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.