We try to be fair and honest with all our reviews. Our reviewers have many years of experience and are very open midned to all areas of gaming. These are the ratings we ask our reviewers to give games they review for us.
20 (Critical Hit!)
No game is absolutely perfect. However, some might hit it right and get a critical success with us. This represents the pinnacle of gaming excellence. It is very difficult to get any better than this. The rare gems in this range are virtually flawless.
18 to 19 (Very Good or Incredible)
Titles in this range are exceptional. These are must-own titles for a gamer’s library and stand at the top of their area. They are masterful achievements in design, game-play, and/or concept, containing only extremely minor flaws or imperfections.
16 to 17 (Great to Outstanding)
A worthwhile experience with just a few flaws. Games of this codex rating are also must-haves, even if you’re not particularly fond of the genre.
14 to 15 (Good to Pretty Great)
An excellent gaming experience that misses the mark in just a few key areas. A game that scores in this range are still highly recommended.
12 to 13 (Pretty Good or Impressive)
These games are on the verge of greatness. They may not always have the award-winning qualities of the higher-rated games, but they are still a lot of fun and should appeal to most gaming enthusiasts.
10 to 11 (Moderate)
A moderate game has some obvious flaws, but these blemishes are overshadowed by one or several first-rate elements. While these games may not be for everyone, they’re still entertaining enough to provide genuine entertainment after multiple plays. These are the middle of the road games that we can take or leave.
8 to 9 (Decent)
Though titles in this range have shortcomings that keep them from achieving must-have or classic status, they still boast enough credible ingredients to make them fun in smaller doses.
7 (Fair or Passable)
Games in this range struggle with their faults and strengths in game play. They still might be worth a look if you’re into genres of its type, but we recommend playing in a demo before committing your hard earned cash.
These games may only appeal to the diehard fans of the particular genre or product line. You might enjoy it once or twice but it is not an game that has any staying power with the average fan.
5 (Moderately Poor)
A codex rating 5 game is one that needs some work. The flaws are starting to really outshine the strengths and we start to question whether it is worth playing or not.
Any game that scores in or below this range we feel is not worth your attention. If you happen to end up with one, you’ll probably find yourself returning to the store for a refund or maybe you got it for free at a con.
Games in this range have major flaws and we question the design philosophy behind them.
2 (Very Bad to Terrible)
Games of this caliber are not worth the product they are printed on (if in fact they are printed). These are a full of design flaws and infantile approaches. It is a game we feel must go back to the manufacturer with a note that says ‘Epic Fail! Please try again!”
1 (Critical Fail)
This is the absolute worst of the worst. These are games with horrendous game-play and design. They are great for kindling and not worth space on your game shelf. We can not imagine a game this horrifyingly bad, but if a game ever doesget this ranking, please be thankful that we spent time playing it so you did not have to.