4Players.de's Scores

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For 1,965 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Zen Pinball 2: Bethesda Pinball
Lowest review score: 1 Dungeon Keeper
Score distribution:
1965 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The world of this game is full of story, art and drama, but waives hurry, judgment or putting the player under the pressure of an ideal decision. Instead you get a beautifully crafted world that gives you the feeling of a virtual existence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A little Tetris, a little GO and a lot of contested space: This mobile conversion of a classic boardgame is very entertaining.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Sure: It isn’t as fascinating as it was five years ago. But still the fighting mechanics and even more so the visuals stand the test of time. This is one of the best beat-em-ups of its generation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While the user comfort within these exceptionally bizarre anime thrillers is reduced due to lack of touch functionality, technically you can expect faster loading times and crisp visuals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is not only a Hack & Slay with atmospheric visuals, it offers clever puzzles, interesting secrets and lethal traps behind every corner. Legend of Grimrock is a well executed homage to dungeon crawlers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    I overlooked the franchise for too long, as I am glad that this year I ventured into the Major League ballparks. This is a mode-filled, very entertaining baseball experience that is not quite perfect yet, but nonetheless will eat your time away.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful tactics RPG with an enormous storytelling arc, varied turn based battles and a motivating troop management.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It can’t spark the fascination of its predecessor on 360. But nonetheless this road trip through Southern Europe still is one hell of a racing experience with fantastic driving mechanics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    One thing is certain: Once this game gets you hooked, it will eat away every spare hour you have. The football crazier you are the more you’ll get out of it. But be aware that the new features alone are not necessarily worth it, if you have last years’ version, which serves as the solid foundation for the annual relaunch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Yes, it is rather short. But Geometry Wars 3 aside I haven’t had that much fun with a twin-stick shooter in a while. Be wary of the spiking difficulty in the middle though where it moves from challenging to frustrating for a little while.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Impressive art design, innovative travel inclusion, decisions and consequences. All the parts that made Banner Saga an impressive turn based strategy gem are found on the iPad.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Challenging and captivating mix of turn-based tactics and Match-3, somewhere between Puzzle Quest and FTL.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The bold mix of mature themed story-adventure and motivating puzzles works surprisingly well and glues you to the pad. If you're looking for something out of the ordinary you should give Catherine a chance. Most likely you will fall in love with her.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The charm of this pixel adventure won me over fast. While it is a brilliant idea to stage it like a theatre with the party sitting at the table with the dungeon master, the role-playing reminds of the good ole days.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Especially in areas where Diablo III disappointed, this small gem from Runic Games displays its strengths: There is more than enough useful loot, thus motivating the hunt for the bigger better item, you need to make decisions when it comes to character development. Choice and balancing of the difficulty levels are also well-conceived.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dark, intense and brutal: Outlast celebrates classic survival horror.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While at its core it delivers the same experience as the past-gen-versions the initial hiccups like the license management for the previously bought DLC make this conversion feel rushed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Age of Wonders 3 gives you challenging 4X strategy within a charming fantasy setting with one of the best enemy AIs I’ve seen in years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The motion recognition works well, the choreographies are as varied as they are challenging, plus you can import the predecessors' tracks (for a small fee). And even this year Harmonix moved forward in terms of party-play there is still lots of room for improvement in this area. Four players simultaneously anyone?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Technically this excellent terror tale is not quite on the same level as the PC version and the constant light show of the controller takes away atmosphere instead of adding to it. But nonetheless this is an intensive survival course in a world reigned by horror and violence.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quality rules over quantity. Overwatch might be a little short on the content side. But other than that, you get a well-balanced, varied and beautifully-designed online shooter with a remarkably diverse hero selection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like your realtime tactics with a flavor of old school like Commandos or Desperados then you can look forward to intense infiltration with challenging missions and superb AI.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It lacks variety in the long run, but with the right group of people around you Evolve is a great romp with beautiful visuals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yes, it might be a little too easy. But the cuteness, the funny ideas and all the hidden collectables are as Yoshi as Yoshi can be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What a comeback. Wasteland 2 is a perfect example how to renew a tradition and continue it gracefully. All you need is devotion. And even though this post-apocalyptic experience has its share of problems like balancing, visuals or inconsequences regarding character decisions this is an epic role-playing game with soul, great atmosphere, a good script and surprising situations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intense tactics with a very unique pace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you want to show off the technical capabilities of your new mobile system, go and get Drake's new adventure. But this is more than a techdemo. The concept with puzzles, action and climbing is as exciting as on the PS3. The story isn't, though.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you look at Dear Esther as a dark audio book Proteus is like looking at an interactive painting. Taking in every detail in this 8-bit world you realize the emotional power with which visuals and audio can create a poetic artwork.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Once you dive into the campaign, you can’t take your hands off this turn-based tactic gem, despite some downfalls in the story department with its’ sometimes corny dialogues.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is as motivating as it is relaxing to take the charming mushroom on a treasure hunt filled with puzzles. Nintendo delivers a strong start into the new year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The soundtrack is great. The conceptual mix of rhythm game puzzler and dungeon crawler is ingenious. Games like this show that the indie scene is still dancing to a different beat.