Cincinnati Enquirer's Scores

  • Games
For 328 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 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Def Jam Vendetta
Lowest review score: 38 Jet Force Gemini
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 328
328 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refreshingly smart, elegant adventure.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incredibly deep and gratifying.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    A comprehensive, deep and fun fighting game.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics are the best ever seen in a fighting game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's the personal interaction with the characters, the constant ethical decisions, that make Fable such an enjoyable game.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The word epic describes Freelancer, Microsoft Game Studios' latest title, thanks to its strong narrative and virtually limitless game play opportunities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Another minor issue with the game is with the PlayStation 2 version; while the graphics are quite impressive, the speed of the game play seems to lag other platforms (namely, the PC), as well as the competition's hockey games.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, the game's single greatest asset is the graphics, with its unprecedented level of painstaking detail, swirling colors, wonderfully distorted images and dynamic lighting effects.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite the game's stunning, high-end graphics, Generals loads quickly and plays smoothly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Savvy joystick jockeys will be able to finish the story mode in about 10 hours or so, not including the extra game modes. Fortunately, the game is so much fun that you'll want to play it again and again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game's plot-twisting story, addictive game play and bevy of single- and multiplayer options makes this an excellent addition to your CD-ROM collection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For once, believe the game's name and hype - this is an almost endlessly entertaining game with tons of fun and gratuitous destruction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For once, believe the game's name and hype - this is an almost endlessly entertaining game with tons of fun and gratuitous destruction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Also new, and welcome for those who don't favor the role-playing aspect, is the ability to ignore the character management with automated leveling up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious but successful interactive adventure that blurs the lines between motion pictures and video games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not you're a fan of the movie, TRON 2.0 oozes with style and substance. Developer Monolith Productions deserves credit for creating one of the finest and most unique PC games of the year to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This expansion focuses on the little-known Italian and Sicilian campaigns of World War II.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The improved single-player games are worthwhile enough on their own, but if you can find well connected online matches, multiplayer games will keep you addicted for months.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious but successful interactive adventure that blurs the lines between motion pictures and video games.
    • 83 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For once, believe the game's name and hype - this is an almost endlessly entertaining game with tons of fun and gratuitous destruction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Features excellent production and plenty of aerial dog-fighting, but the Microsoft video game doesn't soar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious but successful interactive adventure that blurs the lines between motion pictures and video games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The improved single-player games are worthwhile enough on their own, but if you can find well connected online matches, multiplayer games will keep you addicted for months.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Also new, and welcome for those who don't favor the role-playing aspect, is the ability to ignore the character management with automated leveling up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the midair stunts and crashes look painfully real, the game also seems to lack a convincing sensation of speed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Also new, and welcome for those who don't favor the role-playing aspect, is the ability to ignore the character management with automated leveling up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's arguably the closest thing yet to virtual reality in a computer game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid pick - especially for players who enjoy nonstop action - that lives up to the expectations set by the movie on which it's based.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once the game has been completed, more Ninja Five-O fun can be had with an unlockable difficulty setting (making the game more tough to complete) and an optional Time Trial model.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Adds tougher artificial intelligence, realistic outdoor environments and a streamlined command interface.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though hard-core golfers might not appreciate exaggerated plaid pants on cartoon characters and sarcastic golfers, pretty much everyone else will get into the game's taunting, tricks and big hit effects and exaggerated character personalities.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it may look a bit strange to move your body frantically in front of the TV screen, especially if you're playing by yourself, the EyeToy offers family-friendly fun and a little exercise, too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Electronic Arts deserves kudos for breathing new life into the aging fighting genre with this title's fresh approach.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are more than 20 different locations in the game to unlock and visit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Incredibly entertaining portable pinball game with additional rumble pack cart.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The improved single-player games are worthwhile enough on their own, but if you can find well connected online matches, multiplayer games will keep you addicted for months.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Instead of flying over hills and sometimes jumping into buildings, as you do in "Rush," MC keeps the racing more down-to-earth.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most intense and realistic boxing simulation ever created thanks to its deep and challenging game play, responsive controls, cutting-edge visuals, and something not enough boxing games have: emotion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The true letdown, though, is that the master villains can still be supremely frustrating to defeat, requiring several replays and exhaustive bouts of highly patterned attacks.