Mists of Pandaria scores low on Metacritic
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria continues an ongoing trend of falling scores at Metacritic.com. Guild Wars 2, however, is doing well. While there is no way to prove the notion, this may be due to WoW continued business model of a monthly subscription fee.
Editor's Note: While I understand that a game scoring low on Metacritic is not "hard news" per se, this piece is intended to wag a finger at games journalists who paid extra attention to Resident Evil 6's Metacritic score - a motion that I feel was brought on due to Capcom's bad press this year.
World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria currently has the lowest Metacritic score of any WoW expansion as it receives low scores by professional game critics and Metacritic users.
Mists of Pandaria, released on Sep. 25, 2012, is currently holding a Metacritic score that is significantly lower than the scores held by previous expansions Cataclysm, Wrath of the Lich King and The Burning Crusade. Mists currently holds a score of 83/100 from professional critics and 4.4/10 from fans. Both of these figures are a slip from Cataclysm's score of 90/100 from critics and 5.1/10 from fans.
Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2, the free-to-play title from NC Soft and considered by many to be WoW’s direct competition, enjoys a significantly higher Metacritic score of 91/100 from critics and 8.3/10 from fans. The successor to the first Guild Wars, Guild Wars 2 saw a rise in critic score, 89/100 for Guild Wars, and a small drop in fan score, 8.2/10.
One factor of disgruntled customers may come from its continuous business model of a monthly subscription fee. The MMORPG market, which stands for Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, has been adopting a free-to-play business model over the last few years. Not all MMORPG games have embraced this new model, but many of the well known and highly played games have. Despite this growing trend in the market, Blizzard shows no signs of transferring WoW to a free-to-play model.
Blizzard Entertainment has been struggling to keep subscribers since Sept. 2010. The company saw World of Warcraft's subscriber base hit an all-time low at the end of the second quarter 2012 when the number of subscribers fell below 10 million. Michael Morhaime, President of Blizzard Entertainment, said that the majority of this subscriber decline came from Eastern regions.
Earlier this year, Blizzard Entertainment offered fans a chance to receive a free copy of the then upcoming Diablo III PC game and a guaranteed spot in the Mists of Pandaria beta test in exchange for a 12-month subscription commitment. Accounts that were created on of before Oct. 18, 2011 were eligible to enroll.
World of Warcraft will be celebrating its eighth anniversary this November.
Correct. Users are in no way obligated to be fair or concise. The professional critics, however, do, and that's why I included their stats as well. It isn't just fans who believe the quality of the product is going down.
But that doesn't mean I agree with them. This is merely a report. I posted a picture of me posing with my new copy of Mists in the comments section.
It seems like some people got upset perhaps because they believe that I share the sentiment in the Metacritic criticisms. I just want to let you guys know one thing: I don't. Not at all. This report is nothing more than a report. I have no personal stock in any of it.
As proof, I offer everyone this recent picture: http://i.imgur.com/cqnSN.png
Not always true. Take Guild Wars 2 for example. As mentioned in the article, it did very well with both pro critics and fans.
Sorry about that!
10 million people is extremely impressive, but if WOW can't continue to win new players then it can't be sustained. Also those 10 million people won't stay on WOW forever, among other reasons, that 15$ will probably annoy fans, and it probably already is. I would not be surprised to hear about someone quitting WOW because of that fee, and its been established that the fee is a large factor in driving away potential players, including myself.
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umm yeah? cos they hate WoW? and they still can't take panda as the new race even if the pandarians are created before Kung Fu P.. you know..We keep saying it, they will keep ignoring that fact.
Everything scores low on Metacritic these days....
A few million so called adults writing off WoW because of the pandaren, giving it low scores for no reason. Just more solid evidence of the stupidity of mankind.
People who haven't even played Pandaria or even own WoW rating it with shitty scores. What surprise.
I'm really enjoying it. It's really fun and it's much much more enjoyable than Cata. I'm loving my Panda.
well it's actually the fans who gave the bad reviews so if you want you could go on metacritic and change it it's not metacritics fault it's the fans who goes on the site opinion
metacritic is just aweful now.been enjoying the expansion and content is well done besides its not dieing anytime soon.
The thing about Metacritic that people seem to forget is that the user score requires little effort to put forth, meaning people who dislike a game won't give it a fair score of, say, 6 or 5, but they'll give it a 0 simply because they don't like it.
Oh please. Metacritic, psh bunch of fanboys crying over pandas. Been playing Mists since launch and I just love it. Love the new zones and the changes to the game.
Here's the funny part, ever since the release of MoP WoW's numbers jumped up past 10 million and anybody who's playing the expansion has actually enjoyed it quite a bit, proving once again, that fan critique on Metacritic doesn't mean jack shit.
Not surprising given my blizzard fanboy friends' reaction to the new patch that overhauled the game the game in preparation for pandaria. It essentially got rid of player defined skill trees... in favor of preset game dictated ones based on your class. Your only choice is wheither you want a defensive/support or offensive skill.
But from the way they've been talking the game has been going down hill for a while, even BEFORE Diablo 3's release. They also have a tenancy to dismiss or ignore bad press given to blizzard as well. Now that the new Expansion is out it seems this growing trend of dissatisfaction by long time fans is being reflected in its review scores.
Its just a fad to hate Blizzard ever since the D3 online requirements, some people are getting out are of their way to see blizzard fail as a company. ( BTW any User score can be exploited, people do not have to tell a reasonable opinion or to have less than 2 accounts to score it.)
Nowdays I don't really care about Metacritic scores anymore, especially since reviews from fans are usually full of haters and trolls.
In the last few years, my WoW playing friend has gone from calling it 'World of Warcraft, the best game ever' to 'World of Warcrap'.
Part of the decline could just be that the more time passes, the more new games become available, and a game like WoW isn't as enjoyable if you can't throw yourself into it for hours every day. I don't think I'd be able to play as many games as I do if I was a WoW player.
10 million people are paying 15$ a month, what on earth makes you think that it will die?