Cubed3's Scores

  • Games
For 669 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 29% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lowest review score: 10 Power Rangers Megaforce
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 669
669 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It makes you think, it makes you smile and it compels you to play just one more level. Flat out, the most addictive platform game ever created, if not one of the most addictive games ever created.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nintendo has pulled out all the stops to cook up far more than a mere 'Super Mario Galaxy with bells on,' instead serving up a steaming dish of delicious gaming goodness with a sequel that is leaps and bounds above not only every other similar adventure, but nearly all of Nintendo's own previous platform/3D adventure creations.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent remake of the much loved Nintendo 64 classic: refreshed, renewed but still very much familiar and fun.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic, beautiful and quite wonderfully Nintendo in its almost sexual brilliance. Arousing stuff.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's more than just a simple Mario title with multiplayer bolted on. The game weaves together a plethora of unique, compelling and occasionally downright bizarre ideas that simply work.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The beauty of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is that it extracts the key core elements that make the series so impressive in the first place and brings along a large does of familiarity, but then goes on to mix in a whole host of newly-styled dungeons, brand new puzzles that appeal to a broad audience, as well as superb 1:1 sword control that actually needs to be mastered for progression rather than being added as a gimmick or just for show and a twist on the normal storyline.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a well-designed, challenging, fun, evocative experience that rewards multiple play-throughs.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a shame that original DS and DS Lite owners have no way of trying out Flipnote Studio, as what is on offer here exceeds any other DS game in terms of potential and creational ability.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Imagine if any other big franchise took absolutely all the best elements from its previous instalments, bundled them together, and - as if that wasn't enough - threw plenty of even more excellent ideas into the mix for good measure! Well, if your mind already set itself to work on finding a single example of this in recent memory, look no further...Fire Emblem: Awakening - the prime example of this!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I could say it in a thousand different ways, but let's put it simply: whether you already have this game or not, you have to buy Chrono Trigger DS, because it's just one of the best RPGs ever, if not one of the best games ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Now Monolith Soft's grand Xenoblade Chronicles has arrived, bringing with it an sterling soundtrack, a phenomenal visual impact, vast amount of customisation, intriguing story and massive value for money.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A certain Italian plumber should watch his back - Rayman Origins is as good as New Super Mario Bros. Wii and not far off from approaching the quality of some of his finest 2D adventures.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Building upon the superbly solid foundation of Rayman Origins is no mean feat, but Ubisoft has indeed managed to out-do the House of Mario in the genre in which many thought Nintendo was untouchable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With three brilliant games that challenge and exhilarate the player, the Metroid Prime Trilogy package is a masterpiece filled with with pristine graphics, an in-depth storyline, and non-stop exploration and action .
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the return to form that long-time fans have been wishing for in the classic 2D format for the Zelda franchise for many years; it is the greatest entry in a very long time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD proves how timeless Nintendo titles are. Enhanced, revised and revisited, the game is certainly one to explore again or for the first time on Nintendo Wii U.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of puzzle games should not pass up this opportunity to get their fix of it, especially the more creative of them who won't resist the appeal of the Pullblox Studio, allowing them to create their own headaches.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero 5 sets a new precedent for how music games should be treated on Wii. Nintendo have clearly come out with the best version of the game thanks to Vicarious Visions' work in ensuring a healthy spread of modes, including ones only to be found on Wii that make fantastic use of the system.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Colors 3D is no doubt one of the best applications to grace the eShop and if you have an interest in drawing and art in general, you'll love it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward may lack the initial punch delivered by its predecessor, but still brings an engrossing tale to the table, with a story that players will have to explore completely before finally putting the game back on the shelf. With a smattering of smart puzzles tying everything together, it will take something truly special to trump this superb visual novel experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At a glance Pokémon X and Pokémon Y did seem like a standard leap in numbers and a new look, but upon diving into the new world, it's more than just a pair of new Pokémon games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Well, we could go on and on, except, to be honest, we'd rather get back to playing it than talking about it. After all, we just need a few more bells to pay off our house and start on an expansion. So we'll just say that Animal Crossing New Leaf is the best of its franchise and highly recommend it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On 3DS eShop, while doing away with the motion controls, it manages to remain the cool one-on-one first-person brawler that it already was on WiiWare and uses the 3D effect marvellously
