Cheat Code Central's Scores

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For 6,062 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Metroid Prime
Lowest review score: 0 High Rollers Casino
Score distribution:
6,062 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Niko is the best character that Rockstar has ever created, and as such, helps to provide the best single player experience in a GTA game to date.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With one of the most compelling stories ever told by a video game, an extremely likeable main character, an insane amount of online modes, and virtually no flaws to be detected, GTA IV is even more than it was expected to be by fans.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The graphics in Super Mario Galaxy are simply outstanding. The level design is loaded with fluffy and colorful shapes, sharp and bright colors, and lots of detail.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    One of the best qualities of SMG2 is the speedy gameplay and the multitude of levels spread out into several different worlds within an ever-expansive universe. Even when you think you're done, you'll realize there are plenty of unlockable galaxies you'll get to explore with time.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    These characters are voice-acted so annoyingly well that you almost wish the character would never speak again, just like some of the main characters. The music and talk shows are also great to listen to as you are traveling around. All in all, the sound department is not lacking in GTA V.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It’s more than just a great game, it’s damn near perfect, and I don’t say that about many games. The attention to detail Rockstar has put into this new version is above and beyond what we are used to getting and set a new bar for all other developers out there wanting to re-release a great title on next-gen platforms.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay mechanics, alien creatures, futuristic weapons and sparse, yet dangerous environments add to the overall experience - giving players one of the most absorbing FPS games ever made.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With almost unlimited possibilities, a winning story, funny moments (even if a little dark or mature), easy on the eyes graphics, and a kickin' soundtrack, how can anyone argue with this title? It stands tall among the great legends.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I love the intense fire fights as they really captures the "shoot out" mood if you get my drift. Bungie did an excellent job melding story, action and suspense.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Considering how well Valve got the action down pat, I was very unpleasantly surprised that they managed to fumble the storyline so badly. HL2 starts off with such promise and ends with something akin to what you'd find in "[deleted]" which is a travesty of a mockey of a sham, if there ever was one.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    In short, GTA V is still a great game, that hasn’t changed, but the PC version doesn’t add a lot and introduces plenty of new problems that you have to contend with. If you are graphics-obsessed or are a fan of machinima, then pick it up. Otherwise, the last-gen versions will do you fine.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Some of Bioshock's storytelling techniques are unprecedented and will perhaps set a new standard for storytelling excellence in gaming. It doesn't hurt that Bioshock's great story is framed by incredible visuals and solid controls as well.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It does everything well, and some things it does without equal. It is so finely developed and produced that it will likely be looked at in the future as a seminal entry in video gaming. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a game that transcends the conventions of the medium, lending even more clout to an already robust industry, closely nipping at the heels of filmmaking, ushering in the era of interactive cinema.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fresh and frightening perspective on the survival horror genre. Capcom has outdone itself with this one... [The bosses] are amazing. Not only are they truly hideous to behold, they are incredibly detailed and intelligent.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best deals in gaming. All five games that are offered are a blast to play, and if Portal and Team Fortress 2 were fleshed out a little more, they could easily stand on their own. However, most gamers will not be angry at Valve for packaging all of the games together, giving a nearly complete Half Life 2 experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best deals in gaming. All five games that are offered are a blast to play, and if Portal and Team Fortress 2 were fleshed out a little more, they could easily stand on their own. However, most gamers will not be angry at Valve for packaging all of the games together, giving a nearly complete Half Life 2 experience.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes the formula we loved in Arkham Asylum and advances it to a level I would have not thought possible in this medium. In Arkham Asylum, I felt as if I was playing a Batman tale; in Arkham City, every takedown I preform makes me want to scream "I am Batman!"
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I commend the development team at BioWare for all the hard work that went into making this title not only shine but feel both familiar and completely fresh at the same time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yeah, Wind Waker was a great game, but in looking back, it sure wasn't Twilight Princess. The darker direction takes our hero and the series into unchartered territory and fans will definitely appreciate the shift in mood.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Skyrim will be hailed as both the best and worst title of the year depending on whom you ask. RPG gamers who look for subtle storytelling and endless replay value are going to love every minute. But gamers that have even a slight problem with impatience will quickly become frustrated. However, even the most devoted naysayer has to admit that Skyrim is at the top of its genre, and that's no small feat.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Clocking in at over 25 hours of gameplay (if you've never played before), RE4 never once bogs down in rehash or mindless repetition, managing to keep the pace on "alert" from start to finish which is a most impressive feat considering most two hour movies can't sustain that level of suspense.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anime never looked so good. I was not a big fan of the new-Link look myself but once I experienced the entire Zelda world as presented in this game, I can only commend Nintendo for a job well done.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Some of Bioshock's storytelling techniques are unprecedented and will perhaps set a new standard for storytelling excellence in gaming. It doesn't hurt that Bioshock's great story is framed by incredible visuals and solid controls as well.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Some reviews are superfluous and this is one of them. If have played the first one, you'll play the sequel because you know it's going to be a quality product. Who cares what other people think anyway?
