Square-Enix is one of the most successful roleplaying game (RPG) developers in the world, but then, so is BioWare Studios. It’s no coincidence that both have tasted immense success in the gaming industry. This comparison has been made on the basis of three parameters — critical reception, user reception and sales.
Critical and user rating
Here is a comparison of the highest rated titles from both companies in the past eight years, since this was around the time Square and Enix merged and BioWare had released the demi-god of all D&D games at the time, Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn. Since then, the latter has released five more titles (namely, Jade Empire, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect and Sonic Chronicles) all with combined critical ratings of 74-95.
Squaresoft released the understated yet amazingly crafted Vagrant Story around this time. Along with Square-Enix’s five highest rated games (namely, Kingdom Hearts 2, The World Ends with You, Final Fantasy X and XII and Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions), these six had combined critical ratings of 88-92. On averaging the overall scores, we get this rating: BioWare: 89/100; Squaresoft/Square-Enix: 90/100
The last fiscal year hasn’t been so great for SE, which earned about $1.644 billion. BioWare is now a part of Electronic Arts, which has posted a net revenue of $3.67 billion The winner? BioWare (and EA).
The goal of this comparison was simply to see which company stands at the top. Both stand shoulder-to-shoulder on that hard to reach zenith of gaming. But if one could lay claim to that one extra percent of superiority, it’s clearly BioWare Studios.