Here at Daily Star, we take games seriously.
Whether it’s in our reporting, our event coverage or our critical appraisal of titles on the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or any other platform, we value quality and honesty in all of our output.
Our reviews are written to inform, entertain and illuminate our readers. Whether that’s by turning a critical eye to how a game works and engages the player, or by examining the context of production and reception of a release, our ultimate goal is letting you – the consumer – come away from our review with a greater understanding of the game in question.
With a robust and experienced roster of staffers and freelance writers, we aim to provide unique insight with each review we publish.
Daily Star speaks as a unified platform, though each review is ultimately the work of the individual reviewer. The in-house Daily Star team will offer guidance and editorial guidance, but each review is subjective: there is no baseline ‘objective’ opinion when it comes to personal taste, after all.
We use a 5 Star rating system to review our games – but what does each star rating stand for?
We want to take a moment to explain.
Avoid. Like the plague. Rarely given, rarely needed, a Daily Star review with a 0 relates to games that should not have been put on sale, that offer appalling value for money and are practically impossible to recommend or even suggest in good faith.
Reserved for games that may be mechanically unsound, run incredibly poorly, contain terribly executed ideas or have badly thought-out design. More common than 0 Star reviews – we generally try and find the positives in titles where possible – so these games may still have a single saving grace. Perhaps there are fun elements, perhaps redeeming story beats make the process less painful that it could have been. But generally speaking, you want to avoid these games unless you can nab it for free or seriously on the cheap.
A game with unavoidable flaws. Good ideas but poor execution. That said, if you’re interested in the series, the genre or even the developer behind the game, it may still be potentially worth a look. A 2 Star review would suggest you don’t buy at launch, but maybe wait for discounts, or for the title to come to streaming services. The game may still have (several) good points, but we’d struggle to recommend it to all but those most passionate fans of the particular genre, series or developer.
Above average. 3 Star reviews relate to enjoyable, working games that are fun, but don’t raise the bar for the genre. Generally accessible for a wider audience outside of a core fandom for a particular genre or series. We don’t score 2.5s, so this is our average: basically, this is a game that we don’t recommend but don’t suggest you avoid, either. It’s fine, enjoyable, but not life-affirming.
A wonderful experience and shining example of genre. If you’re into this particular genre of game in question, you owe it to yourself to pick it up. 4 Star games aren’t perfect and may contain some flaws (and we advise our reviewers to explain why in their reviews) but even if you aren’t a fan of the type of game, you’re still likely to find the fun. 4 Star games are noticeably better than average, technically impressive, make great design choices and challenge our assumptions of a genre.
An essential purchase for the platform the game has released on. What few flaws a 5 Star game has can be over-looked easily in light of the many positives the title achieves. As close to perfection as we can recommend. If you own the console, you’d be remiss to miss out on these games. We urge our reviewers to explain what makes 5 Star games stand out compared to it’s peers, to expound on the spark that makes these games so special.