Reviewing a product comes with its own controversy. Scoring something based on a journalists own personal opinion really doesn’t describe an accurate picture of how the overall product is. So yBaX PLAY has become inspired by other websites changing their review policies by narrowing scores to four graded options based on the reviewers opinion.

Previously our review system worked on a numerical 1-10 scale (1 being the least respectable grade, 10 being the best possible grade), but numerical scores become contradictory as different products have different appreciable qualities which cannot be illustrated by similar numbers. Whilst scores can be a useful indicator to judge how well made a game is, they’re becoming too influential; for example, scores below ‘8’ on many websites are often deemed as non-worthy to gamers, even though the game may very well be great. However an overall grade can be very important, which is why we’ve decided not to drop grading completely but rather simplifying the approach. The Kotaku ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ system was a big inspiration as to how to come about with our new grading options. 

So what about this new four graded option? By taking the yBaX logo, we’ve associated overall review thoughts with each letter.

A
Once rewarded an ‘A’, the reviewer is clarifying that they’ve absolutely enjoyed playing/watching the reviewed product.
X
Once rewarded an ‘X’, the reviewer is clarifying that they’ve enjoyed playing/watching the reviewed product – yet there are notable faults.
Y
Once rewarded a ‘Y’, the reviewer is clarifying that they’ve liked playing/watching the reviewed product – yet there are outstanding faults.
B
Once rewarded a ‘B’, the reviewer is clarifying that overall, they’ve disliked playing/watching the reviewed product. It could be too problematic to enjoy.

 

Now all of our reviews will be marked with one of these four grades, with a few bullet points at the bottom. These points reflects the reviewers personal notes, where they can write extended commentary over certain things, note things which have stuck out to them or briefly summarise the review. These bullet points will have ‘+’ as its pointer, yet if the point is based on something negatively it will be listed with a ‘-‘.

Games will be marked upon their playability & re-playability, presentation, gameplay, controls, storyline (if applicable) and additional game modes/features. If the game is overall worth playing, it will be given an “A” or “X” grade, if it might be worth playing it will be given a “Y”, yet if the game is truly failing in all criteria’s, then it will be given a “B”.

For television and movies, grades will reflect an overall analysis of how well the narrative, acting, cinematography and more all combine in the overall production. An engaging movie or episode could be given an “A” or “X” grade, if it was slightly engaging it will be given a “Y”, yet if the production is truly failing in all criteria’s, then it will be given a “B”.

If the lettering of the grades are confusing, just look to the corresponding colours of the letter opposed to the letter itself.

Check out our Reviews page to see these at work.

Readers are also encouraged to submit their own personal articles/reviews if they want to share their voice. A scoring system for guest reviews is optional, and may not apply to the same judgements made by the yBaX PLAY staff.

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