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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Lowest review score: 38 Jet Force Gemini
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 327
327 game reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This Zelda adventure will undoubtedly withstand the test of time and take its place as one of the best games to ever grace a home system.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Soul Calibur" revolutionizes (3D Fighting) with amazing graphics, intriguing characters and an incredibly smooth 60 frame per second game engine.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No longer are those shooting at you simple targets in a practice range. These guys are smart, evil and ready to battle. Enemies will work together to cover each other, they’ll roll under your gunfire, hide behind corners and even shoot the gun right out of your hands.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best console games of the year.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are dozens of hours of gameplay here, with 80 main missions and countless optional side missions such as drag racing for extra cash or carjacking cabs.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-have for 3-D shooter fanatics.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I found the little things most impressive. Telephone lines ripple from the wind kicked up by passing alien gun ships. Even motes of dust meander into view as they casually flit through rays of sunshine.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the finest game to grace the GameCube to date.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound effects and music in the game are as inspiring as the graphics. The engine motors and tire screeches are incredibly lifelike, and the soundtrack is top notch.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Graphics are about as good as they're likely to get on the Xbox... But close-ups, particularly textures in some of the outdoor environments, are jarringly ugly when juxtaposed with the many areas of sheer beauty.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the best games in the coveted series and one of the top RPGs of the year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of its tight game-play, depth and dizzying amount of features, Madden is still the one to beat.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If the Academy Awards opened themselves to video games, Grim Fandango would be looking at a sweep. Best acting: Grim Fandango. Best script: Grim Fandango. Best cinematography: Grim Fandango. The game’s creators wouldn't have to leave the podium.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To say Knights of the Old Republic is an ambitious stab at turning the Star Wars universe into a deep RPG would be an understatement.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of its tight game-play, depth and dizzying amount of features, Madden is still the one to beat.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    This is a game with seemingly endless slopes and fields that look so real, you'll swear you've run them.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    QIII's smooth 360-degree graphics and chilling sound effects succeed in completely immersing the player in its bizarre kill-or-be-killed world.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most refined basketball games -- perhaps the best -- ever created for any platform.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only one of the best "Star Wars" titles to date, but it is also one of the finest games in recent memory.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly smart, elegant adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly smart, elegant adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most engaging GameCube title for the platform to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    May very well be the most beloved PC game of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game is really fun despite all of the tasks you have to remember.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Banjo-Kazooie isn't going to win any awards for originality, but who really cares? If you have to borrow a little to make a fun, absorbing adventure, so be it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of its tight game-play, depth and dizzying amount of features, Madden is still the one to beat.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Features a rich and colorful 3-D world to explore, with the best-looking Mario game visuals to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re ready for a different kind of first-person shoo--, er, "sneaker," want to be thoroughly challenged, and don’t mind Eidos’ wacky trapezoidal boxes, pick up Thief: The Dark Project.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The English voice-overs (a first for the series) are a mixed bag because some words are translated oddly and the voice acting from the Tidus character could be better. The music, on the other hand, is extremely well done.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly smart, elegant adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cinematic sequences, which propel the story line, have an anime quality that is dark, foreboding and engrossing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Year after year, ESPN NFL Football (formerly NFL2K4) inches closer to becoming the "must have" football game. Almost.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not for everyone. It's a very intense and immersive war game so folks who play computer games to relax and unwind might want to leave this one on the store shelves.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You must learn the best way to attack, what formations to use, where to position your men and when to fight or run. You'll master the mouse and keyboard controls in no time, but mastering the single player game will take time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The PS2 version of Madden looks deceptively close to broadcast TV quality.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphics are top-notch, with highly detailed characters and environments, and a clever third-person "camera" that follows Ryu during battles, exploration and puzzle-solving.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Another hard-hitting, fast-action, brutal-but-bloodless battle with Barbie-doll gals battling Schwarzeneggerish behemoths....Sound ridiculous? It is, but it's also a whole lot of fun.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seven huge, trap-filled worlds and many mini-games.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Year after year, ESPN NFL Football (formerly NFL2K4) inches closer to becoming the "must have" football game. Almost.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incredibly deep and gratifying.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intense, gritty World War II-themed action game played from a vertigo-inducing first-person perspective.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A classic Nintendo racing game cocktail with a twist of Wi-Fi.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best computer game of the year, The Sims 2 will not disappoint.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While at its heart the game is still an arcade-based skateboarding simulation that challenges players to perform tricks for points, the emphasis is less on Tony Hawk and other pro skaters and more on, well, nobodies like us.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A heavenly refreshing virtual toy in which to lose oneself for hours on end.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extremely fun dancing game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outstanding polish.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there was ever a reason to purchase this compact new console, this is it...[but] there's no multiplayer mode. It would have been fun to fly alongside or against another player in some of the missions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Every time your character is killed and you restart the game, you have to sit through a seemingly endless series of movies that re-establish the plot.