Can Metacritic user scores be trusted (Video games)

#1 Posted by iamllamapie (211 posts) -

Whenever I look at a game on Metacritic I can't believe the user score and have to stick with the critics score alone. Why is this? The users seem to only know of 2 numbers: 10 and 0.

Have any games actually got fair user scores?

#2 Posted by geniobastardo (1294 posts) -

Users are of two types: Fanboys and whiners. That must be expected.

#3 Posted by The_Last_Ride (72953 posts) -

i don't take the user score seriously

#4 Posted by wiouds (5294 posts) -

No. User reviewer are the most untrustworthy reviews.

#5 Edited by Black_Knight_00 (18621 posts) -

Scores should probably just go away entirely, because that's all people look at. User scores are a joke and even "professional" reviews don't fare that much better: with the bunch of amateur bloggers who style themselves gaming journalists these days, it's better to actually read the reviews instead of just looking at scores. Kotaku has a "Yes, Maybe, No" system and I think that works and prevents people from getting into fights because game A got a decimal point more than game B like with the GTA V farce that went on on this very site.

#6 Posted by ShepardCommandr (2895 posts) -

@geniobastardo said:

Users are of two types: Fanboys and whiners. That must be expected.

this

Still they are some good user reviews.You just have to search.

#7 Edited by The_Last_Ride (72953 posts) -

If you go to sites like this, the ratings are better compared to metacritic. Because that site has just fanboys and haters

#8 Posted by ptrpedrohung (189 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00: I agree. Scoring is getting less and less accurate by the day as the medium matures. I think the best way to look up a game is just watch video reviews, from pro sites and independent sites alike.

#9 Edited by Gamerno66666 (161 posts) -

Actually no. I trust steam user reviews more than anything on metacritic because you have to buy and play the game on steam to review it.

#10 Posted by Jacanuk (4967 posts) -

@iamllamapie said:

Whenever I look at a game on Metacritic I can't believe the user score and have to stick with the critics score alone. Why is this? The users seem to only know of 2 numbers: 10 and 0.

Have any games actually got fair user scores?

No

Also the critic scores are not even fair.

#11 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

I don't have a clue about metacritic since I never go there.

what I do know is that I read user reviews all the time to better understand a game, since, official website reviewers rarely give me any good information that I need.

therefore, as usual, some are good and some are worthless.

#12 Posted by SoNin360 (5567 posts) -

Any games that gains any sort of controversy is going to get flooded with 0's. And then there's the games like Call of Duty that are popular to hate, so the user score for the latest ones are like a 2. Getting back to the controversy subject, Mass Effect 3 is a great example due to the outcry over its ending. The Metacritic user score for that game is maybe 5 at most, probably even less than that since tons of people rated it a 0 and wrote a review along the lines of "Wahh! The ending suks!"

But I still think you'll find a decent amount of games that are fairly rated by users. Some are even within a reasonable margin from the overall critic score. Still, most scores are going to be on the extreme high end or extreme low end, but that's pretty typical for user ratings. In short, I wouldn't worry about them too much. I wouldn't worry too much about critic ratings either, maybe unless an anticipated game completely bombs.

#13 Posted by Netret0120 (2255 posts) -

@Black_Knight_00 said:

Scores should probably just go away entirely, because that's all people look at. USer scores are a joke and even "professional" reviews don't fare that much better: with the bunch of amateur bloggers who style themselves gaming journalists these days, it's better to actually read the reviews instead of just looking at scores. Kotaku has a "Yes, Maybe, No" system and I think that works and prevents people from getting into fights because game A got a decimal point more than game B like with the GTA V farce that went on on this very site.

I agree on nearly every point.

As a potential buyer you must either read/watch the reviews from multiple websites to get a general feel of the game and then ask questions yourself before coming to a decision. Scores can be complete crap. I saw a game with a 7 that i ended up putting 100's of hours into than a game with 9 that i play once and i'm done.

#14 Posted by heguain (677 posts) -

@gamerno66666 said:

Actually no. I trust steam user reviews more than anything on metacritic because you have to buy and play the game on steam to review it.

Next time, I should check their reviews, I hate MC user scores >.<

#15 Edited by kingcrimson24 (479 posts) -

of course not ! play station fanboy community attacks xbox exclusives and they all give the game a 0. Xbox fans in return give it a 10 .

so about Exclusive games never ever look at user score :D

but about Multiplat games the user score makes a bit more sense . but still , everyone gave ME3 a 0 because they thought ending sucked so they should rate a 0 . or someone had a connection problem with NBA 2k14 and now he gives it a 0 .

user score is a joke

#16 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

I misunderstood the question and so let me restate: the actual number an user gives to score a game is relative and is very limited in and of itself.

however, the words actually used to describe the review of a game can be very informative.

#17 Posted by mjorh (921 posts) -

NO!

When it comes to reviews, the only ones that i actually care are those that i trust u know....

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@Black_Knight_00 said:

Scores should probably just go away entirely, because that's all people look at. User scores are a joke and even "professional" reviews don't fare that much better: with the bunch of amateur bloggers who style themselves gaming journalists these days, it's better to actually read the reviews instead of just looking at scores. Kotaku has a "Yes, Maybe, No" system and I think that works and prevents people from getting into fights because game A got a decimal point more than game B like with the GTA V farce that went on on this very site.

THIS.

#18 Posted by Archangel3371 (15827 posts) -

I don't look at user reviews myself, I do use professional reviews in my game purchasing decisions though.

#19 Posted by udUbdaWgz1 (631 posts) -

@Archangel3371:

lol, that's funny, since, I never let "pro" reviews influence my decisions.

#20 Posted by bowchicka07 (1075 posts) -

I don't look at the numbers so much as i do the reviews. I read them and try to find common ground on something I like or dislike.

To answer your question. Scores can not be trusted because they are only numbers. a 5 is suppose to be average or middle but most would see 5 as trash really.

#21 Posted by heguain (677 posts) -

@kingcrimson24 said:

of course not ! play station fanboy community attacks xbox exclusives and they all give the game a 0. Xbox fans in return give it a 10 .

so about Exclusive games never ever look at user score :D

but about Multiplat games the user score makes a bit more sense . but still , everyone gave ME3 a 0 because they thought ending sucked so they should rate a 0 . or someone had a connection problem with NBA 2k14 and now he gives it a 0 .

user score is a joke

Yep, exactly I was really pissed by these Childish ME3 scores, Lol here's a funny/stupid statement ''Don't judge the game till you've played it till the ending (Ending sucks so whole game sucks 0/10)''