Xbox Metacritic
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Metacritic has posted a first look at its annual game publisher rankings, where the site judges publishers based on game scores. As it turns out, Microsoft is sitting pretty at number 1 by some margin!

Microsoft achieved the ranking with a fantastic output from Xbox Game Studios last year. Their overall Metascore average was 87.4, more than 6 points ahead of 2nd placed Sony, with 81.3.

Xbox's score will have been bolstered by some huge releases that really resonated with fans, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 5 and of course, Halo Infinite. Interestingly, Activision Blizzard and Bethesda round out the top five, which is surely good news for Xbox going forward.

Halo Infinite

These are interesting findings, particularly as Xbox is often dunked on for being somewhat inconsistent when it comes to high-quality releases. This table doesn't lie though, and we hope Microsoft continues on this path through 2022 and beyond.

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