Core Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 203 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Lowest review score: 0 KISS Pinball
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 203
203 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simulation junkies might be turned off by the exaggerated goal scoring, comical commentary and cute gimmick cameras, but a bevy of gameplay options can remove all such tom-foolery from the game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From player ratings, to defensive-back AI, to ball physics, they've made a lot of smart adjustments to the game that may go unnoticed by many gamers, but are a joy to discover for savvy football gamers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding game, with excellent gameplay and a deep set of features. Finally, the PS2 has a genuine A+ sports title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Oh sweet mother of mercy, this is why I picked up a joystick in the first place. Klonoa 2 is as close to a flawless game as I've ever seen.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    In short, this game looks, sounds, and plays like a dream.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But for all its other qualities, the one element that elevates Gran Turismo 3 to instant classic status is the incredibly addictive career mode.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So damned good I don't know how EA will top this performance next year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The levels are masterfully designed, the learning curve is smooth and gradual, and the variety in gameplay makes this game appropriate for both novice and expert gamers alike.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Silent Hill 2 retains the same basic format of the original, the story is decidedly more coherent and the graphics have been upgraded immeasurably.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ICO
    When taken as a whole, Ico provides one of the most compelling and emotionally resonant experiences to be had on the PS2.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Chrono Cross'" music is breathtakingly beautiful, and its sheer power makes the story even more profound and moving.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From its addictive ProQuest mode and dynamic skeletal animation system to its engaging licensed tunes, it's the proverbial "Tony Hawk" for freestyle BMX fans.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gorgeous graphics, pleasant music, and an engaging (although somewhat cliché) story combine in a fitting conclusion to the PlayStation series of Final Fantasy titles.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A continuation of a landmark series that has so far highlighted some of the best gameplay to be found on the PSX.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sit this collection on the shelf beside Final Fantasy Anthology and you'll happily own some of the best RPGs ever made.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Now hold on to your colons and prepare to experience one of the craziest, dirtiest, most offensive 3-D platformers you've ever seen - and be ready to laugh your a** off every step of the way.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Solid controls and complex-but rarely complicated-character interactions combine to produce another classic adventure.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A must-buy for anyone who enjoyed last year's game -- and also anyone looking for an all-around fun game with the power to turn friends into enemies.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though it is not without its flaws, "Perfect Dark" is the best game yet for the N64 and among the most fun console games ever produced.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best games available for the N64, Paper Mario is a fantastic experience that shouldn't be missed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The combination of tight control, classic characters, and an endlessly competitive gameplay balance makes Mario Tennis one of the best multiplayer sports games ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is wonderfully eclectic, irresistibly irreverent, and visually delectable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastic game with an at-times atrocious camera system. Nevertheless, an incredible amount of extra features are more than enough to keep Sega's latest in the 'A' range.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's the best-looking, best-playing football sim on the market, but it's a fine upgrade to an excellent game, not the revolutionary title many might have hoped for on the PS2.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Behind the striking visual façade lies a deep strategy game, enhanced by the interesting addition of ground troops and solid interfaces for both the real-time and turn-based components.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Its fresh twist on the traditional racing model and creative gameplay make this one of the few titles in a flooded genre that really stands out.