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  • Corsair89 - February 4, 2009 9:59 p.m.

    I never gave Metacritic much thought. Their opinion never mattered to me, unlike GR or 1up, which do matter to me. In the end, I trust my instincts and personal thoughts and preferences more than reviews, and they have rarely lead me astray.
  • RebornKusabi - February 4, 2009 9:44 p.m.

    I used reviews a little too much when I was younger but as I got older, I realized that, with the "help" of internet review scores that I liked didn't have THAT GREAT of a review score. If I had listened to reviews that had come out at the time, I would not have played Silent Hill 1-2, Fatal Frame 1-3, The Suffering 1-2, Bloodrayne 1-2, Siren, Covert Ops, Galarians 1-2, Space Griffin VF-9, Final Fantasy 8, System Shock 1-2 and countless others that recieved low scores when they were released.
  • Gahmah - February 4, 2009 9:12 p.m.

    5 average does seem like it might allow for better scale, or maybe it could be set up like Hulu's where it goes from a middle ok to degree's of likeness to degrees of hate
  • BluePikmin - February 4, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Ok but seriously this article makes a strong point.
  • tsweez - February 14, 2009 3:06 a.m.

    Okay, despite the argument in regard to how Metacritic rates letter grades, or arguments about it's weighting system, the truth is, it makes little to no difference overall. If you want to know about the impact then take a look at the video reports at: http://www.gamequarry.com The bottom line is that their scores are about 1.2 points more conservative than gamerankings. The influence of their weighting system has dropped from affecting 70% of scores in 2001 to under 20%. The letter grades are in the minority of the data set and really affect little. I've looked at the good, the bad, and the ugly which I have noted in the blog above. Now, if you think people take MC ratings too seriously, or if you are anti-mashups, well... that's more opinion than anything quantifiable, and I'm sure there are valid points both ways. I'm just the numbers guy. Cheers, Tim
  • Marioninja1 - February 9, 2009 8:32 p.m.

    The Fanboys are getting too out of fucking line. I mean, X-Play, Metascore, and basically all other gaming media has mentioned the fanboys. Why do fanboys always align with one faction, anyways? I got a PS2 and love it, and I love the 360 as much...the Wii, well, not so much...
  • barryfaceman1227dotcom - February 8, 2009 3:27 p.m.

    if you think a games gonna be a hit, but Metacritic rates it bad, fuck 'em. Go rent it, if you like it, buy the fucking thing, play it to shit and take the critism for buying a poorly rated game, as most other people will be having 'fun' with their brainwashing highly rated game, whereas you have a gaming 'experience' with your low rated supposedly 'shit' game!
  • Stuffgamer1 - February 7, 2009 12:11 a.m.

    I use Metacritic only as a link to reviews in different score ranges. It's how I found the 4.5 out of 5 that Hardcore Gamer Magazine gave to Sonic Unleashed, which was by far the most accurate review for the game I've ever seen. But I wouldn't pay the SLIGHTEST bit of attention to the average that Metacritic gives. It means less than nothing. But if you can't find a high score in your usual mags and think a game must be better than they're saying, there's a decent chance you can find a more fair-minded review linked from Metacritic.
  • Cernunnos - February 6, 2009 8:46 p.m.

    quis custodiet ipsos custodes, indeed.
  • Fish - February 6, 2009 4:59 p.m.

    The fanboyism of reader reviews isn't what troubles me; they're pretty easy to spot. It's the "new media guerilla marketing" that scares me. Reader reviews written by some shit-slinging PR snake posing a 14 year old girl? TERRIFYING. Game demos have far more input into my buying habits than metacritic or any other review site for that matter. That's why I bought Pure (fucking AWESOME) and skipped Force Unleashed.
  • luttman23 - February 6, 2009 1:17 p.m.

    At least it gives the public a chance to right the wrongs of certain games published reviews. A few bad apples and fanboi's are bound to attempt sabotage but if you have faith that generally people are truthful in documenting their experiences and opinions it makes sense. Take SPORE, for instance. You'd be hard pressed to find a review that wasn't licking Will Wrights balls, whereas most gamers agree it's absolutely bluddy awful.
  • Sinosaur - February 6, 2009 7:04 a.m.

    While the number system does have its problems, I've more or less found a system that works for me by going through a few different reviews and avoiding any that hand out perfect scores. If I see a bunch of perfect scores, then a few 7s or 8s, I go straight for the ones that will tell me what problems I might expect. Then I read another review to see if they've got a different take on things. Of course this is usually after I've asked my friends what they think of a game, which is probably the best place to get your recommendations (provided you have anything in common with your friends' tastes).
  • fatcat275 - February 6, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    90% of player reviews are stupid mindless drivel. I read one on the sims 2 earlier today that rated it 0, because The Sims 2 didn't work on his crappy computer.
  • Japanjack - February 6, 2009 2:05 a.m.

    I trust X-Play the most followed by GR. In some situations there are unfair ratings by GR's staff; Kung Fu Panda is not better than Too Human...
  • zanthox - February 5, 2009 8:36 p.m.

    no one watches these watchmen. I don't really care that metacritic exists, though it is annoying the weight put on it (especially by companies). What bothers me is the mindless fanboys messing with the score. why can anyone even vote as a user till the game is released? blarg.
  • Diosjenin - February 5, 2009 7:28 p.m.

    User reviews are generally crap, true. Judging a game based on a single, normalized score is shortsighted at best. I find Metacritic useful, but more as an archive of other reviews. For any game I actually care about enough to bother looking up there, I also run through the list of reviews, see which places gave the game which scores, read the one-line excerpt, maybe read the full review if it looks intelligently written and a link is provided. It really does give a much more thorough look at what the critical reception really is - although I'm sure that process is a bit too much for some people.
  • TanookiMan - February 5, 2009 6:21 p.m.

    I totally agree with you Craza, I just don't have the money to buy every game that looks kind of interesting, I need a little help cutting down the field. That's why I like to stick to sites where I know the reviewers, if they like the kind of stuff I do, etc. Then, it's more like getting info from a friend you can trust, rather than leaving it to the law of averages like Metacritic does. Also, the "Love This, Hate This" feature is indeed awesome, one more reason to keep coming back to GR!
  • Jbo87 - February 5, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    @ skyguy343 FANBOOOOOOOOOOOOOY, just kidding. I really like watching Yahtzee's reviews and it is true he never flinches from bashing a game. However I rarely use his reviews to decide whether or not I'll buy a game as he has slated a number of games that I love. For the most part even if a game is technically bad, if you approach it expecting it to be enjoyable it very often will be. If you have been following a game's development and buildup and have been looking forward to it then you are much more likely to overlook any flaws it has. Farcry 2 is the perfect example of this as it was probably my most anticipated game of last year. While it wasn't as good as I thought it would be it still amazed me and I loved it from start to finish.
  • Sash - February 5, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    Simple people judge whether to buy a game based on a number.
  • friedpork - February 5, 2009 11:57 a.m.

    Metacritic is absolute trash. Aggragated scores for games from several different outlets? I can already smell the shit oozing from it. Face it, most people will not have your particular taste in games, so why trust the mashed up views of many? Best to find a particular outlet that tends to favor your type of game. I mean, face it. You are NOT going to read PSM for you review on a 360 version of any game or vise versa. As far as user reviews go, anyone who is on any forum boards can tell you 75% of "reviews" from forum users is typically fanboy troll trash. I'm just waiting for someone to say "oh yeah, my big brother will beat the shit out of your big brother if you don't agree with me!" Fucking useless.

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