Newsroom News Breaking Comics Tags
News video games 04 January 2019, 18:46

author: AlexB

Red Dead Redemption 2 mows down competition – Metacritic's 2018 best of

Metacritic has traditionally compiled lists of highest-rated games of the past year. They feature Red Dead Redemption 2 and Nintendo Switch, which boasts the highest number of titles with an average rating above 90/100.

Metacritic shared lists of the most successful games of the past twelve months, which there was quite a lot of. According to the data published by the popular website aggregating scores awarded by journalists from the around the web, between 1 January and 31 December 2018, as many as seventeen outstanding positions (those with an average score above 90/100 from at least seven reviews) were released. In 2017, there were only ten, and in 2016 – six.

Red Dead Redemption 2 mows down competition – Metacritics 2018 best of - picture #1
Arthur and Lenny have something to celebrate – Red Dead Redemption II was the best-rated game of last year.

The greatest number of the best games – nine (or eight, if you don't want to count Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 compilation) – was released on Nintendo Switch. That’s interesting, however, there was only one Switch exclusive among them – the brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, released last month. Other games that managed to get an average score of 90/100 or higher are multiplatform productions such as Undertale, Celeste or Dead Cells.

Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One got seven outstanding games last year (according to reviewers). Red Dead Redemption II was, of course, the greatest of these. The latest work of Rockstar Games can boast an average score of 97/100 on both platforms, which is the highest in the past twelve months (and identical to the Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild from 2017). As far as exclusive titles are concerned, the Sony console was owned by God of War (94/100). Things are different with Xbox One this year, since, as we know, Microsoft has departed from the tradition of releasing exclusives. However, if we consider games released only for Xbox One and PC as Microsoft exclusives, then Forza Horizon 4 (92/100) will be on the very top.

The PC is at the last place on the list of platforms with the highest number of outstanding games in 2018 – only one PC game reached an average of 90/100 (based on at least seven reviews). It was Into the Breach – an independent, turn-based strategy from Subset Games studio, i.e. creators of FTL: Faster Than Light, a game considered cult in certain circles. On the other hand, according to Metacritic data, the PC has the most exclusive titles that are at least good (i.e. with an average of 75/100 or more) and can boast the highest average in terms of all the games released for that platform in 2018 (72.3/100).

Red Dead Redemption 2 mows down competition – Metacritics 2018 best of - picture #2
Although last year, theoretically as many as 24 positions reached an average rating of at least 90/100 on Metacritic, excluding doubles and compilations, only 17 games remain.

The lists prepared by Metacritic also show that portable consoles are still in decline. Let’s just mention that in 2018, only five games reached an average score of 75% on 3DS and PlayStation Vita. Unfortunately, there are almost no chances for any improvement. Sony has long since abandoned support for its handheld. Nintendo, on the other hand, is currently interested in the development of the increasingly popular Switch, which also has a mobile function.

Red Dead Redemption 2 mows down competition – Metacritics 2018 best of - picture #3
Portable consoles’ heyday is long gone.

Here is the list of the highest-rated games of 2018 according to Metacritic:

Highest rated games on all platforms with an average of at least 90/100

#

Title

Metascore (average)

Edition/notes

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

97

Xbox One

2.

Red Dead Redemption II

97

PlayStation 4

3.

God of War

94

PlayStation 4

4.

Celeste

94

Xbox One

5.

Undertale

93

Nintendo Switch

6.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

92

Nintendo Switch

7.

Forza Horizon 4

92

Xbox One

8.

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

92

PlayStation 4

9.

Bayonetta 2

92

Nintendo Switch

10.

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

92

Xbox One

11.

Celeste

92

Nintendo Switch

12.

Dead Cells

91

Xbox One

13.

Shadow of the Colossus

91

PlayStation 4

14.

INSIDE

91

Nintendo Switch

15.

Sonic Mania Plus

91

Nintendo Switch

16.

Celeste

91

PlayStation 4

17.

NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition

90

Xbox One

18.

Monster Hunter: World

90

Xbox One

19.

Hollow Knight

90

Nintendo Switch

20.

Into the Breach

90

PC

21.

Dead Cells

90

Nintendo Switch

22.

Monster Hunter: World

90

PlayStation 4

23.

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

90

PlayStation 4

24.

Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2

90

Nintendo Switch

PlayStation 4 Top 10

#

Title

Metascore (average)

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

97

2.

God of War

94

3.

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

92

4.

Shadow of the Colossus

91

5.

Celeste

91

6.

Monster Hunter: World

90

7.

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

90

8.

Tetris Effect

89

9.

Owlboy

89

10.

Injustice 2: Legendary Edition

88

Xbox One Top 10

#

Title

Metascore (average)

1.

Red Dead Redemption II

97

2.

Celeste

94

3.

Forza Horizon 4

92

4.

Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition

92

5.

Dead Cells

91

6.

NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition

90

7.

Monster Hunter: World

90

8.

The Banner Saga 3

88

9.

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

88

10.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

87

Nintendo Switch Top 10

#

Title

Metascore (average)

1.

Undertale

93

2.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

92

3.

Celeste

92

4.

Bayonetta 2

92

5.

INSIDE

91

6.

Sonic Mania Plus

91

7.

Hollow Knight

90

8.

Dead Cells

90

9.

Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2

90

10.

Into the Breach

89

Red Dead Redemption 2 mows down competition – Metacritics 2018 best of - picture #4
Undertale delighted the users of the Nintendo Switch last year.

PC Top 10

#

Title

Metascore (average)

1.

Into the Breach

90

2.

DUSK

89

3.

Dead Cells

89

4.

Return of the Obra Dinn

89

5.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

88

6.

Monster Hunter: World

88

7.

Celeste

88

8.

Subnautica

87

9.

Forza Horizon 4

87

10.

Unavowed

87

Highest-rated handheld games

#

Title

Metascore (average)

Platform

1.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology

85

Nintendo 3DS

2.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux

80

Nintendo 3DS

3.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker

79

Nintendo 3DS

4.

WarioWare Gold

78

Nintendo 3DS

5.

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

75

PlayStation Vita

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

See/Add Comments