Adrenaline Vault's Scores

  • Games
For 803 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Heroes of Might and Magic IV
Lowest review score: 30 Squad Leader
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 65 out of 803
803 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
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    The title takes everything that has ever been great about the series and elevates it to the next level. The changes revitalize the Heroes formula and provide more strategic gameplay than the series has ever offered.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Even a bicycle would be fun to ride in this game. Why? Because the tracks are spectacular. Ranging from a spoof of Jurassic Park to a complex city with freeways, hairpin turns and even staircases that can be used as ramps, the tracks are complex, beautiful and enjoyable over and over.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Beyond the confines of the single player is the best multiplayer strategy game since "Total Annihilation." ... If you buy a single game this fall -- make sure it's this one!
    • 97 Metascore
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    Not only are the graphics significantly improved, they whisk by at a steady pace and feature larger levels with even more interactive environments.
    • 99 Metascore
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    Ocarina of Time is the complete package appealing to one and all, and is the definitive accomplishment in game design.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is pitch-perfect, and everything has a rich and polished feeling about it. The variety of the styles of play is deep and incorporates some of the best multiplayer fragfests to date.
    • 88 Metascore
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    No other game can be properly compared to it.
    • 86 Metascore
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    This is the best, most fun game I have ever played. It represents everything that a five-star game should be. It's different, original, and most importantly, solid. I could find no glaring omissions, or bugs, or problems that indicated that it is a rushed product.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Astounding graphics, sound, and storytelling combine to make the definitive fantasy RPG epic, one that will enthrall players for years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It combines an enthralling story with addictive gameplay and endless value online.
    • 86 Metascore
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    It gives exactly what it promises: an engaging story with stylish, polished visuals wrapped tightly around fluid and virtually bug-free gameplay.
    • 91 Metascore
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    If you have the system to handle this game, and especially if you have a good 3D board, grab it right now, don't read another word. This is by far the best medieval warfare game I've ever played, and the added bonus that it happens to have a killer interface, a brilliant storyline, and dazzling graphics just adds a few more medals to Myth's already heavily adorned chest.
    • 90 Metascore
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    If you're looking for one of those rare experiences that affects your mind, body and soul in ways only the greatest of releases can, look no further than "Deus Ex" -- it will consume you.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A staggering epic, it almost hurts the brain to think of the effort it would have taken to produce Morrowind...Completing Morrowind is like earning a degree in gaming.
    • 84 Metascore
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    By providing an impressive level of detail in a game where detail is essential, and by including intuitive enhancements to the player experience, this is one title that should easily land on the “must have” list for any gamer.
    • 94 Metascore
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    With gameplay oozing off of this disk like gravy out of Refrigerator Perry's hot beef sandwich, fans of the gridiron will lose themselves in hours of rapture and may very well forget to eat or sleep.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Baldur's Gate is not a computer role-playing game...it is THE computer role-playing game.
    • 89 Metascore
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    A technical tour de force filled with design wizardry. From the robust graphics and finely tuned interface to the smart computer-controlled opponents and mission design, this game radiates talent.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The game has great depth in realism and dynamics. Its campaign and scenarios are without equal. It's the best and most complete documented game ever released, and includes fully featured training missions for the novice pilot.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The massive environments are a joy to explore, and the fact that combat and exploration take place on the same screen prevents even the most frequent of encounters from becoming a burden.
    • 82 Metascore
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    There are people that say a good game must have good graphics and some that say its gameplay is the most important. TRL has both. Great graphics and a superb gameplay make this game a true jewel.
    • 92 Metascore
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    This has become my favorite game of all time...If you're tired of wannabes, clones, and half-baked attempts at originality, play Thief: The Dark Project and get totally absorbed in the story, gameplay, and Garret himself.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Appealing to both the intellect and the imagination, it presents itself vividly and audaciously, leaving little doubt that it intends to be a complete experience in every possible way.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The story is interesting, the Force Powers and weapons available are incredibly cool to use, and the opportunity to cut an opponent to shreds with a Lightsaber is the secret dream of any Jedi aspiring to heed the call of the Dark Side.
