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 Sid Meier's Pirates!
Lowest review score: 25 And 1 Streetball
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 410
410 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're willing to take turns with friends and family, the frolicking oddballs of Taiko Drum Master -- dancing cats, drums, chicks, goldfish, turtles and, no joke, fluffy cotton-candy critters that cheer you on -- will happily keep you banging the drum well past bedtime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The animations ... are much smoother than the choppy ones in the initial PSP soccer offering, and the loading times have been cut dramatically.
    • Detroit Free Press
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's got the familiar, turn-based attack game play that we've learned to love, and the dynamic job system and a complex plot would make it a perfect holiday gift.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The action is intense and the effects are splendid, though the un-reality applies also to the worlds in which you battle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But there's hardly anything new here. The plot is paper-thin, and lacks a driving sense of humor or drama to keep you interested. The game-play is just as basic as it's ever been, and frankly, if you've played any of its predecessors, you've slashed and spellcast just this way a million times before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Exit is challenging, fun and has enough substance to keep you playing for hours and hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an epic RPG, forget it. The game is linear, not lending itself to exploration. The maps' paths are laid out for you, so you don't have to fire up a brain cell to navigate.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a fine game, just like the first version, which earned three stars from me. But the scant innovations in Street 2 make it optional for anyone who has the original.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun ride with tons of maps, unlockable characters from previous NIS games and bonus challenges after you finish the main game, the replay value for this game is nearly infinite.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, it's hard to complain too much about the drag of grinding when space is this pretty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What impressed us most was the possibility that a player just might get hooked on Conrad or Bronte and this little handheld game might actually spark someone to put down the electronic gadget for a while and pick up a literary classic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Solid graphics, online play and original in-your-face features makes Blitz: The League a great alternative to the other football games on the market.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But with more than 30 playable characters from the movies and loads of goodies to unlock, Lego Star Wars is more than just kids' fodder. It's a great Star Wars game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Characters encountered along the way are memorable and as charming as in the original. But the amount of text that must be plowed through makes it feel more like a modern rehash of the popular "Choose Your Own Adventure" book series than an adventure most will stick with for hours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game itself has decent game play, but is hurt because of the lack of attention given to the bells and whistles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The combat system is solid, allowing you some pretty awesome moves without hours of memorizing button taps.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Goofy fun, and that makes up for a lot of its failings. But I couldn't quite forgive the occasional tedium and fairly short length enough to give it a better rating.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At first glance, Battalion Wars may look like a cartoon with campy echoes of old suspense movies. But, make no mistake about it, in the end this game successfully grasps the full potential of the Gamecube.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mario's powered-up version of baseball is the best virtual diamond on the GameCube, and while baseball purists may cringe at the characters' cutesy antics, no one will dispute the game is fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound are GBA standard, which is to say cute but unimpressive (and reasonably tinny).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sprinkled between the races are the kinds of cinematic scenes that Jak games have been known for: clever and extremely well animated.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The chaos that ensues is as lighthearted as a blood-soaked zombiefest can be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Brought back good memories of the classic films. And stealing from "GTA" was the right move here. Let's call it a clever case of mob vengeance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the switch to turn-based play also means a severe reduction in how much fun it is to play cooperatively with friends. Basically each person trades off controlling one of the characters you're fighting with, which sounds like more fun than it is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Almost every room or alley Torque enters has a mental surprise awaiting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this gripping tale is marred by weird fighting and stealth sequences that don't seem to mesh with the rest of the lush narrative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game itself has decent game play, but is hurt because of the lack of attention given to the bells and whistles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game doesn't really take advantage of the DS's cool touch-screen technology... Still, Bomberman is a blast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nearly perfect with its graphics that often look close to cinematic scenes and a whole host of strategies for nailing the bad guys.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite these odd moments, the game is playable and lots of fun, especially if tinkering with Sphinxes and ancient temples sounds exciting to you.

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