Wednesday, 9 July 2014

If "....." Was Released Today: An Alternative Review

Considering many indie developers produce work reminiscent of the 8 and 16 bit glory days, it has become fairly standard and acceptable to see ‘retro’ sprites and pixel art in games of recent years. This, along with my current trend of revisiting old games, has inspired me to start a series where I take old games and review them as if they were released today. To clarify, I have a very flexible definition of what an ‘old game’ is, although I won’t be reviewing last years releases (unless for some contextual reason there is validity in doing so). As a starting point, the general criteria will involve games that are at least 10 years old. I have made a few rules to consider whilst I write, and whilst you read these reviews.

  1. Game must be reviewed as if it were a brand new release.
  2. If the game is part of a series, then the other instalments must be ignored and no comparisons can be made.
  3. Comparisons made from any other game old or new are allowed regardless of how factually and contextually (in)accurate they may be (therefore the review may have fictional elements).
  4. Game documents, data and statistics can be researched, however no existing reviews can be read prior to writing.
  5. Game must be scored on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0, and compared to the Metacritic Metascore (or User Score if this is unavailable).

I already have some games lined up, but I would like some input before I begin. I plan on making this as a written series on my blog, however do you think it would work better in video format? Do you have any other ideas for rules to follow? Also what games would you like to see reviewed in this series? I think this would be an interesting concept to follow through as it may open up some interesting critical perspectives which could potentially end up with me ripping apart games I love dearly.

Let me know what you think! -oP

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