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The Misuse of Metacritic

73d ago ... There’s this teaching that I remember from my youth. A knife is just a knife, it has no inherent good or bad to it. In the hands of a surgeon or chef, it can be used for immense good. In the hands of a killer or thief, it can be used for bad. This pretty much sums up my opinion of Metacritic. It’s a tool. No, not that kind of tool - the other kind. There is a misunderstanding of what Metacritic...

Was Destiny Destined to Be a Disappointment?

86d ago ... It is an understatement to say that Destiny's reception by gamers and some parts of the gaming journalism scene has been lukewarm at best with debate after debate about why another one of the biggest releases of the year turned out to be such a financial success but only a moderate critical success. Destiny is the first multiplatform game from former Halo game studio Bungie and was hyped up to...

How the Hype-Train Plowed Over Destiny

93d ago ... Oh the sad case of Destiny. How did the most anticipated game of 2014 fall so flat? A few short months ago everyone, myself included, was really enjoying the Beta, so how is it that after final release Bungie’s latest is now stuck at a Metacritic review score of 75/100 with a user score of 6.5? While review scores are definitely not everything when it comes to rating a video games worth, and us...

LittleBigPlanet: Stunted by a poor financial model

120d ago ... LittleBigPlanet has been somewhat of a successful series for Sony and they have just unveiled their newest title in the series, LittleBigPlanet 3, for the PS3 and PS4. From October 2008 to January 2013 8 million user generated levels were created and published [1]. I am proudly a creator of two of those 8 million levels even though those levels were nothing compared to some of the amazing creat...

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes & "The Fighting Game Dilemma"

222d ago ... By now, many of us who frequent gaming news sites are aware of the wildly varied reviews of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. According to MetaCritic, scores are as low as 50%, yet as high as 100%. Though 50% is as low as MC has recorded, I have observed scores as low as 1/5 (20%) from less-known [and perhaps less reputable] sources that *could* simply be looking for hits. In my opinion, the g...

Are the PS4's launch games really that bad, or...?

393d ago ... Over the past few days, gamers around the world are filled with glee now that the PS4 is available on store shelves. And many more gamers will be filled with glee once the Xbox One launches in about a week. Over the past year, the game industry has harped about how PS4 has superior hardware, how the Xbox One has superior online, how the PS4 has superior first-parties, how the Xbox One has a sup...

Rant: I wish I #u(&*@! didn’t care.

444d ago ... I’m a gamer, I love gaming. For most of my gaming years I stuck to my good old Playstation 2 and 3, (Xbox 360 briefly)I then bought a High-End (2011) gaming PC and joined Steam. I always used to check Metacritic, IGN and Gamespot for reviews and impressions of games, I lurked NeoGAF (just for the GIFS) threads every now and again but for the most part I played games. I then joined NeoGAF and su...

$60 Price Point: Unhealthy Choice

500d ago ... The $60 price point has become the norm since the seventh generation launched. Games became increasingly more expensive to make (with going into the HD realm) and the rise of such rental and used games services meant more money is needed to be taken from the consumers to recuperate that lost revenue. But is the $60 more damaging than helpful to the game industry? In this blog I will attempt to...

Is Polygon really anti-Sony?

558d ago ... After seeing Phil Koller gave The Last of Us a 7.5, I knew a wave of anger was headed towards Polygon. Oh was it ever. Accusations of being on Microsoft's payroll and low balling Playstation exclusives flew left and right. So, I decided to investigate. I combed through every playstation exclusive game they reviewed. Each title is followed by 3 scores: The score Polygon gave the game, the...

Metroid Prime is the Greatest Game of All-Time

674d ago ... There's no better way to kick off a new gaming blog than to discuss my favorite game of all time: Metroid Prime. While not a popular choice for best game of all-time, the first-person adventure is certainly one of the most critically acclaimed titles in video game history. The original Gamecube title has an astonishing 97 metascore on metacritic.com, which would be tied for 2nd if metacritic in...

