Metacritic starts posting aggregate scores for developers

Saturday, 26th March 2011 18:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Metacritic has started rating individual developers via a profile page which includes an aggregate score for credited work.

All known credited developers are listed on the site now, and searchable by first and last names. High profile developers such as Randy Pitchford, Cliff Bleszinski, Peter Molyneux, David Jaffe and Richard Garriott each scored 83, 86, 82, 83, and 66, respectively, as an example of the rating process.

According to Gamasutra, Metacritic obtains the data through GameFAQs, and Gama notes that the information obtained through Metacritic’s parent is “far from complete,” as quite few industry vets told the site their “Metacritic page represents only a partial profile of games they’ve shipped.”

Metacritic notes that to keep the developer’s profile up-to-date, one needs to submit any changes or additions to their portfolio to GameFAQ’s.

One multiplayer developer told Gama: “Man, it’s bad enough games are judged by Metacritic. Now I’m going to be, too?”

Go look up your favorite developer’s score through here.



  1. Syrok

    That seems like a stupid move and it’s also quite meaningless considering that few games are made by one person. The big names behind the games may have played a leading role in the development, but what about all programmers, artists animators and what not who work on these games. They too can make or break a game.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. someguy2

    So far the highest I’ve seen is Ken Levine’s with 89

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    Games that are judged by metacritic is a good thing.

    but it’s ABSOLUTELY RETARDED to include games to the devs that did not worked much on them.

    For example Hideo Kojima. Great game designer.
    Average career score is 83

    Just because game like Metal Gear Acid (PSP) is 75 on metascore it still counts when Kojima had nothing to do with that game in most cases.

    But according to metacritc, Ken Levine is a MASTER of game design and game development.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. DuckOfDestiny

    Does this do companies as well or just the developers themselves?

    If not, then it would make much more sense giving giving scores to whole studios instead of individual people.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    @4 there are already scores for individual studios

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The_Red

    More flame for fanboy fights (And more fun :) ).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Gama_888

    Ahhhhggg thats horrid.
    Rating developers now. I wonder if this will effect developers in any way?

    #7 4 years ago
  8. JPickford

    Laughably incomplete. I’ve been a developer since the early 80′s and they have 2 of my games on there.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DSB

    I don’t get the cat picture. It’s got a riveting stare, though.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Freek

    Meta Critic’s existance isn’t such a bad thing. It’s a nice resource for looking at reviews, nothing more.

    The fact that the financial future and job security actually hang in the balance of it, is beyond absurd.
    All those different magazines and sites have different scoring methods and opinions, to agregate that into one score for a game and now a developer is madness.
    An 8 from Eurogamer or from IGN or from Edge is totaly not the same thing. And the review text provides that context.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Samuel

    Next we’ll be hearing that developers will be fired if they have below an 80 score on Metacritic.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DeathJynx

    I think this is better left in theory then in practice. Hopefully they revise their rating system. I think this can bring a potentially positive leap in terms of title quality.

    #12 4 years ago

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