Scoring Policy

How it all works:

Our review rating system consists of a maximum score of 10/10 and a minimum score of 1/10. The ratings are as follows:

  • 1/10 – Abysmal
  • 2/10 – Awful
  • 3/10 – Bad
  • 4/10 – Poor
  • 5/10 – Disappointing
  • 6/10 – Average
  • 7/10 – Good!
  • 8/10 – Great!
  • 9/10 – Awesome!
  • 10/10 – Magnificent

We believe that readers should be encouraged to form their own opinion based on the written review itself, rather than solely on the score it receives; however, we can appreciate the fact that many gamers prefer an overall numerical score or rating. Therefore, we have attempted to satisfy both parties in this respect.

Note: If you prematurely run to the comments section without reading the review and start mouthing off, you will be found out!

Where do you get the precious, precious video games from?

Sumonix has worked diligently and professionally to create a working relationship with a variety of publishers and indie developers, who graciously provide us with review copies/codes to cover. We also review games that we pick up with our own money – in fact, that’s how we ran the site for practically the whole first year. Sadly, we can’t cover everything, and sometimes we hit a PR wall preventing us from covering the game. We’re sorry if we can’t cover a particular game which you may have been looking forward to; however, if you make enough noise in the comments section, we’ll ensure that we make it our priority to cover it and show the publisher how mean they’ve been.

How do I know you’re not just fanboys?

Ah, the classic stigma of liking particular video games. No, we’re not fanboys. Sumonix is completely impartial to any publisher or platform . We all have our favourite series and consoles, that’s only natural, but we would never let that affect our judgment – same goes if a publisher invites us to a press event or provides us with a review copy. It’s one rule for everybody, and we think that’s awesome.

How long do you spend playing a game before review?

We aim to play every game to completion whenever possible. However, that being said, some games are now created to be essentially infinite. We could play Call of Duty’s multiplayer to prestige for every release, but that would just be unhealthy. Rest assured, we spend serious quality time with each title and would never provide a rush job review, even if that means it takes a bit more time to publish.

If a game scores 10/10, is it perfect?

No, not at all, but it’s definitely worth playing. Again, we strongly encourage you to read the body of our reviews. This way you can form a better opinion on the games in question.

Can scores change after publication?

We never change scores after publication unless an error has been made.

I’m a games developer or publisher, would you be interested in covering my game?

Of course! You can contact us here.¬†We can’t guarantee we will cover the game, but we’re always looking for the next big thing!