Metacritic: PS4 Wins Against Xbox One Thanks to High Quality Indies, Microsoft Wins on AAA Exclusives

Metacritic: PS4 Wins Against Xbox One Thanks to High Quality Indies, Microsoft Wins on AAA Exclusives

The Xbox One finally releases at midnight, and the review embargo on most launch games for both Microsoft’s new console and the PS4 is no more. It’s time to do some math and see who, between the two first parties battling for next generation supremacy, got the best results on what ultimately matters the most: the games.

Below you can see Metacritic results for all the games that had scores available, divided by exclusives, multiplatforms and indies or comparatively small download-only games:


 PS4 Exclusives

  • Knack: 56
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall: 73

Average: 64

PS4 Multiplatform

  • FIFA 14: 88
  • Battlefield 4: 87
  • NBA 2K14: 85
  • Need for Speed: Rivals: 84
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag: 82
  • Madden NFL 25: 78
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts: 78
  • Skylander Swap Force: 85
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition: 77
  • NBA Live 14: 45
  • Warframe: 74
  • Blacklight: Retribution: 70

Average: 78

PS4 Indie

  • Resogun: 83
  • Contrast: 64
  • Flower: 92
  • Sound Shapes: 85
  • Super Motherload: 73
  • Trine 2: complete Story: 85
  • Pinball Arcade: 90

Average: 82

Overall PS4 Average : 78


Xbox One Exclusives

  • Ryse: Son of Rome: 61
  • Forza Motorsport 5: 82
  • Dead Rising 3: 78
  • Killer Instinct: 73
  • Zoo Tycoon: 70

Average: 72

Xbox One Multiplatform

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts: 78
  • Need for Speed: Rivals 80
  • Slylanders: Swap Force: 70
  • FIFA 14: 85
  • NBA 2K14: 88
  • Madden NFL 25: 77


Xbox One Indie

  • Crimson Dragon: 55
  • Powerstar Golf: 68
  • LocoCycle: 48

Average: 57

Overall Xbox One Average: 72

From the list above we see that Xbox One wins quite clearly on “big” exclusives, even if no camp can really celebrate much in that field, since neither launch line-up has been received too enthusiastically by the critics.

On the other hand the supremacy of the PS4 in the indie field is overwhelming, and that’s what truly tips the scale of the overall average in favor of Sony’s console, with some very high quality indie titles that outperformed basically every exclusive out there.

Multiplatforms are almost even, but to be fair NBA Live 14‘s abysmal score weighs pretty heavily in disfavor of Sony’s console, while it doesn’t have any score at all for Xbox One.

Of course sales are a completely different pair of sleeves, and this list is more of a reference for your perusal than anything else. Ultimately, review scores matter only up to a point, and what you personally enjoy is what really matters.