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GTA 5 could be highest Metacritic game of all time, just behind GTA 4

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:35 GMT By Dave Cook

Grand Theft Auto 5 could become the highest-rated game on score aggregation site Metacritic, falling just behind of GTA 4 after a day of reviews. With such a strong start, it’s possible late reviews could tip it ahead of its predecessor.

Now, I’m not saying that a high Metacritic accounts for high quality across the board, as there’s a lot of folk out there who hate the hype GTA 5 is getting already, but I really liked the game, despite being a GTA-sceptic in the past. It’s a damn fine game in my book.

MCV reports that GTA 5 currently holds a Metacritic rating of 98 on Xbox 360 and, 97 on PS3.

By comparison, GTA 4 holds a Metacritic rating of 98 on Xbox 360 and 98 on PS3, although this is spread across many more reviews.

Both games sit ahead of such high-scoring games as Super Mario Galaxy (97 Metacritic), Super Mario Galaxy 2 (97 Metacritic), Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 (97 Metacritic), Half-Life 2 (96 Metacritic), BioShock (96 Metacritic), Uncharted 2 (96 Metacritic), Batman: Arkham City (96 Metacritic), Mass Effect 3 (96 Metacritic), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, (96 Metacritic) and Resident Evil 4 (96 Metacritic).

Will GTA 5 take the crown over time? Let us know what you think below.

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41 Comments

  1. Francis O

    So much hype. I remember falling for it in 2008 with GTA 4. Bought it day one on PS3 and couldn’t believe people were giving this game 10 our of 10.

    I’ll wait on GTA 5…I told myself I’m not going to fall for the hype again.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Hcw87

    This game is fucking amazing.

    It’s flawless.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. someguy2

    Doubt it since GTA IV isn’t the highest rated game on Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/game/nintendo-64/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

    #3 2 years ago
  4. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    Surprise surprise but what is this

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time got 99…

    http://www.metacritic.com/game/nintendo-64/the-legend-of-zelda-ocarina-of-time

    #4 2 years ago
  5. AngryConsumer

    i have been playing it for an hour now and i must give my honest opinion. i thought the story was extremely dull and very uninteresting. the rhythm of the game is so slow that you really ‘felt’ that you have played it for at least 20 hours. when in reality it was only one hour. the characters are either not developed or plainly stupid. i can not recommend this game to anybody, period!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87

    @5
    Comedy right here.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Francis O

    @5 are you serious?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @5 Oh fuck off.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hcw87

    Angryconsumer, ps3fanboy and WAR STEINER is the same person.

    Is it even allowed having so many accounts to troll under?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Fin

    “I didn’t like this game, therefore everyone who does like it is wrong.”

    #10 2 years ago
  11. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    #5 totally agree!!! You are speak the truth, the protagonists are so bad for example look at Niko, this dude had a spirit… But GTA5 sucks lil bit in the campaign…

    I bought it for one reason 1st october….

    Nope i’m mi and mi is blind haha….

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Mike W

    @1

    Metacritic is a joke, I’m still amazed that these publishers abide by their fuckery now.

    As far as GTA 4, that game wasn’t that bad.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @9 how do you know they’re the same person (sincerely)? Do they share an IP address?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Judicas

    The fact Gta 4 has a metacritic above 80 tells me metacritic means nothing to me. Gta 4 was the only Gta that was truly disappointing, Gta v however makes up for it so far! Amazing!!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. VibraniumSpork

    @5 A whole hour huh? Forgive me if I don’t take your word over the reviewers who’ve spent 30+ hours in its company…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Hcw87

    @13
    Their comments and timing mostly. Can’t you check their IP?

    #16 2 years ago
  17. silkvg247

    Most depressing news I’ve read in ages.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. II-WAR-STEINER-II

    Hcw87 don’t take any drugs or something like this cuz u get mad i think…

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Dave Cook

    @16 I can yeah, but just thought I’d ask in case you’d already done it. I’m being swamped with GTA 5 news today.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Hcw87

    @19
    Well if random users on your website could IP trace other random users you’d have a problem i think :)

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Djoenz

    @19
    Instead of being swamped with GTA5 news? or actually playing it? :D

    Im too broke to get a copy, have to wait till 23th lmao.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. VibraniumSpork

    @Dave Cook – Dave, I’ve read a few things on Polygon and IGN about some pretty nasty things in V; women being either largely absent or treated really badly, and a pretty gnarly torture scene. Do you think these guys are missing ‘the point’/being a bit overly-sensitive, or has Rockstar made a couple of genuine f-ups?

