EA tops Metacritic’s third annual publisher ranking

Wednesday, 6th February 2013 04:57 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Metacritic has published a list of games publishers ranked by their critical performance over the course of 2012.

EA came out in top spot with a metascore of 75.2 over 37 unique titles. It was the only publisher to score 75 and higher, and climbed from fourth place in 2011.

Second place holder Microsoft slipping from last year’s dominant position with 73 over 42 games.

Sony was third with 72.3 over 45 releases, refusing to give or gain any ground at all, while Nintendo came in fourth with 72.2 over 37 titles, a significant drop from its second place rank of last year.

Capcom was fifth, having failed to place last year, with 70.4 over 16 titles, and warner Bros. was next with 70.6 over 17 titles, another new entrant.

Ubisoft dipped one spot to seventh thanks to a 68.2 Metascore for 25 titles, but Konami climbed two to eighth with 69 for 16 releases.

Sega fell two places to ninth with 69.9 for 29 games, and Activision Blizzard edged up one spot to complete the top ten with 64.4 over 19 releases.

Finally, Namco Bandai was 11th, with 62.5 over 32 titles.

Metacritic also ranks publisher not considered large enough to be counted among these giants; Take-Two and Telltale were among the best-rated.

Metacritic’s methodology and the further statistics it supplies make for an interesting read.

Thanks, Destructoid.



  1. Yoshi

    Certainly an interesting look.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    It’s a shame that meta-critic isn’t more than meta-reliable. It does end up hurting a lot of developers when it shouldn’t have to, and personally I wouldn’t feel good about feeding reviews into a broken system like that.

    I think games deserve better than that.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. OlderGamer

    Easy to see has the biggest marketing/advertising budgets isn’t it?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. viralshag

    Not really… EA might not release the most original titles all the time but they do release a lot of solid titles, a few of which are their sports titles.

    Out of the big boys, they might not always have the best business methodology but I think it’s hard to argue that a lot of their games aren’t pretty damn decent.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    The thing that jumps out at me is that there’s only 15 points disparity.

    It’s really not a measure of anything. You have maybe hundreds of reviewers giving arbitrary scores on different scales, that are collected using a broken methodology, which means one guy handing a game a 5/10 will basically effect the outcome more than two guys who give it a 9/10.

    It’s a ridiculous system, and I don’t get why the press wants to play along with it. It misrepresents their reviews and their profession, it doesn’t help the readers, and I don’t think it’s fair to the games and their developers either.

    Ultimately the publishers should be smarter than to validate it too, but you can’t rely on publishers to stand up for the medium, so at the end of the day it’s really down to Metacritic being a lousy aggregator.

    #5 2 years ago

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