MMORPG.com columnist Justin Webb writes this article about Metacritic, a great resource for single player games that doesn't necessarily take into account the intricacies of MMORPG reviewing.
As most of you probably know, Metacritic is an aggregate review site. It takes reviews from "reputable" sites, converts those reviews into percentage scores, and then averages them, resulting in a "metacritic score". Metacritic can be a useful tool if you want information regarding a new game. What's the "word on the street"? Is the general consensus good or bad? When a new-release game costs sixty bucks, this kind of consumer information is really useful to have at your fingertips. Who wants to spend $60 on a crap game?
Given that a Metacritic score is an average of review scores from multiple popular gaming sites, it sounds like it should be pretty accurate, right? Well, here are the Metacritic scores (as of 2/16/2010, in descending order) for some "recent" and "big-name" MMORPGs:
Read Two Thumbs Way Down.