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Undertale is the highest rated PC game on Metacritic right now

Beating out Half-Life 2 and BioShock
Oct 05
// Laura Kate Dale
A couple of weeks back Destructoid's very own Ben Davis reviewed Undertale, a very EarthBound-inspired JRPG that melded a unique battle system, non-combat progression options, and a charming narrative to create an incredibly ...
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Metacritic rankings

Metacritic ranks the best and worst publishers of 2014

Nintendo takes the top spot for major publishers, Telltale for mid-size publishers
Jan 27
// Ben Davis
[Update: Included a paragraph about the mid-size publisher rankings, which I somehow missed.] Metacritic just released its 5th Annual Game Publisher Rankings, which ranks publishers based on the critic reviews for games relea...
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Amazon x Metacritic

Amazon now displays Metacritic scores for some reason

Down with numbers
Apr 02
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Gaming isn't dead yet

Twisted Pixel dev: Game industry is struggling, not dying

Certain sectors will find it harder to be successful
Mar 21
// Tony Ponce
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....


SimCity Metacritic user reviews are brutal brutal brutal!

'This is SimVillage'
Mar 08
// Jim Sterling
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,...
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2012 publishers ranked

Metacritic ranks the best and worst publishers of 2012

The results will surprise you
Feb 05
// Chris Carter
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...

