Mass Effect trilogy survey

These results are from a survey I made back in 2016 using Google Forms regarding the first Bioware’s Mass Effect trilogy. Thanks to everyone who took this survey back on the old Bioware Forms and the New BioWare Social Network fan forums.

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Dragon Age series survey

These results are from a survey I made back in 2016 using Google Forms regarding the first three games in Bioware’s Dragon Age series (Origins, II and Inquisition). Thanks to everyone who took this survey back on the old Bioware Forms.

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*First game in the graph about is Origins, third one is Inquisition.

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Battlefield: A Metacritic history

The first game in the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield 1942, came out back in 2002. Since then the franchise has grown to become one of the best-known in the FPS (First-Person Shooter) genre. Unlike its rival Call of Duty, the series has made its mark with larger maps, more open multiplayer gameplay and the use of vehicles.

Battlefield’s Metacritic history

Only 1 out of 14 (7.14%) games in the Battlefield franchise has an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 10 of the 14 games (71.42%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.

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I did not factor in Battlefield: Online or the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield: Hardline since they have no reviews on Metacritic. I also did not factor in the iOS reviews of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 into that game’s score.

Game Release System Critic Score # of Critics
Bad Company 2 2010 iOS 64 9

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To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Battlefield: Bad Company, I took the 70 Xbox 360 reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 83. I then did the same for the PlayStation 3 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 Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
Battlefield 1942 2002 PC 89 27 89
Battlefield Vietnam 2004 PC 84 48 84
Battlefield 2 2005 PC 91 55 91
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 2005 360, Xbox, PS2 77, 80, 80 54+49+42 = 145 78.88
Battlefield 2142 2006 PC 80 48 80
Bad Company 2008 360, PS3 83, 84 70+50 = 120 83.41
Battlefield Heroes 2009 PC 69 24 69
Battlefield 1943 2009 PC, 360, PS3 82, 83, 84 5+65+40 = 110 83.31
Bad Company 2 2010 PC, 360, PS3 87, 88, 88 46+75+59 = 180 87.74
Battlefield Online 2010 PC N/A N/A N/A
Battlefield Play4Free 2011 PC 68 11 68
Battlefield 3 2011 PC, 360, PS3 89, 84, 85 61+57+38 = 156 86.19
Battlefield 4 2013 PC. One, PS4, 360, PS3 81, 81, 85, 79, 80 52+5+18+21+14 = 110 81.14
Battlefield: Hardline 2015 PC. One, PS4 71, 71, 73 31+27+46 = 104 71.88
Battlefield 1 2016 PC. One, PS4 88, 87, 89 54+39+34 = 127 87.96

Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Battlefield game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Battlefield 1942* 100 (3) 76 (1) 11.11%
Battlefield Vietnam 100 (1) 65 (1) 2.08%
Battlefield 2* 100 (6) 70 (1) 10.90%
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat 100 (2) 50 (2) 1.37%
Battlefield 2142 90 (2) 50 (1) 0.00%
Bad Company 100 (2) 50 (1) 1.66%
Battlefield Heroes 91 (1) 40 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield 1943 100 (3) 50 (1) 2.72%
Bad Company 2 100 (5) 70 (5) 2.77%
Battlefield Online N/A N/A N/A
Battlefield Play4Free 90 (1) 50 (3) 0.00%
Battlefield 3 100 (4) 70 (8) 2.56%
Battlefield 4 95 (2) 50 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield: Hardline 91 (1) 40 (1) 0.00%
Battlefield 1 100 (7) 50 (1) 5,51%

*Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 2 each only had one Metacritic review under 80

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The next game in the Battlefield series is Battlefield V, with the first details and release date for the game officially being revealed today by DICE and EA today. This latest entry will see the franchise return its World War II roots.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “DICE Will Try to Fix Battlefield 4 Ruber-Banding Problems” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlefield_(video_game_series)

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

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

Call of Duty: A Metacritic history

The original Call of Duty came out back in 2003 and since then the franchise has grown to become one of the most popular and best-selling in all of gaming. The franchise truly took off in 2007 with the release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, which saw the series replace its World War II setting that had been the setting for all previous games.

