CNET Gamecenter's Scores

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For 324 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 SoulCalibur
Lowest review score: 10 Blair Witch Volume 2: The Legend of Coffin Rock
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 52 out of 324
324 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
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    The best adventure game we've played in recent years, and an instant classic.
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    • 93 Metascore
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    Is the game a worthy purchase for GT veterans and racing newcomers alike? The answer is a 400-horsepower yes.
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    • 98 Metascore
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    The best skateboarding game ever and one of the greatest PlayStation games of all time.
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    • 98 Metascore
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    It blows away every 3D fighting game I've ever played (even "Virtua Fighter 3," and by a much bigger margin than I expected!), so go buy it when you get your Dreamcast, or feel like a total fool when it's sold out the next day.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Sports delivers its most solid hockey game yet -- NHL 2001 could be the best sports game released this year.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you get right down to it, this is the best-looking, best-playing, and most full-featured golf game on the market, bar none.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is a nice mix of intricate strategy and fast-paced action; online play is an option; and commentators John Motson and Mark Lawrenson are back, accents and all.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can tell from the beginning that this game is a visual feast: the graphics are gorgeous, and combat is a blast to watch.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the AI has a few problems, and there is an occasional rough spot, the finished product is one of the most complete and compelling games we've played, and easily the best MechWarrior game in the series.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Any game that lets you lop off the head of your enemy and then use it as a weapon has our vote.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best fighters available for the PlayStation 2, thanks to rock-solid gameplay that overshadows minor graphical issues.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From its open-ended campaign and mind-searing graphics to its wide variety of multiplayer options, Sacrifice is one of those few games that manage to do just about everything right.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best skateboarding experience going on the PC -- and given the improved graphics, it is arguably the best version of the game out there.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offers an astounding 50 hours or so of gameplay, and when it was over we wanted more.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the best action-adventure game you're going to play this year.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    If you are searching for a truly exceptional first-generation PlayStation 2 title that offers fast action, excellent gameplay, and splendid visual pageantry, you had better buy yourself a copy of SSX the minute you pick up your PS2.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shorter scenarios, smarter AI, and extensive military features make the game much more fun and intriguing, and the mythology aspects add a whole new dynamic.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the revamped graphics to the refined gameplay, this is arcade fighting at its best.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only contains top-notch gameplay, but it's also the most realistic-looking sports game to ever hit a console
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best, most accessible 3D real-time strategy game to date.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Possibly the best and biggest RPG you'll ever play.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And this absurdness is what makes The Sims tragic, funny, mundane, and one of the most entertaining games I've seen in a long, long time.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best modern tank simulator on the market.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the incredible story line to the combat system to the great visuals to the overall feel of the game, players will get the sense of how much of an impact a game like this can have.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Continues the series' long-standing tradition of quality in one of the most compelling RPGs ever. This is the last Final Fantasy game that will appear on the PlayStation, and SquareSoft has definitely saved its best for last.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By combining excellent graphics, strong gameplay, superlative control, and outstanding features, it's a fitting end to an excellent era in console hockey.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most impressive interactive gridiron PlayStation sensations to date.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arcade racing aficionados might be daunted by the learning curve, but sim fans will find enough depth here to keep playing for a long, long time.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The folks at Insomniac have built an incredibly detailed, fun, and immersive action/adventure that is definitely worth picking up, whether or not you're familiar with this franchise.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It can get a little too technical and difficult at times, but the various systems in the game, such as Break Arts, chaining attacks, and the weapon creation system, are simply revolutionary for an RPG.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is what's key. Banjo-Tooie offers one of the best platforming experiences on the Nintendo 64.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best racing game on the Nintendo 64. Period.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stunning, optimized graphics; immersive, rich sound; refined, complex, and deep gameplay; and a mature, gripping plot make it a game that you won't want to miss.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best action game on the Nintendo 64 and a great follow-up to "GoldenEye."
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best in the series and one of the best first-person shooters on the system.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lifelike tennis action with whimsical Mario Bros.-style flair that's insanely addictive and provides more fun than you could possibly imagine.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great combat system and engaging story truly make the game a gem, not only on the Dreamcast but in the RPG genre as a whole.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visually gorgeous game that combines awesome graphics, fresh gameplay, irresistible music, and incredible design in a polished package that is a true original.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A graphical and technological marvel that offers slick graphics, smooth online play, and groundbreaking communication features. You owe it to yourself to experience it.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The brilliant thing is that with everything happening on screen with four players, the action still remains fluid at 60 frames per second.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A truly new gameplaying experience that is worth checking out.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A thoroughly entertaining and addictive tennis title that also doubles as a poster child for high-res Dreamcast graphics.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most faithful representation of GT and Prototype sports car racing on the market.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A supremely well-crafted port of the popular coin-op racer that sets a lofty new standard for fidelity and realism in console driving games.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Featuring improved graphics and tighter control, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is all but assured legendary status.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a "Gran Turismo" clone, but it's still as stunning and immersive a driving experience as you're ever going to find on the Dreamcast
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, the best PC-to-console port ever seen.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is, without a doubt, the best basketball game on any console.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While NFL 2K1's gameplay and presentation are stellar, it's the advent of network play that will really set the game apart from anything else on the market.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports delivers its strongest installment yet in the PC's best motorcycle racing series.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "MDK2" is a fine sequel to one of the silliest action fests ever.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Introduces many new and interesting elements into the sometimes stale RTS genre; although it has a moderate learning curve, fans of the genre will want to pick this one up.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it would've been nice to re-create some of the truly significant aerial engagements of the war, such as the Battle of Midway and the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, Combat Flight Simulator 2 is nevertheless an excellent game.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A vivid and compelling portrayal of feudal warfare in the age of the samurai.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At this price and with these features, "Microsoft Golf 2001 Edition" cannot be ignored.
