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IGN - Is Metacritic Ruining The Games Industry?
It also leads to some very dodgy behaviour from the publisher side of things. Iíve been told stories of PR executives working on particular games being directed to specifically target these smaller sites in the hope of raising that average score and covering up a less enthusiastic reception from the big outlets. For most people working in games marketing, Metacritic will come up during their annual review process, and a less-than-ideal average score for a game will sometimes result in a severe bollocking.

7. Re: Op Ed Jul 18, 2012, 11:27 MisterBenn
I swore by Metacritic ten years ago but hasn't it passed it's usefulness now? It occurred to me a while back that it had been at least a year since I had even gone there, and I'd still happily bought new games without getting burned. If you have specific experience that a review site is trustworthy then by all means go there and listen. Going to a review aggregator cannot help because the majority of review sites are an extension of game marketing and they are all included. User review scores are equally useless, there is no standard and the amount of people posting honest reviews without an ulterior motive are swamped by those that do.

I'd like someone to make a metametacritic site where it scrapes the metacritic scores, you log in and maintain a list of what review sources you trust and it gives you a personalised summary of those reviews!

Isn't it easier to just watch all you can on YouTube, avoid preordering unless you specifically want to show loyalty, and just go somewhere like this site and ask people about the specific things you want to know? It's been working amazingly well for me so far.
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