I have grew up looking and using a rate system so this will be done the same. Before people start clowning all I want to say is I am truly a Avid Gamer for more than 20 years and tested games for 10 years as well so gaming is what I do for sport and as a profession.
1 - BAD!!!!. Poorly design, lack of interest and down right a PAIN to play or see.
2 - Can be Better. Has more bad than good, but enough good to stand out.
3 - Mediocre. Pretty Decent, Not bad. Basically normal or average
4 - Impressive. Very Good, Nicely Done and on it's way to greatness
5 - FLAWLESS!!! Trend Setter. Will stand the test of time.
1. Graphics: The style and design of the game. How good the modeling and texturing is as well as animation.
2. Gameplay: How the game plays and mechanics work during gameplay. This also informs you about crashes and bugs in the game that ruin the gameplay experience and how to get around them if possible. This will also include the replay value and if it's fun to play over and over again.
3. Audio: How the music and sound FX play during the game and are they at the right volume and right tone to set the mood of that scene or story.
4. Story: This is what the game is based on and about. What the hero/heroine is fighting for or what is at stake if you fail. For certain games this will vary.
For 360 Achievement Folks:
Achievements: For those that seek achievements quickly or for challenge this will inform you how long and PAINFUL getting a achievement or if it's worth getting at all. The lower the number the longer and crueling task you will have at 100% completion.