You know that friend who has the same taste as you? So, we want you to feel that way with our reviewers, that familiarity. To this end, we only select reviewers who are well-acquainted with the game, series, or genre being reviewed. Otherwise, this can make the review even more arbitrary than its nature dictates. If we are going to review Resident Evil 3, for example, we want someone who has already experienced both 1 and 2, so if they have reviewed the previous installments and you have a similar opinion, you already know this reviewer’s metrics. However, this is not always going to be possible. WhatIfGaming, after all, is still a company and like most companies, the staff can change, especially considering that sequels and new games are being released more and more frequently. But pay in mind that people evolve and their tastes may change. A review from 10 years ago may seem inconsistent with a current one if the reviewer’s values, experiences, and tastes change. It happens, people evolve, or sometimes, retrogress.
You cannot compare a platform game with an FPS game. Back on the technical subject for a moment. An FPS game suffers more from FPS crashes (got it?) than a turn-based RPG. Just as an indie game may have skipped some classes in the graphical department, it still deserves all your love and affection because of the story or gameplay. Combining this parameter with the reviewer’s, we will prioritize reviews from people who understand and like the genre so as not to compromise the game’s analysis by making personal opinion override the reviewer’s critical sense.
If the game was released today, we will not compare it with a game that was released 20 years ago and vice-versa, a game released 20 years ago that has some feature discredited or improved by a current game, will not be undervalued. Technical prowess is the first factor that comes up when we talk about modern games. Triple-A games may run at 20k resolution, 980FPS and we can even smell the character’s perfume. But a game that could be parading for Victoria’s Secret, but it’s boring than an uncle on Thanksgiving is not going to get a solid score. The game graphics should add to it because at the end of the day, its main function is to entertain.
I think it goes without saying, but it is difficult to consider the same analysis for a game that can be released on different platforms. Both in graphics, but mainly in gameplay. Even if a mobile game allows you to add a gamepad and play as if it were a console, we won’t consider it if the game wasn’t natively prepared for this. So the gameplay changes a lot depending on the platform and therefore the review can also change. So we will highlight which platform the game was reviewed on. But in case there are not too many gameplay implications or technical differences between platforms, we allow ourselves to rate only one platform and say with certainty that the rating will be the same for all platforms.