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How good is the average Xbox 360 game?

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Electronic Entertainment Design and Research has teamed up with Edge magazine to do some research into the gaming market and the trends that follow it.

First up is a nice and simple chart showing how good the average Xbox 360 game is… so if your better half is planning on surprising you for your birthday you may want to plant some seeds as only 13% of Xbox 360 games rate 85% or higher over at Metacritic.

Even worse is that 38% are 65 or lower, or in other words 38% are virtually unplayable…

Which leaves 51% (100-13-38) of games being stuck firmly in the average range… Mind you we rated GTA IV on the PC and HAWX in that category and both of those games are worth the cost of entry.

Source: Edge

Last Updated: March 18, 2009


  1. ewie

    March 18, 2009 at 15:39

    So what they say is 48 games is games you need to buy when
    they release. Or more than 1 a month.


  2. Syph1n

    March 18, 2009 at 17:04

    gotta love statistics.. PLEASE PLEASE do the same thing with the wii……..PLEASE


  3. Fudzy

    March 18, 2009 at 17:20

    Check this:




    Looking at games that got over 80%

    Wii has 43 titles out of 374

    PS3 has 94 titles out of 302

    Xbox360 has 136 out of 585

    Looks like the PS3 is win there.


  4. UrbanCr33p

    March 18, 2009 at 20:24

    I suppose it depends on how you look at it. Yes, a higher percentage of PS3 games got over 80% than the percentage of Xbox 360 games, which in turn had a higher percentage of games over 80% than Wii games.

    But, in the end, I don’t it has much to do with the ratio or percentage of games that scored over 80%. Instead, it has to do with the number of games that scored over 80%. In other words, the Xbox 360 has 42 games more than PS3, which scored over 80%. The PS3, in turn, has 51 more games than the Wii, which scored over 80%.

    So, yes … the PS3 does win in terms of percentage. But Xbox 360 gamers have 42 more good games to choose from than the PS3, and 93 more than the Wii. So maybe, based on your stats, it’s rather Xbox 360 that wins.


  5. Fudzy

    March 18, 2009 at 22:20

    Good point! I didn’t actually look at the figures themselves, just the percentage. If you’re up to it, find out what sort of breakdown there is in terms of exclusives, that should be interesting.


  6. baba

    March 19, 2009 at 08:10

    It is a valid point you’re raising, but look at it like this:

    If you spend money on 5 games for PS3 and Xbox TODAY, you’ll get roughly 2 good games on the PS3 and 1 good game on the 360. You aren’t going to find many of the older good games in the shops anyway.


  7. janrik

    March 19, 2009 at 08:18

    Care to lay out the logic of that statement for me?

    I can go into almost any shop and pick up 5 90% + 360 games.


  8. SlippyMadFrog

    March 19, 2009 at 08:30


    Off the top of my head -> GTAIV, Orange Box, Halo 3, Gears 2, Bioshock.


  9. UrbanCr33p

    March 19, 2009 at 13:34

    As far as I can see looking at the exclusives on MetaCritic, it seems to have the similar trends. I think that the thing that skews the stats a bit is the fact that there are a lot more games on Xbox 360 than PS3.

    Based on the MetaCritic scores (excluding XBLA and PSN, and excluding DLC content and add-ons), and only looking at exclusive titles (based on whether MetaCritic lists scores for other platforms or not), this is what I mean…

    PS3 has got 56 exclusive titles, of which around 19% got scores over 85%. Xbox 360 has got 191 exclusive titles, of which around 8% got scores over 85%. 8% sounds a lot worse than 19%, but this is a skewed stat due to the weight of the 191 games vs 56 games.

    In order to fairly compare these, one should take 56 of the best Xbox 360 titles so that one has the same proportions. Doing this, one then sees that around 27% of the 56 top Xbox exclusive titles have scores over 85%, while only 19% of the top 56 PS3 exclusives scored over 85%.


  10. WitWolfyZa

    March 19, 2009 at 14:11

    Well saying theres more games that are more crap on Xbox 360 is just plain dumb. Its just game designers that pushing out finished products , or hyping up a game that wasnt worth it at the end of the day


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