There are few things that generate buzz in the gaming industry more than review scores, with one other great example being arguments over brand loyalty. So what better way to spend the end of a busy week, than to sit down with a nice cup of tea and a big list of video game publishers ranked by the review scores of everything they published in 2022? Thanks, Metacritic.
Yes, the review score aggregating giant has once again come out swinging with a definitive, science-based list of which video game publishers were “best” in 2022 based on specific formulae involving review scores and whether each published title landed in its “good” or “bad” fields. This year’s ranking, admittedly, held a few surprises for me, mostly because I tend to forget just how much stuff some companies are responsible for. First though, the all-important metrics on how Metacritic actually puts these lists together:
Metacritic ranks publishers from worst to best on this list based on a points system, calculated according to the following four factors:
(1) Average Metascore for all games released in 2022 150 possible points (awarded at 1.5 x the average Metascore)
(2) % of scored products with good reviews (Metascore of at least 75) 100 possible points (ex: 80% good = 80 points)
(3) % of scored products with bad reviews (49 or lower; in this case, a lower % is better) 100 possible points (ex: 20% bad = 80 points)
(4) Number of “great” titles (Metascore of 90 or higher, min. 7 reviews) Awarded as 5 bonus points for each distinct title with a 90+ score
And with that squared away, here’s who came out on top and who bottomed out. There are some pretty unsurprising rankings, with Sony Computer Entertainment taking out the top spot, and Nintendo trailing not far behind at #12. It’s great to see quite a few indie publishers up there with Annapurna, Humble and Devolver all cracking the top 10. It’s definitely clear quality over quantity is important to post well in this list, with companies like Plaion and Ubisoft scoring poorly, and not even the mighty Elden Ring with its mighty 96 Metascore able to push Bandai Namco into the top 20.