After a year's trial of not putting a score to games, I'm going back to using a game score. Games are now be scored on a 5 point scale. There's just no need for the level of granularity of a 10 point scale (or more
When the Computer Games World folks removed scores, they received a huge outcry. Their experience was one of frustration: so many people just want their review score, their words may just as well not have been there. They went back to using review scores to maintain readership.
With Slashdot reviews, I experienced the opposite: no one said a thing. Occasionally review scores would result in a comment thread; their lack prompted no response whatsoever. I'm going to go back to using review score in an effort to promote conversation.
1: This game is unfinished or unplayable. It is not worth playing, purchasing, or renting.
2: This game has serious flaws, but may contain enough fun to be worth renting for a weekend.
3: This game is flawed, but will appeal to genre fans. Any gamer might enjoy renting it, but this won't ever be a classic.
4: This game is above average, and excels in the genre it supports. A classic for the genre, likely to be a part of a genre fan's collection, and well worth a look for every gamer.
5: This game is a classic title. It transcends genre, and is worth playing by almost any gamer. Certain to be a part of many serious gamers' collections, and definitely worth purchasing.