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Review Scores In Video Game Reviews - Good or Bad? Your thoughts, Please!


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#31 PyroGamer

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:17 AM

They're good. What's bad is people taking the review scores out of context. Also when people bitch over review scores. Reviews are subjective opinions, nothing more, a number doesn't mean much if not taken in context.

We don't need to get rid of review scores, we need to get rid of dumb readers.

#32 joeljermon

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 02:36 AM

I don't like it when people get in pissing matches about how "my game scored better than yours!" or "this game got robbed!" or "it's a monstrous injustice that this game scored better than this one!" (like in one podcast I listen to). Also, scores are so subjective and fiddly - this game got a 9.1? Why not a 9? What gives it that extra 1 point? And generally, the full scale is not used. In theory, a 6 should be a decent but flawed game that some will enjoy, and even a 5 should be something that may be worth buying for a select few. In practice, people often view anything below 8 as worthless.

However, I'm not sure if going scoreless will solve everything. Computer Gaming World (now Games for Windows Offical Magazine) tried going without scores for a few months, and eventually switched back to scores because both their writers and their readers liked it better.

#33 felixlighter

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 02:35 PM

I think reviews score are good for a quick reference. I go to Gamerankings to get a sense if I should even waste my time reading a review. The way I look at review scores is like this:

Based on Gamerankings compiled reviews:

9+: Crazy high, Probably very high quality game. Even if I have no interest in the game, I will read some reviews to see what the excitement is all about.

7-9: High quality game. May have some flaws, if I was anticipating the game, I read reviews to see what was done right and what was done wrong and make my choose based on that criteria.

5-7: Medicore quality. The game did some things right but has several flaws or a major flaw. I only take the time to read the reviews if I was already very excited about the game, otherwise I don't read the reviews.

0-5: Lousy. Don't waste time reading reviews, fundamentally flawed

No matter what the score is though, I read several reviews before making a purchasing.
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