4Players.de's Scores

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For 2,093 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 Zen Pinball 2: Bethesda Pinball
Lowest review score: 1 Dungeon Keeper
Score distribution:
2093 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I wish I could love Kid Icarus more. Because in theory it has everything: A top-notch presentation, loads of minigames and stuff on the side that is almost more interesting than the campaign, a brilliant soundtrack. But there is one thing that overshadows everything: The frustrating controls!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sneaking, hacking and puzzles: Gunpoint is rather short but very entertaining with its wild and unique mix of funny dialogue, challenging jump sequences and stealth elements.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With what could you call Donkey Souls one of the best and hardest Jump’n’runs in recent years has finally come to 3DS. It it not pitch perfect though. But who cares about occasional framerate issues against the pure joy you can experience with this gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The art design and atmosphere of this puzzle adventure remind me Monument Valley. There is no story though, no alternative paths and too many collectibles.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get into the principle that is slightly inspired by Plants vs. Zombies, this mixture of tower defense, strategy and charming puzzles is quite entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a lot of fun! Like Words With Friends the back and forth of challenges is quite entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The basic concept might be a bit outdated by now but it still is as addictive as it is simple. And with the addition of gravity and indirect hits it gains a lot of creativity, although luck plays a bigger part than ever before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A gorgeous presentation, motivating gameplay and amazing depth – the gathering of these beat-em-up-heavyweights is a sure hit regardless of your experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to the PC version the controls are not as intuitive and sometimes even finicky. But once you get the hang of it you just can’t get away from this dark heavy metal ballad that combines dark fantasy with horror à la Lovecraft and a gorgeous art design.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Californian devteam Playdek digitized the tabletop appropriately in terms of visuals and mechanics. Newcomer and veterans alike will enjoy this almost perfect board game conversion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With all its little problems like logic holes, AI mistakes etc. it would be all too easy to dismiss Mankind Divided as a good, yet unpolished project. But that wouldn’t do justice to the core. Dugas and DeMarle created an interactive novel, in which game and storytelling are combined in a mature way. A captivating cyberpunk thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Right now military shooters share the problem of the WWII action games from about five years ago: Eventually you have seen everything and played everything, over and over, again and again. Sure, the campaign has its moments, but nonetheless Black Ops 2 would love to be Modern Warfare – and that is a five-year-old game. And so it is once again the established multiplayer with its plethora of modes and personalization option (all of which are basically known) that comes to the rescue of this run-of-the-mill shooter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I like Resident Evil. Still. And as a fan of the GameCube remake I enjoy the up-to-date presentation with 16:9 ratio and 5.1 surround sound. Nonetheless, one of the godfathers of survival horrors lost a little of its fascination over the years. It still is better and scarier entertainment than Resident Evil 6.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get into the concept it hard to get away from this fast paced fight for survival. This is Geometry Wars in the form of a first person shooter – nice!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The fighting mechanics work well, collision detection is right on the money, online duels are as accurate as offline battles. The narrative though suffers from incoherent styles and a tendency to be drawn out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Kudos to Grasshopper and Digital Reality: I didn't think that a side scrolling shooter could look this marvelous. This is a well-executed take on bullet hell action with a clever integration of slow motion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Splatoon 2 is the equivalent to a beautiful, but moody girlfriend. Mostly you have a great time, but sometimes the inherited quirks are too much to bear. Having said that, the mechanics of this ink shooter still feel fresh, but some lack of content is still evident - as is the problem with time restrictions with certain modes (e.g. Salmon Run) and the finicky online app. (updated 07/21/17)
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you know the original strategy gem be aware: This is rather a visually updated remake than a new iteration. But nonetheless the concept still is as fresh as interesting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I always emphasize how much I like Tekken Bowling – and keep forgetting how much I missed Tekken Ball. With the extra content this would be the first choice for Tekken aficionados – but just if you use the ProController. The standard Wii U GamePad is made with a lot of games in mind but not beat'em ups.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It gives me loads of things I wish for in racing sims. But the plentiful options aside Project Cars offers a mighty engine and authentic physics resulting in a convincing driving experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Incredibly fast arcade action with a flashy retro design that works surprisingly well in VR.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It is so hard not to like DragonQuest Builders. With its mix of MineCraft-ish creative freedom, meaningful quests and a very superficial fight system this adventure sparks my curiosity and keeps me interested for a long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game with the Lady and the giant sword may start slow, but the political background as well as the relationship of the main characters drag you into this beautifully designed world with its well executed tactical role playing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Combining little blocks was never more stylish than with Lumines. Unfortunately this rendition is a mere shadow of its former PSP-self.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A lot of games tried to copy Minecraft – or at least participate from its' success. But this two-dimensional take on the well known formula is the only game that is able to step out of the shadow of the indie phenomenon that inspired it. It leads you into a unique world full of creative magic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Considering last years’ improvements this years’ focus on the ground game feels underwhelming – but definitely delivers a welcome layer of new choices at the players’ disposal. The new commentary moves it into regions held by NBA2K up to now, but even though there are some improvements in the franchise, the mode selection in general isn’t that much different than in Madden NFL 16.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no hero in shining armor, you don’t even know what the soldiers are fighting for. What matters are you and your bitter fight for survival. Every day is a struggle against hunger, disease loneliness and loss of hope. Relentlessly and without judging 11Bit Studios show the dark side of armed conflicts, the suffering, the scars. It is a software monument against war – brilliant.