Edge Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,568 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 15% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 82% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 10 FlatOut 3: Chaos & Destruction
Score distribution:
2,568 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thematically eccentric, mechanically shambolic and technically stunning, Dead Rising is the kind of infectious experience that yearns for a sequel. [Oct 2006, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It demands persistence on the part of the player to uncover its inner workings, but when you do start to move in tandem, it's an undeniably exhilaratnig dance. [Oct 2006, p.86]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even in this compromised form, Virtua Fighter 5’s depth and beauty are unrivalled, and it can finally take its rightful place as the only game in town. [Apr 2007, p.76]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A revitalisation of the very spirit that made the franchise a success. Finally, it’s time to stop asking where next for the series, and to start savouring where Project 8 has taken it. [Christmas 2006, p.78]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warhawk's manic pace makes for an instantly gratifying experience, and its brilliantly implemented notion of flight and considered balance among combat options more than compensate for the slenderness of its offering. [Oct 2007, p.90]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Above all, it's funny...If anything, this is the most bizarre game in the series to date. [Jan 2007, p.72]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of bravado, packed with features and brimming with invention, this 20-year-old veteran is as vital and relevant as ever. [Jan 2007, p.84]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MGS4 is not the game it could have been; nor is it the game it would have been had the series grown with the benefit of hindsight; nor is it the game it should have been if you believed that early trailer. But it is faithful to its fans, its premise and its heart, delivering an experience that is, in so many ways, without equal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Compared to so many free-roaming games to date, it so rarely stumbles. It’s the very skeleton of the genre, those bones strengthened to the point where they alone can stand as a game, rather than serving as hangers for threadbare ideas to be dangled from. [Mar 2007, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a game of corners, conditions and the times in which you master them, DIRT is an outstanding engine of online competition, powered by an outstanding engine of sight, sound and physics. [July 2007, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Irrespective of talent, taste, spare time or even online connectivity, it has something for anyone with even a tingle in their trigger finger. [Jan 2008, p.78]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MotoGP may only bring a handful of new bikes and tracks, but it’s still a handsome package. [July 2006, p.82]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If only the mechanics matched the atmosphere. If only Rapture was a less linear world to move through. If only BioShock was the wholly brilliant experience you know, from your moments within it, it could have been.[Oct 2007, p.88]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skate’s best trick is to make every landing seem like a tiny victory: with physics that at least pay lip service to the realities of gravity and broken bones, simply making it down a flight of steps can be cause for celebration. [Nov 2007, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overall impression Guitar Hero II leaves, particularly in light of its multiformat future and MTV's investment in Harmonix, is that it’s ceased to be a stand-alone game, and is now a platform in its own right. [Christmas 2006, p.86]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sins is undoubtedly a unique achievement, unifying realtime battle and empirical strategy where others have only managed to offer them as separate components. [Apr 2008, p.94]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Suddenly the nonsense global scoreboards of Xbox Live and PSN, designed no doubt to validate those services with the suggestion of mass involvement, are exposed as being badly hampered by their own ambition. United’s tight-knit communities are a welcoming, sensible and above all enjoyable blueprint for the way things should be. [Apr 2007, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander is the polar opposite of lazy Sunday afternoon strategy: the anti-"Civilization." With a name as apt as the infinite slaughter of "Total Annihilation," it really is a supreme commander’s job. [Mar 2007, p.78]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not be a system seller, but provides further compelling evidence of the Wii controller’s lofty potential. [July 2007, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden is as good as it ever was, and the visual improvements can’t be faulted. The minor redesign of some of the levels is generally irrelevant next to the meat of the game, however, and not worth the update in itself. [Aug 2007, p.90]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright and breezy, it offers almost bottomless value, creates a believable and consistent world, offers a real strategic challenge as well as the kind of brainless completism that’s best suited to delayed trains and rainy afternoons, and hides a staggeringly intricate set of mechanics inside an accessible and non-threatening world. [July 