Eurogamer's Scores

  • Games
For 4,687 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 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Fez
Lowest review score: 10 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Score distribution:
4861 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Journey is about God, then God has played an awful lot of video games. One of the most fascinating things about thatgamecompany's sand-blown chunk of spiritual eye candy isn't that it reinvents gaming, or extends the medium's reach: it's that it takes old ideas - sometimes very old ideas - and repackages them in clever, stylish, and unexpected ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is yet another solid improvement over its predecessor that nudges the series back into "must buy" status, even if it sometimes feels more like the game is taking steps forward rather then leaps.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simply a phenomenally assured game, a pleasure to explore, and bursting with barely contained enthusiasm for its comic-book universe.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alongside the recent port of Guardian Heroes, this is the perfect example of how to revisit your back catalogue. With 18 years' worth of dust carefully brushed aside, Daytona USA has been lovingly restored and thoughtfully explored - providing a fitting tribute to one of arcade racing's enduring icons.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game about the beauty of science, and most puzzle games can learn from its findings.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But while Actionloop Twist has strong presentation and depth of content, it's the controls and Quest mode design that elevate it to essential status.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's stylish, fun, challenging and you really do feel as if you're playing a part in a sequel to a cult classic. That's all we were after.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can think of only a few instances where a new fighting game has broken onto the genre as such a strong contender, but with the Drive system in place BlazBlue is a genuine challenger for any fight fan's time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are some few entertainment experiences that rise above mere amusement, and the world of Lordran is one of them: an endless feast to be chewed over and digested, each morsel swallowed with lip-smacking relish before returning eagerly for the next.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Studio Liverpool has come up with a near-perfect equation for this sort of game, layering everything up in a manner that keeps you coming back hour after hour, with enough tracks to beat under subtly but crucially different circumstances that you never find yourself tiring of a well-beaten track.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is Meltdown bigger and better to look at though, but it offers new and compelling scenarios, and proves more appealing to new players as well as a more consistent proposition for hardcore fans - not everyone's going to be able to beat the incredibly punishing latter levels, but there's still hours of fun to be had beforehand.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas once we treated Left 4 Dead as a stopgap between Half-Lifes, this is no longer a weird little side project with modest expectations, and Valve is confident enough to play around with it, safe in the knowledge that you can trust your players. Left 4 Dead proved it. And whereas that game had a personality, this one is overflowing with it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It gives you well over a hundred weapons to try out, masses of difficulty levels, and explosions so big that you'll worry they may crack the front of your television. Earth Defence Force 2017 isn't a complex cocktail. It's a Molotov cocktail.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pitched perfectly for casual on-the-move play, it's the kind of game you can happily fill a couple of bored minutes with, or power through for a couple of hours, trying to snag every star. With 100 stages included for starters, and more on the way via updates, welcome to your new favourite waste of time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its insidious wit and gothic charm, Helsing's Fire is a joyously original instant classic that iPhone owners should buy immediately.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The potent mixture of action with the high-level statistical balancing will quickly seduce the right-minded player.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diablo 3 on console is one of the best co-op games money can buy. It swings smoothly from easygoing to intense, with perfectly paced pockets of downtime, and is capable of swallowing entire evenings in a single, voracious gulp.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter how much is going on at any given time, the frame rate is a rock solid 60, and for a game as fast as this that's a godsend.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Re-imagining? Remake? Whatever it is, XCOM brings back and revitalises a classic...This game is a winner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In short, Daxter is a highly polished game that, for once, really does set a new standard in terms of what we can expect from future PSP titles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improved menus and controls make it rather less intimidating, and the open-ended nature of the game and the massive range of units, buildings, technologies and strategies on offer means this is one game that you can play time and time again without ever repeating yourself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Race sims don't come any better than GTR2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But with more interesting and varied missions, bigger and more detailed levels, new enemies (and allies), a few new toys to play with, and some vital tinkering under the bonnet, Thief II stands on its own merit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game, as a whole, does not just play to the most talented and devoted. Difficulty can now be adjusted when you fail a song, even if it's the middle song in a set-list. Faced with one of Guitar Hero's notorious difficulty spikes, of which there are a few here, the option to try again at a human level is very welcome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blood Dragon wears its idiocy like a shield. With its mechanisms borrowed from a bona fide blockbuster and its cornball retro swagger rendering any artistic criticism surplus to requirements, all that's left is to have fun, and that's in plentiful supply. Blood Dragon condenses all the best bits of Far Cry 3, sprinkles them with cheesy nonsense and blazes its way through to a finale that will leave you grinning like a loon.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably the finest example ever made of the truly traditional Japanese RPG. It may be clichéd, and altogether a little too bright and happy for its own good, but Tales of Symphonia is nonetheless epic, enjoyable, and superbly constructed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This compilation captures Ratchet & Clank at their innovative, genre-bending best. Great games at a great price make for a compelling if disappointingly businesslike package. If you have any fondness for the platforming genre, you owe it to yourself to sample this greatest hits compilation from arguably the last worthy faces to grace the genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immersive, engaging and with the kind of gameplay depth that so many shooters lack, Metroid Prime 3 might not represent a huge progression as far as the series goes, but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best games I've played all year - and certainly one of best yet on the Wii.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On top of all this timeless goodness, the icing on the cake is the remodelled, sharpened-up graphics (with character art from Udon Comics), new special effects, online play in every mode, some evil achievements to go for, and, of course, online leaderboards.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quarrel is still the horribly compelling single-player game it's always been on mobiles, with an extra dollop of polish and a few new tantalising game modes for the console release - and all for the laughable sum of 400 Microsoft Points.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's stratospherically mad. At the point where I emerged out of a narrow corridor into what turned out to be a vast stadium and a gyrating dance master exploded from the sea in an outfit that would make Lady Gaga proud, I almost collapsed with joy. If that sounds like you, this could the best thing you buy this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a foundation, it's certainly more stable than its predecessor - and as a way to explore the thrill of four wheels it is, despite its many faults, exceptional, brilliant and pretty much peerless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lego City Undercover isn't ceaselessly brilliant - open-world games seldom are - but it's a fantastic example of what makes Traveller's Tales and TT Fusion such special developers, and the worst I can say is that it's occasionally only fun. And you know what? I'll take that wherever I can find it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fighting game terms, I'd have to describe it as the midnight carnival meets the midnight channel for some midnight bliss. It's also proof that sometimes, just sometimes, good things come to those who...
