DarkStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,705 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Lowest review score: 20 Grimind
Score distribution:
1,705 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
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    Superby detailed licensed cars, stunning visual effects, multiple modes and top draw sountrack makes this one a winner.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The missions are a lot more complex then they were in GTA3, which means you will get more into the character as well as the plot, which means even more fun.
    • 93 Metascore
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    What is so amazing about Burnout 3 is not so much its excellent modes but instead its amazing gameplay.
    • 95 Metascore
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    I can't express in words to do the game justice how large and well drawn out these cities are.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Combines a great storyline with superb gameplay, and slick graphics, to give you an experience that is just non-stop fun.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Perfection is redefined in Link's latest adventure, and making it easily the best game ever, bar none.
    • 98 Metascore
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    Grand Theft Auto IV is by far the most complete package I have seen in the last five to ten years.
    • 88 Metascore
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    This is not only one of the best games of the year, it is the best game on the PS3 thus far as well.
    • 91 Metascore
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    What ends up happening is that the first few versions were great, but the Wii version is what the original game wanted to be, a truly exceptional find. A must own Wii title.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The best game I’ve played all year. It is an extremely fun platformer with stunning graphics not to mention the most extensive level creation tool I’ve ever seen.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Dawn of War II is an easy recommendation for me to make it is one of the best PC games in recent year.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Fallout 3 is a fantastic game that was well worth the hype and the wait.
    • 90 Metascore
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    If you own GTAIV for the Xbox 360 you would be crazy not to go on Xbox Live and buy this game.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The whole Wild West has been a huge missed opportunity for the video game industry, until now where we finally have a game that has put the Wild West back on the map.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The whole Wild West has been a huge missed opportunity for the video game industry, until now where we finally have a game that has put the Wild West back on the map.
    • 96 Metascore
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    If there is one game for the Playstation 3 this year that I would say is a "must buy" Uncharted 2 is that game, it truly is one of the best games in years and could very well be the best Playstation 3 game of 2009.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Just Cause 2 sets a new standard in the sandbox genre, and will be difficult to top due to its incredible graphics, expansive world, and extremely fun gameplay.
    • 94 Metascore
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    What impresses me so much about this game is not only that it has a tremendous amount of hype surrounding it which it does, but that it delivers even through all of that.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Civilization V is one of the best strategy games I have ever played.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Undead Nightmare is an amazing experience that when you factor in the low price truly raises the bar over anything I have seen in terms of DLC packs in the last couple of years. Keep the zombies coming!
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's hard for me to find a bad thing to say about Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, it's just an amazing game. I remember thinking last year before we knew there was even going to be an AC: Brotherhood that it was going to be hard for Ubisoft to top AC2, but I am happy to say Brotherhood does in every single way. This is flat out a great game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    We are finally beginning to see innovation within sports video games and Fight Night Champion truly is step forward not only for boxing but sports video games in general. It not only proves that stories can be an integral part of a sports video game but can be one of it's best. Fight Night Champion is the best boxing game out and in the conversation of best sports game of this generation.
    • 84 Metascore
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    We are finally beginning to see innovation within sports video games and Fight Night Champion truly is step forward not only for boxing but sports video games in general. It not only proves that stories can be an integral part of a sports video game but can be one of it's best. Fight Night Champion is the best boxing game out and in the conversation of best sports game of this generation.
    • 78 Metascore
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    A great refreshing change in pace from your other run of the mill rpgs. It truly is a classic one of the best I strongly urge anyone who doesn't mind less than stellar game play graphics to go out and find a copy.
    • 91 Metascore
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    There has been such precise and accurate detail placed on this game that it would be near impossible to point out any faults.
    • 95 Metascore
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    This game goes where no Xbox Live enabled game has gone before.
    • 94 Metascore
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    By far the best game that the series has produced.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The hard-as-nails Ninja Gaiden is back, with improved camera system, a new mission mode and bonus game. At a budget price, you'd be crazy not let own this gem.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Metroid Prime's strengths are so overwhelmingly impressive that its minor faults quickly become an afterthought. It's quite simply a remarkable game, and a stunning achievement.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The navigation, the combat, the dungeons, the characters, and the peril you must face as that young elf boy in green are all fantastic.
