1UP's Scores

  • Games
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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War 2
Lowest review score: 0 Vampire Rain: Altered Species
Score distribution:
3526 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quirky, satisfying, and highly original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Actually feeling like a rock star -- for most people under 40, the next best thing to a superhero or a T-Rex -- is transcendently entertaining. "Guitar Hero" is still the way to go for lone wolves, but if you have the space, the manpower, and the means, Rock Band unquestionably, unequivocally rocks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a sequel, Pikmin 2 is very nearly perfect; it refines the shortcomings of the first game while adding a ton of new elements, yet feels both balanced and polished. The attention to detail is phenomenal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Crackdown were nothing more than a GTA-ish game with the fat trimmed away and some insane physical abilities, hell, that'd be something to be thrilled about. That it represents the best, if not the first, online multiplayer sandbox game on a console is just gravy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's more than a repackaged oldie, and is about as accessible as it gets. Put this game on in a room full of people, and everyone is drawn to it, especially the people who don't think of themselves as "gamers." That makes it legitimately something for everyone.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No other version allows you to swat the rock off Shaq with Princess Peach the way the GC iteration does. Whether this is 1) cool, or 2) a joke to you is a matter of preference, but it's worth keeping in mind if you have younger, or more open-minded gamers in your den.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the mellow sounds of Leonard Nimoy's narration to the polished world view that allows you to smoothly scroll from satellite view to up-close and personal, this is the consummate update of a classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remarkably well-honed-arguably Paradox's finest achievement in the form to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It transcends the traditionally obscure rally genre and becomes a game that anyone can enjoy, even if their idea of a good driving sim is "GTA III." It's the difference between a good game, in other words, and a truly great one, and the folks at DICE have made a truly great game here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite easily, the best baseball game on the system. Even with its minor flaws, it combines all the simlike statistical realism true ball hawks crave while throwing in additional modes of play to keep those with shorter attention spans enthralled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Story aside, the campaign shines. The pacing's on par with Factions in terms of how quickly you gain levels (not that those matter much in Guild Wars anyway), and the game's 20 missions present lots of replay incentive thanks to a tiered reward system.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The more intricate the rat maze, the more necessary the reward -- part of Portal's sinister genius lies in the cheese-crumb trail it leaves. Puzzle solving is an end in itself, and the game's Skinner boxes (note that, like the computer intelligence pulling our strings, Valve remotely tracks player progress, indirectly seeing what stumps us) are supremely entertaining to crack in on-again-off-again sessions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brave Story is a comfortingly familiar type of RPG that still feels fresh, thanks to the strength of its characterization, the attention to detail, the swift pace of battles and quests, and the technological proficiency of its load times.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An awesome addition to a deservedly-lauded series. Now excuse me while I finish my powered-launch, 3000-foot air-powered supercoaster. The peeps are gonna love it!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The formula is as hectic and hilarious as it's ever been, and having it reside on a hard drive, ready for eight-player online action at any moment, makes it the perfect Live Arcade title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The year of development shaped Rise of Kunark into an admirable expansion. Even though PVP content is largely ignored and midrange characters will level elsewhere, it's apparent that SOE's finally hatched an add-on that puts a shine on the entire game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing a new Soul Calibur is like embarking on a two year (or however long it takes Namco to release the next game) journey into personal mastery, constantly pushing yourself and your friends to become better players. That's the mark of a transcendent fighting game, and Soul Calibur III has the makings of a classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But it also feels like a more polished game, and the base mechanics work extremely well by the time you reach the end of the single-player campaign. It doesn't quite have Riddick's pacing, due to the open city that asks you to find your own way through, but it presents a better feeling of accomplishment and familiarity by the end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Relic Entertainment's latest effort does most of the usual RTS things right -- well-balanced, good-looking, deep multiplayer game, all that -- but what sets it apart is how good it looks and sounds while it's doing them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It brings to your mouse and keyboard the most adrenalin and expletive producing firefights of any shooter made to date, and not just by a little bit. How good? Good enough that facing a mountain of hype-fueled expectations F.E.A.R. will blow you away and you'll be ready to play through it again on the next higher difficulty before it's even over.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The second way the songs are better is how they're played. The notes and chords are laid out in natural and engaging patterns that make sense musically and with the way your hands are moving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's strangely engrossing, almost therapeutic in its mundanity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the first game where I've actually felt a sense of attachment to my customized car, and it's one of the most entertaining racing games around.