Review Guidelines

Review Guidelines & Scale:

I like video games, I play a lot of them and I am going to give you my very honest opinion of how I felt after playing each game I review.  Remember this is MY opinion and my opinions do not invalidate yours.  I want to help you make a decision whether or not you might want to purchase the game.  This does not mean that you cannot like the game.  Maybe you like the genre or elements in it better than I do.  You have your opinion and I have mine.  I’m just here to help you better understand the game, before you open up your wallet.

Review Scale:

10’s — Video Game Nirvana:  They are as close as you can get to perfection in a given genre.  A game to beat in its genre or niche.

9-9.9 Range — Excellent:  They are a hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won’t cause massive damage to what is a supreme title.

8-8.9 Range — Great:  They are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won’t astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.

7-7.9 Range — Good:  These are great games that have a devout following, or niche crowd. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.

6-6.9 Range — Alright:  They may be slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy them a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.

5-5.9 Range — Average:  They are an exercise in apathy, neither good nor bad.  Just a bit “meh,” really.

4-4.9 Range — Below Average:  They may have some high points, but they soon give way to glaring faults. Not the worst games, but are difficult to recommend.

3-3.9 Range — Rough:  They went wrong somewhere along the line. The original idea might have promise, but in practice the game has failed. Threatens to be interesting sometimes, but rarely.

2-2.9 Range — Bad:  These are a disaster. Any good they might have had are quickly swallowed up by glitches, poor design choices or a plethora of other issues. The desperate or the gullible may find a glimmer of fun hidden somewhere in the pit.

1-1.9 Range — Defective:  The lowest of the low. There is no potential, no skill, no depth and no talent. These games have nothing to offer the world, and will die lonely and forgotten.

Further Breakdown:

10’s –  By no means perfect, just a snapshot of the absolute best at the current time.  Game of the Year shoe-in.

9.0-9.9 –  A Game that everyone talks about months after release, Game of the Year contender.

7.0-8.9 – Games You Still Talk About Well After Playing.

4.0-6.9 – Games that a few will like but more will hate.

.0-3.9 – Games that even a good bottle of liquor won’t cure.

I believe that there is not enough minutia that comes with using a 5 star ratings system or simply a 10-point systems, so I have chosen the full decimal set.  I have chosen this to better communicate to you the reader how close that 7 was to an 8.  I feel that this is a great shorthand for the reader to better understand where the game falls on the scale and to be able to make a better judgment before purchase.

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