According to Metacritic, Microsoft has published the Best Games of 2021
It may be March, but we can take a moment and think back on the 2021 game releases. There were many good games released in 2021, from the elegant shooter Deathloop (our reviews here) to Ratchet & Clank, Rift Apart, GAMINGbible’s game of the year. It was an excellent year for gaming, no matter what happened in the real world.
Which games publisher was the best? This is likely a matter of opinion. Metacritic has released its 12th Annual Game Publisher Rankings. One company stands out from the rest. It’s Microsoft.
The points-based ranking is calculated using the Metacritic scores for each publisher’s 2021 releases. The basic principle is that the higher their games are, the higher they rank on the list. Simple stuff. It’s easy to see why Microsoft was able to climb up the ranks, scoring an average score of 87.4, thanks in large part to their many highly-received games.
Which games were the key to this deal? Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2 and Microsoft Flight Simulator (the Xbox Series X version) were three games that scored 90 or more. They also had an incredible collection of titles that didn’ttreach the 90+ Metacritic score. This included Halo infinite with its modest (but still very high) score of 87.
Metacritic noted that this was the first time a company has achieved an average score above 85 in the twelve years they have been running the ranking. Its safe to say that it was well-deserved. Sony Interactive Entertainment was crowned runner-up. They had an average score of 81.3. It’ssstill impressive but not enough to beat the greener, leaner competition.
EA made a huge comeback in the 2020 rankings. They were not even in the top 20 last year. But this year they are comfortably in the top 10.
It’sstoo early to predict who the winner of this year’sscompetition could be. But, there is no doubt that Sony has a great start with Gran Turismo 8. We will just have to wait and see what happens the rest of this year.