About GameSpot Reviews
Scores and more.
GameSpot has been reviewing video games since 1996. Games have evolved much since the late '90s, of course, as has GameSpot itself. What hasn't changed is our commitment to providing a timely and thoughtful analysis for every game we can. Of course, we cannot review every game, but we strive to publish reviews for all types of games on a variety of platforms. We also recognize that as certain games evolve, our original reviews may no longer describe them in their current states, which is why we occasionally publish updated reviews for games that have changed and grown over time. We cannot provide an updated review for every game, but we pay close attention to which games remain relevant to our readers, and revisit them should the right occasion arise.
GameSpot also accommodates multiple reviews of the same game, which allows us to present you with opinions from differing perspectives. If you're looking to get into a series that's already several games in, you might be interested to read a review that's written by someone who also missed out on earlier games to determine if it's a good entry point, for example. Or perhaps you're looking to play a game with a child, and would love to get a parent's perspective. We don't offer multiple perspectives on every game that we review, but our group of internal and freelance authors is diverse and opinionated, and we recognize that individuals readers' own tastes may align more with one author's point of view than another's.
In that vein, GameSpot encourages each author to express his or her thoughts on games from personal angles when reviewing a game. We wish to provide you with information regarding the game in question, but we also wish to do more than that: we dissect each game on the whole, as well as its components, to help you determine whether or not it is worthy of your attention. Every player is an individual, and thus we do not know how much any given person might enjoy any given game. We believe, however, that an honest and discerning review can be of great value, both to the potential player, as well as to games discourse at large.
GameSpot rates games on a scale of 1 to 10 in order to give you an at-a-glance sense of their overall quality. Please note that as the quality of gaming experiences naturally improves over time, we don't simply rate new games higher, even if they're technically better. Instead, as games come out that raise the bar, we adjust our expectations accordingly. A game that earns a high score today is probably better than a game that earned the same score on our scale several years ago. Also note that we do not approach reviews by assigning them assumed scores in advance; games do not start as a 10, and we do not subtract points for having things "wrong" with them, as if games are pop quizzes with correct and incorrect answers. Instead, we believe that games earn their scores, and that scores are meant to complement the written and video reviews, not to replace them.
Our 10-point scale provides you with simple descriptions that will tell you at one look what our reviewers thought of a game. Our range goes from the abysmal 1, all the way up to the essential, must-play recommendation that is a score of 10. Our scores are defined as follows:
10 - Essential
9 - Superb
8 - Great
7 - Good
6 - Fair
5 - Mediocre
4 - Poor
3 - Bad
2 - Terrible
1 - Abysmal
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