The rating system

0 – Worthless
1 – Bad
2 – Decent
3 – Good
4 – Excellent
5 – Great

The reviews and scores focus on gameplay. Graphics are bad only as much as they get in the way of your fun. Elaborate features or rich franchise modes only add so much actual quality to the game, in my opinion.

My ratings can seem harsh when I’m giving your favorite childhood game a 2 or a 3, but keep in mind that a 3 is “good.” I’m trying to serve you, my loyal reader, so you get a clear idea of whether you’ll actually have fun playing these games.

Remember, there’s only so much time in your life to play video games before your girlfriend figures out you love make-believe football more than you love her.