I’ve got a question for all of you.
As part of my updates to reviews to ensure each has full disclosure, (and my final, final update to each and every review I’ve done), I’ve decided to add a fairly common feature of most written reviews: the initial bullet list preamble. With the recent release of The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Redux Edition (which is a free addition to the original game), I decided to update my Steam review to what I consider the best version of my review format. The review itself also got some content tweaks and fixes to make it better. So, one could consider it the redux edition of the original review.
- Genre: First Person Atmospheric Story Driven Mystery with Psychological Horror Elements
- Developer & Publisher: The Astronauts
- Platform Support: Windows, PS4. Mac & Linux “Coming Soon”.
- Copy Purchased by Myself
I decided the best way to display disclosure on reviews was with the typical bullet list as seen above. That’s pulled directly from my Vanishing of Ethan Carter review. I’ve long avoided using it for mostly silly reasons (unoriginal idea, unnecessary, etc). But, I think my reviews are unique enough to stand out and it does let me include a full disclosure of each title without writing it into the review itself like I did with Dust: An Elysian Tail. I will probably do that sort of disclosure in future review even despite that list but that list ensures its always displayed. At this point, I’d consider The Vanishing review to be the template and standard for future reviews in terms of font formatting, links to stores, general setup and what information is included.
The question I have for you guys is this: Is there any particular information you’d like to see displayed in the bullet list preamble? (Or, do you hate this bullet list idea?) I’ve toyed around with including Steam Workshop/Modding support, whether the game is still being updated or not, how many DLCs and expansions the game has and other mundane information like that. I can’t include everything nor do I feel that there is a need to. But I’m curious if there’s any particular pieces of information you as a reader would like to know before reading the review. I’d setup a poll but, that kind of limits the type of feedback I’d get.
Let me know what you think. That’d be appreciated.