Electric Playground's Scores

  • Games
For 893 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid
Lowest review score: 10 GoDai: Elemental Force
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 893
893 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Call of Duty can be summed up in one word. Intense. Yes, lots of shooters have provided many, many hours of intense situations before but none, including crowded games like "Battlefield 1942," have ever made me feel the insignificance and fear a soldier must feel while watching the slaughter of hundreds of his countrymen.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Featuring some of the most elaborate and astonishing art work and animation the videogame industry has ever seen, POP definitively raises the bar on visual presentation. I have never seen more detailed and engaging art on the PlayStation 2.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every weapon that was in "Unreal" has been given a total facelift for Unreal Tournament. Everything has been totally redrawn and textured - the overall look of the weapons is quite impressive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Amid its many puzzles, creepy scares and flurries of combat, Silent Hill 2 has moments that are so human and painful--forget about “horror” for the moment--that they elevate the experience from a mere “videogame” to a jarring, unsettling look at pain, loss, despair and dread.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I was hooked on the gameplay and the story of Jak II almost immediately and my addiction and love of the game hasn’t subsided weeks later. Jak II is, without question, one of the finest gaming experiences I’ve ever had.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    Although short (about 10 hours of play, not including mistakes) it seemed just right and there’s probably nothing more that could have been added that would make it any better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Namco blows the doors off the PSP with this beautiful arcade racer, and leaves all of the other launch titles in the dust.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite the light hearted brushstrokes throughout Brave Fencer Musashi, this disc houses one of the richest and most satisfying videogames I've ever enjoyed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Delivers in spades exactly what it sets out to do: It lets the gamer be the wheelman in a non-stop car-chase movie. This is everything a driving game should be. It is, for all intents and purposes, perfect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you can get past its slightly intimidating barrier to entry (getting your license to race in this game is trickier than the real thing), you'll play Gran Turismo for months and months and never see all of its glory. This is a classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gripping. You will not be able to make your way through this unrelenting adventure without feeling your stomach flip and churn into knots.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game would be super fly at a party You won’t be whizzing through it unless you’re super smartie.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'd come off as a huge hypocrite if I didn't put Tekken 3 at the top of the list. "Tekken 2" was a 10, and Tekken 3 is a better game in most respects.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A deep, quite cartoony and consummately Japanese turn-based wargame with depth, character and replayability to burn.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In a game already so dark and visually menacing, the Xbox gives the phrase "jumping at your own shadow" a whole new shade of meaning.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The three-dimensional stability of the environment in Mario Sunshine is astonishing. At no time do the seams show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Diddy Kong Racing is almost too good to be true. It is an exquisitely animated, color-rich racing game that bubbles over with character and charm. A triumph.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the game may not boast the gilded depth and scope of Zelda or the originative spark of Mario, Jet Force Gemini has stolen its way into my heart and become my favorite game on the Nintendo 64.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perfect. Epic. Unstoppable. Unbeatable. Irresistible. Sensational...The best videogame I have ever played. It is the crowning jewel of the industry. It is Nintendo's finest achievement.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magnificent. Until now, GoldenEye was arguably the best reason for gamers over the age of 16 to own a Nintendo 64. No longer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It has quickly grown to become the standard by which almost all other games are measured.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without question the most unique and satisfying home racing videogame I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. This is, as you're no doubt aware, no minuscule feat. To declare that a racer is as good or better than WipeOut XL, Sega Rally, The Need For Speed or Ridge Racer Revolution is usually a fool's practice. However, WR 64 and its incredible water worlds are in a class by itself.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The defensive AI has been cleaned up and perfected. I do mean perfected.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The brilliance of this game, however, doesn't stop with the audio effects, or the crisp, fast moving, beautiful graphics, with you and up to five other boarders on the screen at the same time, moving at a blistering fast frame rate. The controls in SSX Tricky are perfect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The camera is so good in Gears of War that I never once thought about it while playing. I can't recall a single instance where it did not frame the action right, or hide anything I should have seen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I can't remember the last time I had so much fun just playing. At times I truly felt like a little kid completely immersed in a fantastic game of let's pretend. At my age that feeling doesn't come around to often but when it does you sure savor it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's games like Gran Turismo 3 that make me proud to be doing this for a living!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It features a game system rich enough to challenge and enthrall any experienced gamer, and Fantasy sublime enough to draw in the most hardened doubter of videogames.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    At times, it's hard to tell where sincerity ends and irony begins--select Snake's cigarettes in the inventory list and you're provided with the helpful information that cigarettes are highly addictive and bad for your health. Not like, for example, guns or anything.