Cincinnati Enquirer's Scores

  • Games
For 327 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Quake III Arena
Lowest review score: 38 Jet Force Gemini
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 327
327 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    An undeveloped but great take on first-person views makes this a strong rental but iffy purchase.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The single-player game play, however, hasn't changed much over the past couple of years. It suffers from a skimpy playbook and dim-witted AI-controlled opponents who do odd things like leave receivers wide open for a throw with no defensive backs in sight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not as comprehensive as "Madden" or "ESPN NFL Football," mainly because of fewer game options and graphics that haven't improved much over last year, NFL Fever 2004 is a fun multiplayer game with a lot of replayability.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enter the Matrix isn't a perfect slice of interactive entertainment, but it does provide at least a dozen hours of action-packed fun and serves as a clever vehicle to expand on the events in "The Matrix Reloaded."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game has some other minor flaws, too, such as repetitive environments and a finicky "camera" that may obstruct the view during combat by switching to another angle.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a refreshing twist on the extreme sports video-game genre, with plenty of solo and multiplayer modes, attractive graphics and a toe-tapping urban soundtrack.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game is obviously targeted to male adolescents, so the T&A and obnoxious commentary may turn off other potential consumers. But if you take Outlaw Volleyball for what it is, it will provide many hours of enjoyable action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good choice for folks who want to wind down at the end of the day with a fast-paced diversion that requires absolutely no brainpower to master and enjoy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun, impressive football game but doesn't compare to the likes of "Madden" or "NFL 2K3."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest hindrance in The Getaway involves its user interface - or lack thereof - as the development team attempted to make the game look and play out like a movie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WW isn't the best platform game on the console, but it has its charm.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    New to this series is the ability to mow down multiple enemies at once, enhanced graphics, a variety of endings and new creatures.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of run 'n' gun games and arcade-fighting titles likely will find that Breakdown is a uniquely enjoyable -- though visually dizzying -- single-player tale.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's graphics aren't on par with today's console offerings -- sure the worlds are colorful and large, but perhaps the developers at Japan's Sonic Team studios had to sacrifice visuals for speed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The games are also a tad on the short side, but immersive while they last.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controlling Wolverine during combat can prove difficult, especially when there are multiple enemies onscreen simultaneously.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can forgive the game's lighter approach - one that emphasizes action instead of strategy - then you'll enjoy Black Hawk Down.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enter the Matrix isn't a perfect slice of interactive entertainment, but it does provide at least a dozen hours of action-packed fun and serves as a clever vehicle to expand on the events in "The Matrix Reloaded."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is fun, but only after you master the steep learning curve. The game is tough to learn because all of its controls — buttons, triggers and thumbsticks — must be used for practically any race.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While not in the same league as the "Madden" series or "NFL 2K3," Sony's latest PlayStation 2 football title is fun and accessible.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Delivers a good twist on the "Resident Evil"-style game play by adding more action and speed, a decent script and memorable characters.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game suffers from some repetitive missions with a lot of "fetch this and find that," plus many of the camera angles are finicky.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little on the short side (about 10 hours to complete or so) but does prove to be a fun fantasy romp for those who prefer action, stealth and attractive visuals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Another shortcoming lies in the fact the player may not know what an object is onscreen. How can you tell Rio to pick up the key card on the table when it looks like a book or ticket or deck of playing cards?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controlling Yun is actually quite intuitive, even with the sophisticated multidirectional fighting scheme.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This title is a good pick for players ages 13 to 17 (especially those who liked the film), though older players might grow tired of the gags after a while.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controlling Wolverine during combat can prove difficult, especially when there are multiple enemies onscreen simultaneously.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's graphics aren't on par with today's console offerings -- sure the worlds are colorful and large, but perhaps the developers at Japan's Sonic Team studios had to sacrifice visuals for speed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its many courses, shortcuts and secret areas — along with the multiple stunts to master — ensure that this game is a fun, rewarding and a beautiful escape after a long day at the office or school.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, there isn't an online option to let friends play over the Internet-based Xbox Live service.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the game play in "Impossible Creatures" doesn't match the title's ingenious premise.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An example of how a game based on a television show can be done right. It may not be a long adventure, but it's a fun challenge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The cartoon-like graphics are very cute — especially the pre-rendered cut-scene sequences — and the game play is challenging, though it might be a tad repetitive after a while.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great fun, especially for younger PC gamers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A faithful re-creation of the popular 2-D side-scrolling arcade shooter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A stellar strategy/simulation game with incredible depth and detail — but it may turn off some players with its steep learning curve.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Slick, sexy and jam-packed with action — but this adventure is short with limited playability over time, except perhaps for its multiplayer modes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the game is entertaining while it lasts, it's on the short side, and with little reason to play the adventure over again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enter the Matrix isn't a perfect slice of interactive entertainment, but it does provide at least a dozen hours of action-packed fun and serves as a clever vehicle to expand on the events in "The Matrix Reloaded."