Cinescape's Scores

  • Games
For 338 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Command & Conquer: Generals
Lowest review score: 0 Arctic Thunder
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 338
338 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You might be surprised that this game isn't an Xbox game when you first see it on the TV. It looks great and while it does have some telltale signs of being a PS2 game, it's still absolutely gorgeous.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Midway has perfectly translated SPY HUNTER into the 3D world and everything feels just right.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the little details on the cars up to the driving physics, everything is dead on. I know a little bit about racing concepts (speed limits? What are those?), and the game executes them with near perfection.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best football game of the season. Unlike a lot of football games, the changes to this game aren’t just cosmetic. The result is the most realistic football game you can own.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are beautiful. The back drops are excellent and the character models look great. Color abounds in this eye-candy filled title. I wish some of the animations and moves had been changed up a bit, but what are you going to do?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game looks ten times more impressive that its predecessor, and really outshines almost any other console first-person shooter on the market right now. Explosions look extremely realistic, and the enemies are modeled and rendered pretty well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the most realistic basketball game ever to hit the market. It’s got everything a fan could want: franchise mode, online mode, create a player, and the best gameplay around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game that needs to be played on Surround Sound (Pro Logic) or with a good set of headphones. It needs to be loud in the room, and it needs to be dark. It should be like any good horror movie.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first thing gamers will notice is that the levels are huge, the goals are plentiful, and basically its everything you know and love about Tony Hawk, except bigger.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Liberty City looks phenomenal and there's plenty of life and atmosphere that impresses. The different textures, solid framerate and incredible diversity make this one of the most impressive PS2 games yet.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is a decidedly cool sense of style to Ratchet & Clank. The game feels much like the classic sci-fi movies, very rounded and artistic, almost retro at times.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is supposed to be pure action and loads of fun, and Fistfull of Boomstick certainly delivers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An awesome sequel to Frequency and one of the best music games on the PlayStation 2.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is gorgeous. The CG sequences are absolutely beautiful.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is the best part of the game, with all of the fight songs, and one of the best crowds ever.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game really shines with its environment models. Every part of the environment seems real, from the grass swaying in the breeze or the ripples on the water as you run through it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are a lot of difficult levels, a lot of difficult enemies. It’s awesome. I appreciate a good challenge in today’s games, and JAK II offers it. It’s plenty long too, and will keep you playing for a good time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More than just an expansion - technically, I think the game could be considered a sequel with all the depth that is in the game. If you have Reign of Chaos, this is a must buy for you and RTS fans everywhere.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer size-factor of the game is overwhelming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the incredible soundtrack and the emotions that the game invokes, Frontline is one of the best games of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the biggest improvements to the game is the full-fledged air battles.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Warcraft game, possibly the best strategy game, released yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The player models are much more realistic, players show emotion, and pretty much everything has been given a facelift. The animation, framerate, textures - it’s all very impressive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s so awesome is that you get to hear good music come together while playing an addictive game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest improvement though comes in the form of the framerate.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s so cool about the game is that anyone can pick up and play, and can get into the deep simulation that the game is. I like that fact a lot. [Score = A+]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s awesome about the gameplay is that you can just pick up a controller and start fighting. Three buttons (block, kick, punch) are all that are needed to master a basic set of moves.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a fan’s dream come true.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Astoundingly beautiful. From the sunset, to the rain effects, to the guard animation - everything is very well done. There’s dynamic cloth effects, beautiful lighting and most importantly, some incredible textures to round it off. [Grade = A+]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ICO
