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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those rare racing titles that make you feel like you're driving 180 m.p.h., yet still in control of your ride. You soar through the streets, trade paint with rivals and blast over the finish line.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The prince has gone from an "Aladdin"-style teenager to a grim, angry young adult. He's even more beautifully drawn than before, and this year's installment adds a much better combat system.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sure, EQ II has its share of great quests, including one that requires helping a crew to rebuild a ship that you then sail on, defending it against bad guys. But the run-of-the-mill quests never had that crackle of humor or drama that "World of Warcraft" captured so well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Texas Hold 'Em game, for instance, doesn't even allow you to choose the size of your bet. And the billiards game is ... well, it's bad.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Prey is touted as having an adaptive difficulty system -- the better you are, the better it gets -- and it really did seem to get harder as the game went on. As a result, there are just two difficulty settings, Normal and Cherokee, and I'd advise that even vets might want to give Normal a try on the first run out, letting the game's artificial intelligence pick up the pace to a comfortable level.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And the best thing of all? No mess.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So here's the skinny: Buy "Tiger Woods" if you're new to the game. But I'm sticking with my old friend for now.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And the best thing of all? No mess.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The graphics are pretty, the score divine, the story-driven single-player game is actually cinematic and engaging and the lag, while annoying at times online, has been greatly reduced from the original.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    And the best thing of all? No mess.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most fun in terms of new additions is the ability to fight good superheroes that other players have created. You can even create supergroup hideouts to attack and wrestle away from one another.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The blast-'em-up action is now coated in a sugary exterior with over-the-top cutesy trimmings and oddball voices for the game's characters. It's so disgustingly sweet, you almost want to reach out and pinch Mega Man's cheeks.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are tight, the action tense and the graphics crisp. And, most importantly, lag was rarely an issue, even in 32-player firefights.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The gameplay can get glitchy, with flaws like jumpy video and bad physics and a point-of-view camera that sometimes shows bad angles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A charming, refreshing change of pace for all PSP owners.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Players seem to fall and lose the ball too often when trying to make a move in the post.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Middle Earth isn't a strategy game for hardcore fans, but it's a well-thought-out, well-designed, well-animated entry. And the atmosphere, visuals and sounds from the movie trilogy definitely make that simplicity both welcome and worthwhile.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The vehicles really set Quake apart from its cousin "Doom," as levels with vehicles almost always involve huge outdoor areas swarming with bad guys.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the game could be longer and could stand more diversity, the cold shivers that run down your spine while playing it are an undeniable rush.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The only real nit I have with WarioWare is that there is no wireless multiplayer gaming. But the dual screens make up for it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is the deepest and most exciting to date of all the freewheeling street shooter games. There are missions and activities galore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The one snag for Drill Dozer is that it doesn't let you change the button configuration. It sounds petty to gripe about that, but for some players, the primary action of the game will be a bit awkward since drilling is neither the A nor the B button on the Gameboy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uno
    And now the classic card game comes to Xbox Live. And for the cost of a deck of cards, you can play online via Xbox Live against thousands of other like-minded gamers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a hard-core tennis sim fan, then Mario Tennis: Power Tour might be a bit too cartoonish, mainly because of the over-the-top, unrealistic power shots. Otherwise, casual fans could enjoy this handheld-perfect title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The 360's graphical capabilities are pushed hard here. The ball's bounce always looks true, even when it nicks off the table. After particularly good points, replays show off the physics with close-ups of the ball spinning and bouncing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    To me, all these unlockables don't mean very much. My guy could be wearing shades, a Speedo and a hat made out of fruit for all I care. Just hit the ball, Spanky.

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