We're in awards season, a time of year when the likes of Mass Effect 2 and Read Dead Redemption are praised for being the best the gaming industry had to offer. Of course, the gaming industry also gave their worst last year.

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The "first annual" game publisher round-up over at Metacritic makes it easy to see the gems and the lemons from all of gaming's biggest companies.

This is the worst we got, as calculated by the score-crunchers at Metacritic.....

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From Konami/Hudson, publisher of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker: Deca Sports Freedom (average score: 27)

From Ubisoft, creators of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood: Fighters Uncaged (average score: 31)

From THQ, publisher of Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II Chaos Rising: Truth or Lies (average score: 33)

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From EA, publisher of Mass Effect 2: Dead Space Ignition (average score: 35)

From Sony, makers of God of War III: Kung Fu Rider (average score: 36)

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From Activision Blizzard, the holding company behind StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty: Blood Drive (average score: 40)

From Namco Bandai, publisher of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX: Clash of the Titans (average score: 41)

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From Sega, publisher of Bayonetta: Iron Man 2 (average score: 41)

From Square-Enix, publisher of Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light: Raystorm HD (average score: 46)

From Nintendo, creators of Super Mario Galaxy 2: AquaSpace (average score: 48)

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From Microsoft, publisher of Halo Reach: Fable III: Understone Pack (average score: 50)

From Take Two, publisher of Red Dead Redemption: Major League Baseball 2K10 for the Wii (average score: 52)

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From Capcom, makers of Super Street Fighter IV: Dark Void (average score: 57)

I can confirm that many of these games are very bad. Be safe, dear reader. You've been warned.

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Metacritic's 1st Annual Game Publisher Rankings [Metacritic.com]