    One of the biggest things ICO has going for it is the incredible environmental graphics. The power of the Playstation 2 creates a world that you can almost feel and smell. [Grade = A+]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From a graphical perspective, Insomniac continues to amaze me with their vibrant worlds that just explode with color.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best wrestling game on the market for any platform.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The one other element that just makes this game so damn fun to play is the heist movie feel.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Up Your Arsenal may be the best game on the PlayStation 2. This is "Mario 64" level quality folks. If you own a PS2 and don't play this game, I'll come to your house personally with a Sheepinator and remove you from the gaming gene pool.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I honestly can’t fathom going back to driving a car in the next installment of "Grand Theft Auto" – the world is just so much cooler when you can explore the whole city, meaning everything up in the air as well. Manhattan becomes a giant jungle gym for Spider-Man to play in, and it is a blast.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The minigames are easily one of the high-lights of the game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Offers gamers a quality racing title with weapons, and the ability to keep players' attention for years.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It brings everything from the Playstation HAWK 2 and crams it onto Nintendo’s portable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the game’s ability to trade and battle with friends, plus incredible amount of Pokemon to capture and train, you won’t be putting these two down anytime soon.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I played through the game there was no slowdown and everything looked crisp and just right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Sonic game released since "Sonic CD."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is phenomenal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The big improvement over the PlayStation game is the laws that govern each battlefield... It helps diversify the battles quite a bit and keeps things interesting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The levels are huge now. While they were pretty big before, they were basically straight forward. Not anymore.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best games to hit the market this year, portable or otherwise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the game might be old - it's still one of the best games ever made. [Grade = A+]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps the game with the longest playtime of any released in this series, ZELDA not only features a long quest, but a Master Quest that doubles the length of the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Probably one of the best looking games on the Xbox, no questions asked.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the best game to be released this year, even eclipsing "Wind Waker." [Grade = A+]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most interesting mode is a capture the flag type mode. I love it in first-person shooters so it only makes sense that I would love it here. While there is some lag in multiplayer games, it isn’t enough to make the game unplayable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best, most challenging games ever made. Ninja Gaiden is as close to perfect as a game can get. The game sports cutting edge graphics, great sound and the best fighting engine that has ever been created.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a game that needs to be played on Surround Sound (Pro Logic) or with a good set of headphones. It needs to be loud in the room, and it needs to be dark. It should be like any good horror movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Probably the best racer currently on the Xbox. While the game does have a few flaws here and there, if you have any interest in racing at all, don't look any further than this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Home Field Advantage is huge in this game, and momentum for INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS is just as large. In one game, my QB had a half where he completed two passes, and then a second half where he tossed six touchdowns. It’s amazing the difference in your players based on confidence level and that all feeds off of home field advantage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I honestly can't fathom going back to driving a car in the next installment of "Grand Theft Auto" – the world is just so much cooler when you can explore the whole city, meaning everything up in the air as well. Manhattan becomes a giant jungle gym for Spider-Man to play in, and it is a blast.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are stunning, especially some of the effects on your visor. From steam fogging it and forming condensation, to water running off of it, there are a lot of cool visual effects. The morph ball transition is seamless and gorgeous.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's quite a bit of value in the title. Tons of subquests, and a second quest after you complete it, but the main run-through is just not as satisfactory as Ocarina's was.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another giant step for this relatively young series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fabulous game. The way it submerges you in George Lucas' universe and takes you on a wild ride is unmatched.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its great controls, super-realistic physics and astounding graphics will leave you searching for a towel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if you're alone, the sheer amount of options, trophy collecting and hidden characters make this game worth playing again and again. It's easy to learn but incredibly challenging to master and collect all the trophies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes Pikmin so fun is that you are seeing the world from new eyes, and exploring large beautiful environments.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best party game in history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastic game that no GameCube owner should be without. I enjoyed it and my girlfriend absolutely loved it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the moment the first cutscene runs, you are totally sucked in. Your heart rate jumps as you walk through the hallways, and no feeling is worse than being out of ammo and wounded… everything about this game sucks you into the role of the characters.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is where NFL 2K3 really shines.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From a graphical standpoint, the game is mind-blowing. The characters and vehicles all look good, but what's really impressive is the backgrounds around each race and how fast they go screaming by.