    • 96 Metascore
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    If you want an incredible 3D experience that will cause you to lose sleep, meals, PTA meetings, and romantic rendezvous, this is the game.
    • 94 Metascore
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    About as close to Hell as you're going to get - whether you believe in it or not. Everything about this game just rules and it will blow you away. The gameplay is the easiest I've ever come across in an RPG which is just fantastic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gorgeous visuals, an easy-to-use interface, and a great storyline all combine to make it one of the most dangerously addictive games I've ever played.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Ballistics is by far the fastest and most beautiful arcade racing game I have ever seen -- it makes everything else seem like molasses by comparison. While there is nothing really new here, the excellence of this title lies in its truly brilliant execution.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Valve's inclusion of an interactive physics-based environment and the wonderful gravity gun lends itself to fun gravity puzzles, making use of good old-fashioned common sense and intuition - something I've found to be absent in the average first-person shooter.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Remember to start on the outside of the turn, cut to the inside and then tromp on the accelerator when you're past the half way; that should keep your speed as high as possible on the your way to the nearest retailer. Trust me, the traffic ticket would be worth it.
    • 90 Metascore
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    This game looks amazing. There is simply nothing out there that can even compare to it on the PlayStation, and it's unlikely that we're going to see anything to rival it any time soon.
    • 90 Metascore
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    It has everything that I believe is integral to a classic success: It looks amazing, sounds fantastic, and offers more immersive entertainment and replay value than any other single-player game I’ve ever seen.
    • 95 Metascore
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    I can say with complete honesty that no other first-person shooter can touch Bungie's epic in terms of level design, gunplay, sheer action or multiplayer entertainment.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Difficulty complaints aside, Gran Turismo is truly an amazing game... This is the last word in console racing games, period.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The best RPG of 1999. Planescape Torment raises the bar past "Baldur's Gate" and sets new standards in terms of storyline, character progression, conversation and interaction.
    • 92 Metascore
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    At its core, Final Fantasy X is just another chapter of the story we've all grown to love, but like a rare piece of literature, this story just gets better and better with each page you turn.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Your objectives are simple enough that you never have to flip switches, jump over pits or hunt down missing keys, but at the same time the smart enemies, brilliant level design and strategic combat will tax your brain more than any scavenger hunt ever could.
    • 92 Metascore
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    If playing games is more of a religion than a hobby to you, meet your new bible...System Shock 2 will scare the hell right out of you -- and you'll like it for that reason.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Sharpen your swords, start pouring the silver and get ready to rock the undead back to their uneasy rests, because if you have even the slightest interest in removing zombie infestations, Hunter: The Reckoning is the game you've been waiting for your entire life.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The multiplayer, however, is where this release shines. This is by far the most successful implementation of Nintendo's WFC service as of so far, and stands as an essential buy for anybody interested in experiencing the online capabilities of the DS.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Astounding pre-rendered cinematics and a tightly woven storyline are backed by a substantial and varied single-player campaign.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Bar none this is the greatest console game ever made... Its mix of thought-provoking action, wonderful ambience, and perfect execution make this a must play for any gamer.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Despite a few minor flaws in mechanics and a lingering bug or two, Hidden & Dangerous is one of the best games ever created, and playing it an experience I shall always treasure.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The graphics are fantastic, the score is excellent and the gameplay offers a great variety of fast-paced combat and brain-teasing puzzles.
    • 90 Metascore
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    ICO
    Ico is one of those rare titles that you don't so much play as experience. Many adventure games boast this same interactivity and immersiveness, but with its careful blending of genres, delicate balancing act between a story of growing love and mounting horror, and a brilliant system that also incorporates tense moments of action, Ico really lives up to its claims.
    • 91 Metascore
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    With the radar screen gone and the camouflage index, stamina gauge, inclusive healing system and a whole host of new gadgets in, the series is more tactical than ever.
    • 97 Metascore
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    In what could be billed as "the complete criminal experience" this game delivers in every category with jaw dropping graphics, stunning sound effects, a unique musical score that's presented with countless hilarious commercials through your car's radio, and a relentless AI that will hunt you down whenever warranted.
