How do we conduct our reviews?

How do we conduct our reviews?

Here at Geekisphere we pride ourselves on bringing the most objective reviews as humanly possible.

Objectivity

That’s what John Heatz, Geekisphere founder, is always trying to get, with his most common phrase:

The fact that you like something doesn’t mean it is good. If you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it is bad either.

In order to accomplish this goal, our reviews go through a filter before getting published. Every review submitted by the team gets checked for quality by any of our senior staff. What do they check? Well…

Criteria

Geekisphere reviews consist of some basic (and minimum) requirements that you’ll notice as you browse through our reviews’ catalog. These include:

  • Introduction
  • Product description
  • Specs (for PC games)
  • Story
  • Characters
  • Soundtrack
  • Cinematography (for movies, TV shows)
  • Genre
  • Final Verdict

What do we cover on each one of these?

Most of these are self-explanatory; however, it may be a good idea to go through them to get a better understanding about each category.

Introduction

Includes
Here we leave our first thoughts. We let you know a little bit about how we got to review the product and why.

Product Description

Includes
Usually, a synopsis including either a trailer or a poster. This works for every product we cover: videogames, movies, TV shows, books, comics…Everything.

Specs Used

Includes
This is for PC games we cover. What we want to let you know is what rig we used to play the game so that you can compare it with the official specs and its performance to what you may have.

Story

We’ll try to let you know what the product is all about. Throughout our story coverage we may have some spoilers; however, we’ll let you decide whether you want to check them or not by using a “spoiler” tag that will hide them until you click on them. Like this:

Spoiler
This would be a spoiler.

Characters

Includes
We talk about the main characters. This doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll cover every character, though. Sometimes, in order to experience a product you must’ve gone through some previous ones. That’s the case of a trilogy, for example. In those cases, we’ll skip some characters that were already present in previous entries.

Soundtrack

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This is a really important piece of any product. A great script with awful or mismatching sounds would totally kill the vibe you get. Going from music, to ambient sounds. Everything is really important in this category.

Cinematography

This is a key part for movies and TV. The visuals used to get the viewer to a specific moment in time or location is important. We will check for camera angles, movements, vibration. We check for the image’s quality. Also, make sure the focus is where it should be.

Genre

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There are plenty of different genres out there. We’ll rate the product based on what genre it is categorized as. Basically, you’ll see us scoring the action out of an action movie, or the horror out of a scary movie. For games, we’ll cover the RPG aspects of this kind of game, for example.

Final Verdict

Includes
This piece has two purposes. The first one is to give you a conclusion to our review. The second one is to express our personal opinion without it having any effect on the final score.

What about scores?

We got you covered with scores! We use a base 10 scoring procedure where 1 is really bad and 10 is perfect. The scores are done on a per-category basis so you’ll see each of the before-mentioned categories being scored.

As far as the final score goes, that’s measured automatically based on the category scores.

  1. Horrendous
  2. Awful
  3. Bad
  4. Poor
  5. Average
  6. Fair
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect

Pros & Cons

We do give you some short ideas about what’s good and bad (based on the writer’s judgement) with a short list of pros and cons at the end. These are all up to you to decide whether you agree with them or not.