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Game Freak has worked its socks off to ensure that Pokémon Black / White not only live up to the standards set by past entries in the mainline series, but have included a wealth of extra content to entice newcomers to the world of Pocket Monsters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, Square Enix and Level-5 have delivered what is without doubt one of the most stunning RPG experiences not only on the Nintendo DS, but in existence, full stop.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At a glance Pokémon X and Pokémon Y did seem like a standard leap in numbers and a new look, but upon diving into the new world, it's more than just a pair of new Pokémon games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely has such a well designed and nightmarishly difficult game on Wii been found, and it comes to fill the gap for those who love a good challenge -- and a tough one this truly is.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most engrossing experiences you will find on the market at this time, and the game is still so addictive, so well-formed and lengthy as ever, only with the refinements of modern games slotted in seamlessly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not live up to Super Mario Galaxy in some people’s eyes, yet when it comes to good, old fashioned platform action, Shigeru Miyamoto & Co. have conjured up quite the treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks and sounds wonderful, it feels great when you play it, it's tons of fun and full of surprises.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be completely flawless, but The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is definitely one of the DS 'must own' titles of 2009.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most engrossing experiences you will find on the market at this time, and the game is still so addictive, so well-formed and lengthy as ever, only with the refinements of modern games slotted in seamlessly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little King's Story brings together a mix of game styles and genres, and blends them all perfectly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Game Freak has worked its socks off to ensure that Pokémon Black / White not only live up to the standards set by past entries in the mainline series, but have included a wealth of extra content to entice newcomers to the world of Pocket Monsters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Treasure has created a shooter beyond all shooters, mixing together so many different styles, throwing in a plethora of engaging stages and gameplay techniques that set the imagination on fire.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo has woven a very distinctive approach to the strategy genre, and Pikmin 3 a prime candidate for your Wii U collection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is simply a marvel to play through, with Frontier taking the high quality of the original outing and building upon that strong foundation considerably.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn starts off slow and may even lead to fans of traditional Kirby adventures giving it the cold shoulder. However, the sheer amount of thought, creativity and extra little touches poured into the adventure help to make this one journey that grows on the player considerably the further into proceedings they get.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes is, despite its cutesy appearance, a surprisingly deep strategy-puzzle game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the multiplatform title that Wii U owners deserve: one that has been given time and dedication by a developer with excellent technical skills, which shows the Wii U is more than just a late entry into last generation hardware.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It manages to further refine a lot of what was already made with its predecessor, and any fan of the genre should give it a try. However, it cannot be stressed enough that one should play Pullblox as well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Professor Layton and the Lost Future takes the core functionality of the previous two outings, expands on it considerably, wraps up the storyline in the most gripping fashion possible and heaps plenty of extras on top for good measure. This is most definitely the superlative entry in the Layton series so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo DS, without a doubt the queen of the RPG genre in recent years, gains another incredibly good addition to its library in Radiant Historia.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the type of title that the console has needed since launch, and should be in any player who loves fighters or all-out action's collection. It's easy to pick up but hard to master, and it's all rounded off with beautiful presentation and a stylish flair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near perfect conversion of a fan favourite entry in the long-running Street Fighter franchise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without doubt, Mass Effect 3: Special Edition is easily one of the best offerings on the Wii U right now, but it simply cannot be stressed enough that players must seek out the two previous games in the series before playing this one.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marrying the current craze for brain teasing puzzles with a delightfully mysterious tale that entertains throughout works brilliantly and everything just smacks of pure quality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true gem amongst a lot of bile in the Wii's software library.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy IV is still a cult-classic, even after all those years, and it should be highly recommended to any fan of the series and/or the genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale Games is definitely on a roll, with Episode 4: The Trial & Execution of Guybrush Threepwood not matching, but actually surpassing the previous three chapters overall in order to help continue the great revival of the Monkey Island brand.