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Metacritic’s Best Games of 2009 |

Though 2009 is almost over with, there aren’t any big titles coming out between now and January 1st. Metacritic has decided to do it’s Best Games of 2009 awards, based off of the scores made by all the major publications. First thing to look at is their platform breakdown. I’ll work down the line from first place to last.

PlayStation 3 had a total of 228 games released, 10 of which received “Great” reviews (meaning they had a Metacritic score of 90 or higher). The median score was 72. 43% of the titles has “Good” reviews (75 or higher), with 50% “Mixed” and 7% “Bad”.

Second place went to the PC. The PC has a total of 306 games released since the beginning of the year, of which only 7 were rated “Great”. It did have a higher median score of 72.5, which is slightly higher than the PS3’s, but it still only had 43% of it’s games rate “Good”, while 49% of the games got “Mixed” reviews and 9% got “Bad” ratings.

Third place went to the XBox 360, which got a total of 279 titles released. Only 7 of those were ranked “Great” as well, but it had a median score of 70, with only 35% of the titles receiving “Good” reviews. 55% of titles got “Mixed” reviews and and 11% received “Bad” reviews. This is a big difference from the PlayStation 3, but there are 3 more platforms to go through.

In fourth place, we have the PSP. The PSP had a total of 125 titles released, of which, only 1 actually got a “Great” review. The median score for the platform hit 69, with 36% of the titles getting “Good” reviews. “Mixed” reviews hit 57% while “Bad” reviews made up 7% of all titles.

The last two go to the current Nintendo platforms. First up is the DS, which got 5th place. The platform got a total of 329 titles, 3 of which got “Great” scores. It, too, had a median score of 69, but only 27% of all titles got “Good” reviews. As for “Mixed” and “Bad” reviews, it received 62% and 10% respectively.

And, finally, last place goes to the Wii, which had a total of 362 games released since January 1st. Of the 362 titles, only 1 received a “Great” review. THe median score for the platform hit a 67, with only 28% of the games to get “Good” scores. 59% of the titles got “Mixed” reviews, while 13% received “Bad” reviews.

Looking back at those numbers, it’s quite obvious the PlayStation 3 had a strong software lineup for the year, despite having less titles available than most of the other platforms, which means you’ll be more likely to come across more good titles on PS3 than any other platform. Whats even more surprising is the fact both the PSP and PS3 had the lowest percentage of “Bad” scores as well, whereas the 360 and Wii had the highest percentages of bad Metacritic scores.

There’s more to this, so be sure to continue reading.

Up next we have the Best-Reviewed games (all platforms). To make it easier, I put it in list form:

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves – 96 // PS3
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 94 // PS3
  3. Street Fighter IV – 94 // PS3
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – 94 // XBox 360
  5. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – 93 // Nintendo DS
  6. Braid – 93 // PS3
  7. Street Fighter IV – 93 // XBox 360
  8. God of War Collection – 92 // PS3
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum – 92 // XBox 360
  10. Forza Motorsport 3 – 92 // XBox 360

Not surprising, Uncharted 2 received the highest Metacritic score out of all the games listed. What is surprising, though, is that Modern Warfare 2 on the PS3 ranked higher than the 360 version. It’s most likely because one platform received more reviews than another, but if the 360 were to have more reviews, then a lot of them would have to score at or lower than 94.

Metacritic also posted their top 40 titles for each platform as well. Since we already know the PS3’s we’ll go ahead and go through the other platform’s number 1 titles. First up is the xbox 360, whose number one title is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Their first exclusive title to rank the highest is actually Forza Motorsport 3, which hit the number 4 spot.

The highest rated Wii game, which was the only one to attain a “Great” review was Metroid Prime Trilogy, a Wii compilation of the Game Cube titles, which received a Metacritic score of 91. Surprisingly, the PC’s highest rated game goes to Street Fighter IV, which received a lower Metacritic score than its 360 and PS3 counterparts at 91 (whereas the latter two got 94). In fact, the only PC-only title I see to hit the list first is number 6’s Empire: Total War.

As far as the PSP and DS go, both platforms’ number one highest rated titles is Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, with the DS version having a slight edge over the PSP version (93 vs 91). LittleBiPlanet on the PSP was close behind it at 88 and taking the number 2 spot.

Now to get back to the PS3, here are the top ten games for our platform:

  1. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves // 96
  2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 // 94
  3. Street Fighter IV // 94
  4. Braid // 93
  5. God of War Collection // 92
  6. Assassin’s Creed II // 92
  7. FIFA Soccer 10 // 91
  8. Killzone 2 // 91
  9. Batman: Arkham Asylum // 91
  10. MLB 09: The Show // 90

As you can see, the top 10, as shown above, all have “Great” reviews. Out of these 10, 4 of them are exclusive to the PlayStation 3. Another popular exclusive, Demon’s Souls, missed the top 10 spot at number 12, receiving a Metacritic score of 89, which is still very good, so if you’re into RPGs, you might want to check it out, if you haven’t already!

If you would like to see the top 40 for all platforms, head on over to Metacritic, for more in depth analysis of each platform as well.

  • vw


    November 2009 Hardware Sales:

    PlayStation 2 203.1K
    PlayStation 3 710.4K
    PSP 293.9K
    Xbox 360 819.5K
    Wii 1.26M
    Nintendo DS 1.70M
    November 2009 Software Sales (Top 10):

    CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2* (360) |Nov-09| 4.20M
    CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2* (PS3) |Nov-09| 1.87M
    NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. WII (WII) |Nov-09| 1.39M
    ASSASSIN’S CREED II (360) |Nov-09| 794.7K
    LEFT 4 DEAD 2 (360) |Nov-09| 744.0K
    WII SPORTS RESORT* (WII) |Jul-09| 720.2K
    WII FIT PLUS* (WII) |Oct-09| 679.0K
    ASSASSIN’S CREED II (PS3) |Nov-09| 448.4K
    DRAGON AGE: ORIGINS* (360) |Nov-09| 362.1K
    MARIO KART W/ WHEEL (WII) |Apr-08| 315.0K

  • JimmyMagnum

    I don’t think the hardware numbers are right. Worldwide, though, Sony would definitely beat out the 360. They might even potentially beat out the Wii because the Wii isn’t nearly as popular as the PS3 is in Japan now.

    MW2 is no surprise, because everyone seems to think its a 360 exclusive. The install base for the 360 is much larger than the PS3s, so it doesnt surprise me that multiplatform games get more sales on there.

    That still doesn’t mean anything, though, seeing as the PS3 still had the best games overall this year. 4 of it’s top 10 rated games were exclusive to the console, and all top ten games got a score of at least 90, which can’t be said for any other platform.

  • Eddie

    Wii is ahead of the PS3 by 74k YTD right now in Japan.

  • vw

    I apologize. My last post was a little bit snarky. Im still peeved about my bluray drive going out after a firmware upgrade.

  • matt

    MW2 runs much better on the 360. Frame rate is on average 12 fps faster on the 360. That may of had something to do with it too. The problem with online for PS3 at launch definitely didn’t help either.

    I need to pick up Uncharted and Uncharted 2. That is the one series I need to find time for. Playing catch up with games sucks. The only good thing is good prices!

  • Michael

    I find it interesting that what is basically a PS2 game sits so high in the list. Considering how old it is it still holds up well against many of the latest releases.

  • panchoaventuras

    The stats that vw puts here prove a point. People don’t necessarily but the top rated games, but the ones they can play on their console good or bad.

  • panchoaventuras