Do you consider 3/5 stars a bad score on GB?

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#2  Edited By HitNRun

I didn't at first, but apparently the editors do because they really grill those 3 star games.

EDIT: I think 3 star reviews should be given to...fairly good games. I guess it's just hard to shake the habit of converting the scores into the GS 10.0 where 6 is bad, because it seems like that's what they have been doing.

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#3  Edited By DualReaver

I consider it a 6-7.5/10.
Games is decent and worth a rent if I was interested in the game before, but not a purchase.

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#4  Edited By brukaoru

I consider it an average game... Not too bad, but not too good. Worth a rental, but not a purchase.

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#5  Edited By Jayge_

I think it's broad enough to convey quite a few meanings, and it's average in my eyes. I can't stand people who try to say "THAT MEANS 6/10 LOLOLOL". It does not. At all.

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#6  Edited By HoNgKoNgPh0oEy

Yes I consider 3/5 bad on any review for anything cough Soul Calibur IV review Cough

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#7  Edited By Arkthemaniac

Good enough to check out if already interested, but not if you had no desire to play it beforehand.

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#8  Edited By Dalai

A 3 star game is, at the least, a solid rent.  It''s just okay.

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#9  Edited By Karmum

I don't go by percentage wise (1/5 = 20 percent, 2/5 = 40 percent, 3/5 = 60 percent, 4/5 = 80 percent, 5/5 = 100 percent). Anything that is a 3 or more is considered "good" in my book. I mean, scoring wise, it doesn't mean I will like it, though. 3/5 does not mean 60 percent to me, it means it is good, but has flaws.

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#10  Edited By twenty0ne

Yes, I do.

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#11  Edited By and333
Karmum said:
"I don't go by percentage wise (1/5 = 20 percent, 2/5 = 40 percent, 3/5 = 60 percent, 4/5 = 80 percent, 5/5 = 100 percent). Anything that is a 3 or more is considered "good" in my book. I mean, scoring wise, it doesn't mean I will like it, though. 3/5 does not mean 60 percent to me, it means it is good, but has flaws."
Nice I like that scale and it works out right! yah 3/5 is a little above average which means the game has probs but is still fun at times, I will be picking up too human cause I know I can get past the probs it has cause I Need a thats all about that loot!
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Of course.. it means 'meh' in my mind. Sort of like a 6 or so out of 10.

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#13  Edited By Subway

Not really, to me it more means, the game has it's issues, but it also has redeemable qualities, and if you can look past the issue, it can be enjoyable.

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#14  Edited By Tearhead

Umm not really, I see it as "ok". Maybe not good enough to spend $60 on but if I know i will love the game then the score doesn't matter for me. Or if it's a direct sequel to a game I really loved then score also doesn't matter.

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#15  Edited By dwreck

I consider it to be an average score.

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no. i think its the equivalent of 7/10 on the gamespot scale.

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#18  Edited By Psynapse

I hate the 1-5 scoring method, even though it comes in halves. I'd much rather them use an, out of 10 scoring method. Would be alot easier to define.

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#19  Edited By Demyx
Subway said:
"Not really, to me it more means, the game has it's issues, but it also has redeemable qualities, and if you can look past the issue, it can be enjoyable."
I'd agree. Especially this gen with games costing $60 or more. There are some games that don't warrant spending 60 bucks, but if it goes down in price, I wouldn't mind buying it.
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#20  Edited By blue74

i wouldnt buy no games that scores 3/5

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#21  Edited By SmugDarkLoser

moreso a you try it out if it looks cool

Overall, scores mean nothing to me. 

Blue Dragon is one of my favorite games this gen, so is Lost Odyssey.  Both scored mehly.

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#22  Edited By BryanBryan

Yeah, like a lot of people said, just average but not bad.  I'll probably buy Too Human when it gets to the 30-40 range, I, unlike a lot of people, did enjoy the demo.  If the game was longer I'd buy it for 60.

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#23  Edited By Mushir
Psynapse said:
"I hate the 1-5 scoring method, even though it comes in halves. I'd much rather them use an, out of 10 scoring method. Would be alot easier to define."
Same here. Especially because the staff here never give games scores with a half star. The out of 10 scoring is more accurate in my opinion.
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#24  Edited By Absurd

The halfway point. An inherent appreciation of this game's specific gameplay style, characters, subject matter, and so on may play as big a role in your enjoyment as the actual quality of the game.

Taken from the faq.

Myself, I think of it as a Meh

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#25  Edited By Lies

No. A 3-star is average or good in my opinion, whereas a 5 is amazing, a 4 is great, 2 is mediocre, and a one is just terrible.

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#26  Edited By Lies

No. A 3-star is average or good in my opinion, whereas a 5 is amazing, a 4 is great, 2 is mediocre, and a one is just terrible.

