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 Guitar Hero II
Lowest review score: 25 Age of Pirates: Caribbean Tales
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is also constant, driving techno music that isn't overwhelming and meshes pretty well with all the craziness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game moves fluidly, with very little slowdown. The environments tend to repeat (even on the first planet I'd occasionally get lost because several corridors all looked the same), but the detail is surprisingly nice for a DS title.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The fighting in The Two Thrones is superb. The prince has a nice array of combination moves that accompany his acrobatic skills. But the signature part of combat is the speed kill, which allows you some nifty and gruesome stealth kills.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It feels, moves and looks like a "Jak" title, and any fan of the series will have a blast taking this new title on the road.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You should buy this game. It's a good one. But to me, the first "Unreal Championship" for the Xbox is in many ways a bigger -- as in larger -- hit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beyond the somewhat painful controls, MotoGP 3 is the best motorcyle racing sim available, with enough Easter eggs and gameplay modes to keep racing fans happy for months.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gorgeous and sometimes ludicrous backdrops offer a perfect complement to flowing fisticuffs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's not much that's revolutionary, but the compelling story, nutty characters and lack of pretentiousness and convoluted game-play elements make this a worthwhile addition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An ideal handheld game. It's simple to pick up, the quest is long and worthwhile, and there's plenty of replay value.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is also constant, driving techno music that isn't overwhelming and meshes pretty well with all the craziness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The only thing keeping this from becoming an instant classic is the presentation. The visuals aren't very detailed, and the onscreen text (used for interacting with characters and objects) is painfully small and virtually unreadable on a standard-definition television.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But to get to all that good story, you're going to have to get past repetitive action and frequent bugs. If you experienced the combat in the first game, you'll find that it's almost identical this time through.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We liked the way the game's basic rules followed logical principles, but these elements quickly built into complex situations.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And though it could be better with online co-op play, there's no escaping the grasp that cute Lego Vader has on gamers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only is this game true to the classic cult film from 1979, it conjures the same sinister themes and underlying social tension in a way that's pretty darned smart for something called a game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We're very impressed with this enormous new simulation game, despite the fairly steep learning curve.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With menus that are pretty simple to figure out (after a while, my daughter was showing me how to do some things), the game is fairly accessible for kids to dive right into and enjoy. The over-the-top cutesy animations and sharp visuals are perfect to keep piƱata herders of all ages engaged, too.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The players move nicely, and their personal touches are great, including Rip Hamilton's free throw ritual to Shawn Marion's unique jump shot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's I-can't-believe-I'm-having-this-much-fun-being-green good. Give-to-your-best-friend-for-his-birthday good. I know, it's a shock.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The city may not look entirely like home, but Joe's fist still looks pretty cool when you're blowing by at 100 m.p.h.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 3's music, a cross between hardcore heavy metal and techno, enhances the dark tale. In between missions, there is spooky whispering that sounds like what you'd imagine an Ozzy Osbourne record being played backward would be like.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Live" has become stale and needs to be redone ... so all you "Live" lovers, there is a new sheriff in town -- and it's NBA 2K6.
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I didn't want to put this game down. I took it with me in the car, in my room, everywhere. Wiping out and failing goals only made me want to play more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of the battlefields are enormous and loaded with cover.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The story and characters just don't have the magic of the first game. Still, Disgaea 2 is an incredible value for your gaming dollar. Hard-core RPG players will love it; it might be an acquired taste for others.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The create-a-wrestler mode was always the strongest asset of this game in past years, but this year the mode is the deepest it has ever been.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The action is incredibly smooth and responsive, the plot is fun and the game-play is quick and exciting. Even when you die, it's no big deal to get back in the action (and you will die, a lot).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gorgeous graphics and scantily dressed women will lure gamers into Dead or Alive Ultimate, but it's the game play that will keep fighters trading blows for months.

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