The main idea behind our reviews is to inform the consumer about what games and technology they will be interested in, and whether that game actually turns out to be worth buying. The games, products and software we review are a mixture of things that our staff want to review, games that we think our readers will be interested in, and stuff that we are sent by the press.
PlayStationing uses a 10-point review scale, in the form of a star rating, with a maximum rating of 5 stars. So essentially we allow for half stars, and full star ratings. Each hardware review takes into account the following; build quality, ease of use, value for money, and product performance. Games and app reviews take into account the following; graphics/user interface, gameplay, story/fun factor, replay value. Every review then receives an overall rating, which is NOT an average of these scores.
The price of a game or product is very important in our reviews, which is why we always take value for money into account. If Product A costs $100, and it performs well, and Product B costs $200, but is only a little better, then we would give Product B a lower score than Product A in terms of value for money.
5 to 4.5 Stars – Outstanding to Amazing
This is a game or product that we recommend to everyone. It may not be perfect, but is good value for money, and is the best of the best at the time of release.
4 to 3.5 Stars – Excellent to Great
It may not be the best game or product available in a particular category, but it’s still excellent, and gamers might want to add this to their collections.
3 to 2.5 Stars – Good to Decent
Despite several issues, maybe technical problems or price issues, this game or product is still worth a look. A lot of good points, but also a lot of bad points compared to other similar games or products.
2 to 1.5 Stars – Mediocre to Bad
Some aspects of this game or product are good, but it’s mostly bad. The idea behind the game or product has some merit, but something went wrong down the line.
1 to 0.5 Star – Awful to Terrible
Major problems with this game or product, there’s nothing new and nothing interesting with it.
0 Stars – Disaster
This game or product should not exist, it is completely pointless, and does not work the way it was intended to.
Will anything ever get a 0 Star Rating?
This is something we cannot know, but it’s unlikely. As long as the product has a reason to exist, and performs its job in some way, it is not deserving of a 0 star rating. We always try to be as fair as possible in our reviews, so if there is something that is completely useless, you may see a 0 star rating.
Can I link to your review on my website?
Yes. You cannot copy the full review, but you can take an excerpt and link to it. If you are a product website and wish to promote a product that we have reviewed please link to the full review on our site.
Do you take personal opinion into account for the score?
We try not to. With the majority of reviews, there will always be an element of personal opinion, but the reviewer will always try to relate the product to its target audience. We may not like a product or game for ourselves, but the target audience for a particular product or game may love it. At the same time, we don’t want to promote a game or product to a wider audience, if it is only for a niche market, so the score will also reflect this.