2018 certainly felt like a great year for SEGA and ATLUS games, and the recently released list of game publisher rankings by Metacritic solidifies it. While SEGA placed 3rd in 2017’s list, 2018’s list sees SEGA moving up a spot to second!
Sega landed in our top 3 for the third time in four years (with the exception coming in a year when Sega failed to release enough games to qualify for our “major” publishers group). That’s especially impressive given that Sega released more distinct titles than all but one other publisher in 2018. Note that all of Sega’s averages and totals include games published by Atlus, a recently acquired Sega subsidiary that (as of 2018) now shares top-level management with the parent company.
SEGA released 30 distinct titles with a total of 41 products. The best overall release was Sonic Mania Plus for the Nintendo Switch which had a Metacritic score of 91 and was also cited as the users’favorite with a 8.9 rating. The best new IP was Two Point Hospital with a Metacritic score of 83. Shining Resonance Refrain, a game we cited as a disappointing release and earned a C+ in our review, was the lowest rated title from SEGA with a score of 67 (which has to be said, it not an awful score).
First place was given to Capcom, which saw a huge jump from the previous year’s list where they placed fifth. Interestingly, despite beating SEGA, SEGA still has a higher score for best overall release (Monster Hunter: World received a 90) AND a higher score for their lowest rated game (Mega Man X Legacy Collection 2 received a 60). Still the numbers favored Capcom which gave them an overall average Metascore of 79.3 compared to SEGA’s 78.5. EA, meanwhile, placed third.
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