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 Madden NFL 07
Lowest review score: 25 Monster Rancher EVO
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Guitar Hero games are electrifying not only rocker wannabes in family rooms and basements, but also on college campuses and in nightclubs, where Guitar Hero Night is all the rage.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A must-have for anyone who loves both RPGs and puzzles, and will probably delight anyone who's a fan of either genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A must-have for anyone who loves both RPGs and puzzles, and will probably delight anyone who's a fan of either genre.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tetris Evolution should have been a $10 Xbox Live download.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In Homecourt, the high-flying super dunks, crazy-killer crossovers and behind-the-back, no-look and kick passes are exaggerated to new heights. And here lies one of the game's biggest pluses.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's just two hairs short of a masterpiece. EA and Def Jam have set the bar really high for fighting games.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    How well can you follow a big green line? The game shows you the shortest distance around the track -- a green line to follow. The line turns briefly red when you come to a turn, but don't ease up on the throttle, because the game slows your vehicle down for you. How boring is that?
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only knock on Bullet Witch is that the graphics are a bit choppy in some areas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If his curveball is getting pounded out of the park, throwing another one will be a risky venture. A new Road to the Show career mode allows players to create a rookie who must toil in the minors while awaiting a chance to crack the big league lineup.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The differences between the original "Meteos" and Disney Magic are largely cosmetic, thanks mostly to cameos by Cinderella, the Lion King and other cartoon heroes. But even if Disney leaves you cold, "Meteos" is an essential game for any DS library.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    VF5 makes a faulty attempt at simulating the online experience with its Quest mode. You can roam through a virtual city of sorts making stops at arcades and competing against virtual players complete with virtual gamer tags and even minor virtual trash talk. It's a virtual waste of time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Frankly, underestimating this great game was a huge mistake. In fact, it's almost a crime. And, with these souped-up agents roaming the streets, crime sure doesn't pay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In Homecourt, the high-flying super dunks, crazy-killer crossovers and behind-the-back, no-look and kick passes are exaggerated to new heights. And here lies one of the game's biggest pluses.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An issue with the game is steep system requirements.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The game also settles into a rut: Clear an area of demons, advance, clear a room of demons, repeat. There's little strategy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An enhanced port of a game from 3-D gaming's training-wheel days still is a port.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I don't have too many gripes with this title. The only real flaw of the game is that the graphics are a bit choppy and the sound could be a bit better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A charming, refreshing change of pace for all PSP owners.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    From a strong matchmaking system to a deep dynasty mode that largely mirrors EA's NCAA football game, March Madness does a good job bringing the energy of college hoops home.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Characters encountered along the way are memorable and as charming as in the original. But the amount of text that must be plowed through makes it feel more like a modern rehash of the popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series than an adventure most will stick with for hours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The party-style game play in "Smooth Moves" is one of the young Wii's better experiences. It offers fun, easy-to-learn things to do that show off what the system does so well and puts your movements in the game.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gives you your money's worth.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    When a dozen Romulan ships attack, you would expect the medical ships to pause long enough for the warships to clear the way. Instead, they charge ahead to their doom. Multiplayer does not work unless a patch is downloaded and applied. "Star Trek" is a great franchise, but this is a flawed game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The most annoying part of the game is opening doors, which takes an awkward twist, good positioning and the ability to move fast before the things close again. But generally, it's a good romp through a very simple adventure and a terrific demonstration of the Wii remote's abilities for all ages.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a fanciful take on one of the world's oldest games.

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