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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

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Fonzo
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 2:54:55 PM
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This is great news for Sony and there more to see next year just wait :)

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556pineapple
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 2:57:18 PM
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Metacritic puts Time to shame. Well, at least with video games.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 2:57:20 PM
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Let me mention stuff that's not Gran Turismo 5 or God of War III

Heck, let me not mention Heavy Rain

I'll go ahead and mention
-Modnation Racing
-The Last Guardian
-White Knight Chronicles
-Resistance 3
-LittleBigPlanet
-The Secret game*****

But hey, I guess chatting on the phone(360) is actually more important than gaming

Interesting concept (which a lot of xbots seem to run their mouths 'bout even if they don't realize it). "OMG I GOT FRIENDDS THERE, IT'S SO AWESOME!"

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mexgeo86
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:08:39 PM

add in MAG

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Reccaman18
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:19:53 PM

mexgeo, MAG releases this year. I think he's referring to next years releases.

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mexgeo86
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:25:53 PM

I thought MAG was set for January 2010

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Gregory Freeman
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:46:12 PM

it is releasing in jan... i dunno what he's talking about :S

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Reccaman18
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:01:11 PM

My bad, I guess the date changed. I had heard before it was set for the end of this year...

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Jian2069
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 5:26:04 PM

"But hey, I guess chatting on the phone(360) is actually more important than gaming

Interesting concept (which a lot of xbots seem to run their mouths 'bout even if they don't realize it). "OMG I GOT FRIENDDS THERE, IT'S SO AWESOME!""

lmao because friends on games are a bad thing.
im not one to defend xbots but uh... fail?

I would love to have the cross-game chat and stuff that they have.

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RustEDalex
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 5:21:37 PM

I thought Ben said the secret game he knows about was going to be revealed closed to the end of the year hmmm.. maybe tomorrow at the VGA. saw the commercial and it said some big announcements.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 2:58:41 PM
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ben you forgot to mention heavy rain next year. that game's going to be crazy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:05:43 PM

I didn't forget. I want it to do great in the review scores, but I know for a fact that due to the unique style and what some may perceive as a lack of gameplay (i.e., all the QTEs), some critics won't like it.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:18:15 PM

i know it's going to be good. indigo prophecy is one of the best games i've played so i know heavy rain will top that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:52:14 PM

I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm telling you what's going to happen.

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ace_boon_coon
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 7:15:25 PM

no i know you're not disagreeing with me. i heard you speak highly about this game many times.

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NoSmokingBandit
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:02:15 PM
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Thanks to next March i dont think Sony has anything to worry about losing #1 for a long time.

Im confused by the pc chart though. 43% good, 49% mixed, and 9% bad. I guess pc gaming is awesome enough to warrant 101% game ratings, lol.

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Hezzron
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:03:15 PM
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The PS3 is the platform of this generation.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:22:35 PM

The PS3 is its own generation.

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Juanalf
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 8:09:15 PM

Maybe the games should start selling like games of the generation.

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Qubex
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 11:08:21 PM

LOL World, it surely is mate!

Q!

"i am home"

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Jawknee
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:08:28 PM
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Duh!

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Fonzo
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:11:45 PM
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I can still remember when I got my baby in 2006 she was big and heavy but I knew that she was going to make me proud LOL

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Reccaman18
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:18:15 PM
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Im sure the PS3's momentum will continue through the end of 2010. With the likes of God of War and Gran Turismo, the PS3 should catch the competition fairly quickly in terms of total sales.

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superben1990
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:18:33 PM
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PS3 FTW!!!! glad i stuck with since day 1!

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Oxvial
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:31:18 PM
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Yakuza 3-4 > all 360 exclusives.

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:32:18 PM
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No surprise its Platform of the year, did anyone else honestly think it wouldn't be?

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bOnEs
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 3:40:22 PM
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after the year they just had, it would be crazy to see another system win it... my money's on them winning 2010 as well... 2011?? well, we just don't know yet...

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BlackBriar
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:00:28 PM
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Hell Yea! This is just the beginning just wait for 2010......

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coverton341
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:20:15 PM
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Dare we now say that 2009 actually was the year of the Playstation3?

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Alienange
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:33:30 PM
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Bah ! Xbox can't even hold on to its multiplats. Other than week one, MW2 has been selling more on PS3 than Xbox. No exclusives, lower multiplat sales. What do they have left?

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FxTales
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:36:50 PM
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I've never once regretted getting my ps3 and I don't think most people here do. However the wii sill fascinates my parents.

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FatherSun
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:50:34 PM
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It was inevitable. The only way I could see it go otherwise would have been very suspicious to me. PS3 isn now begining to be the well oiled machine that it has always been meant to be. Although I have always said that the major slip by SONY was the seemingly oblivious stance that it took when the PS3 launched. They changed the way they marketed the product from a tried and true form to an experimental ad campaign. Yes we have the most advanced machine but not everyone knew that at the time. Alas, those times are behind us. And I am proud to own a full BC launch PS3 and the new addition to the family. What I like to call the STEALTH model PS3. (You heard it here first!!!) Slimmer. Quieter. More efficient. 2010. The Year we make Contact!

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I C E_COLD
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 4:53:26 PM
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Oh man ! Sony is just getting started, God of war 3 will kill the competition next year!

