Which publisher wins 2007?

11 Dec, 2007

This year has left us absolutely knackered. We're exhausted. We feel like we've been in a marathon. A marathon that involves mostly sitting on our arses and playing one incredible game after another. We could indulge you with a long list of stellar examples, but you're a gamer - you know that it's been a properly arousing 12 months. If you're anything like us, your wow glands will be swollen and you'll have blisters on your eyeballs. It's been that good.

So as gamers we're all winners (yay!), but what about the publishers - which software peddler walks away from 2007 with the fancy ribbon pinned proudly to their sparkly spandex lapel? Well, we thought it'd be fun to find out. By laboriously slogging our way throughMetacritic, we've taken review scores for all the games released by the big players in 2007, added them together and - by using the magic of mathematics - worked out the average score for each publisher. A simple concept, but an absolute bitch-field of numerical hardship to collate.

Before skipping off to see which publisher delivered the best games and, indeed, which one shovelled the most shitware, a bit of necessary blah about how we cobbled this all together:

- We've only used review scores for games on PC, PS3, Wii, 360, DS and PSP.

- If a game has had a different publisher in different territories, we've credited the game with the company that published the game in the States.

- We've only focused on the major publishers - if a company has released less than 10 games in 2007, you won't find them on the list.

That is all. You may continue onwards...

Matt Cundy
I don't have the energy to really hate anything properly. Most things I think are OK or inoffensively average. I do love quite a lot of stuff as well, though.