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A new mission or two would have had previous owners falling over themselves to buy it. While I admire Rockstar's restraint from the "quick sale", for the life of me I can't understand why they didn't go for it.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's like 5 games in one: part RPG, part adventure, part action, part racer and part sim. And it does it just as well as the best games in any of those genres...One of the best games ever released on any system.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The one thing most critics don't seem to get, is that this game isn't loved because of it's violence...What makes this game so popular and loved among gamers is it's freedom.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The game is everything it promised and more: striking level design, great music, easy controls, addictive gameplay, tons of features and collectables, and amazing physics.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If this game's concepts seem even remotely interesting to you, head out immediately to your nearest game store and slap your cash down. The single-player story alone is more than worth the price of admission, and the multiplayer is truly unique and will likely evolve into something very special as the community continues to grow.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything a racing game should be. It's tough, challenging and ultimately educational.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The functionality of Halo 2 online is unequaled and there is something here for everyone. Before you even step into a Live arena, the amount of configuration options, both cosmetic and mechanic are almost overwhelming.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the most amazing feature is that an entirely new game has been added. It's a multi-player game that is worth the price of admission alone. It's more than Gauntlet and it's not just another Deathmatch, it's a stand-alone game that makes this one of the best GBA buys in history.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In an industry where big, epic, and huge are the normal, it is refreshing to see the importance of the little things. In fact, I believe this is The Last of Us’ strongest suit. You will play this game and feel the overwhelming storyline, like the characters, and, after you have let it all soak in, some of your favorite moments will be the small things; the things you didn’t have your hand held through.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess captures the heart and soul of what a Zelda adventure is known for and manages to surpass the current benchmark, "Loz: Ocarina of Time," widely considered to be one of the best games of all time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, The Last of Us: Remastered is just better than the PS3 version.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Portal 2 includes groundbreaking gameplay, a collection of deep and nuanced characters, a completely insane story, and some incredible gaming moments you'll probably never forget.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If this game's concepts seem even remotely interesting to you, head out immediately to your nearest game store and slap your cash down. The single-player story alone is more than worth the price of admission, and the multiplayer is truly unique and will likely evolve into something very special as the community continues to grow.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Portal 2 includes groundbreaking gameplay, a collection of deep and nuanced characters, a completely insane story, and some incredible gaming moments you'll probably never forget.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Portal 2 includes groundbreaking gameplay, a collection of deep and nuanced characters, a completely insane story, and some incredible gaming moments you'll probably never forget.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is exactly the kind of experience WiiWare seems designed for. 1500 Wii Points is really a small price to pay for excellence, especially when the sheer quality of World of Goo handily puts more than a few full-blown Wii releases to shame. It's a blast from start to finish. If there's one game you pick up on WiiWare this year, make it this one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    MW2 is a fantastic follow up that doesn't muddle too much with the mixture of success found in the original, but instead just adds some more depth and a much higher level of polish. Whether you're a fan of the original MW or a newcomer to the series, this is easily one of the must-play titles this year. Honestly, unless you're completely against playing games in which you shoot things, this game's excellent single-player campaign, enjoyable Special Ops mode, and addictive and nearly endless online multiplayer experience should put MW2 at the very top of your "to buy" list.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All I can say is this year's installment puts all others to shame.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps the coolest evolution of the survival horror series yet, even besting "Onimusha Warlords," without breaking a sweat.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An intense gaming experience from start to finish. The story is conveyed much better than the average FPS, the gameplay is varied enough to stay fresh, the graphics and sound both deliver, and the multiplayer is addictive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This "broader scope" is actually where Arkham City delivers tenfold upon expectations. While in Arkham Asylum, players got a really good sense of Batman "trapped." Now, Arkham City isn't so much about Batman being trapped in the city, but about the inmates being trapped inside Arkham City with Batman. And we couldn't be happier about it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I commend the development team at BioWare for all the hard work that went into making this title not only shine but feel both familiar and completely fresh at the same time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you fell in love with Ocarina of Time when it originally released, the revamped visuals, new interface, and bonus content will be enough to get you back into the game. Ocarina of Time 3D truly shines on the 3DS, and even though this version is optimized for handhelds, it is definitely the ultimate version of the game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    BioShock for PS3 may not be as impressive as I thought it was going to be, but that’s not to say it isn’t the definitive version; it is. And the definitive version of one of the best console games ever made spells “must-buy” for the uninitiated. Nevertheless, the lack of Challenge Rooms was rather disappointing, but, thankfully, many of the glitches have been resolved.