Have Review Scores Become Meaningless?

With a huge proportion of high-profile releases earning top marks and few game critics willing to dish out lower ratings, Mark Butler asks whether review scores have now become completely meaningless.

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PSVITAlitysensor2433d ago

Single reviews became meaningless years ago, now even metacritic has no meaning...!

Mad_Mack2433d ago

I think the problem is that games, unlike a lot of other media, have goalposts that are constantly moving, and as such it is very difficult to draw a line in the sand and say 'this is an average game and is pretty typical of the medium'. Todays 'average' game is tomorrows 'poor' game and yesterdays 'excellent' game.

What it would take is for games reviewers to take a stand and say that games, like many other things fall along a normal distribution. Any game that scores a '5' is average, and only 1 in 1000 games might score a 9.9. Lets say that Gears of War 3 is an average game. It is well made, fun and looks impressive. These should be considered 'average' qualities, because no one wants to play a game that is not well made, fun or looks like crap. This is not a slight on Gears of War, as what I am saying is not that Gears should be considered a poor game, but that the bar should be raised that high. Or maybe pick a game that was not as good, say Prototype or Rage (or whatever you feel is an average game).

When I see game scores and I see a 7 I know that the reviewer and most readers will see that as an average to poor game, but as the article has shown, the 'average' score on metacritic is probably closer to 8 than it is to 7, this meaning an 'average' game is somehow also scored in the top quintile if scoring was done along a normal distribution!

Dlacy13g2433d ago

When expectations that games are only great if they get a 9 or more became the norm, and sites caved in to that notion and 7-8's meant games were just ok... yes, reviews have become a shell of what they were. Low scores and high scores dominate ratings.. and middle ground scores are looked upon as bad. The whole system is messed up.

Psychotica2433d ago (Edited 2433d ago )

I only read the reviews to find out what I might like and what might piss me off. The score itself really doesn't mean much to me. Watch gameplay videos on YouTube tells me a lot more.

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