About Owen. Owen is a writer based out of Denver and currently preparing his first novel PUSH PULL for publication. In the meantime, feel free to explore his meandering thoughts, movie and videogame op-eds and situational playlists. If you know him from another life, this is a chance for exposure to his creative endeavors. www.owensader.com
Review Overview. To provide short reviews, that are (hopefully) not biased by any previously published scores or impressions.
The score system is borrowed from what I consider the best video game magazine that was ever published, Next Generation. It is a simple 5-star system, but because of the simplicity, the entire scale will be used. This is in contrast to a 1-10 scale, where most games place between 7-9, with anything below not being worth playing, and anything above being considered great (really what is the difference between 8.5 and 9, or even 8 and 9 for that matter?).
1 star: Bad Game. Not redeemable.
2 stars: Average Game. In the same way that a “C” in school is supposed to be average, but no one ever wants to get one. Leaves little or no reason to play it.
3 stars: Above-Average Game. They’re good but you can’t put your finger on what’s hollow about the experience. Many big-budget sequels would fall into this category.
4 stars: Great Game. An undeniably positive experience. It falls short of being a masterpiece, but it’s well worth your time.
5 stars: One of the best of a generation. Succeeds in both execution and originality. The kind of game you still think about years later.