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
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    GT Mode does a great job of organizing your choices on a large home map. You can leave your garage to race, or jump over to ogle new and used rides at domestic and foreign dealerships, take on special challenges and buy parts upgrades.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What's most fun about Lumines is the way updated technology has married sight and sound to turn our gameplay into an all-absorbing mini-concert.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shows off the beauty and horsepower of the PSP.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Could have been a four-star game, were it not for a couple of things that don't work well. You can press a button to give you an overhead view during missions. But instead of helping to advance the plot, the swirling, zooming view left me dizzy. And the enemy intelligence is set pretty low, meaning they don't pursue you with much cunning.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is quarterbacking control at its most sensitive level. This year's version of Madden gives you more of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It would have been nice to tangle with foes in cyberspace. This was a lost opportunity to create grand tournaments. This hiccup is negligible, however, because the game is so deep.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With its mind-jumping mayhem, Psychonauts is definitely a breath of fresh air. It is crazy, though. Crazy good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a "Tetris" fan, you need no convincing. But for those who've never dwelled in that space, Meteos is especially heavenly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With compelling, deep game play and a gorgeous visual assault on your senses, Rainbow Six: Vegas is a safe bet for any Xbox 360 gamer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Online play is as hectic, though perhaps not as friendly, as the previous Xbox version.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But Liberty City Stories has flaws, not the least of which is a control stick that is as unbalanced as a drunk with a pendulous belly, who shambles along barefoot on a sidewalk strewn with broken glass.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From its blood-red pentagrams to its chilling shrieks of radio chatter, the single-player campaign in Doom 3 will scare your pants off like nothing else on the Xbox.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    PSP owners, this is a certain hit, an instant classic that's likely the highest-quality game yet released for Sony's handheld system. It's a must-buy for fighting game fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We can't recall another PC game that challenged us to furious one-on-one sword fights and strategic warfare with cannons blazing -- interspersed with a test of ballroom dancing skills in which each click of our keyboard's keys translated into a deft move on the dance floor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are some things that made me grimace, such as the repetitive commentary and sluggish movement for online play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't recall another video game that made me this physically uncomfortable and this psychologically troubled.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The PlayStation 2 version I played had a serious problem with players bleeding into one another during cut scenes before and after plays. The PS2 graphics also are OK but a bit blocky.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In many ways, Half-Life 2: Episode One is even better than the original "Half-Life 2," but it's a short thrill ride that may leave some gamers impatient for the next installment, due out by year's end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Syphon Filter is a series that felt a bit dated in its PlayStation 2 incarnation, "The Omega Strain." But Dark Mirror perfectly makes the jump from consoles to hand-held systems for the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The battles are turn-based, with a number of different physical and magical attacks available depending on the abilities of the fighter and what tricks you've picked up. Impress the crowd and you draw more spectators and rewards.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun, fresh and lengthy single-player adventure for teenagers and adults. While the game isn't as controversial as many feared, it will still push a few buttons for its rebellious attitude.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A huge game -- so large, in fact, that you can play for several hours before finally meeting up with the main character, Sora, the boy who teamed up in the first game with Donald and Goofy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An issue with the game is steep system requirements.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But there is some nice innovation, such as levels that are completely black until Kirby bumps into lanterns that put off light. And as we all know, in dark places like this, it's good to have a friend.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This gritty third-person shooter and driving game is the most explosive game I've seen so far in 2005 and a great diversion from everyday life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fresh, entertaining title that delicately balances role-playing and classic "Mario" gameplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid, professional product that just doesn't take a big enough step forward. That's true in many ways, but the lack of online play, which would really bring this title to life, is what should make you fighting mad.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The new game is very much like the old, or I would give We Love Katamari four stars.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is a total rush; nimble twitch skills and quick thinking are the only ways to escape a speedy demise. This one's a no-brainer for quick fun everyone will enjoy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like a fierce haymaker to the jaw, the visuals of Fight Night Round 3 will knock you on your rear end.