Detroit Free Press' Scores

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  • Games
For 410 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Doom 3
Lowest review score: 25 Monster Rancher EVO
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Addictive from the moment you begin...It's incredibly friendly to the solo gamer, allowing players not only to gain Levels 1 to 60 without ever grouping with someone else if they prefer, but also to earn the same or more experience playing that way. That means the solo gamer can level nearly as quickly as a group of power gamers playing together.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't recall another video game that made me this physically uncomfortable and this psychologically troubled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We're very impressed with this enormous new simulation game, despite the fairly steep learning curve.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Middle Earth isn't a strategy game for hardcore fans, but it's a well-thought-out, well-designed, well-animated entry. And the atmosphere, visuals and sounds from the movie trilogy definitely make that simplicity both welcome and worthwhile.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Many things in this game leave me thankful: the dark presentation of ancient Greece, the innovative and simple fighting style, the horrific finishing attacks, the depth of the challenges, a great mood-setting score of horns and drums and a point-of-view camera that pans automatically to give you the best view of the action.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We can't recall another PC game that challenged us to furious one-on-one sword fights and strategic warfare with cannons blazing -- interspersed with a test of ballroom dancing skills in which each click of our keyboard's keys translated into a deft move on the dance floor.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We were overwhelmed by the huge range of top-quality gameplay that's available here for $49.99 (USD) with no online fees.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a winning combination: the same great concept that made Dungeon Siege a hit now with new story lines, new features and improved graphics. It's a great choice for dozens of hours of gameplay this fall.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The online game play is just as smooth and fast-moving as the offline versions, and the wacky variety of weapons -- turn your enemy into a sheep! -- makes it a heap of fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The action is incredibly smooth and responsive, the plot is fun and the game-play is quick and exciting. Even when you die, it's no big deal to get back in the action (and you will die, a lot).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We especially liked the intense array of challenges always pressing in on our fledging world. Empire Earth II is a real-time strategy game on steroids.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 3's music, a cross between hardcore heavy metal and techno, enhances the dark tale. In between missions, there is spooky whispering that sounds like what you'd imagine an Ozzy Osbourne record being played backward would be like.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn't a crowning moment only for the PS2 generation, but for all of the Final Fantasy series. Long after the PS2 is forgotten, this installment will live in the memories of those who experienced it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Want more statistics? You got 'em. More ways to contribute to your team (and rewards for doing so) for things like healing and supplies? Done. Better graphics? Much, much, much better. Same great zippy action as you move from tank to helicopter to foot? You bet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall, we though, found Second Sight intensely challenging, a creative alternative to other PC shooters and -- priced under $25 -- a great value.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We can promise you there's no need to fear falling asleep at the keyboard. This final volume in the series has enough life left to prompt many late nights.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The online ability to spread an infection to another player is so innovative that this game gets my top award, even if it's not perfect in other areas.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The racing here is just flat-out fun, with growling engines, jumps and shortcuts that allow you to smash through fences. But there are thoughtful additions, including Party Play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What's most fun about Lumines is the way updated technology has married sight and sound to turn our gameplay into an all-absorbing mini-concert.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This dazzling little gem for the small screen is one of the best in the first crop of games for Sony's new PSP. It's everything a handheld adventure should be: easy to see, easy to play, fun to play alone or with other people and strikingly detailed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shows off the beauty and horsepower of the PSP.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are tight, the action tense and the graphics crisp. And, most importantly, lag was rarely an issue, even in 32-player firefights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a "Tetris" fan, you need no convincing. But for those who've never dwelled in that space, Meteos is especially heavenly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Burnout: Revenge proves once again why it is the ultimate spectacle for those of us who just want to feel the rush. You know you're playing a great game when even the pauses in the action are filled with rockin' music, flashy video and big sound effects.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sprinkled between the races are the kinds of cinematic scenes that Jak games have been known for: clever and extremely well animated.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Prey is touted as having an adaptive difficulty system -- the better you are, the better it gets -- and it really did seem to get harder as the game went on. As a result, there are just two difficulty settings, Normal and Cherokee, and I'd advise that even vets might want to give Normal a try on the first run out, letting the game's artificial intelligence pick up the pace to a comfortable level.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is quarterbacking control at its most sensitive level. This year's version of Madden gives you more of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the game could be longer and could stand more diversity, the cold shivers that run down your spine while playing it are an undeniable rush.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once past the first level, my character continued to skill up in those things she used most, in the most incredibly seamless and incredibly deep role-playing mechanic I've ever seen in a console game.