VGLN.com uses a 10 point
"decimal" system. We rate games on a variety of characteristics
from 1 - 10, 1 being poorest, and 10 being the best possible rating.
The VGLN.com review system
is a weighted system. This simply means that certain characteristics
of a game are rated more or less heavily than others when determining
the final score. The breakdown of our system is as follows:
This represents 35% of our score for any particular game. Gameplay
is a basic summation of how well a game meshes together. These include
details such as playability, control scheme, buggy-ness, and overall
fun factor. Any strength or lack in this category can heavily affect
the score of a game.
Graphics represent 20% of our scoring scheme. Visuals are an important
part of most games and are judged on factors such as style, and
Sound counts for 20% of any score. Sound includes any sound effects,
voice, or music used in a game. Sound is judged on quality, style,
Presentation represents 15% of our scoring scheme. This category
includes the overall cinematic setup, and production values of a
Replay value represents 10% of our scoring scheme. This category
represents the basic value of replaying a game after going through
it once. Multiplayer orientated games should score much higher in
this category than RPGs. To compensate for this, we've reduced the
overall value of this category so it won't adversely affect the
score of games which naturally are not highly replayable (RPGs,
Story driven adventure games, Plot-driven adventure games, Puzzle
adventure games) but will help the score of games which are.
Our global score revolves around a 100 point decimal system and takes into
account all of the categories described above. Here's a summary
of what certain scores imply.
|10.0: Given our rating formula, this score
is just about impossible to attain as a global score. Any game
that does receive this score is a testament to excellent game
design and visual art. Not buying it would be a sin.
|9.0 - 9.9: A well designed piece of software
that may not be perfect but is about as close as you can get.
|8.0 - 8.9: A game that is minorly flawed
but can still be a must buy especially for those who are fans
of the particular genre.
|7.0 - 7.9: An above average game that is
flawed in a few ways but not enough to detract from its positives.
|6.0 - 6.9: A few flaws keep this game from
being better. It's probably at its core a well thought out game,
but is perhaps lacking slightly in its features and execution.
|5.0 - 5.9: Mediocre game at best that is
moderately lacking in one or more categories.
|4.0 - 4.9: A game that is seriously flawed
in more than one category. Not a title that you should be keen
on purchasing until you've tried it via demo or rental.
|3.0 - 3.9: Well below average game that is
lacking many basic fundementals that make a game fun and enjoyable
|2.0 - 2.9: Extremely deficient game that
deserves nothing more than "bargain bin" status.
|1.0 - 1.9: Devoid of nearly any recognizable
value. Avoid at all cost.
|0.0 - 0.9: As with a score of 10.0, a rating
in this range is nearly impossible to attain on our rating system.
Any game that scores in this category is a true example of suckiness.
Spending your dollar on this title would definitely be a sin.
Hit or Miss System:
We have found that when rating a game, sometimes there
are times when numbers don't tell the whole story. For example,
while the difference between scores of "9" and "3"
are easily distinguishable from each other, some readers might wonder
what seperates a game with a score of 8.0 from another with a score
of 7.0. To better simplify our ratings for our readership, we have
added the "hit or miss" barometer with which to judge
a game. Each category explained above has an added "hit, miss,
or ok" indicator placed besides the score in all of our reviews.
Here's an explaination of what each means.
||This means a game did satisfactory in the category. There
are little to no flaws.
||The game is flawed in this category. While it may not be horrible,
something needs to be fixed.
||The game is severly flawed and "missed" the mark
greatly in the given category.
||Games that earn an overall global score of 9.0 and above are
automatically bestowed an editor's choice award. These are games
that have shown tremendous attention to gameplay mechanics and
detail. Their overall creation is truly a work of art in software.