    Just wondered as I can’t yet comment myself. Still got a couple hours before I get home and break this bad boy open ^_^

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Ireland Michael

    @22 Nobody is represented well in this story, male or female. That fact is central to the whole narrative of the story. The worst humanity has to offer.

    People are looking at the issue without any regard for context.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DarkElfa

    @23, That’s why the Escapist gave it 3.5 out of 5, it was a technically great game but it’s protagonists were so devoid of humanity that it sucked much of the fun out of playing.

    Guess that’s why I liked Nico so much, the guy was a criminal, but he wanted out.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Beersup

    Dave Cook tells the worst troll on here to “fuck off” on his own article and I love it. Much respect Dave. I enjoy your write ups. Keep up the good work.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. TrickyAudio

    Brilliant game. looks stunning, and is utterly enormous in scope. I’m baffled that anyone finds it ‘dull’

    Perhaps they should go back to playing linear FPS’s?

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Ireland Michael

    @24 The problem with the fact that Niko “wanted out” is that he still spent the entire storyline breaking the law. The last few missions are one giant crime-fest. His character was a giant ball of contradictions – talking about the hard life while carrying around half a million dollars.

    I think requiring your characters to be morally decent in order for it to be a compelling story is a very limited way to view good storytelling. I’ll be the last person to condone such behaviour, but its often these uncomfortable situations that make you think the hardest about what people are capable of. Sadly, what people are capable of isnt always that nice.

    Now, if the story was expecting us to cheer for these people, to condone their actions and great them like the heroes, that would be a different matter altogether. But it doesn’t. At no point does the story ever actually justify what this people are doing. I won’t say any more or I risk getting into spoiler territory.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. DSB

    I literally only finished the tutorial just now, but already I’d say it feels a lot more like a classic Rockstar game. Nice to open with a bit of chaos.

    You can definitely see the inspiration from Heat. So far so good.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Ireland Michael

    @25 Pretty much the whole thing is played to extremes, with an obvious knowing wink at the player.

    A lot of people have been comparing it to Bully, for the amount of density and intimacy it has packed in. Just straight off the bat. The locations are far more memorable tha Liberty City,, and there’s so much to do in such a small space its a bit crazy.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. AngryConsumer

    @Hcw87, so i am not allowed to give my honest opinion now after i bought the game and played an hour of it?. people like you are hypocrites. i will tell you this YET AGAIN, im not any ps3fanboy or that warsteiner, your paranoia must be working over time or your trolling big time here. because i am definitive NOT a fan boy of anything, period. i own a pc,ps3 and the x360.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Cobra951

    @24: Which is why you should always throw out a small percentage of the highest and lowest reviews when aggregating. There’s always some jackass with a philosophical ax to grind who overly praises or bashes the review subject. Throw out, say, 2% of the highest and lowest reviews. Then look at the average.

    I do believe in aggregating, for the simple reason that I have to. Without it, there’s no way to get a feeling of where a game stands in the collective consciousness. I don’t have time to wade through all the reviews or investigate the veracity of the people writing them. I’ll read a few trusted sources, then look at the metascore. Is it accurate? Hell no. It’s just all we have.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Dave Cook

    @25 Thanks. I’m not going to be polite about it. He’s not that’s for sure.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. DSB

    YOU IN DAVES HOUSE NOW, SUCKA.

    #33 2 years ago
  34. ruckus

    I take it the rest of the GTA5 news is news and not just non-story shit like this. MCV ‘The Market for Computer & Video Games’ trade paper and can’t quite work metacritic.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Blackened Halo

    who cares about metacritic? better choice is gamerankings.com, at least there are no users’ “reviews”

    #35 2 years ago
  36. xFidelCashflow

    I’ve never hustled so hard for $60 in my entire life

    & I see Dave dropped the mic on AC without a single strand of hesitation

    To say shit just got real would be an understatement

    #36 2 years ago
  37. DarkElfa

    @27, true, but I believe very much that you don’t need to make a protagonist the worst of what man has to offer in order to tell a compelling story.

    I want to cheer for my protagonist, and I just didn’t feel it here. but technically, this is a major giant for the genre and worth a play through.

