Top Two Metacritic Games in 2014 Will Be 2013 Titles
As of now, the recently released The Last Of Us: Remastered holds an average 95 Metascore.
Grand Theft Auto V, which launched last year to widespread critical acclaim, has an average 97 Metascore for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Currently, there are only a few scant titles in 2014 that break the 90 barrier (Dark Souls II and Rayman Legends, for instance), and none have come close to the mid-to-high 90s. Now, when GTAV launches for next-gen platforms later this year, it’s almost a guarantee that it will once again drag down super high scores. The result?
It seems inevitable that the two highest-scoring games of 2014, according to either Metacritic or GameRankings, will be The Last Of Us: Remastered and Grand Theft Auto V…which are, of course, 2013 games spruced up for a new year. In the eyes of many, neither should be eligible for any awards in 2014, as they simply don’t qualify as games originally released in this calendar year. We would agree with that.
However, there is an outside shot that one of this fall’s highly anticipated titles will make a run at a mid-90s Metascore. We said in a recent article that Bungie’s Destiny has the best chance of earning multiple perfect scores, for example, and games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity and LittleBigPlanet 3 might end up scoring crazy high. There’s no predicting the future, obviously.
But wait, what about that Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which might also score huge with the critics? This feasibly means that the top three highest-rated games of 2014 won’t even be original 2014 releases. What does this say about the current state of the industry? Well, not much; new generations always take a while to get rolling, and everyone always loves revisiting classics (and instant classics).
That being said, can anyone recall a year where the best games – according to average critic scores – were games that were, for all intents and purposes…old?