I’ve been reviewing for about two years now and I still don’t think I’m that great at it but I hope that I can still offer something to the people who read my reviews. I started out doing music review for a Glasgow based organisation called New Hellfire Club but I figured since I spent most of my time watching TV or playing games anyway that I might as well do something productive while I was at it.
I’m still developing a style, and as I develop it I’ll go back and change the reviews I’ve done so that the whole thing has a sense of continuity but right now the way I try to review things is by talking about the bare events that happen, and then talk about my experience; what I liked and disliked then finish it off with a rating.
My review style has been described as very personal and that’s a deliberate choice, I don’t want my reviews to be mechanical or forced I just want to describe as honesty as I can, how I felt about the subject of my review.
If that sounds okay then check out what I have to offer on Off The Record. I should add that this website isn’t dedicated solely to Reviews, its basically a place for all my writing, but I felt that the reviews would need a little bit of an explanation.
The rating scale only applies to Movies, TV and Games, anything else I review won’t be rated.
Okay so here’s my how the rating system for my reviews work:
1. Just No. Basically if something gets this rating then it’s just not worth it and you should avoid it unless you have a masochistic streak.
2. Terrible. If something gets this rating then it’s still awful but it has something small that saves it from being completely unejoyable, for example a funny scene in an otherwise unfunny movie.
3. Still Bad. If something gets this rating then I think it’s not all bad and is at least worth watching/playing once or at least I wouldn’t recommend you avoid it.
4. Almost Good. If something gets this rating then I’d say that it’s close to being good, but it either has too many issues or it never quite lived up to its potential.
5. OK. If something gets this rating then I’d say it’s neither good or bad, it’s the kind of think you forget once it’s over but wouldn’t hate watching/playing it again.
6. Good. If something gets this rating then it’s worth a watch/play and you would watch/play it again without complaint but it still has issues or it’s just not great.
7. Very Good. If something gets this rating then I think it’s thoroughly enjoyable but it has issues that prevent it from being a truly great.
8. Great. If something gets this rating then I’d happily watch/play it over and over again and enjoy it but it’s not something I’d really recommend to everyone and it might still have some things you don’t like.
9. Brilliant. If something gets this rating then its nearly got it right but its just missing that little something that’d make it perfect or there’s just one small thing you don’t like.
10. Perfect. This rating is reserved for something that’s just the best, you could watch/play it over and over again happily and recommend it to everyone.