    #37 2 years ago
  38. povu

    In the release week of Bioshock Infinite you saw a lot of hyped statements like ‘It’s the best story ever, game is completely flawless, 10/10.’. A month or two later people had a more balanced perspective. Same will happen with GTA V.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Hcw87

    @38
    Nope, because people won’t be finished with GTA V after a month.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Dagnabulous

    I guess false news spreads fast. Like so many have said, check your facts better. Ocarina of Time still holds the title @ 99. Their poorly done list function only goes back to 2000. Update this article.

    #40 2 years ago
  41. LordGluttony

    Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has a metascore of 99, which makes it the highest scoring game of all time.

    #41 2 years ago

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    To celebrate the World of Tanks grand finals this weekend we’ve got some great freebies to give away to new players. We have 2,000 PC invite codes to giveaway, with each one offering new accounts a T2 Light Tank, 100 Gold and 1 Days Premium worth around €8.00. All you need to do is enter […]

  • Marvel announces partnership with Telltale, first game due in 2017

    Marvel and Telltale have entered into a partnership that will allow the developer to work on a new game series, due in 2017. Telltale has announced that it has partnered with Marvel Games, Marvel Entertainment’s video games division, for the development of a new game series. No indication was given as to what the new […]

  • Destiny: Bungie is not saying no to a player trading system

    Bungie has not completely ruled out the idea of bringing a trading system to Destiny. Destiny does not offer any way for players to trade items amongst themselves. But ever since the game’s release, players have never stopped asking Bungie to add one in. While the developer does not have a satisfying answer, it’s still […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for April 24, 25 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    The weekend Exotics market run by Xur: Agent of the Nine is now open for business. Destiny’s bizarre vendor, Xur, has arrived at the Tower. Xur is your man if you’re looking for Exotic armour or weapons. Not only that, but he will also let you exchange your old Exotic gear for new, upgraded versions. […]

  • Warcraft movie delayed yet again

    The Warcraft movie will no longer hit theatres in March 2016. The release date of the Warcraft movie has been pushed back by three months. The movie was expected in March 2016, but Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that it is now due on June 10, 2016. No reason was given for the delay. This is […]

  • Destiny: Iron Banner returns on April 28

    Destiny’s Iron Banner PvP event will return this Tuesday. Bungie has announced that the Iron Banner, it’s once-every-few-weeks PvP event, will make a return with next week’s weekly reset. It was initially due this week, but because of the recent Crucible changes that were implemented with patch 1.1.2, Bungie wanted to wait and see. That […]

  • Deus Ex devs take the piss out of Black Ops 3

    Deus Ex developers have been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of Call of Duty’s official Twitter account. You would be forgiven to think that yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 ‘Ember’ teaser was part of an ad campaign for a Deus Ex game, with all the biohacking, wearable tech, augmentation, […]

  • Bungie weekly update: Commendations begone

    Destiny’s weekly update is here to determine the fate of all those Commendations you’ve been earning in the past few months. Bungie started off this week’s update with a recap of the details revealed during the recent livestream. There wasn’t really anything on this front that they haven’t talked about already. With the exception of […]

  • This GTA 5 trainer lets you play as almost anything and it’s the best thing ever

    Want to play GTA 5 as a monkey, a cat, a fish, a deer or some other non-human thing that we eat or keep as a pet? ScriptHook has you covered. Not only can you play as critters, it change other game values, according to an explanation from PC Gamer. These values include making changes […]

  • EA Sports moves Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR release date to July

    EA Sports has announced Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be released in July. Originally announced for June, the golf game will now release the same week as the Open Championship at St. Andrews, on July 14. EA also provided some more color on gameplay features such as the ability to customize the game by borrowing […]

  • Jason Voorhees joins Mortal Kombat X in May, Kombat Pack owners get first dibs

    Jason Voorhees will arrive for Mortal Kombat X players in May, NetherRealm Studios announced today during the latest Kombat Kast. Jason will be shown for the first time on Monday, May 4 during a special Kombat Kast. According to EventHub which watched the livestream, the developer will also show off the character’s move and Variations. […]

  • The Witcher 3: Nvidia heads to Poland for a behind-the-scenes look – video

    A video for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been released, taking you behind-the-scenes with CD Projekt RED. Nvidia’s GeForce crew went to the firm’s studio in Poland to talk with the game’s executive producer John Mamais, who provides a look at the PC version of the upcoming RPG. CD Projekt, according to the video […]