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game will get its hooks into you and not let go for up to 40 hours. Clear your schedule.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PC gamers will be treated to better graphics and more of those great 80s songs which are available on the MP-3 radio station.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps one of the more interesting modes is the Owner mode that exists as a kind of parallel universe with the Franchise mode. It would make a good game by itself although the focus is on business and not on football gameplay.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Gears trumps all previous console games, including the fabled Halo franchise, for its production values and addictive multiplayer. This title will have a greater impact on 360 owners than "Halo" did on the original Xbox.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The graphics are nothing short of incredible. All of the environments, whether they be woodlands, cities or a version of Hell, are highly imaginative and distinct. I didn't detect any reuse of textures. Everything appears to have been created fresh, from scratch.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An intense gaming experience from start to finish. The story is conveyed much better than the average FPS, the gameplay is varied enough to stay fresh, the graphics and sound both deliver, and the multiplayer is addictive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Halo 3 takes everything that made Halo a favorite game and tweaks it until it has achieved near perfection. The single player experience is a thrill ride from the beginning to the end and the multiplayer will probably be the king of Xbox Live until another game in the Halo series releases.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No one ever said that being a ninja was easy, but I can tell you for certain that being a ninja has never been this much fun. Don't wait, get your mitts on this game immediately.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The graphics are nothing short of incredible. All of the environments, whether they be woodlands, cities or a version of Hell, are highly imaginative and distinct. I didn't detect any reuse of textures. Everything appears to have been created fresh, from scratch.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The extensive character list, tried-and-true mechanics, gorgeous graphics, and quality play modes (including online battles) have updated this franchise in such a way that it feels both fresh and familiar. If you own a PS3 or Xbox 360, you simply have to go out and pick up Street Fighter IV - it will be remembered as one of the marquis fighting experiences of this generation of gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's nothing that can take away the classic status of Super Mario Bros. 3. The game was released almost 15 years ago and is a platform game so unique and perfectly crafted that games today will still find themselves compared to it.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't say enough about the graphics. I never knew there were so many shades of black. Even though much of the game is played in the shadows there is no shortage of detail.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The only reason that the overall score is lower than you might expect is because the single-player mode is just upgraded and not a completely new game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With a great six to eight hour single-player campaign, the fun Special Ops mode meant to be enjoyed with a friend, and its endlessly replayable multiplayer experience, MW2 has a ton of content and reasons to keep coming back to it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    People have been saying it for years, Hideo Kojima is a visionary comparable to a movie producer. He is capable of capturing depth and emotion in his characters like few others have been able to master. This time around, he's had the help of amazing graphics to tell his story. The environments, character models, and even the little intricacies of each weapon Snake holds bring a sense of realism to the title.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With virtually no load times this game rivals some of the best Xbox games. The character models are excellent and really excel at instilling a sense of awe at the gargantuan proportions of some of the enemies and Gods.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must have RPG title for the Xbox and the best one at that, even beating out the somewhat convoluted Morrowind. In fact, it's one of the better RPG's available on any next gen console.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Civ IV is definitely one of the best strategy games of all times. Following three other classics in the series it has a great pedigree and manages to uphold the tradition of great gaming set forth by its predecessors.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are an awful lot of moves assigned to each character and that means a lot of thinking. But this kind of thinking is good, it's deep and it relates to the gameplay.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I absolutely hate the music which is a mix of cheap-sounding alternative and punk.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The amazing amount of features and characters included in the game plus the online gameplay make Brawl one of Nintendo's best titles to date. Even those Nintendo fans who are not interested in fighting titles will find this one appealing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes is an amazingly fun RTS game that doesn’t sacrifice depth for entertainment. It’s fast-paced, rivaling some action adventure games.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pandora Tomorrow is the reward for having successfully completed the original Splinter Cell. You identify more with Fisher this time around since you already have the required skills from the get go. The new features are just icing on the cake. Eat it up.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The visuals are great, the gameplay is entertaining, and all of the new things that were tried in the game are welcome additions. The semi top-down view can take a little getting used to, especially when driving, but CW does a great job of compensating for this and just about any other issue you'll run into with a handful of assists that can be turned on and off.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much more than a mere upgrade, Unreal Tournament 2004 brings more depth to the frag-fest with more weapons, vehicles, maps and opportunities for team-based strategy.