Bethesda tops Metacritic’s 2017 rankings

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Bethesda Softworks’ 2017 games were ranked more highly than those of any other publisher, according to review-aggregation website Metacritic.

In its annual breakdown of how games publishers fared according to review scores, Metacritic has revealed that Bethesda somehow managed to push Nintendo into second place (despite the latter producing classics like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch). With games like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2 and the rebooted Prey, the Washington-based publisher had perhaps its strongest ever year.

Bethesda’s 2017 games, according to Metacritic, recorded an average score of 79.9 per cent, with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus starring with an impressive 88 per cent. Metacritic said: “The publisher increased its Metascore average by more than six points compared to its 2016 slate, thanks to a well-received new entry in the Wolfenstein franchise, a reboot of Prey, a strong Evil Within sequel, and various releases in the Elder Scrolls series. In all, 91% of the company’s 2017 products were positively reviewed—the best rate for any publisher.”

Nintendo came a close second, with a 78.0 per cent overall review score, followed by Sega, Activision-Blizzard, Capcom, Ubisoft, Sony and Square-Enix. With small percentage points separating most of those publishers, it’s safe to conclude that 2017 was a pretty vintage year for videogames, although Metacritic did highlight the fact that new IPs were quite thin on the ground. Let’s hope that 2018 can bring an even greater haul of gaming delights.