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 5.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Perfect Dark
Lowest review score: 38 Jet Force Gemini
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 327
327 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The weapons, amazing special attacks, mostly interesting story and button-mashing fun make O3 a highly addictive game and well worth the money.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rumble Racing is one fast game — redrawing the graphics on the screen at roughly 60 frames-per-second (twice that of television) — so those with a need for speed should strap in for a ride.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A faithful re-creation of the popular 2-D side-scrolling arcade shooter.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun and refreshingly accessible RPG that fuses Japanese storytelling and game play with an unprecedented repertoire of recognizable Disney icons.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep where it counts — the game play.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't win high marks for ingenuity. But a massively multiplayer adventure based on this coveted universe is exciting.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A B-movie-based street fighting game with a lot of variation, mini missions and little problems.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it's heart-pounding action you crave, this anything-but-serious sequel should slap a smile on your face.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only the best game in the series but may be the finest survival horror game to date.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Runs circles around the competition thanks to its depth, wealth of options and intuitive controls.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maintains a retro feel with plenty of humorous touches as well.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game also throws in some science fiction by adding monsters and the undead who fight alongside the Nazis.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those looking for a challenging and strangely-addictive diversion that's considerably different than the majority of computer game offerings out there, MTS is an excellent pick for ages 8 to 108.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 78 Critic Score
    A B-movie-based street fighting game with a lot of variation, mini missions and little problems.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This expansion focuses on the little-known Italian and Sicilian campaigns of World War II.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And after spending a week playing "Resident Evil Code: Veronica X" in a darkened room, there's no doubt that the PS2 version is as creepy as video games come.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perseverance will pay off, but mastering this game can be frustrating.
    • 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.
    • Cincinnati Enquirer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Features excellent production and plenty of aerial dog-fighting, but the Microsoft video game doesn't soar.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kudos to the developers for including a new game mode, multiplayer options and more suitable visuals to the console.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An ambitious but successful interactive adventure that blurs the lines between motion pictures and video games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a challenging and atmospheric brainteaser that places an emphasis on puzzles rather than reflexes, then this four-disc set is a good bet.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the game's graphics are about the same as its predecessor's, and no multiplayer split-screen or online modes are offered.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's arguably the closest thing yet to virtual reality in a computer game.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Graphics are stunning.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This title feels more like an arcade game than a serious simulation, so players who crave an authentic experience probably would prefer Sierra's "NASCAR Racing 4" for the PC, where you drive using a game controller with a steering wheel and pedals.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In this Game Boy Advance version, "Yugi" fans can duel against dozens of opponents from the TV series or link up with another Game Boy Advance player to duel head-to-head and to trade virtual cards.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This title feels as good as it looks thanks to its tight and responsive handling.
    • 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."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Adds tougher artificial intelligence, realistic outdoor environments and a streamlined command interface.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    Jet Force Gemini proves to be the one dud to which all game makers are entitled. Should Rareware throw another one of these on the heap, we may be forced to rethink their role as ‘‘king of the Nintendo 64’s developers.’’
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perseverance will pay off, but mastering this game can be frustrating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Beautiful but muddy environments, frustrating puzzles, repetitious opponents and clunky Kong controls.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Players can create their own custom BMX tracks with the bundled 3-D course editor, offering more than 100 variations of ramps, rails and other obstacles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Electronic Arts deserves kudos for breathing new life into the aging fighting genre with this title's fresh approach.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Though a little cheesy, it's a good way to create a customized home workout with menu suggestions and progress chart.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Video games based on TV franchises don't always live up to the shows that inspired them. Fortunately, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an exception.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the better expansions for The Sims owners, and especially for pet lovers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Short on frills but long on fun.
    • 79 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    This title feels as good as it looks thanks to its tight and responsive handling.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A good WWII shooter with great graphics and effects, but missing the finer points and freedom in the first-person mode.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A decent workout routine generator with fun games that will keep you interested and sweaty.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While its game play is good, its graphics and sound are unsurpassed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A good WWII shooter with great graphics and effects, but missing the finer points and freedom in the first-person mode.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Savvy gamers can also unlock Snoop Dogg as a playable character.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Savvy gamers can also unlock Snoop Dogg as a playable character.

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