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FatherSun
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 5:07:12 PM
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Associated Prees publishes a top ten video games list as well. Uncharted 2 @ #1!

Wrong Post. But still relative.

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Danny007
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:04:11 PM
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Well deserved

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:20:19 PM
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Really 360 came out with more games? cuz the last time I checked for this year it had almost no games.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 12/10/2009 6:20:39 PM

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calculator
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 6:43:42 PM
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How many exclusive games is the 360 getting next year?
Like, 3?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 7:08:59 PM
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Sony keep releasing some AAA exclusive game while Microsoft will just scream how good Natal is next year.

Get out Microsoft, you're ruining the market and if you're not interested in making us gamers happy you might as well leave the gaming industry.

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Highlander
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 10:11:33 PM
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It's all about the games was the reprise of Microsfties for the first two years of the PS3s life, well it was when they weren't blasting it's price. However, if you ever looked at the Metacritic stats, you could see an interesting picture developing.

I'm glad to see that Metacritic is now makeing this 'official'. For at least the last 18 months, probably longer, the PS3 has had more excellent games in it's library than either 360 or Wii - proportionally. Wii has always been quite dire actually. Also if you look at the frequency distribution of scores on each platform, the curves are interesting. PS3 tends to have more scores towards the top of the range and Wii tends the other way, 360 is the middle of the pack. So PS3 has proportionally more excellent, very good, and good games than Wii and 360. 360 does do better than the Wii, but apart from it's decent number of excellent games, there is also a lot of very average dross.

The fun thing is that Metacritic is neither right or wrong, it's just numbers. It's a metascore which is actually pretty reliable at pointing out good games versus crap ones. So, it's hard to argue with Metacritic, because there is little to no spin, it's just numbers.

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Banky A
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 10:13:34 PM
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We are the champions, my friend.

PS3 owns the first half of 2010 as well! There may be surprises in the last half though..

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Jed
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 10:15:05 PM
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this makes me happy

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OtisFeelgood
Thursday, December 10, 2009 @ 11:56:47 PM
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"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."

Quality over Quantity my friend.

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___________
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 12:03:46 AM
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must of been a bloody slow year then.
sorry, could not resist.

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 2:57:16 AM
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Close encounters of a "3" kind...
PS"3" kind, that is!!!!!!

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OriginalSin
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 5:30:19 AM
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I'm just really really happy to be a PS3 owner. All the way with NO regrets.

Just good to see some people give it the respect it deserves.

The other day I was on this Facebook group called "Video Games" ( Sorry Ben I know you are not a Facebook fan and so on) But still interesting enough I checked it out to see what it's all about...

OH MY GOD.... What a bunch of losers. First of all the are 99% xbots... and it was entertaining for like 20 sec until it became frustrating... The I just became completely p*ssed off all together.

I didn't even bother commenting on one single thing because it would have been a complete waste all together.

It's just strange leaving PSX and going elsewhere to see how blinded the majority of people out there can be.

I mean I am not bashing the Xbox it just didn't have anything I couldn't live without. GEARS being the only one I really wanted but I wasn't going to buy a console for 1 game.

Okay there has been more games that that. Like Bioshock, Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising and so on but most of them became Multilpat or will with the next entry into the series... But I guess you get my point.

Anyway I just read through the comments and true as F*** there are people there saying that FFXIII is going to be better on the Xbox and I quote "....hands down..." And some even believing that is now an Xbox Exclusive and that Sony lost their rights to it and it will never be on a Playstation console again.

Then there is still this whole " the PS3 doesn't have any games...." I mean come on where have they been in a f***** box at bottom of the ocean? Oh and Halo ODST or whatever is better than Killzone..... Y&&*^&%%$$#%$%^%&*(&^%$#@

I'm not hating on M$ or trying to suck Sony's Balls.... I just find that idiocy is a plague. And it is all over the place. That's why I think the PS3 will take forever to catch up to the Xbox purely because there seem to be so many miss informed people and simply put IDIOTS out there. I know it is getting better for Sony but still looking at that group on there it is obvious that it will take a while to break through barriers of their "perfect" little worlds.

Either that or they are just completely jealous of what we actually have and denial seems to be their best defense. I don't know.

Anyway... It just nice to see that Sony is getting some respect out there. especially after "Time" already gave MW2 the GOTY award... Do you guys think if we set some sheep on fire and send them over a cliff they will follow? Sure F***** hope so.

Once again not saying MW2 is bad just saying it doesn't deserve GOTY.

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just2skillf00l
Friday, December 11, 2009 @ 5:42:29 AM
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Quite inevitable I propose. LOL. The Rise of the PS3 will lead to the Demise of the 360.

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BikerSaint
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 1:31:17 AM
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MS is the cause of the 360's demise.

The PS3 is just helping by giving the 360 that one little extra push it needs

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airhead190
Saturday, December 12, 2009 @ 9:37:50 PM
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i honestly believe 67% percent of people who own an XBOX are retarded. I argue with a kid every single day in homeroom and he still believes the 360 has better games.
the only reason people have the 360 is it WAS cheaper therefore more people have been playing it. hopefully everyone gets a PS3 for christmas and they will see how ignorant they have been

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Lex Luthor
Sunday, December 20, 2009 @ 4:13:14 PM
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We need KREATE to fight the xbots over that forum!

Anyway, good to see my favorite console is on the right track once again

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