While the Wii slowly bows out of the console race to make room for its successor, Mistwalkers’ The Last Story proves that the little white box still has some fire in it.
Rating something out of 5 is beyond stupid. Game A that is 3.5 and game B that is 3.5 could be so far apart in how good that actually are but you wouldn't know that by their rating. According to them, they are the same. If you go out of 100 then it's obvious.. 7/10 isn't the same as this 7/10.....but if you go by 100 then you rate A.) 71/100 B.) 79/100 This ^ is a more accurate way to differentiate between 7/10 between two different games. How don't reviewers comprehend this ?
Good point. I agree, 5 is too small of a scale.
Personally, I think it kinda dumb to assign a numerical score to a game when it's all based on opinion anyways. Rarely does a reviewer actually demonstrate any kind of inner knowledge that would warrant a school-like grading system (partially because I don't think they have any but also because potential game buyers wouldn't be interested in that stuff). I don't see what is wrong with a "buy it, rent it, trash it" kind of system.
The numerical score is still opinion. It's just (supposed to be) a more concrete representation of that opinion. The larger to point variation (100 instead of 10, for example), the more detailed an impression someone can get of your opinion, which is what Shok and 3-4-5 are saying.
Most forms of media (movies, books, music, etc) aren't rated on a 100 point scale and in the end we just chose this 10 point system because it best reflects how we wanted to review games. Scores are dumb anyways but they get people talking. We weren't even going to score games at first but people want to see a number with a game so we settled on this. In the end, we don't feel like a 3.5 says everything that needs to be said about the game. That's why there's a full review attached to the score. The 3.5 is just there to say "It's not bad. It's good. It has problems that hold it back from being great. Read on if you want to know more." Thanks for the feedback about the review scale.
I totally agree, its the reason why in the good old G4 days, I loved Judgement day and to this very day despise X-Play
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