Call of Duty’s Metacritic history

3 out of 16 (18.75%) games in the Call of Duty franchise have an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 11 of the 16 games (68.75%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.Avg critic score each game

 

I did not factor in remasted or re-releases (COD: War Collection or Modern Warfare: Remastered), as well as any mobile or handheld games in the series. I also did not factor in Black Ops III on the 360 or PS3 since there were only four total reviews.  The only main Call of Duty game I did not count was World at War: Finals Fronts since it only has two critic reviews.

Game Release System Critic Score # of Critics
WAW: Final Fronts 2008 PS2 90, 45 2
Black Ops III 2015 Xbox 360 70, 70 2
Black Ops III 2015  PS3 70 1

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To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Call of Duty 2, I took the 64 PC reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 86. 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 Year Systems Critic Score # of Critics Avg Critic Score
COD 1 2003 PC 91 44 91
COD: Finest Hour 2004 Xbox, PS2, Gamecube 73, 76, 74 55+49+31 = 135 74.31
COD 2 2005 PC, 360 86, 89 64+65 = 129 87.51
COD 2: Big Red One 2005 Xbox, PS2, Gamecube 78, 77, 76 46+39+28 = 113 77.15
COD 3 2006 360, PS3, PS2 82, 80, 82 71+43+14 = 128 81.32
Modern Warfare 2007 PC, 360, PS3 92, 94, 94 40+70+44 = 154 93.48
World at War 2008 PC, 360, PS3 83, 84, 85 36+84+45 = 165 84.05
Modern Warfare 2 2009 PC, 360, PS3 86, 94, 94 40+100+67 = 207 92.45
Black Ops 2010 PC, 360, PS3 81, 87, 88 29+89+58 = 176 86.34
Modern Warfare 3 2011 PC, 360, PS3 78, 88, 88 26+81+39 = 146 86.21
Black Ops II 2012 PC, 360, PS3, Wii U 74, 83, 83, 81 11+73+21+31 = 136 81.81
Ghosts 2013 PC, One, PS4, Wii U, 360, PS3 68, 78, 78, 69, 73, 71 14+7+49+6+29+10 = 115 74.44
Advanced Warfare 2014 PC, One, PS4 78, 81, 83 18+53+39 = 110 81.21
Black Ops III 2015 PC, One, PS4 73, 81, 81 10+15+87 = 112 80.28
Infinite Warfare 2016 PC, One, PS4 73, 78, 77 16+18=87 = 121 76.61
WWII 2017 PC, One, PS4 73, 80, 79 21+21+83 = 125 78.16

Finally, let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Call of Duty game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
COD 1 100 (5) 70 (3) 11.36%
COD: Finest Hour 100 (2) 50 (1) 1.48%
COD 2 100 (6) 70 (4) 4.65%
COD 2: Big Red One 100 (1) 58 (3) 0.88%
COD 3 100 (3) 58 (1) 2.34%
Modern Warfare 100 (29) 80 (4) 18.83%
World at War 100 (4) 60 (6) 2.42%
Modern Warfare 2 100 (28) 50 (1) 13.52%
Black Ops 100 (10) 58 (1) 6.84%
Modern Warfare 3 100 (7) 50 (1) 4.79%
Black Ops II 95 (1) 30 (1) 0%
Ghosts 100 (1) 40 (3) 0.86%
Advanced Warfare 93 (1) 49 (1) 0%
Black Ops III 100 (1) 40 (1) 0.89%
Infinite Warfare 100 (3) 48 (1) 2.47%
WWII 95 (1) 40 (1) 0%

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The next game in the Call of Duty series is Black Ops 4, which was officially revealed by Activision today. This will also continue the franchise’s streak of having a main series release every year since Call of Duty 2 in 2005.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Call of Duty: WWII Confirmed, Reveal Incoming” by BagoGames is licensed under CC BY-2.0

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

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

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

Halo: A Metacritic History

Halo: Combat Evolved came out back in 2001 and helped to propel Microsoft’s new Xbox console front and center into the video game world. Since then the series has seen new developers going from Bungie to 343 Industries, as well as having spin-offs and remasters.