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's enough depth and playability here to keep you clicking well into the spring of 2002.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The multiple game modes and environments, new wrestlers and intuitive control makes WWF Smackdown 2!: Know Your Role one of the best wrestling games to date, on any platform.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has put considerable effort into improving this franchise by adding more game modes, an intuitive swing mechanism, online play, lifelike graphics, plus more depth, options and customizability. No other golf game is on par.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While at its heart the game is still an arcade-based skateboarding simulation that challenges players to perform tricks for points, the emphasis is less on Tony Hawk and other pro skaters and more on, well, nobodies like us.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If speed kills, then F-Zero GX should get a life sentence.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has put considerable effort into improving this franchise by adding more game modes, an intuitive swing mechanism, online play, lifelike graphics, plus more depth, options and customizability. No other golf game is on par.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What differentiates "NASCAR Racing 4" from the many racing games on the market? In a word, it's detail.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An enjoyable semi-stealth first-person shooter game with good, gritty environments and only a few small glitches. A pretty darn good game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly smart, elegant adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has put considerable effort into improving this franchise by adding more game modes, an intuitive swing mechanism, online play, lifelike graphics, plus more depth, options and customizability. No other golf game is on par.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphically, Flight Simulator 2004 is the most attractive yet, especially in the clouds department, though the ground scenery looks much better higher up, but objects such as skyscrapers, greenery and airport towers aren't as detailed up close.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rare example of how to successfully evoke emotion in an interactive medium.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Successfully fuses brains with brawn, and delivers one heck of a memorable team-based, multiplayer experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has put considerable effort into improving this franchise by adding more game modes, an intuitive swing mechanism, online play, lifelike graphics, plus more depth, options and customizability. No other golf game is on par.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sony's latest is all about unadulterated cartoon action, with dozens of crazy weapons and gadgets at the player's disposal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An intense sequel that shines in both its solo and multiplayer modes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Live ammunition is a cute concept that doesn't grow tiresome because you need to strategize about which critters work best in different bounty-hunting situations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This game gets high marks for the attention to detail in each scene, and the authentic feel of doing battle with other ships at sea.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far the most fun racing game on the market right now, and the learning curve is non-existent. Best of all, my wife cranks up the speakers and tries to beat my best time, and my daughter always wants a turn.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, Doom 3 is the most visually appealing and best sounding PC game to date, but it doesn't bring anything new to the "3-D shooter" genre in terms of the game play, which is basically 1993's Doom all over again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exceptional follow-up to the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the game's greatest strength is its simplicity — there's no need to "monkey around" with complicated controls or even crack open the manual for that matter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful graphics, special effects and a compelling storyline inspire the latest "Castlevania" adventure for the Game Boy Advance.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfect game for "guy's night" at home.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphically, Jak II resembles a colorful cartoon, with a hero that moves with grace and agility, and an intelligent camera that never gets in the way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visual treat because of its beautifully rendered indoor and outdoor environments, smoothly animated characters and subtle lighting techniques that contribute to the game's atmosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to lots of racing choices, "RalliSport" has impressive force feedback in the game controller.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most innovative games to grace the GameCube. But its unrestricted style of game play isn't for everyone. Younger players may prefer video games that pack more action.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visual treat because of its beautifully rendered indoor and outdoor environments, smoothly animated characters and subtle lighting techniques that contribute to the game's atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extra missions can be played as either Solid Snake or Raiden, the two heroes from last year's hit game. The VR missions are equally compelling.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dangerously addictive diversion to monkey around with.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just be sure not to make any plans until the summer - it may very well take you that long to finish this elaborate role-playing game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A comprehensive, deep and fun fighting game.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It may not be a lengthy adventure, but it sure is an intense and gratifying one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you liked "Lord of the Rings," then you'll love Golden Sun: The Lost Age.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lack of innovation aside, Dungeon Siege proves to be a polished, stylish and highly addictive computer game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visual treat because of its beautifully rendered indoor and outdoor environments, smoothly animated characters and subtle lighting techniques that contribute to the game's atmosphere.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game is a tad short and there isn't a multiplayer option, Max Payne 2 is an excellent choice for mature gamers for its nonstop action, high-production values and incredibly realistic graphics.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A giant happy cosmic snowball of fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a perfect match for music fans and parents looking for a constructive - rather than destructive -game experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There aren't enough save points so you might have to replay hours worth of the game if the adventuring party dies far from a save point. Despite this beef, Symphonia succeeds because of its deep battle system, stylish graphics and enormous game world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game adds enough new missions, locations, structures, weapons and units to justify its purchase and will likely keep you clicking until the wee hours of the morning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rainbow Six carries a hefty learning curve which may turn off some less avid gamers. However, a little time spent with the manual and in the training sessions and you'll be ready for this engrossing world of interactive Clancy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics are the best ever seen in a fighting game.