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Critic vs User reviews of ps4/xb1 exclusives

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So I have noticed some people mentioning that game reviewers are doing a bad job scoring exclusives this gen. I wanted to look at the numbers and see if this was actually true. I compared the critic scores for the major xb1 and ps4 retail console exclusives to amazon and metacritic user reviews. They had to be retail games so that I could get user reviews from amazon as well. I think this gave me a good sample size for user reviews to hopefully negate all the trolls that plague metacritc. Hopefully I didn't miss any retail games but please let me know if I did and I will add them to the list at some point.

The review scores are very close to each other. While there are a few outliers, on average there is less than a 3% difference in critic scores versus user scores for both XB1 and PS4. I didn't expect the scores to be so close but there you have it.

PS4

Killzone: Shadowfall

Meta 73 0.7% higher than user scores
User 69 5.4% lower than meta
Amazon User 76 4.1% higher than meta

Meta score is about the same as the average user score.

Knack

Meta 54 36.15% lower than user scores
User 65 20.4% higher than meta
Amazon User 82 51.9% higher than meta

Meta score is lower than average user score

Infamous: Second Son

Meta 80 4.4% lower than user scores
User 79 1.3% lower than meta
Amazon User 88 10% higher than meta

Meta score is about the same as average review score

The Order: 1866

Meta 65 8.5% higher than user scores
User 57 12.3% lower than meta
Amazon User 62 4.6% lower than meta

Meta score is higher than average user score

Last of Us

Meta 95 3.7% higher than user scores
User 87 8.4% lower than meta
Amazon User 96 1.1% higher than meta

Meta score is about the same as the average user score

DriveClub

Meta 71 13.1% higher than user scores
User 57 19.7% lower than meta
Amazon User 66 7.0% lower than meta

Meta score is higher than average user score

For 2 ps4 games the critic score is higher than the average user score
For 3 ps4 games the critic score is the same as the average user score (less than 5% difference)
For 1 ps4 games the critic score is lower than the average user score.
On average critic score is 2.4% lower than user score.

XB1

Titanfall

Meta 86 18% higher than user scores
User 63 26.7% lower than meta
Amazon User 78 9.3% lower than meta

Meta score is higher than average user score

Sunset Overdrive

Meta 81 5.6% lower than user scores
User 77 4.9% lower than meta
Amazon User 94 16% higher than meta

Meta score is lower than average user score

Forza Horizon 2

Meta 86 2.9% lower than user scores
User 81 5.8% lower than meta
Amazon User 96 11.6% higher than meta

Meta score is about the same as the average user score.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

Meta 85 22.35% higher than user scores
User 72 15.3% lower than meta
Amazon User 60 29.4% lower than meta

Meta score is higher than average user score

Dead Rising 3

Meta 78 1.3% higher than user scores
User 67 14.1% lower than meta
Amazon User 88 12.8% higher than meta

Meta score is about the same as the average user score.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Meta 60 15.8% lower than user scores
User 59 1.7% lower than meta
Amazon User 80 33.3% higher than meta

Meta score is lower than average user score

For 2 XB1 games the critic score is higher than the average user score
For 2 XB1 game the critic score is the same as the average user score (less than 5% difference)
For 2 XB1 games the critic score is lower than the average user score.
On average critic score is 2.9% higher than user score.



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Are you really going by user reviews on Meta critic?



Predictions: PS4: 110m, XB1: 65m, Wii U: 15m, 3DS: 70m, PSV: 15m

Curl - 6 was right about Zelda U never being a wii u exclusive, I should have never bet against him :p  

When the order got scores like 5 and under, the review system just proves it's not based on real reviews anymore. if people know what 5 and under means, they shouldn't take them seriously either. A review should come without a score, so people can focus on the verdict



 

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No one should ever take user reviews seriously cause there is no way to verify that they even have the game as well as the whole "troll/fanboy/biased" aspect



             

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It looks like alot of the XB1 exclusives did significantly better on Amazon's user reviews than Metacritic's user reviews. I've found the scores on Xbox One store to be closest to my own scores for games, so I generally stick to it for deciding to get a game or not, as well as critic reviews from a few choice critics, also opinions from my favorite youtubers.



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Baryonyx said:
When the order got scores like 5 and under, the review system just proves it's not based on real reviews anymore. if people know what 5 and under means, they shouldn't take them seriously either. A review should come without a score, so people can focus on the verdict

5 is average, right?



Is it me, or are gamers the only ones who care about review scores? How many moviegoers care about what the Tomatometer for the latest blockbuster is? How many people check review scores for the latest album from bands they like before buying? How many people use NY Times or NPR book reviews for deciding whether or not to buy a particular title? But for some reason gamers have field days over the Metacritic average for the latest major AAA release. Why are reviews held in greater esteem for games and not for other forms of entertainment.



Low user scores for platform exclusives, relative to professional review scores are indicative of ballot box stuffing, i.e. biased company/platfrom fan users who haven't even properly played the game they posted a score for if they even played the game at all.

At least with Amazon, there are confirmed buyers for products being reviewed.

Even with "professional" reviews, scores are typically skewed by small time reviewers for relatively or completely unknown sites that will do anything to create controversy to generate clicks.



It takes more effort, but consumers are really better off finding a handful of specific reviewers (if you don't know the reviewer by name, it's not specific enough; going by review sites alone doesn't cut it) whose opinions and tastes suit them in helping them create an informed opinion of whether they would enjoy X game they are considering buying.



Shadow1980 said:
Is it me, or are gamers the only ones who care about review scores? How many moviegoers care about what the Tomatometer for the latest blockbuster is? How many people check review scores for the latest album from bands they like before buying? How many people use NY Times or NPR book reviews for deciding whether or not to buy a particular title? But for some reason gamers have field days over the Metacritic average for the latest major AAA release. Why are reviews held in greater esteem for games and not for other forms of entertainment.

I'm guessing it's because games are more expensive than other forms of media, people want to feel like they'e getting their money's worth. We're talking about $12 for a movie, $15-20 for a CD, $15-30 for a book, and $60 for a game. I personally care very little about movie reviews. In fact, most movie critics are a bunch of stuck up snobs who wouldn't know a good movie if it snuck up behind them and bit them in the butt imo. Same goes for book reviews, most of those critics are stuck up as well. As for music, it's so subjective that reviews are completely pointless, you know rather you like a song or not as soon as you hear it, why there are people who get paid to write music reviews is beyond my comprehension.

As for games, I mainly only care about meta score just for the sake of prediction leagues. As for deciding which games I buy and which I don't, I mainly use the user ratings on the main store fronts (Xbox Store, Steam, etc.), a small handful of reviews from a few critics who I've found to have similar opinions to my own (Chris Carter at Destructoid for instance), and the opinions of my favorite Youtubers.