Okay, right off the bat, I have a small confession: I should've made this blog the second blog instead of waiting about 2 months. This would've set a reason as to why I score the games I review as is. Speaking of which, when I give a score, that score is FINAL! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
If you've been reading my reviews on Examiner.com (thank you for doing so), I do explain my overall reason why a game is good or bad, but I really don't explain why I gave this score a number, or if I do, not in great detail (i.e. a 4 out of 5). Well, this blog will clear things up, but first, what determines the score? And if you already knew this, kudos! But if not, that's okay, I'm here to clarify.
I break a game down into four categories: Graphics, Sound, Gameplay, and one miscellaneous section (I try to keep it relevant to the game).
The graphics count for roughly 30% of the review. That's a pretty big percentage, but nothing too serious. Sound counts for roughly 20% of the review. It may not sound like much, but sometimes a good soundtrack or voice acting can really make the game come alive.
Gameplay counts for 45% of the review. This is what usually determines the score (most of the time). If the game was fun, chances are the gameplay was good. If not, that can bring the score down, drastically. Miscellaneous is only 5% of the review, and I like to point out anything interesting that separates that game from the rest.
With all that said and done, I give an overall impression and a final score. Here are the reasons why I give games these numbers.
1 out of 5: These scores are for the worst of the worst. It could be that the game is unoriginal, buggy, VERY boring, or just plain lousy. Don't spend any money on these types of games (even if they're free!) (Fun fact: I ALMOST gave Thief 2014 this score. The graphics saved this game).
2 out of 5: I give these scores because I had a little fun, but didn't have a good experience playing. Maybe the game wasn't that interesting. There were issues that should've been taken care of before release. But does that make the game unenjoyable? No. It's that the game wouldn't hold attention for very long.
3 out 5: A balanced score. There were just as much good things as there were bad.
4 out of 5: Now we're getting to the good stuff. This game had a lot going for it. The game was fun, kept me busy for hours, and I couldn't stop playing. Only a few minor things held the game back from getting a perfect score.
5 out of 5: Behold! The game of games! These are the games worth buying! If you didn't, shame on you! You're missing out on a great game! These are the games that also had a LOT going for it!
And there you go! Remember, these scores only reflect my experience, and yours will differ from mine.
Ken Kriho is a videographer, producer and director. He has a YouTube and Twitch channel (links at homepage). Ken is also a graduate with a degree in Art from UWEC.