Take-Two, Nintendo Metacritic's top-ranked 2010 publishers

Review aggregator finds Red Dead Redemption, Super Mario Galaxy 2 makers top major labels in gaming for last year; Capcom, Microsoft, EA, Activision also in top 10.

This week, review aggregator Metacritic released its list of highest rated major publishers of 2010. The list was chosen from a field of publishers, which released 15 or more titles this year, and ranked based on four factors. A final score was tallied with a point system that considered the average Metascore of all products released in 2010, the percentage of products with good reviews (Metascore of 75 or higher), percentage of products with bad reviews (Metascore 49 or lower), and number of great titles (Metascore 90 or higher).

Red Dead Redemption helped Take-Two top Metacritic's rankings.

As a result of this process, the publisher with the top ranking was Take-Two Interactive, which had an average Metascore of 77.1. The high score was thanks to such hits as Red Dead Redemption (95 Metascore) and Sid Meier's Civilization V (90). The publisher's worst-reviewed title was Major League Baseball 2K10, which earned a Metascore of just 52.

In second place was Nintendo with a 76.1 average Metascore. Its best-reviewed title was Super Mario Galaxy 2 (97) and worst was Aquaspace (48). In third was Capcom with an average Metascore of 74.5; its top title was Super Street Fighter IV (92) and worst was Dark Void (57). Fourth place went to Microsoft (73.4 Metascore), and fifth went to Electronic Arts (72.6 Metascore).

Metacritic has more information on its top major publishers of 2010, which are listed below. Metacritic is owned by CBS Interactive, which also owns GameSpot.

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48 comments
Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Yay Nintendo! Show em what you got! If they and their games are so rotten,why are they number 2 of all publishers last year? Let the haters hate their guts out onto the floor,the numbers have spoken. Also congrats to Take-Two.Top spot = good publisher.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Nintendo & Capcom beat Activision. That's all I need to know.

DariusRW1990
DariusRW1990

I knew that Nintendo had to bring out many of some great games and everything.

Fundai
Fundai

This year was pretty good for nintendo... YAY!!!!! ;)

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

While Nintendo in many ways has succumbed to corporate culture, they still have some of the most talented video game developers in the world. And Kudos to Take-Two, I wish it was bigger (and EA and Activision smaller).

Superzone
Superzone

Nintendo had an awesome 2010.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

@isaacmj: true and I agree but I hate how many crappy sites are included that just lie sometimes. I read one review from one developer saying halo reach did nothing new to other halo's. Say what? Did they even play the game halfway through to see the space flight mission? The online firefight, the covenant in multiplayer and while armour abilities are kind of like the old equipment they were at least different (some) like jet packs. I'd trust metacritic more if they got rid of the sites no one has ever heard of that have no integrity and ruin metacritic for me.

roxomega
roxomega

If i where to pick a fav out of the big 3 its MS if I where to pick a least its Nintindo. I'd say I'd belong to Microsoft... so Kudos Nintindo you beat us fair n square. @ Glade_Gnarr I too wish someone other than nintindo made good nintindo games... its why i wish the company would drop its system making all together and go 3rd party software like SEGA

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Nintendo is by far my favorite developer, too bad they make the only wii games worth playing.

dwd_27
dwd_27

wooooo go nintendo

lowkey254
lowkey254

lol activision has an average of failure, if they were in college.

isaacmj
isaacmj

@ash162 Metacritic is very transparent with their methods. Justo go to the website and check yourself. It's just a bunch of averages from reviews.

ash162
ash162

Jeez more statistics and no idea how they compiled 'em....

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow i did not even consider the MS/Sony place in this until I saw the trolls come out in the comments below. LET IT REST.

isaacmj
isaacmj

Now. It's time for them to merge and create the most powerful juggernaut in the history of videogames. You will fail this time Mr. Bond!

Payback7
Payback7

WOOT! go nintendo!! :) Big fan of take two though :P

Payback7
Payback7

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hippiesanta
hippiesanta

sony got two great games, Ms got 1. Dont bother about bad games, just dont buy it

SloganYams
SloganYams

@Megavideogamer I agree wholeheartedly.

zzamaro
zzamaro

I think MS and Sony could have been higher if it weren't for the Kinect and Move titles.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

In 2011 Nintendo is showing that it still has the stuff regarding Publishing great videogames. You could almost state that from 1981 to 2011 Nintendo has been at or close to the top of this ranking list. Even though this list hasn't been going since 1981.. But if it had...

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

what was nintendos lowest scoring game of 2010 -flingsmash? eh oh well , but i still say nintendo should still be top because they released more then tale 2 did in 2010

ashokmeena
ashokmeena

Sony would have been a lot better if move based titles/games had been better.. I love sony for investing in great games and awesome studios..

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

This is a pretty flawed system. Sony had a great year with big hits like GoW3, Heavy Rain, GT5, etc, but the shovelware heavy Move launch dragged them down. Which is odd, as the Kinect launch was actually more shovelware packed and Microsoft had a pretty weak first party showing throughout 2010, so I don't get how this works. Too many troll reviews from places like Destructoid and Game Central skewing the numbers? Either way, this is pretty meaningless.

Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

If Bioware was a publisher, it would be number 1.

jodudeit
jodudeit

Skyward Sword and 3DS will bring Nintendo right to the top!

ahpuck
ahpuck

Square Enix-Great Games # 0. . lol.

puffadell
puffadell

this will change in 11 for sure

zenverak
zenverak

Toysoldier.. did you even play mario sportsmix. They didn't even mention the Online in the review. Nor did they mention that the game has a LOT MORE strategy than they cared to mention. If you play, you can get to much harder levels and the AI is not so stupid. Then again, I guess it takes effort to actually play a game.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Nintendo would have been first if they didn't release their low end crap games like that Mario Sports Mix.

elozl
elozl

sega should be on 13 instead of Konami xD

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

@Nintendo_Ownes7 True, but Nintendo's highest scoring game beat Take-Two's highest scoring game, albeit by only 2 points versus 4.

herodotus2006
herodotus2006

Then again, many 90's were given for games that gamer's didn't rate that highly so it is not what I would call reliable data. I'll bet if the score was based on user scores the list would look different.

Nintendo_Ownes7
Nintendo_Ownes7

@mariostar0001 I agree but Take-Two's lowest scoring game scored higher then Nintendo's lowest scoring game.

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Meh, I say Nintendo over Take Two any day. :P

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Sega was pretty low. They need more Bayonetta. As a side note they need to make her look less like Sarah Palin.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

man Ubisoft, where the freakn heck are the new ghost recon and rainbow six games?

Setho10
Setho10

Sony was hurt by weakly reviewed Move games. Other than that their year was pretty limited in terms of content. Nintendo on the other hand had a great year.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Sony only lost because of their lackluster PS Move lineup

IceJester45
IceJester45

Last year was Nintendo's best year in a long time.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I thought Sony would be higher. Maybe next year then.