Metacritic's top 50 games of the decade is disappointingly light on mobile games

By , on December 6, 2019
Last modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Metacritic, everyone's favourite film, games, and music aggregator, has now released its top 50 highest-rated games of the decade. Truth be told, there are very few surprises here, though what stands out to me is the complete lack of mobile games. Sure, Journey (number 40) and Inside (number 28) eventually got ported over, but there's not a single entry here that originated from iOS or Android. 

Even indie darlings like Monument Valley (Metascore of 89), Florence (Metascore of 82), and The Room (Metascore of 89) don't come particularly close to hitting the 91+ Metascore required to feature here. The thing is that there are mobile games from the past decade with a score that's more than high enough to break the top 50, but they sadly didn't receive the required 15+ reviews to qualify. An example would be Alto's Adventure, which has a Metascore of 92 with only 8 reviews. 

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Be sure to check out the full list down below and let us know if there are any glaring omissions that really stand out to you.

  • 1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, 2010) 97
  • 2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, 2017) 97
  • 3. Red Dead Redemption 2 (PlayStation 4, 2018) 97
  • 4. Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 4, 2014) 97
  • 5. Super Mario Odyssey (Switch, 2017) 97
  • 6. Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360, 2010) 96
  • 7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, 2011) 96
  • 8. The Last of Us (PlayStation 3, 2013) 95
  • 9. The Last of Us Remastered (PlayStation 4, 2014) 95
  • 10. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360, 2010) 95
  • 11. Portal 2 (Xbox 360, 2011) 95
  • 12. God of War (PlayStation 4, 2018) 94
  • 13. Batman: Arkham City (Xbox 360, 2011) 94
  • 14. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D (3DS, 2011) 94
  • 15. BioShock Infinite (PC, 2013) 94
  • 16. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX (Xbox 360, 2010) 93
  • 17. Divinity: Original Sin II (PC, 2017) 93
  • 18. Super Mario 3D World (Wii U, 2013) 93
  • 19. Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty (PC, 2010) 93
  • 20. Persona 4 Golden (PlayStation Vita, 2012) 93
  • 21. Persona 5 (PlayStation 4, 2017) 93
  • 22. Mass Effect 3 (Xbox 360, 2012) 93
  • 23. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PlayStation 4, 2015) 93
  • 24. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, 2011) 93
  • 25. Rock Band 3 (Xbox 360, 2010) 93
  • 26. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PlayStation 4, 2016) 93
  • 27. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Switch, 2018) 93
  • 28. INSIDE (Xbox One, 2016) 93
  • 29. Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox One, 2018) 92
  • 30. God of War III (PlayStation 3, 2010) 92
  • 31. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (PlayStation 3, 2011) 92
  • 32. Bloodborne (PlayStation 4, 2015) 92
  • 33. Celeste (Switch, 2018) 92
  • 34. Super Street Fighter IV (PlayStation 3, 2010) 92
  • 35. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 4, 2015) 92
  • 36. Undertale (PC, 2015) 92
  • 37. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS, 2013) 92
  • 38. Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition (PlayStation 4, 2018) 92
  • 39. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Wii U, 2014) 92
  • 40. Journey (PlayStation 3, 2012) 92
  • 41. Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii, 2012) 92
  • 42. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch, 2017) 92
  • 43. The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection (PlayStation 3, 2011) 92
  • 44. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine (PC, 2016) 92
  • 45. LittleBigPlanet 2 (PlayStation 3, 2011) 91
  • 46. Overwatch (PC, 2016) 91
  • 47. Bayonetta 2 (Wii U, 2014) 91
  • 48. Forza Horizon 3 (Xbox One, 2016) 91
  • 49. Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers (PC, 2019) 91
  • 50. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition (Switch, 2019) 91

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maartenno 3 months, 3 weeks ago

You are right. The metacritic audience doesn't seem to care about mobile games. You can however generate a list of the best iOS games (not Android) if you ignore users reviews, but just consider the MC score: https://www.metacritic.com/browse/games/score/metascore/year/ios/filtered?sort=desc.

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