If you are evaluating a game or any other kind of software, you need to know the hardware specifications and the environment of the computer.
So before I explain how I evaluate software let me give you some details about my computer.
- Processor: Intel® Pentium® D 3.40GHz
- Memory: 3070MB RAM
- Video Card: ATI® Radeon X1950 Pro
- Monitor: Yakumo® TFT 19 WJT XFast
- Sound Card:
Realtek HD Audio
- Speakers/Headphones: Sharkoon X-Tactic 5.1
- Keyboard: Logitech Easy Internet Keyboard
- Mouse: Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
- Mouse Surface: Revoltec Lightpad
- Operating System: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
- Firewall: ZoneAlarm (the free version)
- Antivirus: AVG (the free version)
- and some other software…
#1 Note: There are slight differences when it comes to Games. These differences are indicated by italic text.
I’m giving points from 0 to 5, with 5 points being the best.
At the end, all points are summed up and divided to giving an overall point ranging from 0 (worst) to 5 (best).
When I’m evaluating a software or game I have the following rating categories with a few elements.
For the elements and category point calculation I also use the sum up/divide method. I have an example at the end of the categories list 🙂
#2 Note: If a software is for free, I will leave a few elements out. The excluded elements will be mentioned in the review article.
- First Look – What kind of impression makes the case of the software?
- Installation – Neat design or something you can’t call a design?
- First Time – The impression you get when you run the software for the first time.
- Requirements and Look – Comparison between the look and the minimum requirements as stated by the game description.
- Time – How long does it take?
- Complexity – Difficult or easy to install?
- Other – Autostart? Reboot required?
Usage and Performance
- Requirements, Look and actual performance – Does the Software run as expected? (Games: Frame-Lag or is it running smooth?)
- Complexity – Easy to use/play?
- Learning Curve – Is it easy to get into the software/game or does it take a lot of time?
- Games: Multiplayer – Easy to get into the online part of the game and do you have fun online?
- Games: Singleplayer – Is the „SP“ short or extensive? Can you reach the level goal easily or not?
- Bugs – I don’t like these nasty little things…
Although the above categories are already influenced by my personal impressions, I add this one to express my final opinion.
So, how do I calculate the points software X? Let me show you an example, which is not a game:
First Look – 4 points of 5 (4/5)
Installation – (5/5)
First Time – (3/5)
Requirements and Look (3/5)
–> 3.75 of 5 points for The Look
Time – (1/5)
Complexity – (4/5)
Other – insert explanation… (3/5)
–> 2.66 of 5
Usage and Performance
Requirements, Look and actual performance – (4/5)
Complexity – (3/5)
Learning Curve – (3/5)
Bugs – (0/5)
–> 2.5 of 5
now we sum each category up:
–> 2.97 points of 5, so the software is moderate, not really good but not bad either 🙂
Easy to understand, I hope.
Since the taste for music differs I will only provide a personal review of the music, mentioning how much the music costs, how it looks like and so on.
Depending on the music I extend my review on demand while I will stick to my 0 to 5 points evaluation system. Basically I can say that at the end of the music review I will give points. You can tell that this is really influenced by my taste, so don’t take the review too serious 🙂