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    • 86 Metascore
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    The levels are well designed, and the game's weapons are damn cool and pack a real punch.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maxis packs in just enough to make this a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game not only has everything that an add-on pack should have -- fresh units, a new campaign, and new multiplayer maps and modes -- but it has one thing that most don't: a goose-egg price tag.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining slick graphics, fast-as-hell gameplay, and an incredibly deep set of features and options, TimeSplitters has what it takes to make the PS2 a premier platform for shoot-'em-up multiplayer action.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are instances where players phase through each other as they return to their respective huddles after a play. While they certainly don't ruin the game, these little inconsistencies must be noted.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique gameplay experience. If you can leave the guns, bombs, monsters, and aliens behind, you'll find plenty of variety and replayability here to keep you hooked for some time.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The questions are clever and the banter from the game's host continues to be deliciously sarcastic. Those features, combined with an excellent Online Play mode, will surely make this a must-grab for any YDKJ fan.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deep gameplay and cross-platform online racing make 4x4 Evolution the best 4x4 game going.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With various enthralling single-player modes and a smooth online play option, if this isn't one of the best racing games we've played this year, it sure is one of the most fun.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Chessmaster 8000, Mattel Interactive doesn't necessarily reinvent its classic series, but it further refines what is already the most comprehensive chess title on the market.
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    • 81 Metascore
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    Even if you're not a Trekker, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- The Fallen still offers some pretty solid action/adventure with top-notch production values
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    • 87 Metascore
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    Even with its flaws, "GP3" is the pinnacle of contemporary Formula 1 simulations.
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    • 70 Metascore
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    A good game. Real-time fans may like it, and turn-based gamers will like it. And no one will deny that it is unique. If you're a big fan of the series, this fourth installment is a must-buy.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most evilly entertaining time-wasters since the original "Quake."
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    May feel more like a classic Bond Marathon on TBS, rather than the instant-gratification spy movies we have seen in recent years.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best console strategy games ever made.
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Excellent game with new features that breathe life into the genre.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is a kick, finally letting players fully exploit the upper end of the AD&D goodie bag, including cool spells and magic items.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The premise is twisted, and the game looks hauntingly beautiful; if only it weren't lacking in a few key gameplay areas, it would easily be one of the most fun, interesting, and memorable games of the last few years.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EverQuest reaches a certain peak and maturity with The Scars of Velious, further solidifying the franchise as the premiere massively multiplayer online RPG.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yeah, Giants has its flaws, but it's one of the most competent -- and clever -- action games we've laid our hands on,
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Casual gamers, however, should skip this title (unless they're WWII plane enthusiasts), because the learning curve is steep.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics in Ridge Racer V are definitely the game's strong point--most notably, the frame rate. The game runs at a blinding 60 frames per second, which is near TV quality.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hard-core fans will love how the new features affect long-term gameplay, and casual players will find some of the more outrageous scenarios quite amusing.
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    • 79 Metascore
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    Anyone with the slightest interest in historical-strategy gaming will love this title.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Red Alert 2 proves to be one of the finest offerings in the C&C series.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oftentimes brilliant, sometimes frustrating, and always riveting, "Deus Ex" could be game-of-the-year material if not for its many glaring flaws.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new game offers impressive graphics mixed with familiar gameplay for a conservative sequel that does the series proud.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game, but not the revolution in gaming that we were expecting.
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a patch it would be near-perfect; it successfully addresses several key concerns, adds one seriously compelling new element, and generally turns a very good racing experience into an exceptional one. Certainly, this is the game EA should have released in the first place.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an excellent story line, interesting characters, dazzling visuals, and distinct soundtrack, Breath of Fire IV is well worth the time of any RPG fan who's looking for a mature gaming experience.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A weird combination of action, puzzle solving, and strategy that is freakishly fun.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all Psygnosis games, Rollcage Stage II is full of eye candy, with flashy graphics and colorful decor up the wazoo.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing change of pace from the usually horrid Army Men franchise thanks to its top-notch action, improved mission structure, cleaner visuals, and added multiplayer elements.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring an all-new game engine to complement its fully licensed collection of Winston Cup drivers and tracks, NASCAR 2001 is a very slick and entertaining new addition to the series.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A breath of fresh air on the PlayStation that has the total package of graphics, gameplay, and an arsenal of incredible weapons.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with its twitchy control and funky camera angles, it's a top-notch action/adventure worthy of the moniker. Excelsior!
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best NBA hoops game on the system.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combining tried-and-true platformer elements that make platform games great with an awesome graphics engine and humorous, endearing characters, The Emperor's New Groove guarantees fun for all ages.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though the gameplay is up to par, the graphics need to keep up with the times.
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    • 86 Metascore
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    Great graphics and sound, tried-and-true gameplay, and wall-to-wall blasting mayhem make this a winner.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With more than 50 WWF superstars, a fantastic array of matches, and unparalleled, blisteringly fast gameplay, it's the only squared-circle brawler you need to buy. Anything else, especially the horrendous "WCW Backstage Assault," isn't worth your time.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it offers the same style of gameplay, its alternate story line, engaging action, and excellent musical score will have you sneaking behind enemy lines until the wee hours of the morning.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its engaging mix of humor, excellent graphics, and superior multiplayer mode, this is one "Army Men" game that's worth checking out.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The added improvements, like the new wings, will ensure gaming pleasure for months to come.
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