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Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us Dominate Metacritic in 2013, One PS4 Game in top 20, None for Xbox One

by on December 20, 2013 5:19 PM 17

With the end of the year drawing near, the top 20 for Metacritic scores is basically set in stone, and it’s time to give a look at what games came on top according to the critics selected by the popular (and often controversial when abused) score aggregation portal.

Here’s the compiled top 20 between all the titles published this year, that very conveniently includes all the titles that scored with a Metacritic average of 90 and over. When you don’t see a platform listed for a game, its because that particular version scored under 90.

  1. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3, Xbox 360) – 97
  2. The Last of Us (PS3) – 95
  3. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U) – 94
  4. BioShock Infinite (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – 94 (93 on Xbox 360)
  5. Metal Hear Solid: The Legacy Collection (PS) – 93
  6. DEVICE 7 (iOS) – 92
  7. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) -92
  8. Skylanders Swap Force (Wii U) – 92
  9. Flower (PS4) – 91
  10. Rayman Legends (Wii U, PS3) – 91 (90 on Xbox 360)
  11. Asphalt 8: Airborne (iOS) – 91
  12. Ridiculous Fishing – A Tale of Redemption (iOS) -91
  13. XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS) – 91
  14. Fez (PC) 91
  15. Rocksmith 2014 Edition (PC) – 91
  16. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (Wii U) – 90
  17. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (3DS) – 90
  18. Spelunky (PC) – 90
  19. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PC) – 90
  20. DOTA 2 (PC) – 90

Analyzing the chart above we can see that Grand Theft Auto V dominated with no immediate rival scoring a near-perfect 97 on both platforms. Slightly lower comes The Last of Us, that was penalized by a rather hilarious 60 by Quarter to Three and a 75 by Polygon. Third is Super Mario 3D World, that didn’t receive scores under 80, but wasn’t rated as high as the previous two in average. BioShock Infinite shares third place with Mario with its PS3 and PC version and unsurprisingly we find no scores under 80 here as well.

So far next generation titles generally failed to impress too much (which is pretty understandable considering that launch titles are almost never exceptional). Only Flower for the PS4 managed to make the top 20 and to score 90 or above, with a flattering 91, four points over the original for PS3.

No other game  for PS4 or Xbox One managed to make the top 20, with FIFA 14 getting close, but not close enough, receiving an 87 on PS4 and an 88 on Xbox One. On the other hand the Wii U had more time to mature, and fares quite well, with four games in the top 20.

Of course it’s early to observe the real results for the next generation. We’ll see most probably see them a year from now.

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  • ragingmerifes

    “Xbone has better exclusives”, they said

    • godlike1

      still has.. flower was a re-released game.. not a real ps4 exclusive.. and multi-plats dont count either…so fifa 14 means nothing for xbox one.. but compare real ps4/x1 exclusives and the x1 murders the ps4..having more big named titles..and better received/reviewed titles… the only thing the ps4 does have in its favor is a few small time no named indie titles that recieved decent reviews.. but most gamers care little for little indies..but if your a indie fan.. u can safely say the PS4 is dominating the indie scene so far..

      • ragingmerifes

        That’s not what we are seeing on Metacritic. Among the exclusives of each, Resogun is the best.

        • godlike1

          lol what ? resogun and flower are games im specifically talking about :P

          • ragingmerifes

            Try playing Resogun on a Vita/PS3 then.

      • cell989

        “flower was a re-released game” yeah because Dead Rising 3 looks next gen all the way right? its a true next gen game…..Yeah also how exactly did the xbones exclusives murdered PS4 exclusives? when they have pretty much the same scores? GT6 scored as good as Forza 5 lol and thats a PS3 game

        • Jay Arsenault

          You have to have a butthole where your brain should be if you think even scores mean the game is equally good. They base their judgement on what the game is. GT6 is current gen, and its a great current gen game. Forza 5 is next gen, and is a great next gen game. What’s better, a great current gen, or great next gen game?

      • Bankai

        All those big name titles and yet Shadow Fall is the best selling exclusive, looks to me like 1 PS4 exclusive is murdering all of the Xbones. That being the case, the PS4 has the better exclusives and you have no choice but to deal with that.

        You can try and you can try spinning it anyway you want, but the fact still remains that even with how well the Xbones exclusives were received, they’re still being stomped by Indies and Shadow Fall.

      • You are flat out wrong

        Yeah, Xbone has real quality games like Ryse, Crimson Dragon, Lococycle and Fighter Within. Tee hee hee. :D

      • datdude

        C’mon godlike…we all know Sony has the best first party developers on the planet that will produce the best games of this next generation for the ps4, much as they did for the ps3. You know how we know? The PS4 was designed to be a GAMING device, not a set top box for TV and apps. Comparing launch titles and claiming “victory” for the xbone is just plain moronic. Does anybody even remember the crap that launched the ps3 and 360? Launch games are rarely memorable. Stop your nonsense and show some discernment.

      • Mickey Jelly Goose

        X1 murders PS4?? Look at the sales, the X1 has been rape by Sony!

        FM5 is 50% of FM4, DR3 is very bad, the Kinect games …….it’s horrible! Ryse is very beautiful but very boring…… and after? Halo for save the home? Titan Fall? Superior on PC.

        With lot of studio and exclusive games, Sony will kill MS, simply.

        Low price, more power, the best politic.

  • Justin Ballard

    Metal Hear Solid: Tactical Eustachian Action

  • Suzaku Kururugi

    I see there is no “Virtual House Tour 2013″ on the list.

  • Gregory Edcius

    Hahaha lou score has nothing to do with hilarious reviews
    not everybody likes it i know it’s hard for fanboys to accept people have different tastes
    but still not everybody has to like what you like and not every review has to represent your thoughts on the game that’s why it’s an personal opinion

  • TeknoGod

    Bioshock should be over that Mario freaking game..

  • Richard Terry Clark

    Look at the “user” scores. TLOU is clearly ahead.

  • David pham

    in term of critics. GTA V might have slightly better score. But it term of Users scores. The last of us is Strongly Dominated with more than 5500 people vote and ranked at 9.1 !!! while GTA V only have 2700 people vote and ranked at 8.7 !! Also, The last of us have more GOTY Awards than GTA V !!! ( google it )
    Clearly The last of us WON !!!

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