Scoring System

Red ratings indicate works that I cannot recommend; for the most part, they’re not worth the investment.
Yellow ratings are used when I have trouble deciding whether to recommend a work or not.
Green ratings are for highly recommended works that you should definitely check out.

  • 1/10Abysmal: Inexcusable. You would derive more enjoyment from staring at a wall for several hours.
  • 2/10Terrible: It may have a saving grace or two, but you should avoid it at all costs.
  • 3/10Poor: You will never see it in any serious list regarding the worst of the worst, but it’s still not recommended.
  • 4/10Mediocre: There are interesting things about this work, but you’re probably better off skipping it.
  • 5/10Average: Has about as many good ideas as it does bad. Whether it’s worth trying or not is up to you.
  • 6/10Okay: An above-average experience that falls short in many ways. Consider this grade an honorable mention.
  • 7/10Good: This is something you need to try out when you get the chance.
  • 8/10Great: A solid experience that deserves a permanent place in your collection.
  • 9/10Superb: A masterpiece. I point to these works when discussing the highlights of a given decade.
  • 10/10Transcendent: An unforgettable experience that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Universal scoring rules:

  1. You will only ever see one 10/10 per franchise/director.
  2. Works with terrible endings are disqualified automatically, which is to say they cannot receive a score higher than 5/10.
  3. A sequel hook that ends a work on a sour note must be resolved in a reasonable span of time. If seven years pass without any substantial evidence that a sequel is being produced, the work in question will be disqualified.
  4. Historical significance may be acknowledged, but will have minimal impact on final judgements.

Scoring rules exclusive to video games:

  1. Judgements are based on a game’s single-player campaign unless stated otherwise.
  2. The highest score a fangame can get is an 8/10.
  3. Porting issues may be mentioned, but will not factor into judgements.
  4. A game must have a definitive ending to be considered for a review.
  5. An episodic game must complete its course before it can be considered for a review. If it is not resolved, the work in question will be disqualified.
  6. A remake must provide a substantially different experience in order to warrant a separate review.
  7. Unless it expands upon the game’s primary campaign, downloadable content (DLC) will not factor into my judgements.

Scoring rules exclusive to films:

  1. No verdict of a film divided into multiple parts shall be rendered until it has been released in its entirety.
  2. A film must have a narrative to be considered for a review.