Friday, October 1, 2004
Lawrence.com's video game ratings are set up just like a high school or college class. We treat every game like a final project from a student. That being said, it's easy to assume that a 70% from Lawrence.com is the same as a "7 out of 10" from another media site since the ratio is the same. That's not necessarily true. Most media that rates on a 10 scale considers the 7 range to be above average. At Lawrence.com, a 70% is a C- which is slightly below average. So if a site gave a below average game a 6 out of 10 and we gave it a 70%, we're more than likely on the same page.
So the question remains, then: what about the big "F" range of 0-59%? Any game that receives a 59% or below fails to create any sort of worthy experience. More points get taken off for parts of the game that seem incomplete or incoherent. For instance, a 59% game may barely function as a complete game and a 29% game has major graphical and sound bugs that render those areas technically and literally incomplete. Yes, such low grades are rare but do happen.
This game has no current rival and sets a new standard in gaming.
You'll be hard-pressed to find anything better in its genre.
An excellent effort worthy of praise, but still has room to grow.
A great and satisfying experience, even though there may be something better out there.
A good game that demonstrates original ideas, even though the execution wasn't perfect.
There are enough good elements to outweigh some obvious minor setbacks.
The good points are about even with the bad or unoriginal parts.
Average game. Not much inspiration in its execution. May satisfy fans of the franchise.
There is a chance to still find something good if you are patient enough to weed through the several negatives.
Frustrating to play. The lack of polish in all areas is plainly clear.
There is nothing good about this game. There is nothing inspired in its design.
Barely passable as a functioning game.
F 59% or below
Fails to pull all aspects of production into anything cohesive. Miserable.