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 Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Lowest review score: 25 DK: King of Swing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
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    The gameplay can get glitchy, with flaws like jumpy video and bad physics and a point-of-view camera that sometimes shows bad angles.
    • 80 Metascore
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    "Tourist Trophy" remains my pick for digital motorcycle racing, but if you own an Xbox 360 and have been craving some cycling action, MotoGP is where it's at.
    • 70 Metascore
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    Whether the controls were intentionally made sluggish to make the game feel more realistic or if shoddy programming is to blame, the result is just horrible.
    • 77 Metascore
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    This is a fine game, just like the first version, which earned three stars from me. But the scant innovations in Street 2 make it optional for anyone who has the original.
    • 73 Metascore
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    While offering a well-scripted narrative, comes up with precious few reasons to play out these battles again. No surprises here -- just solid, albeit predictable, action that could have been better.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Hard-core Resident Evil fans might consider renting "File #2." But for online thrills, I'd rather do "Halo," and for a real thrill, "Resident Evil 4" is much more worthwhile.
    • 63 Metascore
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    Putting a tiny map down there is a bad idea. It takes your eyes too far from the action on the top screen and caused me to lose control of my car.
    • 55 Metascore
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    A competent arcade racer, with a decent feel to the controls, powerslides and other fancy moves, and a reasonable amount of entertainment. It's not an A-list game by any means, but the price tag makes that perfectly clear.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Flawed gameplay that borders on monotonous is this game's menace. While the lightsaber fighting scheme is actually fairly deep, especially when you mix in grapple attacks, force tricks and counterattacks on top of counterattacks, I rarely used most of these goodies.
    • 57 Metascore
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    The underworld figures are colorful, and the language they use has a life of its own. But the game's design is bollocks.
    • 65 Metascore
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    It's a shame that the kids themselves are such a headache. Picture every cliché from every teen movie you've ever seen and it's here -- the nerd, the jock, the stoner -- and without the charm that many teen actors bring to the table.
    • 59 Metascore
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    The game breakers you work so hard to earn really don't turn the tide. All you get is a slow-motion, high-powered shot that's likely -- but not guaranteed -- to net you a goal.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Even while I was driving, the frame rates slipped at times as the PSP chugged to keep up with the blistering action that "Midnight" is known for. That made things like the time-warp slowdown ability seem more sluggish than stimulating.
    • 68 Metascore
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    The worst part of the game was combat. Slashing similar enemies over and over became boring, and I had to constantly adjust the camera and do several precise tasks with the PSP's annoying analog stick.
    • 66 Metascore
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    History buffs and simulation junkies might find Blazing Angels uplifting for its period lessons. But give me the fantasy worlds of "Crimson Skies" instead, with its pirates and weird zeppelins, and I'll be a happier flying ace.
    • 51 Metascore
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    The road on Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run is too rocky to be a keeper. It's a one-night rental -- tops.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Were it not for the bizarre control scheme, the whole game could be artwork.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Though it's fine for killing time, only big "Pac-Man" fans will truly be engrossed with this game.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Sure, EQ II has its share of great quests, including one that requires helping a crew to rebuild a ship that you then sail on, defending it against bad guys. But the run-of-the-mill quests never had that crackle of humor or drama that "World of Warcraft" captured so well.
    • 68 Metascore
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    A good step above the lame French adventure that preceded this one. We just wish that the game designers could steel their resolve to give us, perhaps in No. 16, another truly great installment in the Nancy Drew series.
    • 80 Metascore
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    It's a shame that the disc, which offers 4,500 recipes and meal plans also printable at the program's Web site, is so inflexible about allowing other workouts into its tracking system, and that what should be the central focus, the workouts themselves, is so lackluster.
    • 64 Metascore
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    If you're considering buying "Rise & Fall," think of it as strategy light. It's good for someone who's neither a strategy nor an action addict -- someone who just wants some lighthearted fun with ancient Egyptian and Roman heroes.
    • 71 Metascore
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    This game is an intriguing look at the future, but it's not quite ready for today.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Feels more like basic training than hard-core warfare.
    • 73 Metascore
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    I just can't work up a sweat with Pump it Up -- my treadmill is easier to use and more fun. But hard-core dance game fanatics looking for a "DDR" alternative definitely should check it out.
    • 65 Metascore
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    The controls, while not awful, are a bit too slow. Aiming can be a pain at times, and that'll cost you lives. For an action game, that's a sin.
    • 58 Metascore
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    While these digital vehicles look the part, the controls come nowhere close to simulating the feeling of being behind the wheel of a Ford.
    • 71 Metascore
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    The movie's a lot more fun than the game.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Frankly, there are no blockbuster offerings here. This collection of simple games is fun to play a few times, but as the package includes the Wii remote and the game for only $10 more than the price of the controller alone, it's well worth the retail price, especially given the scarcity of additional controllers for the system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Loads of mini-games, split-screen co-op play throughout the entire story mode and online game play, including deathmatches and a fiesty soccer skirmish, flesh out this budget-priced title.