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1. Capcom
Previous year's rank: 5

Scored Releases - 2018 
Distinct Titles  14
Total Products  30
Average Metascore
79.3 ▲ 2.8
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Monster Hunter: World (XB1) 90
Best New IP *
n/a  
Worst Overall Release
Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 (Switch) 60
Metacritic Users' Favorite **
Okami HD (Switch) 8.7

2. Sega
Previous year's rank: 3

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 30
Total Products 41
Average Metascore
78.5 ▲ 3.0
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Sonic Mania Plus (Switch) 91
Best New IP
Two Point Hospital (PC) 83
Worst Overall Release
Shining Resonance Refrain (PS4) 67
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Sonic Mania Plus (Switch) 8.9

3. Electronic Arts
Previous year's rank: n/a

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 12
Total Products 30
Average Metascore
77.5 ▲ 4.3
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
FIFA 19 (PS4) 83
Best New IP
A Way Out (XB1) 79
Worst Overall Release
Fe (XB1) 70
Metacritic Users' Favorite
A Way Out (PS4) 8.0

4. Nintendo
Previous year's rank: 2

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 30
Total Products 31
Average Metascore
76.4 ▼ 1.6
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch) 93
Best New IP
Octopath Traveler (Switch) 83
Worst Overall Release
Kirby Battle Royale (3DS) 57
Metacritic Users' Favorite
(tie) Bayonetta + Bayonetta 2 (Switch), Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Switch), and Octopath Traveler (Switch) 8.7

5. Ubisoft
Previous year's rank: 6

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 25
Total Products 42
Average Metascore
73.7 ▼ 1.8
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Assassin's Creed Odyssey (XB1) 87
Best New IP
Transference (PC) 78
Worst Overall Release
Far Cry 5: Hours of Darkness (PS4) 55
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Child of Light (Switch) 8.5

6. Sony
Previous year's rank: 7

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 20
Total Products 21
Average Metascore
71.8 ▼ 3.1
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
God of War (PS4) 94
Best New IP
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission (PS4) 90
Worst Overall Release
Bravo Team (PS4) 45
Metacritic Users' Favorite
God of War (PS4) 9.1


Previous year's rank: 8

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 25
Total Products 52
Average Metascore
71.0 ▼ 2.6
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (XB1) 90
Best New IP
Octahedron (PC) 85
Worst Overall Release
The Quiet Man (PS4) 29
Metacritic Users' Favorite
NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition (XB1) 9.1

8. Bandai Namco Entertainment
Previous year's rank: 9

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 25
Total Products 44
Average Metascore
71.8 ▼ 1.2
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch) 88
Best New IP
11-11: Memories Retold (PS4) 77
Worst Overall Release
Tennis (Switch) 28
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Dragon Ball FighterZ (Switch) 8.5

9. Digerati Distribution
Previous year's rank: n/a

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 13
Total Products 16
Average Metascore
69.9 ▲ 4.7
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Omega Strike (XB1) 80
Best New IP
Omega Strike (XB1) 80
Worst Overall Release
Fall of Light: Darkest Edition (XB1) 56
Metacritic Users' Favorite
n/a  


Previous year's rank: 11

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 17
Total Products 22
Average Metascore
69.5 ▲ 1.3
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Disgaea 1 Complete (PS4) 83
Best New IP
The Longest Five Minutes (Switch) 67
Worst Overall Release
SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (PS4) 60
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (Switch) 8.7

11. Plug In Digital
Previous year's rank: n/a

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 15
Total Products 19
Average Metascore
69.4 ▼ 5.9
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition (Switch) 80
Best New IP
Impulsion (PC) 79
Worst Overall Release
Hover (Switch) 53
Metacritic Users' Favorite
n/a  

12. Focus Home Interactive
Previous year's rank: n/a

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 14
Total Products 37
Average Metascore
69.8 ▼ 0.5
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
The Council - Episode 1: The Mad Ones (XB1) 79
Best New IP
The Council - Episode 1: The Mad Ones (XB1) 79
Worst Overall Release
Space Hulk: Deathwing (PS4) 55
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Insurgency: Sandstorm (PC) 9.1

13. THQ Nordic
Previous year's rank: n/a

Scored Releases - 2018
Distinct Titles 26
Total Products 47
Average Metascore
64.4 ▼ 3.8
Metascore Distribution
Best Overall Release
Wreckfest (PC) 81
Best New IP
Wreckfest (PC) 81
Worst Overall Release
Agony (XB1) 34
Metacritic Users' Favorite
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PC) 8.1












https://www.metacritic.com/feature/game-publisher-rankings-for-2018-releases




Last edited by CGI-Quality - on 03 February 2019

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I cant believe SEGA came in second. They better be lucky they got Atlus under their wing. Their biggest hits based on critic opinion were not even developed by them *smh*

EDIT: Nevermind. This is SEGA's 3rd year in the row in the top 3.

Last edited by Xxain - on 03 February 2019

In the title do you mean you "wouldn't" leave them either?

Anyways, I feel like a lot of people are going to be mad about this but eh, this kind of ranking is very arbitrary.



The best part about this list is that MS didn't count as a major publisher because they released so few games.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1gWECYYOSo

Please Watch/Share this video so it gets shown in Hollywood.

Electronic Arts beating both Nintendo and Sony enfuriates me, what the fuck. I know this is just taking into account metacritic scores, but still...



You know it deserves the GOTY.

Come join The 2018 Obscure Game Monthly Review Thread.

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Darwinianevolution said:
Electronic Arts beating both Nintendo and Sony enfuriates me, what the fuck. I know this is just taking into account metacritic scores, but still...

I hate EA, but their games score on high side. I think they're one of the publishers that don't give their employee's bonuses unless they score higher than an 85 or some shit. 



Darwinianevolution said:
Electronic Arts beating both Nintendo and Sony enfuriates me, what the fuck. I know this is just taking into account metacritic scores, but still...

(Joking)

It's a little odd, yeah, it might just be because EA's number of "distinct titles" is lower. So even though Nintendo and EA have similar total product, EA's games are being rated on a closer scale (example being: Generic EA game #1 gets a 83 on Xbox One and an 85 on PS4, and are rated similarly because they are the same game, making the average rating for EA's total product "higher"). 

No idea why Kirby was rated so badly? Now I'm curious ... 



Darwinianevolution said:
Electronic Arts beating both Nintendo and Sony enfuriates me, what the fuck. I know this is just taking into account metacritic scores, but still...

Darn publishers making good games *shakes fists*



So... EA > Nintendo confirmed!



Bet Shiken that COD would outsell Battlefield in 2018. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8749702

Interesting list to look at, sure, but I'm not going to read much into it beyond that. I don't have a problem with publishers taking chances on games that don't pan out critically. Not everything needs to be for the general audience, either. One of Sony's lowest is a visual novel with 4 reviews total.

I'd rather publishers bring oddball stuff to market rather than just play it safe all the time.