The goal: To provide short reviews, that are (hopefully) not biased by any previously published scores or impressions.
The score system is borrowed from what I consider the best video game magazine that was ever published, Next Generation. It is a simple 5 star system, but because of the simplicity the entire scale will be used. This is in contrast to a 1-10 scale, where most games place between 7-9, with anything below not being worth playing, and anything above being considered great (really what is the difference between 8.5 and 9, or even 8 and 9 for that matter?).
1 star: Bad Game. Not redeemable.
2 stars: Average Game. In the same way that a “C” in school is supposed to be average, but no one ever wants to get one. Leaves little or no reason to play it.
3 stars: Above-Average Game. They’re good but you can’t put your finger on what’s hollow about the experience. Many big-budget sequels would fall into this category.
4 stars: Great Game. An undeniably positive experience. It falls short of being a masterpiece, but it’s well worth your time.
5 stars: One of the best of a generation. Succeeds in both execution and originality. The kind of game you still think about years later.