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Our scoring system; To help explain what the stars mean...
Topic Started: Jun 19 2011, 11:12 PM (5,431 Views)
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Across the three sites www.digitallydownloaded.net, www.otakugaming.com and www.boardandwargames.com we have a consistent scoring system that we apply to all the games we review.

It's out of five stars, with half points there for those times we really sit on the fence.

It's important to note that when we review games, we do not just look at the game in isolation. There are other factors that influence our scores - is the game itself good, but poor value in some way? For retro games, does nostalgia justify the price if the game doesn't hold up to modern standards in other ways? Is this game a half-hearted sequel to a good game? That too will drop down the score.

There are plenty of other reasons that might affect a game's score, so please do reread the review if you're still unsure where the score came from.

Any scoring system is abstract by nature, but to help give you an idea of what each score means as a summary, here's a breakdown:


5 Stars - is not perfect. What this score means is that the game is inspirational in some way - it's a game that is really special in some way. Furthermore, almost everyone will enjoy this game - this is the one and only scoring category we have that we would recommend each and every person buy.

4.5 Stars - It's a great game that is a heck of a lot of fun. Almost everyone should enjoy this game, and for genre fans it's a must own, and it's at the very top of its genre.

4 Stars - It's also great, and almost everyone should enjoy it. It just lacks that level of refinement to have it at the very top, or it might have one or two errors than bring its overall value down.

3.5 Stars - It's a standard game. Genre fans will get a kick out of it, but non-fans might as well skip it over. It's not going to convert anyone.

3 Stars - Genre fans should still look into it, but everyone else should pass. This is a game that is either not made for everyone, but has some crucial flaws holding it back.

2 and 2.5 Stars - It's possible that a genre fan might see some niche appeal, but for the most part, this is a game best avoided.

1 and 1.5 - We save these for the games that are not just boring (that's a 2). This is for games that are broken, or fail to offer any reason whatsoever that someone - even a fan - might like it.

It's important to note that we indicate the version of the game we review in brackets after the title. So, for instance, if you read "Review: Skyrim (PC)" then you are reading the review for the PC version of the game. We do try and test multiplatform releases on all formats possible. If we feel there are sufficient differences in experience on different platforms, then we will run a second review to highlight the differences.
Edited by ITChocobo, Jan 13 2012, 05:58 AM.
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