The Stray Sheep #10 – Longer and shorter reviews

In today’s Stray Sheep I thought I’d like to talk about my reviews and my work process on them. Also I’m going to add some album that I’m really enjoying at the moment to most if not all of my future Stray Sheep posts for you to listen to while reading, so stay tuned for that!

My reviews tend to get quite long and that may also be a reason for why the process of getting to a finished post takes so much time. I usually play the game and do my research and in general, I’ve got quite a fair share of time that is involved in that review, as I may have mentioned somewhere before..

So, I’m going to try to go for shorter reviews in the future, or rather I’m going to put longer against shorter ones and will see how people like one or the other. I’ve already got a few reviews prepared that are rather long (with about 2000 words) which all will and have aired on Sundays, but I’m going to try to go for a few shorter ones that still will have plenty of details in them since that’s my style, I guess.

Vincent from Catherine Classic

After all, there are people out there that may consider buying a game. The only spectacle hindering them from buying it, however, is the fact that they don’t know how the combat feels, how certain aspects work, how much replay-value there is in the game. They don’t know if the soundtrack’s any good and they maybe cannot be arsed to check for themselves, so they read a review. They read someone’s opinion on the matter and they may trust them in that or go for a refund later.

I frankly enjoy exploring as much of a game possible before starting to write the review. I want to include as much as possible in the review and I want to talk about all aspects so that everyone knows about every feature without getting spoiled too much. That’s why I’m an advocate of long reviews but I can still understand the cons that those have.
Frankly, I’ll post a few shorter ones in the coming days and will see for myself if my readers (that’s you btw!) like those reviews more than the ones that I (that’s me btw!) have posted so far. We’ll just see.

My healer in Swordsman Online, which was called “Magician” which was already taken so I went for “Magichan” as it was one of those female-only classes and uhm..yeah. Also SPIDERS!!

And this is isn’t something unchangeable either. I can just go for shorter reviews when I’ve got less time, and give it my all and 10% more if I’ve got more on my hands. That’s no biggie. It’s rather about advancing my style, improving my writer-skills and levelling up as an author on this small indie-blog called Indiecator!

From Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

On the other note, it’d be awesome if you could leave comments with feedback! I enjoy it whenever I’m able to improve in any way and I’d be more than happy to see people getting involved with me and my blog and telling me their thoughts on a matter. That’d be cool. :)

Anyways, cheers!

This post is part of a contest/challenge called Blaugust! The goal is to post as much as possible and participants are awarded different prizes depending on the goal they achieved. My aim is to post on all 31 days of August and if you’d like to know more about this “event”, you should check this post out.

4 thoughts on “The Stray Sheep #10 – Longer and shorter reviews

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  1. I like the idea of experimenting with both forms and seeing where things shake out for ya.

    You should definitely take a look at Frostilyte’s blog too and the reviews there. One of Frosti’s focuses is keeping the reviews snappy and readible without sacrificing too much in the way of detail. Someone could look to pickup some pointers from mebbeh! :D

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  2. Please take what I am about to say with a giant grain of salt. I do not speak for your audience, I am just one person who reads your reviews. And you definitely should experiment and see what works best for you. With all that said, here are some thoughts about your reviews:

    The feeling I get from your reviews is more like you are trying to teach about the game rather than making an analysis about it. Because of that it ends up feeling like it has a lot of extraneous information that honestly wouldn’t matter for me in deciding if a game is worth purchasing or not.

    For example, in your Moonlighter review you go over what each button does which is something I could find out about while playing the game. Unless the buttons configuration makes it somewhat awkward to play the game, or if it also has a option to play with keyboard and mouse, I don’t find that information relevant to my decision to purchase the game or not.

    Or in Risk of Rain you go listing the different difficult modes. Unless it is a game like Dark Souls that has no choice of difficult mode and is very challenging or the difficult modes don’t feel like they match what they are supposed to be then I also find that information irrelevant. Although in Risk of Rain achievements are disabled for easy mode so I guess that could be a deal breaker for someone who likes only to play at the easiest settings and likes achievements.

    So what are the things I look for in a review? Basically three things:

    1. What the game is about
    2. What makes this game stand out from others in the same niche/genre
    3. What didn’t work out so well in the game

    Having said that I find reviews to be a tricky art form and hard to get those last two points right. And once again, please take everything I said with a large grain of salt and keep doing reviews in the way that feels right for you.

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  3. I like this topic, as someone who became known for championing the dead art of long-form content. I too am experimenting with short-form content as well. I think there’s definitely value in both, but with long-form there has to be a reason to go on for so long, while with short-form I sometimes feel like it’s missing something. Eventually I arrived at the thought that some games deserve a longer, deeper analysis and some only need a briefer, more concise summary. I typically write analyses of games and their content, though, but if I were writing a consumer report (recommending the game), I’d only need a shorter piece.

    Best of luck on finding your balance :)

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