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 3.8 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Yakuza 3 does a couple of things quite well. The cutscenes are nice; it’s a atmospheric Japanese game and there’s plenty to do. Still, the game carries tads of problems along, despite / because its one year delay. In-game, the graphics and the depiction of the story are lamentable, especially compared to what recent games have accomplished. Some stuff needs to be re-examined so that the series is up to speed with the current standard in games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Beat Hazard is a rather traditional Asteroids clone, with the fun addition that your own music can influence the game. Whoever thinks this suffices, will enjoy this game as a way to pass the time. However, the game does not contain the originality we have expected from indie games, and the influence of your own music could’ve been way better.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues feels the strain of several downsides, but the overall setting and typical Lego-humour will entice children, adults and experienced gamers nonetheless.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Still Life 2 is a nice game and mainly impresses with its plot, atmosphere and music. The dark levels and scar music add to the feel of the game. Being able to play both sides of the story is a nice addition. Graphics seem to have been stuck in time, but the decent gameplay makes up for it. A game like this isn’t played for its very realistic graphics, but to challenge the brain and to get stuck in the mood. It doesn’t have any replay value, but for the price of thirty euro’s you can’t go wrong. Fun title for fans of the genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Bloodlines has its flaws and should’ve received some tweaking here and there. Still, the game should not be underestimated. Storyline pulls you in, the open world invites you for many hours of gameplay and the side missions keep the whole interesting. Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines has laid out the basis for future Assassin’s Creed games on Sony’s handheld, with the addition of a few improvements.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Cursed Mountain is a decent action adventure with plenty of horror to keep you up at night. The pace could've been a tad higher, but the atmosphere more than makes up for that error. Add good voice-overs and a captivating story and you'll know what Deep Silver provided us with this Cursed Mountain.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    All in all, Bigbig Studios has made a good PSP game. It’s not as good as its big brothers on the PlayStation 3, but it brings a complete racing experience to the handheld. Above all, it gives you bundles of fun, despite some mistakes, such as the nitrous boost and the difficulty at the beginning of the game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Gratuitous Space Battles is an interesting mix of puzzles and strategy. Action fans won’t find this interesting, but those tactical puzzling fans who love a steep learning curve will definitely enjoy this game. It’s quite expensive for an indie game, but luckily, there’s an extensive demo for those who want to make sure they buy the right thing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Wet
    WET is a action adventure you won’t find very often. The acrobatics are cool, but it’s something you need to do constantly. It breaks the pace of the game and aiming isn’t very fluent. Still, you’re getting plenty of diversity. You get quick-time events requiring focus and a Rage Mode that gives a different feel to the gameplay. It’s game you have to appreciate or it’s best to leave it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    All in all, Obscure: The Aftermath isn’t a bad game. The combination of horror and college humour works fine and the action is interrupted at regular intervals with puzzles and minigames. The detailled graphics and the wonderfully dynamic music add greatly to the atmosphere. Unfortunately, some erroneous design choices detract from the game, making it less than the big title it could’ve been.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    For people who haven't played an Olympic Mario & Sonic, this might bring several hours of entertainment, even though some disciplines get boring too quickly. However, if you've played the previous version, a "been there, done that" feeling will soon pass over you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    MAG
    All in all, MAG is a more than decent game and it comes recommended for anyone loving multiplayer. The tactical element is deep enough to make MAG a very good game, but it can also tackle it. You’ll be dependent on the tactical skills of your fellow players to get good results. If everyone does what they are supposed to, then the satisfaction will be high. When things go awry, then frustration will soon follow. Aside from the occasional map that is too large, there are no structural errors a gamer will get stuck on. The question is whether the lack of a single player will deter some gamers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The unusual Japanese setting and surreal atmosphere will surprise some people, even pushing them away. Rest assured though, the game can give you hours of fun. The replayability is rather low, seeing how the multiplayer is only for offline use only, which is a pity. We can’t call this game a hit, but the original setting and rather addictive gameplay earns it a well-deserved score of 73.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    You'll either love it or hate it. If you can let the bizarre world and characters entice you, you will get your money's worth. Its flawed gameplay will annoy most people though. If you're open-minded, you might appreciate this unique experience. Try out the demo and decide for yourself if you want to purchase this decently-priced game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Despite the well designed battle system, the game doesn't manage to surpass mediocrity. Slow advancement, mediocre graphics, clichéd story and insanely difficult trophies will be a thorn in the side of many a gamer. Only crazed fans of JRPG's will manage to keep themselves busy for hundreds of hours. This part of the audience will definitely get their money's worth.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    C.O.P. The Recruit may not be a GTA killer, but it it's not a hopeless GTA wannabe either. Its unique shooting controls and its mission variety make this game worthy to check out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A solid MMORPG which needs another year to get to its full potential. That’s how you could describe Champions Online. It’s definitely worth a shot if you’re looking for a change from the traditional games. The elaborate character creator and the comic setting make it hard not to love the game. Content-wise, especially in the long run, the game isn’t quite there yet. Only fourty levels and five large areas mean that there’s not a whole lot to see. One might want to wait for content updates before diving into the adventure. At the moment it’s merely a snack, waiting to become a huge hit in the long run.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Beaterator is a good music programme for the PSP. It offers a decent platform for those starting and the experienced producer will have plenty to do. Those experienced people will move onto the pc for the more advanced software, but Beaterator is the perfect thing for the road.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This remake excels in its level choice, as it is fun to travel through time with the Turtles. Unfortunately, its execution is a bit too modest. Repetitive attacks and sounds are a killjoy. Whether it’s worth its 800 Microsoft Points is highly personal, but don’t forget that the Story Mode only takes about an hour.