Metacritic Names PS3 Best Platform of 2009

Banner Year for Sony as Playstation 3 Wins Platform of Year, Uncharted 2 Grabs Game of Year

Metacritic delivered their Game of the Year Awards earlier this week and included a new category, “Platform of the Year”, which Sony’s Playstation 3 won.

The award for console of the year was determined by averaging the review scores given to all the titles released on each platform.

Aided by Metacritic “Game of the Year” award winner, Uncharted 2 as well as many other strong entries such as Braid for the PSN and the God of War collection, the PS3 beat out the PC, which finished second, and the Xbox 360, which finished in third, followed by the PSP, the DS, and in last place, the Wii.

Metacritic noted that the PS3 console “showed the best overall game quality for the year.” In addition they noted that, “Among other factors, five of the 10 highest-scoring games in 2009 (for any platform) were PS3 titles,” while noting that the “Xbox 360 finished with the highest number of positively-reviewed titles (88 games receiving a metascore of 75 or higher).”

The Metacritic rankings factored in the average metascore (review score aggregated by Metacritic) and the number of “great” titles, those achieving a 90% rating or higher. While the PC platform finished with the average median metascore of 72.5 versus the PS3’s 72.0, it had 7 great titles as opposed to the PS3’s overwhelming ten.

The PS3 also tied Sony’s PSP platform for the smallest number of bad titles, with only 7% of games released on each platform reaching abysmal levels of quality, while the Xbox 360 (11%) and Wii (13%) finished in 5th and 6th place, respectively, in terms of percentage of bad reviews.

Uncharted 2 won Metacritic's Game of the Year Award and helped the PS3 claim Platform of the Year honors

Uncharted 2 won Metacritic's Game of the Year Award and helped the PS3 claim Platform of the Year honors

The Wii had a particularly bad year, which Metacritic addressed, saying that, “Nintendo’s Wii had the largest total number of releases (a whopping 362, or almost one per day)” and that “the Wii platform had a poor year in terms of game quality, with critics liking just 28% of games released for the platform.”
Although this is the first year that Metacritic has officially had a platform power ranking, they acknowledged that trends have changed this year as “Sony’s
Playstation 3 console has edged out Microsoft’s once-dominant Xbox 360.”

They also addressed the migration of many AAA titles to 2010 as a result of the stiff competition laid out by Modern Warfare 2 and Halo: ODST. Typically, the holiday season sees a huge swath of AAA titles released to the market for holiday shoppers. But, because of the enormity of both Modern Warfare 2’s and Halo: ODST’s releases, may game publishers decided to push their releases back in order to have a better chance at securing a large portion of the game market. Modern Warfare 2 sold a whopping 6 million-plus copies in North America alone in November, and ODST enjoyed huge successes as well.

The only AAA titles to directly compete with Halo: ODST and Modern Warfare 2 were Left4Dead 2 and Assassin’s Creed II, both of which were released on the same day, seeing similar sales numbers nearing 1 million copies in November. Assassin’s Creed II and Modern Warfare 2 were multi-platform releases while Left4Dead 2 was released for the PC and Xbox 360 and Halo: ODST was an Xbox 360 exclusive.

Metacritic is a long-standing rankings aggregator that compiles data from reputable entertainment magazines and websites to provide accurate assessment’s of games, movies, music, and more.

The results of Metacritic’s year-long polling can be found below.

Platform Breakdown, 2009
Platform # Titles # Great Median Metascore % Good % Mixed % Bad
1 Playstation 3 228 10 72.0 43% 50% 7%
2 PC Games 306 7 72.5 43% 49% 9%
3 Xbox 360 279 7 70.0 35% 55% 11%
4 PSP 125 1 69.0 36% 57% 7%
5 Nintendo DS 329 3 69.0 27% 62% 10%
6 Wii 362 1 67.0 28% 59% 13%

The table reflects scores for all games in Metacritic’s database released between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009. All Metascore data is from December 7, 2009. The # Great indicates the number of games released during the year with a Metascore of 90 or higher. The % Good reflects the percentage of games receiving a Metascore of 75 or higher (indicating positive reviews). % Mixed shows the percentage receiving a Metascore of 50-74 (indicating mixed or middling reviews), while % Bad includes games receiving a Metascore below 50 (indicating negative reviews). Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding. Games with fewer than 4 reviews are not scored and are not included in the percentage or median calculations above.