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controlling Wolverine during combat can prove difficult, especially when there are multiple enemies onscreen simultaneously.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enter the Matrix isn't a perfect slice of interactive entertainment, but it does provide at least a dozen hours of action-packed fun and serves as a clever vehicle to expand on the events in "The Matrix Reloaded."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pirates does have a few shortcomings such as some cumbersome controls, which result in a fairly steep learning curve, and some technical bugs. They don't detract from the game too much but may affect its suspension of disbelief from time to time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game hasn't changed much in three years, so the graphics are starting to show their age and players cannot "ride" their creations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Seasoned role-playing game fans certainly will enjoy the "old school" look and feel of "Wizardry 8," and there's certainly some meaty, single-player game play here. But younger or novice gamers may lose patience because of the relatively unattractive visuals and technical obstacles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's graphics aren't on par with today's console offerings -- sure the worlds are colorful and large, but perhaps the developers at Japan's Sonic Team studios had to sacrifice visuals for speed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem lies in a finicky third-person perspective camera that swivels around the protagonists. In many cases, it will switch angles right in the middle of combat, making it difficult to stay focused on who or what you're attacking.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Short on frills but long on fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controlling Wolverine during combat can prove difficult, especially when there are multiple enemies onscreen simultaneously.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And while the game has a variety of game-play modes, they aren't very deep once you've mastered the basics.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun fighter with attractive visuals and an easy control scheme.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    There's more humor and character development at the Web site than in the game, so if you are still curious, check out the Death Jr. Web site and maybe - maybe - rent it for a day or two.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Overall, however, while NFL GameDay can be quite fun -- especially with two players, rather than solo -- it disappoints because it looks and plays unpolished, like a mere rehash from NFL GameDay 2000 with a few minor bells and whistles.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This game falls short of Sega's recent track record for sports games and just isn't worth the price of admission.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The game's greatest shortcoming, however, is that this style of over-the-top gameplay hasn't evolved much from Midway's own "NBA Jam" or "NBA Showtime" titles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    A cute marketing vehicle that is too difficult and underdeveloped for its target audience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    A cute marketing vehicle that is too difficult and underdeveloped for its target audience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    A cute marketing vehicle that is too difficult and underdeveloped for its target audience.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Spoiled by an overly confusing story, ambiguous puzzles and a flawed interface.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This action/adventure suffers from sloppy controls, unwieldy camera angles and frame rate issues that can slow the game to a crawl.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The egg-rolling and egg-hatching game-play mechanics, while a clever concept, get stale after a while. Except for new environments and a different "boss" enemy at the end of each level, no new game-play elements are introduced after the first hour.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    TNN fails to frighten and is marred by a few flaws that may frustrate rather than satiate.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Reasonably fun, but don't expect the level of immersion and polish found in other PC action games such as "No One Lives Forever" or "Jedi Knight II."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Can be fun at times, but overall the game play is merely average compared with other PlayStation 2 offerings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game's controls and animation also feel unresponsive and stiff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lighthearted and humorous action/ adventure for younger players who will enjoy collecting coins and keys as well as exploring the mansion's many rooms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game's controls and animation also feel unresponsive and stiff.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's not a lot of depth and it might grow tiresome
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A fun, simplistic diversion, especially with a group of friends. However, once you've seen all the style moves it doesn't have the staying power of much deeper football games like EA's own "Madden NFL 2004."
    • Cincinnati Enquirer
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While new enemies and missions are introduced over time, the game's story never really builds into anything, so it gives you -- the player -- little incentive to finish the adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A fun, simplistic diversion, especially with a group of friends. However, once you've seen all the style moves it doesn't have the staying power of much deeper football games like EA's own "Madden NFL 2004."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Although the game audio is good, with classical music and impressive voice acting, outdated visuals spoil the fun. Better to see the movie or read the book.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not worth your time or money, and it's certainly a shame for fans of this once-groundbreaking series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A fun, simplistic diversion, especially with a group of friends. However, once you've seen all the style moves it doesn't have the staying power of much deeper football games like EA's own "Madden NFL 2004."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While new enemies and missions are introduced over time, the game's story never really builds into anything, so it gives you -- the player -- little incentive to finish the adventure.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While new enemies and missions are introduced over time, the game's story never really builds into anything, so it gives you -- the player -- little incentive to finish the adventure.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the game falls victim to standard full-motion video problems, namely, linear game play. Since there are a limited number of filmed sequences, you must adhere to a specific path in order to progress through the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not worth your time or money, and it's certainly a shame for fans of this once-groundbreaking series.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While new enemies and missions are introduced over time, the game's story never really builds into anything, so it gives you -- the player -- little incentive to finish the adventure.

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