PS4 vs. Xbox One: Top 20 Review Score Analysis

We’re just about six months into the new generation and while the heaviest-hitting software is yet to launch, gamers wonder:

Thus far, which system’s software is faring better with the critics?

Numerous headlines have indicated better performance for the PlayStation 4 iterations of several multiplatform titles, but is this difference exhibited in the scores?

Perhaps the most hyped game of the generation thus far, the Xbox exclusive Titanfall, received a warm critical reception (with a few exceptions), so how did it stack up against the PlayStation 4 exclusive competitor, inFamous: Seccond Son?

How many games on each list are actually titles released during the previous generation? How many are mere upgrades?

The competition of the top 20 games is about to begin...

The competition of the top 20 games is about to begin…



We’ve assembled a list of the top 20 games for each console and ranked them based on their Metascore, to see what’s what. Check it out:

Disclaimer: There are some Pinball games on the PlayStation 4 side that have scored well, but are not listed here, as we don’t believe they have a significant impact on the success of either platform.

PlayStation 4

1. Flower (91)
2. Rayman Legends (90)
3. Fez (90)
4. FIFA 14 (87)
5. TowerFall Ascension (87)
6. Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn (87)
7. Battlefield 4 (85)
8. NBA 2K14 (85)
9. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (85)
10. Resogun (84)
11. Trine 2: Complete Story (84)
12. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (83)
13. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (83)
14. MLB 14: The Show (83)
15. Child of Light (82)
16. Sportsfriends (82)
17. Steamworld Dig (82)
18. inFamous: Second Son (80)
19. Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition (80)
20. Need for Speed: Rivals (80)

Notes: Trials Fusion also has an 80 Metascore and the other major PS4 exclusive, Killzone: Shadow Fall couldn’t make the top 20 with a Metascore of only 73.

Which system has the best-scoring titles right now?

Which system has the best-scoring titles right now?

Xbox One

1. Rayman Legends (91)
2. FIFA 14 (88)
3. NBA 2K14 (86)
4. Titanfall (86)
5. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (86)
6. Child of Light (82)
7. Super Time Force (81)
8. Forza Motorsport 5 (80)
9. Trials Fusion (80)
10. Call of Duty: Ghosts (78)
11. Dead Rising 3 (78)
12. Peggle 2 (77)
13.  Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (GameRankings average: 77)
14. Strider (76)
15. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (75)
16. Need for Speed: Rivals (75)
17. Killer Instinct (73)
18. Max: The Cures of Brotherhood (72)
19. The LEGO Movie Videogame (69)
20. Thief (69)

Notes: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag should be on there, but there’s no Metascore for the Xbox One version (which is odd), and two significant exclusives failed to make the list: Ryse: Son of Rome has a Metascore of 60 and Kinect Sports Rivals has a 61 Metascore.

Average Metascore of the Top 20 PS4 Games:  84.5

Average Metascore of the Top 20 Xbox One Games:  78.9

Highest/Lowest PS4 Score: 91/80

Highest/Lowest Xbox One Score: 91/69

90+ on PS4: 3

90+ on Xbox One: 1

80+ on PS4: 18

80+ on Xbox One: 8

Looks like the PS4 has the edge for now...

Looks like the PS4 has the edge for now…

These results show a statistically significant difference between the top 20 list, although we imagine the results become less significant as you go down the list. The PS4 obviously has more games that score higher, but the majority of those games aren’t exactly major revenue-generators.

It’s interesting to note that exclusives on either side seem to have fallen shy of expectations. The Xbox One has several that don’t make the top 20 and those that do scored lower than anticipated, while on the PS4 side, Killzone: Shadow Fall didn’t make the list, and inFamous: Second Son barely made it. The top exclusive thus far is Titanfall.

Lastly, it doesn’t appear as if the multiplats that have better tech stats on the PS4 score any better than their PS4 counterparts. Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, for instance, actually has a higher Metascore (86) than the PS4 version (85), the latter of which was supposed to be better.

Any further analysis, we leave to you.

9 thoughts on “PS4 vs. Xbox One: Top 20 Review Score Analysis”

I’m not surprised to see this. PlayStation has always been about the games and Xbox has always been about gimmicks and multiplats.

Well, right now, the PS4 is just as much about multiplats as the Xbox One. In fact, the latter system actually has more exclusives available right now, and more are coming.

Kinect isn’t a “gimmick,” either.

Kinect is a gimmick, just like all motion-sensing is a gimmick.

As for those new Microsoft IPs, I have to see ’em before I believe ’em.

Actually a far more comparable score than I thought it would be. I still personally prefer PS4 and am looking forward to what is to come.

I expected those numbers. Not surprised that even a 69 score gets into the top 20 for Xbox One.

I’m not surprised either.

Xbox One has a lot to prove before I buy it; I don’t care if it’s $399 or $299. I buy my systems for the purpose of games and that’s that.

Me too.

“Oh, I can watch TV while I play games!”

Never understood why anyone would ever want to do that. LOL

LOL Such a stupid feature. Never understood it.

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