Review Score Guide

Hello gaming friends and newcomers! Here you will find a guide to the scoring system on Amber Plays Games. I make use of a ten-point scale and each number on the scale means something distinct and I make sure to include a decimal point-five score in between. These half increases are there to make the reader aware that x game was almost good enough to rate higher but didn’t quite make it.

Here are the scores and what they mean.

Scoring System


10 (Incredible): A 10 represents the highest quality in the video game industry. There may be minor flaws, there is no such thing as the “perfect ” game, but this is as close to an ideal game as you are going to get. 10’s are not given out on a regular basis and those which achieve this scoring should be praised.

9 (Superb): A delightful experience in a multitude of ways with a great experience from beginning to end. Whilst not “perfect” enough to reach 10-level, games which obtain this scoring should still be played. The games are generally missing more of the content which makes them so great.

8 (Great): A scoring of 8 represents games which is very much playable and that the majority will enjoy. There may be a few things missing from these games which are holding them back but nothing of major note so that they are not worth the play.

7 (Good): Not the most polished or immensely gratifying but these games will please the right people. Games with this scoring are still worth most peoples time and money invested in them.

6 (OK): A above average score is for those games which are acceptable and provide an OK experience at the end of the day. Slightly more positives than negatives this time around. Most people can put a sizeable amount of hours into these games and come out with a favorable recommendation.

5 (Average): The middle of the scoring system – not bad enough for a lower scoring but not great enough for a higher one either. Nothing in these games prove to be majorly positive or negative, they are just average.

4 (Meager): A below average score which is mainly down to an inferior experience. Some highs but mostly lows. The issues are becoming fewer but they are still not avoidable.

3 (Poor): Games with this scoring are damaged but not beyond repair. Some tweaking on the developer side might bring these titles back to life but at this moment in time, nothing can save them.

2 (Bad): A 2 is given to games which are just… bad. Whilst evidently more playable than those rated at a 1, they are still awful. Broken features and bad ideas, not the blend you want in a game.

1 (Dismal): These games should be avoided at all costs. Typically these games will be broken to the point of them being unplayable and so unintuitively designed that they will damage your soul.


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Reviewing Platforms

Currently, I have access to the following platforms for reviewing:

AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core CPU
16GB Kingston Fury

PS3 / PS4
PlayStation Move

PlayStation Vita

Xbox 360 / Xbox One