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Joe Burling avatar 11:25 AM on 06.22.2008  (server time)
How MGS4 stacks up against other games this generation

The release of Metal Gear Solid 4 has spawned a lot of questions, such as whether MGS4 will be GOTY, or whether or not MGS4 is a reason to buy a PS3. I decided to do some digging, so I jumped over to Metacritic to read up on MGS4. I found that MGS4 had been given a LOT of perfect scores, and has grabbed a lot of reviewers by the nuts. Then I wondered how many perfect scores GTA4 got. Then Halo 3. Pretty soon, I had collected muchos stats about perfect scores given this generation, and I thought it was worth a cblog.

I compiled a list of all PS3 and 360 games on Metacritic which received five or more perfect scores. Here is that list...

1) Grand Theft Auto IV (360) - 46
2) Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3) - 36
3) Bioshock (360) - 33
4) Halo 3 (360) - 20
5) Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3) = 20
6) Gears of War (360) = 19
7) Orange Box (360) = 18
8) Elder Scrolls: Oblivion (360) = 18
9) Call of Duty 4 (360) = 14
10) Call of Duty 4 (PS3) = 11
11) Mass Effect (360) = 11
12) Rock Band (360) = 10
13) Guitar Hero 2 (360) = 9
14) Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destructoin (PS3) = 7
15) Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360) = 6

I know what you are wondering. Where are some of the PS3 games like Orange Box, Oblivion, Rock Band and Uncharted? They all failed to produce five or more perfect scores. Orange Box (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, Oblivion (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, Rock Band (PS3) had 3 perfect scores, and Uncharted (PS3) had 2 perfect scores. All this does is help show that, so far, multiplatform games (for the most part) are getting better scores on the 360.

So how does that break down per console?

GTA4 - 46
Bioshock - 33
Halo 3 - 20
Gears of War - 19
Orange Box - 18
Oblivion - 18
COD4 - 14
Mass Effect - 11
Rock Band - 10
Guitar Hero 2 - 9
GRAW - 6
TOTAL = 204

GTA4 - 36
MGS4 - 20
COD4 - 11
Ratchet & Clank - 7
TOTAL = 74

I think it is safe to say that MGS4 is the "Gears of War" of the PS3. Both games received around 20 perfect scores and both games were 3rd party titles that went exclusive (at least for now). Since MGS4 was published by Konami, a 3rd party publisher, it seems very reasonable to think that we may see MGS4 on the 360 in the future. However, since Gears of War is published by Microsoft Game Studios, I wouldn't go holding your breath for a Gears PS3 release.

What do you all think? Is this proof that games are better on the 360? Do you think MGS4 should have more perfect scores? Is CTZ the sexiest man alive? What does this all mean?

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