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And, for my money, they fared brilliantly.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic has created the mother of all first-person shooters with this game - over a hundred maps, a selection of diverse and extremely well balanced game modes, built in voice communications, intelligent bots, a great offline play mode, good network code, a superb server browser and a solid graphics engine. Onslaught alone is worth the price of entry, but the game as a whole is a stunning package.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2's biggest disappointment may be that it's an iterative sequel, but it's not such a problem when it's iterating on genius.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black and White 2 offers a compelling record of all that's great from 16 years of catching, collecting, collating and coaxing pocket monsters into ever more exciting forms, bit by wonderful bit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like all the best games, there's a whole world of subtle strategy beneath this simple concept and the Street Fighter branding is cleverly used.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game filled with wonderful new ideas in the margins, but dependable, predictable gameplay in the middle. A game that honours the past but never seeks to stray too far from it. A game that elicits absolute unguarded delight and devotion from its young fans, even as they dream of what might be possible in the future.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elegant, understated and yet with the capacity for wild showboating, OlliOlli is a twitch classic, a startling console debut from a young British indie that manages to bring together the purity and focus of seminal arcade games with the latest asynchronous multiplayer designs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not have the visual class of its younger cousin Ikaruga, but there is no other 32-bit era game that shines like this today; a true classic that is available to the world at last. And the scoffers? Well, the joke is finally on them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The interface is instantly intuitive, while menu choices are always clear and easy to find.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The absolute pinnacle of Star Wars games. It's bloody hard in places, but it pampers the nostalgic and conveys so effortlessly the beauty of the galaxy and the sheer tyranny of the evil Empire that you will Force your way through it until there's no stone left unturned.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a rare treat, and very appreciated. Kirby: Cursed Canvas comes from nowhere, but deserves to go everywhere. It’s another absolute proof of the validity of the DS as a unique gaming platform, and sets a new challenge bar for relaxing platform gaming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like the original Half-Life 2, Episode One keeps the player entertained almost the entire time through perfect pacing and by being inventive, surprising and getting the basics absolutely right. It's a wonderful advert for the excitement that true episodic content can generate when approached the right way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite throwing around more polygons than any other Xbox racer we've seen, Racing Evoluzione rarely if ever skips a frame. And that includes our appraisal of the two-player split-screen, which was examined at jaw-to-the-floor inducing length.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from being mere exercises in nostalgia, these hugely entertaining HD versions underline exactly why we all got so excited about them in the first place, and suggests that while God of War III faces off against a lot of big names in 2010, the greatest threats to its dominance lie in its own past.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite sharing the exact same innards as Guitar Hero II, Legends of Rock is, in every conceivable way, a better product than its predecessors. It's better presented, better put together, more professional, more complete.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What console players won't be prepared for, though, is the added graphical fidelity on PS4 and Xbox One, making for a cleaner, brighter battle that feels in line with the PC version running on a nice machine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphics whores will inevitably be put off by the old school look and feel of the title, but if you can get past that, this is one of the best god games the PC has seen in quite a while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's a shame that the Xbox 360 experience doesn't do more to move the established template forwards on the multiplayer front, it would also be fairly nit-picky to allow such concerns to detract from the fact that Peggle was, and still is, a wonderful, maddeningly moreish gem of fuss-free game design. Every home should have one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm completely in love with Trauma Centre: Second Opinion. It's urgent, tense, dramatic, unique, extremely difficult and surprisingly varied, an excellent Wii game and an excellent puzzle game. For anyone suffering from scepticism and uncertainty about the validity of the Wii's control system and doubting developers' abilities to create games to live up to its potential, Trauma Centre: Second Opinion is the perfect remedy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not that it relies on a healthy suspension of disbelief to overcome its contrived elements; it's about bringing order to foggy chaos. This, it does with aplomb.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And I've done this sort of thing before hundreds of times across thousands of days in what feels like a dozen Mario games. I still love it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we have here is a role-playing game in which little could be improved - the story and quests are captivating, the gameplay tried and tested, and the overall feel is professional and entertaining.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game that will end your Angry Birds obsession, hit Flick Kick Football up. It could well be your new favourite waste of time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an excellent expansion, then, one that complements the main game while gracefully underlining what exactly it was that made that Forza Horizon 2 so enticing in the first place.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're all familiar with the innovative, web-aware customisation cloud that underpins Spore, but nobody's done it better (even though many now do it - apparently years after Maxis thought of doing it here) and the final game is proof that it was all worth it: you're all one big Designer, and Spore succeeds as much because of you and me as the many worlds scattered across the stars and the many ways we've been given to explore them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's likely to be deemed too similar to the original to attract too many converts, but it's short, it's sweet, and it's been put together with so much style it frankly embarrasses the ham-fisted efforts of most other developers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best version of the best football management game ever made... The best just got better. Again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that will live long in the memory, and needs to be played from time to time just to refresh the senses and reinvigorate the gamer inside us all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And it'll soak up far more of YOU than "Mario & Luigi" or the other Mario RPGs ever did, too. It's easy to believe you could spend as long with this as you could a decent-length Final Fantasy title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sega Rally is easily the freshest arcade driving experiences to have emerged in years, providing more wide-eyed excitement in five minutes than most games manage in five hours. Not since "Burnout 2" has a driving game stood out as so completely different to everything else, and provided so much instant, moreish entertainment to such a high technical standard.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It transcends the very genre it once created.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Star Wars game since "X-Wing" and/or "Tie Fighter," if not ever. Unless something entirely unbelievable descends from the heavens, it's the RPG of the year. If the remaining major players fumble even slightly, it's game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those rare games that knows you can't be perfect all the time, and that you have the right to change your mind about your actions later. It just wants to be played with and enjoyed - and when you finish, you just want to play with it again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about the game smacks of good research and authenticity, down to the ability to select a Japanese voiceover with English subtitles rather than having English voices all the way through.