CheckOut's Scores

  • Games
For 72 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
Lowest review score: 30 World Series Baseball 2K1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72
72 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those games that doesn't just live up to expectations, it destroys them, and sets a new standard.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Great characters, unbelievable level design, well-executed game-engine cut scenes, outstanding voice acting and style that just won't quit, No One Lives Forever is the best game I've played in far too long.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    May very well be the best computer-based role-playing game of all time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it can be a little overwhelming at first, once you're familiar with the control and functions, things become second nature and controlling your Sim is a breeze.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a stunning achievement by any measure and stands as one of those rare products that delivers more than you paid for.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I guarantee you'll be amazed at how phenomenal this game looks, and you won't be able to put it down.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only is this the first console game that allows you to go online and play against other people, it's also the best sports game I have ever played.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is it perfect? No. But it's pretty damn close.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazing sound, strong research, beautiful graphics and varied missions ensure a long shelf-life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, if you loved SWAT 3, this upgrade is a blessing. And if you resisted SWAT 3 because of its lack of multiplayer, you're out of excuses now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best racing simulation ever created.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You definitely get a lot of bang for your buck and fans of the series should be more than happy with the results.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining action and adventure isn't an easy thing to do, but Konami has pulled it off beautfiully with Metal Gear Solid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderful setting, evolving story, varied gameplay and excellent music and acting all converge to create one of the more balanced titles around. Highly recommended.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Deus Ex," Spector's latest epic, raises the bar once again with a twisting storyline, ingenious character development system and a linear game that somehow manages to feel open-ended.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, "Diablo II" is a legalized form of crack cocaine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It really is an awesome game that is getting better with age, unlike John Madden, who is heading in the opposite direction.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully crafted and fresh take on stale RPG gameplay, delivering an experience that rivals "Final Fantasy."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls can seem downright impossible to master at first, but with some practice and patience you'll be ripping it up in no time.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its customizability, near-perfect gameplay and copious amounts of fun, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 is the real deal -- a great sequel and a stellar game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add to the mix that there are plenty of secrets to uncover, including cover art, character viewers, training sessions and even costume changes and you have a one loaded game worthy of high praise.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite all the disparate elements crammed into it, they all manage to complement each other and function as if Square has been secretly planning and polishing this gem for years now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near flawless game that never tries to get too fancy for its own good. It's simple and simply awesome.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that lets you live out those teenage fantasies we've all had about joining a gang, rollerblading through the streets with total abandon and tagging the hell out of anything with a flat surface.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Verdict: Kickass.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're a fan of Bruce Lee, Lennox Lewis or Dalton the bouncer (Patrick Swayze's character in "Road House"), you're bound to find someone who fits your needs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So if you're into combat flight sims and want something a little more in-depth than just jumping into a plane and firing missiles, than you'll probably enjoy "Aerowings 2."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I've never really found a basketball simulation that accurately translated the game from the hardcourt to the home court. But NBA 2K1 is by far the closest to the real thing I've ever seen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the addition of the course designer and the improved graphics engine, diehard Links fans will definitely want to get their hands on this year's model.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an innovative interface that allows the game to switch between three distinct and unique characters and modes of gameplay, "MDK 2" provided enough of a hook to keep me coming back repeatedly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It all falls into place here: solid gameplay, genuinely unique artwork and haunting enemies in addition to a well-designed pattern of puzzles gives you a game that deserves more artistic and entertaining acclaim than the band does.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the glowing gameplay hasn't already enticed you, the splendid, fully-3D graphics should.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The varied mission types, scripted events and engrossing storyline made it great fun to play, an "experience" more than just a game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think with a little more RPG and a little less aimless wandering (read: adventure), this could have been one of the best games of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Finally... a good "Star Trek" game. Will wonders never cease?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you break it down piece-by-piece you won't be blown away, but on the whole it's a solid game that can give any other RTS a run for its money.