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Top 5 Games Whose Metacritic Score Are TOO HIGH

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Nathan Sharp Metacritic has always been a wonky system for evaluating your games, and these right here are some of the best examples. Welcome to http://WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 5 Games Whose Metacritic Scores ARE TOO HIGH! Special thanks to our user “Dan Paradis” for suggesting this topic using our interactive suggestion tool at http://WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 5 Games Whose Metacritic Scores Are WAY TOO HIGH

We mean, it’s a good game, but come on, now. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top five games whose Metacritic scores are way too high. For this list, we’ll be looking at five video games which don’t necessarily deserve the high praise. We’re not saying that these games are BAD – they earned high critical scores for a reason. Rather, we’re just saying that their Metacritic scores are perhaps a little too high given their numerous shortcomings and flaws.

#5: “Fable III” (2010)


After the masterpiece that was “Fable II,” fan expectations were extremely high for the series’ third installment. While it was a perfectly serviceable experience, many gamers may think that the game’s 80 Metacritic score is a little too high. Critics enjoyed the game for its storytelling, humor, and world building, but criticized its lack of innovation. Gamers, on the other hand, bemoaned the changes that the game made, particularly the various reduced and simplified gameplay mechanics, like the new combat system. While 80 certainly isn’t a GREAT score, it’s still a little too high for this disappointing finale of the series.

#4: “Batman: Arkham Knight” (2015)


Even ignoring the disastrous PC launch, the PS4 version’s 87 is way too high for this otherwise recycled and predictable experience. Don’t get us wrong,“Arkham Knight” is still a damn good game. It’s exceptionally produced, the world is as gorgeous as ever, and the combat and gameplay mechanics are as good as they‘ve ever been. Therein lies the problem. At this point, the “Arkham” template was starting to wear a little thin, and when you combine the tired mechanics with the derivative story and over-reliance on the not-that-great-to-begin-with Batmobile, the game becomes a bit of a chore to get through. We think the user’s 7.7 score is a little more reliable.

#3: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (2011)


The “Call of Duty” series has always seen a bit of a gap between critical and user scores. Critics enjoy the games for their production values and reliable mechanics, while gamers feel as if every entry is Satan incarnate. So, while we don’t think 88 is a good representation of the game’s quality, neither is the user’s abysmal 3.4. There’s no denying that “Modern Warfare 3” is a fun and well-made video game with a kickass campaign, but the predictability of the gameplay and a few questionable mechanics, like the lag compensation and revenge spawning, certainly hindered the experience. It’s a fine title, but 88? Sorry, there’s just no way.

#2: “Dragon Age II” (2011)


Like “Fable III,” “Dragon Age II” had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it just couldn’t stick the landing, although you certainly wouldn’t know it by looking at the critic reviews. The 82 score suggests a great game, and while many critics admitted that it had various flaws, they still called it an expansive and exciting RPG. Gamers, on the other hand, weren’t so enthusiastic. Fans criticized the simplification of the game, including the lame environments, the lack of agency in the story’s outcome, and the dialogue and combat systems. It’s a fine game for casual RPG players, but a disgrace to the “Dragon Age” name, and its 82 score is nowhere near deserved.

#1: “Grand Theft Auto IV” (2008)


We can understand how “Grand Theft Auto IV” has a score of 98. The story was film-caliber, and more importantly, it changed the gaming landscape with its open-world design – it basically paved the way for modern open-world titles. That said, a 98 and nearly 50 perfect scores? It’s not THAT good. Even upon release, this game was criticized for its boring and realistic gameplay (especially on the heels of “San Andreas”), its heavy driving physics, the bland and fuzzy graphics, and the annoying friendship system, among other things. It’s a great game, but we’d stop short of calling it the second-best video game of all time, as Metacritic would have you believe.
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