The Top-Rated Video Game Developed in the Philippines Has Been Named

The game was first released in 2012.
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There are thousands of video games out there, but the most popular ones seem to come from just two countries—Japan and the United States. There’s Minecraft, which was developed in Sweden, and Grand Theft Auto IV, which was developed by Rockstar North in Scotland in the United Kingdome, but what about all of the other amazing video games from other countries around the world? 

A study by Guide Strats sought to find out all the most top-rated games in (almost) every country in the world. To do this, researchers analyzed the details of 20,000 video games by identifying each game’s country of development and its Metascore on To earn its place on the map, a country needed to have developed a game with a Metascore of at least 40.


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According to the study, the highest-rated game developed in the Philippines is Pretentious Game. Developed by independent Filipino studio Keybol, the game is a “satirical take on puzzle games in which poetic hints guide players to unite two lovers.” Released for PC and mobile devices, the game achieved a score of 77 on Metacritic, making it the top-rated game in the country. It’s worth noting, however, that there were only four reviews of the game on Metacritic.

Photo by Guide Strats.

Elsewhere in the study, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which was developed by Nintendo in Japan, is the world’s highest-rated game, with a score of 99 on Metacritic, while Europe’s highest-rated game is Grand Theft Auto IV, which, as mentioned, is developed by Rockstar North in Scotland in the U.K., with a score of 98. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, meanwhile, is the highest-rated game in the U.S., also with a score of 98. It was developed by American company Neversoft Entertainment shortly after it was acquired by Activision.

Interestingly, in Hong Kong, the top-rated game is called Capitalism II, which is a “business simulation that gives you the power to win the competition in the free market, with complex business strategies that might make you millions, or even billions!” It remains Hong Kong’s most highly-rated game despite being released in 2001. 

Photo by Guide Strats.

Check out the other details of the study here.

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