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Our New Review Policy

Over the past few years we have been trying to think of the best way to rate games, it's not easy. Personally I'd like to think if you read the text of our reviews you will see that we give our honest opinion on all games which pass through our consoles but I don't feel that our current rating system reflects this.

Our rating system has served us well, although I'm not sure that it's easy to define what makes a game 'good' vs. what makes one 'excellent' and is this really necessary anyway? 

So we've decided that we're scrapping this system in favour of something a little less confusing.

To clarify, from now on we will no longer give games a rating. Instead the current rating system will be replaced with the game's 'Pro's' and 'Con's' at the end of the review. I personally feel that this is how all games should be rated on every site, but alas scores are, and it seems always will be, important to both the sites which use them and to the publishers, who use this as a way to measure a game's success.

We hope you agree with our stance on this and continue to enjoy reading our reviews. After all its the content which is important, not the score.

Edited On 26 Oct, 2012

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shiftymorgan 4 years ago
Kudos to you for doing this. As I tweeted, some games have value in them no matter how bad they can be. Two words and alpha protocol spring to mind. And other games too that are ok, but people do spend loads of time with them in their own way. If you had to stick a number in to mess with metacritic just bang a 10 everywhere just to really wind someone up :D
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alpha protocol is a very good example, it had some really low scores but i loved it.
scourge 4 years ago
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scourge 4 years ago
i think this a brilliant idea. i find scores a bit misleading, I've played games that have poor scores but I've actually enjoyed and vice versa.
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hallben 4 years ago
It's the correct decision to make. Considering you review games on a retail site anyway, having any kind of score can just bring up questions of impartiality anyway. So best to avoid them at all. Good move.
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PrometheusFan 4 years ago
I fully support any review system that ditches scoring. Good going.
Wey1's avatar
great idea. love a pros and cons in reviews. it's much easier for if you are in a rush to meet that posting deadline shopto have, and can quickly see if the game is for you.
Wey1 4 years ago
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0000000000 4 years ago
well done shopto improving in every way you can daily thats why this site is so loved!
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stormy2k 4 years ago
I think Shopto does fantastic reviews because they don't butter up any game coming out, big or small to try and get more sales on their site. For example, MOH:WF was one of the bigger games to come out in Q4 and along with other review sites, Shopto have highlighted the many problems of MOH:WF expecially in the games Multiplayer, which is a huge selling point. Shopto could easily have wrote that the game was fantastic and had a great Multiplayer experience to try and drum up sales, but they told it how it was, so major kudos to them for bucking the trend of sites like GAME or Gamestaton that make out every new game to be flawless and a must have.
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Dead 4 years ago
Good move, review scores are often misleading and undeserved, always better just to read the text to get a fuller picture.
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Birdorf 4 years ago
CVG and RE6 spring to mind. No score + pro's and con's = good move. 10/10
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Datastatic 4 years ago
The thing is with getting rid of scores it makes things less subjective and lets people make up their own minds. I can see the benefits of moving away from a score, especially for a retail store, but personally its not what I prefer. Minority opinion I know but hey.
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People should be making up their own mind though. Everyone is different and though they like to think so, journalists are not experts on what everyone likes. I hope to think we get it right most of the time, but a game someone likes may not be one that someone else likes. This way makes things clearer. :)
Joe2120 4 years ago
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Bruticus 4 years ago
I'd like to see an 'average' game length. One of the things that stops me buying games nowadays is the fact it has a 6 hour campaign. Obviously it's difficult to judge a games length because different people are of different abilities, but a rough average would be good!
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Rachael 4 years ago
I like this, much much better way of doing things. I like that you don't make every game seem awesome aswell just to make a quick sale.
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Datastatic 4 years ago
I agree with what you said Joe 100% but scores have a certain value, just go to the upper top right of this page to see that.
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Bindiana 4 years ago
I can understand staying away from scores the cause so much hate one way or another just look at Resi 6 reviews ranged from 3-9. Maybe you could give suggestions or something at the end. Like must have, worth a rent or avoid at all costs. Or something like if you like Burnout then you might like this game.
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Hutt 4 years ago
good plan to ditch scoring. they used to be useful but far too much advertising money changes hands on the review sites these days for them to be truly impartial. Far better to lay out pros and cons honestly and let us decide
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Shnoorum 4 years ago
I have to agree here. I used to follow scores and would never bother with games that would grade under average. I bit the bullet one day and suddenly my game collection grew substantially. Actually now that I think about it, maybe it's not a great idea for people like me to make up our own minds. My poor poor bank account...
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Taz 4 years ago
This is exactly what we need more of. Good job!
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shiny miller 4 years ago
I've always been a supporter of a 3 star grading system - excellent, good and poor. However this is a good compromise, especially considering the scrutiny and hype around scores now, better to go back to basics.
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Welshy 4 years ago
This is a really good step. Far too many people nowadays jump straight to the score, take their own conclusions from the score then go blow smoke about it online, not actually having a clue. I feel like score systems are redundant now anyway, almost every game scores 7+, so the difference between a mind blowing title and not very good, but good VALUE is non existent. it also leads to clashes of people moaning about MoH for talking sake getting a 4, when something like Just Cause getting a 6 when it's completely irrelevant. Good on you ShopTo =)
Id still personally score the games outta ten but also add the pro's and cons at the end of the review :) I enjoy the reviews on here so keep up the good work and if possible can you tell me what page your Football Manager 2013 review is on as just scrolled thru about 40 pages and could only find the story about beta released thanks.

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