I'm just too used to the old review system. I feel that .1 increments allow more depth as there is bound to be a game where hundreds of people believe it does not deserve that score. I guess the only reason I like it is to laugh when a big game flops. But in all honesty, it doesn't really matter, people should be looking for reviews for knowledge about the product, not relying on an arbitrary number to see whether they should even bother looking at a game.
"5 stars is great for quick idea about a game, Average, above average, below average. i like actually reading a review for the little detail or listening to the podcasts and listen to the guys get down to the nitty gritty on a game....... SO yeah i like!
this exact quote needs to be plastered underneath every single score given out on giantbomb
I dont like the .1 increments actually, makes you think X game is better then X game by .X when really they could be both the same level of quality, just depends on your taste.
Its all about generalizing the game review though, all you really need to know if its a good or bad games, buy or not, etc.
I think the 5 star system is great. It adds less fuel to the console wars. That's the kind of stuff we don't need at GiantBomb.
Honestly I hate reviews and scores that only go to 5 and that use stars. I personally Love the old fashioned 1-10 rating system. thats why I hate gamepro's review system, its just confusing when it only goes to 5. I say innovate, have it go to 10 stars perhaps?! I would prefer the .5 review system like Gamespot's but you can also innovate by doing a 10 star system
"Honestly I hate reviews and scores that only go to 5 and that use stars. I personally Love the old fashioned 1-10 rating system. thats why I hate gamepro's review system, its just confusing when it only goes to 5. I say innovate, have it go to 10 stars perhaps?! I would prefer the .5 review system like Gamespot's but you can also innovate by doing a 10 star system"The issue with that is that Gamespot's "1-10" scale is anything but. It is a 1-20 point scale, and IGN's is a 1-100 point scale.
This system works and its the easiest. if you want it out of 10 just take the giantbomb score and multiply it by 2. I think its the simplest easiest way to review something with 1 being bad 2 being a little less than average 3 being average 4 being above average and 5 being perfect.
I think scores should be removed altogether so people actually read the review. So many people just look at the score and forget the point of the review. Then the world wouldn't go crazy when Twilight Princess gets an 8.8. I like the 5 star system more for all the reasons Jeff stated, but people will still go crazy when Twilight Princess only gets 4 stars.
The 5 point scale is good for a straight up "buy it or don't" review, i personally prefer a 10 point or higher scale, not because the difference between a 8 and 9 or the difference between an 8.5 and 8.6 means that it is or is not a buy, but because for the fun ranking games compared to each other it makes things more fun, at least i thing. And I also think that some games just deserve to be in a different class than others which is why I like having the score of 10 on 10 point scales (or higher) reserved for the best of the best.
"it gets the job doneYeah until people start bitching about Game X getting a 3 instead of a 4. It's not a new system, we've just become used to the 1-10 system which is useless since half of that scale is never used anyway.
and the 5 point scale should stop syatem fanboys fighting over scores..... for now "
I really like the 5 star system on a site with good reviewers. It makes the score more of an overall generalization, and less specific to the reviewer's own personal taste in the game, with the review having the important content of the game. It prevents people like Mr. System Wars User from bragging over a game on one system that got .3 higher than another system.
The user review system lets you use half stars, so if that's your sort of thing, it's available. I really like the 5 star rating system. The less granularity the better in my opinion. I just need to know: "This is a great game" or "This is a terrible game". So I very much like the review system. It's the text that matters anyways, not the score.