As many gamers know, people tend to put lots of emphasis on the “review score” given to every game. We here at The Analog Shtick feel that the most important pieces of a review are the body paragraphs. The score is only meant to be a reflection of our thoughts on a game. And the score is almost never set in stone within the reviewer’s heart. Anyone who has reviewed games at any frequency knows while the text within the review stays true. The score for a game you reviewed yesterday could look very generous — or stingy, in the present. So I’ve decided the site will stick with a 5-“star” scale. It keeps things simple, and much less specific. Choosing one of forty-or-more different scores with the ever-so-popular 1-10 (with decimals) score seems far too specific when the writing is supposed to be what ultimately praises, or in extreme examples scorns a game.
So, here’s the thing. For clarification’s sake…
This means the reviewer of the game enjoyed it immensely. And noticed very few flaws during his/her time with the game.
This means the reviewer overall enjoyed his/her time with the game, but took notice of enough flaws that tarnished the experience, but only slightly.
This means the game is entirely functional, and plenty of fun. But the reviewer had issues with it. Whether these issues be related to gameplay or inconsistent performance, the game has problems but overall it is entirely enjoyable.
This is where things begin to get messy. The reviewer found redeeming qualities in the game, and some fun segments. But the game is frustratingly flawed. Graphical glitches, unresponsive controls and/or less than compelling gameplay all plague something that with a bit more work could have been great. But many people will still enjoy the game.
Uh oh! Only 1 D-pad!
This means… There is a serious problem. The reviewer encountered lots of issues and hardly felt compelled to play the game at all. The game is more or less a broken mess (Rhymes! Whoo hoo!). But as always, we cannot forget that this is the reviewer’s opinion and at least a few people will oppose it.
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