10/10 Ratings: What makes a game worthy to you?

What does a 10/10 video game mean to you? What games are worthy of such a score? You’re likely to get very different answers to those questions depending on who you ask. After all, gamers are an endlessly diverse group who approach this shared pastime from countless different perspectives who appreciate everything from Call of Duty to Stardew Valley, Minecraft to God of War, mobile gaming and VR, and many others. We all have our favorite genres and our own ideas about what makes them great. That also means that somewhere, someone hates your favorite game and believes with absolute certainty that you are crazy to enjoy it. That difference in taste is a fact of life when it comes to evaluating any form of art, be it games, music, movies, painting, sculpture, dance, or countless others, where beauty is in the eye of the beholder and rubbish of a person. it is someone else’s treasure.

Of course, this puts anyone else who likes to express their opinion publicly in a bind: no matter which games you choose to give your high score to (or just rave about without attaching a score), regardless of whether you think they are. risk it for something niche or seem like a crowd pleaser, a part of your audience, large or small, will disagree. Some of them will do it vehemently and even angrily. But critics do this because highlighting and openly defending games that we think are special is one of the most important parts of the role we play. No review can speak to everyone when points of view may be diametrically opposed, but our hope is that, as one critical voice among many available on the internet, we can help you find games you’ll love by not only giving them a high score, but also explaining why we think they are worthy in a detailed review.

To illustrate the inherent divisions, I present to you a simple, unscientific experiment: Below is a list of 25 games that have received very high scores from IGN or elsewhere in the not-too-distant past, along with the question of whether you , personally, considers them worthy of the highest score that a site like IGN can award. Even before a vote is cast, it’s safe to say that some of these 10/10 scores will prove popular, others will be controversial, but none will be unanimous, and some will likely surprise fans.

Some of these results will probably surprise fans.


To be very clear, the idea here is not to prove that anyone’s opinion is “right” or “wrong”; after all, knowing that most voters disagree with your love for your favorite game won’t convince you that you’re wrong to love it, and seeing others’ love for a game that didn’t click for you isn’t. . will change your mind. Instead, I hope this provides some context and perspective for the next time you wonder how a reviewer could have gotten a 10 when you would have scored it lower, or how you could have given something you consider a clear. 10 nothing less.

Dan Stapleton is IGN’s Executive Reviews Editor and self-proclaimed pun director. Follow him on Twitter.

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