I’m sure plenty of gamers have spent hours scouring through Metacritic scores, all whilst trying to find out how well the latest over-hyped release has reviewed and whether it’s worth picking up on release day or waiting for a price cut. I know I’ve been guilty of it, though I’ve also enjoyed taking a look at older titles and seeing how well they performed with critics too.
It turns out that some games performed a lot better than I thought, whilst others have been criminally under-rated – it’s an unfair world, right? With that in mind, I thought it’d be a good idea to see how some games compared against each other and then quiz readers as to which one they think did better. Think you know your video game scores? Find out down below! Oh, and if a game has multiple scores across different platforms we’ll always go for the highest one, so no dodgy ports will ruin a game’s chances here.
Everyone loves a game that stars vampires, right? Well, both these two allowed you to actually be one, but which was better received by critics?
The Gamecube had its fair share of great titles, but I had a lot of love for these two titles when I was younger. They’re both part of well-loved franchises, but which one did Gamecube critics prefer?
EA like to change up their sports titles to try and give players all-new ways to experience them, though they’ve had mixed results in the process. Which of these two sports made a better transition to the streets?
Grand Theft Auto: it’s the series that just keeps giving, isn’t it? Whilst we haven’t seen a brand new release in the series during this generation of consoles, last-gen had two all-new games in the franchise. Which one did critics think was better?
Devolver Digital have released their fair share of fantastic releases over the years, though my personal favourite will always be Hotline Miami. I’m pretty sure they’re fed up of hearing fans pester for a third entry by now, but hey, you don’t get if you don’t ask. Which of the two Hotline Miami games got a higher Metacritic score?
Platforming mascots have often been rivals across systems, but the PlayStation 2 was fortunate enough to have two pairs of heroes that were rivals for the throne. Both games were bloody fantastic too, but which one did the critics like more?
Talking about platforming mascots, I’m sure plenty of gamers had arguments with their friends as to whether or not Mario 64 or Crash Bandicoot was the best. However, whilst both of their platforming adventures were great, it’s their racing escapades that we’re interested in here: what did the critics think was better?
You’ll rarely see a Legend of Zelda game that isn’t adored by critics and fans alike, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time actually standing tall as the number one ranked game on Metacritic. Who needs an ocarina when you can waggle your arms around with motion controls though, am I right? Which of the Wii Zelda games was better received?
Whilst going in guns blazing is often the best way to respond to an enemy threat in a video game, sometimes it’s easy to be a little sneaky instead. That’s what Sam Fisher and Solid Snake prefer anyway, with both of their stealth adventures proving to be a hit with gamers. Whilst they both offered high quality sneaking action, which one did critics think was better?
The Resident Evil series has a heck of a lot of fans and deservedly so – it’s had a ton of top quality titles over the years, with Resident Evil 4 proving to be a genre-defining experience. Unfortunately, it’s also had a few duds along the way, though these two stand out in particular. Neither got high marks with reviewers, but which of these performed better?
It’s-a-me, another Mario question. Mario may have lost the battle of the karts, but you’ll rarely find him losing when competing with another platformer. With that in mind, the only fair way to approach this would be to have them face off against each other. Which of these Mario titles did critics prefer?
I still grieve to this day about the loss of the Dreamcast, but at least it had some top quality titles whilst it was alive. Two of those are actually sequels of titles that started their life on the system, but which one did critics think was better?
Out of all of the launch line-ups for consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 didn’t really offer the strongest selection. However, both did have titles that really showed off the graphical capabilities of each console – who needs good gameplay when you’ve got pretty visuals, right? Neither of these titles blew anyone away, but which one did critics prefer?
These two titles have been considered the crème de la crème of the racing genre in their time, with each giving their respective consoles an influx of owners who want to get their fix of realistic racing action. Both franchises are still getting new entries to this day too, but which one had the better first-entry according to critics?
There was nothing quite like taking on your friends in Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat in the arcade during the 90s – those were the glory days (even if it did take up all of my pocket money). The two franchises have seen plenty of releases since with gamers continuing their battles on home consoles, but which of these two last-gen entries scored better with critics?
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