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How does our Review system work?
When it comes to providing an analysis on a game, we’re completely honest and try to be as fair as possible, so there are different ways to ensure a game receives the proper score. When reviewing retail games, we score four categories: Story, Gameplay, Graphics and Sound. There are times where a game may not have any story at all or is very minuscule, normally within Fighting, Racing and Sports games. When that’s the case, we substitute the Story category and replace it with Replay Value. Every category gets graded from a 1-5 scale: 1 being absolutely horrible and a 5 ranking amongst the best. After all four categories are graded, we add up the totals to provide you with the score it would translate to out of a 10. Aside from providing the reader with a specific reason as to why a game received the score it got, there are also PROs and CONs at the end of every review. Now many readers feel that if a game gets below an 8.0, that it’s mediocre. That’s not how it works here.
If a game gets below a 5.0, you should really proceed with caution as it may have a brevity of issues. If a game receives a 5.0, that’s mediocre and while it can be enjoyable, has numerous faults holding it back. If a game gets a 6.0 or 6.5, the game is okay, just nothing great. If a game is within the 7.0 to 7.5 range, it’s a very good game that has a couple of things holding it back from greatness, but should still be checked out. An 8.0 to 8.5 means it’s a great game. A 9.0 to 9.5 means it’s an absolutely stunning game that really needs to be looked into immediately. And a perfect 10 means it’s a masterpiece that should not be missed by any means.
Many readers look at a score and think, “that’s all it got?” However, if you read exactly what we wrote in the sections, every category is detailed as to why it got the score it did. There are several games we’ve played and reviewed that had so many problems that it would get a 5.5 or 6.0, but we’ll still state that it was a thoroughly enjoyable game that’s still worth checking out. Every review is our 100% honest opinion, no biased or “paid off” reviews here.
Now when it comes to Downloadable Games, we score these slightly differently. Since these games are much smaller and cost significantly less than retail games most of the time, we’ll give you a straightforward review about the game with a single overall score, followed by a certain status about the game. We won’t grade each category as we normally would a retail game. We’ll provide you our honest, in-depth thoughts about the game and then score it. If a game is lower than a 5.0, then attached to the score will be “Don’t Buy It!“. If it gets between a 5.0 to 6.5, then we’ll say for you to “Wait for a price drop…“. If it’s a 7.0 or higher, then we’ll recommend that you “Buy It!”
We love to experience and review gaming hardware in our “Gear” section as well, and we use a similar 10-point scale as we do when reviewing games, but grade based on different criteria. Form is the device’s look and feel – the aesthetic design and comfort during use. Function is a measure of how well the device performs the function it’s designed for, and how much it improves your gaming experience. Value isn’t just a measure of price, but how much you get per dollar spent, especially compared to the device’s competitors. This includes the device’s build quality and longevity. Finally, X-Factor is a measure of how many unique features the device brings to the table – not simply a “clean-up” category, this is where you’ll want to look to see what truly sets the device apart from its peers. Like our game review scale, each category is graded from 1 point to 5 from lowest to highest. A score of 1 means the device fails completely in the category it was scored in, while a 5 means it passes with flying colors. A 3 is merely average; not bad, but not great either.