4Players.de's Scores

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For 2,094 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 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 World of Warcraft: Legion
Lowest review score: 1 Dungeon Keeper
Score distribution:
2094 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Finally: 64 players with 60 frames per second. While the visuals are not yet at the level of high-end PCs, at least the size of the maps and subsequently the fun associated with it arrives on the next console generation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Why is there no release of the complete trilogy for the launch of a new console? That would have been added value. Nonetheless this is basically the same game that you can get on other systems, give or take some interesting additions as well as nagging faults: An entertaining and sometimes tragic ending to a space shooter that doesn't live up to its potential.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This turn based strategy is not for casual Caesars but a very ambitious project for sophisticated generals. The creative formation system and the challeging campaign will keep you busy for weeks – one turn at a time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This is not as mass compatible as Street Fighter 5, but with a deep fighting system, beautiful visuals and a lot of content this might just be the best old school beat-em-up you might get on PC.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The table design with its mixture of realistic elements and physics on one side and unrealistic parts on the other might be too much for pinball purists, but it still works surprisingly well. And on top Zen Studios offer a fair pricing system, where 360 users can upgrade their already purchased tables for free – commendable!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Some elements like microtransaction feel inept, but most of the time the symbiosis of random battles, turn based tactics and time manipulation works surprisingly well. If you cherish old rpg virtues this is definitely for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While EAs next gen basketball is embarrassing, 2K shows them how it’s done. It plays authentic, it looks fantastic, which makes watching the games a lot of fun. If you like Basketball you’ll be entertained for months – even if the online games are a little bumpy and you don’t get all the modes you are used to.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It should have been the same experience as on other consoles. But technical issues, mainly the pop-up distance and frame rate issues hold this assassin back. Not to mention the underutilized GamePad.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Lunacy, anarchy, drastic violence and stealth tactics wrapped in absurd amounts of pixelblood and psychedelic electro. You can love this game. You can damn it into the deepest hell. But you can't ignore it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re into accessible over-the-top arcade sport this might be for you. But be careful when you play: At certain times the network problems are horrible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The transition from PC to console is successful. Everything is there: The enormous amount of pixel brutality, the unforgiving mechanics, the gorgeous soundtrack – and the sometimes frustrating trial-and-error that keeps Hotline Miami from being truly great.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Age is the worst enemy for this former masterpiece. With the core mechanics unchanged (this is not a remake) the weak points like pathfinding and control issues weigh in a lot. But then again, the strengths like unit and faction balance are still evident as well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is tremendous fun to cruise through a breathtaking virtual Colorado, explore and listen to the fantastic soundtrack. On top of that the brilliant driving physics show that the Forza-DNA is still intact and working. But AI problems, a missing split-screen and the reduction to a maximum of eight players online eventually show that there is still room for improvement.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    With two heroines following in the footsteps of the Drake brothers I was hoping for a few more gameplay variations catered to the characteristics of Chloe and Nadine. Having said that, with all the elements and mechanics present that made Uncharted 4 such an exceptional game, this again is an extraordinary action adventure with beautiful visuals.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Despite problems like the resolution limitation and the missing PC optimization this game is still excellent. Courageous heroes can delve into a mysterious and dangerous world where greed and impatience are bad companions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There is no doubt: On Wii U 2K13 celebrates the same magnificent basketball as on 360 or PlayStation 3. But be aware that the engine is not as fluent as on other systems and that the new features for the Wii U GamePad are either unnecessary or well conceived but implemented halfheartedly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What a monster! When it comes to content this is the mobile beat-em-up to get. A solid solo campaign is nowhere to be seen, but with all its modes, unlockables and varied gameplay it is hard to resist the 50+ fighters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The pixelated retro knight shows off imaginative enemies and excellent level design. Inert controls and some exceptionally finicky bosses are common as well, though.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    PES 17 looks great, feels authentic and celebrates complex soccer with new tactical components. But the lack of progress in game modes (especially the career) is alarming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The stylish diving through the enemies bullets is a perfect fit for roomscale VR. It is quite short, yes. But nonetheless this is an exceptional game and a great addition for any action archive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The driving physics are a dream come true. If at all, only iRacing can capture the fascination of authentic driving this realistically. But in terms of content it leaves a lot to be desired: Even though it looks great, it still feels like a beta version. Maybe the dev team should have waited a little longer with the official release to give Assetto Corsa more time for fine tuning.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This PS3-classic didn’t lose any of its magic. The visuals are beautiful, the turn based tactics challenging as always.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Compared to the complete content package that is Geometry Wars 3 the meager five levels of Zenizenzic doesn’t seem like much. But those five levels challenge you beyond belief.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A very good start. This is no pretty fairy tale, but a gruesome thriller with a fantastic parallel world New York as a background, where you meet characters from Snow White to Grendel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the most dramatic episode of the season so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Rejoice, hobby generals: Battle of the Bulge is the first strategy highlight of the year. Alongside Ravenmark this is the best you can get in turn based strategy for your iPad.