1UP's Scores

  • Games
For 3,525 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Red Dead Redemption
Lowest review score: 0 Duke Nukem Forever
Score distribution:
3,525 game reviews
    • 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
    It heralds a bold new era in arcade-style sports games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After years of online fumbles by developer EA Tiburon, our annual war cry for an online dynasty mode has been answered. Not only is NCAA Football 09's most impressive innovation brilliantly seamless, but it's full-featured as well (from recruiting and scheduling to talking sure-fire pros into staying on an extra season).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Like the legendary sword the game's named after, Muramasa easily cuts through all the unnecessary fluff and gives you just what you want: tons and tons of flashy sword action.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite its initial approachability, PvZ gets surprisingly challenging toward the end of the game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wrath features more than enough content to keep me busy for a while yet. And if WOW's current track record maintains, things can only get better with time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game shines particularly bright in the Total Team Control mode, which allows you to hook up online with nine other players for 5-on-5 basketball. This mode simulates the experience of playing an actual game of basketball more closely than any videogame I've played.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A well-executed rerelease of a great game.
    • 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
    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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game succeeds at bringing the bar down so everyone can feel a sense of accomplishment. And that level of accessibility is something more hardcore simulators should aspire to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I'm glad to say the multiplayer remains addicting and is more balanced than ever.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I'm glad to say the multiplayer remains addicting and is more balanced than ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A must-play that'll dominate your PSP all summer long.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Roogoo is simply delightful. Its bright and cheery art style, adorably cute characters, and challenging play make this one of my favorite XBLA titles to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's never been a Final Fantasy as free and as fun as X-2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is a generous force with new modes, and significantly more depth allows the game to stand next to first-person shooters designed explicitly for multiplayer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genuinely excellent game. It impresses on many levels, perhaps most of all for the simple fact that it's the first example of a traditional 2D platformer that genuinely works with no input besides a stylus.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darwinia isn't just a good game. More importantly, it's a place you've never been.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But while a ton of awesome bands are represented (Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Anthrax, All That Remains, Kansas, and so on) Guitar Hero II is still missing a few megaton metal bands -- mainly Metallica, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC. But no one will ever be happy, so instead of crying, crank the volume and bang your head until your brain busts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll find a much smarter brand of football in 08: Quarterbacks now scramble when no one is open, wideouts continue to make blocks 30 yards downfield, and defensive backs rarely fall for the deep ball. Some might even say that pass defense is a tad too stingy this season.
    • 86 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a brilliant collage of smooth, polished gameplay, solid netcode, unadulterated diversity, and a frenetic pacing few games can rival.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few games can match the amazing fusion of story, graphics and controls in Riddick. It's a step forward for not only movie-based games, but action games in general.