Review Policy

“You cannot go into someone else’s brain and write a review from their perspective”

The statement is very much straightforward. Watch the full video here if you’re curious where this line came from.

In the gaming industry, it’s quite challenging for a video-game blog to stand-out from the pool of other publications and websites out there. Gamers, especially hardcore ones, have a big deal when it comes to reviews. When a score of 7 out of 10 was scored to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from the raddest and controversial former Destructoid Reviews Editor, Jim Sterling, the interweb went wild — even bringing his website down.

Now, here at Sirus Gaming, we stand with our verdict, score, and criticism of the games we play. Not everyone agrees with some reviews published in the worldwide web, especially when a bad (or good) score is pinned to the game; but even in the worse part (though it’s not) when majority of people won’t agree, my reviewers will stand firm with their conclusion and score as long as they have fully justified their decision and critique.

The word “bias” comes in and out from every angle. When a review becomes more objective, then the essence of reviewing a product is blown out of proportion. Now, I’m not saying that an objective review is bad, what I’m trying to say, you won’t encounter a critic that’s not biased from their own personal opinion. Because a review is entirely subjective and is based out of the critic’s personal “preferences”. This is why we let a person review a game who’s particularly an expert of the genre — but in some instances, we let someone review a game that is outside of their “preferred” genres to get a bit of a fresh perspective. If you want an example of a 100% objective review, read Destructoid’s re-review of Final Fantasy XIII, then you will get I’m trying to point out.

We also don’t let our critics follow a certain writing format as it eliminates the personality they want to establish and show.

As for disclosures, Sirus Gaming also follows embargo rules from publishers. We receive review codes prior or post-launch, and it will be stated in every review published on the website where we got our copies — 3rd-party, from the developers/publishers themselves, or if we bought it from our well-earned cash.

Sirus Gaming doesn’t tolerate the practice of “sponsored” reviews, so if you’re a company who is willing to influence our reviews in exchange for monetary incentives, then I’m glad to accompany you to our door that leads back to the real-world.

For our scoring system, it has been revised:

10: Masterpiece – When a title gets a grand number, it’s a video-game worth spending your whole life in.

9: Excellent – May it be the likes of Shadow of the Colossus or Metal Gear Solid, if it’s quite there but not enough to push the boundaries, it’s still an awesome game.

8: Great – When the issues of a game are rolled and stomped by its greatness, then it’s something to invest on if you have some spare.

7: Good – We tell you, it’s a good game! It’s not average! It might have some problems here and there, but you have to admit it is a “Good” game.

6: Justified – You better have to choose if it’s worth spending your spare cash, because it might not be the game for you and it might be for others.

5: Average – We want to emphasize that 5 will always be the “average” number, not 7. So by far, it’s 50% great and it’s also 50% bad.

4: Below Average – You’ll be left out with a “meh” after finishing the game. What game did we just play?

3: Bad – It’s playable, but the game does have a lot of setbacks. The dialogue and sound are just horrible, or it might be plagued with bad mechanics.

2: TormentThe game gave you more horrors in your real-life experience than in your nightmares.

1: H.I.V. (Hair Is Vanishing)You’ve spent more time pulling your own hair and scratching your scalp when you’re playing.

0: Earth DiedIt is not playable at all!


If you want to visit our old testament, here it is:

2015 Score Guideline:

10: All-Time-FaveI have nothing to say more but you’ll miss your gaming life if you don’t have this game.

9: Awesome!It’s a must-have game and can secure a spot in your collection.

8: Worth It!It’s highly recommended. It’s your bang-for-the-buck game! There are elements that outweighs the bad parts.

7: GoodA recommended game, it’s missing a few things but it’s a fun experience for players.

6: JustifiedThe game is a good buy depending on your preferences of what a “good buy” is.

5: MediocreIt’s a kind of game that makes you ponder on what-could-have-been.

4: It’s Okay?A game where you had fun but in the end you still had a comment of “meh”.

3: BadThe game is just really bad. Simple.

2: TormentThe game gave you more horrors in your real-life experience than in your nightmares.

1: H.I.V. (Hair Is Vanishing)You’ve spent more time pulling your own hair and scratching your scalp when you’re playing.

0: Earth DiedThis is a game where you just want to burn every discs.


If you have any questions or concerns about our reviews, feel free to email me lextablante [at] sirusgaming.info.