By the Numbers: 500 Reviews on Giant Bomb

From Poker Smash to Steel Battalion, it's been over four years of reviewing games for the staff at Giant Bomb. To celebrate this milestone, I've compiled a bunch of colorful pie charts, bar graphs, and grids to break it all down. But, it's not just about the staff in this set of data porn! Of the 500 games that the staff has reviewed, users have written over 10,000 reviews on those same games. So, I've included all of that info as well, which, among other things, allows us to see which staff members the community agrees with most. Spoiler Alert: There's one staff member that users agree with 100% of the time!

On a side note, user reviews allow for half-stars while staff reviews do not. So, to make things easier to compare, I've rounded off the user review scores. For example, seventy users reviewed Burnout Paradise, which resulted in an overall 4.2. I round that down to a 4 in order to compare it to Jeff's 5-star review. Also, if you added up the percentages in the system section of each staff members reviews, it will be over 100%. That's because some reviews include more than one system. Got it? Good. Let's get started!

Alex

Mr. Navarro got a late start compared to most of the other staff members, but he's catching up fast. Over half the time (55.3%), users reviewing the same game as Alex agree with him. The real crazy stat here is that 23.4% of the games Alex reviews, no one else has.

Brad

Mr. Shoemaker's first review was Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, which earned a stellar five stars. His latest review, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, was one of the worst games ever reviewed on Giant Bomb. Brad also just passed the century mark with his review of Diablo III. Brad is also tied with Jeff for the most DS reviews (7).

Dave

Mr. Snider has chipped in with nine reviews including some top-tier blockbusters such as Battlefield 3 and Dragon Age: Origins. Even with just nine reviews, he has the 4th most PC game reviews. And, at 66.7%, Dave is tied for 2nd place for the average user reviews that agree with his.

Drew

It's no secret that Mr. Scanlon loves DiRT. Unfortunately, two reviews doesn't make for a very pretty pie chart. If you're wondering why users "disagree" with Drew, both DiRT 2 and DiRT 3 got a 4.2 from users, so it was pretty close to being 100% agreement.

Jeff

It should be no surprise to anyone that Mr. Gerstmann has reviewed more games than anyone on Giant Bomb. With over 200 total reviews, Jeff has reviewed more 3DS, DSiWare, PC, PS2, PS3, PS3N, PSP, Vita, Xbox 360, and XBLA games than anyone else.

Matt

During his reign as Whiskey Media King-tern, Mr. Kessler reviewed several games. I think the percentages "vs Users" are a bit skewed on this one since he only reviewed a few games. So, I wouldn't pay attention to those numbers much.

Patrick

Despite being the newest staff member, Mr. Klepek is tied for second place in terms of users agreeing with his reviews. The only game that users actually disagreed with him on was Dragon's Dogma, which users liked more than Patrick did.

Ryan

From Bully: Scholarship Edition to Max Payne 3, Mr. Davis has reviewed over 100 games so far here at Giant Bomb. Also, did you know Ryan has reviewed more Wii Shop titles than Jeff? I think he's trying to derail the train. He's also reviewed more Wii and Mac games than anyone else.

Vinny

Sadly, Mr. Caravella has not reviewed a game since October 2009. Although we haven't seen an official review from Vinny in nearly three years, user reviews agree with him ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME! It's clear that the community is more in tune with Vinny's opinions than any other staff member.

Also, Vinny has never given a game a 1-star review, which makes that cartoon header the only one that's never officially been used on the site.

Andy

You thought I would forget Mr. McCurdy's review? Or maybe you didn't know he did one. The Bomb Squad guild knows about it, for sure.

Staff Totals

Now that you've seen each staff member individually, here's all of them smashed together. And some user review info below.

Platform Totals and Staff vs Users

Here's a breakdown of the reviews by platform. Keep in mind that the reason the total is 700 reviews is because some games' reviews count towards multiple systems.

The top chart here is simply a breakdown of each staff members' totals per platform.

The bottom chart is a condensed version of how much user reviews agree or disagree with staff reviews. In this chart, I have combined the "Higher" and "Lower" totals to make one "Disagree" percentage. So, whether the user reviews liked the game more or less is irrelevant. "None" means no users reviewed the game that the staff did.

This one is just a simple breakdown of Total Stars by Staff and Total Stars by Users.

Yearly Breakdown

2009 must've been a hell of a year. Aside from that one, we're on pace for roughly 100 reviews per year.

Top 25 Most Reviewed Games by Users

Random Stuff

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Posted by Video_Game_King

@Marino said:

To celebrate this milestone, I've compiled a bunch of colorful pie charts, bar graphs, and grids to break it all down.

must be glaring at you like crazy right now :P.

Posted by JJOR64

Amazing stuff as always. Wonder if Patrick did his scores on purpose so his chart can look like Pac-Man.

Posted by LiquidPrince

@JJOR64 said:

Amazing stuff as always. Wonder if Patrick did his scores on purpose so his chart can look like Pac-Man.

Clever Patrick is clever.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

You are crazy.

Good work.

Posted by Daveyo520

Wow, it has been 4 years? Seems like only yesterday or maybe 2 years.

Posted by 49th

Interesting. Thanks for going through all this!

Edited by Demoskinos

@Marino: Fucking A' man you should be getting paid for this insane research. Awesome stuff though.

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Posted by ShaggE

Here's to 487 more! Woooo!

Posted by papercut

Very Nice. So who puts your stuff on the user created highlights when you make something awesome?

Posted by chilibean_3

I never realized there were even close to that many reviews on this site. One hundred reviews a year? That's a whole lot.

Posted by Marino

@papercut said:

Very Nice. So who puts your stuff on the user created highlights when you make something awesome?

I guess me. Feels weird doing so though.

