Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but EA’s the company that published the very best games of 2012, according to review aggregator Metacritic. In their annual publisher ranking, they’ve number-crunched EA in to the top spot, with the highest number of critically acclaimed games for 2012.
A lot of that has to do with the incredible critical successful of games like Mass Effect 3 and FIFA 13, along with other high scoring titles like Kingdoms of Amalur and all of Popcap’s bits of digital crack. EA didn’t release a single game last year that was reviewed poorly (below 45%), though it did release some disappointing titles, such as Medal of Honor: Warfighter which currently sits with a Metacritic average of 53%. It gives EA an average of 75.2 across all of its releases – and is the only publisher to score above 75.
They can now put that trophy on their fireplace, right next to the plaque saying “Worst Company in America”
Coming in second, and down from their top spot last year is Microsoft, relegated to second place thanks to a string of awful Kinect-only releases like Kinect Star Wars. As a publisher, the company’s top scoring game was the excellent XBLA and PC stealth title, Mark of the Ninja with 91%. the publisher itself scored 73%.
Up in third is Sony, sitting pretty in the exact same spot as last year. Its top scoring game was the wonderful Journey with 90%, with its worst title the abysmal Move (ruin-a-)party title, Start the Party! Save the World which scored 50%.
Coming in 4th and 5th were Nintendo with Xenoblade Chronicles as its top scorer and Capcom with the re-re-release of Okami netting it big points. Activision-Blizzard came in tenth place, thanks to some godawful game releases in 2012 –including the likes of 007 Reloaded, Family Guy and the Vita-bound abortion Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified.
Here’s the list! Read more, including the methodology over at Metacritic.
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