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful homage to the Souls-Franchise, even though sometimes it sticks a little too close to the formula for its own good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Its over-the-top presentation as well as the sardonic smirk after dozens of enemies died in a well-constructed labyrinth of traps make most tower defense contenders look bland. However while an update of maps, tracks, weapons and game modes is a welcome addition to the original, the sequel offers too little to be considered a full-fledged successor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Agent 47 started strong and after a continuous up and down with every episode finishes on a rather low note. The episodic format works well overall, though, and contains some of the most memorable locations of the Franchise. Something that can’t be said about the AI.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On console The Swapper is as impressive as always. An impressive puzzle platforming experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the support of potent hardware, some of the technical problems remain. But nonetheless this is a fast paced action game that you don’t see too often on the PC – and it is surprisingly well implemented in the Metal Gear universe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The seemingly simple puzzler quickly becomes an avant-garde masterpiece asking clever questions and challenging you with a hard to master and astonishingly complex principle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tense atmosphere aged well and still delivers exciting moments two years after the 360 release, while the explosive action is still better than most of recently released shooters.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    As good as the concept was three years ago and as entertaining a successful coop session may be, in the end this is little more than an interesting design study.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In its mobile version Child of Light still is a charming adventure, combining elements of platforming, roleplaying and turn based tactics.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Driven by an incredibly tight and accurate fighting engine you'll find only minor flaws – but quite a few of those like the online mode that can't compare to the likes of BlazBlue. But even with all the rough edges, this is Tekken in its purest form.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it doesn’t reach the fascination of the other parts of the series, this still is a solid and entertaining mystery adventure and a bucketload of moral decisions and consequences.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It has been more than two years when I first stepped on the disco light panels of the musical dungeons of the NecroDancer. And I still enjoy it thoroughly. It was and still is an extraordinary hybrid of dungeon crawling and rhythmic strategy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Stylistically classy and mechanically elegant adventure about nine murder cases in an interesting time warp.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Complex, but easily accessible prison builder with an interesting campaign structure, but also a few bugs here and there, while the micro management can get out of hand sometimes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Steel Division delivers with long, dynamic and challenging battles as well as loads of troop micro management. Mission design and AI need improvement, though.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you feel comfortable with beat em ups from Capcom or SNK then you will enjoy Skullgirls with its tremendously high difficulty level and beautiful visuals.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you missed out on The Wolf Among Us, now is a good time to enjoy the entertaining fairy tale crime story in all its glory, and on PlayStation 4 technically better than on the old systems.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Kat's adventure has a lot in common with Mirror's Edge: Both games fascinate with their very unique way of movement. Gravity Rush almost breaks through all limitations into a nearly endless freedom. Also like Mirror's Edge it misses some attention to detail: A lot of fights play out too similar und besides the crystals there is not much to discover.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Every minute in this uncommon setting is more satisfying than the usual map crawling in other action adventures. But in the end the story can’t deliver and with the omission of the PS3s’ motion controls an essential part of the experience is missing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even though Life is Strange doesn’t utilize all its potential on the final stretch this is a strong emotional finish to a cracking mystery thriller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Explosive, difficult and gloriously daft: Broforce brings you pure testosterone in gaming form.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dust is not only an excellent 2D-adventure for Fans of classic action-adventures like Metroid or Castlevania, but also an incredibly charming declaration of love to the whole genre. It plays great, looks damn fine and motivates you from start to finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What an experience! This little gem transports you right into a mysterious and charmingly designed world.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The slightly raised tactical demands and the improved freedom with the character development make the Switch iteration of this intricate match-3 variation the best version.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Not only is the concept unique, the execution is as well. In its best moments you actually feel like you are sitting at a computer terminal in a deserted spaceship trying to navigate the drones on a basis of schematic scanner data. In its not so good moments the path-finding and some other minor flaws destroy the immersion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you ever wondered what would happen if you cross the minigame madness of Wario Ware with a ridiculous story and add rhythm game mechanics, this is the one to look out for.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    This is arcade racing in its purest form: Controls and rules are as simple as anything. But still you need finesse to get around the bends and turns in style. Unfortunately it is rather short.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you like music games, get it. If you like the fantastic musical arrangements of the Final Fantasy series, get it. Even with slight downers like inconsistent challenge levels this is one little rhythm gem.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is cool stuff. With Tropical Freeze Nintendo proves once again that the cult monkey still belongs to the platforming elite.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outland took three years to appear on PC but the long wait was absolutely worthwhile. This mythical Jump&Run is as appealing on PC as it was on consoles and is simply one of the best of its kind in recent years.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This powerhouse didn’t lose much over the years and looks better than ever. Mechanically you can feel the age, but it plays as it should: The action comes hard and fast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When it comes to presentation this remake of Ys fourth chapter could be definitely improved. But if you love your JRPG old school, it doesn’t get much better than this.