LittleBigPlanet 3 is the Statistical Front-Runner for GotY

The critics always love Sackboy, which is why the latest LittleBigPlanet has a great shot at GotY.

The critics always love Sackboy, which is why the latest LittleBigPlanet has a great shot at GotY.


Last night during Sony’s E3 2014 press conference, LittleBigPlanet 3 was revealed.

Now, of course, there are no guarantees in this industry, but LBP3 has a great chance at hauling down very high review scores. And if we go strictly by the scores (again, this article is based only on statistics), it seems obvious that right now, any LBP entry has the edge in terms of high-score potential.

If you don’t count LittleBigPlanet Karting (and really, you shouldn’t), this series has one of the highest overall average Metascores in history. The original holds a whopping 95 average score, the sequel comes in at 91, the Vita iteration has an 88, and even the PSP version has an 87. That’s an overall franchise average of over 90 and that’s difficult to find.

In contrast, look at the other potential Game of the Year candidates for 2014:

Arguably, we haven’t seen one yet. One could argue Titanfall, but an average Metascore of 86 isn’t quite cutting it. Dark Souls II is a legit contender, with about a 90 average, but we’re bound to see higher scores during the holiday season, right? Well, maybe not…unless your name is LittleBigPlanet 3.

The newest installment in the acclaimed series may have the best chance to come away with 2014's highest honor.

The newest installment in the acclaimed series may have the best chance to come away with 2014’s highest honor.

Far Cry 4 might offer the best chance, next to Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Both are 9+ contenders, for sure, but neither franchise is quite as beloved as LBP in the critic community. Sackboy has been the darling mascot of many a reviewer in the previous generation, and we’re definitely rewarding more artistic, more creative endeavors these days. And without Batman: Arkham KnightUncharted 4: A Thief’s End, or The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt this year, LBP3 has an even bigger edge.

Whatever Nintendo produces could be very interesting, as their first-party games typically score off the charts, but you never know. The last wild card is Destiny, which could very well end up stealing the show in 2014. The only reason we can’t really include it here is because it’s a brand new IP and that’s never guaranteed.

Remember, we’re only talking about the statistics and the current trends in the industry. Far Cry 4 and Destiny might be seen as just a “couple of shooters” in the eyes of some critics, while LBP3 is completely inoffensive and endlessly imaginative, traits reviewers are rewarding quite a bit these days. Examining the numbers and the trends as such, it appears LBP3 is the current front-runner.

It’ll be fun to find out, either way.

3 thoughts on “LittleBigPlanet 3 is the Statistical Front-Runner for GotY”

Yes and no.

Yes, I see what you’re saying. But without Media Molecule at the helm, I wouldn’t guarantee anything.

Well, statistically maybe but in reality…?

I don’t think so. Far Cry 4 and Destiny have the best shots to win, because we’re still living in a FPS-dominated world.

Uh…when’s the last time a shooter won GotY at any reputable source?

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