Destructoid's Scores

  • Games
For 2,247 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Persona 4 Golden
Lowest review score: 10 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
2,247 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're playing BioShock 2 for its multiplayer and not its narrative, then you're doing it wrong. Think of it as nice-to-have bonus materials in the pocket of a DVD you've been waiting for. You will enjoy it and it does add some value, but I doubt you'll often come back to it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent package combining two great arcade classics. The niggling annoyances don't add up to any real detriment to the title and the bonuses are pleasant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’s not yet perfect, Smackdown vs. Raw 2009 is easily the best wrestling game we’ve seen this generation, hands down.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a brilliant tribute to one of the greatest videogames ever made, and it's also a good game in its own right.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the franchise or want to get in on some good, old-fashioned melee combat with undies and lady bits in between, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is a great place to start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm just glad that the gameplay is so solid and feels so new that the sound of a less-than-desirable song is still something worth playing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a word, Sokobond is elegant. It is elegant in its concept, it is elegant in its aesthetic direction, and it is elegant in its puzzle design.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    #IDARB reminds me of the core reason why I play videogames, the honest fun and good spirit of the design with the tight competitive gameplay make this a perfect game to sit back and let the world slip away.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costume Quest 2 still has that Double Fine charm and any game that includes a Blazing Saddles joke in 2014 is okay in my book.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat X's impact isn't as explosive as 2011, but it's well polished and a worthy successor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PAYDAY 2 is undeniably rough and needs a couple of updates to fill in a few blanks, but the thrill of robbing banks, smashing jewel cases, and cooking meth is too great for the asking price not be returned to the player in spades.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transformed is the perfect arcade racer for those that feel left out by Forza and Need for Speed's latest open-world, multiplayer focused outings. Sega has cherry-picked the best elements of kart racers and applied it to the best arcade racing games to create a sleeper hit that's great fan service and great fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The world of Viva Piñata seems right at home on the DS. Despite carrying over some faults from the original and dealing with minor limitations, Pocket Paradise is a terrific addition to the DS library and in many ways improves upon the Xbox 360 version.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Strong Badia the Free is mostly made up of all new environments, so it in no way felt like a simple recycling of Homestar Ruiner, and while the game's structure of "convert a country, to move to the next country" makes it inherently more predictable than Homestar Ruiner was, it's still full of surprises.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It alternately shocks and entertains without resorting to the boring, repetitive combat we usually associate with survival horror. Black Plague is nowhere near perfect, but it still deserves to be played.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A fine alternative RTS that expands upon an already fantastic universe and one of Final Fantasy's most compelling stories and casts to date. But while their grip on the gameplay end of things has improved dramatically over Heroes of Mana, Wings makes a few mistakes that keep things a little less strategy and a little more mob slaughter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Strong Badia the Free is mostly made up of all new environments, so it in no way felt like a simple recycling of Homestar Ruiner, and while the game's structure of "convert a country, to move to the next country" makes it inherently more predictable than Homestar Ruiner was, it's still full of surprises.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I can wholeheartedly recommend the full-price purchase of Wario Land: Shake It to only three groups of people: kids between 5-10 years old, die-hard fans of hand-drawn animation, and people who love "easy but smart" 2D platformers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just enough obstacles exist to make that story feel as though it was earned, that the player participated in the telling, but conveying the story is the priority.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The studio is finding a way to improve upon the core tenets of the game while maintaining an episodic format, which many other developers don't tend to do.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all of its flaws, it's still a remarkably fun game with plenty of character. When you're commanding armies of dragons and giants to annihilate cities protected by ghost ships or rat snipers, it's easier to overlook the game's shortcomings. I know that I'll certainly be playing a few more campaigns, and once the multiplayer gets added I'll play even more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Culdcept Saga doesn't do its best to be accessible and easy to appreciate, and that's probably its biggest downfall. But, when you get past the incredibly steep learning curve, insane match times, and sometimes cheap AI, you'll find a deep, rewarding strategy gaming experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a shame that there's such a weird barrier between the player and actually playing the levels they want. With a bit more tweaking of how many coins it takes to unlock each stage, or the elimination of the system entirely, Ms. Splosion Man would be one of the finest games on the entire App Store.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Wolf Among Us: In Sheep's Clothing isn't a wholly satisfying penultimate episode, but it's about on par with its predecessors in terms of quality. You'll get enough answers and confrontations to be entertained throughout, but it most definitely leaves a lot to be resolved in the final episode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you hate GTA games because you feel like they're too "bland," Vice City is your gateway drug. It oozes more charm than pretty much any game in the series outside of possibly San Andreas (provided you're a fan of hip-hop culture for that entry), and the smaller scale of the city makes it a much more manageable affair. If you're curious about the franchise, this is a great starting point before GTA V hits next year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What initially seemed like a fun way to kill a few hours has turned out to be a highly entertaining time sink.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anomaly 2 is an immediate and exciting strategy game unlike any other, but over time the repetition and lack of depth leaves something to be desired.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Pirates is a very silly game, but it's a great distraction if you're left wanting more after Black Flag. With a host of content, tons of customization and fast-paced combat, there's hardly a dull moment in Pirates. The fact that there's no money-grubbing microtransactions to ruin the experience is the cherry on top.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The package doesn't reach the bar raised by Harmonix's first single-band outing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A morbid, humorous romp filled with life lessons which should be apparent already to all but the total sociopath. While there are some niggling issues with overall polish, it's a fun time for fans of adventure games that should set you to giggling and, hopefully, feeling just a little bit guilty about that glee.