2007, p.84]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bright and breezy, it offers almost bottomless value, creates a believable and consistent world, offers a real strategic challenge as well as the kind of brainless completism that’s best suited to delayed trains and rainy afternoons, and hides a staggeringly intricate set of mechanics inside an accessible and non-threatening world. [July 2007, p.84]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bladestorm works hard to appease both the keen strategist and the action-hungry player, while confidently answering critics who claim that Koei is nothing more than a one-trick warhorse. [Christmas 2007, p.95]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And the visuals? Well, if you want more screenshots, just pop your head out of the window and look up. [Dec 2007, p.96]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through judicious pruning and reweaving Naughty Dog has crafted one of the finest action adventures to date. It’s involving in its narrative, a triumph of pacing, and simply a pleasure to play. [Christmas 2007, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DMC4 is not the grotesque misstep it so easily could have been. DMC4 is hardcore. [Mar 2008, p.90]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s impossible to ignore the fact that, with titles like this, Nintendo has perfected a genre. [July 2007, p.95]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From simple lever cranks to rotational unscrewing, Zack & Wiki finally puts to use the myriad Remote possibilities touched on in WarioWare: Smooth Moves. [Christmas 2007, p.93]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Insomniac has so confidently found its feet makes the prospect of Ratchet’s annual return an exciting, rather than obligatory, one. [Dec 2007, p.86]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One corker of an action game. Perhaps the biggest mention goes to the 'vo-cap' tech behind its extraordinary performances. [May 2009, p.88]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its ideas are streamlined, its tight boundaries narrowing what could have been an overwhelming proposition, plunging players all the sooner into compelling strategic depths. [Christmas 2008, p.99]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its flaws stand out in the short singleplayer campaign, and its tail end relies too much on the gunplay that the game otherwise relegates to a begrudging last resort. But when it hits its stride, the environments unlock the player’s tactical ambitions in away that is truly empowering, launching you between shadow and light, discretion and aggression.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offering the quiet contemplation of a puzzle mode, the soothing time-wasting of a marathon session, or the frenetic rivalry of multiplayer: this has it all. [July 2007, p.95]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The constant flow of new content makes it a game that will last as long as Sony’s console does – that is, if you’re prepared to make the financial investment required to maintain a song library. [Nov 2007, p.95]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of the finest tactical challenges of 2007 – but only if you play online. [Nov 2007, p.98]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a growing field of downloadable shooters, it stands out as one of the best. [Aug 2007, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a tale of swords and souls in which everyone keeps their dignity until you knock off their cuirass and make them fight in their bra. [Sept 2008, p.84]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In terms of the game’s central challenge, it excels at dividing the player’s attention between ambitions for continuous expansion and the manual maintenance of the empire as it stands. [Sept 2007, p.97]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the streamlined and brisk approach that brushes over some of the minutiae of the previous games might cause some PC fans to baulk, Revolution has concentrated rather than diluted the Civ experience, creating an expression of the concept that's perfectly suited to its platform. [July 2008, p.94]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prototype does what it does, and does it with distinction. [Aug 2009, p.90]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a simple game at heart, a game about learning the rules, becoming really good at manipulating the elements, and then getting a huge high score to brag about. And who could argue with that? [Oct 2007, p.98]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Killzone 2" has the technology and spectacle; FEAR 2 has class, direction and a most mischievous sense of humour – and technology and spectacle. [Mar 2009, p.84]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it takes from Resident Evil 4 – and it takes covetously – is the clever stuff, the enemies built entirely around your weapon-set, the combat full of upset rhythms and immoral thrills, the unrepentant game-isms, and the vital ability to wrong-foot players at all the right moments. [Dec 2008, p.82]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s resplendent with detail and vibrancy: each of WHD’s eight tracks is a shimmering, 1080p rhapsody, played at an unwavering 60fps. [Dec 2008, p.93]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few other titles’ enemies have the power to flood you with real horror as they scramble and skitter towards you. [Christmas 2007, p.98]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A personal and affecting play experience. [Mar 2008, p.103]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden