GRADES

GRADE SYSTEM

GameRevolution regularly receives questions about our grading policy. Much of them are regarding our transition from the long-standing grade system to a 10-point scale, which has advantages we can’t ignore for the sake of tradition. These advantages most notably make our grading more simple to interpret on an international scale, allowing us to better communicate our conclusions.

Note that 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

Rating0
Tragic. We beg you not to play this game.
Rating0.5
Atrocious. The only value this game has is that it will show other developers what not to do.
Rating1
Abysmal. Not worth your time, effort, or money.
Rating1.5
Appaling. Don't bother.
Rating2
Dreadful. Don't subject yourself to this, even if it looks like it might be okay.
Rating2.5
Horrible. A game with barely any redeeming qualities.
Rating3
Terrible. Some decent ideas still don't make this worth playing.
Rating3.5
Awful. Only play it if you're desperate.
Rating4
Bad. We can't recommend it.
Rating4.5
Poor. But at least there was an attempt to make something decent.
Rating5
Mediocre. Some might enjoy it, but it's still not a good game.
Rating5.5
Okay. It's nearly a good game.
Rating6
Average. Walks the line but does little else.
Rating6.5
Satisfactory. It does what it set out to do but nothing more.
Rating7
Good. It's worth your time.
Rating7.5
Very good. We happily recommend it.
Rating8
Great. There's a lot to love here.
Rating8.5
Excellent. Play this game when you can.
Rating9
Fantastic. Play this game ASAP.
Rating9.5
Classic. Does so much right and we've fallen in love with it.
Rating10
Legendary. One for the ages. The cream of the crop. It doesn't get any better than this.