PC Invasion reviews are scored on an ‘out of five’ system with half points, which we hope provides readers with an at-a-glance numerical approximation of how the writer feels about a given game.
Our reviews make full use of that five-point scale, so a 3 does not mean ‘irredeemably terrible.’ It means a mediocre game that may well have some redeeming qualities and ideas, or may still appeal to those with an interest in the genre.
A score can only communicate a fraction of a writer’s opinion about a game. The words above the score are the most important part of any review, without which the score has no context.
Our commitment to you is that we play all of our reviewed games to completion before writing or publishing reviews. In some instances, this will result in reviews being posted after a game’s release. (This may happen if a publisher has been slow to provide us with review code, for example.)
For games with a defined story, ‘completion’ means seeing that narrative through to its conclusion. For titles that don’t have a defined ending, it means putting in sufficient hours to thoroughly test all features of the latest installment.
Unless an incorrect rating has been awarded through human or serious technical error, we never alter a game’s review score after initial publication. We hold ourselves accountable for reviewing games correctly and, as such, do not publish reviews unless we are sure they are fair and accurate.
Scores are determined by the writer assigned to review the game and never subject to any editorial ‘tinkering.’ Games reviewed on PC Invasion are supplied by publishers/developers and note we will never bow to publisher or advertiser pressure to alter scores.
If a game has changed radically since its initial release we may (generally time-permitting) decide to follow up our original review with a further article. This may happen if the game is extensively overhauled through patches, or if the game’s content has changed drastically over time.
5/5 – Essential
4.5/5 – Outstanding
4/5 – Great
3.5/5 – Above Average
3/5 – Average
2.5/5 – Mediocre
2/5 – Very Flawed
1.5/5 – Exceptionally Bad
1/5 – Completely Awful/Unplayable