Lots of people love to shit all over it and blah blah blah but I never got the reason.
and no, the awarding bonuses shit should not count. If people get into car accidents because they were texting on their phone does not make the cell phone a bad thing (probably a more extreme comparison than this warrants but WHATEVER). Metacritic is merely a aggregator of review scores, and if metacritic wasn't there, game companies could do it themselves if they really wanted to (or they could use the other one, gamerankings or whatever the fuck it's called). I like it because I like reading reviews on occasion. I'll go to that site, click on sites I... mildly trust, and it's easier than going to each site individually. because I am lazy. and people posting 1 star review scores on games the internet doesn't like is much better there than doing it on, say, amazon.
I mean, what's the big deal?