In every category of sites dealing with porn, you’ll find ones that are the real thing in their category and ones that are shallow copycats. When it comes to reviewing porn sites, Porn Castle (at PornCastle.com) is definitely the real thing, reviewing more than 1200 pornsites with lots of hard numerical data on prices, billing policies, and amount of porn available with each subscription. That’s no surprise for a porn review site with its roots in the forums where actual porn consumers would share their experiences:
It all started a few years ago when we would get together online and discuss different porn sites through message boards and chat systems. We kept finding the same problems with some sites, including billing scams and junk content — meanwhile other great sites with excellent content and strong ethics seemed to often get overlooked. Finally we started posting reviews for each other to get a good collection of information.
Written reviews at Porn Castle tend to be short (one or two paragraphs) and factual. I spot-checked three or four reviews for pornsites I’m familiar with and found them honest and agree-worthy, allowing for the usual bit of variation in our tastes for different kinds of porn. What makes Porn Castle special is the detailed tables of data they have about each site: number of porn videos available, quality/resolution of the videos, quality/resolution of the porn photos, and most importantly, all of the site’s billing policies. Which billing options recur? Are there cross sales, and are they pre-checked? What discounts are available? Porn Castle is especially good at highlighting the porn discounts you can get if you choose the right billing option at a particular site.
There’s also a good system for identifying the pornstars that a site features and showing you where else you can find them, which is great for fans of a particular model. My most serious critique is that there aren’t so many reviews covering the most famous networks of BDSM sites. That’s presumably an editorial choice rather than an oversight; despite recent adult industry declines there’s still far too many porn sites out there for any review site to hope for complete coverage of everything.