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's consistently satisfying over long periods, fulfilling its usual role of dominating a willing crowd's evening into the early hours, and now allowing you to sustain that after everyone's gone home using the Internet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of shoot-'em-ups we can't recall a more enjoyable one, and any game that causes someone who's supposed to be holidaying from videogames to not only complete every single campaign and challenge mission, but go back and replay some of them as well has to go down as a one of the games of 2003.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet another exceptional puzzle app to add to your growing pile. Absorbing, challenging and unlike anything else out there, buy it and soothe away the stresses of public transport.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game also does a lovely job of framing your relationship with other players and nurturing them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It'll still have the piss ripped out of it for being a spreadsheet number crunching exercise, a game that reduces passion into numbers, but take no notice. It's an abstract extrapolation of emotions. A beautiful game of the beautiful game. Chaotically absorbing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply one of the DS' best.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GTA5 may not be the Hollywood-beating crime story it wants to be, then, but it's the best video game it's ever been, and I'll take that.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful, addictive, mechanised feast of destruction, ideally suited to online gamers both new and old.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Boom Blox is brilliant alone, fantastic with friends, a superb addition to the puzzle genre and a game that will make you glad you own a Wii. Here's hoping it's only the first of its kind.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Invaders: Infinity Gene heaves and grows through infancy to maturity. It's rare that a game builds into its play arc those design iterations it went through from inception to completion. Yet this is exactly what Taito has achieved: leading players from beginning to end, providing a mesmerising journey through both the game and its genre's conceptual history.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really is the fighting game evolved to the level of artform, and while mastery can be a long, tough slog, it's also its own reward. There are few fighting games better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a world where pretty fantasy archetypes clothe heartfelt domestic drama, and where outlandish cartoon creations sit at the heart of an engrossing game, infusing it with their exotic charm. Ni no Kuni wears its Studio Ghibli inheritance as lightly as Oliver does his little red magician's cloak, transporting us from one universe to another with the wave of a wand.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the trademark sharp witticisms layered onto challenging and inventive puzzles, this is the best possible start to the new season.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They combine everything that was best about the older Pokemon games - namely, the more likeable monster designs and inventive spirit - with the much-improved looks and streamlined battle system of the fourth-generation ones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest and richest Assassin's Creed game to date - maybe not the best, but a place where, for want of a better expression, everything is permitted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although its strength lies in depth, longevity and gameplay rather than in artistry and atmosphere, it still deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with ICO in the rankings of "the best games you've never played".
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game as a whole is lacking in substance and rough around the edges, but Brothers' fantastic ending makes it a triumph all the same.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Symphony of the Night presents exquisite design, extraordinary scope, aesthetic coherence and transcendent elegance mostly unmatched elsewhere on Xbox Live Arcade, or anywhere else for that matter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's absolutely no doubt that The Mega Quiz is the strongest instalment in the Buzz franchise to date...arguably the first time that the balance of questions, rounds and presentation has been so close to perfection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there's perhaps not the verve and variety of peers like Spelunky or The Binding of Isaac, what Teleglitch does do is sell you on the atmosphere and the minutiae of combat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite unlike anything you've played, Osmos is the kind of game even Brian Eno would admire.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Furious, wasp-in-a-jar electronica does little to diminish the pounding tension, while the restless minimalism of the visuals throws your perception into a blender, morphing seamlessly between 2D and 3D and back again, spinning you upside down before leaving you in a disorientated heap in the face of the next malevolent onslaught.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In 1994 the fresh gameplay ideas Final Fantasy 6 brought to the RPG genre, coupled with the highly enjoyable story, brilliant ensemble cast and stirring score would have made the game an easy, trailblazing Eurogamer 10. It's either a remarkable testament to the original development team's vision and skill, or a damning indictment of a genre that this is so very nearly the case thirteen years on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Past the wordy stuff, the way the game is presented is second to none - there's a mix of animation and drawing styles in the cut-scenes and credits that evokes old-school LucasArts, and the in-game animation/design is kooky and amusing but rarely disturbing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true classic. It may not have the admirable depth of "Final Fantasy Tactics Advance" or "Fire Emblem," but it has twice the character - and twice the fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Vanishing of Ethan Carter leaves you with several amazing memories; moments that you will want to talk to your friends about for hours and will take great pains not to spoil for other people. The fact it packs those so painlessly into a three-hour game while other developers create empty works that take ten times as long to complete speaks volumes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a server packed full of humans, with a decent commander and motivated, organised squads it plays like an absolute dream. So hurrah for that.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When I finished Floating Cloud God Saves the Pilgrims, thanks to liberal use of the restart button, not a man had been left behind. It's a question of self-respect. Not many games can make you feel like that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a super-easy Intern difficulty, the accessibility of the controls and the brilliance of the presentation, there's probably no better time for newcomers to jump in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The games that are presented on Metal Slug Anthology are a marvel of art and design. There are, frequently, excruciatingly tough but all of their peaks are surmountable by the persistent and/or the talented.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most pleasing of all is the cost. At a time when many downloadable games are sliding up to the 1200 MS Points barrier, the 800-Point price tag for this much-beloved classic shows that a little generosity can go a long way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is serious sci-fi, concerned not so much with aliens and gadgetry, but the effects these things have on the soul.
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    • 76 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    This is possibly the most focused, directly enjoyable game Polyphony Digital has put out since the heady days of Gran Turismo 3. Racing improves the breed, industrialist Soichiro Honda once said, and Gran Turismo Sport is proof positive of that. [Recommended]
    • 73 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The latest Lego game is a typically crammed tribute to Marvel comic lore that buffs the well-worn formula up to a shine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Sledgehammer takes Call of Duty back to its roots, refining rather than redefining the series for the best entry in years. [Recommended]
    • 73 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It's sure to find a decent following among the Souls hardcore as there's a lot here that's familiar for them to enjoy, but really these players have two fights on their hands - that against the enemies of The Surge, and that against the feeling The Surge isn't all it could have been. And that bloody, incessant song, of course.