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Posted by JCTango

:( Wish there were more pc game reviews... I can sort of understand why there aren't as many of those as I'd like, but still =/.

Posted by joshth

I only have one question. Who's Andy?

Posted by Encephalon

Vinny, the People's Champion.

Posted by SamFo

Poker Smash was initally given a B+ by Jeff in honor of 1ups new rating system. True Story.

Posted by Marino

Forgot to add these originally, but there are now a couple tables at the bottom showing the Top 25 (27) most reviewed games by users and one with some random observations.

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Posted by papercut

@Marino said:

@papercut said:

Very Nice. So who puts your stuff on the user created highlights when you make something awesome?

I guess me. Feels weird doing so though.

Use your left hand, makes it feel completely different.

Posted by Little_Socrates

It is no surprise to me to see that Brad's reviews are positive roughly 70% of the time, especially when I disagree with SO MANY of those 4-stars.

But rather than make this a "bitch-about-the-staff" thing, I think the score distribution is roughly appropriate, especially when you consider the fact that the site doesn't cover the games they're not interested in covering and don't receive review copies for.

Would love to see more reviews out of the rest of the guys. Brad/Alex/Jeff/Ryan as the reviewers is nice (though Ryan's certainly been writing less reviews since Alex started) but I'd love to read more reviews from our other guys.

Edited by FLStyle

@joshth said:

I only have one question. Who's Andy?

Andy McCurdy, co-founder of (the company formerly known as) Whiskey Media, master programmer and a big fan of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

Excellent job I find some of these stats amazing, it never occurred to me that Alex was already half way to catching up on Ryan and Brad. I still remember his Harmonix days and how cool it would be if he joined Giant Bomb.

Posted by EquitasInvictus

@FLStyle: He went to the Berman Braun end after the split, right?

Again, awesome statistics and numbers crunching by ! Great job as always!

Posted by JasonR86

Lord that's a lot of information. I don't even really know how to analyze it. It's...well, there's a lot. Good stuff.

Posted by FLStyle

@EquitasInvictus: He did indeed, only Dave and Alexis joined GB and CV at CBSi. Some of the Top Men didn't go to either though. I believe Andy helped out both the BB and CBSi sites at first during downtime. Now that the new GB and CV won't be on Django Andy and the team is focused on rebuilding Tested (though not designing it, the ugly new Tested is some BB staff's fault).

Posted by TheSouthernDandy

@joshth said:

I only have one question. Who's Andy?

...you get the hell out of here!

I'm kidding.

Great work Marino. Somebody should pay you for this stuff.

Posted by Deusx

You seriously have a lot of free time. It´s awesome that you did this though, thanks! What an interesting read.

Posted by Ravenlight

Is the 500 Reviews logo supposed to look like an error page? Because that's pretty funny.

Posted by theveej

2009 was apparently a great year for games.....

Also stats prove that the Italian Stallion is truly the people's champ!

Posted by mosespippy

I don't like that Brad has almost 70% of his reviews at 4 or 5 stars while the staff as a whole is only averaging 54%. Either he's getting a lot of the better games or he's still kind of attached to the 7-10 scale.

Posted by Marino

@Ravenlight said:

Is the 500 Reviews logo supposed to look like an error page? Because that's pretty funny.

Ripped it straight from an error page. ;)

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Posted by MikeGosot

I want to see One-Star Vinny.

Posted by Marino

@MikeGosot: You've likely seen it many times but just didn't know it.

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Posted by MikeGosot
@Marino said:

@MikeGosot: You've likely seen it many times but just didn't know it.

I've actually never seen it. It's kinda dumb. He has the best 5 stars, but the worst one-star.
Posted by BirdkeeperDan

I would have predicted Jeff had significantly more reviews than Brad or Ryan but double? Thats hard work right there. Jeff's been my favourite reviewer for such a long time, Alex is close second though.

Edited by Roger778

I am really impressed that the guys at Giant Bomb have written 500 reviews. They truly are great journalists and critics.

By the way @marino, I'm not very good at reading pie charts, but I must say that looked like impressive research you did.

Posted by Soulblitz

I love shit like this. Awesome work man.

Posted by Nightriff

Thought about making this, glad someone went through the trouble, that was fantastic, nice work.

Posted by BeachThunder

I fucking love numbers and shit.

No really...I appreciate all the time/effort you must have put into making this :D

Posted by rachelepithet

So whose gonna go fuck up Vinny's perfect record now?

Posted by MetalGearSunny

Very interesting statistics!

Posted by Stepside

@Marino: Amazing stuff man - as a stat-whore I'm loving this! Totally appreciate all the work you put into this.

Posted by Karolis

What games did Vinny review?

Posted by dudeglove

I would have found it hilarious and probably a bit disturbing if you put in all 500 games in the keywords bit thingy.

Also, holy shit re: Mirror's Edge.

Posted by Vexxan

Love pie charts and of course we all always agree with Vinny.

Good work!

Posted by Winternet

These are some sweet pie charts.

Posted by Hizang

Man this is amazing work, very interesting. I knew that Jeff would have the most reviews but didn't think it would be so many over everybody else.

Posted by Sweep

Too much information, man, you're too much information man!

Also:

Although we haven't seen an official review from Vinny in nearly three years, user reviews agree with him ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME!

I can confirm this statistic.

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Posted by Marino

@Lone_f said:

What games did Vinny review?

  • Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty
  • Fracture
  • Fable II
  • Resistance 2
  • The Maw
  • Peggle
  • Lucidity
  • Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time
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Posted by Daiphyer

As far as I am concerned, Vinny should review all games. EVERY ONE OF THEM.

Posted by joshthebear
@Marino Awesome work man. Love the stat/graph porn.
Posted by Jrinswand

Awesome data! Good job, Marino!

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