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In an effort to be more accurate with our reviews and to combat score inflation, we updated our scoring rubric in May of 2016. Please note that the descriptions of each score below refer to the game in its entirety but can be translated easily to each category of our reviews as well.
OnlySP Scoring Rubric
1 – Unplayable: This game is all but unplayable with one or more categories that completely ruin the experience, whether it’s a story that abruptly ceases or otherwise fails to deliver a satisfying play experience or completely broken mechanics that make it so you can no longer play the game (like numerous game-breaking and unavoidable bugs). This game is not just bad, it shouldn’t have been released in its current state. Very few games should receive this dubious distinction, but if you see a 1 in any category, it’s a pretty clear sign to avoid this game completely.
2 – Abysmal: While not broken in the strictest sense, a game that receives a 2, either in a scoring category or, in particular, overall, has more than its share of significant problems. Mechanics that routinely break down and fail to work, a story that makes absolutely no sense or gets completely derailed, a soundtrack that is nothing but shrieking cats, whatever game received a 2 was an incredibly miserable experience.
3 – Bad: This game is unequivocally and noticeably bad. Maybe it doesn’t eject you out of the game experience at every point, but at no point could it ever be considered “good.” This game may have a few moments of not being absolute drek and it may not be “broken” in the strictest sense, but, pretty much from start to finish, it failed to deliver a meaningful or enjoyable experience.
4 – Below Average: Have you ever played a game that just didn’t feel right for some reason? Maybe you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, but something about it just didn’t seem to be working just right and even though you managed to finish it, you couldn’t shake the idea that something about the game just didn’t work. That game might receive a 4. Receiving a 4, particularly if it’s a category score, shouldn’t necessarily be a deal-breaker for a game and sometimes you may not notice or be able to articulate exactly what’s wrong with it…but something is definitely not up to snuff and whatever category got this score was definitely not up to par with what we expect in a modern game.
5 – Average: This game is decidedly average. It pushes no envelopes and shatters no expectation, but it functions. Coupled with a few higher-rating categories, this game might even be pretty enjoyable, but coupled with a few lower scores the game may be best avoided. The game that receives a 5 does not stand out in any way whatsoever, either good or bad. Please note: a 5 is a perfectly functional score and should not be an indicator, on its own, that a game must be avoided at all costs or fails in any way. We are not the American education system.
6 – Above Average: Have you ever played a game that just felt right for some reason? Maybe you couldn’t quite put your finger on it, but something about it just seemed to fall into place and when you finished it, you couldn’t help but nod in appreciation even though you couldn’t quite identify what it was that worked? That game might receive a 6. Receiving a 6 is a small triumph for a game. While the game that received this score doesn’t stand out as a paragon example of gaming in any way, it worked, and our lives are slightly better for the experience.
7 – Good: This game just worked well. It left us feeling good about having played it for whatever reason – maybe you were tempted to replay it again just for the mechanics, or maybe you were humming the soundtrack for a couple days. Whatever the case, this game has something pretty nice going for it, even if there are a few noticeable flaws here and there.
8 – Great: Whatever game receives an eight stands out as pretty darn great. The game isn’t perfect, and you may notice a flaw here and there, but its imperfections do little to detract from the overall experience and they’re easy to wave off when faced with the totality of what this game has done right.
9 – Amazing: This category stands as a testament to gaming. This is the sort of game that wins game of the year awards and you can expect it mentioned frequently at the end of the year in ours. While it’s not perfect (no games are), we’re hard pressed to articulate exactly what about it isn’t. Its flaws are few and nearly impossible to notice.
10 – Near Perfection: To receive a 10 in any category, let alone as an overall score, is a feat few games can accomplish. No game is perfect, but if a game receives a score of 10, it means that, functionally, this game might as well be. If a game receives a 10 in any category, it’s a pretty clear indicator that you should check it out, even if it’s not a genre or franchise you generally don’t seek out. To reiterate: very few games will receive this score. If a game has a 10 anywhere in its review, it is absolutely something special. Far from being game of the year, this is the sort of game that is remembered for generations and is truly revolutionary and will be played for generations to come.