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 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 ZOOKEEPER DX
Lowest review score: 10 Mario Party Advance
Score distribution:
4864 game reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Devil's Cartel is functional and fuss-free, a game that delivers the expected genre tropes with as little imagination and as much bluster as possible. It's not a bad game, but nor does it have anything beyond basic mechanical competence to mark it out as "good" - and even that competence wobbles more than it should.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Although Harvest Moon DS possesses the same base addictiveness as its forebears, it has no charm, no originality and no ambition.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're in the market for a proper jet-fighter game, I'd recommend hunting down a proper PC simulation. I remember EF-2000 from about 1998 being about 1998 times better than this. And if you want an arcadey dogfighter, try "Crimson Skies" for Xbox 1 instead.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With about triple the number of mini-games, or a budget price launch, we'd probably recommend it as a quirky curiosity/novelty purchase, but if we have to hear another squeaky kid utter the word 'like', we'll probably self-combust.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is nothing to set this apart from every other mediocre first-person shooter you've ever played, and nothing to make it worth recommending.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The trouble is, it's a little too easy, even for a game aimed at children.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But there are flashes of inspiration here, clues to the competence and ingenuity of the developer. Sadly these are drowned out by unnecessary bulk and repetition, resulting in an experience that's flabby and uninspiring regardless of your appreciation of its aims.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When you've got a quiz where players don't even need to understand the question to win, you've got a quiz that doesn't really work all that well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You're going to get stuck, regularly, without remorse. And the main reason you'll get stuck is the terribly unresponsive controls' unholy alliance with the drunken camera that render the proliferation of tediously precise jump puzzles much more of a challenge than they should be.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're very young and easily entertained, Boogie might keep you occupied for a bit. But if you're looking for a game you can enjoy playing with kids or with friends after the pub, this isn't it. Not even after a bucket of Cheeky Vimto.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In fact, if, like me, you find yourself the victim of a game-breaking glitch, which requires you to hold down the SELECT button the whole time you're in the air, you'll definitely be disappointed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is blighted on so many levels by the blundering stupidity of its malformed stillborn design that recommending it is beyond us. The blue pill never looked so tasty.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fascinating and frustrating by turn, there's just enough to make you cling to the hope that one day the development team will actually find him. For now, I'd love the big, glossy, elephant folio art book of the Epic Mickey series, but I can probably do without the games themselves.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lacking both a challenge and soul, and failing to even engage on a narrative level, what you're left with is an overly forgiving shooter with weak strategy elements, which only serve to make it even easier for you. Having played right to the end, I wish there was something I could point to in its defence, but all I'm left with is the empty realisation that they've managed to somehow make this even less entertaining than the flawed original.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The multiplayer mode is more a case of surviving the longest than exhibiting any competitive skill (in which case, why not just play Survival mode?), and while those who get stuck in will find plenty of stages and difficulty levels to work through, it's all still quite basic even after a few tortured hours, and the occasional lazy design decision (like refusing to accept chains bigger than those asked for in "get 4 chains of 4" style scenarios) conspire with the general lack of urgency to turn you off completely.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mario Party 8 is a "would have, should have, could have" kind of game. With such an depressingly long list of wasted possibilities, and so many other mini-game collections available for Nintendo Wii (The excellent Rayman Raving Rabbids, for one) It would be wrong of me to say you should pick this up.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Where "Gregory" and "Joe" were as often inventive and ingenious as they were incomparable to anything else on the shelves, Under The Skin's clever thinking dried up before it even made it off the blackboard.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are clearly some talented people at Playlogic - notably whoever did the endearing cut-scenes, which play out like Hanna-Barbera doing The Matrix. How something so colourful and quirky became so bland is a mystery of the creative process.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Placed on a handheld, the gravitas of the shock scares is gone, and with unrealistic graphics and a cheese factor turned up to eleven, any feeling of genuine creepiness is lost. While it does keep all the flaws described here, the GameCube remake does at least offer beautiful graphics and some decent shocks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    And if the shield was gone and the enemies were fewer, and more varied, it could have been a lot like an actual videogame, with a difficulty curve, rather than a bewildering ascent up a six-foot cliff onto an endless plateau of tedium.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's not thunderously bad, but it is offensively plain, and there are some really daft design decisions lurking among the ridges of this DVD.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mafia II gets the last word by destroying the myth that the mafia is interesting at all. It contends that the mob world is a hell of boredom populated by aggressively stupid automatons. These drones wake up each morning, carry out a series of repetitious tasks, and return home.