Best Reviewed Games Publishers of 2018 Revealed - Success for Capcom and EA

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Feb 4, 2019 4:59 PM
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Metacritic has posted its official publisher rankings for 2018, detailing the most consistent and prolific games publishers in the world. In order to squeeze onto this list, a publisher had to publish 12 or more games within 2018, while a separate list handles publishers who released between 5-11.

And it seems Capcom is back with a bang. Not only was Monster Hunter World the bestselling Capcom game ever released; it was also Capcom's highest-scoring game of the year. Capcom published 14 different games in 2018, achieving an average Metascore of 79.3%, which ain’t bad going at all.

In the last two years, Capcom has dragged itself from the mire and re-established itself as one of the strongest publishers in gaming. Other titles include Mega Man X Legacy Collections, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary, Mega Man 11, Okami HD, and DMC HD. Things look even hotter in 2019 for Capcom as well. Resident Evil 2 Remake has arrived with a bang, Devil May Cry  5 is right around the corner, and I’m sure Capcom will announce Dino Crisis 4 any moment now, won’t you Capcom?

Overall, it was another great year for Japanese publishers. Sega pushed up to second spot thanks to Two Point Hospital and Sonic Mania Plus, while  Nintendo slipped a couple of spots but still managed fourth thanks to Smash Bros. EA is back after a year out having not released enough games to qualify as a large publisher in 2017.

Okay, so here’s how the rest of the list shakes out. Metacritic has used some odd algorithm to calculate the ranks but we’ve just adjusted a few positions to purely account for Metascore. Quality is surely always better than quantity when it comes to game releases.

Ranking of Major Game Publishers in 2018

 

Rank

Publisher

Average Score

Best Game

Best New IP

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Capcom

79.3

Monster Hunter World

N/A

2

Sega

78.5

Sonic Mania Plus

Two Point Hospital

3

Electronic Arts

77.5

FIFA 19

A Way Out

4

Nintendo

76.4

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Octopath Traveler

5

Ubisoft

73.7

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Transference

6

Sony

71.8

God of War

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

7

Bandai Namco

71.8

Dragon Ball FighterZ

11-11: Memories Retold

8

Square Enix

71

Nier Automata - Become as Gods

Octahedron

9

Digerati Distribution

69.9

Omega Strike

Omega Strike

10

Focus Home Interactive

69.8

The Council

The Council

11

NIS America

69.5

Disgaea 1 Complete

The Longest Five Minutes

12

Plug In Digital

69.4

Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Deluxier Edition

Impulsion

13

THQ Nordic

64.4

Wreckfest 

Wreckfest

 

Ranking of Mid-Size Game Publishers in 2018

And here we have the best of the rest, the so-called 'Mid-Size' game publishers which includes the likes of Activision Blizzard, Take-Two and Microsoft. This list is comprised of publishers which have released more than four games and fewer than 12, which is why we see a trio of absolute giants dominate the ranks. Paradox Interactive puts up a damned good fight though and is arguably the highest-ranking genuinely mid-size game publisher.

Rank

Publisher

Average Score

1

Activision Blizzard

77.4

2

Take-Two Interactive

77

3

Microsoft

76.6

4

Paradox Interactive

75.2

5

Devolver Digital

75.2

6

505 Games

74.1

7

Team 17

73.8

8

Warner Bros

73.3

9

Aksys Games

72.7

10

Curve Digital

72.4

11

Bethesda Softworks

71.4

12

Zen Studios

71.4

13

Adult Swim

70.2

14

Koei Tecmo

69.9

15

Konami

69.5

16

Arc System Works

69.2

17

Flyhigh Works

68.6

18

Milestone

68.3

19

Headup Games

66.4

20

Microids

66.2

21

1C Entertainment

66.2

22

tinyBuild

66

23

Good Shepherd

65.4

24

Wales Interactive

62.8

25

Qubic Games

60.5

26

XSEED/Marvelous

60.1

27

Ratalaika Games

56.7

So, do you think this list of publishers have earned their reviews? Or do you think some different publishers should be occupying the top slots? Let us know below!

Which are your three favourite publishers?

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08:50 Feb-05-2019

How in gods earth did EA rank above Nintendo, NINTENDO?! especially after all the negative press they have gotten, and FIFA19 is their best game? that just shows how shallow and uninspiring they are.

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09:19 Feb-05-2019

tbf it wasn't a massively strong year from Nintendo. Okay but not fantastic. But yeah, surprised to see EA up there, I didn't think they'd even released 12 games. I found FIFA and BFV fantastic though so... not totally begrudging it.

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21:26 Feb-04-2019

to be honest, getting an overall 55 or 60 score isn't that great, that means your game barely managed to get "mixed" on something like Steam.

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21:53 Feb-04-2019

I've noticed that people think that everything below 75 is bad, which is strange really... 50 should be average/middle quality, a good, but mediocre game, since it's in the middle of the ranking, above 50 should be above average. But it seems that the moment a game has less than 75% or 70% best case people think it's bad... O_O

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22:23 Feb-04-2019

unless it's like school grading system, like 50% is 2/5, 65% 3/5, 80% 4/5 and 90% 5/5. Basically if below 50% it's not an acceptable grade. And in this case something between 3 and 4 (closer to 4) is average (so basically 75%).

