This article acts as a reference for anyone who wants to know more about why a game received a particular score on the Heart Containers blog.
General Statements About All Reviews:
- Reading a review on this site should clearly explain why a game received the numerical score that it did. For example, there should be no cases where we write a mostly positive review, but the score itself is relatively low. You should expect the words to match the number, and if they don't, feel free to point that out.
- Game reviews are NEVER compared with other scores when it comes time to decide what the exact number should be. For example, we will never decide that game x should receive a 4 because game y received a 5. Because of this, we don't expect our readers to hold us to that standard either. This does not mean that we will not use game comparisons within the review itself to prove a point. Each game earns it's numerical score based on what it has accomplished on its own. If there happens to be a pattern or curious correlation between game scores that is purely coincidental.
- Reviews scores are bounded on a 10 point scale with 0.1 increments. The increments are an added nuance to help express how close or far away we thought a particular game was from reaching one of the point values. Here are what each of the points mean:
1: Horrible - I have nothing nice to say about this game. Would never recommend to anyone.
2: Eh - The developers tried... something? The game failed completely, but they tried. Would never recommend to anyone.
3: Fine - The game is playable. You can kind of make out what the intended experience was supposed to be. Maybe if you squint hard enough you can almost feel it. Nothing innovative. Execution lacks even by last gen standards. Would recommend to anyone who knows exactly what they are getting into and wants to learn something specific from this experience.
4: Almost - It's close to being acceptable. You can definitely see what the intended experience was, but it almost never gets there except for rare occasion. The game tries to be a modern example in its genre, but it is implemented poorly. Would recommend to anyone who knows exactly what they are getting into and wants to learn something specific from this experience.
5: Average - Average is exactly what it means. The game does a decent job of being itself but lacks any distinguishing qualities. Very little innovation or polish. It is interchangeable with other games. It's an experience we've had before. Would only recommend if you had an attachment to the series or brand.
6: Alright - Most review sites treat anything less than a 7 as trash. Not us. What it does do a good job of is familiar and basic. There's still the occasional enjoyable moment, but they are not nearly enough and only work for a specific audience. Lacks real innovation or creativity. Not groundbreaking. Would only recommend if you had an attachment to the series or brand. Time is too short now a days.
7: Good - The game has/had potential. The seeds were there for something special but it was unfortunately held back by its implementation. When it is not trying to innovate, the execution is done well enough to be a overall enjoyable experience. Would recommend this game to everyone who enjoys the genre or series and has ran out of better options.
8: Great - Excels at a handful of things while still having notable setbacks. Some mechanics work really well while others are par for the course if not worse. Tries to innovate and does a good enough job to make you think but does not leave a lasting impression for years to come. Would recommend this game to everyone who enjoys the genre or series.
9: Amazing - Innovative, creative, polished, and well executed to an incredible degree. However, there are clear flaws that keep the game from perfection. I would still recommend this game to everyone.
10: Perfect - I would not change a single thing. Possibly an unattainable score. This game should be recommended to everyone.