A far cry from 2011's heights.
It's a good thing that 2013 looks likely to be loaded with great games, because, as metacritic looks over this year's numbers, it seems 2012 wasn't. Not even the late arrival of a great new installment in Ubisoft's Far Cry series could make up for the fact that the past 12 months paled in comparison to recent years, at least at the high end of the scale.
Just 14 console games—and 18 products overall, including PC and handheld (non-iOS) titles—scored 90 or higher in 2012. Those figures represent a huge drop from the previous year, when 23 console titles (and 32 games overall) met or exceeded the 90 mark. In fact, since metacritic started publishing these year-end reports in 2009, metacritic has never encountered such a low total number of great games in a single year.