We’ve been planning this for a while now, and tonight we’re proud to unveil the next generation of 4P: a new name, a new design, and a new focus.
The first thing you’ll notice is that FourPlay Games is no more. While good for a few chuckles, the name “FourPlay” wasn’t representative of the professionalism we strive for here at 4P. So we’ve decided to use the common abbreviation for our site – 4P – and simply call ourselves 4P Games. Please update your bookmarks to our new address – http://www.4pgames.net – and remind all your friends to do the same! The old URL will remain operational but will redirect to the new one.
You’ll also note the new design. This is a much sleeker and more flexible theme than we used in the past, and we’ve custom tailored it to fit 4P. The background, currently featuring Connor from Assassin’s Creed III, will feature a new or upcoming game. A side effect of the redesign, however, is that some older pages may not display too well.
We’ve also made some changes to our review system. We’ll be making a page detailing our new review system very soon, but here’s a quick overview. We have added two new scoring criteria: Presentation and Value Presentation is, obviously, how well the game is presented – things like menu design, user-friendliness, and the like. Value represents how much game you’ll get for your money – replay value, game length, and extras all factor into this score. In addition, all of our review criteria now will receive scores in .5 increments, with overall scores still being in .1 increments.
All our old reviews have been updated to our new scoring system – a few of the non-overall scores have changed here and there with the addition of .5 increments and the new scoring criteria, but for the most part the content and scores are the exact same, and we have been careful to maintain the Overall Score of every game we’ve reviewed. We feel that this new review system will allow for more accuracy and will help our readers understand better how we arrived at our scores.
Finally, look for a bunch of new content in the coming weeks. We’re establishing contacts with the gaming industry, and the pre-release review of Dust: An Elysian Tail represents the first product of our new PR relationships. In addition, we’ll be focusing on features as well as getting new reviews out to you in a more timely and numerous manner – especially with the big fall gaming season just around the corner.
Along with the fresh coat of paint we gave to the forums last week (see here), these changes mark the beginning of a new era for 4P, and we’re glad to have you along for the ride! We hope that you enjoy the new 4P and that we will continue to be your indie video game source!