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Challenging twin-stick action with charming characters and clever enhancements of the well known mechanics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you know Death from another console there is no reason for you to ride with him again. But as a launch title for Wii U this as close as you will get to a game in the tradition of the Legend of Zelda-series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Slight changes in the fighting system, and slightly rearranged visuals: Even 30 years in the past Yaukza is the game it always was. The concept is still cool – but feels slightly overused.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Chaotic, frenzied platform action with loads of entertaining online modes: This is a dream come true for sociable jump&run fans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Poignant, mysterious and deadly: This is an impressive odyssey in to space.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the level design shows some inconsistencies and there are no real consequences depending on your choice of subtle oder bloody methods. But nonetheless this is a very entertaining and thanks to the competent AI challenging modern interpretation squad based realtime strategic infiltration à la Commandos.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The new submission system copies a page out of EAs MMA conceptbook, but it works well and adds depth to the already convincing fighting system that gives you loads of options to try and dominate your opponent, regardless where the fight takes place in the octagon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sports Interactive continues to push the boundaries. On the surface this is just a collection of visually enhanced excel sheets, but under the numbers and tables you find a lot of personality. This is a gem from soccer crazies for soccer crazies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You’ll need patience until you realize all the new well designed options at your disposal, but they result in more complexity for non-military strategists. But when archaeologists hunt for lost treasures or when museums are graced by works of art while my resolution passes the world congress, this is strategy at its best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Hats off to Supergiant Games. With their third game they push the boundaries again and deliver an exciting and emotional journey with mechanics somewhere between fantasy rugby and a visual novel. Art design and the beautiful soundtrack draw you into this world even more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arcade minimalism close to perfection and manic action: Geometry Wars is back. Seriously: If I hadn't owned a console already I would buy one just for this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Is this game to the film to the game a reboot? A remake? A director’s cut? A best-of? Actually it is sort of all of the above and bigger as the sum of its parts. It is great to see Insomniac go back to their beloved action-duo, while on the way they produced the best movie related game since Rockstar’s The Warriors.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    When it comes to two-stick action this is as good (or bad) as any. But with its comic style and the sheer amount of enemies it reminds me positively of an isometric Serious Sam.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The tactical as well as explosive action delivers and gives me loads of options. I am changing the skirmish with my behavior, I can play it to suit my play style, from straightforward attacks to sneaky head shots. But I also find myself in the middle of a mountain range theme park with animals more fierce than any herpetologist could imagine while the map throws places at me that I rather want to discover myself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Arkham City is one of the strongest games in the Wii U launch lineup, mainly thanks to the original content that's as fascinating as it was about a year ago. But this port also benefits from good implementation of the touch pad controls that seem tailor-made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tetris meets music: The creative concept sill delivers an exceptional arcade-experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It looks sharper, runs more smoothly and looks better overall. But certain gameplay and design shortcomings are still there.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This is an 8-bit-masterpiece, an atmospheric border patrol dystopia, filled with loads of decisions and tough consequences.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    On one hand id shows once more where its core competence lies: fast brutal action embedded in impressive technology. And while I appreciate that Doom tries to merge old-school run-and-gun with modern elements as well as a new dynamic, I miss dramaturgy within the action. There is no element of surprise. The action becomes predictable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not much has changed in the console versions of this extraordinary storytelling experience: The added audio commentary is nice while the visuals are a little more defined.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The zombie sequel is an impressive lesson about life after the apocalypse with moral questions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intelligent and diverse puzzles, a tense and disturbing atmosphere and high immersion. With all this quality it is a shame that it is quite short. I want more.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even with all the visual enhancements like 60 frames you can feel the age, although the timeless art design still works its magic. But that aside this is an impressive package of action roleplaying classics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The choice of games is dubious sometimes, with the omissions of GoldenEye and the Xbox-Version of Conker Live and Reloaded the most prominent victims. Also the backwards compatibility for Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts and Perfect Dark Zero needs optimization. But nonetheless I grew fond of this collection that gives you a good overview of the opus of one of the most creative studios there was.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A lot in Middle Earth is reminiscent of other games: Fight like Batman, sneak like Ezio and his brethren, explore the world like in Red Dead Redemption. What sets Shadow of Mordor apart is the Nemesis system that works surprisingly well – even though it lacks drama in the end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight is the love child of the challenge level of Mega Man and the mystic design of classics like Gargoyle`s Quest – a captivating retro platformer that will separate the men from the boys.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    TxK
