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 Guilty Gear X2
Lowest review score: 38 Jet Force Gemini
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 327
327 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Does have one noticeable omission. In the Xbox title, gamers can choose to play the campaign mode alongside another player. This isn't an online option on the Windows version, which is disappointing because it would be fun to run through the story mode cooperatively with a friend.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the first few notes of Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride” to the victory lap at the end of the season, NASCAR Thunder 2003 proves to be the most enjoyable NASCAR racing game yet on any console.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intense, gritty World War II-themed action game played from a vertigo-inducing first-person perspective.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won't win any awards for originality, but it's good enough to shrink your nightly sleep to just a couple of hours.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This tale includes more than 3,000 nonplayer characters (NPCs) and hundreds of monsters to interact with, giving the impression this open-ended (and certainly nonlinear) game is as limitless as the player's imagination and time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because of its wealth of game modes and many tricks, "MX 2002" has a long life span, so players who invest in the game will likely get a lot of bang for their buck.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game slows down when the track is full of cars. Plus, you might find your attention distracted by an over-detailed landscape that washes out the course ahead.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the game's greatest assets is its intuitive control scheme. Novice and seasoned players will be able to pick up and play with little trouble. There are customizable options for manual or automatic swing modes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Isn't for everyone. The game lacks speech and some of the Japanese-to-English translations don't read welI. What's more, the music repeats too often. But after a while depth of this RPG grows on you. That said, it's probably not for people with short attention spans.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dangerously addictive diversion to monkey around with.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet another stellar sci-fi game. But this time around, the game play requires cunning strategy and tactics rather than a quick trigger finger.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It goes in a different direction, simulating the feel of televised tournament coverage. PGA Tour comes with multiple courses and a "Course Architect" creation tool.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the cartoon like graphics are cute, they hardly take advantage of the Xbox's power. Many of the enemies and objects in the rooms lack detail. This noticeable shortcoming shouldn't detract much from the fun - and often frantic - game play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maintains a retro feel with plenty of humorous touches as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It remains enjoyable and challenging with considerable replayability even if it's not going to take home any awards for visuals or challenge the popularity of the bestselling "Tony Hawk" titles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story is slow at first, but patient players will find it ultimately becomes one of the game's stronger features, along with its atmospheric visuals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the first few notes of Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride” to the victory lap at the end of the season, NASCAR Thunder 2003 proves to be the most enjoyable NASCAR racing game yet on any console.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it lacks in originality it more than makes up for with its fun and easy-to-pick-up game play that will appeal to fans of the long-running comedy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Half-Life’s puzzle-oriented play leads to some problems. On several occasions, you’ll be forced to make almost impossible jumps. The difficulty of such maneuvers finds you making 10, sometimes 15 attempts. The frustration distances you from a story that should have you absorbed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't win high marks for ingenuity. But a massively multiplayer adventure based on this coveted universe is exciting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the first few notes of Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride” to the victory lap at the end of the season, NASCAR Thunder 2003 proves to be the most enjoyable NASCAR racing game yet on any console.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intense sequel that shines in both its solo and multiplayer modes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep where it counts — the game play.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Year after year, ESPN NFL Football (formerly NFL2K4) inches closer to becoming the "must have" football game. Almost.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A slower-paced, puzzle-based game without any combat. But for those who'd rather use their brains instead of brawn, it's a solid pick.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For combat flight sim enthusiasts, IL-2 Sturmovik is a dream thanks to its countless solo missions, meaty historical campaign, smooth multiplayer options, flexible customization, accurate handling and great graphics.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This story-based, action-adventure title is probably the most gratifying Xbox-only game this summer, even though it does have some flaws.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thrill-seekers in search of a stylized 3-D shooter with a compelling story will find plenty of both in Ubi Soft's XIII.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visually speaking, Resident Evil 0 is the best-looking game in the series to date. Players can expect photo-realistic environments, smoothly animated characters and creepy lighting effects.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A throwback to the good old days of unadulterated combat with boatloads of wacky enemies and sci-fi weapons. Action fans will love this game.

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