Defining AAA, AA, A/B, and ? games

915d ago ... The question of what is a AAA, AA, and A game has been a common topic among the users here on n4g, and the answer "You just know" doesn't work for most people. So let's dive into exactly what a AAA, AA, A, and those horrible ? games are. A Triple A game (AAA) are games that we're developed with a significantly large budget. The game generally reviews well, since the developers put a lot of...

Suikoden 2-highest rated game on metacritic by userscore, why doesn't Konami put it on PSN?

933d ago ... Since their are very few quality JRPG's this gen, i decided to go back to the past and play some quality retro JRPG games. Suikoden 2 is one of them. If you want to play Suikoden 2 on consoles, you need to fork out $50-$100 as this game is rare and Konami refusing to put it on PSN doesn't help much either. Its also the highest rated game on metacritic by user score (which is only counted...

The Psychology of Fanboys

1121d ago ... I'm a firm believer in the concept of psychology and how it can explain human behavior and thought processes. And I'm writing this blog because I recently read a great article on IGN ( http://games.ign.com/articles/121/1212865p1.html )and was really compelled by it, so much so to write a blog post about it. The best part about it is that it isn't from the viewpoint of...

"Metacritic is unbiased"-What a joke!!!!

1123d ago ... I thank all N4G users for their support to my last post. Let me tell you that I am a review analyst by profession in a company named Milestone Interactive Ltd. In my last post I provided you all with some perfect review facts, and now I am gonna share some more facts regarding our beloved site Metacritic. I am sure mostly everyone knows the ridiculous metascore conversion of (A) to (100), (A-)...

Why do single points between 90 and 100 on metacritic act as a barometer for "GOTY-worthiness" ?

1128d ago ... *Around the time the review embargo for Uncharted 3 has been lifted, it receives a 94 aggregate score at some point" *Enter likely candidate here*: I'm not exactly sure if you've noticed, but Uncharted 3 has 94 metascore. That's 3 points higher than Gears of War 3 (atm) making it thrice as likely to win GOTY (Game of the Year) awards from major publications. Where this fictional candidat...

No love for Gears 3 as GOTY contender?

1162d ago ... Lately, I've been reading quite a few forum posts and comments debating about which game deserves to be Game of the Year(GOTY). All off the big name games see their titles thrown around; Batman: AA, Portal 2, BattleField 3, Modern Warfare 2, Skyrim, Zelda: Skyword Sword, Uncharted 3. While most of these titles haven't been released and haven't proven their quality yet, we constantly forget abou...

5 Ridiculous Things Gamers Do That Make Me Ashamed to be a Gamer

1244d ago ... Ive been a gamer all of my life, but it was only when the internet really kicked off that I realized how outright ridiculous people can be. You can go to youtube and read comments until your keyboard breaks on your head, but you will never find a more spoiled, picky, self righteous, and downright rude person as the average gamer. This thread is dedicated to those type of people that almost make...
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What defines a 'good' or a 'bad' game?

1247d ago ... This blog post is for open minds only. Not people who are too full of themselves to consider other people's opinions. Now, inevitably this will focus on certain games and it may annoy people, so be prepared as I give you my undiluted take on certain games and why they were or were not successful as a game. This is totally opinion, in case you hadn't got that, already. And also, it could get pre...

Pooling Reviews - A simple solution to a complex issue

1258d ago ... Today I’m going to write about reviews, the problems with them and a simple solution. I believe that there are many issues with today’s reviews and that this could be rectified by pooling reviews. I’m not talking about how Metacritic.com does it; I’m talking about each site/magazine pooling reviews from multiple people on their site or in the magazine. So let’s start off by asking what’s s...

The Disgusting Influence of Metacritic (Final Fantasy XIII Edition)

1268d ago ... Unfortunately, Metacritic has a large influence on the industry. It's sick really. Take Persona 3 for example. The original scored like an 85 average. People like me and you then went and played the game and found it to be in a class all of its own. Metacritic reacts when FES releases and the game goes up 2 whole points to an 87, despite receiving heat from the fans that the second episode lack...
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