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo were right to put their full muscle behind Monster Hunter Tri, as Capcom have delivered to Wii an utterly unmissable experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine 2's tailor-made adventure will delight platform and puzzle fans alike, and the game becomes a surprisingly viable option for multiplayer bashes, too. Not the longest of games, but a beautiful ride while it lasts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Professor Layton and Pandora's Box is clear evidence that Level-5's winning formula from the first game was indeed no fluke.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bird & Bombs is most certainly a must-buy for strategy and puzzle fans alike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly, there are those who will not enjoy it. However, for the brave adventurers whose idea of a good time is dark dungeons full of twisted halls, it is a highly rewarding experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Runner 2 is as good as platforming gets, and the entire product is an excellent value proposition. Moreover, it is FUN with a capital F. That's the highest compliment we can give the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U succeeds in delivering classic 2D Mario gameplay in a more visually appealing and complete package than ever before and is simply a blast to play both alone or with friends.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A thoroughly entertain[ing] mix of air- and ground-based shooting that never slows down, throwing all manner of new challenges at the player, incentivising the whole process to ensure replay levels are as high as possible. The intense multiplayer options are merely the icing on an already very delicious cake.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No More Heroes is like nothing else.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a superbly pleasurable puzzle effort with a wonderfully crafted storyline draped over it. Definitely one of the finest on the Nintendo DS.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2: Wii U Edition proves that when something isn't broke then there's no need to fix it -- just add a ton of worthwhile and engaging content on top. Persistent loading times may mar the experience for some, but for fighting game fans with a shiny new console to equip, this will be gaming nirvana.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Q-Games only did the one title for the bit Generations line-up on GBA and it still proves to be as addictive nearly four years down the line on DSiWare.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a matter of preference when it comes to what Zen Pinball title is the best. It may be due to the fact that the Star Wars universe is more universally recognisable than Marvel's, for instance, but this particular title truly feels like the pinnacle of its pinball games so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After wowing the crowds with the first four episodes in the Tales of Monkey Island, Telltale Games has rounded off the series with a hugely enjoyable adventure in Rise of the Pirate God. A fitting climax to a gripping five-chapter story arc.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Spectre's Call is definitely the second best out of the four entries in the Professor Layton series so far, though, and a fantastic treat just in time for the holiday period.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV isn't just another big name that Nintendo can boast about. It's one of the finest, most well produced, technically sound, feature rich and content packed RPGs released in years. True Shin Megami Tensei fans should pick it up without hesitation, and anyone who enjoys RPGs should strongly consider it as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An impressive debut from Broken Rules, who have taken their own name literally by screwing up the rule book and trying something a little different within an established genre. The gamble pays off: with a friendly concept, striking art, and abstract-yet-believable world, And Yet It Moves presents is a worthy addition to the WiiWare catalogue.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale Games and the Chapman brothers have ended the first Season of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People on a major high, with this last episode proving to be the wittiest, most engaging and laugh-out-loud hilarious of all five outings.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is oozing with quality and polish in every aspect, and easily surpasses the already outstanding previous instalment on the Nintendo Wii.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom is no stranger to getting the most out of the hardware it develops for, and Resident Evil: Revelations is certainly no exception. A console experience in portable form, this scare-fest cements its place in the Resident Evil series with a solid campaign and highly addictive side mode, together with unyielding gameplay and plot mechanics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Puzzle fans should not be without this latest masterpiece.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of superheroes and fans of fighters, this is a very shiny product. With more characters confirmed to be joining the roster, it's only going to get shinier.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those looking for a nice little distraction from something like Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the moment may just have found the perfect candidate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale has once again delivered a must-have WiiWare download that is by far a cut above the rest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning masterpiece of a platform game, with so many different styles that are well loved from over the years, all tightly pieced together and expertly delivered by a developer with a clear strong talent in this genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Art Academy: Learn New Painting Techniques and Share Your Art builds upon the solid foundation of its predecessors to offer an extremely well-rounded experience that is suitable for budding artists keen to make a fresh start, and experts looking to hone their talents further.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply sublime work from Capcom! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies takes the best elements from the previous four main entries, as well as a pinch of excellence from the Ace Attorney Investigations spin-off, and amalgamates everything into one extremely special package, complete with fresh ideas that alleviate any minor issues people may have had with the series in the past.