Game critics collective top 10 games of 2012

Jan 14 // Allistair Pinsof
The Process Each site’s game of the year receives 3 points. In the rare case that there were two winners (ugh), those 3 points were split (i.e. 1.5 points each). I split 4 points among nominees, cutting off nominees to four entries where possible. In the cases where nominees were unranked, I included all nine (or whatever number) and split four points between them (rounded to .4 points each). If a site had more than nine nominees, I didn’t include them at all because having 20 nominees is just silly. In the case that two games had the same number of points, I favored the one with more votes (i.e. those that appeared on the most lists).Finally, I must point out that some sites were left off this list because I couldn’t find their list or they opted out of doing one this year (see: 1UP). The List 15. Black Ops 2: 2.4 (3 votes)14. Spelunky: 2.4 (4 votes)13. Guild Wars 2: 2.8 (4 votes)12. (tie) Spec Ops: The Line: 3 (1 votes)12. (tie) Xenoblade Chronicles: 3 (1 votes)11. Trials Evolution: 3 (3 votes) 10) 6.7 (5 votes) "Can you remember when you first found out that the game was going to be set during the American Revolution? There was a good chance that sales of adult diapers skyrocketed as a result. Ubisoft, we salute you." - Complex 9) 7 (5 votes) "It's a perfect, wordless sci-fi parable - and an elegant comment on the development of video games themselves, expressed in a way only a game could articulate." - Eurogamer 8) 11.1 (9 votes) "Halo 4 showed that a fresh set of hands couldn’t hurt a franchise so strong and so loved." - GameRevolution 7) 13.5 (13 votes) "In a medium where narrative threads commonly go unresolved, BioWare should be commended for concluding most of the major sub-plots that were introduced in earlier games in the series." - Polygon 6) 16.7 (14 votes) "If you are up for a good laugh while shooting things in the face, Borderlands 2 is a worthy game to add to your collection. Soon enough, you'll see numbers popping above people's heads in real life and will feel compelled to search every Porta Potty on the street for cash." - Destructoid 5) 19.6 (16 votes) "Every part of Dishonored works in exquisite concert, every system complementing the others with a graceful cohesion that speaks of Corvo himself, and of the generosity in freedom and participation Dishonored extends to its players. Few games burst as fully formed from the ether – perhaps Dunwall’s most remarkable achievement is that it feels so inevitable." - Edge 4) 20.6 (15 votes) "A multiplicity of tactics and paths provide the player with a sense of true psychosomatic and terrestrial exploration. Far Cry 3 is a intrepid sequel that eschews the series's previous mistakes and leans on its strengths with the relish of a practiced hunter." - Slant Magazine 3) 28.7 (17 votes) "I could accuse developer thatgamecompany of obvious manipulation, warping the environment and the very light to instill emotions within me, but isn't that the point? To master the language of the medium, to be evocative and to make us walk a steep path and then let us savor the views from its peak? In Journey, world building, writing, and design feel like they're the same thing." - Joystiq 2) 29.9 (19 votes) "The game is deep but intuitive. It rewards planning and focus, it penalizes failure. It requires patience but can still be exciting. It's an easy game to start playing and a tough one to stop. Plus, that music when you're going into battle, always gets us pumped." - Kotaku 1) 38.9 (23 votes) "I want back the hour of my life I wasted on this game.First, this isn't a game. It is an interactive movie. It is one of those inane "push the right button when it flashes on the screen" snooze fests. It is about 90% cut scenes with the occasional button push. If you like CoD type games or open worlds, you will HATE this "game".Second, even for the genre it is terrible. The game has two modes: 1) an easy mode where it gives you hints about what is expected of you; and 2) a hard mode where there few if any hints. Not knowing what to expect, I opted for the hint mode. I would have actually been better off going it on my own.The first time this barely interactive cartoon lets you do anything, you have to get out of a car, get off your handcuffs, and deal with a cop-turned-zombie. After you have crawled to where your back is up against a police car, the screen starts flashing "look at cop". Ok, I look at the cop. The character says something and the zombie keeps coming. So I look at cop again. Same result. The screen says again "look at cop". So I look at the cop again. And he jumps on me and eats my brains -- "You are dead" says the game. After it reloads, when it tells me to look at the cop, I DON'T look at the cop, but look to my right and left and find a shotgun with a shell. Then I get to shoot the zombie. So what you actually have to do is the exact opposite of what the hint on the screen is blaring at you to do.And this is the VERY FIRST TIME you interact with the game. It does not get any better. I thought this style of game went out of vogue 30 years ago with the old Dragon's Lair quarter eater of the 80s. Sadly, it appears that this particular developer is going retro.If you are a fan of the Walking Dead and this review makes you mad (as seems to be the case based upon the feedback I have seen on the negative reviews), after you get done downvoting me, download it for free, realize I was absolutely right, and go spend your money on the next season of the Walking Dead TV show or some other merchandise. I PROMISE you that you will thank me for it. If you buy this game you will be throwing away money that could be used to actually satisfy your Walking Dead fix and entertain you.Don't say you weren't warned." - Angry user reviewer Gary, who did not factor into our ranking The Rest FTL: 2.4 (3 votes)Mark of the Ninja: 2.4 (3 votes)Super Hexagon: 2.4 (2 votes)Max Payne 3: 2 (2 votes)Sleeping Dogs: 2 (2 votes)Hotline Miami: 1.4 (2 votes)Diablo 3: 1 (1 votes)FIFA 13: 1 (1 votes)DOTA 2: 1 (1 votes)Tribes: Ascend: 1 (1 votes)Awesomenauts: 1 (1 votes)PlanetSide 2: 1 (1 votes)BlackLight Retribution: 1 (1 votes)Zero Escape: .8 (2 votes)Hitman: Absolution: .7 (1 votes)Crusader Kings II .4 (1 vote)Papa & Yo .4 (1 vote)The Unfinished Swan: .4 (1 votes) The Oddballs Xenoblade Chronicles received rave reviews, accumulating to a Metacritic score of 92. Yet, it only appeared on one list: Slant Magazine's, which gave it game of the year. Likewise, Mark of the Ninja and Trials Evolution have 90+ Metacritic scores but only managed to appear on 3 lists. The biggest shock is our #10 and #9 entries. Assassin's Creed III divided critics almost as much as Resident Evil 6, but still managed to make this list (mostly due to receiving top honors on at least one list). Fez, on the other hand, is one of the most well received games in 2012 in terms of reviews and social media buzz (I can't think of many other games discussed so fervently on Twitter.) The Sites Kotaku: XCOM    Noms: Super Hexagon, Crusdaer Kings II, Journey, Papa & Yo, Spelunky, Walking Dead, Zero EscapePolygon: The Walking Dead    Noms: Dishonored, XCOM, Journey, Far Cry 3Joystiq: Journey    Noms: Super Hexagon, Walking Dead, XCOM, FezGames Beat: Walking Dead    Noms: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (Xbox 360, PC)Journey (PSN)Borderlands 2 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)Far Cry 3 (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)Halo 4 (Xbox 360)Dishonored (Xbox 360, PS3, PC)Gamespot: Journey    Noms: Dishonored, Guild Wars 2, Halo 4, Mark of the Ninja, Mass Effect 3, Spelunky, Walking Dead, XCOM, Zero EscapeMachinima: Halo 4    Noms: Borderlands 2, Black Ops 2, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, Walking Dead, XCOM, Game Informer: Mass Effect 3 XPlay: Borderlands 2    Noms: Journey, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed 3, Black Ops 2, XCOM, Hitman, IGN: Journey    Noms: Borderlands 2, Hotline Miami, Guild Wars II, FTL, Dishonored, The Unfinished Swan, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead, Halo 4Game Spy: XCOM    Noms: DOTA, Guild Wars 2, Planet Side 2, Borderlands 2GameFront: Walking Dead    Noms: Dishonored, XCOM, Tribes, Borderlands 2Yahtzee: Spec Ops: The LineNoms: Dishonored, The Walking Dead, Far Cry 3, XCOM,Total Biscuit: Journey    Noms: Awesomenauts, PlanetSide 2, FTL, BlackLight RetributionLazy Game Reviewer: Far Cry 3Noms: Sleeping Dogs, Dishonored, Mark of the Ninja, Borderlands 2 EDGE: Dishonored    Noms: Trials Evolution, XCOM, Spelunky, Super HexagonComplex: Walking Dead    Noms: Journey, Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, FIFA 13Game Planet: Far Cry 3    Noms: Borderlands 2, Walking Dead, Mass Effect, Guild Wars 2Game Focus: DishonoredOXM: Walking Dead    Noms: Trials Evolution, Mark of the Ninja, Fez, Mass effect 3Dark Zero: Journey    Noms: Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Walking Dead,Borderlands 2The Guardian: Dishonored, XCOM    Noms: Journey, Borderlands, Far Cry 3, EuroGamer: FezRev3: JourneyTelegraph: Walking Dead    Noms: Journey, Dishonored, XCOM, Far Cry 3GameRevolution: Assassin’s Creed 3    Noms: Halo 4, Far Cry 3, Mass Effect 3, The Walking DeadSlant Magazine: Xenoblade Chronicles    Noms: Journey, Walking Dead, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3Thunderbolt: Walking Dead    Noms: XCOM, Hotline Miami, Far Cry 3, Max Payne 3Gamestm: Borderlands 2    Noms: Dishonored, Fez, FTL, Halo 4GameCentral Video Games: XCOM    Noms: Journey, Dishonored, Mass Effect 3, SpelunkyDigital Spy: Walking Dead    Noms: XCOM, Far Cry 3, Mass Effect 3, Trials EvolutionDtoid: Walking Dead    Noms: Borderlands 2, Dishonored, Journey, Mass Effect 3Giant Bomb: XCOM    Noms: The Walking Dead, Far Cry 3, Fez, Halo 4    Noms: The Walking Dead, Max Payne 3, Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3 Gamesradar: Walking DeadAction Trip: XCOM    Noms: The Walking Dead: Season One (Telltale Games), Diablo 3 (Blizzard Entertainmentl), Far Cry 3 (Ubisoft Montreal), Assassins Creed 3 (Ubisoft Montreal).EGM: Far Cry 3    Noms: Borderlands 2, XCOM, Walking Dead, Sleeping DogsGameTrailers: XCOM    Noms: Assassin’s Creed 3, Black Ops 2, Journey, Mass Effect 3, 3DJuegos: Dishonored
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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 sit...


