Over the past several years, Anthony and I (Alex) have tried to devise ways to figure out how we can numerically reflect our viewpoints towards a game to our audience.
And then, we just gave up.
Seriously! With no universal method of rating video games across websites and media, numerical representations of video games will always and forever be a moot point.
That said, we’ve devised a ways to deliver reviews to you in a unique manner that is more reflective of our experiences with the games we play than a single review can encompass.
We love talking about games we’re playing! Whether it’s something that we just picked up or something we dug up buried in our backlog, there’s no doubt that we won’t pass up an opportunity to talk about the games that we surround ourselves with. It’s tough putting a score to a game without spoiling some gameplay or story, so sometimes we’d caution our listeners before we indulge and blow everything away.
Which is why we decided that giving games provisionary scores would be a great way to talk about games and indicate how different parts of a game fare compared to the rest of it. If you’re a long time listener, you’ve probably noticed some of our scores go from a low score to a higher one, or even the opposite. It’s an interesting experiment that gives listeners genuine feedback on how we feel about the game as we experience them.
Wait a minute! We mentioned that we used scores huh. Well, damn.
Our Review Scale
A while back, we decided that the proper representation of our likes and dislikes would still need to have some sort of numerical form for all those people out there who do like numbers. And while “the right” scale will vary from person to person, we firmly planted our feet with settling with a pure 5 point whole number system and exclaimed words that our forefathers have given us:
“Keep It Simple, Stupid!”
The following is a breakdown of what each number means as it relates to us:
5 out of 5, “Excellent”
There is no such thing as a perfect game, despite our passion towards them. That being said, games that are given this score excel far above and, sometimes, beyond its peers in its genre. The phrase, “a cut above the rest,” describes many of the games given this score, and it is an honor and a privilege for the few games to be given this score by our hosts. Simply put, these are must play games.
4 out of 5, “Very Good”
Games given this score might have a few things that bother us, but aren’t so egregious that it can’t be recognized as one of the games people should pay attention to. The qualities of games with this score have deliver a degree of polish that sets it apart from most games of its ilk and you certainly should be paying attention to them.
3 out of 5, “Good”
To fall into this score means there’s qualities that the game exemplifies that make it a good game, but there might be a few parts that don’t coalesce as much as the rest, which make it fall a bit short of getting to the next score rung. Despite these details however, these games are still considered good and, if you have the time, you should probably check them out.
2 out of 5, “Fair”
Generally speaking, games that fall into this rating have some really interesting ideas. However, the execution for said ideas leave something to be desired. Not good yet not poor, games in this rating are the middle ground when it comes to the quality that we expect from games. You may approach games rated with this with a glass half full/glass half empty attitude, depending on how you feel about what they successfully or fail to accomplish.
1 out of 5, “Poor”
The unfortunate games that fall into this category have maybe suffered the ire of either of us. Games that are given this score are often said to not have any redeeming qualities whatsoever and, as such, gamers are highly cautioned. Games in this rating typically do not excel in several categories and can easily repulse would-be buyers, inducing the dreaded “buyer’s remorse” that most of us feel when buying a lemon.