Capcom, Sega and EA top major publisher review score chart on Metacritic

Capcom, Sega and EA top major publisher review score chart on Metacritic

Review aggregation site Metacritic has once again given us a look at which publishers saw the best scores for the year.

In the major publishers rank - featuring companies with 12 or more releases - Capcom was the top dog with an average score of 79.3, rising four places from 2017.

The firm's highest performing release was Monster Hunter World, which came in at 90 for its Xbox One launch, while the Switch edition of the Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 was its worst scoring with an aggregated score of just 60.

Meanwhile, Sega rose one place to No.2 with a score of 78.5, and EA charted in third position.

The lowest ranking major publisher was none other than THQ Nordic, which saw an average of 64.4. Its highest performing project was the PC edition of Wreckfest, which had an aggregated score of 81. However, its worst scoring release was the Xbox One SKU of Agony which managed an average of, um, 34. The up-and-coming European publishing powerhouse is growing and still finding its feet to a degree so no doubt we'll see Lars Wingefors firm higher up the charts in the coming years.

Over in the mid-size publisher charts - featuring firms that launched between five and 11 titles in 2018 - Activision Blizzard scored the top spot with an average Metascore of 77.4, an increase of 1.7 year-on-year. Sweden's Paradox Interactive came in second with a respectable 75.2 score, but that is a dip of 5.4 points since 2017. Third place went to Italian mid-tier firm 505, with an average Metascore of 74.1.

Last year, Fallout and Elder Scrolls maker Bethesda took the major publisher top spot

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