    • 86 Metascore
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    The cel-shaded visuals look beautiful, as does the stunning anime sequences scattered throughout the game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is incredible, though. With some of the best music I've ever heard in a videogame, the game is haunting and chilling in all the right places.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is the best reason to play the game. It’s not worth it for the one-player alone, rather for the great experience with a group.
    • 85 Metascore
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    While the game obviously plays like a 2D shooter, the backgrounds are 3D rendered and the game just combines the technology of today with the old-school gameplay perfectly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I honestly can't fathom going back to driving a car in the next installment of "Grand Theft Auto" – the world is just so much cooler when you can explore the whole city, meaning everything up in the air as well. Manhattan becomes a giant jungle gym for Spider-Man to play in, and it is a blast.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is pretty tight, it’s the addition of charisma and squad mates that sets the game apart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is pretty tight, it’s the addition of charisma and squad mates that sets the game apart.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Logitech has done a lot to help out with this with its new force feedback steering wheel. With a full 900 degrees of rotation, the wheel will fight you around turns, and gives gamers the best possible control interface for this masterpiece of a racing simulator. I can’t imagine playing GT4 without it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With a good plot to keep you involved in the one player action and huge networking capabilities, this is one that will keep you entertained for quite some time. Just blow stuff up. Oh, and blow stuff up. And don’t forget to blow stuff up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Although the characters you meet along the way try to guide you through the game, Arcanum really leaves most of what happens up to the player.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Sometimes a friend and I just sit back and see how many enemies we can take out before we die - forget the mission, fighting bad guys is the way to go!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best survival horror games on the market, even giving RESIDENT EVIL a run for its money.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The camera has been improved a good deal, although there are still a few times when you’ll be racking your brain and craning your neck to see where your character needs to go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The epitome of what a wrestling game should be like.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s not really a grand innovation to the gameplay, and the concept of seeing how much havoc you can cause hasn’t changed much from the last game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s filled with action, and has enough RPG elements to keep it interesting (although the replay value would be subdued for a non-fan because the extras are for the fans).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Tons of replay value, decent graphics, good sound, and a lot of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the gameplay seems like it’d be perfect for the "kill enemies, wash, rinse, repeat" syndrome, it never gets to that point due to some excellent pacing, not to mention that the fighting never seems to get too repetitive.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With this level of A.I. Allied Assault is no walk in the park.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There’s a lot of attention to detail in the levels and environments, from weather effects to volumetric lighting. It all makes up for the simple character models and sometimes less than spectacular visuals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A Dragonball fan’s dream. It is the first "true" American game based on the series, and Infogrames really came through on this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The gameplay is addictive; there are tons of items in the environment to destroy, tricky enemies to sneak by, and some puzzles to figure out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The visuals have been given an upgrade too. Now some of the songs feature the music video for the song playing in the background. It’s really cool and one of the better features to be implemented in the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's an absolutely beautiful game and really sucks you right into the world. I don't know that I've been as immersed in an RPG since "Knights of the Old Republic."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Multiplayer deathmatch modes work just as you’d imagine them, although I can’t be but a bit disappointed. Unlike a game like "UT 2004", Doom 3 only comes with the option for four-player deathmatches, and there is no Co-Op mode like there will be in the upcoming Xbox version.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The reason to play isn’t the gameplay, rather the story and the cinematics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The physics engine makes everything look better as it is very lifelike.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The biggest problem with this is that the backgrounds don’t look as rich and colorful as they did in the two previous installments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fans of Transformers will love this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The beat ‘em up is a genre that has quietly faded to the side and hasn’t had many revolutions on the consoles in recent years. X-Men: Legends takes that style of gameplay, adds a ton of depth to it, four-player support and quite frankly is one of the best X-Men games I’ve ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sandbox nature and tight, polished gameplay make this one of the first games in 2005 you should play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I like how the game has been tightened up. The new driving missions are much better, the difficulty has been toned down (though maybe a bit too much), and the new weapon mods and Light Jak powers add something new.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What does change up quite a bit is the amount and complexity of the puzzles in the game. It's actually pretty refreshing to have so many situations that require something besides combat.