Cinescape's Scores

  • Games
For 338 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 NCAA Football 2004
Lowest review score: 0 Motocross Mania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 338
338 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
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    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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I played through the game there was no slowdown and everything looked crisp and just right.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Offers gamers a quality racing title with weapons, and the ability to keep players' attention for years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another giant step for this relatively young series.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a fan’s dream come true.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Sonic game released since "Sonic CD."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The cel-shaded visuals look beautiful, as does the stunning anime sequences scattered throughout the game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Midway has perfectly translated SPY HUNTER into the 3D world and everything feels just right.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best wrestling game on the market for any platform.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its great controls, super-realistic physics and astounding graphics will leave you searching for a towel.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It brings everything from the Playstation HAWK 2 and crams it onto Nintendo’s portable.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the best game to be released this year, even eclipsing "Wind Waker." [Grade = A+]
    • 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+]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The levels are huge now. While they were pretty big before, they were basically straight forward. Not anymore.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is phenomenal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From a graphical perspective, Insomniac continues to amaze me with their vibrant worlds that just explode with color.
    • 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.
    • 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+]
    • 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
    The best party game in history.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best games to hit the market this year, portable or otherwise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Probably one of the best looking games on the Xbox, no questions asked.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The one other element that just makes this game so damn fun to play is the heist movie feel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An awesome sequel to Frequency and one of the best music games on the PlayStation 2.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the game might be old - it's still one of the best games ever made. [Grade = A+]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is gorgeous. The CG sequences are absolutely beautiful.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the biggest improvements to the game is the full-fledged air battles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s so awesome is that you get to hear good music come together while playing an addictive game.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is where NFL 2K3 really shines.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is supposed to be pure action and loads of fun, and Fistfull of Boomstick certainly delivers.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Warcraft game, possibly the best strategy game, released yet.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A fantastic game that no GameCube owner should be without. I enjoyed it and my girlfriend absolutely loved it.
    • 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+]
    • 85 Metascore
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    The minigames are easily one of the high-lights of the game.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The sheer size-factor of the game is overwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The biggest improvement though comes in the form of the framerate.
    • 94 Metascore
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    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.
    • 86 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the best Xbox games out there, unfortunately, by the end it has been repetitive and linear a bit too long.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Incredibly fast, but the Xbox shows no signs of slowdown during gameplay. And really, it's saying a lot, but Jet Set Radio Future is probably the best looking Xbox game on the market right now.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While there may not be many differences between this game and its predecessor, this still is the best motorcycle game on the Xbox.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game looks awesome for a GBA title. The 3D engine used for the game looks great, and since there isn’t a whole lot to animate in space and there are only a few ships on-screen at one time, there isn’t much slowdown on this beautiful game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    My jaw dropped when I saw the Raiders white road jerseys, the shadows and player models and even the animation. This game looks absolutely stunning and is the best looking football game have ever seen.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fans of the series and of great action-RPGs in general should quickly don The Minish Cap. While it's not the longest or most challenging Zelda ever, it's more than worth a purchase.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The most disappointing part though was completely raping each boss in the game with a flurry of missiles. There is little challenge. This shortens the game into four or five hours, making it quick and dirty for game players.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is best with four friends though: my girlfriend, two other friends and I discovered this after we lost 10 hours of our lives in one sitting. If that doesn't say something about this game, nothing else will.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    To be perfectly honest, this is one of the best looking Game Boy Advance games on the market...[and] one of the best arcade style racers on the Game Boy Advance.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Still one of the best NES games ever, and perfect for the GBA.
    • 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."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is pretty tight, it’s the addition of charisma and squad mates that sets the game apart.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Unlike "Steel Batalion" which could take months to learn how to play, you can learn how to play MechAssault in just a matter of minutes.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The reason to play isn’t the gameplay, rather the story and the cinematics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound are one area where Madden definitely doesn’t measure up to ESPN. ESPN is much prettier and the sound is better as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The physics engine makes everything look better as it is very lifelike.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are tons of bright, varied colors and it’s definitely eye-candy. This isn’t the best I’ve seen (Iridion 3D, Pitfall and Tony Hawk 2 look incredible) but it’s still pretty. I still can’t believe this is all on a handheld.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you can stomach the language, or have a terrific mute button, Deathrow really is a fun game that can be played alone or with a few friends.
    • 81 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Where the game really shines in my opinion is the control. I don’t think I’ve ever played a Game Boy Advance game that handles as well as this one.
    • 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!
    • 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.