Destructoid's Scores

  • Games
For 3,090 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 Devil Daggers
Lowest review score: 10 Rambo: The Video Game
Score distribution:
3092 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No Vita should be sold without a copy of this game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Pikmin series does things that no other games do, and Pikmin 3 does those things better than ever before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Offers the simplicity and elegance of "One Note Samba" or "Blister in the Sun," the directness of the art of Mike Mignola or Pendleton Ward, and the understated but endlessly variable gameplay design of arcade titles like Pac-Man Champion Edition DX or Super Mario Bros. It's one of my favorite games of this generation -- a title that offers a much stronger education in game design and a more pure, direct, and genuine experience than most games on the market.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It delivers a near-perfect competitive experience, in a way that few games -- racing or otherwise -- can. Hot Pursuit is not only a defining moment for the series, but for arcade-style racing, period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you do have some local friends who can come over and hold a controller, buy this game immediately and invite them over, because TowerFall: Ascension is easily one of the best things you can do on a couch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I really can't think of any other games that I'd recommend more. The originals are both so lovingly crafted and inspiring that I think gamers 50 years for now will still be talking about them. No, they're not perfect, but they're both fine examples of brilliant game design, and they both put forth an experience you won't soon forget. Please, play these games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A new story, battle improvements, new troops, and a ton of missions are exactly what Valkyria Chronicles fans were asking for.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Chaos Rings isn't just a superb iPhone RPG, it's a truly terrific RPG in its own right. Better than Square Enix's recent console output, this title outclasses many recent JRPG experiences and easily takes pride of place among the very best iTunes offerings.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I never thought we'd see Odin Sphere again, but here we are with Leifthrasir. Even if it kept all of the classic frustrations as is it would still be worth checking out, but Vanillaware and Atlus have somehow managed to cater to both crowds with the remake. This game is required reading, and now is the time to curl up and see what you've been missing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is straight-up a better version of the game without compromise. It looks better, there's more to do, it's portable, and it might even outsell the Wii U version to ensure a healthier long term community.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Yet again, the peerless NHL team has produced a modern classic that will surely sit at the pinnacle of the year's sports releases. This is probably the best hockey game ever -- until NHL 12 comes out, that is.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Few minor gripes aside, Okami HD is the definitive version of one of the past decade's premier games and absolutely deserves to be played.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game demands players become invested in it and its memorable cast, and that makes it very difficult to look at each episode separately. The overall package is a phenomenal one, but I must admit that it is the end that will stick with me the most, with all the other episodes leading up to this massive crescendo.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Inside stands on its own merits as a superbly captivating and moving experience, one that's bound to be on your mind in the time you spend away from it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All of the additions for Xbox Live Arcade -- most notably, new graphics and sound, competitive multiplayer, and cooperative play -- come together to flesh out what was already impressive in its earlier stages. To avoid Spelunky is to miss out on an incredibly satisfying, well-designed game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, it lifts me like few other games have. And you too can be as content as I am right this very moment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of games like AudioSurf and own a Vive, you owe it to yourself to pick up Audioshield. It's an incredibly polished VR imagining of the generate-music-into-levels concept, and it was only let down by the physical realities of how gross VR gets after energetic use by multiple, sweaty people. [Tested with Vive]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    About as close to perfect as you're going to get.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game's design is immaculate, playing a bit like a cross between Metroid and Super Meat Boy. It works hard to be as non-linear as possible, and it never relies on the same ideas for too long, which keeps the excitement coming at a steady pace.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This levity, this world, and these people are going to be with me forever. If you've ever complained about there being too much violence in gaming, or that games are all the same, and you don't play this... I hope somebody hugs you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is a game that will have you thinking about how intense, perplexing, and perfect it was for days. Like a tiny mouse says early in the game -- "the harder the victory, the greater the joy of success".
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Conquest on the other hand is a more enjoyable from my perspective as a strategy veteran. It's much more complex from the start, and offers bigger maps, more interesting objectives (such as point defense or sieges), and a more intriguing plot.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    That the interpersonal relationships aren't overshadowed by $400 million in pirate gold, or by hundreds of dead mercenaries, is a testament to the caliber of storytelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight already felt complete at launch, but Plague of Shadows just makes it even more enticing. The fact that it's a free update for existing (and new) owners rather than paid DLC is the cherry on top.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    First there was Donkey Kong, then came Mario, Mega Man, and Sonic. Now we have Meat Boy. The world's newest 2D platforming legend has arrived.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is an absolute delight. Oozing cuteness at every turn, from the wonderful animation to the gorgeous music, this is a game that should have pride of place in any game collection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Superbeat: Xonic is an original enough take on the rhythm genre to make it feel fresh again and is easily the best touch screen based music game I've played with Cytus coming a close second.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dragon's Crown is quite literally a crowning achievement in the beat 'em up genre. Utilizing some of the best design concepts of the past 20 years, Vanillaware succeeds in creating a captivating world that you just can't help but experience over and over.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a shame to see a few features -- particularly multiplayer -- get cut from this version of PixelJunk Eden, but the warp ability, new controls, and restructured pacing more than make up for the loss. This Steam edition is a must-download for new and returning players alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Harmonix doesn’t necessarily break any molds with Rock Band 2, but it does a damn good job of perfecting the one it created. There’s little doubt that this sequel will be the life of just about every party for at least another year.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    But if you're wondering whether or not Injustice 2 is worth jumping into, as of right now, it is if you're interested in the slightest. It's the full DC Universe experience NetherRealm Studios had wanted to nail since Gods Among Us.
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    Crawl spent a long time getting to where it is now, and the results speak for themselves – it's the best time you'll have knifing your friends in the dark, betraying all bonds, and desperately trying to escape the clutching tentacles of the abyss.