Great discussion on review scores, guys.
-Khorne sounds even sadder then usual.
-I think 7 is average 8 is good 9 is great 10 is epic. I just think of them like test scores from school. Don't come home with anything less then a 6 unless you want your mom grounding you lol.
-I don't get why people say that 5 is average. 5 is 50% is 50% a game worth playing to you personally? I'm not talking about people like different games I'm saying if you think the game was a 5/10 was that game worth playing or is it forgettable and unenjoyably?
-Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me three times... I must be some kind of special.
-The DBZ end oh god
I can understand that mentality about review scores being like test scores, but honestly, I wanted to pull away from that primarily because we don't really need 6 degrees of bad scores. Think of it this way: On the GP score scale, 1-4 is negative to somewhat negative, 5 is average/mediocre, and 6-10 is somewhat positive to extremely positive in terms of how the review reads.
As to your question about reviews that end up being a 5, those are largely considered neither good or bad. It's mediocre. I had given it to a game once before (forgot which one it was, though) but I do admit that I rarely come across games that I don't overtly hate or like. A 5 is mostly just a "meh" game. Largely forgettable but not really "bad" per say, and possibly interesting to someone who is a big fan of the series or license or whatever.
To answer Marshall's question about what a 5 would be, it's entirely subjective to one's tastes, but to explain it the best I can, I would say it's a game you're not passionate about at all but one that is also technically sound and doesn't have any big issues at all. Like I mentioned above, it's bland, at best, but it's not overtly terrible either; you recognize that it runs alright and there's no major bugs and whatnot.
If the game is terrible beyond simple bugs - say, for example, it has major bugs that really affect the game, or terrible game design - then that probably merits lower than a 5, especially if it's combined with bad sound design, controls, and whatnot.