1UP's Scores

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For 3,526 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Orange Box
Lowest review score: 0 SPRay
Score distribution:
3,526 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sacred 2 turns out to be a great couch game, largely because you can play co-op with a friend at your side. But the real surprise is that the folks at Ascaron managed to create a mostly-great interface for the XB360 and PS3 controller, giving you faster and easier access to more combat abilities than you could use in the PC version.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is as good as action games get. It controls like a dream, is extremely well balanced (not terribly difficult on Normal and incredibly challenging on Hard), has tons of variety, features great retro game references, contains tons of unlockables and challenges to keep you busy after you finish the story, and when it comes down to it, is the best game Sega has published in years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A tough but rewarding game, a welcome addition to DS despite the system's RPG glut.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though it occasionally stumbles, there's one thing that Bad Company 2 clearly demonstrates: DICE has graduated from the, "can only do a multiplayer FPS" class, and is perfectly capable of making a great all-around game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though it occasionally stumbles, there's one thing that Bad Company 2 clearly demonstrates: DICE has graduated from the, "can only do a multiplayer FPS" class, and is perfectly capable of making a great all-around game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though it occasionally stumbles, there's one thing that Bad Company 2 clearly demonstrates: DICE has graduated from the, "can only do a multiplayer FPS" class, and is perfectly capable of making a great all-around game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Any port that makes me consider giving the source material another spin is worth the price of admission any day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the addition of MotionPlus, Woods 10 on the Wii is a fantastic golfing videogame, besting its console counterparts because of its control options, extra courses, party game modes, and Frolf. Not to mention, it's casual friendly for anyone to play, but with enough difficulty options for the hardcore to stay interested. It's almost hard to imagine it getting better than this for the foreseeable future.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    When Mass Effect 3 rolls around to bring this tale to its finale, I'd really like to see BioWare strike some sort of happy medium between the clumsily executed RPG mechanics of the first game and the stripped-down shooter feel of this sequel. But even with its simplified mechanics, ME2's story makes for a compelling odyssey.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The PC version of Modern Warfare 2 is identical to the console versions in almost every way, and that's actually the problem. PC gamers have a certain expectation for online shooters. Removing dedicated server and user mod support from a game that's already $10 more than its predecessor seriously hinders the long term appeal for me.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Wii Sports, Wii Play, and Wii Music, this is a game made to be played with friends, and your enjoyment with the title will directly relate to how much time you're able to spend playing it with other people.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC2 is everything a sequel ought to be: An improvement on the original in nearly every way. Perhaps more impressively, it actually has me interested to see where the series goes from here -- something I wouldn't have expected after I slogged my way through the original. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will definitely like AC2, but the real accomplishment is that people who didn't enjoy it will likely have a good time, too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC2 is everything a sequel ought to be: An improvement on the original in nearly every way. Perhaps more impressively, it actually has me interested to see where the series goes from here -- something I wouldn't have expected after I slogged my way through the original. Anyone who enjoyed the first game will definitely like AC2, but the real accomplishment is that people who didn't enjoy it will likely have a good time, too.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite its initial approachability, PvZ gets surprisingly challenging toward the end of the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Let me reiterate: this is a fantastic game, with so much fun to throw your way you'd think you were playing wide receiver with Santa Claus as QB.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overlord 2 offers a lot of options for customization, be it in the form of minion upgrades, spell specializations, and purely aesthetic options like how to decorate your fortress and which of your mistresses you choose to favor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overlord 2 offers a lot of options for customization, be it in the form of minion upgrades, spell specializations, and purely aesthetic options like how to decorate your fortress and which of your mistresses you choose to favor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overlord 2 offers a lot of options for customization, be it in the form of minion upgrades, spell specializations, and purely aesthetic options like how to decorate your fortress and which of your mistresses you choose to favor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Broken Destiny's visuals are gorgeous on the PSP's screen, and matches effortlessly flow without any noticeable stutters or jarring problems.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's been great to put NHL 10 through its paces and I would love to go on and on about it, but to put it succinctly, if you thought NHL 09 was great, you'll love '10. And for the uninitiated hockey fan looking for a near-authentic experience on the ice, you can do little wrong by picking this up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's been great to put NHL 10 through its paces and I would love to go on and on about it, but to put it succinctly, if you thought NHL 09 was great, you'll love '10. And for the uninitiated hockey fan looking for a near-authentic experience on the ice, you can do little wrong by picking this up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But be patient, put in the dedicated time, research, and strategic planning, and Sunshine Islands will reward you satisfactorily.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    GTA IV's final expansion sends itself off in style in some of the most ridiculous ways possible; I think that's why I like it so much.