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Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 09-07-02 04:04 PM EDT (US)         
Modpack Reviewing Tutorial
by Tevious

This review system contains 2 categories for Modification Packs. I have determined that the following categories cover all the areas that a truly excellent modpack should excel in: Usefulness and Quality. Both categories are scored on a range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score and 1 being the worst. The total score is achieved by averaging both categories. Below, I will describe in detail both of the 2 categories of the Modpack Review System:


Usefulness

For this category, you should describe how useful the modpack is. This category will be mostly based on the Reviewers opinion, but should be based on how useful it would be to the downloader if they were to download it and how much the modpack is worth using. You should also mark off depending on what the mod replaces. If the mod replaces something that doesnt work accordingly to what the mod is being replaced with, then a lower score should be given. One example could be that someone replaces a building with a melee unit and should be marked down, unless there was a good reason for replacing that.

Score Breakdown:
1.0 Very Poor:
The modpack has very little use, if any, and/or doesnt replace something at all fitting with the mod. Its not worth installing at all.
2.0 Poor: The modpack has hardly any use for anything and/or doesnt replace something that fits with the mod very well. Its not worth keeping installed.
3.0 Average: The modpack is somewhat useful, but only worth using just a couple times or perhaps just during a particular Campaign and/or replaces something that kind of fits with the mod.
4.0 Good: The modpack is pretty useful, worth using a few times and/or replaces something that pretty-much fits with the mod.
5.0 Excellent: The modpack has many different uses or worth keeping installed and/or replaces something that fits with the mod very well.


Quality

For Quality, you should describe how well the graphics and/or sounds are and how consistent the mod is with the game. If the graphic and sound quality is very poor, a lower score should be given. If the graphics looks as well in the game as any other graphic in the game or looks like it belongs in the game, or at least close, it should receive a higher score. If the sound quality is very well, it should also receive a higher score. You should also mark off for any errors the modpack has, such as anchors not correctly aligned, palette problems, mask problems, ect.

Score Breakdown:
1.0 Very Poor:
The graphics look terrible and/or the sounds are fuzzy or unclear. The modpack isnt at all consistent with the game. The modpack has many errors.
2.0 Poor: The graphics need more work and/or the sounds are somewhat fuzzy or unclear. The modpack isnt very consistent with the game. The modpack has some errors.
3.0 Average: The graphics are okay, but could be better and/or the sounds are a little fuzzy or unclear, but tolerable. The modpack looks/sounds decent in the game, but still looks like it doesnt quite belong in the game. The modpack has a couple errors.
4.0 Good: The graphics are good, somewhat impressive and/or the sounds are still a little fuzzy or unclear, but hardly noticeable. The modpack looks/sounds pretty good in the game, but not quite up to the games standards. The modpack has at least one error.
5.0 Excellent: The graphics are excellent! and/or the sounds are perfectly clear. The modpack looks/sounds great in the game, it either does or it almost looks like it came with the game. The modpack has no noticeable errors.

Final Thoughts

The final score for any modpack will be the average of the two rating categories. Therefore, for a modpack to be truly exceptional, it must excel at both areas.
For comparison, I made an example as follows:

-- Usefulness: 3
-- Quality: 4

-- Final score: 3.5

As with all reviews, you should always explain each category well. You should also try to give the downloader a better idea of what they are downloading and the creator of the modpack some advice on how to make improvements. And give reasons for why you marked off on each category. Modpacks can be a lot of fun to make, although a lot of work sometimes, and some make the game even more enjoyable to look at new artwork with the game. Good luck with your review and thanks for reading!

- Tevious

[This message has been edited by Tevious (edited 10-26-2002 @ 10:24 AM).]

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Alasdair
Clone Trooper
posted 09-07-02 04:09 PM EDT (US)     1 / 26       
Thanks TVS, great post . (Is it me or did this get stickied less than a minute after being made - do you have sticky powers or is Izzy on?)

