Metacritic’s Best Games Of 2009

Stat-hounds and fanboys rejoice! Metacritic have given us lots of numbers to look at and argue over.  It is almost the end of the year and as with many “best of year” lists they may be being a little premature but with no significant releases still to come this year, outside of a mildly anticipated title in Japan, their lists are unlikely to change*.

Making extensive use of their database’s ORDER BY clause they have produced a number of tables looking at which of the year’s titles and platforms have attracted the highest review scores.  First up, a look at which platform had the highest scoring games:


Metacritic 2009 - Platforms

It is hard to work out just how they have ordered that list.  It is not by any simple means such as the number of “Great” games (metascore over 90) by “Median Metascore” or by the platform with the smallest percentage of “Bad” titles (metascore under 50).  The PS3 has made it to the top of the list through a combination of the most “Great” games, the joint highest percentage of “Good” games (metascore over 75) and the joint lowest percentage of “Bad” games.

Best-Reviewed Games, 2009
Metacritic 2009 - Games - All PlatformsSo that’s five entries for the PS3 and four for the 360, with two exclusives for the PS3 and one for the 360 amongst them.  We do not know why the PS3 MW2 is at number 2 while the 360 version, with a seemingly identical metascore, is at number 4.  Take that up with Metacritic.  It would also seem that PC gamers forgot to check which platform they were lodging their MW2 complaints against.  Either that or many players agree with nofi.

Best-Reviewed PS3 Games, 2009
Metacritic 2009 - Games - PS3

There will be little argument against Uncharted 2 being crowned as the critics choice for best PS3 game of 2009.  Games which just missed out on making the top 10 include Demon’s Souls and BlazBlue: Calamity trigger at 12th and 13th respectively.  It is good to see a smattering of PSN titles spread throughout the top 40 including Flower, Shatter and PixelJunk Shooter.

Best-Reviewed Xbox 360 Games, 2009Metacritic 2009 - Games - 360

It has not been a great year for 360-exclusive games with only Forza scoring over 90.  Halo: ODST only managed to reach 34th in the top 40, tying on metascore with titles such as Need for Speed SHIFT and Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection.  We can expect a stronger performance next year with the hopefully more well-rounded Halo: Reach and Splinter Cell: Conviction.  As with the PS3, downloadable titles are well represented in the top 40 with TSA favourites such as Shadow Complex (13th) Trials HD (20th) and Splosion Man (25th) all making an appearance.

Best-Reviewed PSP Games, 2009
Metacritic 2009 - Games - PSPThis year’s full price PSP titles have not met with a great deal of critical success with only GTA scoring over 90.  Much better news for the new Minis range though with Tetris, Blast Off, Pinball Fantasies (13th) Fieldrunners (14th) Kahoots (18th) and Echoes (20th) all making it into the top 20.  A number of those are responsible for draining the batteries on our PSPs here at The Towers and the new ability to play them on our PS3s as well makes them ridiculously good value.

*Except for the inevitable fanboy rush to boost/cripple the user ratings for various titles.