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mafia II gets the last word by destroying the myth that the mafia is interesting at all. It contends that the mob world is a hell of boredom populated by aggressively stupid automatons. These drones wake up each morning, carry out a series of repetitious tasks, and return home.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The games are neither entertaining nor plentiful enough to keep you playing for long. That applies to the multiplayer as well as solo mode.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In short, this isn't going to please anyone, apart from the few of you who are after a decent Virtua Racing for the lounge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you can tolerate the predictable levels, bad AI, targeting nonsense and the general sea of mediocrity that persists throughout then you might discover a flicker of entertainment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's a hellish amount of "...", even by J-RPG standards, and many sentences don't quite make sense - it's either a poorly written game, a crap translation to English or, probably, both.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Another hour that just offers the bare minimum of gaming, another shrug of disappointment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's short, shallow and repetitive, and where humour might elevate the experience, the pointless and clunky motion controls drag it down again.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Cake Mania is too expensive, too slow and too limited to excel in this overcrowded field.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The intricate layering of tasks and guard puzzles merely proves frustrating, and with the lack of anything beyond the game's eight lengthy single-player levels, which you probably won't feel much like completing, it's a game that looks good in theory but falls flat in execution.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is some value in The Legend of Korra, both as a game and as a tribute to the cartoon on which it's based, but it falls far short of its potential on both counts. Perhaps the third-person combat theatrics for which the studio is known are not replicable on a small budget.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Since the saber-play is occasionally exciting, and that those of you who desperately want something that reminds you of the film might be prepared to put up with this in spite of its flaws. Me? I thought this was crap.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of online multiplayer slaughter, then it's a safe bet that you've already got plenty of games that do the same thing as War World, and do it a lot better.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Super Contra might appeal to the extreme hardcore retro apologists out there with oceanic reserves of patience and superhuman skills. It's certainly a challenge, and if that sounds like you, go for it. But if you're a mere mortal and squeal when the going gets tough, then the chances are you'll agree that the sequel is just too damn bloody minded by design to warrant much attention 19 years on.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Okabu's first impression is dazzling because it gets the audio and visual design absolutely right, but it has neither the depth nor imagination to sustain this. And when the simple act of playing isn't fun, you're just going through the motions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The thrill of taking control of the family in action is soon soured by some nasty control and camera glitches, but youngsters who can't get enough of seeing Mrs Incredible stretch herself around won't really care about the finer points of directional play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But the chief difficulty is simply sustaining your interest. It's boring and easy, and it takes too long.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Wise WW2 strategy gamers will stick with "Company of Heroes" and "Faces of War" for the moment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're a die-hard adventure apologist with a CSI fixation then step right up, but the rest of you can put your curiosity to one side - especially at its current stupidly high price point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The best reason to buy Hydrophobia Prophecy - not for entertainment, but as a kind of digital tourism. You're paying for a look at everything the developers achieved over Hydrophobia's exceptionally long development, and to see what this game might have been.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lair, sadly, is a classic example of the apocryphal polished turd. Strip away the HD bluster and the game beneath is little more than a basic PS2 shooter with a makeover.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Later levels tend to get merely more irritating rather than more enjoyable, and the many fans of the Oddworld series would have been better served with handheld versions of "Abe's Oddysee" and "Abe's Exoddus," rather than this frankly overpriced, lame effort.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all it brings to the table - space combat, Halo's shield, varied levels - not one single aspect is truly worthy of praise.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The titles that truly impress on bite-sized platforms are rarely those that try to ape "proper games", but the ones that turn hardware and storage restrictions into opportunities and innovations. Hero of Sparta isn't one of those games, and there are better Minis more deserving of your money.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What makes a good fighting game is a well-designed combat system offering at least some degree of challenge and long term reward, and that's missing in Bleach: Shattered Blade.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're one of those who has enjoyed the series on console, you'll enjoy it on DS. Otherwise, steer clear.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's sort of enjoyable because swishing a sword and firing a gun and seeing off billions of stupid enemies without having to think about it too much can be fun. Not fun for long, though, and not the kind of fun it's worth spending 30 or 40 quid on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hardcore? Don't be fooled, chaps. Maybe, somewhere, deep within the bowels of the hardcore gamer there's a desire to play endless, sprawling, repetitive games which offer no motivation to continue, but really, if you're looking for a hardcore RPG status symbol, then pick up Breath of Fire II or Golden Sun - or buy Zelda, because that's a real-time RPG done right.