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Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 09-07-02 04:14 PM EDT (US)     2 / 26       
I told Izzy that I would have a post worth a (Sticky) a minute before I posted it.

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Wok
Clone Trooper
posted 09-07-02 04:20 PM EDT (US)     3 / 26       
Yeah, nice guide TVS. Now I have a "proper" system to work with at last.

Wok?
Alasdair
Clone Trooper
posted 09-07-02 04:37 PM EDT (US)     4 / 26       
Please post this on the SCNNetwork with the Campaign review guide.

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JamesMartigo
Clone Trooper
posted 09-07-02 05:08 PM EDT (US)     5 / 26       
Oh no, SpiderIzzy has done it again.... that sticky webslinger!!
Koenig
Banned
posted 09-07-02 05:40 PM EDT (US)     6 / 26       
Hmm I might have to do some of this
Sonikku
Clone Trooper
(id: Obi_Wan)
posted 09-07-02 05:40 PM EDT (US)     7 / 26       
I guess that my Stormtrooper on Research Center should get 1.0 - Very Poor on both usefulness and quality.
Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 09-07-02 07:00 PM EDT (US)     8 / 26       
Obi_Wan, not unless you have a good reason to put a Storm Trooper on a Research Center. As for Quality, it would depend on how well it looks.

Anyway, I had first developed this system for AoK, but I continued to alter it until I felt it was right. I had a few categories that I ditched and I altered those two categories a little too. This system will also work for AoK too.


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[This message has been edited by The Vampire Slayer (edited 09-07-2002 @ 11:58 PM).]

Blackadder
Clone Trooper
posted 09-08-02 06:30 AM EDT (US)     9 / 26       
No offence but I'm gonna stick with my own review system

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Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 09-08-02 11:10 AM EDT (US)     10 / 26       
Which is what? You never reviewed a modpack before...

This is the most accurate review system for modpacks on AoK/SWGB. And it will probably become official too.

[edit] Ok, I see your thread now. This is for reviews on the Download Page. What you do in the forums has nothing to do with this. [/edit]


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[This message has been edited by The Vampire Slayer (edited 09-08-2002 @ 11:13 AM).]

Gr Moff Matt
Clone Trooper
posted 09-15-02 11:57 AM EDT (US)     11 / 26       
Yes Blackadder has!!!
And he is a good reviewer as well
Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 09-15-02 09:26 PM EDT (US)     12 / 26       
Gr Moff Matt,
He hasn't reviewed anything in the download section since I wrote that. If you cared to read the [Edit] part of my last message, you would know that I noticed that his reviews are only in the Forums. The reviews he writes for the forums has nothing to do with this guide. This is for the modpacks in the download section.

Also, Blackadder should quit calling himself "Official", because there is no official reviewers for HG. Or he should change it to "Blackadder Official CCD Masters Review".


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Gr Moff Matt
Clone Trooper
posted 09-16-02 01:38 PM EDT (US)     13 / 26       
Thanks TVS. Thanks to that edit, i understand everything now!
Sonikku
Clone Trooper
(id: Obi_Wan)
posted 09-20-02 08:33 AM EDT (US)     14 / 26       
A stormtrooper on a Research Center is not useful. I don't know why i did put it out on the Download page.
obiwANDYZ
Clone Trooper
posted 10-08-02 03:42 AM EDT (US)     15 / 26       
Do u think that some1 should go back and review all the previous mods that have come out????

obiwANDYZ
SW:GB Scenario Designer & Modpack designer
Leader of Modpack design Studios
Aalya Secura Mod 1.0 (4.5) |-|A knights tale-Aalya Secura campaign|-| Reviewer for Mod of the week

Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 10-09-02 01:01 AM EDT (US)     16 / 26       
Why not? This guide is for all SWGB and AoK mods. "When a mod was created" makes no difference with this tutorial.

