Open Critics

A new review aggregation site, OpenCritic, launched today, promising a dedication to transparency and customization.

Metacritic, is the most commonly used site by many to get an idea of the critical reception for a piece of entertainment, is getting some competition on the gaming end. The reviews of any of the products available on the site, including games, are aggregated and then weighted based on a formula that is not known to the public.

“Gamers, critics, and developers alike have made clear their desires for a more industry-focused review aggregator,” OpenCritic founder, and Riot Games product manager, Matthew Enthoven wrote in a press release. “We hope to meet those desires by giving consumers personalized scores; humanizing the critics behind the reviews; and celebrating the games that the industry’s passionate developers have worked so hard to create.”

Aggregated scores have become so important to the industry that developer’s bonuses are sometimes tied to Metacritic, and the user reviews sections have seen developer interference and mob justice to affect the aggregate review. The Metacritic algorithm that combines scores is weighted to count some outlets more heavily than others—but their algorithm is also a secret. OpenCritic seeks to do away with all that, offering a simple average of all numerical critic scores, and including the author’s name on reviews. Users can build a custom score page selecting only from publications they trust.

Metacritic’s influence in the games industry has been a controversial topic, and Enthoven’s new project could become an interesting alternative. Though if it were to usurp Metacritic, there’s nothing to say that OpenCritic wouldn’t also become the same quality benchmark for publishers, albeit without all the mystery of a secret weighting system.

Not only that, users are able to white-list specific outlets to only see reviews from, leading to more personalised scores. OpenCritic also displays non-numerical scores, a recent trend in the media that saw giants like Eurogamer get de-listed from Metacritic.

There are over 75 outlets currently listed on it and it would be interesting to see if it does grow to eventually become the Metacritic for games. And also, if publishers will refer to its scores in the future – in place of those listed on Metacritic.

Related Product Links:
iTunes Gift Cards
Google Play Gift Cards
PlayStation Network Gift Cards
Xbox Live Gift Cards
Steam Wallet Codes

Source: Game Revolution

Related posts

《FIFA Online 4》中服不限号测试6月11日正式开启!

《FIFA Online 4》中服不限号测试6月11日正式开启!

《FIFA Online 4》中服不限号测试6月11日正式开启!

世界杯即将拉开战幕,而《FIFA Online 4》也将以最真诚的姿态来和玩家见面,打响迎接世界杯第一弹! 6月11日,《FIFA Online 4》不限号测试正式开启!为《FIFA Online 3》的老玩家准备了起步福利,根据玩家在《FIFA Online 3》的历史投入,以及帐号的球队阵容价值、EP存量总和,给与老玩家对应的F币奖励,对于玩家在《FIFA Online 3》所拥有的终极传奇球员,都将会完整复制到《FIFA Online...

E3 2018 – new games from Nintendo

E3 2018 - new games from Nintendo

E3 2018 - new games from Nintendo

Nintendo's press conference wrapped up the briefings for this year's E3, but that doesn't mean it's going to be lacking. We're expecting to see more about Super Smash Bros. for Switch and Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee during the conference. More exciting games are waiting, hurry up, grab...

E3 2018 – All The Sony Press Conference News For PS4

E3 2018 - All The Sony Press Conference News For PS4

E3 2018 - All The Sony Press Conference News For PS4

  Sony returns to E3 with a press conference focusing on Death Stranding, Spider-Man, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us. While the company is looking to offer in-depth looks at these four games, we're hoping that is has more big announcements in store.   Ghost of...

Leave a comment