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The DVS Review
The DVS review has two main components. For those focused on a more concrete elements, a review will be segmented in different parts of a title (such as Audio, Gameplay, Narrative) for players to see what a game is like. While a review cannot be 100% objective, this will help give a review a more complete picture. For those more interested in a title’s subjective value from the current reviewer, the reviewer will give their final thoughts and score at the end.
For DVS, a game’s score is meant to answer the following question: Should I buy and play this game? Each numerical value will give that question an answer of varying degrees.
10 = YES!
Close to goddamn perfection. There’s something close to magical, where all the parts of the game work together like a well-oiled machine. No matter how it’s priced, it should be in your library because of how superb it is. You won’t regret buying it.
9 = Yes!
Any problems this title has are overshadowed by its sheer quality. Whether due to wonderful features or real refinement, it’s definitely a superb game to play. Buy that sucker.
8 = Yes.
A solid title with a lot to love. It’s clear what it wants to do, and it mostly succeeds with a couple bumps in the way. Not perfect, but worth its runtime (and maybe a 2nd playthrough) nevertheless.
7 = Yes. Buuuut…
It’s good, but its problems can be noticeable. It’s functional, and has some tricks up its sleeves. If you can forgive some issues, give it a try.
6 = Yes?
It’s got problems that can’t be denied. But even with those problems, there’s something that prevents it from being unplayable. Maybe there’s delightful innovation or its just structurally sound. If your tastes are niche enough and you’ve got an open mind, give it a try.
5 = Maybe?
Smack dab in the middle. Maybe it’s the same thing you’ve played time and time again or its issues get in the way. If there’s nothing else in the market, maybe you’ll like it?
4 = Nah
It’s buggy or generally unpleasant to play. It might lure you with something neat, but that quick joy can get quickly extinguished. If it’s cheaper or patched a bit, you might forgive it. Until then, we don’t suggest it.
3 = No.
It’s probably trying and failed. If you squint, you might see something that could’ve been good, but it’s drowning in awful decisions. Don’t try it.
2 = No!
A dreadful experience. It’s not engaging at all and probably unplayable in some way. Yet, there’s something about it that prevents it from being a disaster of epic proportions. Still a failure, but not as bad as it could be. Stay away.
1 = NO!
You deserve better than this. You really do. Any possible thing that makes a game good is not here.There’s not one redeemable value for a one. Trust us, don’t play this trash.