Overall, there have been 13 Halo games since 2001 and the franchise has stayed as Microsoft’s premiere exclusive for its Xbox console through three generations. Now, let’s see how the series that helped revolutionize console shooters have been judged by critics through Metacritic.

Halo’s Metacritic history

4 out of 13 (30.76%) games in the Halo franchise have an average Metacritic score over 90. Meanwhile, 10 of their 13 games (76.92%) have gotten an average score of at least an 80.

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I did not factor in the PC versions of Halo and Halo 2 into these scores, as well as the iOS version of Halo: Spartan Strike. This is due to the fact that they Spartan Assault and Halo came out for these systems two years after they originally released, while it was a three-year difference for Halo 2.

Game Release Systems Critic Score # of Critics
Halo 1 2003 PC 83 40
Halo 2 2007 PC 72 32
Spartan Assault 2015 iOS 73.33 3

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To calculate the average critic score for a game I weighed the number of reviews. As an example, for Halo Wars 2 I took the 79 Xbox One reviews and multiplied it by there average score of 79. I then did the same for the PC 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
Halo 2001 Xbox 97 68 97
Halo 2 2004 Xbox 95 91 95
Halo 3 2007 Xbox 360 94 86 94
Halo Wars 2009 Xbox 360 82 92 82
Halo: OSDT 2009 Xbox 360 83 94 83
Halo: Reach 2010 Xbox 360 91 99 91
Halo Anniversary 2011 Xbox 360 82 73 82
Halo 4 2012 Xbox 360 87 87 87
Halo: Spartan Assault 2013 PC,360,One 70, 53, 51 17+28+5=50 58.58
Master Chief Collection 2014 Xbox One 85 69 85
Halo: Spartan Strike 2015 PC, iPhone/iPad 66, 86 9+4=13 72.15
Halo 5 2015 Xbox One 84 101 84
Halo Wars 2 2017 Xbox One, PC 79, 70 79+21=100 77.11

 

Finally let’s take a look at the highest and lowest scores that each Halo game has received, as well as what percentage of reviews gave a game a perfect score of 100.

Game Highest Score Lowest Score % of 100s
Halo 100 (29) 80 (3) 42.64%
Halo 2 100 (29) 67 (1) 31.86%
Halo 3 100 (20) 70 (1) 23.25%
Halo Wars 100 (2) 54 (1) 2.17%
Halo: OSDT 96 (1) 42 (1) 0%
Halo: Reach 100 (24) 50 (1) 24.24%
Halo Anniversary 100 (1) 50 (1) 1.36%
Halo 4 100 (9) 20 (1) 10.34%
Halo: Spartan Assault 83 (1) 20 (1) 0%
Master Chief Collection 100 (3) 45 (1) 4.34%
Halo: Spartan Strike 90 (2) 46 (1) 0%
Halo 5 100 (6) 55 (1) 5.94%
Halo Wars 2 100 (1) 40 (1) 1%

High and low.pngThe next game in the Halo franchise will most likely be Halo 6, which will be finally to 343 Industries Master Cheif trilogy. There has been rampant speculation about if the next Halo game will be announced at this years E3 event by Microsoft as fans wait for the next entry in the franchise.

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Sources and info:

Featured Image: “Halo 3: Master Chief” by commorancy is licensed under CC BY-2.0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(series)

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

All tables and graphs made using Google Spreadsheets

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