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GRADE SYSTEM

Game Revolution regularly receives questions and complaints about our grading policy. Much of them now are about our recent change from our longstanding letter grades to a five-star system, which has advantages we can't ignore for the sake of tradition: It's easily interpreted on an international scale and on aggregate sites, which gives the control back to us, and it's more professionally accepted as a rating scale in all forms of art. We figure that video games deserve to be in the same company. And really, it can't be that surprising - there is a star in our logo, after all.

We take a tough stance on grading. This isn't a site where every score goes from 7-10. Remember, 2.5 stars is meant to be average.

Games are graded based on when they are brand-new, in context to the state of gaming of its time. A retro game released now is given a score based on current standards. We assume that most aspects of gameplay, sound, graphics, and design will improve over time, and we grade accordingly. A sequel must be better than the original in order to receive the same grade.

What The Grades Mean

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5 stars
A true Game Revolution. A new threshold. Phenomenal in nearly every regard, pushes the boundaries, and shakes the very definition of video gaming to its core.
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4.5 stars
Not only incredible for both design and presentation, but also memorable and revolutionary for its genre.
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4 stars
A strong representation of its genre. Slightly unpolished in spots, but all-around solid.
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3.5 stars
Good overall gameplay and graphics. More bright spots than dark ones.
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3 stars
Above average. Has many problems but does enough right.
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2.5 stars
Plain and average. Has an equal amount of flaws and disappointments.
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2 stars
Needs improvement. May have a spark of creativity but far too mired in issues.
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1.5 stars
Unfortunate. Hard to grasp any positives to speak of.
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1 star
Lousy. Fails at being even mediocre.
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0.5 stars
An unacceptable, unconsolable piece of work. Hardly worth the data. Painemptyy awful.
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0 stars
A nightmare that scars our existence. The mere mention of its name invokes anger, despair, and years of therapy.
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