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The Numbers Game: A Look at Aggregate Rankings

Game Informer Online, 1/11/2008:

Aggregate gaming sites typically compile reviews from all over - including Web sites, magazines, newspapers and TV programs - and churn out a number that represents the average response to a typical game. The closer that number is to 100, the higher its average positive response.

Game Informer thought it would be interesting to see how the various platforms and publishers fared against a large base of averages, so they took data from Gamerankings.com, ran it through their own spreadsheets and compiled the results. This isn't meant to be an exercise in hardcore statistical analysis, so take it with a grain of salt. Because Game Rankings exercises its own opinions as to which sites do and don't make the cut, there's plenty of room for human error and opinion. Instead, think of it as an interesting look at the gaming landscape as it stands today.

Game Informer also lists the top 10 and bottom 10 games for each of the platforms, according to the aggregate score tracker Game Rankings. (Page 2)

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WilliamRLBaker3508d ago

Gameinformer doesn't like that site so they dont count, oohhh a rival magazine their out of the running....ect

LanRanger3507d ago (Edited 3507d ago )

It's dangerous to compare review scores across consoles (or even across genres for that matter)--particularly if you don't consider yourself a hardcore gamer (the market most reviews are targeted towards). I haven't crunched numbers recently, but last time I checked *user* reviews for Xbox and PS3 games were significantly below critical scores on average. Wii games, on the other hand, have user ratings typically higher than critical scores.

Wii Sports and Rayman Raving Rabbids both have Metacritic scores of 76, for example, while boasting user scores of 9.0 and 8.7 respectively. I'm not saying those scores can't be justified, just that there are too many variables to validly compare scores across consoles. Before anybody flames me as a Nintendo fan I think it's just as silly to compare Super Mario Galaxy to a PS3 game (or even worse a N64 game) based on review scores.

Afterburn3507d ago

and it begins again. welcome to Monday.