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 4.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Jak X: Combat Racing
Lowest review score: 25 And 1 Streetball
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An astonishing shooter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are campaigns that will keep you awake at night, second-guessing your tactics, long after you shut the DS off.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A lineman-sized improvement over last season...The brisk, refined on-the-field play and assortment of playing modes overpower the somewhat choppy online play, the pesky kicking meter and the handful of other nits.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best "FIFA" game to date. The ball's movement seems to be much more realistic. The passes seem more crisp, yet, realistically, the ball doesn't always go where you want it to go.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game's a great mix of action and problem-solving.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What impressed us most was the possibility that a player just might get hooked on Conrad or Bronte and this little handheld game might actually spark someone to put down the electronic gadget for a while and pick up a literary classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Live" has become stale and needs to be redone ... so all you "Live" lovers, there is a new sheriff in town -- and it's NBA 2K6.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's got the familiar, turn-based attack game play that we've learned to love, and the dynamic job system and a complex plot would make it a perfect holiday gift.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Oh, but the best weapon of all, my friends, is the new Energy Sword, a shimmering, supersized beauty. The sword crackles and sizzles, almost like the darned thing is angry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nearly perfect with its graphics that often look close to cinematic scenes and a whole host of strategies for nailing the bad guys.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We liked the way the game's basic rules followed logical principles, but these elements quickly built into complex situations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The end result feels more groundbreaking than it sounds: It's a delicate dance of images and sounds that should woo anyone interested in digital art, comic books or the game series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game moves fluidly, with very little slowdown. The environments tend to repeat (even on the first planet I'd occasionally get lost because several corridors all looked the same), but the detail is surprisingly nice for a DS title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We're very impressed with this enormous new simulation game, despite the fairly steep learning curve.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Annoys you with anticipation, from the evil, hard-to-target grunts of approaching assassins to a percussion soundtrack that sounds like a desperate rendition of the theme to "Miami Vice." If it kicks in, you better be ready to rumble.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything in this soccer installment -- from the nimble online play (which now supports 2 versus 2 matches via Xbox Live) to the challenging set of achievements -- is well executed. Too bad every annual installment doesn't show this much improvement.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is a total rush; nimble twitch skills and quick thinking are the only ways to escape a speedy demise. This one's a no-brainer for quick fun everyone will enjoy.

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