Videogame Reviews – when did 70% become average?

Ever notice all the 4 star reviews plastered over movie posters? In the world of movies, music and pretty much any other form of entertainment open to critique, a 4 star review is something to be very proud of – something worth showing off. Oh, unless that form of entertainment happens to be video games.

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dedicatedtogamers1207d ago (Edited 1207d ago )

Microsoft was the one to really trumpet review scores half a decade ago. They made it a huge part of their PR. Every time a 360 exclusive got above a 90 (or if it got a better score than a PS3 equivalent) Microsoft would issue a press release and say "Xbox 360, the home of the highest-scoring racing game of 2007. Xbox 360, the home of the highest-scoring third person cover shooter of the generation" etc. etc.

And then if a multiplatform game got a better Meta score on 360, even if it was by just one point, Microsoft would issue a press release and say "Call of Duty Such-and-such. Highest-scored version only available on Xbox 360".

They were the one who came up with all the meaningless metrics like "we have the most 90+ average games on Metacritic. We rule Metacritic!" They would incorporate that into their conferences on-stage at E3 and Gamescom and places like that. And people wonder why everyone started getting so defensive/offensive about review scores?

And then once Wii and PS3 started to dominate the Metacritic charts, Microsoft fell strangely silent.

from the beach1207d ago

They actually mentioned this in the Xbox One reveal, 'Forza - best rated racing series of the generation', or something to that effect.

The article raises a good point, if you flick across to the music rankings on Metacritic the best albums usually hit mid to high 80s, on account of a broader range of scores. With games, when one site ranks lower than the rest all kinds of dumb accusations are made..

RonRico1207d ago

Agree. People really overreact if a generally highly reviewed game gets a not so great score from some obscure website. There's always that ONE.
Its so funny when you see a game review noways and the score is a 5/10 or average, you instantly think the game is pretty bad or is lacking enough to make it unplayable.

UNGR1207d ago

Seriously blaming Microsoft for this? Rather than all of the reviewers? You should call the the glue company and see if they have a solvent to get your lips off of Sony's ass. I suppose poverty was Microsoft's fault too? Get bent fanboy.

MysticStrummer1207d ago

I guess many people equate 70 to being just barely passable because of school grading systems...?

Grades of 60-69 used to be classified as a D, but I think many schools have dropped the D and just go with A,B,C, and F, so anything below 70 is a failing grade.

Idk... it's been quite a while since I was in school, so I may be off but that's my two cent theory.

; )

Unicron1207d ago

Which is silly because reviews are opinions, nothing more.

MysticStrummer1207d ago

Agreed, but some people take this stuff very personally.

There are also those reviews that are clearly inaccurate for whatever reason, yet they get included in the almighty MetaCritic average.

I don't know how many reviews I read this generation that made me wonder how long the person spent with the game, and there are undoubtedly review scores given for shock value to generate hits.

Honest opinions are great and entirely valid, but not all opinions are honest.

kevnb1207d ago

When too much $$$ became involved.

2pacalypsenow1207d ago

Because in school our grades are in the same way a 70 is a C. Anything above 85 is acceptable

Summons751207d ago

Yeah, actually my school and most colleges from hat I understand a failing grade starts at 69% and D is 70-72 then the rest is good. I hate the grade system, especially when your use too a 60 being failing grade then you retake math because of a 69.

OrangePowerz1207d ago

2 1/2 out.of 5 stars is considered a bad movie and by the same standards as 70 isn't average 2 1/2 stars wouldn't be a bad movie, but just an average movie.

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