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Metacritic’s top rated games of 2012

Metacritic has released its annual list of the top rated games of 2012, organizing its review averages to find which titles received the most critical acclaim throughout the last year. Unsurprisingly, The Walking Dead took top honor with a score average of 95, followed by Persona 4 Golden and its 94. Mass Effect 3 took both third and fourth place for the PS3 and Xbox 360 version, respectively.  Though it honored the top scored games, Metacritic’s editorial suggested 2012 was a bad year for quality games, claiming the amount of critically acclaimed titles “paled in comparison to recent years.” “Just 14 console games — and 18 products overall, including PC and handheld (non-iOS) titles — scored  90  or higher in 2012,” wrote the site.

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Metacritic user reviews and Resident Evil 6 … you know

Yep, it’s happened again! Resident Evil 6 is the newest game to be torn to shreds via Metacritic’s user reviews , following a rare instance of there being a large number of press reviews that agree with the fan rage. The game currently stands at 221 negative reviews to 13 positive.

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Review: New Super Mario Bros. 2

New Super Mario Bros. released for the Nintendo DS in 2006. The “new” in the title was a somewhat ironic reference to the fact that Mario had returned to his 2D platforming roots, a return that many gamers welcomed with open arms

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Metacritic user reviews tear Diablo III apart

Anybody attempting to play Diablo III last night may have been disappointed to learn that the servers were down for a spell, meaning that even those who wanted to play solo were unable to log in and play. As outrage abounds over Diablo III ‘s “always-on” requirement ( and subsequent errors ), gamers have done what they do best — they took to Metacritic’s user reviews . At the time of writing, Diablo III has 1839 reviews and a score average of 3.5

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MetaMetaCritic, the reviewer-review aggregator [April Fools]

Paradox Interactive’s contribution to 2012′s April Fools’ Day festivities is MetaMetaCritic , a “new reviewer-review aggregator” that “aggregates reviews of reviewers.” Its basically exactly what it sounds like, and while the site doesn’t actually work , per se, it has been pre-loaded with several gaming journalists from around the internet, including our own Dave Hinkle . “David remains difficult to control and displays terrible pathfinding,” read’s Dave’s fictional review from faux-outlet EDIT Magazine. “Nevertheless he has an extraordinary ability to not only produce words, but frequently arrange them in the correct order, no mean feat in this day and age.” “Select media groups have already cited MetaMetaCritic scores as providing a good guideline for journalists’ bonus pay,” reads the site’s press release, available after the break.

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Batman: Arkham City is Metacritic’s top rated 2011 game

Metacritic has released its annual list of top rated games , revealing that Batman: Arkham City on PS3 was the most critically acclaimed title of 2011. It beat out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by a mouse’s cock.  Here’s the full list, including their average Metacritic scores: Batman: Arkham City (PS3, 96) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, 96) Portal 2 (PC, 95) Portal 2 (Xbox 360, 95) Portal 2 (PS3, 95) Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, 94) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, 94) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, 94) Mass Effect 2 (PS3, 94) Minecraft (PC, 93) All told, a fairly obvious set of games, but it’s a bit annoying that it’s more of a “top six” than a top ten.

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Telltale devs caught juking Metacritic user reviews, studio stands behind them

When Telltale employees aren’t busy getting into protracted online arguments over the handling of promotional Jeeps, they’re apparently artificially boosting the user review score of the studio’s latest release, Jurassic Park: The Game .

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Telltale employees caught reviewing Jurassic Park

Some naughty Telltale employees were caught writing user reviews for Jurassic Park on Metacritic, with four 10/10 summaries going up at once. Their cover was blown by GameSpot , who found the reviews suspicious and did some detective work (Google) to trace the usernames back to the developer.  “Telltale Games do not censor or muzzle its employees in what they post on the internet,” said the developer, in response to the charges

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Alan Wake reviews have Remedy ‘pretty damn far from disappointed’

Though he insists that the Remedy team doesn’t check the Alan Wake Metacritic score too frequently (sure guys), Mikko Rautalahti, a writer for the studio, said the team is “pretty damn far from disappointed” with the critical reception of the game, which will be released next Tuesday, May 18.

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The Twenty Best-Rated Games Of The Decade [Reviews]

Lost slightly amidst all this “end of year” review business is the fact this is also the end of the decade . Which means it’s time to take a look back and what the best games of 2000-2009 were. According to review aggregation site Metacritic, the top twenty games of the past ten years are…well, pretty damn surprising

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