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What Our Review Scores Mean

If you’ve been following Nerd Much for the past year, you might have noticed a recent influx of game reviews, movie reviews, book reviews and TV reviews. Soon, you’ll notice us doing even more reviews across all categories. But, it has been brought to my attention that we should probably have some sort of uniformity in our rating scale when it comes to our review scores. So, our team put our heads together to come up with our own rating scale. We’ll be using the 0-10 scale, with 0, of course, being the worst and 10 being the absolute best. But what do these numbers mean if we don’t give them some context? So, for future reference, here’s what our review scores mean:

I’ve always been a big fan of the 10 point system, and never liked the 5-star thing — after all, there’s a big difference between a 9.3 and a 9.7, which aren’t numbers you can represent with a 5-star system. So, we’ll be using the 0-10 scale, with 0, of course, being the worst and 10 being the absolute best. But what do these numbers mean if we don’t give them some context? So, for future reference, here’s what our review scores mean:

0-1.9 = The Worst

We don’t ever see ourselves rating anything in this category, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. Being rated “The Worst” by us means that the game/movie/show holds no merit whatsoever. We have yet to rate anything in this category here at Nerd Much, but the only “The Worst” rated products I can think of (off the top of my head) would be Superman 64 and Mac and Me.

2.0-2.9 = Avoid (at All Costs)

As far as games/movies/shows we absolutely loathe, they’d be more likely to be in this category: Avoid at All Costs. Whether we’d want to admit it or not, even the worst films and games can have some merit. To date, we’ve handed out two “Avoid at All Costs”, the first being to Charlaine Harris’ Night Shift, and the second being Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5.

3.0-3.9 = Awful

They’re not quite as bad as our Avoid at all Costs category, but they’re pretty close. These movies/games are incredibly bad and hold very little merit. We’re surprised that someone gave it (whatever it may be) the green light. We haven’t rated anything in this category yet, but if we would’ve reviewed Umbrella Corps or 7 Days to Die, they would both be rated Awful.

4.0-4.9 = Mistake

Occasionally, great ideas get muddied along the development timeline, and the result is a product that should not have been released — this is the best way to describe the Mistake category. It’s an entirely unnecessary offering that, for one reason or another, it should’ve been shelved entirely. Maybe the release timeline was all wrong, or maybe it’s not what people want from a beloved franchise. Whatever the reason, the game/movie/show should’ve never been released publicly. Games that come to mind are Mighty No. 9 and Resident Evil 6, and for movies, Kevin Bacon in The Darkness.

5.0-5.9 = Poor

Poor movies/games are slightly better than a Mistake, but they’re still a fail. There are some good things in the product still, but they’re few and far between, with the negatives heavily outweighing the positives.

6.0-6.9 = Meh.

It gets a passing grade, but it still has quite a few issues. Basically, it’s just “okay.” It’s probable that the games/movies in this category don’t bring anything new or unique to their respective genre. Hard Reset Redux and Excubitor are great examples of Meh games, while The Purge: Election Year is a Meh movie.

7.0-7.9 = Good

Not every game has to be extraordinary to be worth the buy, as some games/movies hit the right notes and scratch a certain itch. Those games/movies are simply GoodGood games are worth the buy, and they’d typically be rated higher if they had more time to incubate a little. Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and The Guest are Good games, while Independence Day: Resurgence and the Warcraft movie are Good movies.

8.0-8.9 = Great

Now, we’re getting into the territory of the truly great and unique games. These games might have two or three small flaws, but their positives far outweigh their negatives. If they’re rated Great, they’re a must-play or must-watch, and the majority will find the game/movie highly enjoyable and worth talking about. Great movies include The Wailing and Maraudersand Great games are games like Furi and Koihime Enbu.

9.0-9.9 = Amazing

Sometimes, a Great rating just doesn’t explain how good a game, movie or TV show is. For when Great doesn’t quite cut it, there’s our Amazing rating. This means that the game is nearly flawless and is enjoyable in every aspect. The game mechanics are sound, and the game doesn’t have more than one or two small flaws. Examples of Amazing games include Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, Overwatchand Dark Souls 3On the movie side of things, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Nice Guys are Amazing.

10.0 = Gold

Gold ratings are few and far between, and it’s not something we just hand out here at Nerd Much. Although many movies/games/shows will come close to a Gold rating, only few will earn it. Gold means whatever we are rating is a perfect game, movie, book or TV series, and you can no longer talk to us if you don’t immediately go play it/see it/read it. A Gold rating means the people behind the project put their blood, sweat and tears into the final product, and it clearly shows in every way. A few examples of Gold movies include Psycho (the original, of course) and Jurassic Park. On the gaming side of things, Super Mario 64Uncharted 4, and The Last of Us are all Gold.

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Bobby Bernstein
Bobby is the Co-Owner of Nerd Much?. He's the former Games Editor and current Shopping Editor at, former Editor in Chief of Den of Geek, and former bylines at HiConsumption, Slickdeals,, and more! He is also on Opencritic. He has been writing about nerdy stuff on the web for over 10 years. The best way to reach him is on Twitter.

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