MGS5: Ground Zeroes Debuts with Series’ Lowest Ratings for Home Consoles on Metacritic: Xbox One Gets Highest Average

on March 18, 2014 4:41 PM

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes launched today amid criticism for its length and mixed reviews, and with the drop of the embargo for reviews, Metacritic is now showing the first body count.

At the moment of this writing the game has an average rating of 74 on PS4, 77 on Xbox One, and 55 on PS3. The PS4 version, though, is the one that has been reviewed the most on the score aggregation site, with 32 reviews from critics, while the Xbox One version has only seven. The PS3 version has only two and no one (at last on Metacritic) cared to review the Xbox 360 version.

Since we know  by now that the PS4 and Xbox One versions are pretty much identical content-wise, but the game’s graphics are superior on Sony’s new console, it’s pretty interesting to see that at least the aggregated average of critics didn’t seem to take that factor much into consideration. It also shows how the Metacritic system should probably be taken a bit more with a grain of salt than it usually is.

User scores aren’t very encouraging, with a 5.1 for the PS4 version and  4.9 for Xbox One.

What’s more interesting is that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has, at the moment, the lowest Metacritic score of all the home consoles installments of the series, including the not universally acclaimed Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. That said, it still isn’t the lowest point of the franchise overall. That place belongs to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus for PSP.

Here at DualShockers we actually liked the game quite a bit more than the average, awarding it with an 8 out of 10. What about you?

 /  Executive News Editor
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