Words About Games uses a true 10-point scale, rating a game from 1-10. There are no half-scores, and the full scale is used at all times. Here at Words About Games a 5/10 is what we consider average. Below you can find a breakdown of our scale, and a short summary of what each number typically means.
Games that receive this score are, of course, exceedingly rare. They’re not perfect, no game is. What they are is exceptional – extremely well made in every way, from the story and gameplay to the graphics and sound design. Games that are awarded a 10 are the best examples of their genre, and are likely pushing the genre in new directions.
Games that are fantastic aren’t quite the best of the best, but they are excellent games in their own right that still deserve to be played by as many people as possible.
If you enjoy the genre or series of a game that scores an 8 then it’s probably a must-buy for you. Even if it’s not it’s still a very, very good game that you should consider.
As mentioned above, 7 is not the average around here. Games that hit this score are generally good games. While there’s nothing massively wrong with them, there may be some small issues that hold them back from the higher end of the scale, while still being good games.
Above Average games are exactly that – above average. They’re not quite good but nowhere near bad. Games that get a 6 are generally average games with one or a few features, moments or modes that let the game stand out.
Average games are exactly as they sound – average. While not bad, games that score a 5 don’t really do anything to stand out whatsoever. Or for everything about them that’s good there’s something that is equally as bad, creating a balance in the final score (like Anakin Skywalker and the force, apparently).
Below average games are the polar opposite of above average games. Games that score a 4 have missed the mark on what they intended. While not outright terrible, it’s here that we start questioning why this game was even released, though absolute diehard fans of the genre of the game in question might find something to love.
Here’s where we start getting into the really bad games. A game with a score of 3 has completely failed, with few if any redeeming features. It’s here where you should consider starting to run away very fast from a game with a score this low, regardless of genre or series.
If a game has a 2 then it’s not the game for you, and is in fact one of the worst games we’ve played. There is absolutely nothing to see here, and you should never even consider picking it up.
This score is a little different to the rest, as it’s more of a category than a formal score. Games with a 1 aren’t just bad, they’re completely unplayable – either from a technical or gameplay standpoint. Plagued with game breaking bugs, terrible gameplay decisions, a horrific story with nonsense dialogue, all of the above, or something else entirely. Do. Not. Pay. Money. For. This.