This news is a bit old so forgive me if this is an already known thing, but nonetheless, it seems pretty huge. From this point on, Rev3 will no longer assign a score to go along with their game reviews. As explained in the video below, they'll insead sum up their reviews with a single sentence at the end meant to give an all encompassing description of their impression.
Oh intern Nick, how far you come! Their first review in this new format has already come out. You can see Tara's numberless thoughts on Transistor right here:
Rev3 isn't the most influential source for games coverage, but with the addition of the (recently retired) Adam Sessler, they came to a position of some prominence, especially for a group of folks who's material exists almost solely as YouTube videos. As far as I know, their scores were never included in Metacritic's numbers, so this won't affect that at all, but it's possible that this trend might continue up to some sites that carry more weight.
The 5 star system (as opposed to _ out of 10, or even the completely pointless 100 point Gamespot system) is one of the things that initially drew me to GB's approach to reviews. I know that Jeff has long talked about how he constantly dwells on the structure, usefulness, and general point of reviews, so I hope this gets him thinking as well.
As Nick and Tara discuss in the video above, review scores are becoming less and less (or maybe always haven't been) productive in terms of purchasing advice or to sum up the review as a whole. And more often than not, serve to fuel fights about arbitrary numbers, rather than discussions about the successes and failures of a game.
Basically, I'm thrilled about this change, and hope it's just the beginning.