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The brilliantly motion captured player movement, smarter players and broadcast style presentation are nothing short of awesome and really make for a complete hockey experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I am particularly impressed though with the customization abilities of the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Jedi Knight II ranks up there with the giants like "X-Wing Alliance" and the original "Jedi Knight." It's just that good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The physics model in Hitman is a definite milestone in computer gaming. No other computer game to date has been able to achieve the realistic effects you’ll find here.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Sure to be copied by many games to come, Sacrifice’s easy interface and complex play mechanics prove that Shiny’s creativity and desire to push the limits of gaming have produced another solid title that lives up to the hype.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just as "Half-life" and "Unreal" revolutionized the action genre, Deus Ex takes us to the next step and ushers in the Age of the Interactive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So essentially, the graphics, the sound, the story and the puzzles are marvellous. They all add up to one fantastic adventure game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With tasty graphics and gameplay that is sheer madness, Half-life 2 is sweeter than a chocolate-and-honey lollipop coated with sugar, and it provides twice the rush.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    And of course, the true beauty of Vice City is total, absolute, glorious freedom...I guess what I am trying to say is this game is REALLY FRICKIN' GOOD.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It may be the best PC game of a good many years. I can picture other gamesmakers checking out the game, and then just surrendering...I am floored by this game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of those games that is so good, even the credits rock.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For the first time in a single player game, I truly felt I was playing my way through a pen and paper fantasy campaign.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Offers up the kind of gaming experience that you will never forget.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Another glowing aspect of StarCraft is its absolutely brilliant Campaign Editor. This is the very best make-your-own game interface ever made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you're looking at the graphics, the gameplay, the server response, the community activity, this is one staggeringly good game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A rich, polished game from a developer obviously intent on improving the credibility of its franchise with a focus on solid gameplay, and not just pushing the same tired character into different locations year after year. Right Lara?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It will seduce you, beguile you and turn you into an unproductive but satisfied mess. Those that can break away from its grasp and lead a life away from the computer screen are to be saluted.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Trivial shortcomings aside, Age of Empires II: Age of Kings is a good-looking and feature-full 2D RTS that manages to provide hours and hours of solo or multiplayer gaming enjoyment. The kicker? With its extremely lean system requirements, you don’t need the latest and greatest computer in order to get in on the fun.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Calling this game huge is an understatement...All told, San Andreas is about four times the size of any previous GTA game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A unique game with a perfect blend of great visuals and a totally engaging gameplay style.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled by its size. LCS delivers the full GTA experience in the palm of your hand. Definitely worth the time and money if you own a PSP.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In my opinion, this is the best game available for the Nintendo DS and one of the best strategy games of its generation. A must have for any DS owner and if you don't have a DS, this is a viable reason to get one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Vegas has drool-inducing visuals, extremely good AI, and controls so intuitive and fitting that you’ll think the gang from Ubisoft Montreal came over to take your measurements before they sent you the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Employs the most effective and rewarding controls ever developed for a platform-action game... An instant classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bushido Blade is a classic. The sequel for this fighter is already creating waves in Japan, so it shouldn't be too long before we're embroiled in an even more sophisticated adaptation of the most horrific of activities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Despite a few imperfections, a work of art. And like the best that Psygnosis has brought us, it is a title that every PlayStation owner should acquire and cherish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just like the previous Crash games, CTR is utterly polished and addictive to a fault... That's right, you heard me, CTR is a better game than Nintendo's "Mario Kart."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is better than "FFVII" and "FFVIII." In fact, it may be the best PlayStation RPG out there.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Combining well balanced gameplay, excellent track designs and a killer soundtrack, Wipeout 3 is the high water mark for the techno-racer category.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Although the game is much like Tony Hawk 2, overall this makes the better total package, and the addition of the multiplayer alone makes it worth getting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is just the "Total Package" (yeah I know, I am embarrassed of myself for that one), combining great gameplay with fantastic visuals to create one of the finest sports game ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Was there ever any doubt that this game would rock?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best comic games to come along in years … and it's certainly the best X-Men game I've ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A pure celebration of the movies that inspired it. It is a terrific action game with a degree of depth and a great collection of surprises to collect. The game is also peerless in the presentation department and you can play it with a friend.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the best games I've ever played involving cars, asphalt and disregard for public safety. It is a must have for any gamer's collection, anybody who ever had fun smashing hot wheels cars into each other, or anyone who likes destruction.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Playing Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory is like tearing open your presents Christmas morning and discovering to your shock that you got everything you asked for. No pairs of socks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best comic based video games to ever hit home consoles. It's a fanboy's dream in terms of living out the life of a superhero. Just remember that it's only a game … leave the underoos and silly string at home.