    • 87 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A modern indie classic on PC finds in Nintendo's Switch the perfect platform. [Essential]
    • 96 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    One of the most daring and influential game designs of all time makes a long overdue comeback in Mario's most madcap adventure yet. [Essential]
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Ninja Theory crafts a highly competent action game and a nuanced, powerful exploration of mental health. [Essential]
    • 61 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Need for Speed returns in this, a grossly unremarkable open world racer that marks another step back for the series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Final Fantasy's weirdest, most wonderful curio is a bright reminder of the power of crisp invention in high-risk blockbuster development. [Recommended]
    • 77 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Hob
    Intricate and ingenious, Hob is a true spiritual successor to A Link to the Past. [Recommended]
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    NetherRealm has shown what can be done to make the genre appeal to those who don't fancy getting torn to shreds online. Unfortunately the developers at Bandai Namco's Tekken team seemingly failed to notice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Media Molecule protégé Tarsier turns in a masterpiece of meat and malice, swiftly consumed but with a lingering aftertaste.
    • 70 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A scrappy tribute to the long-lost Road Rash series whose raw spirit just about overcomes its shortcomings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Playtonic's tribute to Banjo is a gentle, irreverent platformer let down by spotty handling and a slight shortage of genius.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Rime doesn't rely on a twist ending anyway. Rather, this is the twist ending's older and more appealing sibling: the sense of dawning realisation. This game has it all, really. It has a sense of wonder, of poise and, over time, a true sense of emerging character. And it has something to say. Something that is worth hearing. [Recommended]
    • 76 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    LawBreakers is an inventive, electric and expertly engineered classic competitive shooter that deserves your time. [Recommended]
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The true sequel to the best-loved contemporary JRPG is unrestrained in its ambition, and the result is a chaotic kind of brilliance. [Recommended]
    • 87 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A brutal game that's equal parts frustrating and exhilarating, delivered in the mesmerising style of a prohibition-era cartoon.
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Ode
    Music and movement combine in a game that mints joy from wonderful organic weirdness. [Recommended]
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Tooth and Tail is a deft and minimalist RTS that's slick as a knife through the ribs. [Recommended]
    • 59 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A wonky blaster retains its charm, but Rogue Trooper still deserves better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    TumbleSeed is challenging in all the right ways. It never feels mean-spirited, yet it requires patience, perseverance, and experimentation to unlearn everything you know about how to manipulate a video game character. [Recommended]
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    Please Knock on My Door effectively encompasses the isolation and strain those who experience depression go through on a day-to-day basis. [Recommended]
    • 61 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Although its augmentations are selective and skin deep, Outcast remains a generous and uniquely captivating game. [Recommended]
    • 66 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Rain World, for all its stark beauty, feels overly punitive. As such, the audience who will view its impositions as a welcome challenge rather than a grim deterrent will be small.
    • 44 Metascore
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    Bubsy's return is more than a little underwhelming.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Dirt 4 is an authentic and innovative off-road racer, though it lacks the focus and finesse of its exceptional predecessor.
    • 75 Metascore
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    People Can Fly's cult sci-fi shooter - and booter, and whipper, and blower-upper - returns in an impressively lavish package.
    • 71 Metascore
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    Like Police Quest meets Papers, Please on a grim day.
    • 65 Metascore
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    There is unique and unusual pleasure to balancing this world just so, but without a straightforward way to restart chapters, or way to wind the clock back to undo decisions, the troughs of frustration eventually come to overwhelm the peaks of delight.
    • 74 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Animal Crossing has previously shined as a portable game, but this stripped-back mobile spin-off provides none of the same charm.
    • 79 Metascore
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    The Dragon's Trap's HD sheen belies the simplistic gameplay of its era, but there's undeniable charm in that simplicity. [Recommended]
    • 75 Metascore
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    A harmonious meeting of two traditions, Fire Emblem Warriors explores a different, yet no less beguiling, type of battlefield strategy. [Recommended]
    • 79 Metascore
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    A greatly expanded and improved action game let down by a dreadful story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    What's old has become new, and Sonic is once again the star he was supposed to be. [Essential]
    • 85 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Pokémon returns for a 3DS victory lap in this generous, definitive retelling of the Alolan story. [Recommended]
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    If this Hitman has a design limitation, it's that maps don't evolve as much in response to assassinations as they could - it strains credibility that you can bump off three of four targets in Colorado without plunging the fourth into a panic. That aside, this is among the most expertly-made, engrossing stealth simulations of recent years, and a tale of A-listers meeting their comeuppance to give any Fortune 500 member the shivers. Agent 47 is back with a vengeance, and vengeance has seldom tasted sweeter. [Recommended]
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Pokémon returns for a 3DS victory lap in this generous, definitive retelling of the Alolan story. [Recommended]
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Perhaps Resident Evil 7's most intriguing quality is how it plays around with the idea of retracing your steps.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Though a return to Kamurocho isn't far away, Yakuza 0 is, in many respects, the end of an era - and a heck of a finish it is, too. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Gravity Rush seemed like an oddity on Vita, but then, the entire Vita was an oddity, wasn't it? On the radio friendly unit shifter that is the PS4, however, Gravity Rush 2 still seems wonderfully unlikely and out of place. What a strange delight. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
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    Ultimately though, while it's not quite perfect, Vicarious has a beautifully crafted remake let down only by its 30fps target. If you've been looking to revisit Crash, it's difficult to go wrong with this package. It's clear that the developers have poured a lot of love into re-creating these games, and if the aim has been to re-introduce this neglected mascot to modern audiences, it's a job well done. Our hope is that this paves the way for an all-new Crash title - one that pairs the beautiful visuals of the N.Sane Trilogy with a fresh batch of gameplay ideas. [Digital Foundry]
    • 85 Metascore
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    This is a joyous fairy-tale that, like the best fairy tales, transcends the fashions of the day. [Recommended]
    • 93 Metascore
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    A CRPG of unparalleled breadth and dynamism, Original Sin 2 is Larian's masterpiece. [Essential]
    • 56 Metascore
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    David Jaffe returns with an obnoxious, sketchy shooter that packs a surprising - if not entirely pleasant - punch.
