2013 saw fewest number of 90+ games on Metacritic in Xbox 360 and PS3 lifespan

GTA 5 trumps all competition, and Sony edges ahead of Microsoft in overall average Metascore for the year.

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Review aggregator Metacritic has said 2013 saw the lowest number of home console titles to get a Metascore of 90 or above since the introduction of the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3, with only seven individual games making the list.

Bringing in PC, mobile, and handheld titles boosts the list of 90+ games to 12. The highest scoring game of 2013 year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, Grand Theft Auto V--which has notched up a Metascore of 97 across Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, making it the highest scoring game on the site since 2010.

Sony's number crunchers will likely be delighted to hear that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 beat their counterparts the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in the average Metascore, with PS3 releases notching up an average Metascore of 70.1 and PS4 bringing in 73.4.

Xbox One titles, on the other hand, sit with an average of 67.7, and the year’s Xbox 360 titles come in with an average of 66.9.

While the PC’s average Metascore was at 69.1, the platform saw the highest amount of exclusive games--a whopping 45 in total--that aggregated at 75 or higher. The platform with the second highest was the PlayStation 3, with eight.

The Wii U, with Metacritic tracking 53 games released in 2013, received an average Metascore of 72.6. Over on the handhelds, the 3DS average was 69.1, slightly behind the Vita's 71.6.

Joining Grand Theft Auto V in the list of games that scored a 90 or higher in 2013 were The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, Super Mario 3D World, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Rayman Legends, Fez, Flower, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD, Spelunky, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, and Dota 2.

You can read the full report over on Metacritic, which is owned by GameSpot parent company CBS Interactive.

Discussion

427 comments
meatz666
meatz666

We had a few good games, but compared to 2011 and 2012, 2013 was pretty weak. I put the blame on the launch of next gen. Why invest in new games for an old platform with a new one coming?

sakaixx
sakaixx

pc had exclusives ? lol I play on pc and didn't even notice those exclusives shit

tightwad34
tightwad34

WTF? Who cares. It's all based on someone's opinion. Doesn't mean a damn thing. Seriously seems like they are really stretching for "news".

dmastor
dmastor

Because Gamespot and game informer always give low scores 

Auth
Auth

I love Metacritic. Majority of the time the AVERAGE user score coincides with my take on the game. Of course you have  the 1 or 2 games a year the community has a vendetta on but beside those anomalies, its fine. User scores, indie youtube reviewers and simple gaming Blogs i weigh more than websites like gamespot,  and ign with their  "scratch my  back you scratch mine" scores. 

hystavito
hystavito

I pretty much never look at Metacritic, I had no idea it was owned by CBS.

wyan_
wyan_

what a joke that flower is relisted...

deathstream
deathstream

Several Xbox One versions of higher rated games don't have 4 listed reviews and thus no Metacritic score (AC IV. BF4, Lego Marvel).  That makes it an apples to bananas comparison that exists solely for its flamebait properties.


XB1 dragged down by that and Ubisoft's Fighter Within.  PS4 propped by Flower and other ports of old games.


Trollbait sucks!

bouchart
bouchart

Interesting.


Is there any way to get raw data from Metacritic regarding individual titles, their year of release, their platform and their Metacritic score?  Like something dumped into an Excel file?  I think it would be fun to play around with.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

The Xbox overall metascores are being pulled down by all the shitty Kinect games that nobody wants or likes.

gamerno66666
gamerno66666

 "While the PC’s average Metascore was at 69.1, the platform saw the highest amount of exclusive games--a whopping 45 in total--that aggregated at 75 or higher"  Whoa 45 games?  well i want the list of those games.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

"While the PC’s average Metascore was at 69.1"

That's why they beg for games on internet, pc beggars race!!!

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

2013 was decent, but far from the best year for games. Especially the terrible fate of older franchises dragged it down. And to be quite honest, GTA 5 didn't even tickle my fancy.

zerofrust
zerofrust

You cannot put new wine in old bottles...

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Should I buy Forza on the way home? Or DR3?

KBABZ
KBABZ

@AuthUser scores are useful right up until people give MW3 a 1/10 across the board.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@bouchart maybe guest db access, that would be cool. You could make your own master search or something

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@gamerno66666 Rome 2, Civilization 5, Gone Home, Stanley Parable, Company of Heroes 2, Day Z, Outlast, errr I forget the rest.

pyro1245
pyro1245

@gamerno66666 they're mostly indie/puzzle/strategy/platforming and dota2, path of exile, SC2 expansion 

zerofrust
zerofrust

@gamingnerd121  

"GTA 5 didn't even tickle my fancy" you shouldn't have said that...your life is now forfeit to FAN(ATIC)(S)

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

@finalkainSatan, known by his new name of obama, usually is responsible for all the evil in the world.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@Grenadeh Dead Rising 3 is fantastic! I put a good 25 hours into it, then kinda ran out of stuff to do. I can't really speak for Forza, as that isn't my type of game (Burnout and Need for Speed is where it's at!)

sakaixx
sakaixx

@Grenadeh @sakaixx just saying that I thought those pc exclusives was also released on consoles.

zerofrust
zerofrust

@perceptive_yoda @finalkain 

Baraka means "blessing" in Arabic,Islam involved?...I smell a conspiracy in MK making!!!

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@RicanV @Grenadeh NEVAH! Instead I bought Dust: An Elysian Tale, Gone Home, Far Cry 3, The Bridge, Abyssal City, and that's it. Couldn't bring myself to buy Natural Selection 2 or TWD Season 2 or a lot of other stuff I want, might pick up Civ 5.

demondogx
demondogx

@FAIL_TR0LL@GrenadehGood to hear that there are some good games on the new platforms, i dident get the xbone jet as its not available in my country till q1/2 2014, and im not even sure if i want to with all the microtransactians and other demotivating bullox.

meatz666
meatz666

@sakaixx Yeah, every gamer knows that consoles have Civilization, LoL, Total War, Starcraft 2, Dota2, etc... Follow Mr. @Grenadeh suggestion, please.

SolidSnakeJT
SolidSnakeJT

@xcollector@Diegoctba@FAIL_TR0LLOh please...if you were just slightly educated on games you would know why they release day1 patch, and it has nothing to do with quality tests or screwing us or wathever.

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

@Diegoctba @FAIL_TR0LL 


I am sure Bestheda's motto is somewhere on those lines when making skyrim and fallout.


"QUANTITY OVER QUALITY, THE IDIOTS WILL FINISH THE GAME FOR US"

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

@FAIL_TR0LL@Diegoctba

It's good to produce games for pcs because you don't need to pay for quality tests, the modders do the work for free.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@gamingnerd121 @zerofrust I wasn't too enamored with it tbh. It was cool while the story lasted but it's not even fun to go around killing everything like it used to be - especially not with the jet or attack heli. It's like they put in everything missing from GTA4 and made this giant awesome world, but it just was too late.