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Forza 3 upholds the franchise's tradition of excellence, but also plays it a little too safe; it irons out the previous game's clunky interface and sports a minor visual upgrade, but the gameplay feels strikingly similar to its predecessor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    ODST does suffer for the lack of genuinely new elements it adds to the Halo universe, and the campaign mode is a bit brief. Yet between the enormous scope of New Mombasa, the unique atmosphere, and the brilliance of Firefight mode, I can easily see myself pouring more time into ODST than any other Halo to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A fine sequel that takes the fun parts of the original (the combat, the characters, the dialogue) and tries to make those the focus while practically quartering off the weaker parts. By being the high-quality, consistently enjoyable action game it wanted to be the first time around, Desperate Struggle is now a must-buy, and at the very least, finally makes the series deserving of the evangelism surrounding it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The level changes remove the garbage found in Gaiden 2, while creating an almost new experience, and the Team Mission mode introduces thoughtful, meaningful ways to test your skills. Any doubts about whether Team Ninja could succeed without their former boss now sit on shaky ground -- the developer seems to be thriving.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's at once true to its heritage yet willing to spin the Metal Gear format in a new and entertaining direction. And while the fallout from these changes does occasionally undermine the action, those small moments of frustration and compromise are forgivable in the context of all that Peace Walker does well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All in all, it's amazing the amount of content that's packed into this game -- this is more than a sequel, even while including a redux of the first game's three movies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All in all, it's amazing the amount of content that's packed into this game -- this is more than a sequel, even while including a redux of the first game's three movies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All in all, it's amazing the amount of content that's packed into this game -- this is more than a sequel, even while including a redux of the first game's three movies.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the most emotional experiences I've ever had playing a videogame.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I commend the game's focus on simplicity -- Trials HD doesn't have gratuitous power-up integration and smartly avoids an unnecessary Jump button. And the game is rife with content: the heavily replayable 42-stage campaign complements the Skill Games mode and the easy-to-use level editor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While some people might complain about being fatigued by the seemingly endless stream of similar music games, when they're tied to each other like Band Hero is tied to GH5, I see that as a positive direction for Activision's franchise. It's one of the strongest points of the Rock Band series, and is a very smart move for Hero as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While some people might complain about being fatigued by the seemingly endless stream of similar music games, when they're tied to each other like Band Hero is tied to GH5, I see that as a positive direction for Activision's franchise. It's one of the strongest points of the Rock Band series, and is a very smart move for Hero as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Think of it like this: the Wii-mote has already proven it can be a good FPS controller, so what's wrong in bringing a good FPS to Wii? Modern Warfare is still an excellent game, even when it's done "good enough" on weaker technology, and like it or not, Reflex fills a niche. Maybe there's a family that only owns a Wii, but with a dad who might enjoy something a little rougher than Mario Kart.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As a PSP game, it's still a well-done portable GTA; not necessarily a better one than before. But that's fine; it's still worth playing Chinatown Wars for those bite-size bits of the GTA formula, and if you're still warm to it, then definitely give it a go.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All the elements gel perfectly here: The characters, the combat, the game flow, the dialogue. More than that, this is a game that revels in simply being a game. It celebrates the best parts of both role-playing and Mario games while mercilessly lampooning their worst habits. It's absolutely brimming with exuberance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With its roughly 10-hour campaign, new multiplayer, and additional units, the $30 price point feels just right for Chaos Rising.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The biggest change to the formula, however, is the persistence of your player as a "Summoner," not to be confused with the 30-odd in-game characters, which get a clean slate at the start of every match.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wii Fit Plus is a better product, but keep in mind that it's not a sequel. Like the second edition of a book, it looks and feels exactly the same as before, but the additions effectively make the previous version obsolete.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For about half the cost of a lift ticket at a major ski resort, Stoked: Big Air Edition's mountains and riding are an authentic representation of what snowboarding is: a canvas for creativity, where finding a perfect line is its own reward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, it's a direct follow-up to a recent release that exceeds its predecessor in every way. And while it may not hit the soaring heights of Mario's latest, it's a fine game in its own right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like Mass Effect 2, FFXIII seems to be an attempt to answer the question of how to create an RPG for the modern, console-owning masses. Square Enix's solution is certainly different than BioWare's, but it's arguably just as effective in its own way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    MAG
