It came to be in a blinding flash that knocked the scales from my eyes and let me See once more.
All game rating systems (I’m talking ‘review ratings’ not ESRB ‘who should play?’ ratings) are flawed! 1 star? 5 stars? A? B? D-? 86%? What’s it all mean?
From now on, I’m going to use my own rating system, and here it is:
DNFB: Did not finish – bored. A game with this rating was, well, boring. I lost interest in it and drifted off to something else. Frankly most games will get this rating.
DNFD: Did not finish – difficulty. This is a game that got too hard for my poor old reflexes to handle. I was enjoying it and intending to finish it, but was unable to master the skills needed. A good example of this would be Viewtiful Joe
FWR: Finished with relief: I got to the end of this game and was relieved to be done with it. The game must’ve had *something* going for it, but by the time I got to the end, I had HAD ENOUGH! A good example? Knights of the Old Republic
FWM: Finished wanting more: My highest rating. Very few games will get this rating. Its *possible* that this rating indicates a game that is too short, but to be honest I find very few games that are literally too short. More likely, this just indicates a game that I was really enjoying when I got to the end. This very rarely happens for me. A good example of this is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
It just occured to me there is one flaw with this system. How do I rate a racing game, or a sports game? Essentially any game without a campaign or a story doesn’t have an “ending” so my new ratings can’t really apply. Hmm, will have to keep working on this.