From Review: "What is the smallest unit of anything, be it a movie, TV show, book, song, or videogame that can credibly be reviewed or critiqued? Does it have to be a whole unit, or can you break it down into its constituent parts and review each of those separately? My personal feelings are that you have to review the whole, because often times great art is greater than the sum of its parts.
Taken piecemeal, a painting is just layers of colored pigments on some sort of surface, a movie is just actors reading lines for a camera while some music plays, and a videogame is just a series of control inputs initiated by on-screen prompts that themselves are nothing but ones and zeros. It’s not until you step back and look at whole package that what it truly is comes into focus. My sense is that I’m in the minority with that opinion. It’s seems like more and more videogame reviews are just a collection of individual judgments added up. The originality + graphics + the gameplay + the sound + the story + whether or not is has multiplayer = some nebulous score that either does or doesn’t meet the arbitrary criteria in each persons head required to achieve “good game” status. I myself have surely been guilty of it despite my best effort otherwise. But now, I must do just that. Instead of a whole game, all I have to review is one lonely part of a game. So here goes . . ."