PlayStation 3 Is Metacritic's Platform Of The Year
Most will agree that 2009 has been a darn good year for the PlayStation 3, and when looking at the overall average reception of its software, it becomes clear that Sony is on a tear.
For the first time ever, Metacritic issued their "Game Platform Power Rankings," a little competition that will be an annual event from here on out. The chart involved uses the site's all-encompassing tool that averages out all significant review scores, and it tells us which platform had the strongest year. Well, according to this year's findings, the PS3 tops the list, with an average score of 72% for all games and only 7% of the games falling in the "bad" category. Five of the ten highest-scored titles of the year were on the PS3 and the best reviewed game, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, is exclusive to Sony's machine. The PS3 also had ten titles listed as "Great," the only platform to break the double-digit barrier (the Xbox 360 and PC and 7 apiece), and the Wii - despite releasing seven gajillion games - ended up with only an average software score of 67%, one "Great" game, and 13% ending up "badly." Yeah, well, I've been saying that for a long time but perhaps people will understand numbers better. It's also interesting to note that the PS3 had less games released, 228, than the Xbox 360 at 279, and yet, there were still more "Great" titles in the PS3's lineup. Ratios are important, people.
And what are we looking for next year? Well, if we had to guess, we'd say God of War III and Gran Turismo 5 both have good shots of becoming the best-reviewed games of the year, and of course, Final Fantasy XIII will have a say, too. Of those three, two are PS3 exclusives and the third, as it was initially designed for Sony's console, should be better played on the PS3. So perhaps the PS3 can go for two in a row in 2010...
12/10/2009 2:38:12 PM Ben Dutka