The MetaMeter Score – based on the opinions of hundreds of professional gaming critics – is gaining prominence as a trusted measurement of critical consensus. A MetaMeter score is calculated for a game after it receives at least fifteen (15) reviews, through a simple, transparent process that involves just four steps.
When at least 70% of reviews for a game are positive, a red heart is displayed to indicate its PLAY IT status.
When less than 70% of reviews for a game are positive, a red broken heart is displayed to indicate its SKIP IT status.
Games with less than 15 reviews, or where VSG is not yet prepared to issue a recommendation, are indicating by the clock.
The Play It / Skip It dichotomy is analogous to the binary decision consumers face (to buy or not to buy). But this binary scale has its limitations, one of which is that it treats all games above or below the threshold as being the same.
VSG’s Rating Tiers address this issue, helping consumers further differentiate between the good games and the truly great games. A game’s rating tier is determined by its Average Critic Score (ACS) – which is calculated exactly as it sounds.
VSG analyzes hundreds of game reviews weekly. The MetaMeter collects game reviews from MetaMeter-approved critics and publications every day, generating MetaMeter Scores. VSG carefully analyzes those reviews and chooses a representative pull-quote.
MetaMeter scores are updated and new reviews are added to our database frequently.