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1:15 PM on 04.02.2014

Amazon now displays Metacritic scores for some reason

Remember when Fallout: New Vegas developers missed out on a Metacritic hinged upon bonus by one point? Well, here's another way Metacritic could doom (or help) developers. Retail giant Amazon has embedded Metacritic scores (a...

Steven Hansen


6:15 PM on 03.21.2013

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying

In the wake of massive studio closures these past few years, not to mention other eye-opening events like John Riccitello's resignation as CEO of Electronic Arts, it's hard to have a positive outlook on the industry's future....

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 03.08.2013

SimCity Metacritic user reviews are brutal brutal brutal!

Big game releases these days are almost always going to be subject to some literary abuse via the outlet of Metacritic user reviews, especially when a major publisher like Electronic Arts is concerned. In the case of SimCity,...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 02.05.2013

Metacritic ranks the best and worst publishers of 2012

Metacritic has just published its annual publisher power rankings, taking each publisher's games for 2012, and seeing who came out on top. Of course, all of the usual suspects are here, including Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, an...

Chris Carter



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Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012
by Allistair Pinsof

My insatiable hunger for tracking and displaying the most revered games of the year will not end. I blame Metacritic. I also blame Metacritic for not doing a proper job in aggregating the best games of the year. While the site does an impeccable job of putting together film, TV and music critics' best of the year lists, the site ignores videogames -- offering up only a very confused list containing the highest scoring games, which includes maligned ports and games with only ~5 reviews.

I suspect Metacritic’s reluctance to gather all game critic’s best ofs has to do with a couple factors: most publications don’t post their lists until late December/January, most settle for unranked awards instead of lists, and putting all this together probably goes against some of Metacritic’s policies. Metacritic is a smooth operating machine and there is no way to smoothly pull of a list of 38’s sites' game of the year winners and nominees. While this list I made isn’t perfect -- nor could a perfect one ever exist -- it should give us all a better sense of what games meant the most to critics at the end of 2012.

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12:00 PM on 01.02.2013

Metacritic's top rated games of 2012

Metacritic has released its annual list of the top rated games of 2012, organizing its review averages to find which titles received the most critical acclaim throughout the last year. Unsurprisingly, The Walking Dead took to...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 10.02.2012

Metacritic user reviews and Resident Evil 6 ... you know

Yep, it's happened again! Resident Evil 6 is the newest game to be torn to shreds via Metacritic's user reviews, following a rare instance of there being a large number of press reviews that agree with the fan rage. The game ...

Jim Sterling

8:30 AM on 09.01.2012

Weird Metacritic user reviews tear Darksiders II to bits

[Update 3: A Russian speaking friend of mine went through the site and believes it to be a highly detailed troll. The cult is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of an old Soviet actor from the 50s, who they openly ac...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 07.26.2012

BioShock developer hiring based on 85% Metacritic scores

Metacritic scores are taken a little too seriously in this industry (said as someone who likes Metacritic), but Irrational may be lending them more credence than most. In a move that has generation much lip-flapping, the BioS...

Jim Sterling

10:00 AM on 05.16.2012

Metacritic user reviews tear Diablo III apart

Anybody attempting to play Diablo III last night may have been disappointed to learn that the servers were down for a spell, meaning that even those who wanted to play solo were unable to log in and play. As outrage abounds o...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 03.15.2012

Obsidian missed Metacritic bonus for Fallout: New Vegas

Does Metacritic matter? Ask your average gamer, and they will likely sneer with contempt, blame it for all the ills in the world, and declare that the collector of review scores is useless. Ask a developer like Obsidian, howe...

Jim Sterling





8:00 AM on 03.06.2012

Metacritic user reviews tear Mass Effect 3 to pieces

It's becoming all too common for gamers to hold irrational grudges against videogames they haven't played yet and take out their frustrations on Metacritic or Amazon. Games such as Portal 2 and Modern Warfare 3 have been vict...

Jim Sterling

9:00 AM on 01.13.2012

Batman: Arkham City is Metacritic's top rated 2011 game

Metacritic has released its annual list of top rated games, revealing that Batman: Arkham City on PS3 was the most critically acclaimed title of 2011. It beat out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by a mouse's cock.  Here's th...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 11.18.2011

Telltale employees caught reviewing Jurassic Park

Some naughty Telltale employees were caught writing user reviews for Jurassic Park on Metacritic, with four 10/10 summaries going up at once. Their cover was blown by GameSpot, who found the reviews suspicious and did some de...

Jim Sterling



The Dtoid Show: Ass Creed Review-lations & More EA Antics photo
The Dtoid Show: Ass Creed Review-lations & More EA Antics
by Max Scoville


Hey! You, the individual who is poorly informed of today's abysmally uneventful gaming news! Pay attention to me right now. Er. Watch The Destructoid Show.

Today, we have some releases of the week. You can read about all of them right here. More importantly, Maurice has put up his review for Assassin's Creed Revelations. In other news, EA is doing that thing again where they're a jerk, and this guy who has a similar last name to mine really wants Modern Warfare 3 to get better grades. Er. Scores. Also, Batman: Arkham City is having some problems keeping track of your saved games.

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8:20 AM on 11.14.2011

Modern Warfare 3 dev tries to boost Metacritic user score

OH THE CORRUPTION! Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield has been upset by the Metacritic score for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and was caught red-handed attempting to boost it via Twitter. But before we grab our pit...

Jim Sterling