Every game site reviews differently. This guide is intended to give you a clear picture of how we review games here at Indie Ranger. This way, if you decide to send us strongly worded emails about how we score our games, we can kindly send you a link to this page.
Our guidelines are a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, taking inspiration from other major gaming sites. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Any review made before Sept. 20, 2017, the day this guide was made official, most likely does not follow these guidelines. Regardless, you should always read reviews in full to get a better idea about the contents of the game. This guide was last updated on May 25, 2020.
Reviews are meant to be a combination of objective critical thought as well as the opinion of the writer. We try to give writers games that fit their genre preferences. The goal is that, if a writer is reviewing a genre that they like, they will be more balanced towards it instead of loathing the game based on genre alone.
Average is 50
We rate games based on a 100 percent scale. It seems as though the norm in the industry is that 70% is an average game. Well, we don’t roll like that. Here, our average is 50 percent. This means that if a game receives a 50 percent mark, you can expect the pros and cons to balance out. This applies to subcategories and the overall score.
We score games based on a variety of categories. Since every game is different, it is up to the reviewer to choose which category best fits the game they are reviewing and they can choose up to five categories. These include, but are not limited to:
- Art Style
- Fun Factor
- Developer’s Dedication
- Replay Value
- Any other specific gameplay aspect
- Technical aspects (performances, bugs/glitches, etc.)
We will always put the necessary disclaimers at the bottom of the reviews so you, the reader, are aware of the important information surrounding the review. There will be disclaimers if the game was given to us for free or if the game is in early access.
We believe it to be ethical to review early access games. You usually pay for early access games so you might as well know how good the product is. That being said, early access games are constantly being updated with new features. As the games update, our reviews will follow suit as closely as possible.
Sometimes we will pay for games out of pocket. Other times we will receive review codes from game developers and publishers. If this happens, we want to make it abundantly clear that we did receive the title for free. This doesn’t affect the overall quality or opinion of the game. We find it ethically responsible to inform the reader if we received a free review copy of a game.
As mentioned before, games are reviewed on a 100 percent scale, with 50% being the average. Essentially, any game that receives a 100% is a flawless masterpiece. Anything that gets a 0% is just, well, awful. The fluctuation of the scale is essentially weighing the pros to the cons.
Our Steam Curator page, which can be found here, includes abridged versions of our web reviews as well as reviews that didn’t make it to the website. Referring to the rating scale, our Curator score is as follows:
0 – 39: Not Recommended
40 – 69: Informational
70 – 100: Recommended