Metacritic, an aggregation tool used in equal part by forum trolls and multi-billion-dollar publishers, has long dominated the review world. Now there’s a new site that hopes to take its place.
Meet OpenCritic, a sleek new website that hopes to replace Metacritic as the world’s most trusted game review roundup. Unlike Metacritic, OpenCritic is designed to be personalised — you can select from a dropdown menu on the top right to filter out websites you don’t trust or want to see. It’s a nice-looking website, too.
Sadly, OpenCritic insists upon using review scores — you know, those arbitrary numbers that offer zero value to readers, kill thoughtful discussion, and encourage the quantitative comparison of games that can’t be compared? — so it’s hard to get too excited, even if they do include websites that don’t use scores, like the one you’re reading. (For Kotaku, they put our YES/NO/NOT YET, which is appreciated.)
But if you’re looking for a review aggregator and you don’t like the ways Metacritic affects the game industry, here’s a new option.