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 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Lowest review score: 47 Astro Boy: The Video Game
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 1 out of 187
187 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Kids and the so-called casual gamer will undoubtedly eat this Eyepet up like candy. It looks adorable and its interaction gives it something unique in today's market. Unfortunately, it doesn't always respond as it should and the whole is a bit lacklustre, although you can buy additional downloadable content already.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    If you can’t handle Pokémon, stay away from this one. Same goes for those who have Explorers of Time and / or Explorers of Darkness, because there’s not much added value in this Explorers of Sky. Diehard fans will enjoy themselves and if you have missed the previous titles, then Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky will offer you a tasteful dungeon crawler in a Pokémon jacket.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Ben 10: Alien Force - Vilgax Attacks is for the majority of the audience a game that should be ignored, but for young gamers and Ben 10-fans, this game is more than sufficient and above all a worthy game to learn the skills for more complex games.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Death by Cube seemed like a very good game at first. The first half hour I had incredible fun, but fast the notes were increasingly red, meaning bad, worse, impossibly bad. The game has potential, but having to replay a level eight times to unlock enough coins to advance, is a tad overboard. The pure chaos and difficulty make for a lack of tactic. You're basically raping your controller, in the hope of escaping the battlefield alive, realizing you've only gathered a measly 350 coins. That's with the next level costing 4600 coins. It's not a bad game, but it does pay homage to its title. Dying by cubes is your infernal fate in this game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Legends of Exidia definitely isn’t a bad in-betweener. It carries a retro-ish feel with it and with tiny variations in its gameplay, it manages to keep you busy. Unfortunately, there are multiple reasons to leave the game where it is. It’s not an engaging story and there are a few flaws in the gameplay, such as not being able to choose the magic you’re going to use. The biggest setback is that after completing the story, you can start all over again when you want to complete the side missions. Those that are in the game itself are not really worth it, but the Hero Mode can surprise you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Alice in Wonderland for Wii is a decent licensed game, with a few fun and original elements. Visually, it also manages to deliver. The boring fights, low difficulty and repetitive gameplay are a blow to its aspirations as a top game. Too much potential was left untouched. Are you willing to look past these flaws, then you’ll be getting plenty of fun to justify a purchase.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Wolfenstein will not enter history as a great game. It introduces some interesting new features, but those aren’t matched by the weak story and the poor multiplayer. The name Wolfenstein will sell, but don’t focus on that though.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Command & Conquer 4 will come as a disappointment to many. It’s basically a new game, with some old elements. A step in the right direction? Definitely not. It tries to include elements from other genres, but doesn’t manage to make them come together. The disappointing and short singlep layer is partially aided by a fun multiplayer, but we expected more from the end of the Tiberium-saga and its iconic figure Kane.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Dark Void, despite its few fun and innovative perks, is a mediocre game. Particularly the story and the mission building makes it ...well… average. Fans of third person shooters may have some evenings of fun, but it lacks in length and multiplayer. That’ll probably make it fade into obscurity rather fast. Maybe it serves as a good basis for a better, more developed sequel? As a budget game and for the fans it’s a “yes”. For everyone else: there’s better out there.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Avatar: The Game hasn’t managed to avoid the movie-tie-in curse. Gameplay is repetitive and uninspired. Controls are lacking and the story isn’t deep enough. Audiovisually, the game definitely looks good, but graphics alone don’t make a game interesting. Avatar: The Game is a missed opportunity that could offer a nice little diversion for those who are waiting for the movie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Saw
    SAW has turned out to be a game for the fans of the movies. It portrays the atmosphere quite well, but unfortunately, the gameplay is lacking. We can recommend the game to gamers who just can’t get enough of Jigsaw and his deadly games. A missed opportunity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite the large offer of game types, off-road vehicles and race tracks, MX vs ATV Reflex doesn’t manage to kick up a lot of dust. The new Reflex system looks promising on paper, but in practice is a bit too unstable to guarantee an intuitive control system. Add the faulty graphics and the sometimes annoying sound effects and you’ve got a game that even fans of the genre will find hard to enjoy.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ghostbusters: The Videogame isn’t a bad game, but had more potential. Empty levels, ghosts that move too fast for the psp to move along and the sound show the symptoms of an average port. The gameplay itself is rather varied and the cutscenes are wonderful. Too bad the PSP didn’t get its own version of the game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    F1 2009 suffers from the limitations of the PSP and handhelds in general. If you don’t care about that and you don’t crave realism, then this game might still suit you.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    To give Alien Breed Evolution a sscore isn’t easy. It has impressive graphics, atmoshere and brainless action. On the other hand, the gameplay is weak. When you get annoyed by it, there’s something wrong. It has a boring story, the controls are restrictive and after half an hour, you’ll have seen it all. Unfortunately, the strong graphics can’t cover this up. It had potential, but it hasn’t turned out to be a game of extraterrestrial heights.