MGS4 Review Score Discrepancies?
It may not catch Grand Theft Auto IV due to some abnormally low review scores, but there's no doubt that Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is dragging down a hell of a lot of critical acclaim in the early goings, here.
Perhaps most interesting about the current feedback revolves around the contrast seen in some of the earliest reviews for the game, and some of the most recent. For example, sources like Eurogamer and GameDaily have awarded the game an 8 (on the low side, of course), while the recent reviews from GameSpot and IGN have been perfect: 10. According to GameRankings, the average review score for MGS4 thus far is 92.6% (GTAIV ended up at 97.4%), and there do seem to be several statistical outliers, as we just said. OPM and Game Informer have handed out the perfect 10 score as well, bringing the number of recorded perfect scores to 6. At the same time, 4 sources have given the game a flat 8, which means there is a significant degree of critic interpretation involved, here. With GTAIV, there seemed to be more of a consensus, certainly.
So the question we have is, what might be that determining factor that is causing the larger discrepancy in scores? There's a larger gap in final scores for MGS4, and perhaps there's a reason for it... We're not sure what that reason is, but we can tell you our review is coming shortly. No hints, either...sorry. ;)
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
6/13/2008 Ben Dutka