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II is by far the most fleshed out Call of Duty game to date; with a whole load of content included and some lovely exclusive features, it's clear that Treyarch is committed to making the series successful on Wii U.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolutely resounding success that follows on superbly from the amazing Bowser's Inside Story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy shows there is still plenty of mileage in the series, but as time has been called on this particular line of Hershel Layton adventures, it proves to be a fitting closure with some great twists at the story's conclusion, along with clever plot elements that tie this precursor trilogy back into the first ever game, The Curious Village.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet GoldenEye 007 could have gotten away without using that namesake as, against all perceptions upon initial reveal, this re-imaging is strong enough to stand on its own and, aside from a few online limitations and control niggles, it is easily one of Wii's best shooters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MadWorld definitely earns its place as one of Wii's must-have titles and completes a trinity of hugely enjoyable, quirky, mature titles on the system that don't forget what games are all about, the other two being No More Heroes and The House of the Dead: Overkill.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muramasa may not play quite as beautifully as it looks, but you can be confident in the knowledge that whizzing around slicing ninjas with a big katana is definitely as fun as it looks.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Ace Attorney series has got increasingly better with each entry and the conclusion to the Phoenix Wright trilogy ties all plot threads together so seamlessly it makes this a must-have for those who became engrossed with the first two.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Third time is definitely the charm…
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 are technically fantastic, taking the core of a remarkable series and building in all manner of new and intriguing features to keep fans enamoured with what is basically a simple formula rinsed and constantly repeated over the years. The only aspect holding back these first ever direct sequels is the standard of presentation, with only minor upgrades since originally gracing the world over 15 years ago, no matter how much the point is argued. That being said, for the gameplay and story elements alone, this is undoubtedly an essential purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wii Sports Resort is a motion-controlled marvel with a little piece of magic included for each and every one of us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sharp contrast to Renegade Kid's technically stellar DS games, Mutant Mudds wraps up retro-inspired charm, pixel art that pleases the eyes, and a boatload of challenge, all making highly effective use of the 3DS slider switch, all in one affordable downloadable package.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 are technically fantastic, taking the core of a remarkable series and building in all manner of new and intriguing features to keep fans enamoured with what is basically a simple formula rinsed and constantly repeated over the years. The only aspect holding back these first ever direct sequels is the standard of presentation, with only minor upgrades since originally gracing the world over 15 years ago, no matter how much the point is argued. That being said, for the gameplay and story elements alone, this is undoubtedly an essential purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ubisoft have created an amazing adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Wii edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops is by no means the inferior product many thought it would turn out to be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Boy and His Blob is in the upper echelon of Wii titles in terms of quality and is a must buy for anyone looking for a fantastic gaming experience. An unforgettable experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo has teamed up with Tecmo Koei for yet another successful venture, this time bringing the world of strategic battling and Pocket Monsters together for what is without doubt the deepest and most impressive Pokémon spin-off so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last Story definitely deserves to follow in the footsteps of Xenoblade Chronicles, appealing to RPG fans everywhere, tapping into what makes the classics, such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy so addictive, namely a strong focus on story with good pacing and a fluid battle mechanic that works almost flawlessly throughout the adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of the highlights in the Nintendo Wii U software library to date, LEGO City Undercover blends together a large, compelling open world to explore with fun, suitably cheesy action sequences that can appeal to both young and old.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is one of the best packages on the Wii and something that everyone should at least try out, whether you are a fitness fanatic or not.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 3 Lair of the Leviathan is every bit as good as the last two entries, if not better thanks to some much-welcomed tweaks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those that already own this game on the 3DS, it's pretty tough whether or not to recommend the game to them. If they do want to play through a new challenge though, the Infernal difficulty offers a true hardcore experience. However, to those who don't own a 3DS, this is their chance to pick up the definitive version of the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metroid: Other M is certainly a different take on one of Nintendo's prestigious franchises, but it works well to the point of being one of the most immersive and story-heavy Metroid games to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is one of the largest Monster Hunter games to have been released and perhaps one of the largest 3DS games.