What Does A Perfect Score Mean?
We've wondered if the majority of game critics should ditch the 10-point scale, but as the heavy hitters come down the pike, another question springs to mind: what does a perfect score even mean?
Of course, perfect scores mean different things depending on the source and other factors. However, gamers everywhere also have their own definition, so this question is for the consuming public: when you see a perfect score, what do you think? Do you first look at the source? Does it make you more interested in reading the review? Or do you simply not agree with the idea that any game is "perfect" and therefore, nothing should really receive the maximum score allowed?
Personally, I've long since been in the latter group. I just don't like giving 10s because there's no such thing as the perfect production. I've only scored one game over a 9.5 this generation, and that was Grand Theft Auto IV (9.9), which I loved but even so, I couldn't in good conscience drop the 10 bomb. We've given a 10 to Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots this generation (but that wasn't my review), and 9.8s to games like God of War III and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (again, not my reviews).
But others believe a perfect score doesn't imply perfection. All it really means is that it's the best game possible for the time. In other words, while even Super Mario Bros. wasn't "perfect," it was a benchmark for its time, and that's the only way a title can drag down the highest score possible. Even then, though, I'd be reluctant to just say, "yup, nothin' wrong with anything here." What's your take on the issue?
10/19/2011 9:09:16 PM Ben Dutka