To some gamers scores and Metacritic are an important factor when it comes to making a decision on whether or not to buy a game. However, it seems like quality alone is enough for some, at least that's according to Jason Kingsley, the owner of Rebellion, the team responsible for Sniper Elite 3.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry he explains that he feels like getting a good product out to the consumer matters more than anything.
On the subject of Metacritic, he states that: "Nobody here ever bothers about Metacritic."
"We think of it as irrelevant, quite frankly. We only concentrate on what the users think, and every aggregate user score has been significantly higher than the aggregate professional score. We care about the people who are spending their money, and whether we're happy that we've made a good game. The acid test isn't somebody's abstracted number."
He also argues that a reviewer cannot see a product from the perspective of someone who has paid for it. It's an argument we don't agree with, even though it has come up in several debates in the office.
Kingsley's comments come after the mixed reviews handed out to Sniper Elite 3, the latest major release by the studio. We quite enjoyed it when we played it last year, and you can read our thoughts on the gruesome shooter right here.