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Metacritic scores matter, kind of

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?

The best and worst games for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4

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.

Reviewing games and scoring woes

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.

Ride to Hell: Retribution is officially the worst game of 2013

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 2 – Review round up

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?

Metacritic: Defending the Critic

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.

Metacritic denies weighting system research

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.

The biggest announcement in Lazygamer history

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.

EA is 2012’s best game publisher

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.

2012’s best games according to the critics

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.

Borderlands 2 review round-up

Borderlands 2 is out this week - and we’re all chomping at the bit to return to Pandora for some lootin’ and shootin’. Well except for Yolanda, who’s shown little to no interest in the role-playing shooter and has been banished to the basement.  As is the norm - for no good reason that we can ascertain - the game’s out in the US three days before it washes up on European (and African!) shores, so reviews for the game have been coming through hard and fast…just the way Darryn likes it.

Here’s what the scores are looking like.

Irrational’s hiring based on Metacritic scores

We’ve had numerous discussions here about the relevance of review scores and Metacritic - wondering just how much they really matter. It seems they matter a heck of a lot if you’re looking for a job at BioShock developers Irrational Games.

Call of Duty critic and user scores over the years

While stumbling through reddit, which BTW takes up far too much time in my day, I came across this chart that plots the critic and user scores for each Call of Duty title over the years.

What is most surprising really is how the user score is following such a solid trajectory while the critic score is relatively stable.

Is Metacritic ruining the gaming industry?

I saw a tweet last night but unfortunately I can’t remember who posted it, but basically it was stating that the image below is the reason why Metacritic is ruining the gaming industry.

And when you look through this image you can quickly see the point and well it’s just not fair really is it?

Microsoft is 2011’s best game publisher, says Metacritic

You thought Sony and its PS3 were the king of exclusives, right? Not according to Metacritic, who’s crunched up the numbers and found Microsoft to be the best, most lauded publisher industry-wide - beating out both Nintendo and Sony. In fact, Microsoft’s the only publisher whose aggregate is over 75% across all their released titles for 2011.

Nintendo’s come in at 2, with Sony sitting with the bronze medal on the publisher podium.