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# 1 What is a fair Review
01-03-2011, 04:56 PM
As a casual gamer I don't intent to author missions (had enough of programming) but love doing reviews of other peoples work.

My problem is trying to be fair in my reviews. I just finished "Tides of Change" and gave it a 4 star because I liked it, being short and with enough variety. Admittedly there were some minor issues but what drew me to the mission was the 1 star it had received by another reviewer.

So my question is, was I being fair or am I just a soft touch and not critical enough to be a good reviewer?
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# 2
01-03-2011, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Tykeng
As a casual gamer I don't intent to author missions (had enough of programming) but love doing reviews of other peoples work.

My problem is trying to be fair in my reviews. I just finished "Tides of Change" and gave it a 4 star because I liked it, being short and with enough variety. Admittedly there were some minor issues but what drew me to the mission was the 1 star it had received by another reviewer.

So my question is, was I being fair or am I just a soft touch and not critical enough to be a good reviewer?
If you liked it, 4 seems fair. Remember too that the one star might have been for anearlier version of the same mission. Maybe it was originally unfinishable or something along those lines.

In my opinion, the more important part than the star rating is any constructive feedback you give tha author so they know what worked and what didn't.
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# 3
01-03-2011, 05:10 PM
The star rating is fairly simple:

5 = You love it (Amazing)

4 = You like it (Good)

3 = It was ok (meh)

2 = You didnt like it (Bad)

1 = You hated it (Terrible)

So pick whichever of those statements most accurately describes how you felt about the mission.
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# 4
01-03-2011, 10:34 PM
I definitely agree with The Grand Nagus regarding the star-system. It is pretty simple. However, I don't think that the star-system constitutes a Review.

What I'd expect to see in a review is a narration of the impressions the reviewer had when he/she played through the mission. Then a list of good and bad points and finally the rating the reviewer felt the mission deserved. However, as game reviews have already proven, they are subjective and so is their fairness.

My advice, don't beat yourself over it too much since your review is yours and if you ask around you'll probably find just as many people who think you're fair as those who think you're not.
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# 5
01-04-2011, 12:20 AM
I think reviews should rate functionality first, then plot lines, then execution, then spelling, grammar ect.

It is unfortunate that we have a very small section for reviews. In light of this, I suggest posting or P.M.ing a more detailed evaluation for those of us that care to participate in these discussions.
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# 6
01-04-2011, 02:48 AM
I tend to be stingy with the "final star", usually. The.Grand.Nagus scale should be good guide.

I think any review is fair if you actively think about what you liked and disliked and form your opinion on that.

If a glaring grammatical error annoyed you to no end, it did so and can lead to a worse rating. It's how you felt about it. If you loved the storyline so much that a boring and tedious ground combat didn't bother you at all, that's how you felt. You are not making an objective statement here.
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# 7
01-04-2011, 06:50 AM
I'm very stingy with the 5th Star as well... I need to experience something special for that...
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# 8
01-04-2011, 08:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Napoleon_BlownApart View Post
I'm very stingy with the 5th Star as well... I need to experience something special for that...
/me makes mental note to include Orion Slave Girl lap-dances especially for NB
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# 9
01-04-2011, 08:45 AM
Trigger: If (player = Napoleon_BlownApart) Set Orion_Slave_Girl.Actor1 at Napoleon_BlownApart.Location.
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# 10
01-04-2011, 08:46 AM
I try to have special things in my missions that show features and functions we normally don't see... this is what the 5th star in a rating represents to me... something unique or unusual that shows extra thought and creativity that deserves some special designation.

A mission that functions well gets 3, a mission with a compelling story that made me care gets 4 and something I haven't seen or is a new application or something else that makes it extraordinary gets 5 stars in my book.
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