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The following is my descriptors and the reasoning behind the scores I give games out of 7.

7 out of 7: The Stuff of Legends

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Example: God of War (2018)

I will give very, very VERY few games a 7. To me, a 7 signifies a game that is as close to perfect as possible. Not without flaw, since no game ever is, but not once while playing did any flaw pop out. Perhaps only the tiniest pedantic criticism after viewing it in retrospect. These are genre-defining titles that will go down as legendary.

Rating: 7 out of 7.

6 out of 7: Basically a Masterpiece

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Example: Bioshock Infinite (2013)

These are games that felt like 7s for a good chunk of the time, but they have small sections with noticeable low points for me. This could be pacing issues, a dumb mechanic, or just an enemy or section that seems punishingly difficult or comically easy. Still, these are games that I think everyone should experience, and I wouldn’t hesitate to call them gems of the gaming world.

Rating: 6 out of 7.

5 out of 7: An Amazing Game

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Example: Spider-Man (2018)

I know there’s the whole “5/7” meme but this is an actual 5, not a perfect score. These games are tons of fun, most people will find enjoyment in them, and people who are fans of the particular genre or series might consider them “incredible” to some extent. Again, these are games I’d be very likely recommend to my friends.

Rating: 5 out of 7.

4 out of 7: Your Money’s Worth

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Example: Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (2018)

Games that aren’t really “great” in any sense of the word, but I’d say the word “good” would apply. These aren’t terribly memorable or a blast to play but you don’t feel cheated out of your money. I’d maybe recommend it to my friends if they were big fans of that particular genre.

Rating: 4 out of 7.

3 out of 7: A Time-Pass Experience

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Example: No Man’s Sky (2016)

Note: This game was a 3 at release. With the updates since then, it is easily a borderline 4~5.

You very likely won’t be invested in these games at all, and you probably won’t make it to the end or complete all the missions or whatever. But, it’s a fun(~ish) way to while away time if you’re bored or have nothing else to do.

Rating: 3 out of 7.

2 out of 7: Barely a Game

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Example: Death Stranding (2019)

These games just manage to scrape that title. They’re bland, boring, or potentially worse: outright infuriating to play. I probably didn’t finish the game and I doubt most people will. But, I can still imagine a miniscule few dedicated and niche fans spending getting some meager form of enjoyment from this so I’ve given it the benefit of the doubt.

Rating: 2 out of 7.

1 out of 7: Fallout 76

Rating: 1 out of 7.

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Also see: Mass Effect Andromeda; Metal Gear Survive.

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