9Lives' Scores

  • Games
For 187 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 95 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 47 Astro Boy: The Video Game
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 187
187 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s been a while since I’ve happily played a beat’em up. Tatsunoko vs Capcom struggles a bit with its matchmaking online, but even there it’s relatively fluent. It looks decent and everyone can create sparks on-screen by a very simple control set-up. Want to go back in time, then nostalgia will kick in when you play it with an typical arcade controller. Worth a shot? Definitely!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fat Princess is definitely a hit and worthy addition to the PlayStation Store. The humour in the game and the simple class system creates a new experience. Unfortunately, the continuous in-game chaos can ruin the fun sometimes. No one should be deterred from its unique graphical style, as Fat Princess is a game for everyone looking to have some fun online here and there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA 2K10 is without a shadow of doubt the best basketball experience you will find at the moment. Realistic graphics and animation, very decent gameplay and numerous modes and options will satisfy your basketball fantasies for many months to come. A few minor annoyances are what keeps NBA 2K10 away from being a classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's a bit too early to say whether NCSoft has got a lasting hit on their hands, but it looks to turn out that way. Even though some features lack depth, Aion is without a doubt one of the most solid MMORPG's we've seen in recent years.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Some fans may be disappointed with the lack of weapons at first, but the developers have managed to create an excellent alternative. The loneliness and the nightmares create a sensation of fright, increased by the game toying with you psychologically. It does so by using information you give it, whether consciously or not. Combining that with a strong storyline, wonderful graphics and entertaining puzzles, makes this game come highly recommended for every horror-survival fan looking for a change.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Maxis has created a mature and complete expansion with Sims 3: World adventures. Fun puzzles, relic hunting and meeting new people will make you feel like the smashing holiday is over before you know it. It'll make you want to go on a next trip immediately. For all those adventurous Sims-fans out there: this addictive expansion is worth it!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Scribblenauts will make you think, even if it's only to realize the name of that one particular object you need. It starts out easy, but gradually, the challenge becomes greater. It's a lovely game for those who are on the road or when there's nothing on the television again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    RACE On looks dated, but the quality beneath the hood can’t remain hidden for long. For a budget price you’re getting probably the most realistic racing game on pc at the moment. It may not suit the big audiences, but race fans that haven’t gotten any of these titles, will indulge themselves in the many options this game offers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Fat Princess: Fistful of Cake is a welcome addition to the PSP’s arsenal. It’s cheery, colourful, and just plain fun. Titan Studios has done well to bring the experience to the handheld without having to sacrifice. You’re even getting more than with the version for the big brother although it’s not entirely certain whether it merits such a price tag, seeing how the PS3 version was a mere 15 euro.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The 3rd season of Sam & Max gets a great start with this entertaining and very original first episode. Max' special powers allow some cool and innovative puzzles, and the smart humor and storyline will keep you playing till the end credits. To make the game more suitable for mainstream gamers however, point & click is replaced by a simplified controller scheme and also the difficulty of the puzzles is dumbed down again. But even experienced adventure gamers will enjoy this episode, despite the lack of a real challenge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Despite the few minor flaws in The Saboteur, this game is worth its money. If you want to give depressed Paris its colour back and in the meantime go mental on anything smelling of Nazis, then The Saboteur happily obliges. It keeps you coming back to your console for more. A wonderful final act for Pandemic Studios.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Ghostbusters The Videogame brings the movies of yore back to life and does this without having to sacrifice atmosphere and humour. Unfortunately, you don't get a lot of freedom, but that might be offered in the sequel. Some things are less in the Wii version, but that's compensated with a good cartoony look and a split-screen multiplayer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage extends what its predecessor does and delivers a more complete package. It still needs to dot the i's to become a top game though. The array of accessories is nice, but doesn't offer increased bonuses on the tracks. The biggest innovation is the Wii Motion Plus, enabling you to make your own tricks. Don't have the money to go skiing in the French Alps? Maybe this will entertain you instead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    It has turned out to be a surprisingly good game, perfectly combining several platforming elements with physics-based puzzles. Add some RPG, co-op and moody graphics and sound to the mix and you can say this game is to be recommended. Too bad there’s no online co-op and that the trophies are a bit easy to get.