Gaming Instincts Review Policy
One of the biggest challenges in the video game industry is deciding how to properly judge a final product before it gets to the consumer’s hands. Here at Gaming Instincts, we thought on what kind of scaling review system we wanted and we came to our final decision by asking multiple people who thoroughly understand how reviews work. When you review a game you have to look at it objectively as opposed to subjectively, it’s not really an opinion, but rather a professional advice from people who actually understand game design, gameplay, mechanics and differences between graphics and visual art styles. Gaming Instincts believes that a game should be reviewed based on many current industry standards and expectations. However, that doesn’t mean that most games get easily shut down or greatly praised because of a certain franchise or developer. We wanted to go with a simple system that most consumers understand such as the 10/10 metric scale based on .5 increments.
1.0 – 2.0: Abysmal
These types of games should have never been released and that’s due to a simple fact that they’re completely broken and unplayable due to technical reasons. A score like this will easily send both the publisher and the developer to their grave. It is extremely rare these days for a game to receive these kinds of scores.
2.5 – 3.5: Horrible
This is a game that has an excess amount of glitches, not fun at all, doesn’t have any good visuals and just has low production values all around. However, it is playable until the end and that’s about it and it’s not even worth renting.
4.0 – 5.0 – Mediocre
The game has a few glitches here and there. However, it lacks gameplay, design and gets repetitive really quickly. Meanwhile, the visuals and audio are somewhat mediocre, but the game still belongs in the bottom of the pit. Not worth looking into it.
5.5 – 6.5 – Fair
This is a game that is decent enough to rent or be looked into. Some people may enjoy it for what it is, while others will just plainly hate it. The game has a passable game design, visuals, audio and might be worth picking up once it’s cheaper.
7.0 – 8.0 – Good
A good game is a game that would be recommended to the fans of the genre or even the franchise. It’s game that has good design, fun gameplay and overall pleasing aesthetics such as visuals and audio. However, it’s not amazing, it’s not a must play and it doesn’t do anything new. It’s just a good game that is fun to play and that’s about it.
8.5 – Great
A game that’s sitting at 8.5 is a type of a game that is nearing greatness all around. However, it lacks just a few things to reach the nice looking 9.0 or higher. This is a game that is above average and is recommend to be played. It is not amazing by any means, but it’s almost there and had great potential or has potential in a future sequel if there is ever one. this type of a title has all around pretty visuals, nice audio design, and most importantly a very solid gameplay foundation, but the execution in game design may lack a bit or it may have technical performance issues that bring it down
9.0 – Fantastic
The game’s that has received a 9.0 or above is nearing beast-mode status and is absolutely a must play in 1 way or another. These types of games have great production values, fantastic gameplay ideas that are properly executed, fun, very few/small technical performance issues and immersive gaming experiences that worth all the free time that you have.
9.5 – 10 Beast
Beast Rating is only reserved for the best of the best. This is for Game of the Year and possibly even Game of the Generation depending on what’s out there in the future and how everything stacks up. These types of experiences will blow your mind away and set a completely new industry standard and raise the bar. Get ready to be drowned in gaming goodness that is unlike anything you’ve played before and level yourself for the next-gen. Extremely high-quality visuals, audio, game design and everything else. However, this doesn’t mean the game is perfect because there is no such thing as perfection, but there is such a thing such as a Masterpiece or in this case as we’d like to call it Beast.