    • 64 Metascore
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    Generous and inventive, this 3D platformer is filled with charm. [Recommended]
    • 90 Metascore
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    Stephen's Sausage Roll is a design masterclass. It's also a game about the joys of getting stuck. Don't savour the victories. This is about the precious moments of being absolutely lost, stumped and clueless within a tight, beautiful thing that defies any sense of how it came to be.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The Omega Collection is a wonderful reminder of those heady times, as well as a reminder of the potency of the formula concocted by a small team in Liverpool. When WipEout clicks - when the track falls away in perfect tandem with the bassline, sending your stomach turning as if a Mitsubishi Turbo has just spun into action as you take your first step onto the dance floor - there's nothing else like it, and given the premature demise of Studio Liverpool it's quite likely there'll never be anything like it again. There may well be other, better futuristic racers out there - but there are none that can boast this much style. [Recommended]
    • 58 Metascore
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    Clearly not a wholehearted recommendation for shooter aficionados then, but as a lifelong fan of Space Hulk who's been eagerly awaiting a 40k shooter that plays to the strengths of the lore rather than tries to fit the lore into the standard shooter template, I'd probably ignore my own advice and buy the game anyway.
    • 88 Metascore
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    War of the Chosen is a generous expansion that's bustling with brilliant new systems that's a must for anyone who's completed XCOM 2. [Recommended]
    • 76 Metascore
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    Super Mario Run? This is Mario, for the first time in an age, running on hardware that was not designed by Mario's people. And you know what's frightening? When Mario's people are involved, they make the hardware feel like they designed it anyway. Super Mario Run's not just ingenious and demanding and infuriating and delightful. It's a game born of a deep understanding of its platform.
    • 68 Metascore
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    DICE goes big in a Call of Duty-baiting package that's as maddening, uneven and spectacular as the Star Wars films themselves.
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Frozen Wilds' wintry wasteland looks awe-inspiring, but its story breeds the same disappointment as a melted snowman on Christmas morning.
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A brisk running time and lower stakes do the Uncharted formula no harm at all - even if this spin-off sticks a bit too close to the script. [Recommended]
    • 86 Metascore
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    It all adds up to an underwhelming return. MercurySteam now has the curious distinction of being the one developer to have worked on both Metroid and Castlevania on the 3DS and fallen wide of the mark on both. This isn't quite the disappointment that was Mirrors of Fate, and there's a hard-edged gem to be found in what was always going to be a troubled exercise. Samus Returns is ultimately a noble remake that fixes so many of the original's problems, but it doesn't do so without introducing a handful of its own.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Codemasters delivers a detailed, deep and passionate take on motorsport's top tier that might be even more enjoyable than the real thing. [Recommended]
    • 83 Metascore
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    A perfectly horrid, wonderfully thought-out mixture of Majora's Mask-style time rewinding and Metroidvania exploration. [Recommended]
    • 77 Metascore
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    Arms does for fighting games what Mario Kart did for driving games, and the results are absolutely splendid. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
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    An already sterling fighter gets a new coat of paint and a few new tricks. It's not revolutionary, but it's the best Nidhogg has ever been. [Recommended]
    • 69 Metascore
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    Improvements abound, but Knack's adventures still suffer from a lack of charm.
    • 81 Metascore
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    A brave VR murder mystery experiment inspired by immersive theatre, but the asking price is too high.
    • 71 Metascore
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    A trashy, overwrought psychodrama with the odd inspired touch that alternates between simple forensic puzzles and gimmicky gunplay.
    • 76 Metascore
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    Resident Evil 4 meets the Truman Show in an entertaining but unremarkable follow-up, held back by tepid stealth and warmed-over scares.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Sega's brilliant puzzler Puyo Puyo makes a long overdue return to the west as part of this outstanding package. [Recommended]
    • 64 Metascore
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    A gleefully gory throwback to 90s shooters wrapped in a rogue-like shell, Strafe is let down by uneven pacing and underwhelming guns.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Housemarque has just made the game of its career. [Essential]
    • 69 Metascore
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    This basic puzzle-platformer captures none of the depth and panic of Miyamoto's surreal strategy games, but a good deal of the charm.
    • 88 Metascore
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    An elegiac, memorable and affecting tale of the misfortunes suffered by the members of a deeply eccentric family. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
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    The FMV thriller is fully exhumed in this splicing of game and cinema, where high production values fail to obscure the creative fissures.
    • 81 Metascore
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    This isn't even the 3DS' best Fire Emblem, ultimately, but it's certainly one of the most interesting entries in the series' long history, an eccentric offshoot with an identity all of its own. It forgoes the soap opera of recent games and delivers a different brand of strategy that's remarkably refreshing - and it's a chance to spin back the turnwheel and see what might have been. [Recommended]
    • 69 Metascore
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    A wasteland you'll love to wander, but not a game you'll necessarily relish, The Signal from Tölva is a dark, frustrating work.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Innovations in the right places keep an old veteran match fit. [Recommended]
    • 66 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Supermassive's dour whodunnit is a poor vehicle for PlayLink's experiment in multiplayer narrative - a woeful mismatch of genre and form.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Housemarque widens its lens with a take on 90s run and gunners, resulting in an enjoyably chaotic if overly slight adventure.
    • 79 Metascore
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    An ornate and clever if slightly under-cooked System Shock successor, which makes the most of a truly magnificent space station setting. [Recommended]
    • 67 Metascore
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    There's a slight disappointment that the tale it tells isn't as smart as the idea that powers it, a blot on an otherwise wonderful game. Scanner Sombre is a remarkable experiment, its only downfall being that once you've shed some light on your surroundings you realise there's not really that much to it at all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Despite several shortcomings It is more than a cheap knock-off, though, and thanks to some smart ideas and novel twists there's an enjoyable tribute to be found here. Just be warned that NBA Playgrounds is a few steps away from being much more than an overly fuzzy dose of nostalgia.
