Review Scores Pet Peeve
I don't put too much weight into video game review scores, but I do like to look at them. It's always fun to see how new games review, what scores they get, etc. But what drives me nuts is the huge scales that some of the review sites use.
This post is being spurred on by IGN's new scoring and format changes (which are both god awful). Judging by this review and this one, it looks like IGN is going back to scoring games on a 100 point scale (i.e. 0.0-10.0 in 0.1 increments). To me that is just too big of a scale, and completely unnecessary.
I feel that a 20 point scale (0.0-10.0 in 0.5 increments) is more than enough to evaluate a video game on. Most websites have slowly converted to a scale like this, or even smaller scales, which is fine with me. Having 20 different options to score a game with is more than enough, and a quality game reviewer will easily be able to justify why he/she felt a game deserved an 8.5 rather than a 9.0. I'd love to hear Brian Altano (the reviewer of Rayman Jungle Run in the link I posted above) justify why the game deserves an 8.8 rather than an 8.7.
I feel that scales that have too many increments create far more controversy in review scores than is necessary. Like I said, I don't give all that much merit to review scores, but a LOT of people do. No doubt when IGN gives Black Ops II a 9.2 and Halo 4 a 9.0 later this year, these users will erupt. This is probably what IGN is trying to do, as controversy usually equals good business on the internet, but it's a cheap way to stir up hits.
So, like I said, this is a huge pet peeve of mine. And I'm super disappointed that IGN has gone back to using this awful scoring system. What does everyone else think? Am I being to picky about this?
(PS - Please no IGN-bashing in the comments. You are welcome to say you don't like them and don't respect them, but this post was just about review scales, and I'm just using IGN as an example. I understand a lot of people don't like them, I personally do like them because I feel like they always go into a game hoping for the best from it. A lot of other reviews I see (namely GameSpot) sometimes feel like the reviewers only job is to pick apart the game and expose every flaw, rather than try and enjoy the game for what it is. But that's a conversation for another time.)