II is a fascinating and hugely replayable game that shows Team Ninja has a gift beyond the vast majority of developers in that genre. [Aug 2008, p.92]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The same game you've been playing for seven years - or perhaps even longer. And for that it's a thorough success. [Mar 2008, p.97]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The level of personality in the Patapons and their world makes up for any disappointments - and your involvement in their story becomes huge. [Mar 2008, p.99]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has a masterful user interface. [July 2008, p.93]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When control is wrested from the narrative, the action mechanics are deep and interesting, making unique use of both of the DS screens at once. [May 2008, p.94]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most remarkable thing is how smoothly it runs: a flawless 60 frames a second that makes any caveats about the slightly pixellated visuals disappear in the wind. [Dec 2008, p.99]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its characters may initially seem to be lazy stereotypes, but they soon blossom into something deeper, thanks to intelligent writing and uncommonly naturalistic acting. [Dec 2008, p.97]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there’s one great story in The Sims 3, it’s of how the biggest game in the world continues to act like it, expanding in some respects, shrinking in others, but always evolving. And it’s about EA learning more and more how to act like the world’s biggest developer, the production values, build quality and feature set here being almost overwhelming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The expanded range of strategic choice and admirably polished presentation push Grimoire Of The Rift right into the top tier. [Sept 2008, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It reinvents a gaming classic, and proves that the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of yesteryear can still captivate. It’s engrossing, a stiff challenge and a fine addition to a venerable history. [Apr 2008, p.97]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a world of family-friendly games whose desire to appeal to all makes them feel wishy-washy, it's a welcome splash of colour. [Nov 2008, p.98]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Genre-defining as it is, the drama of Fight Night remains squarely within the ropes. [Aug 2009, p.103]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a playfulness to LostWinds that will surely extend its playtime beyond the bounds of narrative. [July 2008, p.95]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sequel with a suitably Darwinian focus on simple refinement. [Nov 2008, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the big dumb act of blowing its extraordinary world to kingdom come, Crysis finds itself smarter than ever. [Nov 2008, p.97]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the game remains focused on atmosphere and aesthetics, concessions have been made to a more dynamic style of play. [Sept 2008, p.86]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That Disgaea 3 is perhaps the finest of its self-referential and casually wicked yarns, is almost an irrelevance. We’ve got numbers to think about. [Dec 2008, p.97]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it’s occasionally fiddly, it has pace and spectacle and style to spare. Underworld is that rare game that manages to provide a real adventure to go along with its action. [Christmas 2008, p.95]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Race Pro engages like few driving titles manage, even if the driving model doesn’t quite meet the standards of the most advanced PC sim-racers such as Live For Speed. [Mar 2009, p.88]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the mechanics are well worn by subsequent Quest dabbling, the narrative structure remains an interesting premise to this day. [Oct 2008, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seasoned with tragedy and humour, it’s a poignant tale that courts cliché but which, thanks to its charm and creative twists on well-worn themes, represents one of the narrative high points of the series. [Apr 2009, p.123]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Insomniac has stripped away every inch of slack, delivering a consistently entertaining title where platforming nestles tightly against puzzle solving and hugs shooting sections. [Oct 2008, p.102]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fat with content, melodrama and fun, few DS games can match its ambitions. [Apr 2010, p.98]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A labour of love. The core of the game might be a remake, but the features and polish applied move it beyond the realm of simple cash-ins to one of the finest games to grace PSN or XBLA yet. [Sept 2008, p.92]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a delightfully risky experiment, and the end result is pure alchemy: the blending of two fiercely traditional genres into something both unique and entirely natural. [Apr 2009, p.125]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Holy Metacritic, Batman! They've finally bothered to dedicate considerable time and resources to putting you in a decent videogame!" [Oct 2009, p.86]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combat is thrilling – each weapon packing a solid, vicious blast; movement suggesting heft and momentum. [Dec 2008, p.80]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its flaws are downplayed in the context of its range, its humour, its