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10 – DOES NOT MEAN PERFECTION. Nothing is perfect. A 10 should be reserved for a game that everyone needs to play and experience regardless of whether or not they are fans of the genre. A game that transcends genres due to something such as an amazing story or incredible emotions. If this sounds rare, it should be. That’s why it’s a 10.
9 – Tops in genre. As close to perfect as you can get for the genre, but doesn’t transcend the genre. An amazing action/RPG could do everything well and be the best in its genre. If it stops at being the best action/RPG, but doesn’t escalate to something where someone who’s not a fan of the genre needs to play, then it can’t be a 10.
8 – Great Game. A solid title, despite couple of minor omissions/glitches/bugs/errors which set it back, it would be top. These minor flaws will impact gameplay slightly, and could also be something as simple as an omitted feature which would have improved the game
7 – Very good. A game that all players will enjoy. Non-fans would probably like the game, but shouldn’t rush out to get it. Lasting appeal and intrigue to come back for more. More positive aspects and few negatives, but enough in either quantity or severity to have an impact on gameplay execution. Range allows for analysis of the level of impact negative aspects have on game.
6 – Above Average. Decent game that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy. More positives than negatives that may make the game stand out initially, but that will fade and lose its appeal rather quickly with no lasting appeal or ability to lure players back in.
5 – Average. Switzerland. Doesn’t do anything to stand out or differentiate itself from others in the genre, positively or negatively, when it comes to high or low points. Despite that, Switzerland can be pretty sweet, especially if you’re from there. Devs – please bear in mind that you all live in Switzerland when talking to the gaming press.
4 – Below Average. Has potential but cannot deliver, although the idea of the game has promise. This is lost in the fray of negatives, which are high in number and great in severity. Possible to salvage if changes were made, but doubtful.
2 – 3 Bad. So much wrong with the game, both functionally and in premise, that there is no hope to save it. Maybe a couple of minimal positives, but that is all and nothing of substance.
1 – Awful. Not a single thing good with the game and impossible to salvage. Everything from premise to execution fails to deliver. If this also sounds rare, it should be. It’s terrible.