What is Retro_Vision ?
Retro_Vision is a gaming blog focused on the review and critique of video games with the objective of generating content that delivers information through short, almost spoiler-free lines of text based on personal opinions and interpretations to anyone interested in knowing more about specific games or genres, or those who just wish to know how others feel about a title they just finished.
The subject to critique will more often than not be the game's mechanics, looks, system, and overall design, always accompanied by a fair reason as to why I ended up feeling in a certain way.
Currently maintained and kept afloat by a single person (me), Retro_Vision represents my dreams and hopes to deliver to a most passionate community everything I couldn't have early on in life: the ability to choose what to play.
Hopefully my opinions can be of use to at least one of you! :-)
Yes, this is Neil from To The Moon
A Brief Introduction
My online name is Caius (inspired by the name of a character in a game I used to love), and I'm a human being just like most of you. Second to that I'm a gamer, a lover of the beauty, and the joy games can bring to us in the hard moments of life.
The genre of games I like playing the most are RPGs, Sandboxes, Adventures, Stealth, and Story-Tellers, but I never limit myself and I play anything as long as it looks interesting.
When not playing games, I tend to watch other people play the games I find interesting but wouldn't dare to play myself (namely quite literally any horror game).
At Retro_Vision, one of the first things you'll likely notice is that all reviews have ratings in the form of numbers ranging from 1 to 10, with 1 being the worst possible score, and 10 being reserved for only the best of the best. The scores should take into account my own opinion, and also other player's opinions, based on the game's overall reputation.
Here's a list with every score and their meaning for further clarification:
The worst a game can possibly be. These types of games are not worth the investment of your time and money, nor your patience as you're surely going to need a lot to go through such dread. You should avoid them at all costs unless you want to be traumatized forever. You'll rarely, or possibly never see games scored this low in here, as these types of games are usually easy to spot and avoid.
An atrocious game is a game that failed at many things, if not at everything. They are games that are a tiny bit less worse than those of dreadful quality (possibly because they hold the power to make you laugh, at times), and yet, they still don't deliver anything new or interesting and are mostly a waste of everyone's time, so, again, you'll most likely never see games with such low scores around.
There are some games in this world that are better just being completely ignored, know what I mean? Some even make us wonder how a human being can possibly create such an utterly distasteful, mess of a game that can't be described by anything but a bad joke. If you ever see a game with such phenomenal score, please do yourself a favor and avoid it at all costs.
Awful is for "those" games, the ones that had potential, could have been interesting and offer some form of value, but sadly this potential is often hidden deep down a pile of messy, poorly executed concepts, or just an overwhelming amount of bugs that overshadow what little the game does great, making it nearly impossible for us to recommend such games without it weighing on the conscience.
A bad game is a game that often has a cool concept, some cool values and characteristics, but isn't memorable, lacking what it takes to keep players interested, isn't exactly fun and its content simply isn't worth engaging with. These are the types of games that you finish, and that's it, you just move on to the next more interesting thing and forget about it like it never existed.
An average game is usually a title that clearly had some effort put into creating some interesting content but still lacked in being innovative or too interesting. Games that showed truly great potential but had some hard to overlook shortcomings. Still, they offered a considerable amount of value, and because of this they remain somewhat cool to play through, all things considered.
Not a masterpiece, and far from mediocrity. Even though not the greatest thing ever, they still have high chances of being an enjoyable experience for many of those who give it a chance to show itself. These are the titles totally worth checking out, so look for scores above this mark if you want to know when a game is good and likely to turn out to be well worth your time.
Superior is reserved for game that get many things done right, playing through it is usually a really nice and fun experience, and they're also highly memorable thanks to their numerous qualities. These are overall great games that delivered a lot seeing from the bigger picture, yet left some to be desired, showing to still have room for minor tweaks and improvements.
A game that can't be recommended enough. Their content is masterfully executed and they have a lot to offer, rising above all competing titles. A piece of art, result of the hard work of a team passionate about what they're creating that translates into a beautifully crafted game that is sure to be an extremely enjoyable and fun experience for most when not all who play it.
A masterpiece is the closest a game can get to perfection. These types of games shine the brightest, raising the bar high, claiming for themselves a spot as one of the greatest. They are totally worth checking out, even if they aren't your favorite style, for they can still turn out to be your new favorite thing, and are likely to stay that way for a really, really long time if ever given a chance.