oddities, and its alternately psychopathic and pandering NPCs. It's as unusual as it is conventional. [Nov 2008, p.99]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Masterfully done, and certainly set to become an instant Wii and PC cult hit. [Dec 2008, p.98]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It revitalises both old and recent characters and, despite the basic environments having the odd clunky element in their geography, triumphantly succeeds as a new breed of fighting game. [Oct 2009, p.90]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to be too nitpicky about one of the most flat-out entertaining games of recent times. Overkill resurrects an old franchise as anything but a shambling corpse, and raises the bar for third party production values on this generation’s best-selling console. [Mar 2009, p.89]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the fattened numbers - levels, game types, building tools - are the products of mere evolution, the lean, focused fun is new to the mix. [July 2009, p.94]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atlus succeeds in creating another idiosyncratic concoction of narrative and play, one that twists convention as often as it builds upon it. [Sept 2009, p.98]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Let's Tap isn't merely innovative, it's an original concept applied over five distinct types of game that works extremely well. [Mar 2009, p.90]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Extraction is not just a gun game that happens to work on Wii; it's a gun game that couldn't work on anything else. [Nov 2009, p.90]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the oddities and missed opportunities of its singleplayer mode, Bad Company 2 delivers a fulsome online game that continues to hone a winning formula. [Apr 2010, p.90]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the oddities and missed opportunities of its singleplayer mode, Bad Company 2 delivers a fulsome online game that continues to hone a winning formula. [Apr 2010, p.90]
    • Edge Magazine
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever the oddities and missed opportunities of its singleplayer mode, Bad Company 2 delivers a fulsome online game that continues to hone a winning formula. [Apr 2010, p.90]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beneath The Dishwasher's grungy surface is an original and polished take on a genre that may yet have its best years ahead of it. [June 2009, p.96]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OutRun 2 remains a pinnacle of the arcade racing tradition, a peak that, through both design and circumstance, may never again be topped.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most comprehensive remake Nintendo has ever undertaken. [July 2009, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a game that covers everything from drift events to time trials and eliminators, not to mention bumper-to-bumper tuning options, a top-tier physics model and authentic handling, Shift has enough precision and purpose to give anyone pause. [Nov 2009, p.98]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly, Ubisoft Montreal has succeeded in welding a game to what once felt like a proof of concept, and without overshadowing its many strengths. Much devolves into mere stuff – one sword is much like another; a painting’s easily bought and just fills a hole in the wall – and once the story is over there’s little reason to replay it. At the end of it all, though, you’re left with that setting, those cities, and Ezio, and they lend the experience a substance that endures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is melee done right, set in an astonishing world, brimming with imagination. [July 2009, p.101]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if some of the fundamental stuff has been sacrificed to the creation of this huge world, Fuel still makes it across the finish line on a far-from-empty tank. [July 2009, p.97]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if some of the fundamental stuff has been sacrificed to the creation of this huge world, Fuel still makes it across the finish line on a far-from-empty tank. [July 2009, p.97]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if some of the fundamental stuff has been sacrificed to the creation of this huge world, Fuel still makes it across the finish line on a far-from-empty tank. [July 2009, p.97]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An accomplished effort that is every inch the Soul Calibur of the home consoles, just squeezed on to a smaller screen. [Oct 2009, p.98]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most of all, BioShock 2 has one quality that makes us much more hopeful for the future of the series and its inevitable onward growth as one of gaming’s big franchises: it shows the capacity of Rapture to utterly change itself for the telling of a new tale, while somehow remaining the same.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far more than just a quirky and adept multiplayer romp, then, Swords & Soldiers has found a deeply satisfying sweet-spot where chaos and control are almost perfectly balanced, and the result is a game that towers above everything else WiiWare currently has to offer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rock Band: Unplugged’s heart is genuine and soulful, evidence perhaps that, in game-making as much as music-making, it pays to never forget one’s roots.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new control system may ultimately be an upgrade Samus Aran never really needed, but this is still the best – and most logical – Wii reissue from Nintendo to date.