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ubisoft is definitely on the right path with their newest interpretation of open world action. For a metropolis like Frisco the streets could be more crowded, but the interactions you can actually witness are giving the impression of a breathing living city. That aside the hacking action relies a little too much on too similar patterns within the main missions, although in the last third there are enough pace changes and surprises to keep you going, while the script as well as the characters keep this more light hearted and cheek-in-tongue hacker tale alive.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA offers some fresh impulses that could prove fruitful in the years to come. But while presentation is as good as it gets the flow on the pitch suffers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A well executed modernization of the third series generation. Nonetheless Gamefreak needs to come up with something new when it comes to the old fashioned basic fight mechanics. It keeps you glued to the screen as always but I found myself asking for a change of direction.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Only on the console you'll get basic explanations as well as comfortable crafting without having to read through millions of forum pages. But the pad-explored worlds are limited and not infinite like on the PC with the result of you losing a sense of freedom. It is still fascinating, though.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Superficial tuning, an unbalanced difficulty level: Aside from the visuals this as average an arcade racer can get.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    On one hand you have the atmospheric stages on board the Queen Zenobia with constant changes between horror and terror elements. Unfortunately in latter levels the classic formula mutates to a simple action game that is average at best, even though visually Revelations is easily one of the most impressive games on the 3DS.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Superhot proves that a simple but clever executed concept can deliver tremendous fun. A challenging but short mixture of action and time puzzles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I wish that Level 5 would take some more risks and implement some new ideas. On the other hand the series' proven qualities shine through at every corner: You'll get well conceived puzzles by the bucket, a comfortable multi-tiered help system and an interesting adventure story with charming cartoon sequences.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This creative puzzlegame is a brilliant example for great retro-feeling with simple means. As soon as you start the adventure the curtain rises and gives way to the world of retro computing including corrupt files and beeping soundfiles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    I hate it when I’m right. But games from Farsight can’t seem to show up without bugs or quirk. For example: Who had the idea to exclude worldwide leader boards?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In terms of content this is definitely the ultimate Monster Hunter experience. The visuals can’t hide their age, though. The world still is harmonious and confronts you with truly impressive enemies, but a lot of animations and effects date back to the PS2 era. That doesn’t take away anything from the still motivating hunting and gathering that is easier to control than ever before.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You like board games on your iPad? Then get this one. It is as simple as captivating and even though there are some usability flaws Le Havre is very well executed.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Charming, bubbly and intelligent adventure with creative puzzles for one or two players.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is challenging, motivating, and feels strangely familiar while full of fresh ideas. This is indie gaming at its best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This PES delivers a stability in the build-up and situative elegance – almost like in the good old PS2 era. But with an unstable online mode even a few days after release as well as a few visual shortcomings this is only one more step back to greatness. It will still take a while to get there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Antichamber reminds me, why I love games: Because they can still surprise me. This surreal labyrinth doesn’t bend to convention, it questions it with every move. The puzzles ooze creativity and variety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful expansion, visually spectacular and challenging – on par with Bloodborne’s “The Old Hunters”.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Intelligent escape puzzles that are held back only by the inaccuracy that you encounter here and there with the Move controllers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Even though I would prefer Etrian Odyssey 5 instead of walking thru dusty old dungeons: This is an exceptional remake.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Hacknet lacks the depth and freedom of the close relative TIS-100. But it gives you a sense of what goes on in the real hacking world – an interesting experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the hours of expanding into one the countless galaxies, the admission is worthwhile. And even though all the new factions and abilities give you only more options but not more depth, this is a satisfying final to Ironclad's space opera.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My arcade heart beats faster. Galak-Z manages to combine furturistic arcade flair with 80s cartoon style and lots of action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It is astonishing how many puzzles you can squeeze into a little area. Even though Clarc relies on well known mechanics they are kept together by a charming story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    They’re on a roll: The French team from Amplitude delivers again. In the endgame they could deliver more and more varied options as well as convincing diplomacy. But, nonetheless, this is turn based strategy you can lose yourself in.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    You won’t encounter any creative outbursts, but it delivers solid and entertaining old-school platform action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If after Fallout 4 or The Witcher 3 you still have time and the need for another epic open world roleplaying game, then go ahead. This is still the great epic that it always was. But although it is visually enhanced sometimes the five year old engine foundation shines through while there are some new bugs to be found – mostly in connection with the Mods that are allowed on console.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    You will need training. You need skills and lightning fast reactions. But in return you'll get magical moments that only Pro Evolution Soccer can deliver – even though the engine and overall presentation need an overhaul.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The technical flaws definitely impact the flow. But even with this in mind XCOM on Vita still is a gripping strategy experience.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a captivating fight of an impressive heroine with her inner demons. Ninja Theory delivers a very unique action adventure that challenges you a a variety of levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Steam World Dig reminds me of good old Amiga days: It is a simple, but entertaining, platformer.

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