    • 88 Metascore
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    I'm not saying things can't get better, but for now this is as good as it gets. So where does Shogo rank amongst all the games I've played, through all the years, the genres, the classics, the memories? Let's just say it's on the short list, the very short list.
    • 85 Metascore
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    When all is said and done, every session leaves you feeling like you’ve just read the latest issue of your favorite comic book. I can think of no higher praise than that.
    • 91 Metascore
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    An amazing mix of fighting, puzzle-solving, and platform style action and adventure. The only PlayStation titles that come even remotely close to being this immersive and enjoyable in my experience is the "Resident Evil" family, but even they lack the sheer depth and playability of Raziel's quest.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Nothing I have ever played before can even come close to the level of detail or gameplay as this. It is a game unlike any other.
    • 82 Metascore
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    Blood is everything "Quake" should have been. It offers unparalleled single player gameplay, dozens of beautiful visual effects, tons of new weapons, and killer multiplay. I've had more fun playing Blood in the past day than I have playing any other game in the past year.
    • 82 Metascore
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    The game exudes style, polish, and quality from every pixel...From gorgeous visuals to immersive gameplay, Battle Realms never ceases to amaze.
    • 92 Metascore
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    A game that plays you with its unique sanity effects, that forces you to adapt to over a dozen characters and that holds no punches when it comes to the horror of Lovecraftian agents plotting out demise, Eternal Darkness will be a significant milestone in gaming for years to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new 3D graphical rendering engine and photorealistic environments help to breathe new life to the series, finally trading in the carbon copy backdrops for lifelike and truly beautiful settings.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real challenge is not how you perform a move or ability, but rather when to do so. The rules of this title promote fair play by penalizing contenders who resort to stall tactics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does it introduce a host of new objects, carpeting tiles and wallpaper schemes for you to use in your perpetual quest for the perfect theme or feel, but it also revolutionizes the entire party dynamic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only have I never played a better skateboarding title on the PSX, but I don't believe I've ever played a better skateboarding title ever, on any platform.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elegant, complex, and beautiful, Europa Universalis is a class act all the way, and is certainly worthy of being considered one of the strategic greats of our time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every once in a while, a wargame comes along that makes you think about war and all its terrible consequences--and this is one of them. But that doesn't mean I won't be booting it up to try my luck again tomorrow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gun
    If you want compelling story with dynamic gameplay, and are in the mood for some good old cowboy action; get Gun. You will not be disappointed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only one of the best games that Westwood has ever created, but is easily one of the most entertaining, visceral, and tactically focused RTS products ever seen, and will likely be remembered as a true classic for years to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brilliant use of cell shading to create an animated effect and the surprisingly workable control scheme.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It manages to maintain a consistent level of sophistication and high complexity without sacrificing what really makes strategy games fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything that makes a game good is featured here: Worms 3D looks amazing, plays like a dream and is drenched in fun and funny.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The various flaws (like horrible voice acting, odd attack control, and hyper-linear gameplay) keep it from earning a perfect rating. But it's a worthy successor to "Resident Evil."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The simple and brutal nature of Civil War combat is captured in the action that unfolds and forces players to rely on strategy and the sheer will of his units, and not high-tech weapons of devastating power.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The goalies are still a bit of a sore point, however, since a single defender can run the gamut from godlike to pylon within a single period with little rhyme or reason.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easy to get into, difficult to stop playing and always enjoyable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic game especially if you are into strategy puzzlers. Even if you’re not, it’s still a terribly addictive venture that’s easy to pick up and you’ll find yourself haunting with the best of them in no time flat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Suffice it to say that if you like strategy, military tactics, or liked the original game, you will love Red Alert.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MechWarrior 4 has more types of BattleMechs, missions, and weapons than MechWarrior 3; the multiplayer competition is outstanding, the artificial intelligence is improved, and the graphics are generally splendid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I encountered here was a very difficult combination: incredible creative innovation combined with a high degree of faithfulness to the original film.