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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Meteos
Lowest review score: 25 SingStar Rocks!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This plot is hollow, and the missions you have to carry out in reclaiming your cars are lame. The graphics during the cinematic portion of the story mode look like something out of "Claymation."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Instead of the epic battles I was looking forward to, I've spent much of my time with Nemesis playing one hero or another against a horde of pretty generic bad guys, most of which either don't pose any challenge (or variety) and a few of which seem fiendishly hard (but still don't offer any variety).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game itself has decent game play, but is hurt because of the lack of attention given to the bells and whistles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Game play tends to become monotonous after a while, although the game itself is relatively short. Some required maneuvers were very difficult, which frustrated me.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This isn't quite an awful game; stick around long enough and the story picks up. But it's too bland to be worth more than a rental unless you're a hard-core fan.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The variety of traps is nice, and until the novelty of blowing your opponent up with an electrocuting doorknob wears off, the online game is a lot of fun. Once that's over, though, you realize that Spy vs. Spy just doesn't have the depth of bigger-budget titles.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A terrific rental title, a vastly overpriced game to buy, an entertaining romp for an afternoon and a sure disappointment for longtime fans of the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But there's hardly anything new here. The plot is paper-thin, and lacks a driving sense of humor or drama to keep you interested. The game-play is just as basic as it's ever been, and frankly, if you've played any of its predecessors, you've slashed and spellcast just this way a million times before.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Playing Ape Escape: Pumped & Primed is like munching on a gob of bubble gum. For the first few hours of play, the action is oh, so sweet. But after a while, it gets stale, and you're ready to move on.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The plot is unoriginal; the dialogue is OK, but not great; there isn't anything memorable about the music; and the backgrounds within the ship are dull and redundant.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game play isn't as fast-paced as you'd think. There isn't that much razzle-dazzle in the playbook, although the game's pass plays are adequate.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The controls are frustrating on the PC because they were designed for a game controller, not a keyboard and mouse.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game was great at first, but the pace slowed. Even with changes in difficulty and complexity as you went higher in the tower, the floors were basically the same.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unlike the original game, which offered the freedom to choose sides, this expansion pack forces players into the dark shoes of Sauron's henchman.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While Life Stories is a perfect introduction to the full Sims experience, veteran players will likely find the linear aspect of the plotlines too limiting.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Great in concept but ends up being a slow-loading, profanity-laden action game with subpar graphics.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's just a shame so much of the extras that made the previous FIFA games great were sacrificed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this gripping tale is marred by weird fighting and stealth sequences that don't seem to mesh with the rest of the lush narrative.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But even with its map maker, co-op mode and upgradeable weapons, "Pariah" is too flawed to seriously compete with the Xbox's big-name shooters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At least the presentation is top-notch: Both the graphics and music are fantastic. The large mythical creatures look stunning.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Is this trip down memory lane worth $35? The Rebirth Mode is the most justifiable reason, and even then, the case isn't that strong.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    My biggest problem is the game doesn't feel finished. Smarter AI, better controls, more game-play variety and more voice acting would have made this a three-star game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This bizarre tale of time-sweeping cats battling a gang of greedy rival pigs for control of time and space -- topped off with ho-hum dialogue and freaky angelic entities -- is just weird.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    So while the short, yet creative stages and their goals are clever, the tilt controls do little more than jumble the good stuff up.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I flipped on the game expecting a world of champagne, roses and frequent wisps of steam. Instead, I got an immediate request that I construct an office on the mansion's upper floor. Zzzzzzzzz.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though the drums did have their allure, we found that we could take them only in small doses.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only knock on Bullet Witch is that the graphics are a bit choppy in some areas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Diehard military combat fans might want to rent this one just to partake in the giant chaotic skirmishes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The character designs aren't on "Pokemon's" level, but the effort you devote to finding and raising these characters creates a level of attachment even Nintendo hasn't quite achieved.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Seems that once you've done it all in one district, though, you'll end up doing the same things elsewhere. The only fundamental changes are the background and the inhabitants. There's no real final goal; you just keep playing until you get tired.

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