What Our Review Scores Really Mean

Ever wonder what’s behind our review scores and what they really mean?

Read on to find out.


Every gamer out there has their own built in rating system, whether they write reviews or not. How they will feel about a game can’t truly be determined solely by someone else. All a game reviewer can do is try to give their readers an idea of what a game is like and if it is worth their money.

For example if you like action RPGs like Red Dead Redemption, then you’ll probably like Assassin’s Creed III. Can anyone be 100% sure that you’ll like it? No. All a reviewer can do is tell you how they feel about a specific game and if it was made well. Using both objective means, such as graphics, sound, etc. as well as subjective where the reviewer has to decide if the story was well written or just an afterthought.

We here at Terminal Gamer strive to treat each and every game we review in the same objective and subjective lights. Whether or not someone gave us a review copy is irrelevant to the overall score and is never taken into consideration. The best PR reps in the business can only gloss over a title up until we, the gamers, grab a controller and start playing the game. Once we pop in that disc or download that game, it has to stand on its own merits. Period.

So that our readers can better understand our overall opinion of games, we have broken down our review scores.

  • 1 = Broken and unplayable
  • 2 = Not worth the bargain bin
  • 3 = Bad
  • 4 = Worse than average
  • 5 = Mediocre/Average
  • 6 = better than average
  • 7 = Good
  • 8 = Great
  • 9 = Exceptional
  • 10 = Perfect balance of fun, graphics, story length, overall play time, and future support.

We are not a gaming site that just churns out one review after another only looking for traffic. We strive to be an open and honest site that gives clear and concise reviews so that you, the gamer, can decide where to spend your hard earn cash.

If we steer you wrong, our apologies.