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09:21 Feb-05-2019

Depends where you go to school. Here in the UK you can get an A in some tests for getting like 50% if it's a particularly difficult test. There's no fixed score to hit, they break it down into the percentages that hit each score. At least that's how they did it 15 years ago

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12:35 Feb-05-2019

@Cistamlaka
Yeah, they grade us like that here too, 50% to pass(3/6, 2 is a failure, no idea why it starts from 2), 63% for 4/6, 75-76% for 5/6 and 87% and above for 6/6. I personally prefer the almost linear 18% per point system, obviously, it's easier, but it also makes more sense to me. You know where 33-36% is needed to pass(3/6 or in your case 2/5) then every 18% you get another point, so at 54% it's 4/6, 72% is 5/6 and 90% and above it's 6/6.


@Jon, we've had some similar tests, but instead the passing requirement is lower, while on some tests here, if they don't feel like letting us pass, you start from 100% and they take percentages off your score for mistakes, instead of giving you score for correct answers. And this way every 8% is a point lower, and at 75% or lower you fail.

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22:41 Feb-04-2019

I believe there was push from industry for reviewers to give higher scores, so it became norm where anything below 50 is garbage, below 60 is bad, below 70 is ok-ish, below 80 is ok, then above 80 is great, above 90 is GOTY material. Not really sure exactly what happened,...

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22:42 Feb-04-2019

... but as scoring shifted to where blow 50 barely exists for the worst of the worst, so did public perception. I know I was either reading about it or listening about it somewhere. But I can't remember where. Similar thing happened to movie industry, where ok-ish stuff usually are more than 5.0.

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11:11 Feb-05-2019

Even if 50 is average, should a "top list" have average publishers in it? That just shows that more and more games are mediocre, and only a few stand out..

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11:32 Feb-05-2019

It's not really a top list, it's a complete list of publishers with 12 or more titles scored on Metacritic with the best at the top and the worst at the bottom

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11:34 Feb-05-2019

And my counterpoint being that 4 more publishers averaged above 69/100 than they did last year, indicating an actual increase in quality

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12:38 Feb-05-2019

I'm not saying they should be a top list, but that people should consider games with lower scores than 75%, there have been some 60% games that I've enjoyed and found worth the money and time, not that they were a masterpiece or anything, just solid, average games. They should be lower in the bucket list, but still in the bucker list.

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21:07 Feb-04-2019

Hey, Capcom deserves it. Monster Hunter World was my favorite game of 2018 and I'm looking forward to the expansion later this year.

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21:46 Feb-04-2019

100% agree. I've played Monster Hunter World for about 220 hours so far and still play it. It's a fantastic game. The expansion due out this year will be awesome and Geralt is coming soon too. Hope Yennefer makes an appearance ;-)

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18:39 Feb-04-2019

I had fun with monster hunter world. Took a brake right now since i dont have anybody to play with and the grind started getting to me.

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18:22 Feb-04-2019

Who the fu** is voting for EA???

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21:28 Feb-04-2019

EA employees.

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23:54 Feb-04-2019

EA didnt even try their best game is fifa lol.

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18:16 Feb-04-2019

How can you vote take two with the amount of ridiculous micro transactions they force into the games they publish. Look at NBA 2K19 and Red Dead 2.

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18:29 Feb-04-2019

Well people like micro-transactions after all... I mean here on GD most people(including me) don't, but GD is a very tiny minority, same with Youtube, but it's a lot bigger, still small though, while casual users and young gamers think them to be the norm and don't think they are a negative thing sadly, young gamers especially who most-likely started gaming when micro-transactions were standard already and have no idea how games were before.

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18:51 Feb-04-2019

The worst case is country like mine, where smartphones are the first entry to the internet, is also first entry to gaming world filled already with these mtx ridden games. Honestly everywhere I see, people waste almost 200-400$ on those junk with more than 6 gb ram and mediocre mediatek processors, and pay for mtx ....

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18:52 Feb-04-2019

....games makes me sick. Now among the remaining ones who have experienced games, have done using laptops with intel HD graphics and then complain that those laptops are useless. Even among desktop ones, people put in cheap gt610/ 210 or 710 and go around bragging they have "nVidia" graphics card.

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17:53 Feb-04-2019

I really don't wanna give it to Capcom for how they treated the PC players, but in the end MHW is just amazing. Been a fan of the series for ages now and I'm so happy that it's finally gotten so big in the west!
Just hope that for the next game they won't delay the PC version in favour of the consoles, with Iceborn coming late again though, my hopes aren't up high. Exclusivity deals are a curse.

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17:52 Feb-04-2019

Capcom had some real bangers: Yakuza kiwami, Fist of the north star: lost paradise, ONIMUSHA: WARLORDS REMASTER. Also capcom has not quite gone down microtransaction path but the new devil may cry 5 has me worried.

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19:55 Feb-04-2019

Yakuza kiwami and Fist of the north star are from SEGA, not Capcom.

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07:59 Feb-05-2019

sorry my bad :/

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17:26 Feb-04-2019

God of war is below those other copy/pasted wastes of space??
wow...

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17:44 Feb-04-2019

Sequels usually aren't copy paste and monster hunter world's game design is different to previous games in the series too, not just GoW 2018. Monster Hunter World is to previous Monster Hunter games what God of War 2018 is to previous God of War games, a big change, even if I'd say neither are the best in their series(or at least IMO, both have excellent series and both are excellent games), they are very different.

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