Hey folks! We here at the editorial team have been working on a review structure unique to PMS Clan and we’re finally ready to show it off. We’re going with a 3-tier rating system, each tier representing a letter in our clan acronym. As with any review structure, a review is comprised mostly, if not entirely, of the writer’s opinion and experience with a game. We may like a game you hate, hate a game you like, or actually agree with you sometimes. No matter the outcome, we dislike you for thinking differently from us. Nah, just kidding. We’ll let it slide by this one time.
We’ll start with the lowest review score, poor. This is reserved for games a reviewer just can’t recommend to anyone. It may not be a bad game and many may enjoy it, but if someone was to ask what games of that genre they should play, the reviewer would not mention this one. While the rating can be used for bad games, it’s primary purpose is for titles that feel more like a chore than a good time. The reviewer didn’t have a lot of fun with this game, and suspects others won’t either.
Let’s move on to our second rating tier, mediocre. If we were to review every game under the sun, this would be the most common rating. Mediocre states that the reviewer feels the game is good and perhaps even worthwhile, but isn’t worth making time for if you’re busy. Fans of the genre may enjoy it, but it won’t win over any skeptics. It may offer some fresh ideas, innovative gameplay, or simply refine mechanics we’ve seen in other games. Whatever the case, there’s one or two or twenty things that keep it from being a must-have.
Perhaps the easiest tier to understand is our highest rating, superb. This is a game that is recommendable to someone based purely on knowing they play games. Not every gamer will like it, but the reviewer is confident that most people who give it a shot will walk away satisfied. There is little to nothing that hindered the reviewer’s enjoyment and he or she finished it with few complaints. Simply put, you should play this game.
So that’s our scoring system. Expect to see it in a couple reviews hitting this month and all reviews going forward. We’re happy with the system internally, but we also would like to hear feedback. Let us know what you like or dislike about our ratings in the comments. We’re hoping you find them superb!