    • 93 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Persona 5 is unconscionably sublime. Every beat, every subtlety, every movement of the camera - it all translates into a kinetic masterpiece, strung together with the best visuals this side of Atlus. Persona 5 won't change your mind on JRPGs if you lack a taste for the genre, but if you're in any way a fan, well -Why the hell are you still reading this? Go forth and damn well purchase. [Essential]
    • 85 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Bigger and better - but there's not enough genuinely new for Destiny 2 to achieve greatness. [Recommended]
    • 83 Metascore
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    A timely overhaul that should take a great game to new heights - though it's not quite on peak form this year. [Recommended]
    • 71 Metascore
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    Where the original Mass Effect games kept you moving through the story, Andromeda relegates its critical path to second place, offering up a spread of loosely associated scenarios that just happens to include a fairly uninspired tussle with a genocidal tyrant. It's a game that is more interested in keeping you busy than keeping you in suspense about what happens next, or making you feel the consequences of your actions.
    • 76 Metascore
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    A short, sweet translation of Gone Home's cosy environmental storytelling into the realm of speculative fiction. [Recommended]
    • 83 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    An improvement in nearly every way on one of Nintendo's finest games in years, Splatoon 2 is only let down by a lack of big new ideas. [Recommended]
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    Clickers meet twin-sticks in a game that will eat your time like no other. [Recommended]
    • 59 Metascore
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    Playing World Series is like going to see your favourite band live and finding out most of their setlist is made up of new songs. It's nice to see something new, but that's not why you bought your tickets. You bought them so you could mosh along to the oldies.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Dazzling and mysterious, this ambitious party-based RPG is a masterpiece. [Essential]
    • 77 Metascore
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    This ruminative travel game is beautiful, poised, and a little predictable.
    • 66 Metascore
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    Mr. Shifty's action-packed adventure about a teleporting hero offers a similar adrenaline high as Hotline Miami and Superhot. [Recommended]
    • 56 Metascore
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    Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is a great sniping game let down by a mediocre open world, poor voice acting, technical hitches and terrible writing.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The New Colossus is a game that straddles moods and periods, caricature and biting insight, cartoon villainy and insidious real-world malevolence. It is a well-wrought FPS caught on the rocks of some marvelous, horrendous discussions about race, gender, discrimination and complicity. It is frequently crude and half-baked, mixing fart jokes with oafish interpretations of trauma. But it is also both strikingly ambitious and a lot more intelligent than it often seems. What it needs now, I think, is a new lead and possibly even, whisper it, a change of genre. There is more to be said about a character like BJ Blazkowicz, but there is also more to be said about this universe - and our own - than is possible with BJ at the helm. [Recommended]
    • 62 Metascore
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    A bizarrely hollow yet mechanically competent open world action RPG that struggles to justify its own existence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Sumo Digital makes its solo debut with an old school platformer that's inventive, charming and a little too frequently infuriating.
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Thimbleweed Park is what would happen if you moved Nightvale into Monkey Island, and gave everyone too much rum. [Recommended]
    • 84 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Polybius, for all its ranginess, its generosity, is a game about tight confines. And it is magical. [Recommended]
    • 63 Metascore
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    The apes are charismatic and the storyline is passable, but this interactive drama tie-in forgets to find a role to cast the player in.
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    Blending solitaire with role-playing, combat and a racy, buccaneering plot, Shadowhand is a delight - and a true British eccentric. [Recommended]
    • 97 Metascore
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    It's hard to overstate the courage and conviction with which producer Eiji Aonuma, director Hidemaro Fujibayashi and their team have rewritten their own work, and the size of the risk Nintendo has taken with a beloved property. Breath of the Wild isn't just the most radical departure from the Zelda tradition in its 30-year history, it's the first Nintendo game that feels like it was made in a world where Half-Life 2, Halo, Grand Theft Auto 3 and Skyrim happened. It's inspired by those greats and others, but it doesn't ape them any more than it rests on its own laurels. [Essential]
    • 86 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    No matter how good a Total War game is, the follow-up campaign is always better. Warhammer 2's is no exception. [Recommended]
    • 58 Metascore
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    The diminutive size of the controllers, combined with their tactile precision, makes the games feel fresh and contemporary. Switching between a specific game and the selection screen is quick and responsive, minimising the load-time lulls that can scupper any game-party.
    • 84 Metascore
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    High-scoring fun from EA Sports, but FIFA 18 is an unspectacular upgrade. [Recommended]
    • 88 Metascore
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    Nier: Automata isn't the most elegant title on the market, but it's the most captivating game I've played in ages. You don't need to look far to find its glaring flaws, but those searching for an endlessly imaginative dreamlike journey will find Nier: Automata too mesmerising to look away from. There's nothing else quite like it - and that includes the original Nier. [Recommended]
    • 92 Metascore
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    The detail, the care and the craft on show amount to a package that feels luxurious, a feeling only emboldened by this deluxe edition, and the few tweaks made here underline its brilliance. There was some debate when it originally came out about whether Mario Kart 8 was the best in the series - with Deluxe, that's now no longer in doubt. [Essential]
    • 75 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A one-of-a-kind blend of blood-thumping martial arts, combo curation and grindy multiplayer set in a ravishing wasteland. [Recommended]
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    As fanciful as the game can be, the technology feels unnervingly true to its period - right down to the inherent awkwardness of microfilm readers. [Recommended]
    • 76 Metascore
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    An occasionally unwieldy but likeable adventure with a timely and resonant message.
