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This is a difficult question for us to answer. In truth, the games we cover on RPG Site are decided by our editorial team on a case-by-case basis. Now more than ever the RPG genre is diversifying into more action-packed gameplay styles, while RPG elements are nudging their way into the likes of Call of Duty - so where do we draw the line?
Our key focus is and always will be games with a direct evolutionary link back to the old pen-and paper RPGs of old. These are your Final Fantasies, your Elder Scrolls, your world of Warcrafts and so on. We believe games in this broad-hanging family tree are particularly likely to include at least some of the following:
We're all too aware this isn't an exhaustive list. Some games we cover have only a few of these features, and a scant number barely scrape one.
We're ultimately not restrained by the genre's tabletop roots. As RPG fans ourselves, we make the call on if certain games that are barely an RPG or almost an RPG are worth covering, and we also listen to your feedback. We didn't cover The Legend of Zelda until users on Twitter saw fit to band together and ask us to do so! We'll quite happily cover titles with few RPG elements that we feel will still strongly appeal to the RPG fan - we're a site for RPG players, not a site specifically and narrowly about 'true' RPGs only.
If there's a title you feel we should be covering but are not, feel free to get in touch with us via the contact page.
RPG Site scores games and other products it reviews on a scale from one to ten in solid numbers. No increments or half-points - just ten straight possible scores. We define them as follows:
Numbers only exist for ease of use and summary. The text remains the heart and soul of all our reviews - if you want to know why a game earned a particular score or what separates two sevens or two eights and so on, we suggest you read the review text in full.
While the RPG Site score is there to represent the feelings of the site, it is worth keeping in mind that any review is typically carried out by one member of staff. While their work is edited, proof read and questioned extensively, their opinion is theirs. You may not agree with it - and that's a good thing! Really, it is.
The versions of a game we have tested for review are always listed at the bottom of reviews. These are listed in what we believe to be priority order: the main version we used for review will be listed first, the second most tested second, etcetera. (For instance, "Versions Tested: Super Nintendo (Primary), Genesis, Game Boy").
If we haven't tested a title extensively on a platform, it will not be noted as 'tested' on a review at all, and that review should be considered only valid for the versions tested. As a rule, RPG Site sees all titles it reviews to its closing credits, and never reviews a title without seeing it in its entirety. Given the open-ended nature of this genre, we consider 'entirety' to be a title's critical story path, plus a large enough number of side quests and optional activities to broadly consider the quality of the optional content. For smaller secondary reviews of console/PC ports of an already-released game, we test the new version considerably and offer impressions, but we may not always enforce our otherwise usual requirement for the reviewer to see the credits and may point readers to check out an earlier review.
In the event we test multiple versions of a game and find one to be significantly different due to performance problems or other changes unique to one platform, we will often post a separate review for that platform. A quick search of the site should allow you to see if there is a review relevant to your platform of choice specifically.
In the case of some larger titles we may post a 'second look' at the same version, or there may be an import review of a game's original Japanese Release and a domestic review from two different writers, months apart. Scores may vary, and we encourage you to look over both reviews.
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