I think the main problem is people review bomb any controversial game (or movie etc.) without playing it on user review sights. Be it something for social issues or plot dislikes like TLOU2 or the buggy mess Cyberpunk was on consoles etc. Conversely, you have fanboys 10/10ing exclusives for ”their” platform on user review sites. Reviewers, at least for major sites/outlets, you can be sure have at least played the game.
That said, I don’t give professional any more credence than say a GAF poster who’s clearly played the game and takes the time to write out some lengthy and articulate thoughts on what they liked and disliked. In general I don’t pay too much scores, be it user scores, critical scores or forum posters tossing out scores. I want to read longer form reviews/impressions and offers good detail on likes and dislikes that I can read and see how those mesh with my preferences and pet peeves.
As above, I don’t see much utility for meta scores other than something surprisingly high or low likely making me want to read more reviews and decide whether I want to check it out myself and/or whether it’s worthy paying a premium to check out myself at full price vs. waiting given how fast prices drop and how many games hit Gamepass and other services eventually.
That's your problem right there. Don't pay attention to "toxic gamers."Looking at the Medium reviews I’ve noticed a lot of toxic gamers
Looking at the Medium reviews I’ve noticed a lot of toxic gamers taking about how important a stupid score is for a game and how it reflects on their lives, I’m sorry for being dramatic but if you on Twitter and YouTube (where 90% of toxic gamers are) you’ll see tweets like this. I don’t know if I’m the only one but I find this to be obnoxious and want to know why people find this obsession with some fucking score on a website? Can anyone give me an explanation. Because damn I’ve never seen so much cringe.
well said, as you pointed out the fanboy reviews will always counter the troll reviews, I never use Meta for any game purchase. if I like the look of a game I get it if I dont I leave it alone.
yeah I have bought a few bad games here and there but you have to play them to realise how good the good games are.
on a side note how many people use IMDB to look at reviews before watching a movie? kinda the same thing
I only use it to know what games do release to stay up to date. Sadly, a lot of older systems are missing.There is metacritic the buying guide and there is a metacritic the scoreboard. The metacritic buying guide is a useful tool. The metacritic scoreboard is just a tool for bragging and trash talk.