    • 88 Metascore
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    For the most part, though, Night in the Woods is a triumph, comparable to Gone Home in mood and thrust, but with a delicacy and a humour that is all its own. [Recommended]
    • 71 Metascore
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    Again and again, it's quietly thrilling to leap from the mountainside and the board beneath my feet, up to the overhead view of the entire mountain range, in which my rider is suddenly a dot, lost amongst the rumpled whiteness, and then instantly warp to a distant drop zone. As an extreme sports game, Steep is fine. As a place, it's frequently amazing. [Recommended]
    • 81 Metascore
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    Where other RPGs are still content with a dragon or some apocalyptic end of the world boom, here the stakes are personal, as well as both asking and inviting far more interesting questions than how much fire you can fling from your fingertips. It's a far more welcoming game than the original Torment, though a slower burner as far as the main plot goes, and one that never quite has its predecessor's dark confidence. It is, however, as close as we've had in the last 15 or so years, and certainly doesn't invoke the name in vain. [Recommended]
    • 82 Metascore
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    A wonder of animation and AI smoke-and-mirrors, the beast in The Last Guardian is primarily a masterpiece of observation. [Essential]
    • 62 Metascore
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    It's a sensation I don't feel very often in games, and in that moment all the frustration, the annoying bugs, the torturous dialogue, felt worthwhile. Take on Mars isn't short of problems, but when everything works together, it really does feel like you're there.
    • 72 Metascore
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    A brainless, buggy open-world game that's forgotten the second you put down the pad.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Halo Wars 2 does an incredible job of ensuring console players can enjoy the RTS genre and there's certainly a lot of content here, but it's difficult to get really excited about any of it. The campaign doesn't push any boundaries and the game's most exciting multiplayer mode, Blitz, is hampered by the feeling that players who spend more money are given an unfair advantage over their opponents. It's exciting to see another high-profile RTS game released, but this one doesn't do quite enough to move things forward.
    • 81 Metascore
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    In chasing that scale the bigger picture can sometimes get a little obscured, but importantly Final Fantasy 15 retains that love of smaller stories, the ones that often prove to be so much more memorable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    This puzzle-platformer lives in the shadow of Playdead's Inside, but its rage against Romanian Communism is authentic and raw.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Project Cars 2 improves upon its predecessor for a racing game of unprecedented scope - unfortunately hampered by a series of small issues.
    • 78 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    If For Honor occasionally feels like a game at war with itself, its edge blunted by some less arresting modes and design-by-committee add-ons, the heart of the game beats strongly enough to overcome these blemishes. [Recommended]
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed returns and its vast and evocative Egypt inspires wonder - even if much in the game remains familiar. [Recommended]
    • 89 Metascore
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    Horizon Zero Dawn is a work of considerable finesse and technical bravado, but it falls into the trap of past Guerrilla games in being all too forgettable. For all its skin-deep dynamism it lacks spark; somewhat like the robotic dinosaurs that stalk its arrestingly beautiful open world, this is a mimic that's all dazzle, steel and neon yet can feel like it's operating without a heart of its own.
    • 49 Metascore
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    Stripped of the context of time (the 1980s) and space (the amusement arcade, where every life has a financial cost attached), that spell has been severely weakened.
    • 62 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    I've got a huge soft spot for Super Bomberman R; it's a gentle throwback to simpler times, and a welcome revival for a local multiplayer classic for what's set to be an outstanding local multiplayer machine. An effective slice of nostalgia, then, albeit one that comes at a considerable price.
    • 76 Metascore
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    A wobbly first-person horror whose moments of splendid unease are spoiled by clunky stealth, casual misogyny and warmed-over scares.
    • 84 Metascore
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    A worthwhile, if familiar, successor to Super Meat Boy. [Recommended]
    • 88 Metascore
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    Primarily single-player games are on the decline right now, but Nioh is a strong argument for the merits of this withering form. [Recommended]
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    Undeniably Islands sits to the far left of the sliding scale that runs between digital art installation and Call of Duty. That only adds to its transgressive appeal. It expands the definition of what games can and might be. [Recommended]
    • 77 Metascore
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    Rebellion has folded in the essence of stealth greats such as Splinter Cell and Metal Gear while keeping the characterful flavour of Sniper Elite itself, and for the first time it's not necessary to make any excuses on its behalf. Sniper Elite 4 is a really good video game. It's as simple as that. [Recommended]
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    An odd combination of Dead Space and Dear Esther, ICARUS.1 isn't particularly challenging to play through or exciting to conclude, but it does offer a premise and a pace to enjoy it that never feels that it has to rely on the obvious survival/horror tropes, preferring instead to evoke the spirit of classic science fiction, from a time before all astronauts were armed and the mysteries of the universe could be solved with a blaster.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The world of Pokémon is finally, exactly that: a world, with charming, textured characters not just in the named friends and foes you meet, but the random people on your journey, the region you live in, the music, the Pokémon themselves and the very soul of the journey. At long last, Pokémon is not just back. With Sun and Moon, it feels fresh again. [Essential]
    • 87 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The world of Pokémon is finally, exactly that: a world, with charming, textured characters not just in the named friends and foes you meet, but the random people on your journey, the region you live in, the music, the Pokémon themselves and the very soul of the journey. At long last, Pokémon is not just back. With Sun and Moon, it feels fresh again. [Essential]
    • 87 Metascore
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    Despite annoyances with the gear system and the loot boxes, Injustice 2 is a huge amount of fun. There's tonnes of stuff to do, it looks the part and the new fighting mechanics serve a purpose while deftly avoiding adding complexity. Injustice 2 is also a game I thoroughly appreciate for the lovely little touches. [Recommended]
    • 43 Metascore
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    Don't be fooled. Rollercoaster Tycoon World is Dismaland without the irony, a machine designed to fleece your pockets and offer the bare minimum in return.[Avoid]
    • 55 Metascore
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    The only sane reason to invest in Valkyria Revolution is to send a message to Sega that this series should live on, and to hope that somehow it leads to the revival the originals deserve. Given the state it's left in after this turgid affair, though, that time may have already been and gone. [Avoid]
    • 84 Metascore
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    It's not without its problems, but Planet Coaster is the finest park construction simulator yet. [Recommended]
    • 61 Metascore
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    Myst's spiritual successor offers a lot of the same delights as its 1993 forbear, but is hampered by litany of technical issues.
    • 81 Metascore
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    Motorsport Manager's a couple of tweaks away from greatness, then, but it's far from a disappointment.
    • 69 Metascore
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    A winningly nasty turn-based cult sim with beautiful monochrome art and surgical orchestral audio. [Recommended]
    • 75 Metascore
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    Last Day of June is a touching story of love and loss, its emotional weight cemented by eerie visuals and a spine-tingling soundtrack.
