The world of video games is evolving and so are we. Since the beginning of X-Play history, the show has used a whole number scale to rate and review games, but that's changing, because the way video games are made and judged is also changing.
As of today, X-Play and G4tv.com are both moving to a half-star scale, meaning that instead of just being able to get a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 out of 5, games will now be able to earn half stars. This opens up a world of nuance that was not available to us before.
Often times as reviews editor, I have to make tough calls about scores. After gathering input from the reviewer and other members of the staff who have played the game, the conversations often went something like, "Well, it's a 4, but it's a weak 4." Or, "This is less than a 1. Can we give a game a 0?"
Now, instead of just five different scores at our disposal, we have 10. This will give us the ability to differentiate the various levels of what the game delivers, and also give you -- the reader -- a better idea of exactly how great (or how bad) a game really is.
Review scores will always be up for debate, because it's a matter of opinion and taste; however, this switch to a half-star scale gives us the opportunity to better articulate those opinions, and to bring you more in-depth reviews than ever before.
If you want to know more about our switch to half-stars, watch the video below as Adam and Morgan explain the rating system transition.