Developers place far too much stock in Metacritic these days. While it’s a useful tool for aggregates and watching performance on a franchise over a long period of time, using it as a tool to reward or punish a team based on their game output is kind of bonkers. But UK-based developer Rebellion manages to fall asleep every night without any Metacritic worries weighing them down. Or even review scores, as their games have proven to be profitable, despite what those nasty professional writers have had to say about them.
Every year, billions of game developers die because of Metacritic. An arbitrary collection of numbers and some other aggregate crap that makes no sense to a guy who barely passed his Maths exam in Grade 7, it’s clear that this system is holding us back. But Lazygamer has heard your cries. Lazygamer is here to save the day. And as the most important website in Africa (Behind Bathroom Bizarre Online, SpareBeetleParts.co.za and MugabeFalls.org), we feel that we have a duty to be a shining beacon of inspiration.
Now that Joystiq has dropped scoring their games the subject of Metacritic has crept back into gaming discussions with the vehemently anti-scorers on one side and the people who believe things are required to be measured on the other.
That’s the sentiment of Double Fine’s COO Justin Bailey. Speaking at the Montreal International Game Summit, Bailey said that developers and publishers put far too much stock in to the review aggregator, particularly when it comes to hiring and firing.
Right, Destiny is out – which means many of you have been playing the game since yesterday. Very many of you are likely further than the point you got to in the beta. that means that not only have you gone to the Moon, but you’ve probably hit Venus and beyond.
As one who reviews games, it's nice to believe that those reviews matter. Before I wrote reviews, I read them, and I can remember specific instances when reviews prompted me to buy or pass on certain games. But just how important are those scores for purchasing patterns?
Though there’s a tonne of games coming to the new consoles, right now it’s arguable that there’s just not enough great gaming content to justify getting a “new gen” console. Is that really true? There are fantastic games available for each system – along with terrible games. Let’s take a look at the best and worst for each system.
I just reviewed Yoshi’s New Island for the 3DS yesterday. As of today, my score is the highest on Metacritic because I gave the game an 8.5. As it turns out, not many other sites agree with me.
When I think of 2013, I think of one great year in gaming. DMC: Devil May Cry, The Last of Us and GTA V were some such examples of the quality games that were released. That doesn’t mean that some rather less than stellar games didn’t make it to that annual stage however, with Ride to Hell: Retribution easily being the worst of the lot. Six months ago we wondered if this game would be the top of a crap iceberg. We were right.
Company of Heroes is pretty much tied with StarCraft II as the top ranking strategy game on aggregate site Metacritic. It’s finally getting its much anticipated sequel – which is out tomorrow. If you like RTS games based on actual, once ubiquitous World War 2 history instead of made-up space dramas, this is probably very much on your radar. Wot’s it like?
You don’t have to go far to hear about how bad Metacritic is for the gaming industry. Kotaku recently wrote a great piece about it and Adam Sessler also had some good points in his recent video. This isn’t a new complaint either, IGN covered it a year ago and so have countless other sites.
We’re profoundly proud of our metacritic affiliation and as such out unbiased nature could be called into question when posting an article about the industry respected site. But since we’re not taking sides here I thought it was safe to do so.
I started Lazygamer.net back in 2007 as a hobby to give me a break between working fulltime and studying correspondence. It quickly became something of a monster and started taking more and more of my time to keep the site updated. Since then we’ve had some memorable moments.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but EA’s the company that published the very best games of 2012, according to review aggregator Metacritic. In their annual publisher ranking, they’ve number-crunched EA in to the top spot, with the highest number of critically acclaimed games for 2012.
Pretty much every video game site on the planet has now posted their list of the best games of 2012 and as always the public are upset. We’ve been called many wonderful things since we voted Black Ops 2 as the best shooter and ClapTrap as the best voice actor but that’s the nature of the beast.