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Reviewing our Review Process: New 1-10 Scale

May 27, 2010Written by Anthony Severino

As you may have noticed our reviews have changed… Here’s why…

For quite a long time now, PlayStation LifeStyle had been using a 1-5 review scale. Along with out 5 out of 5 score, we also had a 5 out of 5 with an editor’s choice stamp, that indicated near perfection.

Many of our very own staff members were torn in regards to our scoring system, saying some games didn’t quite deserve a 5 out of 5 score, but were better than a mere 4 out of 5 score. Others complained that a game wasn’t quite good enough for a 4, but a 3 would be equivalent to a 6 in most eyes, which was too low of a score for what the game deserved. Numerous similar situations arose. We decided it was time to make a change, but to let our readers decide.

After listening to our readers feedback, it became obvious you, our readers, wanted a 1-10 scale review system. We  gathered that you felt that many of our 5 out of 5 review scores were not befitting of the titles and many of you struggled with the difference between our normal 5 out of 5 and our editor’s choice 5 out of 5 score. Hell, that was confusing to us at times.

Well, there won’t be any confusion any longer as we’ve successfully converted our entire review archive to a 1-10 scale. On top of that, all reviews published this past week have been given a score using the 1-10 scale, and moving forward ALL reviews will be given an easier to understand 1-10 scale review score.

So… thank you for all of your feedback. We want to make PlayStation LifeStyle the very best experience possible for all of you, so don’t hesitate to email one of us staff members to express your opinions. As you can see by this latest change, we are listening, and we will make whatever changes are necessary to make everyone happy.

Make sure to check out our reviews archive, to see how all our previous review scores have changed in the conversion to the new 1-10 scale. I think you’ll be surprised at what games got what score.

(Platinum) Near Perfect – This is as close to perfect as you can get. Not only is this game a must own, but this game will go down in history as one of the best games of all time.

(Gold) Excellent – A must own, especially for fans of the series of genre. Nearly everything about the game is top notch, including the graphics, gameplay, controls, storyline, etc.

(Silver) Great – We highly recommend this game. Expect a game of high quality. Not quite a must buy, but something that every gamer should consider buying.

(Bronze) Good – We recommend this game. It’s missing a few key aspects that would have made it great, but it’s certainly a decent game and worth picking up.

Average – We carefully recommend this game. If you are a fan of the franchise or genre, you may enjoy this game more than others. However, there is nothing groundbreaking, or anything you simply must experience.

Mediocre – This game is a hit or miss, some will enjoy it, many will not. This is the type of game you might want to wait until it’s on sale to purchase.

Poor – This game is a miss. This game is a strong rental, but we can’t in good faith recommend you buy this game.

Bad– This game is not worth a purchase. It may be worth a rental, only if you enjoy the franchise or genre. Otherwise steer clear of this game.

Terrible – Warning. Buying this game will be a waste of money. Rent this game only if you enjoy self-torture.

Crap – This game should never have been created. The developers should be banned from making more games in the future to save us from having to review it.