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Our Review Policy

As you may have noticed, our reviews here on The Average Gamer are a little different to your typical gaming site. While we agree gaming critique should give readers a deeper understanding of the game, we prefer to put those in-depth analyses in articles that allow us to fully discuss the mechanics at hand. Our reviews are more of a consumer guide that answer two key questions:

  • Is the game fun to play?
  • Is it worth the money?

With that in mind, it doesn’t make sense to rank games against each other on a ten-point scale, so we don’t use scores at all. Instead, we give every game a recommendation based on our experience.

Games with the Great! stamp are truly enjoyable titles. They’re not perfect by any means, but we think that if you were interested and buy the game at its full or slightly discounted price, you won’t regret spending your money.

In traditional terms, these would probably score anything between a 6 and a 10. Here are the latest games that we think you should buy.

These are, as you might expect, average games. They’re not that good but they’re not completely terrible. We’re not saying that you should never buy this game. It might even be quite fun but it’s also significantly flawed. We think that only the most hardcore of fans would feel like they got good value at your typical full price of £35-ish pounds for a console game. Everyone else should wait for a price drop.

Games in this category would probably score between a 3 and a 5 on a normal scale. In exceptional circumstances, these might be perfectly good games, but we simply don’t see why you should buy this new and shiny, expensive version over a very similar title that’s dropped in price.

Here are some reviews of games that aren’t quite up to scratch.

If these games were free, we’d still tell you not to play them. We use this recommendation sparingly as almost every game has some redeeming value to someone. However, some are truly so bad that you’re better off not wasting your valuable time installing them, let alone playing. Just… don’t, okay? And if you do? Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Here are the few games that you really shouldn’t play.