Remember when Ubi-Soft was all gung-ho for the Wii? They jumped on the Wii like it was a free ticket to Pleasure Town.
For the uninformed, Ubi-Soft bet high on the Wii. They thought getting a head-start with the Wii would help them become the top publisher in gaming, besting the almighty EA. Since the launch of the Wii, Ubi-Soft has released 7 games in total, which is three more than Nintendo themselves(based on American release lists).
Interesting thing about this situation is the mentality behind making these games. You’d think after seeing Red Steel being showcased in Nintendo’s conference at this year’s E3 that Ubi-Soft wanted to bring gamers a more quality-centric release list, but has in fact done the complete opposite. After tallying up the average scores from Metacritic, Ubi-Soft’s titles have averaged a score of 54.
The highest score garnered was for Rayman Raving Rabbids with an average of 76. Then came both Splinter Cell: Double Agent and Red Steel at 63. GT Pro went on to get a 52, while both Monster 4×4 World Circuit and Far Cry: Vengeance achieved a terrible score of 41. Open Season wasn’t even graded, seeing as how it still needs three more reviews to be listed with a score. Based on the three scores it did get, it averaged a 43.
So what can be said about these scores? Basically, Ubi-Soft is not interested in giving gamers a worthwhile experience with their Wii. Any gamer with a shred of common sense can now see that Ubi-Soft was more interested in having a large number of games at launch, rather than quality ones. If Ubi-Soft plans on confronting EA for publisher supremacy, they need to go at it from a different angle. I can’t imagine a gamer with some extra cash buying a Ubi-Soft game with scores like this.
At some point you’re going to hear Ubi-Soft back away from the Wii. They’ll talk about how the Wii was probably a bad choice to set its targets on, and that it is still hard to make successful games on a Nintendo platform when you go against the likes of Nintendo and EA. Of course, we know better. No one is going to buy their games because they suck. Plain and simple. You won’t get ahead by dumping garbage onto the platform. If Ubi-Soft doesn’t realize this, then I feel sorry for them. Gamers are not that dumb.
Some may disagree and say that some Ubi-Soft games are indeed fun (I even gave Red Steel a favorable review), but the averages speak for themselves. With scores like these, I can’t see Ubi-Soft being much help.
Any vl readers out there want to share their opinions on Ubi-Soft’s efforts? Are the averages fair or completely missing the mark?