Among a lot of the dissatisfaction each of Tom's reviews seems to create, I'd like to take a moment to appreciate Tom's reviews. It feels like reviewers are too often willing to hand out 9s to every game they can play without cursing the game at one point or another. Tom seems to recognize that even games that are pretty good aren't inherently 9 worthy and that it takes something truly special to warrant the higher game review scores. I appreciate Tom's reviews because if he gives a game a 9 or a 10, I know that it will actually be an absolutely phenomenal experience, one that might even transcend my own tastes or preferences. Game reviewers are so generous with 9s these days that its hard to tell what I am actually going to enjoy, and what's just passable to me. So thank you Tom for making those high review scores special and bringing meaning back to a muddled, blurry rating system. It's just a shame that other people don't seem to feel the same way.