With the year finally coming to a close, the best gaming platform of 2016 must be revealed. With lots of major events taking place in the world of politics, culture, and science, the world of games is no exception. Now it’s time for Metacritic’s review of 2016 with regards to how well it did for games.
For each of the major platforms (Xbox One, PS4, and PC), Metacritic recorded the number of scored games this past year, the average score, the number of games that got a 90 or higher (“Great”), and the number of exclusives that got a 75 or higher (“Good”). Their lists exclude games that had less than 7 reviews.
Looks like the results reveal that the PC just might be the definitive gaming platform for 2016.
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PC the Best Gaming Platform for 2016?
So let’s break down the numbers.
For the PlayStation 4, Metacritic recorded 445 games. Of those 445, four were “Great” and 13 exclusives were “Good”. The platform had an average score of 69.1 across all of its games.
It should be noted that the PlayStation 4 does receive the award for having the best rated game of 2016 — Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
With the Xbox One, Metacritic recorded 294 games. Of those 294, four were considered “Great” and only three exclusives were considered “Good”. The platform had an average score of 69.8 across all of its games.
Finally, the PC has a recorded 450 games on Metacritic. Of those 450, five were considered “Great” and a whopping 46 exclusives were considered “Good”. The platform had an average score of 70.8, outperforming both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Some of the standout titles on the PC from this past year are the AAA games Overwatch and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine along with unique indie titles such as Stardew Valley and Owlboy.
And that might be PC’s greatest strength — it has a very broad scope of games. Whether you want the $60 AAA blockbuster titles or the simpler $20 indie games, the PC has a large enough library to accompany both.
The 46 “Good” exclusives on the platform mostly come from smaller independent titles that have dominated Steam.
Either way, those are the results the numbers are showing us. Will PC continue to dominate in 2017? Only time will tell.
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