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Essentially, Silent Hunter 5 is what it is: the fifth installment of a submarine simulation series. Graphically, it’s bounds and leaps forward and the new inside perspective adds to the realism. Sim fans will get what they want, with loads of options to make the game even more realistic if required. It’s accessible for those not particularly seeking realism. Sailing, simple manoeuvres, firing torpedo’s. The new interface adds to this ease. Everything is reached with simple mouse clicks and intricate menu’s are nowhere near this game. However, everything takes its time, which some people might not appreciate. Sailing from one point to another, searching for enemies, sinking them, getting new supplies, finding enemies again, etc. SimCity and Anno also require lots of time investment, which is what this title also has, and that’s how you discover the true strength of the game. That’s what makes Silent Hunter 5 mainly a game for those with patience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Wii Fit Plus can definitely be viewed as a marked improvement of the first game, especially if you can deal with the fact that it's more of an update than a sequel. Where Wii Fit was lacking in several areas, Wii Fit Plus brings us an elaborate sporting sensation, with an abundance of Balance Games and new functions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a quick fix with plenty of challenge, then Max & the Magic Marker is something to consider. It's presented beautifully and with its combination of puzzle and platforming elements, it plays quite fluently. All in all, it's not that novel though. We have seen such elements in other drawing games before, but still Press Play knows to keep us tied to the screen and that's why this game deserves a place in your WiiWare collection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Resonance of Fate breathes new life into the stagnating JRPG genre with a unique battle system that unites real-time and turn-based combat. Visually the game might not excel and the steep learning curve may mean it's not for everyone, but the strong, strategic gameplay more than make up for these little downsides. JRPG fans who don't mind getting their hands dirty should pick this up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Army of Two: The 40th Day beautifully follows the footsteps of the first game, with quite a lot of innovation and improvement. Nicely created characters, varied gameplay and supporting soundtrack drag you through the story from start to finish. You need to get used to the camera stance, but quickly, you’ll appreciate its benefits when covering. Certain graphics could’ve been better, but all in all, it’s a decent action-packed game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising strikes a good balance between tactical sim and action. Its fluent gameplay is addictive, the missions are varied and it impresses graphically. Despite room for improvement, this game comes recommended for those who loved the original and for those gamers who're looking for something different than the abundance of contemporary "Rambo"-games.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jak & Daxter: The Lost Frontier maintains the wonderful platforming gameplay of its predecessors. High Impact Games has remained faithful to the franchise and has even added challenging flying missions. It looks beautiful, plays fluently and has plenty of variety to give you hours of fun. A minor tip to High Impact Games though: Fine tune the aiming system and the camera and the next game will definitely be a classic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tropico 3 has turned out to be a nice management sim that fans of the genre will love. The gameplay mechanics are elaborate, the economic and political systems are well done and it looks like a charm. The micromanagement can be annoying due to lack of information, but luckily it's never entirely frustrating. Looking for a good sim? Tropico 3 is definitely not a bad choice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magna Carta II has turned out to be a fun game for the JRPG lovers out there. Realtime gameplay is handled well, there’s a lot to discover and it’s graphically adequate. Voice acting and story could've been done better, but it’s a common illness in this type of game. Whoever is looking for a fluent JRPG can add Magna Carta II to his wish list.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chinatown Wars will never go down in history as a 'big' GTA-title, but nevertheless, it deserves a place in your PSP collection. It's a GTA with its own character and its own pair of balls. Besides, during these dark ages for PSP gaming, there aren't a lot of PSP games that win our hearts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gravity Crash contains a fun diversity in planets and levels. The game is challenging and pushes the player to keep doing better. The graphics and the soundtrack finish it off. If you’re still not bitten by the retro-virus, this developer (Just Add Water) might give you the final push with Gravity Crash.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combat system is deep and manages to impress. The lack of classes is a downside, but luckily, the tactics and combat setup are able to overcome that – making it possible to create your own classes. The story pulls you along from the start and the cut-scenes are delicious. Enemies aren’t always unique or original, but the total package of small and humongous enemies gives you variety. The addition of multiplayer creates a whole lot more gameplay and fun. In that sense, it’s an important addition. Finally, it’s wonderful to become the White Knight while we wait for the next JRPG. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but definitely not a lousy game either.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa isn’t a bad game, but not worth it to be sold for full price. Its good gameplay is borrowed from Fifa 10 and it merely adds a new penalty system. It seems the developer relaxed a bit too much, knowing how good the gameplay from Fifa 10 was. Luckily, the exciting qualifying moments and a reformed Fifa 10-mode keep the fun in this world cup edition. Nevertheless, it should’ve been released as a cheaper expansion or a huge downloadable content pack.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Mega Man is enjoyable. It’s consciously been kept retro to invoke nostalgic feelings for whoever was playing the ‘blue bomber’ 23 years ago. It just feels right and the game just doesn’t need fantastic graphics. Mega Man 10 is a game with a potential high difficulty, that’ll keep you busy for hours on end. The 800 points you have to pay, feel like it’s a bargain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Left or right? Hide or run? Take care of yourself or keep running while bleeding? These are choices in Hysteria Project. It’s short and has basically no replay value, unless with friends, but it’s gripping and often intense. It’s an experience craving for more. More choices, more options instead of a fixed path, more revelations about the who, what and where. But also less: less savepoints to interrupt the game. For 1.49 euro’s you can be content. Let’s get a sequel.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Dead To Rights Retribution can be considered one of the better action games of the year. It’s bloody and brutal, gameplay and controls feel good and the switches between Jack and Shadow help to fight off repetitiveness. If you don’t like blood and extreme violence, stay away from this game, but they are bountiful in the game. Recommended for those who like over-the-top action.