When reading our reviews of games, keep in mind that they are based on the subjective opinions of the individual reviewer. They represent an opinion that not everyone will agree with, but we hope that once you’ve read the entire review we will have presented our reasons for the score given.
We do rank individual categories as well as the overall score from 1 (worst) to 10 (best). The overall score is not necessarily an average of the categories, which are: graphics, sounds, gameplay, and lasting value. It’s up to each reviewer to give weight to how important each category is for any given game. For example, a game like Picross won’t feature extravagant visuals and thus might receive low marks for graphics, but that shouldn’t necessarily penalize it by receiving a lower overall score.
Although we do list a one-word description alongside the overall score, we thought it would be beneficial to explain the scoring in more detail. Below are our score descriptions:
10 – Outstanding
The cream of the crop and a game that should probably belong in your collection. We don’t hand out tens to just any old game, so perk up and pay attention when you see it. Of course no game is truly perfect, but this is as close as it gets.
9 – Excellent
A nine represents an amazing game that is a must-have for fans of the genre. The title represents the best qualities and is a ton of fun.
8 – Great
An eight is great, and not just because it rhymes. Games in this range still deserve your attention as they’re still doing loads right. There might be some small issues that hold it back from a higher score, but most of the games that land here are still solid purchases.
7 – Good
We’re trained to think that a seven (or 70% on a grading scale) is barely average. Our scoring scale still considers games in this range good. That means you can still rest assured that the game delivers on its core concepts, and is still recommended for fans of the genre. Some factors kept it from scoring higher, and those may or may not be deal breakers for you, so be sure to read the review to see what our qualms were.
6 – Worth Considering
Games that fall into this range are those that true die-hard fans of a genre might still want to consider because there are redeeming qualities present. Unfortunately one or two aspects of the game don’t quite deliver the experience we were hoping for, but some gamers out there may be able to overlook them and still find enjoyment in playing the title.
5 – Mediocre
A game in the fives means that you really should read the text for the review to find out what we didn’t enjoy. We realize that each of us has different levels of tolerance for specific game issues, such as difficulty spikes, annoying controls, horrible voice acting, etc. While you still may find some redeeming qualities here, we didn’t care for most of what was being offered.
4 – Bad
A bad game means that you should probably pass. It usually contains broken gameplay mechanics, horrible bugs, awful level design, or some combination of factors that makes it a certifiable mess. Is it possible you’ll still like a game we give a four? Sure! But, don’t count on it.
3 – Awful
Remember when you were a kid and you bought that movie-licensed game and it turned out be utter crap? You know the feeling – you saved up for months and months only to be slapped across the face by its sheer awfulness. We’re looking at you, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (NES)!
2 – Terrible
Like a traffic accident, you should just keep on moving along and don’t even think about clicking one of our Amazon product links! No, seriously. This game isn’t meant for you. Or anyone else for that matter!
1 – Avoid At All Costs
If we give a game a one, then there are some serious problems with it. Do not buy, do not pass Go, and do not collect $200. It’s probably a game that should pay you to play it.