    • 78 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Mario Golf and Earthbound combine for one of the most delightful games you'll find on Nintendo's Switch. [Recommended]
    • 88 Metascore
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    Arkane manages to better the already exceptional Dishonored in nearly every way, creating a masterpiece of open-ended design. [Essential]
    • 74 Metascore
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    A sublime blend of Metroidvania and Lovecraft with beautiful hand-drawn art, tarnished a little by the element of repetition. [Recommended]
    • 76 Metascore
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    The only thing that's missing here? That Data East logo in all of its desert chrome glory, something that's been unceremoniously cut from the title screen. It's an excision I can live with, I think, in what's otherwise a gloriously handled port of a 90s arcade masterpiece that's every bit as dazzling today as it was back then. It's been polished up, but at its heart this remains a slightly scratchy, bluntly simplistic sports game that still exudes a magic of its own.
    • 85 Metascore
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    This wonky crossover is the unlikely source of a superbly designed tactical combat challenge as well as a charmingly silly adventure. [Recommended]
    • 82 Metascore
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    Where Watch Dogs 2 leads the field is in closing the thematic gap between our world and the open world, and in offering players more ways to hit their targets than those delivered down the barrel of a gun. [Recommended]
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    This is a beautiful game. It scared me. It moved me. Most of all, it made me stop what I was doing and think. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
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    The dark cousin of Pillars of Eternity may not be as polished or comprehensive as Obsidian's standout RPG. But I think, in the end, Tyranny has far more of import to say, and it'll make you listen whether you like it or not. [Recommended]
    • 77 Metascore
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    Relic has had the audacity to launch it into an unexpected frontflip, and what a glorious, inventive somersault of design Dawn of War 3 is, even if it doesn't completely stick the landing. [Recommended]
    • 85 Metascore
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    A winning premise of cleverly combined genres let down by a series of irritating design issues.
    • 75 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A powerfully grim, fleet-footed cyberpunk action odyssey that is caught in the spell of its own nihilism.
    • 78 Metascore
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    An adorable platforming adventure that steadily finds it own voice. [Recommended]
    • 81 Metascore
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    South Park: The Fractured But Whole is an RPG with tangible qualities and enjoyable passages, but without the bite or imagination you'd expect of the name.
    • 70 Metascore
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    This ambitious survival game emerges from Early Access fully featured but just as in danger of toppling in on itself as ever before.
    • 71 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    PlayStation VR gets some much-needed support from Sony, but unfortunately Farpoint is a hollow novelty.
    • 61 Metascore
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    The fact that I've had a good time with it even on half-melted servers demonstrates the strength of its emergent horror. Like the towering killer himself, Friday the 13th has come out of nowhere, and while it isn't invulnerable, it's more than capable of stealing your heart.
    • 79 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Heat Signature is, in theory, another empire-building game like Far Cry or Assassin's Creed, in which you prise away nodes of geographical control, amassing plunder if not XP or character levels. It never feels like that, though. It cultivates an air of supreme disposability instead, its ships thrown together only to be picked apart as you'd pull the legs off a spider, its adventurers little more than loadouts with funky labels and an optional bespoke final mission. Inevitably, this framework rings a bit hollow after a few hours of continuous play (you could spend upwards of 20, I think, reeling in every last space station and beating every last Defector quest) - these systems remain charming to the finish, but there's a sense that Heat Signature is reliant on players being heartily sick of games that invest such acts of open-ended vandalism with broader significance. Forgive it that, however, and this is a piratical delight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A glorious ride down a futuristic California that never was. [Recommended]
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It's a little insubstantial, and rather too limp as a solo endeavour, but there's real heart to its raucous, collaborative core. If Switch's underlying ethos inspires more games like this, then there'll be no complaints here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Emily is Away Too is a surprisingly poignant trip down memory lane. [Recommended]
    • 70 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    An open world adventure that does away with combat, Yonder's beauty is ultimately undone by its mundanity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    An entertaining but slightly unbalanced remake whose biggest draw is a regular distraction from one of the series' best stories.
    • 85 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A 3DS classic gets a follow-up that doubles down on the charm. [Recommended]
    • 62 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Beautiful but bug-riddled, Impact Winter isn't the game it could be yet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    The people behind Grow Home return with an ingenious multiplayer battler. [Recommended]
    • 64 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Pared-back and wonderfully focused, this is a welcome blast of Burnout magic. [Recommended]
    • 66 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Street Fighter 2 on Switch is a disappointing release made worse by the rip-off price. [Avoid]
    • 66 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Hokey, uneven and janky, Elex is nonetheless a compelling throwback to a time before open worlds became choose your own to-do lists.
    • 57 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Though not without its moments, Forces is a depressing return to form for Sonic the Hedgehog after the joys of Mania.
    • 89 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A rich and rewarding expansion to the Final Fantasy MMO, with a strong storyline, but a little inaccessible to less committed players. [Recommended]
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    On Sony's Vita (it's worth noting that it's also available on PlayStation 4, with cross-buy part of the package), it nestles alongside contemporary classics such as Spelunky, TxK, Hotline Miami and Proteus and cements the cult status of this much-loved, ill-starred handheld. Heck, it may well be the best of the lot. [Recommended]
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A morbid, potent epilogue for Dishonored 2 equipped with new powers, some great locations and some overdue tweaks. [Recommended]
    • 70 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Beautiful, strange and sometimes a bit fiddly, Tokyo 42 offers a dazzling toybox to explore. [Recommended]
    • 78 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A splendid hybrid of CSI, cyberpunk and Silent Hill woven around a potent central performance, spoiled a bit by unconvincing scare tactics. [Recommended]
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Great fighting, but a drab art style and disappointing roster of characters let the side down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A vibrant interpretation of golf that expands on the series' distinguished lineage without compromising, or distracting from, its strengths. [Recommended]
    • 70 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Wildlands is an environment worth lingering over, but the mechanics and themes it propagates are wearing extremely thin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Another handsome, well built and entertaining Forza rolls off the production line - though there are controversial changes under the hood. [Recommended]

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