Video game review scoring has been a hotly contested subject. For the sake of transparency, I want to provide the criteria I use for my own reviews.
This system was not designed to be the epitome of objectivity and correctness. I use it as a general framework to help me find the nuances to discuss in a review. Given the great breadth of games and genres/style, its impossible to find a “perfect” system.
Story/Narrative – 2 points
Story is important to some games, and others have none at all, like Rocket League. In those cases, this point can be dumped into gameplay.
Gameplay – 4 points
Gameplay is the critical point for me. If a game has weak gameplay, I do not personally believe it should receive a high score.
Additional Factors – 3 points
Additional factors include sound, graphics, replayability, multiplayer, mods, and other factors that do not fit neatly somewhere else.
Fun Factor – 1 point
Fun factor is my biased sliding scale of how much fun the game was to play. Sometimes the game is fun despite its failings elsewhere.
10 points total