How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic
Metacritic is a very popular review aggregation website. It aims at providing the best of entertainment. Instead of focusing on a particular element of entertainment like games or movies, Metacritic tracks all of them in separate sections namely ‘Music’, ‘TV’, ‘Games’ and ‘Movies’.
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How To Get The Most Out Of Metacritic
Whenever you check out each section, you can see a list of the recent releases along with their existing Metascore. You do not need to read the reviews to see how a release is viewed by the critics. The Metascore can be used as a guide to check this out. It applies to video games, albums, movies and TV shows.
The ratings can be easily judged by the color coding. Red represents ‘Generally unfavorable’, Yellow represents ‘Average or Mixed reviews‘ and Green represents ‘Generally favorable reviews’.
If you like to know about a title, click on it. This will let you explore a lot many details. You can view the summary of every critical review and go to the original site where you can find the complete review. You can also check out the user reviews. The common people write the user reviews instead of professional reviewers.
Each section has ‘Browse A-Z’ and ‘High Scores’ options. If you use the ‘High Scores’ option, it will give you the Metascore of the content that was released in the last 90 days. The Metascore can also be viewed by ‘By Year’ or ‘All Time’. You also have the option to switch over to the ‘User Score’. Each section has unique features. Check them out.
Every movie offers information about its actors, genre, rating, runtime etc. The data is provided by IMDb. However you have to visit IMDb in case you want to know who has worked behind the scenes.
You can also check out the trailer of a movie and various video clips. There is a section for ‘Coming Soon’ where the upcoming releases are sorted out by date. Therefore, you can easily plan when you are going to see a movie in the theater.
There is a ‘TV’ section. It lets you keep a track of the shows you want to watch. The information given by the website includes the airtime, episode length and the network of each show. In case you want to know more about a show, you should visit TV.com.
If you need information about a specific network, click on the network’s name to check out the highly-rated shows.
Each game provides information about the genre and the platform along with a particular peripheral like Kinect that is required to get a lot of information from the title. You can also check out the links on GameFAQs, a trailer and related videos.
This section has numerous platforms that makes it a complete information hub. Apart from getting review scores, it offers a lot of information too. The ‘Legacy’ section is worth using. The top games are displayed in a list that are released on the old consoles.
You can check out the albums in the ‘Music’ section. Metacritic was introduced in 2000. Therefore, it contains score of the albums released since then. Many albums are not available on the website such as albums by The Beatles.
So this section comprises of new releases and artists. The upcoming albums are presented in a chronological order in the ‘Coming Soon’ section.
Reviews = Opinion
A review is just an opinion of a person. A person, who is writing the review, can have a lot of experience and give sensible judgments but he will have preferences for style and genre. This influences his opinion while writing a review. Metacritic combines various reviews for giving a neutral opinion.
The above mentioned points will help you in making the most of Metacritic. Have you ever used Metacritic? How do you make the most out of it? Also, do you know of any other such review aggregation website? Share your views and experiences with us.