Metacritic's top rated games of 2012

The Walking Dead shuffles into first, but year deemed bad overall
Jan 02
// Jim Sterling
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...

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

Oct 02
// Jim Sterling
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 ...

Weird Metacritic user reviews tear Darksiders II to bits

Sleeping Dogs and Dark Souls PC also attacked
Sep 01
// Jim Sterling
[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...

BioShock developer hiring based on 85% Metacritic scores

Jul 26
// Jim Sterling
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...

Metacritic user reviews tear Diablo III apart

May 16
// Jim Sterling
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...

Obsidian missed Metacritic bonus for Fallout: New Vegas

Mar 15
// Jim Sterling
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...

Metacritic user reviews tear Mass Effect 3 to pieces

Mar 06
// Jim Sterling
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...

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

Jan 13
// Jim Sterling
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...

Telltale employees caught reviewing Jurassic Park

Nov 18
// Jim Sterling
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...

The Dtoid Show: Ass Creed Review-lations & More EA Antics

Nov 14
// 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 t...

Modern Warfare 3 dev tries to boost Metacritic user score

Nov 14
// Jim Sterling
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...

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Metacritic user reviews take a dump on Modern Warfare 3

Nov 08
// Jim Sterling
Metacritic user reviews are always good for a laugh, and the level of resentment they have for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is a riot. Currently, the game boasts a 2.9/10 score average, as gamers have united in droves to po...

Metacritic founder agrees game ratings are imbalanced

Jul 11
// Liam Fisher
Marc Doyle, co-founder of Metacritic, was given an opportunity to actively defend his site's methodology and  its role in the industry on the latest A Jumps B Shoots Podcast and he thinks he's got the answer to our revie...

The Jimquisition: Metacritic isn't the problem

Jun 27
// Jim Sterling
If you believe angry comments from gamers around the Web, Metacritic is the very center of the Eye of Terror, a place where dreams go to die and all that once was good becomes corrupted and sits rotting at the feet of a thousand mewling worms.  Of course, Metacritic isn't actually like that, as you will soon see.

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