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's certainly very enjoyable, it's incredibly slick, and packed with features, but it still loses out a little to Konami's game on that difficult-to-quantify quality; feel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People who haven't played the current-gen version should get the 360 version if: They are breathing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Each module of Factions was obviously overseen by the staunchest of perfectionists, because they work amazingly well. Factions is a must-buy for Guild Wars fans and a must-try for everyone else.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very few games can truly claim to be for all players of all ages, and this is one of them. With a delirious mix of slapstick humor, comic storytelling, infectious music, and tons of replayability, Elite Beat Agents is one of the best music-oriented games to date and stands among the cream of the DS's impressive library. Don't miss it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the best-looking of the football titles out there, but it's the most fun to play and compete with.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, this is by far the cream of the baseball handheld crop this season. The animations are smooth, the players look great, and the innovation -- particularly online -- is to be applauded.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like that infamous Japanese MMORPG, Oblivion promises total freedom of character generation but fails to deliver that perfectly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's up there on the podium with "Ridge Racer Type 4" and "Daytona USA 2," contending for the title of very best ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's far more than just a really, really good-looking boxing game; it's a little glimpse into the future, and a remarkably good yardstick for ongoing reference.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Factor in all of the unlockable goodies and the innovative 3D effects, and you've got yet another genre-defining experience out of Kojima Productions that sits alongside games like Boktai as true boundary-pushing efforts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apart from a few quibbles (large maps still load at a glacial pace and the A.I. still builds cities right on top of yours), BTS takes a strong game with some serious flaws and turns it into a fantastic game with a couple of minor flaws. No small feat, that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In all, you're given a huge amount of control over every aspect of your realm, and it's gratifying.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Director's cuts rarely come as fleshed-out, exciting or generous as this one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So is Super Stardust HD better than "Geometry Wars"? That is something that will likely come down to personal preference. I happen to much prefer Super Stardust for its diversity of gameplay -- multiple weapons, multiple stages, multiple ways to build up score -- and its better graphical and aural presentation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It provides a shockingly large amount of game time (with Separate Ways, expect to be playing this game in the 25-30 hour realm the first time through).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant Dawn is one of the best strategy games you'll find on any console, with a crazily addictive strategic core that more than makes up for the subpar visuals.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those rare games that manages to not only be creative and challenge many of the game industry norms, but do so within the confines of an extremely entertaining and polished game... One of the best games it's seen in quite some time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone who's ever laughed with glee at taking down a rival racer in a game of Burnout should be all over it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enormous, diverse, engrossing, daring, liberating, sophisticated and -- most of all -- ambitious. Yet at the same time it can be restrictive, banal, childish, unpolished and -- most of all -- frustrating.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like "Warcraft III" before it, World of Warcraft is less about cataclysmic evolution and more about refinement.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly everything about the new MVP, from basic gameplay to the advanced Dynasty mode, oozes quality.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, Corruption takes advantage of the Wii's biggest strength (with its unique controls), and minimizes its greatest weakness (through astounding art direction), while otherwise maintaining or improving upon the high standards and overall polish the series is known for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pandemic's packed the game full of well-coded smoke and explosion effects, and seeing a bomb sortie work its way across an enemy compound is almost a thing of majesty. Bring a tear to your eye, it will. It's this unwavering feeling of exhilaration that separates Mercenaries from the other "free-roaming" ripoffs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a beautiful game, with an enormous amount of gameplay to keep you occupied. If you want something that really shows what the PSP is capable of, there are few better demos than this.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A terrific action-RPG that serves as an example of what a sequel ought to be. It's better than the original, absorbing and well balanced with enough challenge and variety to keep you busy for the 20-plus hours you'll need to get through it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When a game is able to make grown adults throw their shoulders into turns or wave their controller in the air as if it's actually going to help avoid that oncoming tour bus (sorry, it won't), then you know somebody's doing something right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Steampunk and fantasy mesh in a way that's thrilling and engaging, and perilously addictive. It's hard to find a comparison to any RTS you've experienced before; this masterpiece just may become a Legend in its own right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every item that was shiny on the Xbox looks dull on the PS2. Still, relative to other PS2 games, it looks great.