Mid-year Metacritic report shows increase in top-scoring games

Sunday, 4th July 2010 20:12 GMT By Joe Anderson


MetaCritic has released its half-yearly report, showing an increase in review scores for the period, despite NPD reporting sales are down when compared to the same six months last year.

So far this year, seven titles have received a score of 90 or more while three titles – Super Mario Galaxy 2, Red Dead Redemption and Mass Effect 2 – scored over 95 percent.

The top game in the same period last year was Street Fighter IV with a 94 percent average.

At the other end of the scale, 16 games received scores of 49 or lower in the first half of 2009, down from 25 in the same period last year.

The highest rated game of the year so far is Super Mario Galaxy 2, with a review average of 98 percent.



  1. Erthazus

    Look at the movies scores and to the games scores.

    Almost every game have score from 80-96. It’s like every game is a masterpiece.

    While movies have absolutely right scores from 30-90. (Last year no 90′s scores. The highest was 84)
    It’s just shows how industry journalists like to suck developers *Something* to be popular among gamers.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    @1 Agreed

    Especially Microsoft. Thats why I prefer to read comments on the games over reviews from site like IGN, Gamespot and G4.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. onlineatron

    Yep, games reviewers have become far to soft.

    I refuse to believe there has been a marked improvement in the quality of games; perhaps we have more solid titles due to the price they cost to make (weeding out the chaff).

    However to achieve a 90 or above I maintain that a game has to do something truly special. Whether it be pushing presentation standards forward, or introducing a new, never seen before gaming mechanic.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    50 = average

    50 =/= BAD

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Freek

    Partly the 7-10 scale of games but also partly becuase allot of truly terrible games never get reviewed.

    Most the shovelware is simply discared from the review procces. Movies don’t get that treatment becuase they usualy only last around 2 hours, so it’s no big deal to go see The Last Airbender and write about how utterly shit it is.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5 BS!

    A lot of games are reviewed and 90% of 7-10 scored games are utter shit and not even deserve a 7 score.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Freek

    Utter shit by your standards. I’d argue that avarage would be a better discription. Allot of games rely on tried and true concepts, proven by time and popularity that are simply solidly made. Nothing exceptional, just decent.
    A 5 would be a reasonalbe score.

    And again allot of them never reach review status. Take Transformers War for Cybertron. Everybody reviewed the 360 and PS3 version, almost nobody cared about the crap Wii version.
    Sites and magazines, rightly IMHO, prioritize games that their audiance has an intrest in. Unless the game is a hidden gem, then they might rally behind it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. DeSpiritusBellum

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see how useless the de facto 7-10 scale is.

    In most cases today a 7 will mean that you can be sure your money is wasted, and when that’s the standard, what justification is there to use that scale? Maybe a few PR people think it looks good, but pleasing PR jocks should never be the job of the gaming press.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Grimrita

    amazing how the dollar pays for a good review in todays market.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    “Utter shit by your standards.”

    Not in my standards? You should again, check Movie directory. AAA movies have 50% or 30% scores from reviews.
    Gaming industry with these scores is screwed and you are all spoiled children that thinks: Oh, game have 7.9, i’m not buying it!

    #10 5 years ago
  11. NiceFellow

    Review scores and averages are getting out of hand in my view. Decent games are now 80% plus easily, which is just wrong, never mind how few games really deserve 90% plus.

    It’s all getting a bit sordid really.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Anders

    “amazing how the dollar pays for a good review in todays market.”

    Do you really suggest that writers and websites get paid to review games favorably? Give me a break.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Crysis

    @1 movies are measured accurately, as for gaming, most reviews are based around different factors including console, prequels/sequels & genre, when all these factors are included you get some really weird reviews, they should have an official measuring chart based on every factor.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Grimrita

    @ 12
    not so much the ‘writers’ but the websites themselves – look no further than Gamespot and the ‘Kane and Lynch’ fiasco.

    And ive seen it myself – a PR busy body offering a front page exclusive on a triple A title in exchange for an extra point on the review score for an over budget but under performing title – dont be blinkered – it happens

    #14 5 years ago
  15. DeSpiritusBellum

    @12 You think they pay for expensive trips and events for games writers, simply because they love reading their stuff?

    In any other form of reporting you’d call that a payoff, in games reporting it’s just how it’s done.

    That’s not to say that there are envelopes being exchanged, but there’s no doubt that publishers and their PR hounds do everything they can to influence scores, build co-dependable relationships (using embargos, advertising, access) and anything else to influence writers, who are supposed to be unbiased.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. AHA-Lambda

    oh god i am sick of this review score crap! >__>

    Christ I hate game reviews at times so much, and I wanted to be a reviewer for a long time but this crap put me off. People dont rate games anymore on how they feel or how much they love the game but on a set checklist of features.

    If you have:
    single player
    and are an exclusive or big IP and the quality of your game is above average then you atomatically get an 8/10 basically, it total BS.

    Also if games were getting better like metacritic claims then review standards should shift up too not down as they seem to have.

    Sorry rant over :P

    #16 5 years ago

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