GamesRadar’s Middle-earth Review Brings the Game to Life
When you read a review, you want to get a feel for the game. You don’t merely want an objective, point-by-point analysis. As important as that is, a proper entertainment review needs to be entertaining. If it’s boring, you lose the reader, who will simply look at the score and move along.
For a game that focuses on the legendary lore from fantasy master J.R.R. Tolkien, a critic must attempt to reflect this hugely immersive atmosphere. Perhaps the best example of this can be found at GamesRadar, where critic Lucas Sullivan delivers a charismatic and highly informative review for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.
From the first sentence, the reader is intrigued. “This is a game I have to learn more about,” that reader says. In an industry were video reviews and a constant stream of visual data gives gamers just about everything they need, it’s great to see critics still embracing the literal side.
Why We Like It:
— The personal bent: The reviewer adopts a more personal approach to this review, which was a good idea. It allows readers to identify with the emotional attachment one might feel in regards to the protagonist and his trials.
— With a game so huge, it can be difficult to produce a precise, comprehensive review that doesn’t wander all over the place. This is a well-paced, well-constructed analysis.
— It’s clear that the critic in question spent a fair amount of time with the game, which is essential for such an in-depth experience. The reader believes he or she is reading an expert, informed review.