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 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
Lowest review score: 5 Ping Pals
Score distribution:
2,307 game reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Funny writing (courtesy of an ex-"Ren & Stimpy" scribe) can't save this uninspired rehash of antiquated Crash antics with lackluster visuals. [Dec 2004, p.170]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    It fuses a boring turn-based strategy game with a lackluster one-on-one fighter...In short, two half-assed components combine to make...well, you do the math. [March 2004, p.114]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    My biggest gripe is with Apokolips' level design, which usually involves beating up the same enemies over and over again. [Dec 2002, p.218]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 64 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    As a car-combat game, it's passable but not exceptional. As a postacopalyptic "GTA" clone, it falls well short of the mark in terms of story, mission diversity, and replay value. [Nov 2003, p.171]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Relocating Suidoden's established gameplay to the vast and choppy seas doesn't do it any favors - instead of exploring diverse geography on foot, you're steering a boat across a bleak, boring ocean. [Feb 2005, p.108]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    This game actually slows down time. Its characters move at the speed of Elmer's glue. [May 2005, p.124]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    Gamers weaned on faster smackdowns and who aren't turned on by the idea of a showdown between Megalon and Destoroyah should proceed with caution. [Holiday 2004, p.106]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    The new "Incredibles"-esque visuals and accessible dribbling mechanics are welcome, but this arcadey pitch still needs grooming. [Mar 2008, p.75]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It should be illegal for you to own money if you even considered buying this crap. [Jan 2004, p.189]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The game doesn't require you to spend too much time leveling up and upgrading weapons(though you can certainly take your time with that)--it cuts right to the action. [Nov. 2006, p.133]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Take the "Touch" portion of the title with a grain of salt, as it's nigh impossible to maneuver your way through the Monkey Ball gauntlet using the stylus controls. [Apr 2006, p.105]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Problem is the game is about as friendly as a Cylon; there's no tutorial to ease you into all those moves or the different mission types, and the difficulty spikes at odd moments, making some levels painfully tedious.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    The new "Incredibles"-esque visuals and accessible dribbling mechanics are welcome, but this arcadey pitch still needs grooming. [Mar 2008, p.75]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If Sapphire put as much emphasis on the combat as they did on conjuring gritty stories to back each fighter, Barbarian could have been a lot better. [July 2002, p.115]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    In more than 20 years of playing games, I have never seen a console game as obviously unfinished and rushed to market as Enter the Matrix...This game is a complete mess, and that's the only complete thing about it. [Aug 2003, p.114]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Wii Music's biggest downfall, oddly, is its music. [Dec 2008, p.64]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The most frustrating thing about Bruised is that, to be successful, you've either got to memorize a lot of combos or just mash and hope for the best. [Apr 2003, p.111]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The fakeout mechanic that allows you to maximize your gambling dollar is pretty cool, and the over-the-shoulder camera gives a neat Punch-Out!! vibe...but that's about it for the highlights. The rest of the game, from the shallow fight mechanics to the load times to the bland backgrounds, is very mediocre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The missions themselves are similarly uninspired, like the dreaded escort mission we've seen done a hundred times before. [Oct 2002, p.204]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Besides the poor enemy A.I., the paint-by-numbers gameplay (requiring surgically precise cursor movement for actions like jumping or climbing) makes the action feel canned. [Dec 2003, p.195]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Van Helsing may be short and sometimes repetitive, but it's still a fun ride. [July 2004, p.92]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    But Heroes II doesn't really offend on any level. It just doesn't excel. [July 2006, p.94]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Webslingin' remains the selling point, but the combat--although built from the ground up for this game--still consists of random button mashing. [July 2007, p.88]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Once you strip away the nifty new controls, you're left with a flawed shooter that does nothing I haven't seen a million times. [Jan. 2007, p.62]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Jericho is a mess of a shooter with nonexistant A.I., frustrating timed events, vague puzzles, and PS1-style load times. [Dec 2007, p.107]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A cool team-play aspect makes up for the lackluster fighting. [May 2003, p.132]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The worst problem is that certain jumps are damn nigh impossible - it's not even a question of skill. [Nov 2003, p.176]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    An unforgiving difficulty level and harsh time limits <I>severely</I> undercut the fun... [and b]am-powing hordes of goons becomes achingly repetitive over time. [Nov 2003, p.172]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The controls feel sluggish and unresponsive, the difficulty balance is ridiculous. [Jan 2002, p.222]
    • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game simply represents the show faithfully, and it&#146;s fun to play. [Jan 2002, p.232]
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