Bioware: A Metacritic history

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.

Bioware Metacritic scores

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.

Number of Metacritic reviews for Bioware games

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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
Shattered Steel 1996 PC N/A N/A N/A
Baldur’s Gate 1998 PC 91 16 91
*MDK2 2000 PC 83 23 83
Baldur’s Gate II 2000 PC 95 30 95
Neverwinter Nights 2002 PC 91 34 91
*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
Sonic Chronicles 2008 DS 74 55 74
DA:O 2009 PC, 360, PS3 91, 86, 87 67+68+41=176 88.13
ME: Galaxy 2009 iOS N/A N/A N/A
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
SWTOR 2011 PC 85 73 85
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.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Bioware” by zhouxuan12345678 is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

http://www.ign.com/articles/2010/01/22/ign-presents-the-history-of-bioware

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDK2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BioWare_video_games

http://www.metacritic.com/ (used to find the games, critic reviews, and scores)

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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