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EA Ranked Top Publisher in 2012, Says Metacritic
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EA was the most critically acclaimed major games publisher in the world last year, according to stats compiled by Metacritic.

The score aggregation site has sifted through its database to rank all of last year’s big publishers (those that shipped 15 or more unique titles), to come up with some interesting results.

EA’s average metascore was 75.2, across 74 total products and 37 unique releases on PC, PlayStation and Microsoft platforms. Of those games, Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360 performed strongest with a metascore of 93, while the 360 version of FIFA 13 scored 90.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted, SSX and Kingdoms of Amalur also performed well, with Medal of Honor: Warfighter scoring the lowest of all EA’s games with just 53 on Xbox 360.

Below EA is Microsoft Studios, last year’s winner, which released 42 unique titles with an average metascore of 73.0. The outfit’s most critically celebrated release was the PC version of Mark of the Ninja, coming in at 91. Its worst title, by this metric, was the XBLA release Bloodforge.

Meanwhile, Forza Horizon and Halo 4 scored well, with 85 and 87 respectively.

Sony came in at third, with 45 unique titles and a 72.3 average metascore. Of these, PSN effort Journey hit biggest, racking up a 92 metascore. Vita releases Sound Shapes and Gravity Rush also performed well. Start the Party! Save the World, meanwhile, let the side down with a piddling metascore of 50.

Interestingly, the PS3 scored higher on average than the Vita, with metascores of 72.8 and 72.1 respectively.

[via Metacritic]


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Comment #1 by PG_MaxPayne
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 08:58:44 AM
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Hmm...must not have taken into account customer service or all their lovely DLC and server closure policies...

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Comment #2 by iBlaise
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:00:39 AM
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Absolute blasphemy.

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Comment #3 by cheevo360
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:01:14 AM
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EA hurtful on modern Medal of Honor series. Bring back MoH into World War I or II FPS. That is Medal of Honor is about. EA is silly.

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Comment #4 by Crimson Ridley
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:01:22 AM
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EA have a score of 0.01% based on every review by every actual gamer.

Now that's a score I can trust!

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Comment #5 by RedstoneFanatic
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:01:46 AM
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They're still crap, but the thing is, they control and fund (with their immensely deep pockets) so many games and game companies and recurring series, that despite their bullshit moves they pull, they still make a load of money from people that either don't know or don't care about EA's actions in general.

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Comment #6 by Slayinfool
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:04:47 AM
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What happens when you buy everyone out.....

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Comment #7 by Slayinfool
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:06:09 AM
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They cornered the sports industry, and buy as many companies as they can.. I'm not impressed EA..

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Comment #8 by Smash41
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:07:25 AM
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"If you throw enough crap, some sticks!"

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Comment #9 by GR1FFv93
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:19:00 AM
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EA produce usually decent games so it's no surprise really, it's a shame their business model is so flawed. All they care about is money rather than their consumer which is frustrating.

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Comment #10 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:24:52 AM
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Fuck off, EA are the most greedy bastards, put out endless DLC, which costs a fortune, shut down servers all the time, insist on all games having multiplayer/co-op, so this bullshit.

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Comment #11 by calbur
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:26:27 AM
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EA Console next?

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Comment #12 by lifetimegamer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:26:27 AM
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Makes sense. Sure its fun to hate on EA but most of their games are at least solid, not amazing, but around that 7-8/10 mark. I can't remember the last time I have played an EA game and completely hated it.

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Comment #13 by ModernSith2010
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:36:52 AM
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@12 Need For Speed The Run, Need For Speed Pro Street, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, Need For Speed Most Wanted(2012), Army Of Two, Medal Of Honor, Medal Of Honor Warfighter, Def Jam, Icon, all terrible games.

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Comment #14 by H2O
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:41:03 AM
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"Mass Effect 3 on Xbox 360 performed strongest with a metascore of 93"?

Yeah, and a user score of 5.4 out of 10.

Good job EA ;)

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Comment #15 by lifetimegamer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:42:58 AM
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Lol, ok I'd forgotten about those older NFS games :P For what its worth I really enjoyed Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.

