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Nintendo is officially the best video game publisher

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Metacritic. You either love them or hate them but in the end it really doesn’t matter as scoring games and having someone aggregate those scores is never going to go away.

So what happens when Metacritic takes all the aggregates it calculated for the year and groups them by publisher? Well you get to work out who the very best publisher… according to professional videogame critics at least.

And as the headline has already given away, 2014’s winner is Nintendo with an average score of 76.5% for the games they released over the year.

However what is truly depressing is that no other publisher was able to get an aggregate score of over 75%. EA, despite a larger percentage, came in third because it released fewer positively reviewed games. It does highlight the one thing Nintendo’s fans keep saying; they may keep using the same intellectual properties, but very nearly every single game the company releases is polished up, shiny gold.

  1. 1. Nintendo – 76.5%
  2. 2. Ubisoft – 74.1%
  3. 3. EA Games – 74.5%
  4. 4. Sony – 72.5%
  5. 5. Square Enix – 71.7%

And if that wasn’t depressing enough Microsoft (68.9%), Bandai Namco (68%) and Activision Blizzard (67.1%) didn’t even get a B average.

When we look at the smaller publishers things start looking a little better with 4 companies getting over 75%

  1. 1. Telltale Games – 79.7%
  2. 2. Paradox Interactive – 77.7%
  3. 3. Capcom – 76.9%
  4. 4. Take-Two Interactive – 75.7%

You may be wondering why Capcom and Take-Two are considered smaller? Well they only published 7 games each last year and they are simply being measured on total titles released. Not cost of titles.

You can view all the details of the awards and calculations right here

So let us know what you think! Ubisoft getting second isn’t something I expected after all the abuse they received last year – but I’m not at all surprised by Nintendo’s number one spot.

Last Updated: January 28, 2015

41 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    January 28, 2015 at 08:36

    Oh come on! Really? WE NO SHIP CHARGER and silly OOBI getting top marks?

    Ok, I can get Nintendo, but OOBI? Ag nee demmit man.

    Poefie service getting rewarded not only in South Africa it seems, when has it become acceptable to perform this way? The world is ruled by muppets

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    • Ghost In The Rift

      January 28, 2015 at 08:39

      Cuz oobie helps Meta with the day 1 patches…XD

      Reply

    • Tosh MA

      January 28, 2015 at 08:41

      Ubisoft released a few really good games. Remember, this award is given based on average review scores for the year, not whether or not they included chargers or needed to patch stuff constantly.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        January 28, 2015 at 09:44

        I know, but still dude

        Reply

  2. Ghost In The Rift

    January 28, 2015 at 08:36

    so i take it no Rockstar the list? Well it was 1 game, but the best darn game i enjoy’d right after making Liara blush:-P

    Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      January 28, 2015 at 08:39

      Take 2 = Rockstar.

      Reply

      • Ghost In The Rift

        January 28, 2015 at 08:42

        I’m ashamed:(

        Reply

        • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

          January 28, 2015 at 09:00

          You should be. Go sit in the shame corner!

          Reply

  3. Pieter Kruger

    January 28, 2015 at 08:38

    Whahahaha, bhwahahahaha, teehehehehe, Metacritic…..

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      January 28, 2015 at 08:47

      Huh?

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        January 28, 2015 at 08:57

        0_O

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          January 28, 2015 at 08:57

          Why’s he laughing.

          Reply

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 28, 2015 at 09:00

            Coz metacritic is kak

          • Hammersteyn

            January 28, 2015 at 09:03

            It’s just reviews they collected from sites like this and they published the average scores each received. Or did you have someone else picked for Bandai Namco Games spot?

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 28, 2015 at 09:06

            No. I just enjoy hating metacritic. It’s a flaw

          • Tosh MA

            January 28, 2015 at 09:08

            One of many, we know. 😛

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 28, 2015 at 09:09

            One of 7 😛

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 28, 2015 at 09:17

            Its no fun anymore now that you are making fun of yourself. I must insist that you STAHP that right now! ;P

          • Tosh MA

            January 28, 2015 at 09:32

            I know I shouldn’t have helped take the joy out of that, but that’s why MA – Mission Accomplished. 🙂

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 28, 2015 at 09:34

            My contempt for you has no boundaries now… Rage and fury! XD

          • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

            January 28, 2015 at 10:26

            but it’s so much fun?

          • Quo Vadis?

            January 28, 2015 at 10:35

            For us! It shouldn’t be for you. *sigh* the youth of today… So selfish and self centred! LOL

          • RinceThis

            January 28, 2015 at 09:10

            hahaha

          • Hammersteyn

            January 28, 2015 at 09:13

            Heh we all do.
            *Turns on console

          • RinceThis

            January 28, 2015 at 09:10

            Well, it’s HIM, of Xbox One strain? *RUNS

          • Hammersteyn

            January 28, 2015 at 09:13

            lol

  4. Hammersteyn

    January 28, 2015 at 08:41

    Ubisoft was given a lot of flack over Unity. But they did release FC4, Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, Rayman Legends and South Park: Stick of truth which was probably the best RPG during that period. Nice one Nintendo. Undoubtedly last year belonged to them on the console front.

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    • Tosh MA

      January 28, 2015 at 08:42

      Thanks for having common sense dude, this made me smile.

      Sorry guys, I do still like Ubi.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        January 28, 2015 at 08:43

        I played Black Flag in December and what an eye opener that was.

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        • Tosh MA

          January 28, 2015 at 08:43

          I still need to finish that. 🙁

          Too many bloody games. XD

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        • Ghost In The Rift

          January 28, 2015 at 08:56

          As in Bad?

          I wana buy it but don’t know if i should

          Reply

          • Hammersteyn

            January 28, 2015 at 08:57

            Buy buy buy. If you ever wanted to be a pirated with your own ship that plunders the Caribbean. So much fun

    • Mandom (Umar)

      January 28, 2015 at 08:42

      THIS THIS THIS……..I keep saying that the hate for UBI is waaaaay overblown though. They released some damn good games

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      • Hammersteyn

        January 28, 2015 at 08:43

        Watchdogs was pretty good too, yes it’s a new IP but I’m a teenie bit excited for the sequel

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        • Mandom (Umar)

          January 28, 2015 at 08:46

          Yup, overhyped but it wasn’t a bad game

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      • Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

        January 28, 2015 at 09:05

        I don’t hate the games. I hate the company’s many flawed business practices and terrible DRM 🙁

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  5. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    January 28, 2015 at 09:00

    NINTEEEENDOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

    Well done! Now maybe add some chargers and you could hit 80%. Maybe

    Reply

  6. Ryanza

    January 28, 2015 at 09:24

    • Hammersteyn

      January 28, 2015 at 09:52

      Now it’s just like the movie 1408, no escape!

      Reply

  7. hairyknees

    January 28, 2015 at 10:04

    After playing Child of Light and Valiant Hearts, I have a new soft spot for Ubisoft <3

    Also, happy Nintendo won 😛 BOOM!

    Reply

  8. Kaihaku

    January 28, 2015 at 12:38

    “Nintendo is officially the best video game publisher…” except, oh right, that Capcom of all developers (and a few others) ranks higher than them. Capcom. The article itself is pretty accurate but the headline is misleading.

    Reply

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