    What a rush! The assault on your retinas has to be seen to be believed. If you liked Tempest, you certainly don’t want to miss this.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A good soccer game with a cinematic career mode and a lot of enhancements on the pitch. Unfortunately the change to Dice’s Frostbite engine doesn’t pay off yet compared to last years’ Ignite.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    In theory, this is the climax of the 2D fighting that Arc System Works executed so flawlessly over the years: More fighters than ever in the series, refined mechanics and beautiful visuals. But be aware that beginners will hardly understand anything within the visual novel style story, while even veterans mourn the decision not to include English voiceover for the seemingly final chapter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Within the overcrowded genre of "endless runners" Whale Trail stands out thanks to its psychedelic artdesign, while the mechanics are similar to the likes of Tiny Wings or Jetpack Joyride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Well written spin-off of the loot shooter series that focuses on characters and story while delivering humor and charm. Nice job, Telltale.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The narrative mix of historical facts and fictitious involvement of the main characters is more believable than ever. The new engine has its flaws but paints beautiful vistas while presenting more detailed characters than its predecessors. But even though this is a package loaded with content, it is far from perfect and lacks connection between all the interesting ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While Overlocked was bug-ridden, this is a convincing port of Devil Survivor 2 with added bonus content. Fans of tactical role-playing games can look forward to a challenging addition to their library.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Enthusiasm and disappointment go hand in hand with Gears of War 4. While the campaign lacks the punch that you are used to from the 360-classics, the enhanced multiplayer gives you almost everything you can dream of.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the campaign is rather bland in comparison to older Halos, the multiplayer shines brighter than ever and promises more fun than ever before – if you can live with the microtransactions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This feels like From Software developed a Castlevania of the Amiga era. At every corner you will encounter a Dark Souls déjà-vu. But this is much more than just a carbon copy in 2D, since Ska Studios added a lot to the proven recipe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the black metal ballad among the tactical roleplaying games. The fights are merciless, the battle system is creative and filled with with possible long term damage beyond belief. There is only one more thing to say: Destroy… them… all…!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Even though I was hoping for a little more creativity on Wii U when it comes to the touchscreen controls, this still is a magical and extensive adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Colorful, charming, challenging and full of humor: Guacamelee celebrates classic exploration, fighting and jump&run on the highest level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It still looks great, it still feels great and it still is the best basketball game out there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is like chess in open terrain. Turn based tacticians: Get ready to celebrate. Shenandoah Studios reached a level that reminds me of the quality of Ensemble Studios on PC.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intense tactics with a very unique pace.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The experience on the track is more refined and better than ever. But why am I restricted in a lot of areas, e.g. game modes? Why can't I just take Michael Schumacher and go for the eighth championships? If you don't need the up-to-date license you might as well go back for last years' version.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It is fast. It is unforgiving. But it always stays fair. What starts as a fairly simple variation of rhythm games soon becomes a hypnotic struggle to stay in the zone that will keep you motivated and frustrated at the same time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A year ago on PlayStation 4 this was a surprise hit. The simple but thought-through concept still works, though and makes this exhilarating cocktail of dungeon crawler, dualstick-action and bullet hell blast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Incredibly fast arcade action with a flashy retro design that works surprisingly well in VR.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This is not quite Need for Speed nor quite Burnout Paradise. But nonetheless this is an entertaining high gloss racer with adrenaline injection. Solo you might want to look for something else, but if you're into wild and crazy online chases you will get lost in Fairhaven.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Fighting and exploration in a visually stunning pixelart world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This is a paradise for park designer, a dream come true for coaster architects. The challenge level is quite low though, and there is just rudimentary economic management.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lone Survivor is a unique and very intense horror trip into the human psyche.
    • 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
    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
    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
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    You want to explore space, push your crew to the limit and improve your vessel. From sector to sector you find new challenges, although none is bigger than the save system. You die, you have to start over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking moments and a great atmosphere are just some of the highlights that you will experience on Mira. The visuals are stunning, the pad is used intelligently. This is by far the best game you will play on Wii U this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A game is doing something exceptionally well if you get blown to bits and still sit there with a big smile on your face. Resogun is as fast, elegant and explosive as a shoot em up needs to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is like your first love rekindled – if you are fan of classic adventures. Filled to the rim with references to old masterpieces from LucasArts while sporting old-school qualities like beautifully written dialogue, quirky characters and bucket-loads of humour this is on par with the likes of Maniac Mansion, Zak McCracken etc.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Just Add Water manages to walk the fine line with rebuilding the retro feeling and adding a few modern twists, although the finicky controls could definitely be more contemporary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Zelda meets Robotron: Isaac celebrates old school topdown action in randomly generated dungeons.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The audiovisual presentation with its retro flair is charming and thanks to the constant challenge the motivation starts on a high level. It is replaced by frustration though, because challenge quickly becomes routine, which in turn made me go back to more classic jump&runs.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This still is a prime example of intelligent game design, proving how much fun a simple, but well thought through concept can be. The change of pace due to your actions delivers a very unique shooter mechanic.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It looks great and it plays great. This is simply the best jump & run you can get on iPad.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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