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The track designs in Double Dash are positively bursting with activity. If you thought Mario Kart was intense on the N64 (with it's notoriously cheap catch-up AI-which I'm happy to report is noticeably absent this time), you ain't seen nothing yet!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In the spirit of the whole new-beginnings thing, let me lift the poster-slogan from the old '70s horror movie "Phantasm:" IF THIS ONE DOESN'T SCARE YOU, YOU'RE ALREADY DEAD!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The finest, most polished, most complex and satisfying action-adventure videogame I've ever played...It blew me away because I was still swept up by its fairy tale-light, Disney-esque, bogusness, in spite of all my resistance.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s poo humor galore, but there’s also sly satire, clever parody and deep belly-laughs aplenty. To say nothing of the challenging gameplay, engaging storyline and whacked-out characters.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A pure classic if I've ever seen one. It is infectious fun with superb depth. This is a must buy that will keep you interested for months on end.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Wow! What an excellent game! What's surprising about Mario Golf is just how sophisticated the simulation is. Fans of the real life sport will not be disappointed by Nintendo's cartoon interpretation of it, nor will fans of the Mario games be turned off by the complexity and "just one more time" challenge found on this cartridge.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To say that Rayman 2 impressed me would be a tremendous understatement. About the only blemish the game has is its lack of any multiplayer contests.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily one of the most enjoyable and rewarding videogames I have ever played. The zany touches are quite brilliant but the challenging and original gameplay is what really makes this cartridge rocket.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To say that the Snowspeeder freak in me is satisfied with this game would be an enormous understatement. This is one hell of a fulfilling interactive experience that plays and plays and plays.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What it does have is a great story, fun puzzles, and epic battles. Any RPG fan would be absolutely nuts to pass on Paper Mario.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Rockstar Games has done the unthinkable, turning murderous greed into an honest to God art form with Grand Theft Auto 3.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It is a breath of fresh air for football fans that enjoy Madden, but are looking for something more innovative and different...[It's] better than "Madden NFL 2002" on the Xbox!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The improved puck control alone makes this game a gourmet meal for diehard hockey fans.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Still one of the great ones all these years later, even with dated graphics, poor voice acting, and the inherent limitations of a gamepad.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is a must-have flight simulator for war buffs or flight sim nuts alike, and will surely remain as a resident on your hard drive for a long, long time.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk himself really likes the game and loves getting online with his PS2. You could end up playing against the "man" himself if you're the lucky type.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The true King of Fighters, and it is a perfect showcase for what kind of games the Xbox is able to deliver.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I have played SSBM every day since I got it and I cannot get enough of this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I am absolutely thrilled with this game and already I can’t wait to see where Red Storm takes it next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Let’s trim it down to a single conclusion: if you like RPGs, get this game. Right now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    First-rate graphics, awesome motion captured animation, smooth 3D scrolling, as well as authentic riders, bikes and tracks... It has it where it counts, in the fun category.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's exciting, and it's challenging -whether played against the artificial intelligence or your big sister.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Pacific based action in CFS 2 includes stunning locations that really show that the battleground was truly a tropical paradise, and well-detailed aircraft to take to the skies. This is really one title not to be missed!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The replay value of Shogun: Total War is immense.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outstanding visuals, an ominous orchestral score, a well-scripted story with real plot twists, excellent voice acting and a host of brand new ships and weapons, Cataclysm is a sequel to Homeworld as much as "Aliens" was a sequel to "Alien." It’s better, has more action, and plays longer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Couple this awesome visual presentation with a solid game engine and then couple that with a painstakingly faithful Voyager plot and you’ve simply got one of the best Star Trek action/adventure games you’re ever going to come across.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s beautiful, it’s challenging, and it will keep you occupied for a long, long time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The audio is extremely well done because it is a major component of gameplay, not just presentation. I don't think I've ever spent as much time listening to a game as I did with this one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is full of the little details that define greatness. If Warlords Battlecry II isn't one of the early leaders for real-time strategy game of the year I'll eat my magical staff.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its innovative combat system, addictive click and kill adventuring, and solid story make it a title that keeps reviewers up late.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who like the unique challenge of timed racing and the strategies that off-road rallies require, Screamer 4X4 is a must have.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SimGolf does manage to provide a game that is especially simple to play and continues to be fun long after you've managed to turn a profit.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if Madden NFL 2001 weren’t the only game in town, it would still be one of the best football games ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thing that I enjoy most about this arcade style hockey is the big hits. You can actually practice the many skills you will need in this game, including driving your opponent through the glass.