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 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Lowest review score: 5 Ping Pals
Score distribution:
2,307 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game has taken over my entire life. [Sept 2001, p.142]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As big as "GTA3" is, Vice City dwarfs it in almost every way. (Greg) ... The graphical improvements are subtle but effective. (Che) ... An instant classic. (Milkman)[Dec 2002, p.204]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Holy f***ing s***. (Sorry...I'm swearing a lot more now because of San Andreas.) I can't wrap my head around how much stuff is packed into this one disc. It's grand, it's ambitious, and funny as this may sound, it's legendary. [Dan Hsu]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess is a rarity: a game that spans 60 hours and never once feels boring. Between the immaculate gameplay, the devious puzzles, and the gripping story, it's simply the best Zelda ever. And that's saying a lot. [Jan 2007, p.56]
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA4 is a traditional crime story through and through, with a script that rarely strays from its purpose, a pitch-perfect supporting cast, and an expert combination of in-game storytelling and crafted cut-scenes. [June 2008, p.80]
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA4 is a traditional crime story through and through, with a script that rarely strays from its purpose, a pitch-perfect supporting cast, and an expert combination of in-game storytelling and crafted cut-scenes. [June 2008, p.80]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a beautiful-looking game. This is a beautiful-sounding game. And this is a beautifully designed game with a story and atmosphere that sticks with you long after you've emerged. [Oct 2007, p.96]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Yes, it's the most charming game I've ever played, and it's one of the most enjoyable. [Dec 2008, p.72]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tearing into Gears 2 is a treat--this blood-soaked sequel offers a smorgasbord of sadistically entertaining content. [Dec 2008, p.78]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Get FES no matter how familiar you are with "Persona 3". [June 2008, p.86]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a role-playing freak who hasn't given this series a shot, I'm comin' to take your nerd card. [Jan 2009, p.88]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game has me totally mesmerized…[It] engages your intellect on a whole different level. [Jan 2002, p.224]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the huge gameplay twist early on, to taking down a giant walking tank, to way late in the game when you team up with certain...teammates, all the way to an end that'll leave you with the same breathless feeling you had when you first watched "The Empire Strikes Back"...moments like these turn a fun game into a monumental experience.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The visuals are untouchable, the gameplay is tight, and the mood is hauntingly captivating. It is simply mind-blowing on so many different levels. [Jan 2003, p.184]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Link's second N64 adventure is a little different, but that's why we love it. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An epic adventure that is among the best N64 games. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A meticulously balanced fighter's fighter – no cyborgs or polar bears or laser beams. It's simplicity perfected, and you'd be surprised how complex that can get. [May 2002, p.110]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    God of War's control and combo scheme is as much a work of art as the game's presentation, which rivals a Hollywood sand-and-sandals epic. And you rarely find puzzles this clever and well integrated in other hack-n-slash adventures.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Subsistence's awe-inspiring single-player adventure outclasses every other stealth game in existence, including the previous MGS titles. It's the perfect blend of gripping narrative, nuanced gameplay, astonishing (nearly next-gen) graphics, and creative boss battles. [Apr. 2006, p.98]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Where series like "Zelda" are starting to stagnate, Mario continues to innovate and impress. [Jan 2008, p.84]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The Orange Box is the greatest quantity of quality gaming ever...Even at $60, this box is value-priced to the point of philanthropy. [Dec 2007, p.124]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The spectacular sequel that confirmed the hatred gamers felt for Paul. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Forza's handling is impeccable. Many car sims have done an adequate job of providing an impression of the forces exerted on a car as it hurtles around a track, but in Forza it's as though you can feel the exact point where your tires lose traction.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    "[Expletive], the animation is incredible!" (Mark)... Wind Waker's core gameplay is the best the series has ever had. (Shane)... The world is so perfectly realized that everything just fits. (Gregg) [Apr 2003, p.122]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Pure, exhilarating glee will envelop your soul, demanding that you keep playing "just one more game" into the wee hours of the morning. It's that good. [Dec 2003, p.230]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I don't care how sky-high your expectations are, RE4 will blow them away again and again. 2005's Game of the Year might have come out just 11 days into it. [March 2005, p.130]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If "GoldenEye" is a bull's-eye, Perfect Dark hits somewhere in the lungs. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A hardcore gamer's fantasy game come true. With Eight-Way Run, Air Control, Guard Impacts, and all these other techniques in your holster, you can spend weeks training with just one character. [Sept 2003, p.103]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Sure, no one aspect of the game is life-changing on its own, but perhaps the package as a whole is. [Dec 2007, p.116]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter 5 kicks everyone's ass up and down the block. Sure some fighting series like "Soul Calibur" and "Tekken" distract you with all kinds of extra modes and, uh, bowling, but VF5 rises above the pack thanks to the sheer depth of its gameplay. [Mar 2007, p.84]