ThisisXbox.com operates a review score from one through to ten where the lowest score represents a poor value and the higher score a more positive outcome.
It is important to remember that when reading a review on thisisxbox, it is not by any means considered to be influential and representative of how ‘you’ should think about the given game or product. Reviews on thisisxbox describe how the reviewer thinks about the game based on their experience during gameplay or testing. However, a review can be a very good guideline for deciding about whether a game is poor or great, but it should never replace your own opinion. Having stemmed from the old Xbox website ‘Xboxic’, thisisxbox.com continues to use the same review score table.
- Total and Utter Crap: Don’t buy this. If you get it for free, refuse it, or burn it. Sacrifice it to Satan, just to irritate him with a product this bad.
- Waste of Time: Okay they did have some rare things right. Everything else was terribly wrong though.
- Extremely Poor: Still a waste of the space it occupies, but at least something speaks for it.
- Poor: Good for some limited fun on a rainy afternoon, but apart from that a no-no.
- Below Average: If you really like the genre of the game or really need something in the niche of the product, it could suffice. Will not permanently entertain you or help you out.
- Average: Well it does what it promises to do, nothing more nothing less. If you are in the market for a product of this type, you could be getting much worse things than this. But also better.
- Above Average: The product is better than other offerings in the same area. It has obvious flaws, but hey it will entertain you and you probably won’t regret spending money on this.
- Good: You’re going to like this if you’re in the market for a product or game of this type. It’s not perfect, absolutely not, but you’ll most certainly be pleased by this purchase.
- Very Good: Nearing perfection, but falls short in a few areas. However, you will most definitely need to consider this purchase even if it’s not really your thing or you don’t need it. You may be surprised.
- Excellent: As close to perfection as can currently be. It may be surpassed by later products, but at the time of writing it was king of the hill. Spend your dough now.
The later inclusion of using half-scores was introduced because it was agreed by the reviewers that more than one game with the same review score was not necessarily refelctive of being the same quality. For instance if Game A and Game B were both given a review score of 8/10, but neither were worthy of being a 9/10 and Game A was a little better than Game B – then Game A deserves to be rewarded higher. So, we now use half-scores to separate two great games, but distinguish the better of them in the same score category.
Why is a 6 Average on thisisxbox.com
When thisisxbox started; having parted ways with Xboxic in 2010, as described above we used the classic one through to ten score (with no half-scores). With a number between 1 to 10, any number from 5 or below is actually below average so as the only score left above 5 is 6. Now that we use half-scores it is now also about better quality and that games must meet our average criteria of a score 6 to be considered an “average game”. You will find that a lot of gamers tend to regard ‘mentally’ that anything below a review score of 8 is an average or poor – think about it!
…and that concludes our scoring, should we change it in the future – we’ll detail it right here.