Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Game Review Format

So I will begin reviewing video games on this blog and will be following a pretty normal standard of scoring games out of 10 points. But many have noticed that there are problems with these kinds of systems and I will try to really change how the 10 point system is viewed, at least here.
Most of the time a site, such as GameSpot will give a game a 4 or a 5. But those scores are basically the same and when a game gets a 6 or below, it usually means no one should buy this game. But other times you have systems like at my favorite web site GiantBomb.com where there is a looser scoring system but I feel the flaw in that 5 star system is that some games can be close to greatness but not there. A game can feel like 4.5 stars but you can only give 4 or 5. Either score does not feel right. So the following explains my scoring system.

1/10 Reserved for the worst games, those which should never have been made
2-3/10 Games which are terrible and nearly unplayable
4-5/10 Games which a select few will like and can overlook some major flaws
6-7/10 Games which are not without flaws but playable and enjoyable by most
8-9/10 Games which are the cream of the crop and usually a must buy for all
10/10 Reserved for the absolute best games, only a select few will ever get this score

This system will provide some ok games with 4s and 5s more often than most 10 point based systems and the 10 point system does allow me to differentiate which games I think are great and must buys but if one has to make a choice, well then the difference is how you can make that choice. I would buy both 8s and 9s on day one, but one game might be a better choice if you only have money for one.

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