Destiny Has the Best Chance of Earning Multiple Perfect 10s

Destiny is ideally positioned to bring down the highest review scores of 2014.

Destiny is ideally positioned to bring down the highest review scores of 2014.

When it comes to predicting review scores, one has to examine the current trends in the gaming industry. This involves what reviewers normally reward with accolades, along with the available competition.

In looking at the rest of 2014, there seems to be only one game that has a chance at earning multiple perfect scores from legitimate sources. It’s Activision’s Destiny, which is slated to launch on September 9. The game has immense hype and as such, expectations will continue to rise over the next month or so. This is a potential hurdle because, although critics shouldn’t ride the hype train, sometimes they do.

Destiny is a shared-world shooter and the combination of those two factors is what will help earn widespread critical acclaim. Many say it’s similar to Borderlands 2, and that was one of the highest-scoring games of the generation. Furthermore, developer Bungie has a long history of generating a ton of critical praise, as they produced the award-winning Halo franchise.

This game has it all...and if it delivers on all its lofty promises, the critics will respond.

This game has it all…and if it delivers on all its lofty promises, the critics will respond.

In terms of industry trends, multiplayer continues to become more and more important in the eyes of many, and many are expecting Destiny to be a revolutionary title in that respect. Also, let’s not forget that some critics may take potential into account: Activision has said the game has a ten-year lifespan and if that’s true, it means the game should – theoretically – continue to get better and better. Will critics give a game a perfect score based on that amazing potential? Or will this consideration have the reverse effect?

Concerning the competition, the games that had the best chance of outscoring Destiny are set for 2015: The Witcher 3: Wild HuntBatman: Arkham KnightUncharted 4: A Thief’s End, etc. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has little chance of earning perfect scores; we haven’t seen a lot of “perfection” from that franchise in the critical realm since Modern Warfare and last year’s Ghosts had a sub-80 Metascore. Far Cry 4 has a decent chance but it won’t be viewed as evolutionary.

Perhaps the only other game with a chance of bringing down numerous perfect scores from critics is Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The first next-gen installment in the esteemed franchise could really blow everyone away. That being said, when you examine all the factors, it seems clear that Destiny has the single best chance of earning the most perfect scores. We should also mention LittleBigPlanet 3, as that series has seen many perfect scores in the past…but it’s not being made by Media Molecule, which gives us pause.

What do you say?

4 thoughts on “Destiny Has the Best Chance of Earning Multiple Perfect 10s”

I would agree.

There really isn’t anything coming out that has a legit shot at lots of perfect scores, although if Assassin’s Creed: Unity is as good as expected, that has an outside chance.

Unless Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is like Modern Warfare. 😉

With the bias that exists toward open-world game these days, I’d say yeah. Make it a shooter and you’ve got a guaranteed winner in the eyes of critics.

There isn’t really an easily documented bias that you can prove with review scores. GTA throws everything off.

Destiny will indeed earn a lot of great scores, and some perfect ones as well.

I still hesitate about issuing a final review for a game that really isn’t final. I have no idea how I’d deal with that if i was a critic.

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