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The comic book presentation is enthusiastically funny, the freeform action concept is commendable and the technology itself, when it works, is promising.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The saddest thing about Sakura Samurai is that the foundation is there for a much better game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The sad fact is that there isn't a single spark of imagination or joy in this entire game. Despite some obvious effort, Wario: Master of Disguise is just utterly tedious in every respect and an absolute chore to play.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The main linear quest path provides the bulk of Mage Knight, with little in the way of sub-quest trimmings, and the replay value is low despite the temptation of trying out new characters.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mediocre, unimpressive and uninspired. The handling and physics are competent, but the missions are dull and the presentation is shoddy. The most fun to be had is in laughing at the voiceovers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you like the sound of a game which feels a lot like playing an extremely early build of Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time on a broken television then go ahead and drop forty notes on this abomination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Editing in game design is as important as it is in writing or filmmaking. Get to the point. Respect both the time and financial investment of your audience. Above all else, don't send me chasing after the goddamn lorry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a multiplayer version of the classic board-game you're almost certainly better-off going to community sites like www.diplom.org and exploring some of the free Play-By-EMail options (bewilderingly Paradox have chosen not to include a PBEM or a hot-seat mode).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You begin to think that behind Bodycount there is perhaps the story of an heroic development team tasked with doing far too much with far too little, who have performed a minor miracle in simply shipping something that works. Well, works some of the time. It's an explanation. But the killer fact about Bodycount is that it's nowhere near good enough to compete in the FPS arena, and serves nobody - player, developer or publisher.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So once again, we have here a modern day Sonic game devoid of the elements which made olden days Sonic games so good - speed, simplicity, a decent control system, that sort of thing. Sonic Riders Zero Gravity is not hateful, just pointless. A complete waste of time, effort and the planet's resources.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Devotees may still play along, through fandom obligation if nothing else, but there's no spell that can change the fact that Harry Potter's videogame saga ends with a whimper rather than a bang.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is just a song pack, really - one that carries an RRP of GBP 29.99 (or GBP 39.99 if you need the guitar grip too). That's too much to ask for a sequel which barely does anything its predecessor didn't do, and doesn't even fix any of the problems with it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Having Gary Oldman and Frodo do voiceovers doesn't make up for the fact this game looks and plays like something made five years ago.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All in all, it's hard to see how even the most ardent SpongeBob fan could get a lot out of this game, even with three friends and four controllers on hand. There's just not a big enough selection of games, fundamentally, and too many niggles.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a game that, like other examples of the genre, is utterly simplistic, and little more than a carefully engineered route down the reward pathway of the player's brain.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a slick, tactile contraption puzzler, then you're far better off looking to the mobile scene for the many superior (and cheaper) offerings. By comparison, Crazy Machines Elements is a step into a murky past best forgotten.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The more interesting large-scale fire fights and planning truck upgrades provide some reasons to stick with it, along with nostalgia for dear old Interstate 76. If only Targem had concentrated on lending the missions more of the depth I76's sported, the other faults would be far more forgivable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's worrying when the nicest thing you can say about a game is that the early sections manage to be boring in an interesting way, but it's true for Lost Planet 3. It's a game that manages to make third-person shooting feel like work - and one that makes work feel like something that more games should explore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's yet another example of a distinctly average "extreme sports" game that lacks the polish and creativity of the real-life sportsmen it's trying to emulate-slash-harness.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    RF Online is like playing an endless game of slow-motion whack-a-rat, without the entertainment of the fairground surroundings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This empty feeling you get from playing The Omega Strain will be etched all over your drained face within minutes - it's a depressingly bland experience, and frankly not one we'd advise anyone but the most committed online console gamer to even bother having a look at.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Gone is the marriage of lush, detailed and hugely compelling space combat missions to key moments in the film trilogy, replaced by poorly put together ground-based approximations of the old style, and a series of gimmick-driven vehicle missions that barely even summon up an initial "wow" factor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Maximum Impact 2 feels so incredibly sloppy and dated that the only real benefit of its existence is highlighting just how great sister title "KOF XI" really is by comparison.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The intricate layering of tasks and guard puzzles merely proves frustrating, and with the lack of anything beyond the game's eight lengthy single-player levels, which you probably won't feel much like completing, it's a game that looks good in theory but falls flat in execution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While fun can be had here, it's from the mini-games and the experience rather than solid table designs - and that's a cardinal sin in pinball.