Firing Squad's Scores

  • Games
For 38 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 13% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 98 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Lowest review score: 35 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
38 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Play mechanics, the movie-epic plot, the sheer scope of the landscape and the missions—all combine to create the most near-perfect experience that I have ever had with a game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I can't remember the last time I've ever had this much fun playing any game, from any genre, on any system. If the gameplay wasn't already enough to convince me, the graphics in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec are also top-notch and the presentation is superb.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is a more refined, smoother game than its predecessors, and is almost certainly the most thoroughly interactive form of entertainment ever created, especially with the fantastic multiplayer options. But it's also more self-consciously constructed than the previous two GTA games, and in my eyes, a little less engaging.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Yes folks, we have played BioShock and we loved it. The minor flaws in the game's design didn't keep us from having an all night session to get to the end and we think that will be your conclusion as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a game for people who take great joy in leveling their characters to the point where the peons the game throws at you are hardly capable of touching you, let alone killing you. The impressive thing is that the game manages to be engaging to that type of player without becoming a game where you have to keep track of every tiny stat on all of your characters.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What it does do so well is take a perfectly honed formula and make it even more flexible to gamers' grips, without disturbing the game's core experience. It's a balancing act, and I don't think any gaming developer in their right mind would attempt to make an entirely new package here.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not an innovative wonder that will blow your socks off, but the new Crimson Skies succeeds in providing an extremely well executed and polished dogfighting experience both off and online.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A fantastic racing game, and easily the very best racer for GameCube. The only thing keeping this game from a higher score is the extremely steep learning curve.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the best fighters on PlayStation 2 and without a doubt THE very best for GameCube and Xbox. Maybe this tells just how incredible and ahead of its time Soul Calibur for Dreamcast was.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The designers have responded to fan input, by making the game more difficult, making your team members and the competition smarter, a richer graphical environment, and overall a better gaming experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What makes King Kong so good is the polish that the game brings. It takes a classic storyline and a classic gaming genre and delivers it to the gamer in a new and refreshing manner.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the best fighters on PlayStation 2 and without a doubt THE very best for GameCube and Xbox. Maybe this tells just how incredible and ahead of its time Soul Calibur for Dreamcast was.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the best fighters on PlayStation 2 and without a doubt THE very best for GameCube and Xbox. Maybe this tells just how incredible and ahead of its time Soul Calibur for Dreamcast was.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Its lack of depth becomes immediately apparent after finishing the game. There's just no desire to go back and try things a different way, or to do some optional quests. This is mostly because the "different way" is either very petty or senselessly evil, and the optional quests are very rare.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Crackdown has taken the essence of the open world sandbox game and brought it down to its base elements. Combine that with comic book super hero style abilities and a unique visual take, and you have a game that, while it lasts, you might find yourself playing until the wee hours of the morning.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Although Otogi is challenging, the progression of difficulty is balanced to the point where it neither feels like a walk in the park, nor a climb up an insurmountable mountain.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It does essentially everything that "GT3" does, but more. More cars, more tracks, better physics, better graphics, and better sound. Likewise, the combination of force feedback steering and Nurburgring makes for a potent combination. On the other hand, the "wow factor" that came with the original "GT3" isn’t here with GT4.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    In many ways, Metal Arms feels built on a generic foundation, but the developers have done much to dress it up with great gameplay and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, making it one of the better choices in the action game category.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While the glamour of the game is still there, DOA4 now has a robust foundation for the underlying gameplay. The problem is that the game involves a substantial commitment that's different from other games.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    In many ways, Metal Arms feels built on a generic foundation, but the developers have done much to dress it up with great gameplay and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, making it one of the better choices in the action game category.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    In many ways, Metal Arms feels built on a generic foundation, but the developers have done much to dress it up with great gameplay and genuine laugh-out-loud moments, making it one of the better choices in the action game category.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Its story is deep and subtly confronts real issues such as blind hatred against others just because they’re different. This is a game where the characters are the central players who aren’t secondary to a new age, preachy plot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite gameplay bordering on being shallow, True Crime is still very worthwhile of your time because of the experience of brings. It’s a Hollywood cop movie where you’re in the driver’s seat, and it has the acting to back you up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite gameplay bordering on being shallow, True Crime is still very worthwhile of your time because of the experience of brings. It’s a Hollywood cop movie where you’re in the driver’s seat, and it has the acting to back you up.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite gameplay bordering on being shallow, True Crime is still very worthwhile of your time because of the experience of brings. It’s a Hollywood cop movie where you’re in the driver’s seat, and it has the acting to back you up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a well executed third-person game that doesn’t involve shoot-dodges or bullet-time, then Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is worth checking out. For all Buffy worshippers, Chaos Bleeds should be on your must-play list.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a well executed third-person game that doesn’t involve shoot-dodges or bullet-time, then Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is worth checking out. For all Buffy worshippers, Chaos Bleeds should be on your must-play list.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a well executed third-person game that doesn’t involve shoot-dodges or bullet-time, then Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chaos Bleeds is worth checking out. For all Buffy worshippers, Chaos Bleeds should be on your must-play list.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a surprise that a Japanese import title with a relatively low price is as entertaining as this game turned out to be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even though the entire concept and execution is far from original, everything was well done...It's tough not to like a game that's just so delightfully evil -- pity that it's over all too quickly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The Darkness has a great visual look to it and the supernatural powers you get to use are fun for a bit but ultimately it gets to be a grind to get to the game's final moments thanks to the long load times and the repetitive gameplay aspects.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Awfully flat and mediocre. The plot is labyrinthine, missions run on rails through an endless stream of lookalike corridors, action is strictly of the repetitive shoot-everything-that-moves school of design, and the art department at Bungie clearly should have tried coloring with more than one or two of the crayons in the box.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The bizarre story and cheery atmosphere are all trademarks of Sonic Team. The trademark razor-sharp controls, unfortunately, did not make its way into Billy Hatcher.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Even though the gameplay found in Grabbed by the Ghoulies borders on being shallow, it makes up for it with its inspired presentation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The interface is atrocious, it is so bad that I honestly think whoever pushed it through during development owes me a personal apology delivered at my door.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I preferred it to older versions of EA’s series, but the new "NHL 07" is clearly better on the ice than NHL 2K7. The AI and the way players interact with each other and the puck are clearly behind EA’s game now.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We know Midway has actually canceled games that didn't come up to their standards. This one should have qualified for such treatment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This is the sort of eternally frustrating bottom-barrel dreck that makes people break gamepads, monitors, and kneecaps (don’t ask).