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Graphically, Jetfighter IV is one of the sweetest simulators you've seen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fine game and a worthy successor, offering almost twice-and-a-half the original ... and the original was a classic as it was.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you ever thought that Bob Newbie was just a little bit boring, look out, because he just changed into his buttless chaps and he's headed for your hot tub.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you've never played an RTS before or if you're diehard fan of the genre, "Ground Control" will keep you sitting in your own filth for hours on end just to get to the next mission.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though Westwood hasn't blazed much technological ground with Red Alert 2, it does succeed in being their most enjoyable real-time strategy game yet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Look. There's nothing about "X-Men: Mutant Academy" that vaults it into the realm of classic or masterpiece, but I have to admit it's one of the most enjoyable 2D fighters I've played in a long time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only knock on the game is that it is not particularly lengthy when compared to a behemoth like "DK64."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the most unorthodox, weirdest and freakiest gaming experience you'll ever have.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May be the best-looking console game of all time, and that alone is worth quite a bit.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's not nearly as scary as the "Resident Evil" series, it should give you a few starts and make you say "That's gross!" a lot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So even though the controls are shoddy and the physics aren't realistic, those things don't detract from the overall enjoyment of the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've been searching for the ultimate 2D fighting game, your search may be over.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A slew of design issues and bugs rear their ugly heads, making this a game that doesn't live up to its full potential ... yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Microsoft should be ashamed for releasing a game with so many obvious and nasty bugs, basically throwing away a year's worth of work just to meet some pointless deadline.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Essentially a multimedia encyclopedia with a few playable levels thrown in, Covert Ops Essentials is mainly for "Rogue Spear" fanatics and those with a passing interesting in counterterrorism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its unique melee-based combat sets it apart from the usual guns-'n'-grenades blood sports, but a lack of variety in the single-player game means that it never becomes quite as addictive as it could.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game that brings back the glory days of mindless arcade shooters, then "Bang! Gunship Elite" is the game for you.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, 4x4 Evolution is a fun offroad racing game, with beautiful visuals, solid AI and some cool track designs. While it's certainly nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some good, some bad and no ugly, "FAKK2" is fun in parts and frustrating in others, and ultimately disappoints only because it could have been great -- more creative level design, more missions and a few weeks of bug testing could have made this a winner.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Breakneck" is recommended for first-time entrants into the driving game genre because of its impressively rendered graphics and the novelty of its gameplay, but driving fans will get bored and frustrated very easily.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Basically, the only real reason to pick up this game is if you did not buy the original or if you simply must have the updated rosters for the 1999-2000 NFL season.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, I can only recommend "StarCraft64" to those of you that simply have no other alternative in playing the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A graphical dream stuck in a gameplay nightmare.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately,TXR2 ends up being less of a game than its predecessor, despite double the number of opponents and a vastly larger racing area.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game is neither as creepy as Blair Witch Volume 1 nor as adrenaline-pumping as the other "action" games on the market, and in the end is something of a disappointment.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    More gory than spooky, and even that is pulled off with minimal skill. But there's still some fun to be had, at least until the next survival horror game comes out. Oh wait, there's one now....
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problems with the framerate and inability to save my game made me want to break the CD into tiny pieces.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, while the story is well-told and intriguing, the gameplay is unwieldy and frustrating -- and after all, we aren't watching a movie, we're playing a game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole multiplayer aspect was wasted, essentially a glorified deathmatch where players can either be bugs or humans, but once again there's just not a hell of a lot to do and the whole things feels tacked on just so they could slap "multiplayer" on the side of the box.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Frantically pounding buttons just to win a grapple is not my idea of fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    One of the most novel gaming premises to come along in quite some time, (but) its poor gameplay mechanics and woeful graphics ultimately relegate it to that ignominious coulda-been, shoulda-been pile of underachieving PlayStation action titles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    "PGA European Tour" exemplifies boredom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    D2
    Every gamer who doesn't play D2 because he read this review means that at least the two days of life I lost playing it weren't totally wasted.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, actually playing "Strider 2" also drove me to tears, but not the joyous tears of teenage nostalgia, oh no: the bitter tears of disappointment. And boredom.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's one of the most disappointing titles I've seen in a long time.