New on Metacritic: Must-Play Games

Our newest designation

Metacritic Must-PlayIn our ongoing efforts to help our users pick out the very best in entertainment at a glance, we have added a "Must-Play" designation for our highest-scoring games, representing those releases deemed by a consensus of top professional game critics as truly exceptional.

We designate a game as "Must-Play" when it achieves a Metascore of 90 or higher and has been reviewed by a minimum of 15 professional critics. You'll notice our new badge (pictured, right) on games meeting these requirements throughout the site.

How elite are these games? It turns out that just over 4% of eligible games in Metacritic's database qualify for "Must-Play" status.

Here are the games released so far in 2018 that qualify as Must-Play:

Metacritic Must-Play Games - 2018 (Through September 12)

Score Title
92 Bayonetta 2 (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play
92 Celeste (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play
90 Dead Cells (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play
91 Dead Cells (XB1) Metacritic Must-Play
92 Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PS4) Metacritic Must-Play
94 God of War (PS4) Metacritic Must-Play
90 Hollow Knight (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play
91 INSIDE (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play
90 Monster Hunter: World (XB1) Metacritic Must-Play
90 Monster Hunter: World (PS4) Metacritic Must-Play
90 NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (XB1) Metacritic Must-Play
91 Shadow of the Colossus (PS4) Metacritic Must-Play
91 Sonic Mania Plus (Switch) Metacritic Must-Play

 


Comments (2)

  • Qdarks  

    How do we view the must plays games prior to 2018?

  • LamontRaymond  

    I like how you've always had a special view of 90+ games, like your "Best Games of the Year" articles, etc. - I believe you called them "Great". I like how it's a relative small number of games as opposed to every other game getting it - like Rotten Tomatoes does it with their Certified thing. Kudos!

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