm not going to be reviewing reviews as I once did, though, so I've locked this.
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