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Video games Review writing
Video games Review writing
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  • 1. Institutions and Audiences: Video Games How To Write A Video Game Review
  • 2. Introduction
    • The key elements of any video game review must cover
    • genre,
    • story,
    • gameplay,
    • graphics,
    • sound, and
    • controls.
  • 3. Genre
    • Simply ask yourself, “What kind of game is this?”
    • What is the title of the video game you are critiquing? Who is the manufacturer?
    • Is this video game part of a series (such as Grand Theft Auto or Guitar Hero )?
    • What type of game is it e.g. sport, racing etc. ?
    • Is it a role playing game? If so, is it turn-based or real time?
    • Is it a first person shooter? Is it a strategy game?
  • 4. Story
    • Most video games, with the exception of sports of racing titles, have some kind of story.
    • Role playing games often rely on a good story to keep the player interested. Knights of the Old Republic is a good example of this.
    • Does the game have a story? What is it?
  • 5. Gameplay and Controls
    • How is the game played? This is where you describe the basic way in which you play and whether or not it is any fun.
    • Many games within the same genre have unique playing styles that differentiate them from the competition.
    • For example, both Half-Life and Unreal Tournament are first person shooters, but their gameplay is completely different.
    • What video game platforms can the game be played on?
  • 6. Graphics and Sound
    • Your review should address the audio/visual quality of the game.
    • Is the animation smooth and the colours bright? Did you notice any graphical bugs?
    • Sound effects and music are a big deal in games now, especially with some titles using digital surround sound. Call of Duty games have some of the best sound around.
  • 7. Conclusion
    • The best way to write a good review is to consider yourself a prospective gamer who has never seen or heard of the title before.
    • If you were going to buy this game, what would you want to know about it before making the purchase?
  • 8. Activity
    • In groups of three have a go at playing a video game.
    • Using your notes discuss the various steps mentioned in this presentation with your group.
    • Using the video games blog-blog a review of the game as a group.