If you’re viewing this, you’re probably thinking, “what is this?” The answer: it’s everything and it’s nothing. The alpha and the omega. The review and the anti-review. Actually, it’s just the review, THE review. Stating our opinion.
We use a five-point system, using numbers and words. We can’t reiterate enough that our reviews are the reviewer’s opinion. Thus the final score given to the game reflects their opinion on the game and not anyone else’s. This includes you, me, and anyone else that might be on the Twinfinite staff.
The words are there to be clearer about what the numbers mean. We hate what the point scale for game reviews has become and don’t intend to abuse it any more than it’s already been abused. However, we also understand that it’s a futile attempt which alienates ourselves by ignoring that scoring exists at all.
We simply won’t write about something if it’s not worth writing about. If the sound is adequate, if the menus are functional but not amazing, literally no one cares.
Although you should really read the entire review, if you insist on skipping to the bottom, the score plus the final breakdown should give you an idea of how we felt in a super concise way.
Without further ado, here are our scores and what they mean:
1. Vile – Straight up terrible due to being broken, offensive, unplayable, not fun at all, or all of the above.
2. Poor – Functional on a basic level, but suffers from either uninspiring design, persistent technical issues, and/or is just run-of-the-mill and boring.
3. Fair – Distinguished as an effort and may have some great ideas, but its shortcomings are noticeable, making it difficult to recommend to people outside of its target audience.
4. Great – A game that is fun and easy to recommend. May not be an all-time classic, but if you’re someone that enjoys this game’s genre, or are a fan of the series it’s a part of, you will be very pleased with its effort.
5. Exemplary – A game that represents the best of what its genre and video games as a whole has to offer. Not necessarily a “perfect” game, but is a stand out effort that will be remembered for years to come.