  • Microsoft notes decline in Xbox unit sales for Q3 FY15 to 1.6 million

    Microsoft reported its Q3 FY15 earnings today, citing growth in Xbox Live usage as one of the contributing factors to the firm’s reported revenue. However, the firm noted a decline in units sales for its Xbox consoles during the quarter. Microsoft Q3 2014 (yoy comparison) Microsoft Q1 fiscal 2015 Microsoft Q2 fiscal 2015 The firm […]

  • Powerplay is a new feature included in the Elite: Dangerous May update

    The next update for Elite: Dangerous is coming next month and it includes a new feature called Powerplay. According to Frontier Developments, Powerplay allows players to participate in an ongoing battle that “enhances every aspect” of the game. Players can become allies with a number of galactic Powers and guide their strategy, pursue objectives in […]

  • Facebook says it’s “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift

    Facebook has said it is “too early” to discuss large-scale shipments of Oculus Rift as the VR headset is still in the development stages. Speaking during a call to investors, Facebook CFO David Wehner said the company had nothing to announce regarding the amount of stock it expected to ship. “We have not announced any […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch and rental server program hits next week

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch has a release date for both consoles and PC. PC & Console patch and RSP for Consoles coming April 28th. Fixes include TDM spawns and more: http://t.co/BZYJeomPlr pic.twitter.com/27TCiY8hmf — Battlefield (@Battlefield) April 23, 2015 The update will include fixes to Punkbuster, Nvidia DirectX drivers, TDM spawns, contains weapon balance tweaks and […]

  • Modders can now earn money through Steam Workshop starting today with Skyrim

    Valve has introduced a new functionality within Steam Workshop which will allow mod makers to earn money for their creations, starting with Skyrim. The update will allow content such as mods, items, or maps to be sold through Steam Workshop for titles which have the feature enabled. A new “streamlined process for listing” has been […]

  • Play Skyrim for free this weekend on Steam and take 75% off while you’re at it

    Skyrim is free this weekend on Steam providing wanna-be Dragonborns who have procrastinated on wetting their blades with Stormcloak blood the perfect opportunity to give the RPG a try. Head over to Steam and download the game and play for free until April 26 at 1am PDT. The game is also 75% off if you […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 “Ember” teaser video released ahead of full reveal

    Activision has released a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 teaser video titled “Ember” and you can watch it right here. Here’s the video blurb: “In the next 50 years, technological advancements will lead us into a world where only those who risk going too far, will find out how far we can actually go.” […]

  • Dragon Age Keep update includes more customizability and control

    Bioware has updated Dragon Age Keep after listening to community feedback. The update includes more customization and control over heroes, world states, career and more. Players can now customize hero portraits or delete Dragon Age: Inquisition heroes from the Hero section. They can also remove playthrough states from the World State Manager and keep up […]

  • Here’s a look at some Conker community creations in Project Spark

    Conker’s Bug Reunion releases today, and below is a video showing some of the community creations you will be able to download using the creation pack. Project Spark is a free download on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, and you can download the Conker Creation Pack today. It contains 350 assets in order for users […]

  • Rainbow Six: Siege video shines spotlight on the British Counter Terrorist Unit

    Ubisoft has released a Rainbow Six: Siege video which gives you a look at the British Counter Terrorist Unit which features “the best of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.” The firm said that over the next few weeks it will introduce the public to each of the units in the game. Rainbow Six Siege […]

  • Mario Kart 8 DLC and Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. headline eShop update in North America

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with an update and new DLC for Mario Kart 8 and the Mewtwo DLC for Super Smash Bros. Other highlights include Mario Kart DS on Wii U Virtual Console, the continuation of International StreetPass Week and more. Full update is below. Nintendo eShop Mario Kart […]

  • Square Enix host E3 2015 conference this year on June 16

    With Final Fantasy 15, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on the horizon, it should come as no surprise to learn that Square Enix will be hosting a dedicated E3 2015 conference this year. The presentation will take place Tuesday, June 16 at 9am PDT/12pm EDT/5pm UK. It will be broadcast […]

  • Final Fantasy 4: The After Years 3D remake releasing on Steam next month

    Final Fantasy 4: The After Years has been given a makeover and will be released on Steam of PC next month. You can now pre-order it on Steam and take 10% off for the time being. The game will be released on the digital service May 12 and will include trading cards and achievements. Thanks, […]