    MAG is unlike anything else on PS3. In fact, it's unlike anything else on any console system.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The core of Strange Journey is classically engrossing MegaTen and Etrian Odyssey.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may be a while before Persona fans get that next big release in the series -- this year's E3 was frustratingly absent of any info on a potential Persona 5 -- so we need to latch on to any morsels Atlus throws our way in the meantime.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With hundreds of puzzles, even more available for download over wi-fi, and an editor to make and share your own, Picross 3D is just too clever for a DS puzzle game fan to pass up.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the best sporting simulations I've ever played
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the best sporting simulations I've ever played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But it's a refined experience, and HeartGold/SoulSilver is easily the best Pokémon game yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But it's a refined experience, and HeartGold/SoulSilver is easily the best Pokémon game yet.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tecmo Bowl Throwback is exactly what it claims to be, and it freshens up the classic version of the game without completely changing it (read: ruining it). Publishers working on remakes of older titles would be well-served in taking a page out of Tecmo's book in keeping the changes minimal and the nostaligia-factor high.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tecmo Bowl Throwback is exactly what it claims to be, and it freshens up the classic version of the game without completely changing it (read: ruining it). Publishers working on remakes of older titles would be well-served in taking a page out of Tecmo's book in keeping the changes minimal and the nostaligia-factor high.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Zeno Clash remains the same gorgeous, grotesque, unique experience it was on PC, and a game well worth its $15 price tag on Live. If you've already played the thing on PC, well, you could probably skip this edition, but anyone new to this strange new world is in for a treat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Avalanche Studios has broken the movie-game stigma for me by releasing the awesome Toy Story 3.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Avalanche Studios has broken the movie-game stigma for me by releasing the awesome Toy Story 3.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I doubt it will completely repopularize the genre as we once knew it, since the world has moved on in the past decade or so. But StarCraft 2 does have mainstream gamers talking about build orders and micromanagement, which is honestly something I never thought I would hear again. Just in that, I consider StarCraft 2 a minor miracle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This year's iteration in the more than a decade old series has brought me back into the "drinking the Madden Kool-Aid" fold, because it's improved the things that matter to me. That said, Madden NFL 11 still needs some improvement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This year's iteration in the more than a decade old series has brought me back into the "drinking the Madden Kool-Aid" fold, because it's improved the things that matter to me. That said, Madden NFL 11 still needs some improvement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though the game would still be fantastic with its co-op dungeon puzzles alone, Guardian of Light contains a surprising amount of substance; each of its many levels offer a series of achievements that add interesting weapons and items to your inventory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But is Sports Champions a "killer app?" Not exactly, but, as you might guess, the multiplayer is a lot more fun than single-player.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    My enthusiasm for the XBLA release was initially tempered by busted online play, which took months to correct, but the PSN version luckily lacks significant issues. Lag occasionally pops up, and I've encountered a couple of issues connecting to matches, but by and large, it works -- and aside from having three friends in your living room, playing online is the best way to experience Castle Crashers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While I'd still point to the touch-enabled iPad edition as the definitive version of the game (thus far), Plants vs. Zombies makes a very impressive transition to Xbox Live Arcade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The performances and animated cut-scenes are still as terrific as always, though; it's just a subpar script that brings it down slightly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you haven't played Infinity Gene already, or even if you have, it's a worthwhile purchase at $10. If you can get past the short stages, repeating bosses and, for some of you, buying the game again, the superb design, extra modes and inventive use of retro style seen here is well worth the price of admission.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you haven't played Infinity Gene already, or even if you have, it's a worthwhile purchase at $10. If you can get past the short stages, repeating bosses and, for some of you, buying the game again, the superb design, extra modes and inventive use of retro style seen here is well worth the price of admission.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you don't have a friend within driving distance, you may want to wait until Guardian of Light's online multiplayer is switched on; the game's single-player mode is competent but incomparable to the sheer joy of raiding tombs with a friend.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Though the game would still be fantastic with its co-op dungeon puzzles alone, Guardian of Light contains a surprising amount of substance; each of its many levels offer a series of achievements that add interesting weapons and items to your inventory.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It heralds a bold new era in arcade-style sports games.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful, substantial, classic-style game, and it's a great deal to boot.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if the chief competitor to 2K11 hadn't forfeited the showdown this year, it's hard to imagine a basketball game bringing a more complete, authentic, and fun game of pro basketball to the court than NBA 2K11 does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if the chief competitor to 2K11 hadn't forfeited the showdown this year, it's hard to imagine a basketball game bringing a more complete, authentic, and fun game of pro basketball to the court than NBA 2K11 does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An interesting, engaging, witty game that takes full advantage of its portable platform's strengths.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first improvement is that everything is smoother.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The first improvement is that everything is smoother.