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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved
Lowest review score: 25 SingStar Rocks!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Import Tuner is a fun affair that is better played with others than alone. You won't want to slow down once you get started.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the few games that is downright funny, and there were honest laugh-out-loud moments sprinkled throughout it that kept me playing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's not much that's revolutionary, but the compelling story, nutty characters and lack of pretentiousness and convoluted game-play elements make this a worthwhile addition.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You'll spend plenty of time cracking anagrams and other codes, and they aren't child's play, either. There's some combat, too, which, while feeling a little out of place, does provide for variation in the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "NBA 2K6" is the better game for pure basketball simulation lovers.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game suffers from a few shortcomings, such as a relatively short single-player campaign and a story that can get a little convoluted around its midway point.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound are GBA standard, which is to say cute but unimpressive (and reasonably tinny).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I liked this game for its intensity, its strategy and the superpowers that the good guys you control -- the X-Men -- use to defeat the evil Brotherhood and save the world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The sense of power and weight, combined with awesome drift controls and the aforementioned speed, mean you won't have to wait until you can buy faster cars to enjoy the game as it's meant to be enjoyed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While this title may have shortcomings in other areas, supervising your three squad mates is slick and simple, with more options than I'm used to seeing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the switch to turn-based play also means a severe reduction in how much fun it is to play cooperatively with friends. Basically each person trades off controlling one of the characters you're fighting with, which sounds like more fun than it is.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You'll spend plenty of time cracking anagrams and other codes, and they aren't child's play, either. There's some combat, too, which, while feeling a little out of place, does provide for variation in the game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Forgive me while I get the whiny part of this review out of the way first: This game is too hard.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But the bongos are, indeed, special. They mean the difference between a predictable game and one that marches to a different drummer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an epic RPG, forget it. The game is linear, not lending itself to exploration. The maps' paths are laid out for you, so you don't have to fire up a brain cell to navigate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But to get to all that good story, you're going to have to get past repetitive action and frequent bugs. If you experienced the combat in the first game, you'll find that it's almost identical this time through.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An incredibly fun action game, either playing solo or with a friend. And, once you've played through it, there are plenty of mini-games to keep you occupied.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It would be an improvement to allow your monster to tear through the Las Vegas strip, then head for Hoover Dam to cause some real havoc. But taking down cities one block at a time will have to suffice for now.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The story and characters just don't have the magic of the first game. Still, Disgaea 2 is an incredible value for your gaming dollar. Hard-core RPG players will love it; it might be an acquired taste for others.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The action this time out is much more run-and-gun, something that's very likely to turn off many of the series' fans. On the flip side, the new scheme is much more inviting to new players of the series.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I can see me playing this game again and again, because it's not just about nailing each song once, but really thrashing through the chords.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A heavy hitter in the button-mashing genre and is well worth the purchase for young adults and children. A more advanced gamer would still get a belly full of enjoyment out of a rental.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But Liberty City Stories has flaws, not the least of which is a control stick that is as unbalanced as a drunk with a pendulous belly, who shambles along barefoot on a sidewalk strewn with broken glass.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And despite some dropping glitches, the multiplayer mode shines when you can use a partner to help take out a big monster.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The storyline is lame. Nevertheless, we enjoyed the unusual blend of gaming challenges pulled together in this other-worldly adventure.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But my biggest overall complaint is that the game's camera can be jumpy and jittery, leaving you discombobulated. It distracts you from the very good story line and well-done video cut scenes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It can be cool but sometimes is overdone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The wireless capability of the handheld DS machine is a good thing. And I had fun when I was able to complete races, even when I placed dead last.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With menus that are pretty simple to figure out (after a while, my daughter was showing me how to do some things), the game is fairly accessible for kids to dive right into and enjoy. The over-the-top cutesy animations and sharp visuals are perfect to keep piƱata herders of all ages engaged, too.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The new Princess Peach packs a punch, plus a parasol named Perry. A powerful pair? Precisely.