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lunar Knights is easily one of the finest games to date for Nintendo DS. Like the bard said, it plays just as sweet by any other name.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Essentially boring... All throughout my time with the game, my mind kept wandering, like it does in the company of someone who's nice enough but can't hold your interest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wario Ware is still Wario Ware, and whether you call it "Mega Microgames" or "Mega Party Games," you're still getting a GBA game at a GBA price. But it's one of the best GBA games available, and it works extremely well in a party atmosphere.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a great feeling seeing something you shoot explode into tons of little chunks (which looks similar to when buildings explode in "Return of the King" -- another EA blockbuster title), and some of the racing scenes define the word "epic."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's fun, inventive, cute, often hilarious, and occasionally heart-pounding -- nearly everything you expect a Wario title to be. It's just not especially challenging nor lengthy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's about time a packaged, mostly complete, somewhat enhanced version of the original classic puzzler was made available and, despite the slight gripes, there's still countless hours of puzzle fun to be had in this economic, attractive package.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The notion of hopping into an X-Wing, shooting down a flight of TIE fighters and then boarding an enemy Star Destroyer to disable its shields is one that has been deeply rooted in many a Gen X'ers mind. This is now possible, and while space combat is not as refined or complex as say X-Wing Alliance, it opens up the game beyond ground-based combat.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Dynasty Warriors" is an excellent series, but Devil Kings is just downright exciting to play, and there's something about being able to remember the names of the characters that's nice too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The depth and quality of the special quests, like the two-player treasure hunts, makes Monster Hunter Freedom 2 exceptionally replayable, but as previously mentioned, your experience boils down to having people to play with, lest the game's depth be squandered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Wii sports lineup isn't strong, and Wii Sports is outdated. MLB Power Pros will rally sportos to pick up the Nunchuk and take a hack on a system that's been easy to ignore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The visuals, bright and detailed and charming, faithfully represent the feudalistic atmosphere of Bleach. The gameplay is simple to learn, thanks to the helpful tutorial and challenge modes that depicts combo of every character. And, despite the easy learning curve, it contains enough substance for intelligent and adrenaline-fueled matches.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although far from perfect in terms of pacing or narrative, it provides a huge free-roaming playground in which you can let loose and just have fun breaking stuff with scant regard for the overall point of the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spider-Man 2 is not perfect, but it's innovative, with some of the quickest and most fluid movement since Ninja Gaiden. If you like the character, this game will let you feel like him more than any previous title, and that in itself makes Spider-Man 2 a success.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The breadth of Uncharted's entertaining acrobatics/gunfight gameplay mix more than makes up for its shortcomings, as does the safe but satisfying story (even if it does get a little ridiculous by the end). It's definitely the type of game that makes you glad you have a PS3.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A kiddie-styled import that comes out of left field all the way from the Far East and topples the perennial powers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a current-gen game it's stunning. The Xbox version is notably impressive, and even moreso when you see it side-by-side with its sibling on 360.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The most exciting RPG to come out this year. It has a different setting, a different focus, and different structure than anything else for consoles, and that's ultimately what makes it so appealing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So, is it worth having an essentially infinite supply of crossword puzzles the size of a postage stamp to carry around with you for $30? If you have any sort of interest in crosswords, yes. Undoubtedly. It's one of the best uses yet of the DS, and it makes for a perfect portable game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The campaign is terrific on any difficulty level, and there's always multiplayer if you need go get your base building freak on. Act of War is a heck of a package that will please any self-respecting RTS enthusiast.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The experience is still amazing... and that the gameplay is still really, really broken in many areas. Each new port brings with it a handful of new features, yet none of them are anything more than mere tweaks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For a few weeks, Pirates! reached full-fledged addiction status for me, complete with numerous lost hours and mutterings of "just one more mission." A fine summer fling indeed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unlike "Rising Sun," Finest Hour goes beyond the epidermal layer and strives to provide a realistic yet still engaging and addictive experience on all fronts, not just for your eyes. And, luckily enough, it succeeds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spider-Man 2 is not perfect, but it's innovative, with some of the quickest and most fluid movement since "Ninja Gaiden."