You’ve seen the news. Everyone is at it. Review scores and the bandwagon of dropping them. With the replacement of one line summaries rounding up the review like some sort of video game Brodie’s Notes.
At Midlife Gamer we like to do things a little differently. We also like to be one step ahead of the game. With this in mind we are going to be keeping review scores. Not only that, we are going to have the most awesomely accurate review system in video game history. What does this mean? How will it work? Read on to find out.
Let’s be honest, games are changing so our review system should as well. The publics’ views are changing so our review system should as well. Our game reviews are changing so our reviews should too. Cadbury’s Crème Eggs have changed so our reviews should too. At Midlife Gamer we love challenges like this and every single member of staff has worked hard in some way, ensuring that we stay consistent and provide you, the community, with a scoring system that you can guarantee will ensure you never ever buy a bad game again.
At one point, we thought of actually dropping review scores like some other sites but one fateful skype chat between staff we came up with one of the simplest and revolutionary review scoring systems ever.
It is a well known fact that a large percentage of the video game buying public believe that a score of 7 on a 10 point scale equals an average game, with 6 or lower being varying degrees of shit. To embrace this fact our review scoring system will now start at 6 for a shit game with a below average game scoring a 10. I know what you are thinking here – we’ve hit the top level and we are only at an average game but this is the genius of the Midlife Gamer Review Scoring System. We don’t stop at 10. Above average games will score an 11 and the absolutely must have titles that previously scored a 10 will now score a 16.
For some sites this would be enough but not us at Midlife Gamer. The above is just the base score. We are also going to be factoring in the Next Generation fascination with frame rates. The number of P’s in the resolution will be divided by the actual (not the advertised) frame rate and the overall score will be divided by this figure. We have placed a lot of empathise on this area as it is one of the, if not the most important, aspects of deciding on whether or not the game is good.
Recently, a lot has been said of the integrity of game reviewers when reviewing and scoring games so here at Midlife Gamer we will aim to be as transparent as possible. If a game dev supplied us with their previous game the review will automatically receive a 2.5 point bonus, however if they did not the review will receive a deduction of 2.5 points. On top of this if the game is supplied in a press pack that includes tee shirts, artbooks and other game related paraphernalia then the title will receive an extra bonus of 5 points. Finally if the review is based on a review copy of the title an additional 2 points will be awarded; however if we have to go and spend our own cash on the title, regardless of whether or not we were going to buy the title anyway, the review will receive a point deduction of 5 points.
Finally, with the explosion of the Midlife Gamer Facebook group it only seems right to incorporate this in some way and as such, regardless of when the comment is made, the review score will receive a single point addition/reduction dependent on the number of positive/negative comments the game receives. A secondary single point addition/subtraction will be given for every like that each positive/negative comment receives.
Our friendly staff will be on-hand and online in the comments of this post, on Facebook as well as on the twitter to field your questions and thoughts all day today so why not join us on the social media as we stand proud to say at Midlife Gamer Review Scores are here to stay.