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The Walking Dead tops Metacritic for 2012

Wednesday, 2nd January 2013 02:29 GMT By Brenna Hillier

TellTale’s The Walking Dead adventure series has earned top nods from Metacritic in 2012.

The narrative-driven horror collected an average critical rating of 95 on Xbox 360 to win “game of the year” from the aggregate site.

It joins 2011 alumnus Batman: Arkham City, with 96 on PlayStation 3; Super Mario Galaxy 2, which won 2010 with 97 on Wii; 2009′s Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, a PS3 exclusive of 96; and Grand Theft Auto IV, the winner of 2008 with 98, again on PS3.

Metacritic 2012: By Platform
The PlayStation 3′s overall Metascore was 70.3, with 204 releases. It produced six games ranked 90 or higher and 6 exclusives ranked 75 and higher. Journey was its top exclusive with 92.

The Xbox 360 managed a Metascore of 69.5 with 243 games. It produced seven games of 90 or higher and eight exclusives of 75 or higher. Trials Evolution was the top exclusive performer with a score of 90.

The Wii and Wii U were considered together, and collectively netted an average of 68.3 over 53 games. Only one game ranked 90 or above – Wii exclusive Xenoblade Chronicles – but six exclusives managed 75 or more.

Critical cooling
Metacritic noted that fewer 2012 releases took very high average scores in 2012 than in previous years.

“Just 14 console games – and 18 products overall, including PC and handheld (non-iOS) titles -scored 90 or higher in 2012. Those figures represent a huge drop from the previous year, when 23 console titles (and 32 games overall) met or exceeded the 90 mark,” a blog post pointed out.

“In fact, since we started publishing these year-end reports in 2009, we have never encountered such a low total number of great games in a single year.”

Lower critical enthusiasm may be partially attributed to fatigue caused by the most extended console lifecycle in the industry’s history. The eighteen games which did score a Metacritic average of 90 or more are listed below.

Of these, a couple are repeat entries. Mass Effect 3′s PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases both made it, as did Far Cry 3′s. Mark of the Ninja snuck in on both PC and Xbox 360. Microsoft, EA and 2K had three entries each; Ubisoft had two.

    Metacritic 2012: average of 90+

  1. The Walking Dead: The Game – Xbox 360 – 95
  2. Persona 4 Golden – Vita – 94
  3. Mass Effect 3 – PS3 – 93
  4. Mass Effect 3 – Xbox 360 – 93
  5. Journey PS3 – Sony – 92
  6. Xenoblade Chronicles – Wii – 92
  7. Dishonored – PC – 91
  8. Mark of the Ninja – PC – 91
  9. Borderlands 2 – PS3 – 91
  10. Far Cry 3 – PS3 – 91
  11. Far Cry 3 – Xbox 360 – 90
  12. Trials Evolution – Xbox 360 – 90
  13. Okami HD – PS3 – 90
  14. Mark of the Ninja – Xbox 360 – 90
  15. FIFA Soccer 13 – Xbox 360 – 90
  16. Guild Wars 2 – PC – 90
  17. NBA 2K13 – PS3 – 90
  18. XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Xbox 360 – 90

A list of the best and worst games for each platform is available in pages following the main post.

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14 Comments

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  1. G1GAHURTZ

    It’s official.

    360 has better exclusives than PS3.

    /leaves

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dragon246

    The comparison between 3ds and vita just shows that despite comprehensively beating 3ds in terms of games, it just doesn’t have the sales. Also it shows how ignorant the “vita has no gaemz” comments are. Also,first comment is uninformed flamebait.
    leaves

    #2 2 years ago
  3. roadkill

    What!? Better than Borderland 2, Dishonored and even Guild Wars 2!? It’s official Metacritic is seriously flawed.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Edo

    Yep,metacritic sadly dictates the industry,also is it just me or shouldn’t PC be considered as platform?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Jerykk

    Metacritic should account for the number of reviews and not just the scores. The PC version of any given game typically has significantly less reviews than the Xbox or PS3 versions, so any negative reviews have a far greater impact on the average score. In truth, the PC version of almost any multiplatform game is the best and should logically have the highest score. Of course, it doesn’t help that most sites just copy and paste their reviews for multiplatform games and give every version the same score unless one is egregiously worse than the others.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Kabby

    The Walking Dead being announced as best game 2012 all over the place shows what a state the industry is in.

    I’m not saying The Walking Dead is a ‘bad’ game but it’s a game for a specific audience. An audience of casual players who would rather watch an interactive comic than play a real game.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dragon246

    @6,
    What is a real game?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Kabby

    I suspected someone would ask this and then try and twist my comment based on my response. There is room for all forms of entertainment under the gaming umbrella. Maybe ‘real game’ was too harsh of a phrase.

    What I am highlighting is that when ‘best of 2012′ is an unoriginal point and click adventure you know things are are not quite right.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dragon246

    @8,
    Arent all FPSes and RPGs and *insert game genre here* unoriginal and samey too?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Kabby

    They are and it re-enforces my point to some degree. If a point and click game, based on someone else’s creative work, was THE BEST the industry could offer what does it say about the rest of last years games?

    Perhaps it says that they did not excel in many areas and/or the audience knows no better.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    Personally I think whats stifling the industry, are close-minded types, who throw around the term ‘casual gamer’ & ‘real game’, whilst at the same time moaning that nothing new is tried.

    Besides whats wrong with point & click?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @8 If there is room for all forms of entertainment under the gaming umbrella, then by your own logic The Walking Dead is just as valid as a genre anything else.

    I will be the first to admit that the big budget, mainstream market has been an utterly depressing vacuum of crap this year, but your issue here seems to be with the genre of the game itself, and it sounds to me like you have absolutely no desire to understand the reasons why other people appreciate the game. You’re simply dismissing it and unwilling to acknowledge any validity to the opinions on the other side of the fence.

    If I’m wrong, and you honestly want to hear it, feel free to say so, and I’ll try my best to try and explain why I think people appreciate the game as much as they do.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    Well deserved, moving on.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. ZeGerman1942

    Metacritic is not to blame for the fact that The Walking Dead is on top above all other games people think that are better.

    Metacritic does not care about genre, budget or style – it can be an indy game or a 100 million dollar franchise game.

    That’s the point. All metacritic does is compile all the reviews – it’s a pure statistics tracking page. That’s why it is so popular with game publishers.

    Metacritic is not saying that The Walking Dead is the game of the year, it’s just stating that on average, it received the best reviews. If you look at the numbers you will see that The Walking Dead has gotten 9 reviews and Mass Effect 3 on Xbox has gotten 74 reviews. So the 2 titles don’t compare at all. But statistically speaking TWD has gotten a higher average score.

    #14 2 years ago