How We Score A Game
Reviewing a game is a lot tougher than it looks, and contrary to popular belief, the GameByte team doesn’t just sit around playing games all day (sometimes).
When it comes to reviews, it’s important for us to make sure we’re offering up a fair assessment of the titles we’ve been sinking our teeth into, for your sake, and ours.
We’ve always refrained from scoring games ever since we started reviewing in 2018. It has become clear though that scores are an important thing to our fans and so, as of today, we’ll be rating every game we review with a number out of 10.
When possible we will also be including a second opinion in our reviews. This will be the perspective of another writer that does not count towards the overall score of the game but does give the reader the chance to see the game from another perspective. Our second opinions will play the game for at least 2 hours but not always to completion, which is why their scoring will not be included in the final score.
We encourage you to read as much of our writers’ works as possible to get a better understanding of them as people. GameByte reviews appear on OpenCritic, which is a great platform to help you really get to know writers and find out more about how they review games.
To make our review process as transparent as possible for everyone, here’s a breakdown to explain what all of those scores actually mean.
What Do We Look at When Scoring a Game?
Games are a hugely varied medium so it’s definitely not a case of one review fits all. Some games have wonderful single player stories whereas others create a sandbox you can do whatever you want. Some push consoles to their limit graphically whilst others create a unique style that is equally impactful.
It is, however, important to look at certain aspects of games when diving into a review. In each of our reviews we will look to cover, whether with a mention or in its own section, when relevant and possible:
What Do Our Numbers Mean?
“Enough talking about how you’re going to write the reviews” we hear you cry. Just tell us about the scoring system. Well, it’s all fairly easy to digest. Just read below.
10 – Phenomenal
This will be rewarded to games that achieve near perfection (or actual perfection). Games that push the medium further than it has gone before. Games that define genres. The best of the best. Do not expect to see this handed out easily. These are games that deserve to be talked about for years to come.
9 – Wonderful
Sometimes a game does nearly everything right but has a few missteps that stop it from being phenomenal. These are still games that will be remembered fondly and often be game of the year candidates. You’d be a fool to not check them out.
8 – Great
These games do a lot right but have their issues. Maybe it’s their gameplay that stands out but it’s dragged down by being a bit buggy? Maybe there’s an amazing story there but other elements don’t quite match it? You’ll still have a lot of fun playing these games, especially if you’re a fan of the genre or franchise.
7 – Good
7/10s are like gaming comfort foods. You know they’re not necessarily the best but you can’t help but love them. They might be the kind of games that bring nothing new to the table but are still fun to play. The kind of games that get some of their elements right but others not so much. These are the sort of games that could become cult classics that you can’t help but think back on fondly in 10 years time.
6 – Fine
There’s a lot of caveats with this score. “It’s a lot of fun but…” “There’s some cool moments if…” There’s fun to be had but the issues with it nearly outweigh the positives. You’ll just have to be someone that can switch off the perfectionist in you to truly enjoy it.
5 – Average
It’s not a good game, it’s not a bad game… It is a game though! The sort of game you play and enjoy at the time and then forget about almost as quickly.
4 – Passable
These games work and do what they need to do and that’s about it. Best to steer clear.
There’s a lot wrong with these games. Sure you might find some small bits of enjoyment between the jank if you ignore our review and pick it up. It’s more likely though that you’ll just regret your purchase.
It’s a bad game. What are you doing? Just stay away.
The worst of the worst. The kind of games that will be spoken about for years to come for how truly awful they are. Only play if you have a morbid curiosity in terribleness.
Sometimes games will fall between a score. For example they may be slightly better than a 6 but not quite a 7, or so close to a 10 but not quite close enough to get 10. Due to this we rate games on a .5 scale. This .5 way of scoring began on the 27th January 2021.
This review policy was last modified on the 27th January 2021