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#27  Edited By xymox

3 Stars is good in my opinion as there is a bigger amount of stars compared to "blank" stars, good as "not really bad, but not really great either".
4 would be great, 5 amazing/must-buy. 2 stars are not worth a purchase, but maybe worth a check to certain people or at least a rental, and 1 star is just "thanks for showing up, now go home".
I think we need a no-star rating. I can think of a number of games that deserve a no star rating.

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#28  Edited By Dakota

I believe they are really average and/or bland games, or games with unrealized potential. Many may be worth a rent, and others worth a buy if your interested in the subject matter.

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#29  Edited By irishjohn

I think the editors at GB have chosen to use the five star system to try and get away from the griping people aim at ten point systems on various websites.  The score is not the be-all and end-all; a good review will tell you whether the game is something you might be interested in, assuming you read it.  I think that in that regard the reviews on GB are pretty good. 

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#30  Edited By zeus_gb

3 stars would be quite good or average maybe.

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#31  Edited By keyhunter

A lot of my favorite games would be reviewed as average or awful.

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#32  Edited By crunchUK

it's a '"don't get too excited" or "if you happen to see it REALLY cheap..."

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#33  Edited By danielkempster
Karmum said:
"I don't go by percentage wise (1/5 = 20 percent, 2/5 = 40 percent, 3/5 = 60 percent, 4/5 = 80 percent, 5/5 = 100 percent). Anything that is a 3 or more is considered "good" in my book. I mean, scoring wise, it doesn't mean I will like it, though. 3/5 does not mean 60 percent to me, it means it is good, but has flaws."
Couldn't agree more. The website itself says that a 3 star game is good but with flaws, and that fans of the series or genre in question could probably overlook and enjoy the game.
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#34  Edited By danielkempster

EDIT: Double-post. I shall blame the sensitivity of the mouse and pretend like it didn't happen. :P

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#35  Edited By DirrtyNinja
I think it goes a little something like this.

1 star = Less fun than getting a stick shoved in your japs eye.
2 stars = On a par with getting kicked in the nuts by a homosexual kangaroo.
3 stars = Leaves you with a feeling akin to blue balls.
4 stars = On a par with your favourite porno.
5 stars = Quite possibly better than sex.
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#36  Edited By Cowman
Jayge said:
"I think it's broad enough to convey quite a few meanings, and it's average in my eyes. I can't stand people who try to say "THAT MEANS 6/10 LOLOLOL". It does not. At all."
I can't stand those people either.
If you are converting the scores to a 10 point scale you're missing the point of Giant Bomb's review system.
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#37  Edited By Zebadee

I see 3 Stars as... "meh"

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#38  Edited By bread_or_decide

This is how I break it down in my mind.

1 = Broken
2 = Not Broken but probably boring as hell.
3 = Average. Genre fans only. Others need not apply.
4 = Get out your wallets. It's a keeper.
5 = Gaming masterpiece. Play it or get off the planet.

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#39  Edited By jlaudio7

3/5 basically tells me its just your average, run-of-the-mill game. It doesn't stand out among the other games. Its not bad, but it isn't good either.

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#40  Edited By AaronBelfast

3/5= Average

Average= Bad.

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#41  Edited By roofy

3 stars to me means that the game isnt for everyone.
its a rental

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#42  Edited By bread_or_decide

If a game I was anticipating got a 3/5 I'd buy it. If its a game I had no interest in...I wouldnt bother with it.

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#43  Edited By ProfessorEss

For me three stars says "rent and see".

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#44  Edited By TheGTAvaccine

Nah. 3 stars is just "average" in my book. Doesnt mean its not worth your time.

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#45  Edited By Emilio

I see it as
1. Broken/awful, what were they thinking?
2. Poor, needs alot of work
3. Good, but better if you're a fan or know what you're getting into
4. Great, you'll enjoy it
5. Must have, yabba dabba doo.

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#46  Edited By gamer_152

I didn't before and I don't now. As as the editors have outlined 3/5 stars doesn't mean they hate it.

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#47  Edited By kush

I could care less...I don't care what any score says. I respect what they enjoy and respect their opinion, but if they bash a game that I wanted to try out it's not going to change my mind. I wish these scores could just go away, but that will never happen because the majority of people want them...and many live by them.

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#48  Edited By xruntime

I think of it as a game that was obviously designed well and many features were included, but it simply doesn't play out that well.

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#49  Edited By wefwefasdf
Psynapse said:
"I hate the 1-5 scoring method, even though it comes in halves. I'd much rather them use an, out of 10 scoring method. Would be alot easier to define."
http://www.giantbomb.com/help/
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#50  Edited By deboer

no. I would cosider that good, but not great. Giant Bomb really needs to go to 1-10