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 NFL 2K3
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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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+]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I felt so screwed out of some sort of satisfaction, screwed out of more levels off of the Halo, screwed out of many hours of my life that I just poured into one of the most amazingly bad excuses for a single-player first-person shooter campaign. I was bored, I was tired and by the end of it, I was just really pissed off.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer size-factor of the game is overwhelming.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It brings everything from the Playstation HAWK 2 and crams it onto Nintendo’s portable.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the game might be old - it's still one of the best games ever made. [Grade = A+]
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the best game to be released this year, even eclipsing "Wind Waker." [Grade = 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Offers gamers a quality racing title with weapons, and the ability to keep players' attention for years.
    • 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?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest improvement though comes in the form of the framerate.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is where NFL 2K3 really shines.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Warcraft game, possibly the best strategy game, released yet.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I played through the game there was no slowdown and everything looked crisp and just right.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is gorgeous. The CG sequences are absolutely beautiful.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is phenomenal.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The defensive improvements and online leagues are a huge step in the right direction.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With this level of A.I. Allied Assault is no walk in the park.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fans of Ocarina will love diving back into one of the best games ever, only with new dungeons. It's hard to say which is better, but if you love a challenge, Master Quest will satisfy your craving.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is some slowdown from time to time, which typical of the platformers of this age. For the most part, though, it's a perfect translation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The defensive improvements and online leagues are a huge step in the right direction.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Another giant step for this relatively young series.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This world is giant: get really high up in the air and you can see most of the videogame. That’s an incredible feat, something I don’t think I would have imagined feasible on the Playstation 2.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 83 Critic Score
    The updated version features a brand new dash feature allowing the player to navigate dungeons and towns much more quickly. This is a very welcome addition as in the original game making your way through these areas quickly became tedious.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best games to hit the market this year, portable or otherwise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the voice acting isn't a total waste, it seems like the writers decided to have the characters babble on about nothing at times.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The only downfall is that you might find it a little short, but it still is one of the most unique titles I've played in a while and comes recommended.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The biggest downside to the game is that it is very deep and does require a lot of patience. For instance, after you complete your turn, you have to sit through the computer’s entire turn. After a while this can get tedious, especially in a long battle.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the controls leave much to be desired, this is one of the few must-owns for any Playstation 2 owner.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Everything from the design of the bosses to the absolutely incredible levels screams personality.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The one other element that just makes this game so damn fun to play is the heist movie feel.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The level designs are, quite frankly, ingenious. Featuring curves, ramps, narrow paths, moving platforms, and obstacles of all kinds, the levels are as awe-inspiring as they are frustrating.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastic game that no GameCube owner should be without. I enjoyed it and my girlfriend absolutely loved it.
    • 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+]
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The sheer replay-ability and open-ended nature of Animal Crossing is what makes it so much fun to play. There are so many different things to do, so many bugs and fish to catch, and so much interior decoration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you’re obsessed with the series, though, and love the super hard modes, you might want to pick the game up. This is also the definitive version for folks who might not have played the game before either.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best party game in history.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best Sonic game released since "Sonic CD."
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The sandbox nature and tight, polished gameplay make this one of the first games in 2005 you should play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Camelot made a great game engine, and until someone can come along with something better, this is the game to beat.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An awesome sequel to Frequency and one of the best music games on the PlayStation 2.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The cel-shaded visuals look beautiful, as does the stunning anime sequences scattered throughout the game.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A treat for fans of the original, but it won’t blow you away in any particular aspect.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Don’t play this game at night. Really, it’s just a bad idea. I mean, unless you have Sigourney Weaver or Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting in the chair next to you with a flamethrower and a smile, you’re never going to get to sleep afterwards.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The problem is that it just gets old quick. Lots of enemies, attack, cure, wash, rinse, repeat. It gets old.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gets old fast. The multiplayer gameplay grows stale and can be boring, and the one-player game only takes so long to master, or become bored with. A golf fan might eat it up, but your typical gamer will probably put it down after a few days of extended play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best wrestling game on the market for any platform.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The minigames are easily one of the high-lights of the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a fan’s dream come true.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still the same girl you dated in high school, just with a new wardrobe and some nice jewelry. She’s still fun to hang out with, but nowhere you haven’t been already.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    For fans of the series, this may be the best game yet. It combines a Classic and Underground mode into the same game, adds new gameplay elements, and really captures the feel of a bunch of skaters goofing around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If there's a single problem with the gameplay, it revolves around the overly simplified putting mechanisms. It's just too simple to make 30-40 ft. putts and I do it regularly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the biggest improvements to the game is the full-fledged air battles.
    • 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
    • 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.