There’s No Such Thing As a “Perfect” Review Score

What's in a "perfect score," anyway? Well, the best a game can be, obviously.

What’s in a “perfect score,” anyway? Well, the best a game can be, obviously.

It’s a common debate among gamers and it results in multiple questions:

Should video games receive perfect review scores? What does a perfect score even mean? If each publication has different methods of scoring, then anything “perfect” is very subjective, right?

The staff here at VGRHQ would like to shed some light on this, as we’ve all utilized numerous scales over the years; 1-5 stars, grades (A+ through F), 1-100, 1-5, and of course, the standard 1-10. The problem is, any time a game earns the maximum score available from any given publication, gamers immediately start dissecting the word “perfect.”

Well, let us tell you: In our estimation, there’s no such thing as a “perfect” review score and in fact, we really hate the word “perfect.”

The highest maximum score allowed doesn't translate to "perfect."

The highest maximum score allowed doesn’t translate to “perfect.”

It’s impossible for any game to be flawless. It just is. In the world of entertainment, where subjectivity does come into play, nothing can be without fault. Therefore, whether it’s a 10, 100, A+, five stars, or whatever, we think it should be interpreted as: The best a game can be.

In other words, if someone gives a game a 10/10, you shouldn’t interpret that as meaning there are zero flaws. The word “perfect” shouldn’t enter your head. You should simply view it as one of the best products currently available and it ranks in the highest percentile of games released.

A 10? Doesn’t mean every single detail is above reproach. What it means is that, in comparison to the rest of the gaming world – which is, of course, what reviews are – it’s one of the best titles you’ll ever see.

Gamers are always tripped up by the “perfect score.” Really, let’s not be so literal.

7 thoughts on “There’s No Such Thing As a “Perfect” Review Score”

I’ve never thought of the maximum score as “perfect” but I know a lot of people do.

I don’t think a game can be perfect anyway, so if the score is as high as it can go, i just assume the game has minimal flaws.

There IS such a thing as a perfect review score. It’s all up to the reviewer. If a critic’s opinion is that a game is perfect, than that’s his opinion.

VGRHQ makes it pretty plain that reviews are not all opinion and I happen to agree.

In my eyes, “perfect” isn’t subjective. It has a definition, and the maximum score for a video game – which is a form of art – can’t match that definition no matter what. That’s the point of this article, I think.

I agree that there are objective parts of the review process, and not all of it is opinion. VGRHQ is right about that.

What I mean is that it’s the critic’s opinion if he deems it perfect, because there are subjective elements as well. And some people might think they’re “perfect” while others…not so much.

If max scores were reserved only for perfect games, you’d never be able to hand out a perfect score.

I would have to agree, there is no such thing as a perfect game. Or a perfect gem, or coin, or piece of art or pretty much anything else. “Perfect” is meant to be used as relative term when it comes to reviews IMHO.

I just wish critics would use the max score more often. Because they don’t, it really DOES seem like a game has to be perfect in order to get a 10.

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