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Wok
Clone Trooper
posted 10-09-02 11:46 AM EDT (US)     17 / 26       
I've noticed that while reviewing mods, the quality seems to heavily affect the usefulness. Should the usefulness score be marked down if the quality is a little iffy, or if there is another, better, mod of the same thing? Or should I just mark usefulness on how useful the actual concept of the mod is, and assume that there are no flaws with quality and that there are no other mods the same?

Wok?
Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 10-09-02 12:02 PM EDT (US)     18 / 26       
If the Quality is bad enough that it's not even worth installing or keeping installed or has very little use because it looks so bad. Then yes, it should effect the Usefullness category.

In a scenario, if the Balance, Story/Instructions, or even Map Design is bad enough, it would make it less enjoyable to play and would lower the Playability category. Here's a few examples:

- If the balance was so horrible that it was impossible to beat. There wont be any replayability if you can't win. Thus, it would effect the Playability category.

- If the instructions were so vague that you got stuck and couldn't figure out what you need to do next, it would effect the replayability too.

- If the story was so boring (in a scenario that's supposed to have a story, like an RPG) that you didn't have any interest in the scenario, it would also effect the replayability.


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Wok
Clone Trooper
posted 10-11-02 02:18 AM EDT (US)     19 / 26       
Okay, thanks. That's what I thought (and how I've been reviewing them) but I wasn't sure.

Wok?
obiwANDYZ
Clone Trooper
posted 10-14-02 10:06 AM EDT (US)     20 / 26       
I haven't seen ne of yer reviews wok do u just e-mail them and the mderators give the mods selected a score.

obiwANDYZ
SW:GB Scenario Designer & Modpack designer
Leader of Modpack design Studios
Aalya Secura Mod 1.0 (4.5) |-|A knights tale-Aalya Secura campaign|-| Reviewer for Mod of the week

Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 10-15-02 10:44 AM EDT (US)     21 / 26       
His reviews are in the download section where they belong. The only person who wrote reviews on the forums that I know of was Blackadder, which aren't "real" reviews.

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Tevious
Clone Trooper
(id: The Vampire Slayer)
posted 10-26-02 10:25 AM EDT (US)     22 / 26       
On another note about reviewing, please try to give a reason for why you marked off in each category. Making all compliments and marking off on a category of the modpack, or even scenario/campaign, can be a bit contradicting.

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Darth Meatloaf
Clone Trooper
posted 12-13-02 03:04 PM EDT (US)     23 / 26       
See, This is what I USUALLY do. In the case of macewindu9d9's review, I was awake at around 6:00 AM and deided to go Mod reviewing, particularly one mod that I found had a missing bit. So, I went there and to other mods. I was sleepy, so I went straight to my point after saying how useful the mod was (and it is).

That's why my mod review isn't like everyone else's: One does strange things when one hasn't had his coffee.

obiwANDYZ
Clone Trooper
posted 01-10-03 10:06 AM EDT (US)     24 / 26       
Yeah me and blackadder have just started up a mod of the week now so we will be reviewing more mods that come out in the future.

obiwANDYZ
SW:GB Scenario Designer & Modpack designer
Leader of Modpack design Studios
Aalya Secura Mod 1.0 (4.5) |-|A knights tale-Aalya Secura campaign|-| Reviewer for Mod of the week

[This message has been edited by obiwANDYZ (edited 01-16-2003 @ 09:37 AM).]

Sonikku
Clone Trooper
(id: Obi_Wan)
posted 01-10-03 01:17 PM EDT (US)     25 / 26       
Andy, you have spelled "Galactic" wrong in your sig.
obiwANDYZ
Clone Trooper
posted 01-11-03 01:30 AM EDT (US)     26 / 26       
oh yea

obiwANDYZ
SW:GB Scenario Designer & Modpack designer
Leader of Modpack design Studios
Aalya Secura Mod 1.0 (4.5) |-|A knights tale-Aalya Secura campaign|-| Reviewer for Mod of the week

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