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 Metacritic average and then the lowest score on Metacritic, just to show the range of scores. Here are the results.
MLB 13 The Show: 8.5/87/6.0
God of War: Ascension: 7.0/80/7.0
Papo & Yo: 6.5/72/40
Soul Sacrifice: 6.5/77/40
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time: 6.0/75/60
LittleBigPlanet Karting: 7.0/73/40
Black Ops: Declassified 2.0/33/10
Persona 4: Golden 10.0/93/80
Silent Hill: Book of Memories 4.0/58/30
Assassin's Creed: Liberation 6.0/70/50
Ni No Kuni: 6.5/85/50
New Little King's Story 6.5/70/50
Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault: 6.0/63/45
Tokyo Jungle: 8.0/74/30
LittleBigPlanet Vita: 9.0/88/70
Sound Shapes: 9.0/84/60
Gravity Rush 7.0/83/60
Resistance: Burning Skies 6.5/60/20
Touch My Katamari 5.0/71/45
Uncharted: Golden Abyss 7.0/80/60
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack 9.0/86/75
Polygon has reviewed 26 Playstation 3 and Vita games. 10 of the Playstation exclusive games were scored higher by Polygon than the Metacritic average. 16 were scored below the Metacritic average. Of those 16 games, 4 were within 5 or .5 points from the average, which leaves 12 games rated below the Metacritic average.
Now let's look at games that were exclusive to 360.
Battleblock Theater: 8.5/85/60
Gears of War: Judgement 8.0/79/60
Halo 4 9.5/87/20
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 7.0/88/45
Dance Central 3 9.5/86/70
Forza Horizon 6.0/85/6.0
Fable: The Journey 4.5/61/30
Steel Battalion 1.0/38/.06
Blood Forge 2.0/42/2.0
Dust: An Elysian Tale 8.0/83/60
Fable Heroes 4.0/55/30
Trials Evolution 9.0/90/8.0
Diabolical Pitch 4.0/56/30
Kinect Star Wars 4.0/55/30
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 7.0/ 76/50
South Park: Tenorman's Revenge 3.0/52/20
Polygon has reviewed 20 360 titles. 6 were scored higher or on par than the metacritic average, with 14 given scores below the average. Using the 5 point/.5 system we used with playstation games, 1 game is removed from this list, leaving 13 games.
Now let's see what we have:
1. More Sony games rated higher than 360 only games (10 to 6).
2. A higher percentage of Playstation games rated higher than 360 games (36% to 30%).
3. Polygon gave the lowest score recorded on Metacritic for 1 Playstation title and 3 360 titles.
I don't see the bias.