MetaCritic Surrenders User Reviews to Mob

As of 3 p.m. Pacific today, just over 3,600 users had voted on the unreleased game, giving it an average user score of 3.4/10. This stands in stark contrast to the official review average of 94/100, which MetaCritic labels as "Universal acclaim." The negative reaction from users was so extreme and unexpected that it warranted the following note from MetaCritic games editor Marc Doyle added to the bottom of the Gears of War 2 page.

"My advice for our faithful users is to focus your attention on the Metascore for this game and not the thousands of user votes, most of which have been submitted before said users have played the game. This is a gaming community, and if people want to stuff the ballot box, there's not much I can do at this point. When we upgrade the registration requirements for participation on the site in the near future, this type of thing won't happen. We'll post the full legitimate user reviews upon the game's release. As always, thanks for using the site."

1UP contacted Doyle for clarification, and he told them that the issue of unbalanced user reviews "hasn't been a systematic problem" on the site. According to Doyle, it's only really popped up recently and mostly for console-exclusive titles.

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Sami Frey4026d ago

This is the kind of thing that makes me ashamed to be a gamer. It just reinforces the stereotype of the gamers being stupid obsessive people who if they aren't playing videogames are trolling websites. I think that all the intelligent level headed gamers need to band together.

SoIid Snake4026d ago

It is a shame what consoles can do to fanboys. As gamers, we all need to stick together and rid ourselves of hatred for other consoles and accept the differences that accompany each console and each game, whether it be multiplatform or exclusive games.

As gamers and members of N4G, we are ruining this website and the gaming scene in general, we need to stop flaming, we need to stop posting flamebait news articles, we need to stop trolling, and we need to stop feeding the media, other gaming websites, and journalists flamebait and hits, and we also need to stop falling for the flamebait that they throw out there, they are only using us so that they make more money and we all turn against each other.

PS3 is good at what it does and what it offers, and the 360 is good at what it does and what it offers. We should all act like civilized human beings and not troll the other side or compare exclusive and multiplatform games, let us have civilized discussions.

I'm sure most of us here are 13 years and older, we all need to grow up, intelligently and mentally. We share a common passion for gaming, we need to put our differences aside and come together as gamers.

Please, let's just end all of these flame wars, trolling, and flamebait. We are here to read news about video games and discuss video games and not argue which console version is better or which game has better features, but appreciate each game for what it is and what it offers. Let us rid ourselves of fanboyism.

Sarcasm4026d ago

If this stuff makes you ashamed as a gamer, then just play the games. You're not forced to read anything on the internet.

thereapersson4026d ago

None of us are even affected by this stuff until we hop on a computer and read what other retards have to say about something.

Nostradavis4026d ago

This is the same editorial wrote over a week ago regarding the Metacritic debacle. They contacted the founder and got the same responses. Now 1up steals their idea and tries to claim it as their own. Pathetic.

Pretty soon 1up will be bankrupt and unable to operate as journalistic thieves.

SL1M DADDY4026d ago

And could care less what a bunch of fanboys do when it comes to these sites. My decision to buy a game is based on one review, and that is my own review. You just can't trust sites these days since all they are is an opinion that is not your own and Metacritic is a collection of opinions that are not your own and even Meta is known for posting only certain reviews so the over-all score can be slanted a bit. Trust one review folks, your own.


i dont understand how nobody sees the cause of this.
I know for a fact that the ms fans started this bullsh1t. It was ok when
THEY did it to ps3 exclusives. .. but the minute revenge is laid on them like a pile of bricks, theystart crying foul.

WHat a bunch of fairies.

Doesnt anyone see that all the negative sh1t alwasy comes from the ms camp and its fans? they should all rrod. console gaming and its evolution would be much better off, instead of being held back by individuals and a company who lie and cheat everyswhich way they can. AND THEYRE STILL LOSING.

-Angel-4026d ago

It really is a shame to see immature gamers attacking different games from different consoles by reducing their user rating. As a gamer, I think I deserve an honest review from the gamers in the gaming community regardless if you're an X360 or PS3, or even a Wii fan. (not fanboy/girl)
We can't all be supporting the same genre or the same console, however, when looking at a game, we should be looking at what it offers, how it handles multiplayer, is the single player strong to stand on its own based on story and character, what about graphics, sound, music, voice acting, etc...

These are the things that interest me...I may be a Sony fan, but I'm not a fanboy. I have all three consoles, and I enjoy them.

Tarasque4026d ago (Edited 4026d ago )

This is not an opinion the is a fact " IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT USER REVIEW SCORE'S THEN YOU ARE A IDIOT WITH NO LIFE". Plain and simple no 2 words about, And if you was one of the idiots that gave PS3 or 360 games low scores to be a fanboys you are a bigger idiot.

Actually this started with halo 3 son................

edhe4026d ago

Fanboy trolling is of no use, why not add an extra section to reporting for 'fanboyism' where the poster is being an unabated fanboi with no substance...

Kill Crow4026d ago

is fan boys who start by saying "The other console supporters started this" ...