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Song of the Deep is as beautiful as it is challenging, as picturesque as it is magical. This labyrinth exploration gets better with every hour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the total package for all fans of the vocaloid popstar. Over 220 songs, hundreds of costumes, haircuts and accessories as well as the proven and enhanced rhythm game mechanics make this a blast to play – unless you despise J-pop. In that case you should run. Fast.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is what remaster should look like. Mechanically it feels slightly outdated, but nonetheless Lancer and Chainsaw Bayonet keep your adrenaline pumping – even without splitscreen co-op.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the total package for all fans of the vocaloid popstar. Over 220 songs, hundreds of costumes, haircuts and accessories as well as the proven and enhanced rhythm game mechanics make this a blast to play – unless you despise J-pop. In that case you should run. Fast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I was very skeptical, but after finishing the first episode I have to give kudos to Telltale. They captured the spirit of the saga in a very convincing manner. The mix of classic point&click virtues and more recent elements like realtime action and quicktime events reminds me of Heavy Rain.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At first glance the changes are as little and subtle as in the previous years. But they have big impact delivering the most dynamic Madden on current systems yet. And Draft Champions alone is almost worth the admission.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Limbo was and still is a thrill ride with an almost perfect assembly of melancholic dark moments as well as challenging and suspenseful platforming sequences.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Music based Tetris variation with its dynamically changing playing field is as good on consoles as it was on PC. A beautiful enhancement of a modern rhythm game classic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    XCOM is an enthralling experience – and a few minor omissions aside you’ll get the same gripping atmosphere and tactical battles on your iPad as on stationary systems.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark, creative and full of tense atmosphere: Limbo on iOS is as captivating as it always was.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tense, dynamic, relentless. Even though the campaigns lack a solid narrative this is a refreshingly different real time tactic game that delivers adrenaline by the bucket.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As in the first season the third episode is an emotional highlight.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Awesome track design and fun extras make Mario Kart 8 an instant party classic. Nonetheless the single player “campaign” could be more progressive.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Good things come to those who wait. After three years filled with content and with the added Shadow Lords mode Killer Instinct evolved from an ugly duckling that hardly didn’t offer any content to a potential prospect for the beat-em-up throne.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is like a magical novel. If you’re looking for something different, something quiet, you just might find what you need in this beautifully crafted adventure full of secrets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It shows the still known mechanical faults, but the story is worth every minute, as it sets the tone for a hopefully tense finale.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s a pity that the Definitive Edition falls short to the PC in terms of certain texture details. But other than that even two years after its premiere the rejuvenated Dante and his brother show that they still got it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In Switch’s launch lineup, this is the biggest surprise. A fascinating rhythm game that takes advantage of the touchscreen, sports a wide ranged soundtrack of almost 120 songs and an interesting art design.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is short, but Rain gives you tons of magical, suspenseful and emotional moments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The dynamic fights could have been more challenging but the bosses deliver and in the grand scheme the fighting is just a small part of the complex Darksiders mosaic. If you like exploration, puzzles, secrets, the hunt for the bigger better loot plus the occasional scythe wielding, this year it will probably not get much better than this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some problems with AI, story direction and character development still exist. But nonetheless this is beautifully crafted stealth-action that delivers – also thanks to the included DLC.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It might not be the prettiest game, but once you get the idea of utilizing the weapon changing gestures, the Centinels will keep you in a firm grip with their positively hectic battles and challenging boss encounters.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It not only looks great, but gives you high quality content: Loads of modes, a well balanced roster, a complex fighting system, accurate controls.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the surface this is "just" another jump&run – one that wouldn't stand a chance against Mario & Co. But add imagery, unusual metaphors and a simple but very moving story you'll get a fairy tale that reminds me of ICO in its best moments.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A very good expansion pack with a strong comeback of religion and a very entertaining steampunk scenario.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Explosive, difficult and gloriously daft: Broforce brings you pure testosterone in gaming form.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Qin
    This is a very good board game conversion. Unfortunately the AI makes stupid mistakes on the highest setting. But then you can always challenge players online.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This year's iteration still has its flaws like the inconsistent career and the coin system. But nonetheless right now this is still the best sports game out there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nintendo rediscovers fun for the core gamer: New Super Mario Bros. U is hardly surprising, but delivers quite a challenge with its classic jump & run roots.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This was and still is a very challenging turn based tactics gem with cleverly induced real-time elements and a beautiful, timeless art design.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The characters are lovable and the soundtrack is simply phenomenal. Even with bugs and errors not to be found in the console versions you can’t help but fall in love when Tim Schafer pays homage to the gods of heavy metal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The omnipresent paywalls are a constant thorn in my side. But still this is the best Lego game Traveller’s Tales has produced since the original Lego Star Wars. The idea to incorporate the Toypad into the puzzles is genius, where virtual and real Lego worlds merge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This might not be the system seller that Oculus is hoping for, since music games still basically are a niche market. But nonetheless this is a perfect example how known concepts can be enhanced and become more immersive. This is Harmonix’ best rhythm extravaganza since Fantasia: Music Evolved.