Review Guidelines

NextPlay Australia Review Guidelines

At NextPlay, we may receive review codes for the purpose of creating a detailed and honest review of a video game. At the end of every review will be a feature box that details a summary of the review, pros and cons regarding the product, and a review score.


We use a 20-point review score system which can be broken down below.


10 – Masterpiece

Nothing is perfect. But this is close. A masterpiece is a game that we marvel at, something that every gamer must experience.

Eg. Resident Evil 4 Remake, The Last of Us Part I, Super Mario Bros. Wonder


9 – Excellent

A game that excels in just about everything it set out to achieve. A highly polished game that we recommend to just about everyone.

Eg. Baldur’s Gate 3, Mortal Kombat 1


8 – Fantastic

The standout qualities in this game heavily outmatch anything we dislike about this game. This is an experience most players will enjoy.

Eg. Final Fantasy XVI, Starfield, Lies of P, Star Ocean: The Second Story 


7 – Great

A game with great concepts but sometimes questionable execution. We still recommend this game, but you should probably buy it when it’s discounted.

Eg. Detective Pikachu Returns, Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1


6 – Good

Good game is good. This game has all the fundamentals to keep you engaged but is lacking in polish. Not everyone will enjoy this game.

Eg. Redfall, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


5 – Mediocre

This game is okay. There is nothing special about this game and there are a number of technical issues holding it back. Some people will enjoy this game.

Eg. Lords of the Fallen, Unholy


4 – Bad

A bad game. This game is held back by some poorly executed mechanics. We wish we didn’t waste our time playing this. 


3 – Yikes

There are no redeeming qualities in this game. This shouldn’t be sold anywhere.


2 – Terrible

This game isn’t complete and shouldn’t have been released.


1 – Unplayable

Unplayable. Do not buy this game.