Code Name STEAM Currently Sits At 73 On Metacritic

Today, the reviews have come pouring in for the Nintendo 3DS strategy title Code Name: STEAM. The game is available to purchase from retailers in the United States tomorrow and currently has a score of 73 on popular review aggregation site, Metacritic. Reviewers seem to be divided over the game which can be both brutal and rewarding. Will you be purchasing the game?

There are some things that drive me crazy about Code Name S.T.E.A.M’s mission design, and I really think the difficulty balance could have used another pass, but these issues are balanced by the excellent mechanics. Intelligent Systems know their way around the strategy genre, and it shows in Code Name S.T.E.A.M’s deep roster and intricate level design.

– US Gamer

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. offers the most frustrating kind of steampunk: It brushes up against potent themes, but then turns its back on them in favor of pure aestheticization.

– GameSpot

Developers Say The Metacritic Obsession Is Damaging To Video Games

UK publication MCV has written an interesting article exploring the current obsession with Metacritic and why it’s bad for the industry as a whole. The publication has spoken to a number of European video game developers who have once again reiterated that a good Metacritic score means that they can receive pay bonuses and shares for the company rise. Some believe that the scoring system is detrimental to developers and is harming innovation Here’s what some of the developers who spoke to the publication had to say.

“The problem is how parts of the games industry and audience treat Metacritic. The idea that a game isn’t worth buying, or that its developers have failed and don’t deserve bonuses if it scores under 80 or even 85 on Metacritic, is going to result in samey, bland games that are made according to what works in Metacritic’s system. It’s harming innovation in mainstream gaming.”

– Eurogamer

“I understand the desire to simplify complex matters into easy to understand patterns. But ultimately I believe review scores are a bane to the games industry.”

– Bossa Studios co-founder Imre Jele

“There are so many factors that go into reviews it doesn’t make sense. Some people use the score as a quick shorthand, but there is so much missing.”

– Frontier

“What matters most to us is the response of players and how social media spreads the word about good, playable games,”

– Rebellion founder Jason Kingsley


Kirby And The Rainbow Curse Currently Sits At 74 On Metacritic

US Reviews for Kirby’s latest clay inspired adventure have started to pop up on online review aggregator Metacritic. I know a few of you aren’t too keen on the site, but Nintendo seems to love it. Anyway, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse currently has a Metascore of 74 based on ten critics. It’s not a bad score, but it could be better. Here’s a sample of some of the reviews that are currently out there.

By its very nature, it feels more at home on a handheld. Just in this case, it’s a handheld system that’s tethered to your living room console.

– Shacknews

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse shines because it’s a simple game that delivers superbly on a simple concept. You’re repeating many of the same actions again and again, but with each new stroke it feels more refined, more graceful.

– Polygon

Nothing about the gameplay feels broken, it just feels soulless this time around.

– Giant Bomb

Nintendo Was The Number One Publisher On Metacritic In 2014

Metacritic scores seem to mean a lot nowadays so it’s great to hear that Nintendo was the number one video game publisher in 2014 according to Metascore. The company that was just behind the Kyoto based company was Ubisoft who scored as the second best publisher of 2014, followed by EA. Be sure to check out the Metacritic page to get a more detailed breakdown.

Shooting up three spots in our rankings to #1 among the large publishers, Nintendo is also the only one of the majors to finish the year with a “green” average Metascore—despite the fact that only 56% of its games received positive reviews from critics. (Basically, 2014 was not the most memorable of years in gaming history.) Nintendo’s performance is even more impressive given the fact that it released more unique titles (34) than any other publisher in 2014. The Wii U and 3DS maker saw its Metascore average increase by 2.7 points in last year (compared to the previous year) even though it didn’t have a single 2014 game score as highly as its 2013 leader, Super Mario 3D World. Nintendo was actually the only publisher last year with more than one game (with at least 7 reviews) to score in the 90+ range, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Bayonetta 2 both hitting 91. In a reverse from 2013, the publisher’s Wii U games scored more highly than its 3DS releases. The average for the former was an impressive 81.3 (for 12 Wii U releases), while its 22 3DS games averaged just 73.9.


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Metacritic Reveals The Highest Scoring Video Games Of 2014


2014 has admittedly been a great year for gamers with a number of high-profile releases on each platform. However it’s the remasters that have acquired the highest scores this year with Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us leading the pack. But it’s not just remasters that have scored highly as Nintendo exclusives such as Super Smash Bros and Bayonetta 2 have also received plenty of praise from critics. If you’re interested, the chart above shows the highest reviewed games of 2014 and five of them have been released on Nintendo platforms.



Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Averages 79 On Metacritic

Reviews for Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker have already come pouring in from online review aggregation site, Metacritic. Toad’s adventure currently has a metascore of 79 with Destructiod stating that Captain Toad is an experience that doesn’t attempt to really wow you, but instead delivers consistent puzzle experiences at a rapid pace. On the flip side Games Radar said that while it’s good to see Nintendo stepping out of its Mario comfort zone, Captain Toad just isn’t versatile enough to compete in the big leagues. What would be a budget eShop no-brainer is a little too slight at a higher price.

Super Smash Bros Wii U Is Currently Sitting At 94 On Metacritic

It sounds as though the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros has been a resounding success with critics. Super Smash Bros Wii U currently has a Metacritic score of 94 which is very impressive. This score is based on 13 critics so the score could drop or alternatively go up. Destructoid says that if you can only get one version of Super Smash Bros then the Wii U version is the definitive one.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U delivers all of the rock-solid mechanics that the 3DS version gave us, with the joy of playing on a big screen with friends and a heap of worthwhile modes. It certainly doesn’t negate the greatness of the 3DS edition, but for those who have a bunch of friends anxious to Smash and can only get one, this is the version to get.

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