How Games Are Reviewed

Ah, the never ending battle against video game reviews. How video games are reviewed has always been a tricky subject that many outlets struggle with. Should they use scores? Should they just write without scoring? If they do use scores, what do the scores really mean? What if what is written in the review doesn’t sound like it matches the numbered score? It’s tricky and for that reason, I have basically come up with my own way of doing things.

WholesomeGamer will not be using numbered scores for video game reviews. At the same time WholesomeGamer’s reviews will not be unrated. Instead, video games will be rated with the following:

  • Must Play Perfection – Ever elusive but the best of the best. A game of the highest quality. Don’t expect to see this much, but when you do, make sure you play that game!
  • Must Play – A video game that is great in almost every aspect. It offers great fun and value to the gamer with very few negative points.
  • Give it a Try – A good game that may not be the best but still offers an enjoyable experience with few negative points.
  • Okay to Pass – A game that isn’t necessarily bad but isn’t the cream of the crop either. Despite its best intentions, it may have pacing and gameplay issues along with bugs and other negative points. If you’re interested in the game, feel free to play it; But it’s also okay to pass.
  • Pass – Few games are ever this bad. Terrible from start to finish, this game is riddled with bugs, gameplay issues, it does not keep the player engaged enough, and it will probably make you want to demand a refund. Chances are, your time is probably best spent on something else.

Although consistency is good, WholesomeGamer’s review standards may change from time to time depending on reader feedback. I would like to keep the reviews as transparent and easy to understand as possible. If changes need to be made to achieve that goal, then it will be done.