The games were released, the critics submitted their reviews, and it is now time to tally up our accuracy. This holiday season was packed with new releases, some fared better than others while a few were met with an early lump of coal. For us, we had a couple of predictions off, and not in the good way either.
We will start on a good note. An extremely good note. We knew Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U was going to be a smash so we predicted an stellar 91% score. Well, it seems the critics liked it even more than we thought. The aggregate scores on GameRankings is 92.11% and 94% on Metacritic. Absolutely, smashing! Okay, we’ll stop.
The nostalgia and feels are out of the way, so time to pinch the wound and dig into the pain. You know the Creed? Yeah, well screw the Creed. I think I’m becoming a huge fan of the Templars now since year after year, Ubisoft decides to crank out one Assassin’s Creed title after another. This year, we had the pleasure of 2 AC games on 2 separate generations of consoles.
We felt the love (sarcasm) and so did the critics. We previously thought that AC: Unity would receive an 88% and AC: Rogue a 76% aggregate scores. We were wrong, and honestly, we are fine with that. Unity racked up an average of 73% across all platforms on Metacritic and 73.59% on GameRankings.
On the other hand, Rogue’s scores were closer to our predictions, stating that Rogue would be OK at best due to it appearing like Ubisoft was pushing out an expansion to AC4 as a full-priced game. Way to take ques from Volition and their Saints Row IV release. Metacritic lists Rogue at 72.5% between both the PS3 and 360 with GameRankings having Rogue marked for assassination at a 75.53% average.
Not too long ago, we wrote about being “over” MMOs and able to play them with some measure of discipline. So, what better game to bring up next than “The King of MMOs,” World of Warcraft and its recent expansion: Warlords of Draenor. Yeah, “Warcrack” is back, and it came back strong.
Server ques on release were so long that peeps were logging on after being queued on average for 6 hours! That’s quite impressive, and the predicted score, even more so. We predicted a score of 87% for WoD, and the actual came out to be 86.67% on GameRankings and 86% on Metacritic. For the Horde!
Next up on the slab is EA‘s version of make-up sex after that argument over Dragon Age 2. Yup, we are referring to Dragon Age: Inquisition. It was decent make-up sex, too. Bringing back the Tactical Cam and boasting impressive gameplay and decent narrative, Inquisition showed that EA were listening to the fans.
We tactically pondered the score by rolling dice in an empty can peas, coming up with 83%. Well, those dice are now in the garbage can. The actual aggregate scores on Metacritic have Inquisition at 87.33% across all platforms and 88.33% on GameRankings. Please note that we do not factor in the last generation versions when we mention “across all platforms.”
Last on our list before we resort to “The Chart” is Far Cry 4. Unsurprisingly, Ubisoft implemented another bat-shit crazy villain after the successful following Vaas gained in Far Cry 3. FC4 delivers on providing that patent Far Cry Experience and fun, with the critic aggregate 83.78% on GameRankings and gunning down an 85% on Metacritic. Our original prediction was spot on at 84%, assuming the average of both aggregates.
Now, because there were SO many releases and SO many predictions, we are going to pull out something we like to call, “The Chart” – which is exactly what you would expect it to be. Yes, yes, we know. We should be writing something about all of them, even a witty line or two, especially since some predictions were WAY off. Here’s the chart anyways in all its fancy Microsoft Wordness!
Original Predictions HERE.