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The clear focus on fun over realism really makes this title stand out, and while the trick system may not be as deep as that of the competition, the focus on exploration and humor is a welcome alternative to hardcore combo dialing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Burnout's World Tour circuit is both lengthy and addictive. However, once you've beaten all the competition, filled your garage to its fullest, and amassed a complete collection of trophies, the single-player game does lose some of its luster.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Real-time strategy, intense space combat, intellectual battle tactics and cooperative teamwork are all elements that play major roles in the unfolding of this experience, but it's not this combination that's so surprising; it's that they're combined so well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best platformers to hit the PS2, ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I felt a kind of primal fear playing it through that I have not ever had before with a computer game, and it is truly a horror fan's most delectable nightmare.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've ever wanted to manage a front office staff, have an evolving pool of minor leaguers to promote and still get to actually play some baseball, this is the game for you.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics, sound, and intelligence factors combine to make a game that will scare the hell out of you! The main problem that Quake seems to have is a lack of identity. It wants to combine "DOOM" elements with Hexen elements which creates a mish-mash effect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Chronicles of Riddick looks great, sounds great and the gameplay is a perfect amalgamation of shooting, adventure, platforming, role-playing and stealth. Though I'm certain to be crucified for my blasphemy, this variety and skillful execution makes Riddick equal to, and in some ways, superior to the single-player component found in "Halo."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though some of Ion’s design decisions, like the removal of the rope arrow and the inclusion of the third-person camera, will disappoint purists, it would be difficult for anyone to deny what a splendid experience this release is.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gorgeous visuals and music, great story, responsive controls, excellent level design, and - most importantly - superb implementation of action moves make this a true winner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this is bundled with an intuitive Windows-style GUI, a painless point-and-tap process for connecting to online matches, and some of the nicest graphical wrapping gamers are going to see this Christmas.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are looking for an RTS game with something really different, or if you have an interest in trains, you won't find a game more appealing than Railroad Tycoon II.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fast, fun and absolutely worth owning. Multiple level types, fairly intelligent and lovingly rendered boss characters, and lots of hidden areas help flesh out this package even further.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those interested in Ancient Japanese culture will also find much to like here, as the entire game is steeped from top to bottom in pure and uncompromising atmosphere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "SWAT 3: Close Quarters Battle" changed the face of the first-person tactical genre, and the Elite Edition polishes it to a near mirror shine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent AI, controls and sound design combine their respective strengths to make a package that's stronger than the sum of its parts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is flawless and the presentation is both beautiful and full of character. Army of Zin is neither the most innovative title on the market nor is it the most awe-inspiring, but it accomplishes the difficult task of translating the form and spirit of a classic into a worthy modern successor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2: Episode One is a bit of a paradox. In terms of mechanics and content it is a yet another sequel to a well-known series that itself is in a long-established genre. On the other hand, considering how that content is delivered, both in terms of Steam and the introduction of episodic content, there is nothing exactly like Episode One on the market.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is, by all accounts, one of the best turn-based strategy games ever made and perhaps the best ever of its kind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing Full Spectrum Warrior over Xbox Live can become a dangerously addictive hobby, but even without it, the game is an absolute blast. The only thing that I could have asked for is more – more tactics, more weapons, more grenades, more missions, more everything.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Pro Skater 4 isn't a massive leap forward for the series, but a massive and refined expansion upon its original premise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few minor control problems that crop up during battles, Sacrifice emerges unscathed with graphics, sound, gameplay and artificial intelligence that are all of extremely high caliber.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best arcade fighter on Xbox. It's not as pretty as "Dead or Alive 3," and it lacks the comic book appeal of "X-Men Next Generation," but Deadly Alliance still knocks them both flat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bungie has some of the best storyboard writers around. Their flare for the dramatic will draw you into this magical world with ease... They've robustly improved just about every single thing, and as a sequel this game is everything it should have been.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtual Pool 3 has it where it counts: high precision pool table action and awesome cool-and-confident A.I. opponents.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To those willing to pay, however, the reward is one of the deepest and most exciting combat games ever. The hacking, the engineering, the raw firefights, the chaos of vehicular combat - all of these elements are but minor ingredients in the eats-like-a-meal stew that’s PlanetSide.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a drastic departure from the "MechWarrior" games, but MechAssault works perfectly as a console homage to the rich BattleTech tradition.