Review Guidelines

Hitbox Hell primarily a video-game review website, so it probably makes sense to write a page explaining how the review scales work. The original rating scale was going to graded from A to F, but I felt like that was too confusing, or too convoluted for a system that should just simply explain whether a game is worth playing or not. I eventually settled on a 1-10 system, partially inspired by IGN’s own 1-10 rating system.

A 10/10 rating system is much more easier to understand, much like 5 star reviews for movies. I had also contemplated using a 5-star system for games, but I felt that games can go in so many different directions that a 5-star system doesn’t give itself enough space to separate all the types of different games and genres that there are.

I did originally start out by posting reviews of games I considered to be perfect, but as time has gone on I’ve slowly evened out review scores and most of the time games tend to end up around a 7 average across the board. A lot of the lower rated games don’t tend to have reviews that I’ve written for them – mostly because I’ve played the game before and don’t feel like I want to write a review for the game (I may do in the future), or the game is so horrendously bad that I can’t say anything good about it (4-1 rating is where this’ll apply in a lot of cases).

10 – Perfect

The best of the best. And probably the highest recommendation I can give. These games are ones that define the genre, or show what’s truly capable of games as a whole and ones that I believe everyone should play at least once in their lives. There are very rare times where I give a game a perfect score but if a game has one, that probably means it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played.

Examples of Perfect games include:

9 – Phenomenal

I think a nine is best explained by games that I think are absolutely amazing, but don’t reach that landmark of being one of the best ever. Maybe there’s something about it that doesn’t reach that level of “best of the best” but still warrants a strong recommendation. That’s what this score is for.

Examples of Phenomenal games include:

8 – Amazing

These games are just really good. They’re not some of the best games to ever be made but they still get a high recommendation because they’re fun to play and go above average when it comes to enjoyment and satisfaction.

Examples of Amazing games include:

7 – Good

This is the average score that I give to games. This doesn’t mean they’re bad or terrible. It just means they’re good games to play and serve their purpose as an entertaining form of media. Most games fit in this category because they are just good. It’s not a bad score. In fact, it’s pretty good. But not all games in the world are going to be a spectacle, and that’s why this score exists.

Examples of Good games include:

6 – Okay

They just slightly miss the mark of being good games. Still, they’re not bad games, they’re just kind of there. They’re not at that level where I can say they’re better than most games that come out.

Examples of Okay games include:

  • Reigns
  • Five Night’s at Freddy’s World
  • Homefront

5 – Average

From here onwards is where games go into the “meh” categories. Games that are just okay would probably fit best into this number rating. I think the single-word “average”, fits this the best, the games that I feel are average. Middle-tier, for lack of a better description.

Examples of Average games include:

  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Artifact
  • Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator

4 – Bad

As Michael Jackson once said “It’s bad, it’s bad. It’s really really bad.”

Examples of Bad games include:

  • WWE 2K20
  • Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5

3 – Terrible

It’s at this point you begin to wonder, why was this game ever made? What purpose does this game even serve to the wider videogame industry? Turns out, nothing.

Examples of Terrible games include:

  • Postal III
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
  • Sonic Boom

2 – Awful

You might as well refund the game and get something worth your time at this stage.

Examples of Terrible games include:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
  • Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
  • Fallout 76

1 – Don’t Bother

Don’t buy. Don’t play. Don’t even consider wanting to get the game.

Examples of Don’t Bother games include:

  • Thankfully none so far, but I’m just going to put E.T from 1982 so that there is a game here.
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