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 World of Warcraft
Lowest review score: 25 SingStar Rocks!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But with fewer buttons on the PSP than on a standard console game pad and only one analog stick to play with, the game's hallmark -- its deep, precise controls -- feels a bit muted.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Tetris Evolution should have been a $10 Xbox Live download.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Not since the movie "Rambo 3" have we seen such cheesy dialogue and a storyline so over the top that it can be comical. That's fitting because the plot also borrows heavily from "Rambo 3," or at least the worst parts of it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Whether it's the glaring lack of cinematics (the story is told mainly with endless screens of type to read) or the lack of exploration -- the adventure babies gamers, basically leading them by the hand from one area to the next -- "Gale of Darkness" is a low point for the Pokemon series, a sequel that doesn't offer updates or improvement.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Worst of all, we found that picking a particularly potent crew of heroes virtually ensures victories, stealing even the element of suspense.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Manages to unearth ample amounts of fun, scoring big with easy to pick up yet difficult to master gameplay that can be enjoyed for hours.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In this game, there are more decisions to make, a stronger plot and the game is better for solo play.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    After 2002's "Suikoden III," with its excellent story told from three perspectives, I am disappointed with this incarnation's uninspired paint-by-numbers approach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I'd give these games a higher score if they were even more economically priced -- honestly, you can find the same quality of gameplay by downloading "Bejeweled" onto your cell phone for $7 -- but they're still worth a shot if puzzles are your thing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Potential players need to know that we cruised through the entire game -- without any cheats -- in about four hours.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The environments are horribly boring, ranging from drab, deserted cities to drab, abandoned ruins to drab, defunct old bases. And the foes are pretty dumb, too, especially at the game's start.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    No grenades or rocket launchers, not even a clever mission are to be found along Jack's path. Just guns, dead bodies and pools of blood we've seen before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    An enhanced port of a game from 3-D gaming's training-wheel days still is a port.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even if I did whiff a time or two while familiarizing myself with the stylus, overall I found this game much easier than true golfing. It wasn't long before I was firing pars and birdies with relative ease.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But the difficulty of the mini-games makes your lines repetitive, and your humor wears thin.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even if the emphasis is less on the battles than what goes before them, they look terrific. The robots animate and move well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While hotfooting it around seems like a decent concept, nightmarish controls damper the action no matter which setting you select. They're far too wild and loose, and his Landmaster, a futuristic tank, feels like it's stuck in molasses, slow and clumsy.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Feels more like basic training than hard-core warfare.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game does feel rushed, but with a scarcity of militaristic shooters, this Splinter Cell title, though flawed, isn't a horrible choice for PSP owners looking for a stealth-action fix.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    An intriguing idea on paper, but the shooter and RPG elements just don't mesh that well. If the shooter side had more exciting, thumb-blistering action, it would have compensated for the rest of this dull package.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    While the concept sounds cool, the execution is poor. You can only laugh at your body crumpling from being flung into the side of a building for so long.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    From the laughable briefing scenes to the flighty controls, this game is simply not fun. The design, from front to aft, is flawed and, frankly, not up to par with the Xbox 360's standards.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    You level up your car in a fashion that's familiar to anyone who enjoys role-playing games, but the route to getting there -- racing the same kinds of contests, over and over again, against cars that are of very similar level to yours -- gets repetitive fast.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With this release, the "Final Fight" series has thrown in the towel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The graphics are old-school blocky, the puzzles are tired and many of the acrobatic moves are straight out of other games before it, most notably "Prince of Persia," but also even older "Indiana Jones" titles.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Associating this garbage with "Castlevania" is insulting to that game's fine legacy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is supposed to be the evolution of the "Monster Rancher" franchise? The latest game in this series feels like a regression.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The last glaring negative of this game is the commentary by Duke Tango, which is about as soothing and smooth as listening to Gilbert Gottfried read an epic novel over and over and over again. Ouch.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Lamer than a spring break movie.

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