Destructoid's Scores

  • Games
For 2,052 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Donkey Kong Country Returns
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2,052 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mass Effect is a good game which will disappoint nearly everyone who plays it. Immensely flawed in its design choices, but absolutely fantastic in its attention to character and atmosphere, Mass Effect is enjoyable, but not a masterpiece; entertaining, but not revolutionary; epic and emotionally involving, but disappointing. It is not a great game -- but it is, generally, a good one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One other major issue with the game is the horrible navigational map that just shows everything as a circle of cluttered brown mess. With so much going on during a standard mission, it's understandably difficult to create a map that reads clearly and informs the player of what's happening. However, this impossible creation doesn't even come close.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I can't promise you a perfect horror FPS in Jericho, in fact I can promise you that it won't be, but somewhere between the dense oppression of its atmosphere, the unapologetically, almost decadently horrific nature of its production design, the satisfaction of its gameplay when it's firing on all cylinders, and some rather broken protagonist characters who I was surprised to grow rather attached to by the end despite the script not making the most of their backstories, I find myself unable to write it off.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ontamarama is definitely unwieldy and a bit overcomplicated, but it's still engaging, time-sucking and solidly fun. And the oddball factor actually works in its favor.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game really is a niche title that is going to appeal to only a small group. I'm certainly a part of it, but even I feel like the extreme customization gets to be a bit much.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A great game, despite its lackluster multiplayer component. The intense imagery and action is framed between gratifying exploratory segments that allow you to navigate and learn about the haunted world at your own pace. A coherent story holds the dizzying narrative together, which is something that the game’s predecessor sorely lacked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just so goddamn fun to play. Anything negative I might have to say about this game is overshadowed by just how addictive and entertaining it is. So it's not the hardcore shmup some people were hoping for -- so what?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a damn solid game, with bright and beautiful graphics, simple but fun gameplay and a significant wad of content.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite these flaws, we still like TrackMania DS for being a game that doesn't take itself too seriously. If you don't take it that seriously, we think you'll have a pretty good time with this game. The lack of online multiplayer and course trading is a real shame, though.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a fun game. Just don’t be surprised when a Quarterback Quiz pops up, or some assh.le keeps hitting pause every five minutes while you’re playing online.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It bugged me that there was so much about this game that got it right, but it was ultimately too pulled down by super-linear level design for me to love it to the end.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even as a non-fan, I've been finding my time as the jolly green git rather enjoyable and have found plenty to like about it. It's definitely worth a weekend's smashing and bashing, at the very least.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You're not getting a sports sim here; this is about simple Wiimote-swinging fun. Those looking for a high level of challenge need to look elsewhere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If roguelikes are your brand of fun, you'll probably like Izuna 2. For the rest, I'd still recommend trying it out, but be warned that this level of challenge isn't for everyone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's not a lot of variety or extra content here, but these three very solid and deep fighting games alone are well worth the asking price.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It contains its fair share of flaws, not the least of which are some gameplay unbalances and curious lack of interesting unlockable content. But if you’re looking for silly, lighthearted fun to kill a few hours with friends over a few laughs, you could certainly do a lot worse than Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It contains its fair share of flaws, not the least of which are some gameplay unbalances and curious lack of interesting unlockable content. But if you’re looking for silly, lighthearted fun to kill a few hours with friends over a few laughs, you could certainly do a lot worse than Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I wanted this game to be exceedingly different, and I don’t believe I got that. It’s still much the same, even if the grass looks greener this time around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Try FNR4 if you’re looking for a good boxing game or want to experience the glory of current generation pugilism all over again. It’s worth it. Just don’t venture online with wide eyes and innocence. You’ll be rocked.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately though, Assault Heroes 2 is a great little game for shooting fans in need of fresh distractions.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regardless of how you feel about the game, give Nuts & Bolts a rent, and who knows -- you may end up purchasing the game with the desire to see it to the end, and then some.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Is The Conduit disappointing? No, not at all. I think it turned out to be exactly what we all thought it was going to be: a well executed Wii FPS with some ups and downs that's fun to play.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, RACE Pro doesn’t transcend the hardcore audience that it’s intending to ingratiate, despite the amount of assists that the lower levels of play allow. If you’re looking for the kind of game that doesn’t let you or other players swing around a corner at 240 km/h, this is a very safe bet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In terms of balance, it’s brilliant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The camera is one of the most immediate problems that needs to be fixed, but Black Box has done a good job with the title, and if they can keep making substantial improvements with each title in the series, then they'll be the undisputed frontrunners for the new generation of skating titles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a very solid title. Flawed, certainly, but a lot of fun to play if you don't mind a little repetitive combat and a story that feels a bit slow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Speaking strictly in terms of mechanics, calling Eat Lead mediocre would be excessive praise. But its charm, savvy writing and excellent humor shines in the face of all of its shortcomings and elevates it to a being a game that may not be worth owning but should certainly be played by anyone who can manage to plant their tongue firmly in cheek.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Two makes for a better game in the technical sense, the somewhat ho-hum story drags it down.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's really not a great videogame. But it's certainly a good waste of time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fine game. It seems to lack a bit of polish and charm, the game does become a bit repetitive, and there's some flaws in the game design in some areas, but the experience was still fun overall. Moon won't win any awards for its story, either. But the spot-on control, slick interface, and impossibly smooth FPS play on this little portable game system should be commended.