’s ratings explained

In this modern and obscure world, many video games are given high scores, and whilst reviews are subjective to each persons opinion, we don’t think it should work that way. follows a simple, yet reassuring review guideline that not only delivers the numerical score to you simply, but also helps you understand each score and ultimately what it means. This brings our video game review scores more inline with traditional film and entertainment reviews.

We aim to follow the same simple guidelines throughout the life of our site, which allow you to trust our recommendations, and ultimately steer clear of games we don’t think will be worth your time. Stevivor's Bryce Wilson has prepared the following guidelines in regards to review scores:

1-2/10 - This is the sort of product we wouldn’t recommend to our worst enemy, let alone our loyal and supportive readers. Buggy, uninspired, and incredibly tragic, we probably set fire to the game when we were done playing it.

3-4/10 - Any game scored in this realm is just shy of average quality; there's just something about it that's not quite right. It’s not going to be a total waste of your time, but it’s probably best to buy this from the bargain bin or only if you’re a big fan of the genre.

5-6/10 - Any game in this bracket is a solid and enjoyable title; or, in one word: average. Whilst the developer isn't pushing the envelope of game design, it’s balanced enough that you'll most likely enjoy it, even if you’re not a huge fan of the content or genre.

7-8/10 - The upper expanse of our review scale is reserved for above average, excellent games that have been extensively polished and refined in all areas. Games given this score are arguably genre-defining, and could be considered enjoyable by almost anyone.

9-10/10 - The highest respect we could pay a video game. This score will be infrequently handed out, and when it is you know you’ve got an absolute classic on your hands. A living digital representation of perfection, any title we score with this is without a doubt something you must own.’s review rating scale is fair and balanced, ensuring that your purchases are well informed and worthwhile.

About the Author
Steve Wright

Steve Wright, aka Stevivor: A Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, freelance journalist, sweet games blog owner, ice hockey player/fan, beer aficionado and tech trainer. Steve is proud to be the Australian iiNet TopGeek 2.0! Check him out on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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