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 Guitar Hero II
Lowest review score: 25 Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Annoys you with anticipation, from the evil, hard-to-target grunts of approaching assassins to a percussion soundtrack that sounds like a desperate rendition of the theme to "Miami Vice." If it kicks in, you better be ready to rumble.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Oh, but the best weapon of all, my friends, is the new Energy Sword, a shimmering, supersized beauty. The sword crackles and sizzles, almost like the darned thing is angry.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An astonishing shooter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once past the first level, my character continued to skill up in those things she used most, in the most incredibly seamless and incredibly deep role-playing mechanic I've ever seen in a console game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I'll reserve a four-star rating for the next time this series takes big leaps. In this latest edition, there's nothing so new that you'll stop and say, "Whoa." But Chaos Theory is true to the things that make Splinter Cell games so good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Many things in this game leave me thankful: the dark presentation of ancient Greece, the innovative and simple fighting style, the horrific finishing attacks, the depth of the challenges, a great mood-setting score of horns and drums and a point-of-view camera that pans automatically to give you the best view of the action.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game's main hook -- using a brush to interact with the world -- lends itself nicely to the game's traditional Japanese visual style, which fuses calligraphy and beautiful watercolor-esque art.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is still a four-star title, though definitely not for children. Just don't expect it to be something you can wave in front of your PS2-playing friends' faces.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Addictive from the moment you begin...It's incredibly friendly to the solo gamer, allowing players not only to gain Levels 1 to 60 without ever grouping with someone else if they prefer, but also to earn the same or more experience playing that way. That means the solo gamer can level nearly as quickly as a group of power gamers playing together.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And, man, is this game difficult, even on the easy setting. I prefer games with unreal speed, power boosts and shortcuts. I just couldn't seem to get a grip on Forza until I played around with different cars, perusing the six classes, from standard production cars like your basic Honda Civic to race cars like the Audi R8.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn't a crowning moment only for the PS2 generation, but for all of the Final Fantasy series. Long after the PS2 is forgotten, this installment will live in the memories of those who experienced it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero II wins four stars from me because it has an excellent training mode that is missing from the original. That's the only major difference between the two games, other than the songs.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The constant scanning slows down the game, and the generic soundtrack does little to create any drama. But Metroid fans just want to play as Samus. And what's thrilling for those folks is the multiplayer action.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The online game play is just as smooth and fast-moving as the offline versions, and the wacky variety of weapons -- turn your enemy into a sheep! -- makes it a heap of fun.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Want more statistics? You got 'em. More ways to contribute to your team (and rewards for doing so) for things like healing and supplies? Done. Better graphics? Much, much, much better. Same great zippy action as you move from tank to helicopter to foot? You bet.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are campaigns that will keep you awake at night, second-guessing your tactics, long after you shut the DS off.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Burnout: Revenge proves once again why it is the ultimate spectacle for those of us who just want to feel the rush. You know you're playing a great game when even the pauses in the action are filled with rockin' music, flashy video and big sound effects.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Really isn't a leap above "Winning Eleven 7." Though the variety of play modes is huge, the well-animated visuals could use some polish, the audio sounds rather bland and the number of licensed teams and players is a bit wimpy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This expansion excels where it needs to. I enjoyed exploring these cleverly designed arenas, and continue to relish shooting up my enemies -- and friends -- every night online. Any fan of "Halo 2" will love these new battle-happy locales.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Something special. It's a war shooter that's both intoxicating yet grisly. From the game's first moments as a young Russian soldier learning the ropes, you'll be sucked in to combat.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Deceptively deep, graphically sharp and a beauty to behold in the hands of two skilled players.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Enemies can be vulnerable or immune to different attacks, which causes you to often evaluate your styles. And I love that you can change the difficulty even in the middle of missions. Whew!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of the quests, big and small, add up to an quest that belies the tiny cartridge's size. This "Zelda" game packs in the fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We were overwhelmed by the huge range of top-quality gameplay that's available here for $49.99 (USD) with no online fees.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Harnessing the new console's power, this Revenge makes online showdowns much more personal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I also dislike the anime style of the characters, a confusing departure from the series' goth style.