    • 89 Metascore
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    L.A. Noire is not a game for everyone. For those expecting a GTA style experience then you may be disappointed with the outcome. However if your open to a new experience then this is one game that you shouldn't miss.
    • 89 Metascore
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    L.A. Noire is not a game for everyone. For those expecting a GTA style experience then you may be disappointed with the outcome. However if your open to a new experience then this is one game that you shouldn't miss.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Even though the game is just a remake of a twelve year old title it is still the best game currently on a handheld and the only reason to own a 3DS right now.
    • 92 Metascore
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    With amazing graphics and groundbreaking gameplay Uncharted 3 earns its place among its predecessors and should rank highly with anyone who sits down to play it.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Skyrim is the game that I would highly recommend to damn near anyone. It's not too hard to figure out and it's got such an enormous amount of stuff to do that anyone would be able to see what is so special about the game.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Batman: Arkham City isn't just one of the best games of the year; it's one of the best action games I've played this entire generation of consoles. Rocksteady nailed the combat, exploration, structure, atmosphere, and story in this game and it pulls everything off almost flawlessly.
    • 93 Metascore
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    To reiterate, no one takes advantage of Nintendo's hardware like they do themselves. It establishes a new direction for combat, and even justifies motion controls - something that's been a long time coming.
    • 80 Metascore
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    If the idea of pitting two incredibly strong universes of characters together in an ultimate battle doesn't excite you then the promise of fast paced action gameplay and stunning visuals should draw you in. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is perfectly represented on the Vita and having a portable fighter is always good to have because it is something you can easily drop in and drop out of. With great online and a stellar arcade mode at your fingertips (almost literally) UMVC3 is a game well worth the money for any Vita owner.
    • 82 Metascore
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    It is hard to believe that this game is produced by a small developer, only costs $15, and is downloadable. Not only does it contain almost all the features of a full retail fighting game, but it does almost all of them better. Most critically, the online is perfect and the tutorial actually teaches you how to play fighting games.
    • 85 Metascore
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    I cannot recommend Mortal Kombat highly enough. This is a game that belongs in your Vita's library and the price is just right. For $40 you get everything the console versions had and then some, as new characters fill out an already massive roster and new challenges will test your combat skills. It may not have the stunning in-game visuals of its counterparts, but that is forgivable considering what Warner Bros. has managed to pack into the product.
    • 84 Metascore
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    The Walking Dead Episode 2 is a perfect, three-hour nugget of story-driven adventure gaming. The immediacy of the gameplay and writing make it easy to boot up the game and instantly become engrossed in a world where nothing is sacred, and anything can happen at any moment. No tutorials needed.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Although its grim presentation and hearty challenge won't be for everybody, Hotline Miami is a rare game that articulates its own design thesis not only thoroughly, but with palpable enthusiasm. Underneath its moody graphics, stellar sound design and masterfully tuned combat is a strong feeling that this game's creators love making video games.
    • 89 Metascore
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    I'm not going to mince words anymore: The Walking Dead is the best game of 2012. If you care about video games as an expressive medium, you need to play this game. It's too important to avoid. If you are sick of zombie stories, you need to play this game. If you hate video games and despise the thought of playing one, you need to play this game.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Despite the fact that it came out last year, Pushmo was going to be on my Game of the Year list for this year. After all, I barely played it last year, and that's all the matters. Now that Crashmo is out, though, which features not only better gameplay and production values, but also a better NAME, I'm happy to place it in the position that Pushmo had been occupying in my list before-and probably in an even higher position.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A great story, genuine humor and excellent combat, Persona 4 Golden is the complete package. There is no reason why this game shouldn't be part of your Vita's library.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Tactical turn-based combat is something that some won't be able to get past no matter what. As long as that isn't you, Awakening is arguably the best game you can get on the 3DS, sure to be one of the best this year, and a must-play from just about every conceivable angle.