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The backgrounds are so insanely complex and detailed, with massive chunks of land that float through the sky and move around independently, that corners probably had to be cut somewhere so that our consoles didn’t simply buckle under the weight of all this stuff happening at once. And I’ll gladly take some pixilated textures over a small draw distance, which could have completely destroyed the entire feel of this painstakingly crafted environment.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Braid is stellar and a true accomplishment. It not only represents the potential for more creative and innovative titles to reach the masses via downloadable service, but it stands as a game you won't forget.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The game's pace is quicker than the first so you might finish it quickly, but like the first title there are tons of unlockable content, including new levels of difficulty and costumes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The closest we will ever come to a perfect Mario game, one that is a culmination of every right decision ever made in the series. Alone, or with friends, the first time, or the tenth time, it does everything right. It's a wonderful adventure.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This is the perfect sequel. It reaches a hand out to those who didn't enjoy the first game, while keeping its fiercely loyal fans happy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    Reinvents the wheel, and presents the most exciting snowboarding game EVER.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The extensive character list, tried-and-true mechanics, gorgeous graphics, and quality play modes (including online battles) have updated this franchise in such a way that it feels both fresh and familiar. If you own a PS3 or Xbox 360, you simply have to go out and pick up Street Fighter IV - it will be remembered as one of the marquis fighting experiences of this generation of gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Minecraft is so much more than a game by now; it's a potentially generation-defining phenomenon.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a massive game, even on the first playthrough, and it warrants multiples since there are so many different social links to explore, side-quests to do, and even multiple endings to see.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is as close to gaming perfection as you are going to get, you just have to be prepared for what's coming next.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I can’t say enough about the graphics. This is true art - yet it doesn’t look stodgy. It’s almost what you would expect an ancient cartoon to look like. Even though each frame looks like a watercolor painting, the colors are vibrant and not washed out.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Finally and for the first time in gaming history, an Elder Scrolls title is making its way to a Sony console and the prognosis is in: The Elder Scrolls is as great an experience on the PlayStation 3 as it has ever been.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For lovers of the genre, it's tough to go wrong with Fallout 3. However, if you're strictly a shooter fan or enjoy free-flowing combat, the plodding pace, vast amount of content, and RPG hallmarks (such as heavy inventory management, non-essential quests, and character leveling) may bore you. It's a good game, but certainly not without its faults. A new game engine and better controls would have served this title well.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is fun and accessible, the gore is over-the-top, and the story's spiked with humor (though not always intended) and provides for a non-stop, action-packed thrill ride. Still, whereas the original title was groundbreaking, GoW 2 is simply a honed, rehashed sequel.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one hot engine, baby. The graphics and the animation are about as smooth and realistic as it gets. The physics is precise and the controls are tight.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately the GameCube is my least favorite in terms of control, with the PS2 being the most comfortable controller to use... The GC D-Pad is entirely to small and finicky, the Xbox D-Pad is too rounded and sloppy but the PS2 D-Pad....it's just right.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyward Sword finally brings satisfying swordplay, delivering on a promise made five years ago.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is simply the best there is in the music genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite simply, VJ is a Tour de Force of style meets substance and succeeds on every level.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't even think of renting if for this price. With such a simple-to-use, yet complex control system, you can be fighting in no time and continue refining your skills for months to come.
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    • 94 Critic Score
    None of these games is perfect, but all of them will draw you in, and for $20 most gamers would be insane to pass this up - provided they didn't already acquire these titles through XBLA.
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    • 94 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of content in The Lost and Damned is truly impressive considering its modest twenty dollar asking price.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I was hooked from the beginning. The extras and refinement brought into this game have only made it better, and BioWare has made the latest installment in the Mass Effect series nearly perfect.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As you can see, the improvements are basically cosmetic and do not affect the gameplay other than to make it look and sound better. If there was ever a reason to replay the game one more time this is it.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far this is the best version of the game available, simply because of the graphics and reduced load times. You will need a workhorse to have it run smoothly, but it's definitely worth it in the end, whether you've an old homie of CJ's or you've just been introduced.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game is a step in the right direction and while I feel it's the best one in the Winning Eleven series, I'm not so sure that casual gamers will find the new developments worthy of the purchase price.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like any social network activity, this is here to last. It's a new form of expression for creative people, and creating animations is so easy that soon there'll be millions of Flipnotes in Hatena's database. Fun stuff!