  • This Project Cars video shows off the racer’s multiplayer

    Project Cars developer Slightly Mad has released a new video giving you a look at the game’s multiplayer. The game is out next month, and if you would like to refresh yourself on the tracks included,  give this a look. While you are clicking links, here’s the minimum and recommended PC specifications which dropped last […]

  • Looks like Logitech is getting out of OEM mouse production business [Clarification]

    Logitech will no longer produce “low-end” mice, citing a decline in PC accessories. This story has been updated to include a clarification. According to a Reuters report, per MCV, the firm will instead focus on video accessories and streaming music, as its wireless Bluetooth speakers are now its best-selling product rage. This will help offset […]

  • Win! We have 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys to give away

    Must have more MOBA? Win one of our 1,000 Heroes of the Storm beta keys and see if you’re more Blizzard than LoL. Can’t wait for June 2? Of course you can’t. We have 1,000 closed beta keys for Heroes of the Storm to give away this week, allowing you access before Blizzard’s MOBA goes […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles X Nintendo Direct airs tomorrow, April 24

    A Nintendo Direct devoted entirely to Xenoblade Chronicles X will air this Friday, April 24. The video showcase will start at 11am PDT/2pm EDT/7pm UK. After the showcase, a new Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation featuring the game will air. This is the second Xenoblace Chronicles X Nintendo Direct, but the first in English. The first […]

  • Blizzard will have 500 game stations set up at gamescom 2015

    Blizzard is heading to gamescom 2015 in August and it will have 500 game stations set up for attendees to get their hands on five of its titles. The developer will be set up in Hall 7 and those who stop by will be able to get hands-on with the latest content for Heroes of […]

  • PS4 price cut to £299 in UK

    Sony has dropped the price of the PS4 in the UK. For a limited time only, you can grab the console for £299.99 from Argos, Game, Tesco and Very. Go to Amazon.co.uk and you’ll get it for £289. You’ve only got until April 28, then it goes back up to £349. Go, go, go. For […]

  • Mad Max: first ever gameplay footage revealed

    Today, we get to finally take our first look at gameplay from Mad Max. Avalanche and Warner Bros. have shown off the first gameplay trailer for Mad Max today. The trailer below offers a look at melee combat, car combat, customisation and much more. Give it a watch below: There are a few new screenshots […]

  • Overlord: Fellowship of Evil has four-player co-op like we figured

    Codemasters has pulled the veil back on the next Overlord game, and its a four-player co-op game called Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Rhianna Pratchett is back to write the story. The game may be co-op at its core, but it can still be played single-player. Each of the four playable character have strengths and weaknesses, […]

  • Update now available for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon X and Y

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire along with Pokemon X and Y are being updated by Nintendo to fix a few bugs and in-game text. There’s also the possibility of a few hacks and exploits being fixed. Per Nintendo Life (via Serebii), both patches are 250-270 blocks in size, and it’s a mandatory update which […]

  • Side-scrolling cover shooter Not a Hero gets a demo

    Not a Hero, the upcoming game from OlliOlli developer Roll7, has received a demo. The demo for Not a Hero was made available today on Steam. In the game, you play as Steve, the campaign manager for BunnyLord. A time-travelling rabbit who’s running for mayor of London. Think this is an absurd premise? This trailer […]

  • You have until April 30 to export your Green Day: Rock Band tracks to Rock Band 3

    Harmonix has announced that those looking to export their song collection from Green Day: Rock Band into Rock Band 3 can only do so until the end of the month. April 30 will be the cutoff date for anyone who wants to export tracks from Green Day: Rock Band into their Rock Band 3 library, […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specs revealed

    Batman: Arkham Knight is looking like it’s going to be quite a taxing game. Nvidia has released a list of the minimum, recommended, and ultra PC requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight. Here’s the full thing: Minimum OS: Win 7 SP1, Win 8.1 (64-bit Operating System Required) Processor: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz | AMD Phenom […]

  • Bloodborne patch 1.03 is live, reduces loading times, fixes suspend/resume bugs, more

    Patch 1.03 is now live for Bloodborne. The patch reduces loading times, adds item descriptions to loading screens, and fixes other various bugs. From Software has pushed update 1.03 live to all Bloodborne owners. As promised, it reduces loading times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. Another new addition is showing item descriptions instead of […]