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SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

SN: “Bloodborne” scores high with game critics

We are still in an odd dark period with next-generation gaming. With few outstanding exclusives on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 it’s hard not to see why the real dominant gaming device of this generation is PC.

Last year, the most advertise and anticipated game was “Destiny” which earned lukewarm reviews and didn’t make it into our top 10 for this year’s M10 Awards.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” ended up being arguably 2014’s strongest game, which no one really expected or saw coming. This year’s early high score goes to another under-advertised game, which happens to be an exclusive for Sony – and that’s “Bloodborne.”

“Bloodborne” has earned a stunning 93 on Metacritic with 58 reviews accounted for. Other notable games that earned a 93 are “Minecraft,” “BioShock Infinite,” Fallout 3,” Soul Calibur II,” “God of War II,” and “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.”

92 was the highest score on Metacritic for a console game that wasn’t a remake, or an iOS game, and that went to “Super Smash Bros. for Wii U” an exclusive for the Wii U.

This kind of score easily brings “Bloodborne” to the top of the “Best of 2015” list, but what can rival it? “Batman: Arkham Knight?” “Tom Clancy’s The Division?”

Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

bayonetta21Analysis: Nintendo wins 2014

What a bizarre year for video games. Was the first year of the next generation a success? Well, it was different.

Nintendo probably has the greatest story here. Back in March we wrote about their struggling profits and what a world without Nintendo may look like after unveiling their new console – the Wii U. BBC news had reported that Nintendo executives took pay cuts, in the 20-30% range, including president President Satoru Iwata who took a 50% pay cut after disappointing sales of the Wii U.

All of these projections implied a bleak future for one of the eldest video game company. So it feels refreshing to make an easy case that the Wii U had the best exclusive titles of 2014.
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