Riccitello: Low MOH scores come from a “narrow demographic of reviewers”

Tuesday, 2nd November 2010 22:43 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


EA CEO John Riccitello has said low scores given to Medal of Honor were given by a “narrow demographic of reviewers” and a game that’s scoring in the “mid-70s” is generally perceived to be pretty good.

Speaking during a financial call to investors this evening, Riccitello said despite some low scores, the game appeals to “the mass market, average gamer”.

“Core game reviewers play 80-90 hours a week on shooters, and so despite this, the title has out performed our expectations as an aside, we also track input to our customer service department, on the web and interestingly Medal of Honor has gotten more positive reviews and comments from costumers than any shooter we have shipped in the past,” said Riccitello.

“[Low scores} come from an  excpetionally narrow demographic of reviewers which is offset by the amount of people buying the game. The game has exceeded our plans in both sell through and sell in, and has exceeded our expectations.  So it is absolutley a clear success, and consumer feedback has been strong and its a franchise we can successfully continue in the future. ”

EA reported during its Q2 FY 11 financials the game has sold over 2 million copies so far, sold 1.5 million in its first five days on sale raking in $100 million in sales.

Reviews for the game fell anywhere from 8/10 to 6/10 depending on the site.



  1. Hazzarington

    Low scores come from bad games. Period.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. kupocake

    “Demographic”? How on earth does the “demographic” of games reviewers differ from the people this game is targeted at? Or does this have some kind of 14-21 Year Old Female target audience we weren’t aware of?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Harry

    No John Riccitello, the low scores because many of us reviewers aren’t stupid enough to give high scores to unpolished, clumsily scripted, buggy, shitfests.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Gekidami

    The game is about a 7. So most of the reviews are right, i’d say.

    On a sidenote, you cant trust customer/user reviews most of the time. People who put down money for something tend not to like admitting that they spent their hard earned cash on crap. Then there are the fanboys, especially when “DICE” is written on the box and the game is being considered the main competitor of a CoD game…

    #4 4 years ago
  5. loki

    bla bla bla bla
    Low score because your game is shit

    #5 4 years ago
  6. JimFear666

    70% isnt verry good… Its just good but with a 3hours single player campagn im not buying this game. Ill rent it.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Grimrita

    Im still trying to figure out how Bad Company 2 scored well. Its pants! Too many bugs.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. manamana

    ^ any new FPS without (near) full destructible environments is dull, imo. Plus you have a proper balanced vehicle arsenal. What brings MoH to the party?

    But you are right DICE must update their bugfest. Hopefully with the release of the Nam pack.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. NoxNoctisUmbra

    @1 I agree!

    BFBC2 and MOH has choppy framerate, its FPS its suppose to be crisp and good gameplay.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Erthazus

    @10 Than buy a PC.

    MoH and Battlefield:BC2 hardly can manage to run on both consoles. PS3 and 360 in BC 2 even support only 24 players…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    @10 Your telling yourself to buy a pc? Cheap joke aside, telling someone to buy a pc misses the point. This gen of consoles has been around long enough (360) especially for devs with the rep of dice to sort this shit out.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DBZ0wnz

    Im going out on a limb here and say theres alot of cod fanboy’s that have been messing up moh’s reviews.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    @12 yes and no. Whatever you think of Activision or COD, it set the benchmark & not just for *hardcore* players, but more importantly casual gamers like myself.

    #13 4 years ago

    Face it, the game is a flop.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. polygem

    it´s the rental of the year. 10 out of 10. worldwide.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Grimrita

    @ 12
    for the record, I didnt touch CoD because it was a PC port. Either way, the quality of FPS games has dropped. Too many bugs at launch spoil game play – publishers and developers only have themselves to blame.

    Blizzard are number one for a reason. They release crap but yet reap the rewards because they are the masters of polishing turds…

    #16 4 years ago
  17. GwynbleiddiuM

    @16 CoD is a PC port now? no it’s not. its lead dev platform was xbox 360.

    Blizzard release crap, woe! woe! woe!, I don’t even want to know what u’ve been smoking son…

    All in all I had better experience playing MoH than I had with CoD: MW2. And I’m not kind of person to play a shooter on shitty console, unless there’s no other option like killzone or Gears of War.

    PS: So Blizzard releases crap and its monthly sells are even higher than all titles sold on every single platform!

    #17 4 years ago
  18. EscoBlades

    @3: Best thing i have read all day. Thank you.


    #18 4 years ago
  19. Chris2pher_Jack

    @14, it sold the same as Left 4 Dead 2 within the same time, granted Medal of Honour had the PS3 available, but still, 2 million is hardly a flop.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Robo_1

    Every time I read something about this game, the length of the single player campaign goes down. I see somebody mentioned 3 hours up thread… I mean come on, I’m 4 and a half hours in, and it doesn’t seem to be ready to end yet.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    My brother finished it in 8 hours.. which may sound reasonable, but it usually takes him about 18 hours to get through an 8 hour game.


    #21 4 years ago
  22. EscoBlades

    It can be blitzed in 3 hours. On average, it will take a normal player 4-5 hours to complete (including cutscenes)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. notpill

    the multiplayer is really good in my opinion. not as good as bfbc2 but far better than that tiny-map-bug-fest called mw2.

    #23 4 years ago

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