The System with the Highest Average Metacritic Score is …

on December 23, 2011 5:00 PM

With an average review score of 69.5 (that’s almost a C-minus!), the PlayStation 3 had the highest average Metacritic score of the three big consoles in 2011. The Xbox 360 came in a close second with an average score of 68.9 per game and the Wii … well, Nintendo’s little white box sat at a 62.2. If this were Console Success 101, at least they all passed, right?

The Metacritic report really drives home how much focus has been placed on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in Kyoto. Despite its robust roster of IP, Nintendo didn’t seem to do much with it on the Wii this year; the system had fewer high-scoring exclusives than either the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

It looks like the inability to snag multi-platform releases really hurt the Wii this year, with games like Batman: Arkham City, Skyrim and Portal 2 giving the 360 and PS3 a sizeable leg-up.

It appears flagship franchises were in high order for all three console-makers this year; Zelda, Gears of War and Uncharted were the three highest-scoring series for Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony. But it seems like Sony had the best result in terms of critical acclaim here. Twelve of the PS3’s releases this year scored a 90 or higher.

Nintendo’s DS and 3DS and Sony’s PSP got their own list, with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Pokemon White and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together taking the top spots for those consoles. PC games were in a league of their own, apparently, with Portal 2 being the most critically-acclaimed title for that platform.

When you think about it for two seconds, 2011 was a pretty solid year for our beloved pastime. And don’t fret: our own Game of the Year list is forthcoming. Man, all this talk of awesome games makes me want to … wait, when did my PlayStation 3 turn itself on?

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.