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even with the deviations from what you might expect from the plucky pink puff, Epic Yarn most assuredly feels like a Kirby game; you have solid platforming, off-the-charts cuteness, and even throwbacks to familiar Dream Land characters and settings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    And with its well-directed pacing, the game ends exactly when it needs to, leaving you satisfied and wistfully yearning for more.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Elegant, succinct, and full of bravado.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While everyone feels a certain sense of accomplishment after completing a game, Etrian Odyssey III's exploration and incredible challenge make it rewarding throughout.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything is put together so well that, unless you've become truly tired of the franchise, Ghost of Sparta is well worth playing. This portable title, while it may not be the best or most original entry in the series, is more than worthy of the God of War name.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If there's a lesson to be learned from Gran Turismo 5 (the game itself, not its epic journey to stores), it's not about braking zones, exhaust manifolds, and curve apexes -- it's about patience. Because Gran Turismo 5 contains a seemingly unending supply of driving experience to enjoy, if you just allow yourself the time to discover it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The multiplayer aspects aren't that engaging for me -- there's just not enough to do to balance out the frustration of not being able to defend myself in a fight. However, I love how deep the team has managed to make the single-player portion of the game (again).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The selection of jams, from Pitbull's "Calle Ocho" to M.I.A.'s "Galang '05", are all bootie-bouncing material. The range of dance routines vary considerably and feel legit -- I'd feel comfortable doing "the jerk" at a club.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The multiplayer aspects aren't that engaging for me -- there's just not enough to do to balance out the frustration of not being able to defend myself in a fight. However, I love how deep the team has managed to make the single-player portion of the game (again).
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After a workout with the game, I always walk away feeling like I just went through the same intensive, full-body workout that I'd only get from hitting the gym five days a week. It's this feeling that sets EA Sports Active 2 apart from the rest of the exercise games on the market, and it's why, if you're serious about getting into shape (and you can deal with the hefty price tag), you should definitely try EA Sports Active 2.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easy to say that this is Treyarch's best game...when it's not just trying to imitate Infinity Ward.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easy to say that this is Treyarch's best game...when it's not just trying to imitate Infinity Ward.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I'm not a fan of working out, but I still enjoy the time I spend with EA Sports Active. After a workout with the game, I always walk away feeling like I just went through the same intensive, full-body workout that I'd only get from hitting the gym five days a week. It's this feeling that sets EA Sports Active 2 apart from the rest of the exercise games on the market, and it's why, if you're serious about getting into shape (and you can deal with the hefty price tag), you should definitely try EA Sports Active 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ys has had a bumpy history in the U.S., but if this is an indication of how good the series can be, I hope it's here to stay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Back to the Future is a promising start for the five-part series and a treat for fans. While adventure aficionados might hope for harder puzzles and larger spaces to explore, casual players and first-time adventure gamers should have fun reconnecting with familiar characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    LBP2 has the tools to be fantastic; time will tell us whether it lives up to its potential.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a fantastic game regardless of platform, and anyone who doesn't own an Xbox 360 should definitely experience it on PS3. Nevertheless, the 360 version is still the way to go. The continuity of customization offered by the dozens of decision links between the first two games were easily the most satisfying thing about ME2, and that's largely lost on PS3.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Take away the interface tweaks and improved mechanics behind how Isaac moves and feels, and examine the overall structure, you don't have a "good game and then a better game," you have two different games: a creepy sci-fi horror game with some damn good action versus a damn good sci-fi shooter with some creepy parts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Take away the interface tweaks and improved mechanics behind how Isaac moves and feels, and examine the overall structure, you don't have a "good game and then a better game," you have two different games: a creepy sci-fi horror game with some damn good action versus a damn good sci-fi shooter with some creepy parts.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Take away the interface tweaks and improved mechanics behind how Isaac moves and feels, and examine the overall structure, you don't have a "good game and then a better game," you have two different games: a creepy sci-fi horror game with some damn good action versus a damn good sci-fi shooter with some creepy parts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If there's a problem with EOTN it's that you can't play against your friends. No hotseat play, no remote play, no nuthin'. Apart from that, though, the controls are easy to master, the game is huge, the setting is fun, and it costs five freakin' bucks. Don't hate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The possibilities are endless, and you'll experience something new in every match you play. Try to leave your preconceived notions about what this game should be at the door, pick it up, and just have fun because that's what this game is all about.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The possibilities are endless, and you'll experience something new in every match you play. Try to leave your preconceived notions about what this game should be at the door, pick it up, and just have fun because that's what this game is all about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A well-executed rerelease of a great game.