Metacritic Matters: How Review Scores Hurt Video Games

Bugs in Fallout: New Vegas might have eaten your save file. Maybe they took away a few hours of progress, or forced you to reset a couple of quests. Maybe game-crashing bugs pissed you off to the point where you wished you could get your $60 back. But they probably didn’t cost you a million dollars. » 4/11/13 1:30pm 4/11/13 1:30pm

Metacritic Treats Some Outlets Differently From Others. Here's How…

Industry favourite Metacritic, a site which aggregates review scores, does not simply add up every score it can find and come up with an average. It weights scores, giving some outlets more of a say in the final aggregated tally than others. » 3/27/13 7:16pm 3/27/13 7:16pm

Did Sports Video Games Really Get Any Better in 2012?

Earlier this week, Metacritic bemoaned 2012 as a year of poorer review scores for video games than the one preceding it. Fewer titles surpassed the all-important 90—which practically guarantees job security to those who developed or greenlit the project—than in 2011. Interestingly, the three console platforms' average… » 1/06/13 4:30pm 1/06/13 4:30pm

Here Are The Worst Games Of 2012, According To Metacritic

The cynical among us might say that all the games we played this year were 'awful.' Fewer titles reached a score of at least 90 or higher in 2012 than in 2011, after all. » 1/02/13 1:30pm 1/02/13 1:30pm

51. | Namco Bandai | 49 52. | Namco Bandai | 46 53. | UFO Interactive | 44 54. | Enjoy Gaming | 42 55. | Atari | 39

Even If No One Listens, Let the Review Bombs Fall

It's easy to sit back and scoff at "review bombing," as we saw last week » 5/25/12 9:00pm 5/25/12 9:00pm when Blizzard . Flooding Amazon to give zero stars to something others have , sure, that's not a legitimate review. And people staging a sit-in aren't there to legitimately patronize a public accommodation, either. But a sit-in is a legitimate form …

Modern Warfare 3 Developer Pleads for Better Metascores, Discovers…

Why someone from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 developer Sledgehammer would consider its fan-voted Metacritic score worth a get-out-the-vote tweet is utterly beyond me. It is by far the most polarizing title among gaming's annual releases, so a user score of 1.7 is probably to be expected, given how much gaming's » 11/17/11 9:00pm 11/17/11 9:00pm

Metacritic Calls on Writers to Review More Shitty Games

Metacritic's founder made a little bit of a stir earlier in the week when he went on the A Jumps B Shoots podcast to discuss a wide variety of topics, one of them being that game reviewers were obligated to "review all the shit," not just good games or those expected to sell well. GamePro followed up for a clarification… » 7/16/11 11:00am 7/16/11 11:00am

The People Are Panning Portal 2

Portal 2 is getting rave reviews from critics (including from us), but it is getting torn to bits by angry gamers over at the review aggregation site Metacritic. The Game of the Year? Not according to furious fans who have saddled the game with an average review score of 4.7 out of 10. » 4/19/11 12:00pm 4/19/11 12:00pm