Destructoid's Scores

  • Games
For 3,157 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Owlboy
Lowest review score: 10 Slashy Souls
Score distribution:
3163 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is a genuine allure to SteamWorld Dig, you just have to clear out the rubble to find it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Trine has a fantastic core concept and occasional flashes of true brilliance, but it just doesn't go far enough in exploring its own mechanics. It delivers a perfectly entertaining few hours of gameplay -- much more time than I was expecting from an indie game, honestly -- but I could never shake the feeling that it just plain wasn't as good as it could have been.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So did Rune Factory: Frontier turn me into a full-fledged fan of the farming sim genre? No, not entirely, but it was definitely the most fun I've ever had with a Harvest Moon-like title.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While I never really connected with the trap mechanic or the new Trap Master toys, Skylanders: Trap Team is still a well-oiled machine. On newer consoles it looks fantastic, the action gameplay is still exciting, and the charm is still there. I just hope that Activision and its ilk have more interesting concepts in mind for the next iteration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Being a part of huge battles, the likes of which games like Battlefield 3 only dream of, is not to be understated. If there's a better free-to-play game to have a short-term fling with, I have yet to play it. Just don't expect any sort of meaningful commitment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Zoo Tycoon has a distinct lack of depth, but if you're capable of sitting down with this simplistic simulator, you'll smile more times than you can count. The simulator fan in me was a bit disappointed by the ease of it all, but the child in me couldn't help but enjoy myself.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With better care given to the other modes and maybe some concrete rally tracks, this could have been the definitive rally racing game. As it stands, though, DiRT 4 is a hardcore simulation with limited appeal beyond a specific audience. Those fans will absolutely love this game, but any newcomers should try to cut their teeth somewhere else.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I'm still not particularly impressed with Covert Ops' storytelling ability, but Mission Pack 2 contains concise objectives, maintains a strong sense of pacing throughout, and sports an impressive voice cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mario Tennis Open feels a bit lifeless at first, simply because it doesn't give any other incentive for playing than to keep unlocking things and to just play more tennis.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with Sword of the Stars: The Pit, there just isn't anything that is really mind-blowing. It is a well-polished roguelike that doesn't stray far from expectations, but instead stays in a rather comfortable zone from a game design perspective.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of the boss designs feel uneven or underdeveloped, and the dialogue misses about as often as it lands, but when Furi is good, it's real good.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the very least, you'll get your money's worth, which often cannot be said for the many games DLC Quest owes its creation to.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A surprising little game. It manages to rise above the status of a throwaway mictoransaction-begging App by providing a deep and compelling system at the core of the experience. With a few more tweaks, it would be worth spending more time with, but as it stands, depending on your ability to play with others it may be a more fleeting experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Normally, I could forgive Pokémon for so poorly handling a fairly legitimate moral issue, but the plot has been so deeply integrated, and spans such a large portion of the game that I really can't let it go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It might not be the perfect console arcade combat flight sim experience, but Ace Combat: Assault Horizon remains a treat for any fan of the genre or fans of stupidly awesome looking air combat action. Where it breaks with tradition, it injects a shot of epinephrine straight into your heart and keeps it pumping until a mission is over.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Halloween Forever is simple, I think the developer achieved what it set out to do, which is to make a fun, pick-up-and-play platformer that would feel at home on the NES. As someone who loves the console and still goes back and plays its games, I can appreciate this spooky little game. It's cute, it's easy, it's colorful, it has a decent chiptune-ish soundtrack, and it illustrates perfectly how we all feel about candy corn (barf).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Normally, I could forgive Pokémon for so poorly handling a fairly legitimate moral issue, but the plot has been so deeply integrated, and spans such a large portion of the game that I really can't let it go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though The Wise Monkey is not all it could have been, it's a strong second episode. Much of it, however, felt almost like filler.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun game that feels good to control, looks impressive and delivers some classic arcade racing that's perfect for quick bursts of portable play.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a solid game, sure, but it still feels a little pricey for what it is. I could still recommend it for the iPad, but I feel like it's asking a bit much if you already have the iPhone version.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A game with 9.5/10 ideas delivered in a 6/10 package.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The planes feel right, and the combat, while not exactly in-depth, provides for some fun moments. This game may not be the best of its class, or put forth any noteworthy new concepts, but it shouldn't be allowed to slip into obscurity, either.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though the game ends on a rather disappointing note, everything else up until then exudes that WayForward je ne sais quoi. A wonderful female lead, an inventive game mechanic, and a friggin' T-Rex that shoots laser beams are enough for me to recommend Mighty Milky Way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I might sound down on a lot of aspects of The Old Hunters, but ultimately, it will satiate most fans out there.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With better targeting, and less mentally sub-normal allies, I could very well find myself in Heaven. Until then, Strike Suit Zero will undoubtedly help you scratch that space combat sim itch you must have by now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The refinement of the combat has gone a long way to mitigate the tedium of the first game, but the humor and plot won't do much to keep you engaged.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I love the game in a fetish sort of way, in a way that I don't expect most people to relate with.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the padding, there's plenty to do, and it should ultimately send the fans home happy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Super Stardust Delta isn't a revelation, and it doesn't do anything truly spectacular. It is, however, a solid and enjoyable experience that will keep players returning, providing simple arcade action perfectly suited to a portable system.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Capturing the breadth of the Dragon Ball Z franchise is no small feat, and Ultimate Tenkaichi does an admirable job. While combat can be a bit on the repetitive side, there's still that hint of satisfaction when you decimate your foe with an canyon-creating power move. There's a lot here for fans to enjoy, and while the story may be streamlined for new fans of the franchise, I can't really recommend it to anyone but the hardcore.

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