    • 86 Metascore
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    I highly recommend Devil may Cry. It’s a great action game that hangs with the best the genre can offer. Combine that with its cool aesthetic and engaging characters, and you have the first can’t-miss release of 2013.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Skulls of the Shogun requires patience and a knowledge of the gameplay. This is not a game that can be won by brute force or guesswork like some strategy games.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The difficulty of explaining Year Walk without giving its secrets away is self-evident at this point. Anyone reading this who has already played it knows what I mean. For the laymen though, and those who are merely curious, I’ll just say that it’s one of the best adventure games I’ve ever played, and also one of the most terrifying horror experiences in recent and bygone memory.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The creative slant makes for a far more interesting game than the original “crash into various structures” formula. With over 400 levels divided in three chapters, over 60 sandbox levels and rewards for collecting hidden skulls, Bad Piggies is packed with a serious amount of content making it the perfect game to spend as little as five minutes or upwards of two hours with.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Bioshock Infinite is the best shooter I have played in a long time. It is an incredible achievement artistically, narratively, and technically. I can’t think of a better game to close out and define this decade-long console generation.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The controls are tight, the levels are fun to look at, and the music will have you sucked into the Runner world in no time.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Rarely do I laugh my way through an entire game but even in the intense action scenes Blood Dragon is still throwing humor out every which way.
    • 87 Metascore
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    If you’re coming for the puzzles then you’ll have a great time, if you want a story that makes you question your beliefs then you may find what you’re looking for and if you just want to sit in awe at the clay world then that’s fine too.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The Last of Us is a masterful tale of two individuals who are both authentic and flawed. It creates one of the most memorable video game experiences I have ever played and I believe its the best game to come out in the last ten years.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It’s great fun, a hell of a time, and an excellent way to hold on to a true classic of the arcade circuit.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Each level in Hotline Miami begins with a choice – which rubber animal mask will you wear? Pixelated, haunting renditions of a variety of animals are represented. Dog, insects, donkeys. Which would you prefer? It’s a powerful and completely cosmetic decision that blends simple, fast action mechanics and surrealist narrative to an incredible accumulation.
    • 78 Metascore
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    State of Decay is an impressive open world zombie game that can actually rival blockbuster zombie games like Dead Island.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Really, the best part about Brave New World is that it’s finally addressed every victory condition in the game and made each one not only more equally viable, but also just as busy. Weaponizing culture works to bring it more in line with the other conditions–it’s something you have to work towards and not something you just happen to achieve. On top of that, the diplomacy changes make this system more interesting as well, and it all comes down to one thing: if you have Civilization V and want to play more, you owe it to yourself to get this expansion.
    • 86 Metascore
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    I found its story to be genuinely engrossing as it involves much more than eliminating street gangs and taking out the leader of an international crime syndicate. Saints Row IV is a long game as well, taking me close to fourteen hours to finish (and I still had a large number of side quests and Diversions to complete).
    • 86 Metascore
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    Gone Home tells a story unlike any other game in recent memory, and yet it does so in a way that only a video game can. The masterfully executed environmental storytelling guarantees that each player will walk away from Gone Home with a different experience.
    • 69 Metascore
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    Go pick it up and give it a try, you’re bound to find something unique.
    • 86 Metascore
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    OOTP is a curiosity that reveals itself to be an addicting chess match, jostling for position against the 30 other teams while proving your worth as owner of the team. Interest in this game is almost entirely dictated by your interest in baseball, management simulations and strategy games.
    • 87 Metascore
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    I’ve played dozens of hours of the game on PC, and after playing this version, I don’t think I’m going back to the keyboard and mouse anytime soon.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Grand Theft Auto V is everything you’d expect in a Rockstar product and once again, they have managed to significantly outdo themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
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    It absolutely harkens back to my own time as a tabletop gamer, with both D&D and CCGs, and its story treats those memories like they’re a treasure, rather than a punchline. Will you enjoy it as much if you don’t have those memories to draw on? Well, if you like fun, and can stomach learning something new, then I don’t see how you get out of this without having at least a little.
    • 90 Metascore
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    What impresses me more then the visual/gameplay updates is the fact that Wind Waker HD still can compete with any new game on the market today. The story is charming, the characters warm your heart, and the game remains as one of the best 3D adventure games to date. With the lack of killer software on the Wii U, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is one of the only great games currently available to date.
