This is an argument that surfaces a lot in the industry. Mostly from people who are trying to argue that the given score is too low, but here’s 5 reasons why that’s nonsense.
1. Review scores help give you an overall idea
When it comes to reading reviews the best thing to do is read the body. I’m not going to advise anyone just checks the score and decides the game in question is flawless or terrible. That’s just not the case all they are is a numerical value to sum up the game in a simple, easy way. And shouldn’t always be taken at face value. Often a average score doesn’t instantly mean an average game, there can be caveats but a number can’t tell you those. Only the review text can. So read up!
2. Review scores are literally just a number
And that’s just it. They are a round up in the form of a number of what the reviewer thought about the game, to be taken in context with the rest of the review. So don’t get so mad, yeah?
3. Review scores aren’t my problem
I hear a shocking amount of people say things like, “your bad score affects those poor developers bonuses!!”. And I’m not a bad guy, at least I try not to be, but I don’t care. It’s my job to critique a game, it’s not my job to as I’m reviewing the product let things slide because if I don’t developer X or Y might not be able to buy a new Mercedes this side of Christmas. A developers job is to make video games and sell those games and my job is to try and let consumers know if it’s worth buying. Remember as well, that unless a game is in the low end of the 1-4/10 spectrum it’s probably worth picking up.
4. The scale is 1/10 to 10/10
The review scale is obviously different for every publication. But the most common is the 1-10 scale, now I notice some people who are against review scores, (or rather scores that they disagree with), feel like it’s actually from about 7-10. I recall a time when Steve Burns of videogamer.com got almost endless abuse from Uncharted fans for daring to score the HD collection a 7/10. Unbelievable.
5. Bottom line they should stay
Aside from silly things that angry internet users like to say review scores aren’t the big bad they are made out to be. Aside from the not really my problem thing of how it affects developers bonuses they aren’t a product of Satan and you can put down your pitchforks. I therefore rate this article 6/10.