Electronic Gaming Monthly's Scores

  • Games
For 2,307 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War 2
Lowest review score: 5 Ping Pals
Score distribution:
2,307 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Pure magic. Soft lighting effects and elaborate, detailed architecture give the entire experience the quality of an opium-induced vision where time moves at the speed of your imagination. PoP's immersive atmosphere takes you to another level altogether. [Dec 2003, p.186]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    And on the eighth day, God created Mario Kart. He saw it, and it was good. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    EA's improved everything in this game, from graphics to putting to new arcade modes that help pass the time. There's just no better golf game out there. [Oct 2003, p.136]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    No other game comes anywhere close to replicating what it feels like to lay down two streaks of rubber in a '69 GT40 when the green flag drops, or hit 200 mph on the back straight at Le Sarthe. There are few games that can draw you in so completely that you forget you're playing a game in the first place, and this is one of them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The final, and best reason to play SOCOM II: it's incredibly addictive online multiplayer game... The new maps rock like nobody's business, and deeper setup options (sniper rifles only, no explosives, that sort of thing), add even more variety. [Dec 2003, p.206]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Almost every deviation X-2 takes from the established Final Fantasy norm has paid off. [Jan 2004, p.136]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A huge selection of new minimissions allows for more time playing as famed series stud Solid Snake, and they further exploit "MGS2"'s strongest suit: the gameplay. [Apr 2003, p.111]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The rock-solid gamelay has been tuned to perfection and no other game sweats the details like this. [Jan 2003, p.176]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One of the most wicked arcade-racing games I've ever played. [Nov 2002, p.284]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One helluva college football experience... The gameplay isn't quite as confining as "Madden's", allowing for more open-ended games. [Aug 2003, p.118]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The level design is brilliant, the weapons combat is a freakin' blast, the subtle tweaks really do change everything, and the characters are more appealing than the last go-round. [Dec 2003, p.218]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The single-player game is a perfectly adequate sequel to the original, but the multiplayer stuff may well be the best online experience on the PS2 right now. [Aug 2004, p.102]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The speed is staggering, and the smashes spectacular...Burnout 3 blows the doors off its predecessors with bliteringly fast online play, a massive single-player mode lousy with unlockables, and all the right gameplay tweaks. [Oct 2004, p.100]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    [Chris]: Madden just plays better than "ESPN." There. I said it. [Bryan]: No, Chris - It plays a LOT better. And and I'm not just talking about the improved defensive play (especially in the secondary) and, with a quick tap on the new Hit Stick, the bone-jarring tackles. It's how Madden replicates the style of play of actual NFL squads. [Sept 2004, p.94]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The option to equalize the stats of both teams in an online contest stands out as particularly brilliant. Not that most of it isn't already brilliant. Because it is. [Aug 2004, p.100]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Thankfully, EA has addressed my biggest complaint with last year's addition of NCAA: the visuals. Everything has been touched up. [Aug 2005, p.111]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Okami developer Clover obviously put a lot of love into its creation and, as you travel the countryside, painting barren landscapes into bloom, that love radiates from the screen. [Sept. 2006, p.100]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Many of you will absolutely detest (like, controller-smash detest) Oblivion. This mega-titanium-diamond-hardcore game punishes even the passionate...Oblivion makes you do hard time--and you love it. That's amazing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Although flawed, Liberty City Stories is a remarkable achievement; it shames the efforts that many other developers have put into their PSP games.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You've gotta give it up to Nintendo for bundling a phenomenal suite of over 25 Wi-Fi multiplayer minigames with the single-player game. [July 2006, p.96]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    That the game manages to both come to a satisfying conclusion and still make it clear that Kratos' adventure is far from over is quite a feat and a lesson that other action-game developers could learn something from. [Apr 2007, p.90]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This new portable Metal Gear installment finally gives us the tactical espionage action we expect from an MGS title...and a whole lot more. [Feb. 2007, p.98]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Far from being a ponderous sci-fi exposition, Mass Effect boasts a dynamic, well-constructed story with a broad emotional range. [Holiday 2007, p.82]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game bursts with one brilliant design decision after another - including a Gamebreaker power-up system that is, finally, perfect. [Mar 2007, p.86]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game bursts with one brilliant design decision after another - including a Gamebreaker power-up system that is, finally, perfect. [Mar 2007, p.86]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    "Guitar Hero" is still the way to go for lone wolves, but if you have the space, the manpower, and the means($170), Rock Band unquestionably, unequivocally rocks. [Jan 2008, p.92]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    "Guitar Hero" is still the way to go for lone wolves, but if you have the space, the manpower, and the means($170), Rock Band unquestionably, unequivocally rocks. [Jan 2008, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Add to that the experience and reward system, 16 maps out of the box, and the party system, and COD4 delivers a knockout one-two single and multiplayer shooter punch. [Holiday 2007, p.71]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Add to that the experience and reward system, 16 maps out of the box, and the party system, and COD4 delivers a knockout one-two single and multiplayer shooter punch. [Holiday 2007, p.71]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    08 is the best hockey game in years. [Oct 2007, p.87]