Time for a change

The New Game On Ratings System

Since the launch of Game On back in the Summer I have used a standard 10 point rating system. This system is used by many outlets but I’ve come to like using it less and less.

The biggest thing I don’t like about the system is how hard it is to differentiate one score from another. What is the difference between a 7 and an 8? What is the difference between a 8.5 and a 9? I couldn’t tell you and I didn’t put a lot of time into thinking about what number I was slapping on a game. It worked a lot like Conan O’Brien’s Clueless Gamer segments for me. I thought about what I liked and didn’t like and picked a number that sounded good and went with it. I don’t think that is the best way to do things anymore. I think the biggest question people come into a review with is should I buy this game? I think this system will help with that decision more than random numbers can.

The New Rating System

Buy it Now The game is very good and is worth paying full price for.

Buy it Later The game is good but has some problems or lacks replayability. This is a game you would be happy paying no more than $40 for.

Rent it  This is a game that has some redeeming value to it but is something that could be finished very quickly.

Don’t Buy It  The game is flawed and not worth spending any time or money on unless you are morbidly curious.

The new rating system will be in effect for my review of first chapter of The Wolf Among Us.