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TGR truly pushes the GBA's limits to offer one of the most amazing handheld racing experiences ever created. It's a rare creation: a game whose sophisticated graphics engine not only enhances its look, but also its gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Camelot's finessed, perfected tennis engine means that Mario Power Tennis -- for all its bizarre features and explosive moves -- is one of the best choices for tennis buffs on the market today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As it stands now, ESPN looks better, but it doesn't feel better. It's pleather not leather, nutri-sweet not sugar, and that's not going to get them far in the long run.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Significantly better than its predecessor, but like most EA Sports releases, sequels feel more like baby steps rather than giant leaps.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Flashy, fun, and playable -- albeit in slightly handicapped form -- this fantastic compilation is superior in many ways to Capcom's own superlative "Street Fighter Anniversary Collection," and sets an early standard for handheld 2D fighters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game feels first and foremost like a pinball game, and a pretty damn good one at that. The Metroid motif's all well and good, but it's really only the icing on the cake.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Real-time battles aside, Rise to Power is a surprisingly good strategy game for the PS2. Its extremely steep learning curve will limit its appeal, but it's a rewarding experience for those with the patience to learn the game's nuances. And with the sheer amount of replayability it offers, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's this carefully guarded lack of realism that keeps the game fresh. While the multitude of moves are clearly wacky, they're never too over-the-top, and it all fits together in this surprising, tight package.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The PSP version does have a bug that prevents your companions' special abilities from actually working, but that doesn't have much impact on the gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The perfect antidote for people who think they've seen it all when it comes to the stealth genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The graphics and control system are almost worth the price of admission all by themselves -- it's rare to find a sports game have this much pick-up-and-play addiction in this age of sim-oriented titles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The DS doesn't exactly have an overabundance of fast-paced shooters, so Galaxies is a refreshing change of pace. Visually, it's well suited to the device, and it offers plenty of gameplay to make it a worthy choice for shooter fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From the very first snap, you'll notice this game runs a whole lot faster and smoother than last year's edition, thanks to the necessary bump to 60 frames per second.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tiger 08 may not be a must-have if you own previous versions, but it's an exceptionally solid game on its own.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sadly, just like with "NCAA Football 08" and "All-Pro Football 2K8," PS3 owners are stuck with an inferior version of Madden. While the game runs at 60 frames per second on Microsoft's box, Madden only clocks in at 30fps on Sony's console. The result? The gameplay isn't nearly as smooth as the 360 version and even stutters at times.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Its gorgeous trappings, addictive combat, and well-balanced difficulty make it the most satisfying DMC in years, and Dante's such a killer character that you'll actually want to tackle the game on a tougher difficulty in order to fully explore his amazing arsenal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Arguably the greatest light-gun game ever created, and the PlayStation 2 version is the best conversion imaginable. It plays beautifully with the GunCon 2, which is thoughtfully packed in for a reasonable price.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Drill Dozer is every bit as good as any current-gen portable title you care to name and succinctly encapsulates why the 2D platformer was so popular to begin with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Painkiller focuses little on AI, puzzles, or plot, and instead sets its sights squarely on appeasing the raw twitch shooter in most of us. At this, the game excels marvelously.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The differences between Diamond and Pearl and their predecessors are small, but they add up. Refinement is paramount here -- refined balance of battle skills, refined relationships between monster types -- as is expansion.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Battlefield 2 absolutely sets a new standard for multiplayer combat on a grand scale, but the final result is evolutionary, not revolutionary, so the the proposition is a little bit tricky.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although far from perfect in terms of pacing or narrative, it provides a huge free-roaming playground in which you can let loose and just have fun breaking stuff with scant regard for the overall point of the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those expecting a wildly different gameplay experience will be disappointed. Those who expect to play City of Heroes with a darker setting, evil looking characters and a meaner narrative will love it. It's good to be bad.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The most fun you'll have with the game isn't in a nine inning affair, but rather with the new mini-games. The new hitting mini-game is interesting, but the pitching distraction is certifiably addictive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A linear, abbreviated experience that, while ambitious and gorgeous to behold, is not Bioware's finest hour.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's unfortunate that we'll probably never see what was originally intended to evolve out of Tribes 2...Vengeance is still a worthy heir to the throne, though, and it may convert more players to the Tribes style of online action than either of its predecessors managed.