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What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by learnedrobb » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:26 am

Seriously?

I've noticed this more and more. Lots of gamers seem to instantly dismiss games which score a '7/10' as being a 'bad' or 'poor' game. On a sliding scale of 1-10, where 1 is 'awful' and 10 is 'perfect', then 7 is still 'good'. Obviously some reviewers don't help (I've seen plenty of games called 'average' by a reviewer then awarded a 7... 5 is average on a 10 point scale folks), but I fail to see why a game which is still good gets dismissed.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Misery » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:56 am

It's because various derpy magazines and reviewers decided that 7, instead of 5, is a "meh" sort of score. Because, you know, 7 is CLEARLY in the middle of a scale between 1 and 10.

And that particular idiocy sticks, and is copied by many.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Matt_B » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:31 am

Yeah, it's been that way since the 80s too.

Still, you'd think that if 10 is great, 9 is good, 8 is OK, 7 is poor and 6 and below are just varying degrees of terrible, they might as well be marking out of five.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Kilb » Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:40 am

I usually wait until a 7/10 game has had it's price dropped before I will buy it. (Unless of course I wanted it on release day)
9/10 it's actually not a bad game.

Hang on, can you have conflicting fractions like that? :?

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by RetroBob » Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:16 am

It really depends on how the publication rates games - reviews and scores are subjective anyway.
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by snesfanboy » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:01 am

maybe 7/10 scores are given to games that are actually good but do nothing special? there are some 7/10 games that i've enjoyed a lot when playing them but i knew that i wasn't playing anything special or memorable

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Bluce_Ree » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:24 am

I think a 5 isn't necessarily a bad game. In my mind it means the game does as many things well as it does badly. A good example is Onechanbara on the Xbox 360. It's occasionally fun and occasionally rubbish in equal measure.

The problem is when you get console fanboy scum losing their minds on N4G because Killzone: Whatever gets a 7 and not beleventy-twelve.
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Sephiroth81 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:25 am

This irritates me as well, which is why I had a dig at someone on this forum, for how he liberally gave so many of the games he reviewed as 9s or 10s out of 10.

5/10 should mean a very average or adequate game. I think the whole review system out of 10, or 100% is not really that useful. I used to like CVG's ratings out of 5.

1 star - steer clear
2 star - quite a poor effort
3 star - average
4 star - a good to great game
5 star - exceptional game, a classic

This way, the final score isn't so important, but perhaps the actual content of the review itself. This way, we don't have to argue about which is better out of GTA 5 or Mario Galaxy etc...one being 97% and one being 96.85%! Its pointless. Both are 5 Star games - if you love platformers, you'll prefer Mario, if you love sandbox adventure games, you'll prefer GTA - one is not objectively better than the other.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:51 am

I'm more than happy to buy 7/10 games. So many I've had a great time with, be foolish not to.
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by ToxieDogg » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:04 am

It's probably so the reviewer can get away with calling the game average (which should technically be a 5/10) but not censored off the big publisher enough to have them pull advertising from the magazine/site and not send free review copies in the future.
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Matt_B » Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:24 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:I'm more than happy to buy 7/10 games. So many I've had a great time with, be foolish not to.
I've enjoyed a few with considerably lower scores than that, even.

Still, it pays to read the more critical reviews a game gets as you've got to work out whether it's getting marked down for things that you actually care about. If it's a case of a game that's quite original, plays well, but is a bit rough around the edges, and lacking in cut scenes and on-line multiplayer I'd probably be more inclined to inclined to give it a go than something that's well made, but derivative of a load of other games that are already out there. Others may prefer the reverse, of course.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by DPrinny » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:42 am

Sephiroth81 wrote:This irritates me as well, which is why I had a dig at someone on this forum, for how he liberally gave so many of the games he reviewed as 9s or 10s out of 10.

5/10 should mean a very average or adequate game. I think the whole review system out of 10, or 100% is not really that useful. I used to like CVG's ratings out of 5.

1 star - steer clear
2 star - quite a poor effort
3 star - average
4 star - a good to great game
5 star - exceptional game, a classic

This way, the final score isn't so important, but perhaps the actual content of the review itself. This way, we don't have to argue about which is better out of GTA 5 or Mario Galaxy etc...one being 97% and one being 96.85%! Its pointless. Both are 5 Star games - if you love platformers, you'll prefer Mario, if you love sandbox adventure games, you'll prefer GTA - one is not objectively better than the other.
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Sephiroth81 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:56 am

DPrinny wrote:
Then they started on halfs
Complaints started
They went back
Oh dear, CVG did that? I see no point in halfs, as its basically then a scale of 10. A bit like when some people use decimals in scores, so a 6.8/10 - they may as well score out of 100!

Out of 5 is the best system, whole numbers, small scale.

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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by DPrinny » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:17 pm

Id just rate out of three
1 - s**te (COD, Red Ninja)
2 - OK (Some of those 505 games)
3 - AMAZEBALLS!! (GOD HAND!!!!)
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Re: What is wrong with a '7/10' review score?

Post by Megamixer » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:18 pm

5/10 upwards is worth a go. Even poorer-scoring games have gone down well with me in the past so it goes to show that review scores are generally a waste of time. I make my mind up based on the facts that are written about in the review, not the end score.
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