    • 78 Metascore
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    With an industry full of dark and brooding violent games, Lego Marvel Super Heroes is an amazing palette cleanser and an extremely fun time.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Super Mario 3D World is both gorgeous and about as enjoyable as a video game can be. There is an immense amount of depth that kept me coming back for more, time and time again. This is the rare type of game that I believe ten years down the road we will be coming back and playing again and again. It’s that good.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a game I enjoyed immensely. It controls and plays better than Assassin’s Creed III and its hard not to enjoy causing all sorts of mayhem on land and sea.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This is a remarkable game, and there isn’t a Vita owner in the world that should pass it by. It’s a sublime experience and, especially at its budget retail price, is dense with gameplay mechanics that involve you as the player directly into Tearaway’s loveable little dimension.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Left Behind is how story DLC should be done.
    • 83 Metascore
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    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes represents Traveler’s Tales finest work with the LEGO property. All of the requisite hooks are there: a fun story, good humor, solid gameplay and healthy challenges. The studio’s reverence for the source material really pays off in the end, with content and character options that should be more than enough for any type of Marvel fan.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Simple to grasp and difficult to master, Out There is a dark but richly entertaining story of survival.
    • 87 Metascore
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    This is the game that should have come out two years ago, and while it’s sad that we didn’t have it then, it’s great to enjoy right now.
    • 88 Metascore
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    I probably don’t need to say this but Nintendo knows what it’s doing when it comes to the Mario Kart franchise. Time after time, they come back with exceptional racing games and Mario Kart 8 might be the best we’ve ever seen.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Wolfenstein 3D changed how we looked at first person games in 1992 and The New Order, while not as big of a step, may be just as important of one for the future of the genre.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Even if you’ve played The Last of Us, owning one of the best games of the last ten years in all its 1080p glory is worth the price of admission.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Bayonetta 2 is a relentlessly entertaining ride from start to finish, with pacing meticulously designed to wring every last drop of adrenaline out of you before reigning things in with a quiet, humorous aside.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Despite some minor hiccups, Inquisition is absolutely the realest of deals, and should be missed at your own peril.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Telltale puts it’s own spin on things but fans will appreciate their faithfulness to the source material.
    • 96 Metascore
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    If you held out this long to play Grand Theft Auto V, wait no longer. I wouldn’t call this a “definitive” version, but it is damn near close.
    • 87 Metascore
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    It’s a game that constantly entices you to see what the next puzzle or story bit has to offer. In that regard, it rarely disappoints, and the experience stays with you long after you finish it.
    • 80 Metascore
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    At the bargain price of $9.99 there is no reason you should not pick up this game.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Combines great stealth action with a superb storyline and excellent visuals.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The only reason this game isn't perfectly fun is because it does once again leave us wanting more, and in that I am referring to online play.
    • 97 Metascore
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    After a while it can get tedious, but while it lasts it is excellent to play before going out before you feel the need to go back to something like FIFA or Bust A Move.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Although I have extreme reservations for the nudity incorporated by the developers, which I hope won't carry over to the sequel, God of War provides an engaging storyline, backup with by a stunning graphics engine and solid gameplay elements.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Shadow Hearts is not a short game by any means, as it will take normal gamers anywhere from thirty to forty hours to complete.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Although we would have liked to see some more additions to the single player, the developers made up for it with an extremely fun multiplayer experience.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Although this game may also be the most difficult game in the series it also still retains all of the fun and enjoyment that has been with this series since the very beginning.
    • 78 Metascore
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    Really combines all of the necessary ingredients to make a solid online mode.
    • 83 Metascore
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    A much more detailed game that improves upon last year's graphical system with much better character models.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The Legends Mode isn't as deep as it could be, but for as long as it lasts its quite fun to play. Along with a slue of other modes, you are looking at a game that really is a whole lot of fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you combine the classic mode with the story mode and all the customization you can have with characters, there is just a bundle of things to do in this game.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Just when you thought it was safe to store that PS2 away, Sony presents an absolute gem of an action game with genuinely jaw-dropping visuals.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After the impressive Aria of Sorrow comes yet another hit sequel, with a deep character upgrade system, solid combat and slick presentation.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Dragon Quest comtinues its tradition of excellence with this perfect blend of strong storytelling, enchanting visuals and solid combat system.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Although the game does not include online play it has enough modes in it to really keep most of us satisfied for quite a long time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The SOCOM goodness lives on with another blockbuster tactical shooter, featuring massive environment, interactive vehicles and slicker visuals.