It's like everyone's 5 years old and thinks whenever someone does something that's crap, they can and MUST do the same thing back to them

Only it's not kids it's N4G posters acting like 5 year olds ...

Grow up ... All the consoles have something great to offer(and all have their own shortcomings) and the people who are getting the MOST out of it have more than one console. It's a Great time to be a Gamer theer's never been so much competition - which is resulting in better games for EVERYONE !!!!

VirusE4026d ago

darkkngith, Actually people like you started this BS. You dont own both and you stink of 13 year old fanboy.

There is this thing in the adult world called diligence, you should look it up.

Here are some of your comments dark

"LOL, the 360 is a elephant in quicksand"

"4d, 3d, and 2d.


"means xboxfans r SCARED"

Bubble down, you sad, sad piece of pathetic teenage trash.

Darkseider4026d ago

else see the humor here? doing an article on metacritic is well.. just plain funny. The reason metacritic sucks? Plain and simple not only are the user reviews just plain dumb, aka fanboy wars. The metascores are lopsided and scored differently on the platforms. There are hundreds of examples to be given but in most if not all cases an A for a 360 = 100 where and A for a PS3 = 90. So the site when scoring is definately biased and that cannot be argued. Also the fact that with the "Variety review fiasco" where Metacritic arbitrarily assigned a numeric score is further proof. Now go ahead and defend them but if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it's a duck.

No Way4026d ago (Edited 4026d ago )

Bro, give it a rest. Even if the 360 fanboys did indeed start this... "war," then you're even worse for 'retaliating,' or getting 'revenge' as you stated.

Haven't you ever heard the saying "Be The Bigger Man?"

"Doesnt anyone see that all the negative sh1t alwasy comes from the ms camp and its fans?" Uhm.. I think you need to check you're post history.

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CrippleH4026d ago

Where was 1up when this happened to LBP and Resistance 2?

Should have reported this earlier.

Danja4026d ago

Um LBP and R2 are PS3 exclusives do you really think 1UP cares ?

Fox014026d ago

Grow up. There's no excuse; whether it's LBP, Gears or Vivi Pinata, there's no excuse. Don't stoop to their level, try to be the bigger man.

Enigma_20994026d ago

You have a very good point... but what you fail to understand is... so does CrippleH

The LBP stuffing has been swept under the rug, but the GOW2 stuffing keeps making frontpage news.

Sarcasm4026d ago

1up? Yeah Gears 2 got an A out of A+ yet Metacritic lists it as 100/100.

Fox014026d ago

Yeah, I get it, Metacritic is also biased.

Enigma_20994026d ago

he's saying that the LBP situation should get equal coverage, or actually more, since OVER 2000 people helped to bomb the score...

Tarasque4026d ago

Well the problem was there wasnt very many 360 fanboys doing to bring it so low, but when you get the 3 times as many people doing from fanboy camp then they seen it needed to be stopped.

VirusE4026d ago

Could it be that gears 2 was the straw that broke the camels back? LBP is the kind of game that teens are going to want to hate on just like Mario and banjo. It's "kiddy" so some people will not even try playing it, just like Mario and banjo games. R2 in my opinion was the first shot fired because games like LBP polarize fans to begin with. Anyone who has played any of these AAA games knows they are all gold. A one sided attack is only slightly interesting from a news perspective yet a war between fanboys on the metacritic battle ground = lots of web hits. Quit making crap like this out to be the Kennedy assassination or Roswell.

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Bots Of A Feather Fl4026d ago

If you think the 16Million+ Ps3 owners won't strike back,you're dead wrong Xbots

Bangladesh4026d ago

Yeah, but LBP actually does suck.

Danja4026d ago

I bet you haven't even played the game yet dude...or you just dont have a PS3 at all..

PirateThom4026d ago

Saying LittleBigPlanet sucks is basically saying "I hate fun".

marionz4026d ago

nope its saying i hate 2.5d kiddy games

Bangladesh4026d ago

If anyone is wondering why Sony can't cut the price of the PS3, it's because all of their money went to buying the reviews for this overhyped casual sh*t.

PirateThom4026d ago

Anyone who dismisses it as a "kiddy game" doesn't know what gaming is.

Cry more. Go and play Banjo Kazooie.

Sir_Ken_Kutaragi4026d ago

Don't mess with 100+ Million PlayStation owners(PS2+PSP+PS3)!!! ;-D
I'm sure some haven't got a PS3 yet, but want to Defend the PlayStation Brand;)

+No i didn't do it!!! ;-D
I have no reason to go on that CR*P site(Like 99% of them, i never go to)

Maxned4026d ago

Ok I will. Banjo-Kazooie is a really fun game. I've had Banjo-Kazooie and Tooie for ten years now, and Nuts and Bolts is a worthy successor.

Bangladesh4026d ago

*pisses on Sir Ken Kuturagi's face*

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Narutone664026d ago

The stupid xbots are crying because their precious geow 1.5 got a low score. Karma's a b*tch. Actually the game might really sucks, so that's why it got a low score.

Daz4026d ago

actually all fanboys are.

Because there still doing it. sad bunch of noobs

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