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    NHL 2K10 isn't a bad game, but lacks depth. The Franchise Mode isn't developed well enough and it all feels a bit too arcade-ish, which probably wasn't 2K Sports' goal. Slow action on the ice degrades the sense of speed. Graphically it looks good, but the gameplay needs work. Luckily, the online and offline multiplayer helps it a bit.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Fairytale Fights is a marriage between fairy tales and hack&slash. Setting-wise, there's not much to falter. It definitely stands out amongst the other titles being released. Yet, there is a bloody divorce looming over the game. Its gameplay plummets straight down the abyss. Every step you take, brings you closer to another useless death. Considering its own qualities and the qualities of the other games releasing at this point, we fear Fairytale Fights' future is rather grim.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Jambo Safari is a fun game, ideal for children aged 3 to 12. They can learn about African wildlife in a playful way. Family members and friends will be able to enjoy the minigames for a few hours, but replayability for them is rather low, making the graphically sub-par Jambo Safari more a treat for young kids or wildlife lovers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Nier is an average game trying to blend RPG with hack&slash. Unfortunately, it fails. The storyline is averagely delivered and the game starts out slowly. Gameplay-wise not much is there to entice you and that's without having to face mediocre graphics. Luckily, the dialogues are funny sometimes, otherwise there would not be much to enjoy in this game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This game isn’t worth a full release. The best Van Halen songs could’ve been offered as DLC. The whole game feels old and unpolished. It feels like a quick buck for Activision, without a deserving game for the fans in return. Compare this to Rock Band: The Beatles or even Guitar Hero: Metallica and you can’t deny it’s an inferior product. Only for fans who truly can’t wait. Everyone else, wait for the budget version.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    We delve into the archives of Resident Evil once again and reach part Zero. Capcom has ported the Camecube straight into a Wii-version and offers those who have missed to play it. Know that it’s a very challenging survival horror game, one that can even make you sweat at the lowest difficulty. Aside from that, the gameplay is dated and you will be cursing and searching at first.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The technical flaws and the sensation that it’s a pc-port clearly define the feel of the game. And it’s not a good feeling. It feels like this game is worth its place in the budget line of the X360, but not as a pc-game, at least not like this. Luckily, you won’t be charged full price for this game, giving it a better price-quality balance. In some areas, the game tries to compete with the best of the genre, and that makes you see the imperfections even more. The best part is found in the game’s extravagance and its specific style, but not everyone will love it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Combine the sub-par sound with the repetitive gameplay and you'll quickly get bored with Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility. The combination of English text with Japanese text bubbles largely passes by on the intended age group of young gamers in the Benelux. The one somewhat addictive aspect is making your farm bigger and finding a partner. Finding a good balance between social life and farm life is what this title is about. Fans of the series will love it: a farm life sim, which could've turned out so much better.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aliens in the Attic isn’t a bad game, but way to repetitive and monotonous for frequent gamers. Kids may appreciate it more, provided they are not left-handed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Race car drivers who stay clear of semi-sims like Grid, Shift and Dirt, will perhaps find pleasure in this game, until the release of Gran Turismo. Whoever is looking for excitement, fun and spectacle, will be better off with one of the previously mentioned titles. Lame.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As expected, Bakugan is a game for the fans. Collecting Bakugan, the cards and learning how to use them correctly, is what it’s all about. Those who do not know what bakugan is, will enjoy it all the same, although the repetitive fighting system and a lack of true action will quickly lead to boredom.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I think I know which game created those mad Raving Rabbids. Those poor creatures must have played Stop Stress: A Day of Fury and gone bonkers. Seeing how the gameplay creates chaos and frustration, playing this game doesn’t only increase your stress, but it gives you a sore shoulder to boot. Concept-wise, it was fine, but the execution is very disappointing.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief can only be described as mediocre. Light variations on the classic turn-based concept won't keep your focus long. Hardcore turn-based RPG gamers will find this game too limiting and the fans of the books and movie will not get into this genre deep enough to create a massive buzz.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The first impression you will get is positive. Unfortunately, that quickly fades. After several hours you’ll be bored with the game due to a lack of depth and content. After Burner: Climax is only recommendable if you love hunting for high scores and eternal online leaderboard glory. If not, then wonder if you really want to spend ten euro’s on this.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Star Wars The Clone Wars: Republic Heroes looks like a previous-gen title and doesn't convince content-wise either. A lousy camera, stubborn controls make the eternal stream of lives a must. It feels kiddy and your friend's AI is so bad that you thank the heavens for its co-op ability. With the sheer volume of hit games coming, we fear that Lucas won't be able to find a lot of gamers willing to purchase this game.