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Pathetically short, entirely uneventful and clearly stuck together from existing assets, Awakened doesn't add anything to its parent game other than a punchline that makes it clear that Isaac's trials on Tau Volantis were ultimately a waste of his - and our - time.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is an exercise in immense frustration and painful tedium. When it works, and this feels a stupid sentence at this point, it does manifest the correct semiotic indicators of first-person shooting. You are mowing down literally hundreds of baddies with big metal guns. But that's it. And it isn't all that much.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Barrel Blast is an abortive and uncannily anachronistic attempt at a character racer with impossible controls, dreadful, imbalanced AI and boring design. It's not even worth the hour of your time that it takes to get completely sick of it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Art of Murder is poorly paced, illogically structured and often downright laughable.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Have you been-there-and-done-that with the previous Namco collections? Raided the MAME tomb? Been stung by other retro collections? If so, there's no need to bother with this one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's just not enough imagination, invention, and engagement with the source material to entice me back. If you think the game plot sounds interesting then you're really far better off reading the book or getting hold of the superb 1945 movie.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As part of the Guild portmanteau it's a curio that earns its place, an eccentric exercise whose existence you can't help but be grateful for. Torn away from its more substantial partners, though, it never does enough to stand out on its own.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What does make it a poor game is the crappy driving, ridiculous shooting, cackhanded interface and nonsense story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You'll find yourself cursing the lack of inventory spaces, and the inability to drop objects (which was only introduced in Resident Evil Zero), and all told the trip down memory lane merely serves to illustrate how far games have come generally, and how forgiving we must have been back then to put up with such wholly irritating fundamentals.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all the control innovations that come tantalisingly close to solving the riddle of joypad RTS play, Universe at War is constantly blighted by unforgivable slowdown that, at its worst, all but breaks the game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall, despite the admittedly sloppy combat, Kuon manages miraculously to be even less than the sum of all its parts, diminishing and lowering the playability of the game as a whole.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    EA has shoe-horned a PS2 game onto the Wii with little thought for what the platform is actually meant to do, and lo and behold - the result is a distinctly below average, derivative, boring and badly implemented mess.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy II was a poor videogame in 1988 and no amount of spit and polish will perform the necessary shifts to its foundations to produce a good one in 2007.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lacking both a challenge and soul, and failing to even engage on a narrative level, what you're left with is an overly forgiving shooter with weak strategy elements, which only serve to make it even easier for you. Having played right to the end, I wish there was something I could point to in its defence, but all I'm left with is the empty realisation that they've managed to somehow make this even less entertaining than the flawed original.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The basic Lemmings meets Itchy & Scratchy idea is sound, but the final product feels half-baked.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At its best, Tengami is something you want to freeze-frame and hang on the wall. For a video game, that shouldn't be taken as a compliment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sonic's stuck in a rut, then: he can run as fast as he likes, but no matter the fancy new tricks he learns, he just can't seem to keep up any more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you can live with all the problems, irritations and lack of inspiring gameplay, there’s actually a reasonably big game locked away. Real, hardcore Tolkien nuts, who live and breath the man’s work, may get something out of this.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Your veritable cast iron "mixed bag" of timeless gems and pointless curios in which some work well on the DS, some don't and as long as you can deny all knowledge of seeing the Remix mode retro gamers won't be totally offended.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's hardly spacesuit gripping stuff. While there are promising facets to Lost Empire's simple yet expansive empire building, ultimately it feels unfinished and uninspiring, and more of a lost opportunity than anything else.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's yet another example of a distinctly average "extreme sports" game that lacks the polish and creativity of the real-life sportsmen it's trying to emulate-slash-harness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The most absurd thing about this game - where all the scenery explodes, where one of the characters is big and green, where you can hurl cars at people - is that it thinks it deserves either your time or your money.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Remember how it once was in its proud mid '90s heyday, not what it's become: a relentless, lazy cash-cow to lure in unwary souls drunk on memories.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The generic can't-be-arsed title says it all. It's the sort of thing you might consider buying for your Dad, should you spot it in the GBP 1.99 bin at the supermarket two days before his birthday, even though you know he doesn't really play games all that much.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In all seriousness, games should come clearly stickered with a 'Best Before' date to ward off unsuspecting punters. These are two zombie shooters that should never have been exhumed.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So that's 400 Microsoft Points (£3.40 / €4.80) for a mission that certainly wouldn't make it into the game's ten best quests, and two other additions that are essentially little more than variations on ideas from Fable II.

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