Bioware was founded back in 1995 by the trio of Ray Muzyka, Greg Zescuk, and Augustine Yip. Over the last 23 years, the company has gone from working with Interplay Productions to Microsoft Game Studios and then being acquired by Electronic Arts (EA) in 2007.
The company has built its reputation on mostly crafting single-player role-playing games (RPGs). Bioware has developed 18 games in their history and this article will look at how reviews have judged their games through Metacritic.
Three of Bioware’s games (Shattered Steel, Mass Effect: Galaxy, Dragon Age: Legends) will not be on here as they have no scores on the site.
Bioware’s Metacritic history
6 of the 15 games (40%) of Bioware’s games have an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 13 of their 15 games (86%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.
Every Bioware game that has been on multiple systems has at least 100 critic reviews. Mass Effect 2 is the only Bioware game to have over 200 critic reviews.
To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Kotor I took the 33 PC reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 93. I then did the same for the Xbox score. I then took both those numbers, added them together and divided it by the total number of critic scores to get the average score.
|Game||Release||Systems||Critic Score||# of Critics||Avg Critic score|
|Baldur’s Gate II||2000||PC||95||30||95|
|*KOTOR||2003||PC, Xbox||93, 94||33+72=105||93.68|
|*Jade Empire||2005||PC, Xbox||81, 89||29+84=113||86.94|
|Mass Effect||2007||PC,360, PS3||89, 91, 95||45+74+6=125||89.99|
|DA:O||2009||PC, 360, PS3||91, 86, 87||67+68+41=176||88.13|
|Mass Effect 2||2010||PC, 360, PS3||94, 96, 94||55+98+62=215||94.91|
|DA: 2||2011||PC, 360, PS3||82, 79, 82||45+72+52=172||80.69|
|DA: Legends||2011||Web Browser||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mass Effect 3||2012||PC, 360, PS3, Wii U||89, 93, 93, 85||23+74+30+33=160||90.77|
|*DA: I||2014||PC, One, PS4||85, 85, 89||45+28+43=116||86.48|
|Mass Effect: Andromeda||2017||PC, One, PS4||72, 76, 71||37+35+61=133||72.59|
*MDK2 was also on the Dreamcast and PS2 but Metacritic has no reviews for either system
*Did not count KOTOR or Jade Empire iPhone/iPad reviews
*Dragon Age: Inqusition is on the 360 and PS3 but has no review scores for either system
Finally let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Bioware game has gottten, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.
|Game||Highest score (#)||Lowest score (#)||% of 100 scores|
|Baldur’s Gate||100 (4)||80 (3)||25%|
|MDK2||100 (1)||60 (1)||4.34%|
|Baldur’s Gate II||100 (9)||80 (1)||30%|
|Neverwinter Nights||100 (4)||70 (1)||11.76%|
|KOTOR||100 (19)||75 (1)||18.09%|
|Jade Empire||100 (6)||60 (1)||5.30%|
|Mass Effect||100 (14)||54 (1)||11.20%|
|Sonic Chronicles||100 (1)||50 (1)||1.81%|
|DA:O||100 (19)||50 (1)||10.79%|
|Mass Effect 2||100 (61)||74 (1)||28.37%|
|DA: 2||100 (1)||25 (1)||0.05%|
|SWTOR||100 (1)||70 (5)||1.36%|
|Mass Effect 3||100 (28)||60 (1)||17.50%|
|DA: I||100 (9)||59 (1)||7.75%|
|Mass Effect: Andromeda||95 (2)||35 (1)||0%|
*Only two of Mass Effect 2’s 215 reviews gave it under an 80.
Bioware’s next game Anthem is scheduled to have a 2019 release date after it got delayed earlier this year. The company’s history says that this should be a well-received game by critics. However, they are coming off their worse received game in Mass Effect: Andromeda and will need to prove themselves to those that have become skeptics.
Sources and info:
http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)
All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets