Core Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 197 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 56% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Final Fantasy IX
Lowest review score: 0 KISS Pinball
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 197
197 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Raw isn’t a bad game, it just needs more. More wrestlers, more moves, more options, more gameplay modes...
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fans of the original Shenmue will be delighted with the sequel while gamers new to the series should be able to get into the game's deep atmosphere with little difficulty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When you’re talking about a Miyamoto launch title, "pretty good" just won’t cut it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Here’s a lesson in elegant game design...as pure and enjoyable a game as any in the GameCube launch lineup.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The control is perfect. Deathmatch standards like circle-strafing are a snap, and pretty much every common FPS convention from crouching to secondary fire functions is supported here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Easy to get into and with a boatload of options, it provides a worthy alternative to the status quo, although hardcore ballers might scoff at the game’s arcadey nature.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With its frantic pace and gorgeous visuals, it’ll have everyone in the room clamoring for a shot at the action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once you grow accustomed to the style of play you will be treated to a racer with depth and a remarkable presentation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    MGS2 includes all kinds of incentive to play the game again and again, including the new collectable "Dog Tag" feature, but to be honest the real replay value lies with the beauty of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A puzzle/action game with depth, humor, and charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The best soccer game available. Despite the control flaws and graphic blemishes this game is a marvelous presentation of soccer, albeit slightly watered down for the masses.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of the original will enjoy the game, but there is the danger that this Hostile Territory will seem more like Familiar Territory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound are excellent, but the most constricting drawback is the extremely long gameplay-disrupting load times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A leaden interface almost completely nullifies any enjoyment one might derive from this otherwise unique blend of action, adventure and puzzle elements.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The incredible versatility of the gameplay, coupled with stellar sound and visuals, make this game nothing less than sheer bliss on a DVD.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Features the same ingredients that made the original delightful, but with new villains and a well thought out story.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The awe inspiring graphics, excellent music, intuitive gameplay, and replay value round out an excellent game that will rival "Metal Gear Solid 2" as game of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Makes enough nods to the uninitiated that it is an accessible game, but at the same time it retains the depth that diehard NASCAR fans demand.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The game succeeds on so many levels that the flawed gameplay borders on tragedy. The only reason I felt compelled to play the game was to enjoy the graphics and sound, but unfortunately that isn't enough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The slammin' soundtrack and an engaging trick system overcome a somewhat inconsistent framerate to make Kinetica more interesting than most its competitors.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Great course diversity and a choice of four vehicle classes should motivate players to ignore the initial frustration and get to the good stuff.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Gameplay is pretty shallow stuff, but it's also somehow more intense, and much more challenging, than recent games in the series.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It's always interesting to have the option of being the bad guy, but truly bland gameplay and a relatively short quest sap the fun and make this a rental at best.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you like F1 games than you will cherish every moment spent with this title.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Features fine graphics, a unique backstory, and atrocious controls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Though it has plenty of rough edges, the wacky cartoonish graphics and the bizarre sense of humor compensate nicely. Excessive loading is obnoxious.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The same flaw that haunts every other light gun game on the market. After an hour or so of practice, most gamers will be able to complete the game in just under twenty minutes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The most serious complaint comes from a lack of options...Despite this, Guilty Gear's aesthetic beauty and rich gameplay are more than enough for fighting fans.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just as "Devil Dice" and "Intelligent Qube" showed that originality can still flourish in the puzzle genre, One Piece Mansion provides a welcome respite from the newest "been there, done that" version of Tetris or Bust-a-Move.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Most of the time, it's duller than a bread knife, and even when it's supposed to be exciting, it's just tedious.

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