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Survival, building, exploration and the best building block sandbox since the invention of LEGO. Minecraft didn’t lose any of its fascination on the PS3.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tequila Works show how to inject fresh ideas into a theme as worn-out as the zombie apocalypse. The mixture of puzzles and challenging fights works extraordinarily well to make Deadlight one of the most atmospheric XBLA games of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the well rounded Pokémon adventure I was longing for. An absolutely worthy gift for the 15th birthday of the series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like your old-school RPG with a big helping of classic dungeons, cartography and party-management than look no further. Under the colorful surface is an experience that is more demanding than anything that Legend of Grimrock can throw at you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The story is the usual weak point while the visuals are as outdated as ever. But that shouldn’t keep you from playing this gem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lone Survivor is a unique and very intense horror trip into the human psyche.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On every corner you’ll find a new secret or a sparkling metal ornament waiting to be investigated. It is short and offers hardly anything new compared to the predecessor. But is still is very unique – which you can’t say about too many mobile games which mainly consist of match-3 or endless-runner-clones.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great ending of the bizarre science fiction adventure with a plethora of funny ideas and loads of challenging puzzles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A very big very little adventure with lightning fast quests, lovable characters and loads of references to roleplaying games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Arrival pushed me to the edge of sanity. With its clever combination of unsettling pictures and disturbing sounds this is one of the most intense horror experiences available today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s no other sports game that comes even close to the drama and direction the revamped career is offering. Plus you’ll get a plethora of on- and offline modes. But when it comes to core mechanics the differences to last years’ version are only subtle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An improvement over its predecessor in every way. The intriguing story could be told in a more captivating style though.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is what a nice clean conversion should look like. Visually it is not as crisp as its Xbox One counterpart, but the core delivers the same high octane mixture of acrobatic wallruns and mech-action.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If Dear Esther is a dark audiobook, Proteus is an interactive painting. Small things combine to build a living world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard is back on track.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Evolution was bigger and better in every aspect. But still this is a competent and challenging arcade game that keeps you glued to your pad.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tetris meets music: The creative concept sill delivers an exceptional arcade-experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The mechanics would work well in a different setting without the license attached. But add to that the ridiculously well captured look, sound & feel of the tv show and you get a nasty, provocative and thoroughly enjoyable roleplaying romp.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Regardless if you are a newcomer to the series or a veteran that knows SMT 4 inside and out, this alternate version of the JRPG classic will keep you busy for weeks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yes, taking care of your pokégotchis is superficial at best. And for ten years now Square is struggling with good camera positions in the fast-paced fights. But albeit all flaws this is a very entertaining action RPG with an engrossing and multilayered storyline. Oh yes: It looks great, too.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This creative toolbox didn’t lose any of its magic. Minecraft doesn’t need level-ups, xp, buffs or special abilities to motivate – it captivates with its sheer openness and endless creativity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intelligent Systems wears its name with pride: The puzzles are as elegant as they are tricky. Fallblox is a small but enthralling addition to the 3DS download library.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I have to keep an eye on my provisions, I have to leave the safe path and might have to face deadly foes. If I don't want to die I have to face my fears and accept a suspenseful and lethal game of hide-and-seek. I've never experienced a more intense fight for survival in an open world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If it says “Klei” you’ll get quality for sure. The Canadians serve up a challenging turn based strategy gem in a comic style spy world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ninja Theory had big boots to fill. But they mastered the reboot of the iconic stylish action series. The fighting system manages the balance between traditional dynamics and contemporary combo madness. The art design is close to perfect. The narrative though is sometimes losing focus and refuses to give the characters room to grow for most of the time. Nonetheless this is the first big action highlight of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The manual boost results not only in a more dynamic offense, but forces you to anticipate on defense. With the enhanced mechanics and the improved AI there's no way around NHL 13 if you're remotely interested in this sport.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Byrne's fight for survival is a unique horror trip into the psyche of humans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a very good expansion, but be aware that the focus on improvements is to be found in multiplayer, while Kerrigan’s revenge campaign delivers rather solid entertainment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There it is, the first game that runs exclusively on Nintendo's improved 3D hardware. And five years after the original release this is still a grand epic roleplaying experience. But the fascination that the original could spark for its premiere is not there – also thanks to technical shortcomings that I didn’t expect on the new system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like creative game design, a good story and psychological suspense, Her Story is perfect for you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A creative adventure in an imaginative world of paper and cardboard, that utilises almost all the Vita’s control options.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Vita incarnation of the acclaimed PSN dualstick shooter looks great on the small screen and will keep you going for the highscore again and again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Homesick transports its mysterious story exclusively with the items in the environment and manages to captivate without narrator or pre-rendered cutscenes. A very interesting storytelling journey.