Exactly what does Legacy take into account when reviewing a game.
Here you can find exactly what we do and don't take into account when adding reviews to Legacy.
Influence - Under no circumstances will a review be influenced by any outside source be that a developer, publisher, PR company or reviews of the same game from other sources.
Rewards - Legacy will never in anyway be compensated (financially or otherwise) for reviewing a game.
Comparisons - Every game is reviewed on it's own merit, while examples to other games in the series or genre might be made the bulk of the review will focus on the game in question not what else is available those games have their own reviews for that.
Patches - Games are reviewed at the condition they are in on the date the review was published, in the age of multiple game patches sometimes spanning multiple years we will not be updating reviews every time a patch is issued.
DLC - We do not take any dlc (free or paid) into consideration when writing a main game review, not everyone will download the dlc regardless of price or content and we believe it unfair to potentially praise a game for aspects the player might have to pay more to experience. We do plan on adding a dlc review section to the database so that people might get an idea on the value of such extra purchases.
Love Or Hate - Every game will be reviewed fairly if a Legacy reviewer really loves or dislikes a game then they must give detailed reasons for why that is the case not just lavish praise or disdain without any real explanation
Scores - At no point will Legacy ever post review scores on any of it's reviews you can see the why no review scores for more details on that.
Variety - Legacy has (and will continue to) contact a variety of websites and publishers in order to offer as wide a variety of critic reviews as possible.
Platforms - Legacy will endeavour to offer critic reviews from a number of different platforms where available, if a game releases on 6 different platforms there isn't much point in posting 5 critic reviews from just one of them.
Opinion - Where possible we'll aim to offer a number of views across the like / dislike spectrum
Quality - Probably one of the most important aspects we look for is the quality of the review written and how well they make their points regardless of their opinion.
Scores - We'll post a link to every critic review we post summaries of and a number of those websites will post scores, however Legacy will not be posting those scores here and the scores will not have any impact on which critic reviews we share.
Format - To keep things simple contributor reviews will follow the Legacy review format.
Quality - While we don't mind editing grammar and spelling errors (we do enough of our own so why not) Legacy will only accept reviews that are written to a good standard with well reasoned points of view.
The 1% or 99% - It doesn't matter if the opinion of the reviewer is on the side of the the majority or the minority. For every game that has 99 fans there is always 1 that for whatever reason doesn't. A long as they give their reasons fairly we accept the opinion of everyone.
Scores - Of course as you might expect by now Legacy will not accept any review scores for these games.
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