Top 10 ranked games developed by third-party publishers [update 1]

Here are the current top 10 highest rated third-party games based on cumulative reviews posted on Game Rankings (using default setting of 20 reviews minimum). The list, including sequels and omitting PC and first-party games, is as follows:
  1. Soul Calibur, DC (Namco - 96.4%)
  2. Tekken 3, PSX (Namco - 96.3%)
  3. Resident Evil 4, GC, PS2 (Capcom - 96.0%)
  4. Grand Theft Auto III, PS2 (Rockstar - 95.1%)
  5. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, PS2 (Rockstar - 95.0%)
  6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, PS2 (Konami - 94.9%)
  7. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, PC (Rockstar - 94.6%)
  8. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, PSX (Activision - 94.5%)
  9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, PS2 (Konami - 94.5%)
  10. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Xbox (LucasArts - 94.5%)
Again, here are some obvious trends to consider before opining: The PlayStation brand is home to seven out of the above 10 titles; Rockstar places three games on the list (though all iterations of the same game); Namco and Konami each have two games on the list; and Nintendo and Microsoft platforms are home to only one game each on the list. Note: Half Life 2 was not included because the PC doesn't have first-party games, and NFL 2k1 for Dreamcast was a first-party game at the time.

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[Update 1: fixed typos]

This article was originally published on Joystiq.