Has Episode II Dropped a Deuce with Influential Critics?
There may be many fans in support of Sonic 4: Episode II now that it’s released to many major platforms, but there’s probably a reason Sega community managers have been retweeting that fan support en masse recently: They may be trying to drive attention away from the support officials above them have already said counts more: the Metacritic average.
Right now, S4E2’s Metacritic average is not good. As of this article’s publication, the game’s XBOX 360 average–the only average right now with a score–sits at 64 percent. While not horrible, that’s eight points lower than the Metacritic average of Episode I on XBOX 360. To be fair, there’s a much larger sample of E1 reviews in the Metacritic pool. The 72 average was based on 43 critics, versus just seven so far for E2.
The current E2 average is based on a handful new reviews and new scores being released this week. Included is an 83% score from German website 4Players, but also included is a 3 out of 5 mark from Joystiq, a 6.5 out of 10 from EGM, and a 5 out of 10 from GamesRadar–all major critics.
That’s not to say there aren’t good scores, but they may not all count toward the Metacritic average. A recently released B+ score from 1UP.com should, as should Eurogamer’s opinion per usual, but a 4.5 out of 5 score from Consol.at may not, nor might an 8 out of 10 score from Ve3tro.
While it is still early, given the wild inconsistencies with E2 reviews so far, it’s hard to tell how far that average will rise or fall, if at all. As reviews come in, keep in mind that the final numbers do mean something, at least in the eyes of some top Sega brass.