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Comment #16 by TheWeasel
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:56:18 AM
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it seems that there deep pocket do more than just buy up developing companies, they even buy reviews now lol
it seem very odd how the most hated game publishing company is also the highest rated publisher.
the thing that makes them so bad are online passes, microtransactions, their servers (and each title has to use there servers), constent closing of server, no support for the titles they publish, they won't fix broken/glitched achievement because they don't care once they have your money, their sports games are getting worse each year because in most cases you pay more for a title chaged game since they usually don't really change the game enough to justify the money they charge, the changes could probably be done in a dlc of about 200mb instead of a full disc. i could go on and on about how bad they are but there really is not anything good to say about EA.

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Comment #17 by acourchaine
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:12:29 AM
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Fuck you ea

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Comment #18 by sho91
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:28:41 AM
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Mass spamming of great-piss poor games doesn't count EA, same goes for the other 2,most of these rating companies are paid to rate..

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Comment #19 by EMP
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:36:37 AM
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Fuck Ea. Over the last years I have lost a lot of respect for them. Now it's all about QUANTITY and not QUALITY!

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Comment #20 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:53:17 AM
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So this basically translates to EA wining-and-dining more of the reviewers tallied by metacritic than MS or Sony.

That doesn't say a whole lot, really.

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Comment #21 by ThePumpkinKing
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 10:57:27 AM
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Anti-EA haters are funny. I personally love EA as a publisher.

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Comment #22 by ginge88isfun
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:16:43 AM
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Never trusted Metacritic, and this proves why.

EA make some good games but with constent server closures, probmatic DLC and general server issues its obvious that this score was bought.

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Comment #23 by Rageba
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:49:43 AM
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Metacritic are bull is like when Guinness said that Black Ops had the best ending in video game history (Whatever) Treasure Island Dizzy on the Spectrum had a better ending then that

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Comment #24 by edgecrusherhalo
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 11:56:50 AM
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further proof that the video game industry like pretty much everything else is going to turn into the way things were in that movie idiocracy. with the way we are going, that movie is a vision of the future.

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Comment #25 by Ghosty McGoo
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:03:25 PM
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They're also the Number 1 most hated company in the United States.

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Comment #26 by coomzy
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:31:09 PM
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EA must have paid a lot to fix these results. I hope that closing down all those servers was worth it

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Comment #27 by Pakhair
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 12:45:34 PM
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No doubt EA publishesmakes some great games but what I and millions others hate are their business practices. e.g

Server Shutdowns
Day 1 DLC
Online Passes
Cheap DLCs
Everything should be boiled down to grab more audience
Every game should have DLC
Every game should have multiplayer

And a few others and that's why I hate them with an extreme passion

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Comment #28 by strawberry
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 02:26:11 PM
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Sad, because their games mostly suck shit.

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Comment #29 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 03:38:38 PM
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The only important stats are the user scores.

Not some hyped up junkies that claim to be reviewers.

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Comment #30 by Sanchezz4387
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:03:36 PM
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Its capitalism at its worst. What happened with the banks will happen to the gaming industry, greed and gross profit at all costs will undo gaming and then publishers and developers wont be able to give games away, if these rumours about the new xbox have any truth behind it the begining of the end will comence at the end of this year

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Comment #31 by Brightside
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:14:44 PM
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Comment #32 by Mrryan12
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 04:59:43 PM
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Oh no they didn't!

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Comment #33 by Mizusaru
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 06:03:23 PM
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Yeah EA publish a lot of good games but they are still a bunch of money hungry gits who want to stop pre-owned games just so they can earn more even more money, but then again Microsoft are hardly saints in that regard either.

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Comment #34 by SmarmySmurf
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 06:28:35 PM
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That's not much of an accomplishment when EA in particular has been known to buy reviews (directly and indirectly).

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Comment #35 by ADTR TOM
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:10:32 PM
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I don't think have of you know the difference between a publisher and a developer...

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Comment #36 by ADTR TOM
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 09:12:30 PM
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half* Stupid android auto-correct

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Comment #37 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Thursday, February 07, 2013 @ 06:10:32 AM
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Army of two and battlefield bad company 2 were amazing games! Only reason ppl hate on army of two was because the glitched DLC in TFD. Before that everyone loved the game, including me. But other than that EA has been a huge fail of a company..

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Comment #38 by Knaussenheimer
Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 08:23:15 PM
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EA is the best. I can agree with that my two favourite game of this year: fifa and mas effect 3 were both EA.

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