Metacritic data suggests 2012 was worse for gaming than 2011
I've heard that 2012 was a bit of a bummer year for gaming, with reports of people buying fewer games than ever before. And while there were plenty of good games, the year, it turns out, also wasn't great on a critical level.
This week, review aggregator Metacritic released its annual recap of the top-scoring games of the past year, and this time it's a doozy. 2012 turned out to be the lowest year for top games in recent years, with only 18 console, PC, and handheld games earning a 90+ review average. By comparison, 2011 resulted in over 30 games reaching that mark.
Despite reaching all-time lows, the report reveals 2012 was a strong year on the downloadable front. This year the highest score went to the retail compilation of Telltale Games' episodic The Walking Dead, while games like Journey, Mark of the Ninja, and Trials Evolution ranked high in 2012's top 18.
In the platform-exclusive categories, digital titles continued to have a strong presence. The top PlayStation 3 games, for instance, were all downloadable exclusives (Journey, Dyad, The Unfinished Swan, and Retro/Grade), while Trials Evolution and Fez took the tops spots in the Xbox 360 category. The same was said of the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita, both of which had two digital games rank in the top five of their categories.
Check out Metacritic via the source link below for all the best and worst that 2012 had to offer.
A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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