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Eurogamer drop review scores - welcome to the club


One of the biggest gaming sites in the UK, Eurogamer, has decided to stop providing a review score when appraising games.



ShopTo has not scored games for years, so it's nice to see such a big name follow our lead and it'll surely be bit of a blow to Metacritic and those publishers out there that rely on Metacritic scores for staff bonuses. 

On the other hand, there are a lot of websites out there still, so it's unlikely that Metacritic will be panicking too much. As well as ourselves, Eurogamer aren't the first site out there to scrap scores. Kotaku doesn't score games and Joystiq also recently removed scores from their site. 

Providing scores for games which are online and constantly evolving has always seemed a bit little silly to me. Take DriveClub for instance, it was panned by everyone and rightly so at launch, however if any of these reviewers were to re-score it now then it'd surely be a lot more positive. The same can be said for many other games out there which are being constantly improved with patches and updates. Sure it's not the way it used to be when you'd get a disc and the game would be finished, however whether people like it or not, that's not the way things work any more and in the same way scores are a thing of the past and becoming less and less relevant.

In my opinion, If you really want to know what a reviewer thinks of a game, read the words, watch the let's play videos, but never pay attention to a score, because it's never been a great indicator of whether a game is any good or not.

Edited On 10 Feb, 2015

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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
It makes sense to do away with the random numbering system as it wasn't really done fairly. Anything below a 7 is usually looked down upon as being a terrible game which usually is not the case. It also makes sense for online games to bring out a review after the game is out and it is reviewed as it will be being played by everyone rather than just a select amount.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Also for online games there should be a one month in review to see if the issues have been addressed or not.

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