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Disclaimers

PC Aficionado strives to be crystal clear with our readers on all of our reviews, thus we provide disclaimers before any review on any subjects which are relevant including:

Review Codes

If PC Aficionado has received a review code from the developer and/or publisher of a game for the purpose of a review, this will be made clear at the start of the review.

Early Access Games

If PC Aficionado reviews a game which is currently in the Steam Early Access program,  this will be made clear at the start of the review.

How We Score Games

PC Aficionado uses a 10 point review scale. We rate games from 1-10, with half point intervals too.

We do not score a game until a review is written and finalized. We do not write a review with a score in mind for the outcome.

The score you see at the bottom of the page is a logical conclusion of the content of the review beforehand. Some people may not care for review scores, and this is why we have the score at the end of the article.

Review Philosophy

PC Aficionado aims to help you waste as little time as possible, on games which are just not worth it. Money is, of course, an important factor in the decision of purchasing a game, but we write our reviews that will cover both aspects. Our reviews seek to help you make an informed decision on how to spend your limited time and money. A breakdown of our scores and what they mean are below

10:   Must Plays – not to be confused with “perfect”. No game is perfect.

9:     Fantastic – Can be recommended without question

8:     Very/Pretty Good – can easily be recommended with a couple of caveats in mind

7:     Good – generally good games but they also have some “but” moments.

6:     Above Average – A generally OK score. Anything above a 6 is decent.

5:     Average – an underwhelming game

4:     Below Average

3:     Adequate – barely achieves the baseline function in gameplay, sound, and graphics

2:     Poor – lowest possible score of a game that at least executes and runs

1:     Broken – indicates PC Aficionado staff believe the game is unable to properly function.

Review Categories

In the ever-expanding and genre-bending/blending world of gaming, PC Aficionado uses an adaptable, efficient format to judge the various aspects of games using four unique categories:

Context – the world, story, and writing that elevates a game beyond a set of mechanics

Presentation – the visuals, player feedback, and all audio including sound effects, soundtracks, and any voice acting

Design – the general game feel, pacing, decision making, depth, mechanics, and interplay between elements

Value – the total time quantity of experience being offered for your hard earned cash and the quality of the play hours, taking into account the values of both within and outside the game’s target audience

If you have questions about our reviews system, please email our Associate Editor at tom@pcaficionado.com