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Even though there’s a cute storyline running through all the missions, there’s still the impression that more was possible. The circuits are short, some of the missions way too easy and the opposition… isn’t there. The style of the game matches the MySims-world and together with the music MySims Racing fits those people who love these characters, perfectly. Fun, but not great.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If you love intense, hectic dogfights, you will not be disappointed by Heroes over Europe. The authenticity of the planes is rendered beautifully, but this is marked contrast with the appalling ground detail. Take the difficult controls into consideration, since they will not sit well with everyone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 adds a lot of options to the series, but seems to miss that the essence of the game - the fights and the atmosphere surrounding it - go further than a fun entrance and some flashy moves. People who are not really skilled at performing fast combinations, will find this WWE Smackdown vs RAW 2010 perfect. People looking for more, should wait for the next in the series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Invizimals is a game that 'll please young and old. It's fluent, easy to learn and fun, entertaining FMV's carry it throughout its gameplay. Leveling your Invizimals is addictive and catching them never gets boring because of the large variety in Invizimals. The limitation is in the lighting, but if you manage to keep that in mind, you'll enjoy this rather inventive game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The Eye of Judgment: Legends is a step forward from its PS3-version. That’s partly because of the lack of a camera and expensive cards. The campaign, however, doesn’t interest much as its story is unclear and the presentation is static. The graphics barely show any detail and the tutorial is too short to get a grip on the gameplay. Fans of card battles will love it, especially if they appreciate fighting online to learn how the cards work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Dragon Ball Z: Attack of the Saiyans isn't the most impressive of RPG's, but the high pace and visual style of the battles makes up for what it lacks. This typical RPG with a Dragon Ball coating will probably appeal most to the fans of the series.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The Crystal Bearers has turned out to be a good game, doing graphically excellent on the Wii. Averaging 20 hours, it’s not too long and it provides plenty of variation with the min-games. The camera is a downside though. Despite it all, it is a good game for every RPG-lover who also owns a Wii.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    All in all, MotoGP 09/10 is a decent game. It’s somewhere in between sim and arcade racer, although arcade fans will like it a tad more. Sim fans won’t be completely satisfied, but whoever wants to race without knowing too much about all the details will definitely have fun with the game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is clearly a game for the comic fans and the beat-em-up lovers. If you appreciate both, then this game might be up your alley. Extensive list of characters, different storylines and co-op make this a game with high replay value. The average beat-em-up lover however, will probably think the amount of characters and the hectic, monotonous (and easy)fights are a bit much.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Echoshift is a puzzler of the highest level. If you get frustrated easily, don’t come anywhere near this game. If you love to torment your own brain, then this game will give you plenty of levels that won’t bore you anytime soon. Too bad that the creators didn’t add a level creator. That would’ve lengthen the game considerably.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To be honest: Magic Sword doesn’t matter, Final Fight is the reason to buy it. That game offers more interesting gameplay and it will remain that way all throughout the game. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides, making Final Fight: Double Impact a decent purchase, but not a wonderful one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Dissidia: Final Fantasy is a game that won't please the majority of the audience. It's a bit in between genres. Fighter fans will feel there are too many rpg elements, while RPG fans will feel it lacks depth. Square Enix also assumes that everyone knows the entire Final Fantasy history, catering this game towards the fans. Everyone else should try this game before buying it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll is a fun game that will be appreciated by fans, but that doesn’t give much content for the casual gamer. You have to have tremendous patience to get through most levels, as they suffer from lousily handled controls. The multiplayer aspect does make up for it. Everything looks joyful and the soundtrack is pleasant. This doesn’t cancel out the lack of good controls and the measly content.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron, like the previous games, is plagued by lousy controls, boring campaign and sad graphics. The multiplayer is okay, but doesn’t offer much novelty. The class system hasn’t received much thought, making it useless. Only the Galactic Conquest is worth it, but that’s only a small ray of light in an otherwise grim game.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Despite EA’s consideration of the previous title’s flaws, the experience in SimAnimals Africa is coming short. First impression and atmosphere are good, but then boredom kicks in. Petting is a chore and there’s not enough stimulus to keep going. A lack of depth and the repetitive nature of the minigames are to blame. There’s a base to make a good animal sim, but that’s all there is to say.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    At first, Lost Planet 2 seems to impress with wonderful graphics, huge bosses and 4 player co-op. The sub-par AI for both enemies as allies, the hampered controls and the lacklustre design really strangle the gameplay. Playing alone is enough to annoy you completely, but even in co-op it’s repetitive and frustrating. This abomination is only good as therapy for casual gamers who crave graphics and online chat, but who don’t care for decent gameplay.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Buzz! Quiz World tries to offer an alternative for the console version. Unfortunately this game doesn’t really succeed in bringing forth a real quiz feel, especially because of the limitations of the PSP. Its short lifespan – with all modes – will make you put down this game relatively fast.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    Indiana Jones and the Staff of kings is an average action adventure completely ruined by annoying controls. It remains fun to swing around with Indy and his whip, tackling opponents along the way. The levels are also varied enough, giving you some satisfaction. Best of all is actually the addition of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, a game that every self-respecting gamer needs to play.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It pains me to say that Scrap Metal hasn’t turned out to be a good game. Mainly the lousy controls are to blame. Never do you get the sensation of being in control over your car and this leads to frustration which in turn leads to a lot of fun vanishing. All other upsides and downsides balance each other, but that doesn’t salvage the game. Control is needed in a race game and Scrap Metal has slipped way off track with it.