FiringSquad's Scores

  • Games
For 245 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Law & Order: Dead on the Money
Lowest review score: 35 Stronghold 3
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 245
245 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's more polished, refined and spit-shined than any game since "StarCraft"...The most remarkable thing about Half-Life 2 is that it manages to perfectly recapture that magical feeling from the original of being there.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of game design and development. Like its Black Isle-developed "Planescape" cousin, BG2 is a tour-de-force in computer roleplaying.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The writing is without peer and its execution brilliant, with the voice-over performances and details in visuals/animations rivaling anything Pixar has done on film. On top of all that, it's hilarious!
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Let me clear things up by assuring you that none of the quest bugs, graphical issues, gameplay glitches, or unexplained crashes I've encountered can change the fact that I played this amazing RPG for well over 100 hours in the past couple weeks and absolutely loved it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even though I’m sad to see the role-playing elements were neutered, there is no doubt this game is an improvement over the first in almost every way. That’s quite an achievement, considering ME1 is a great game in its own right.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Best of all, Vice City isn’t quite what we expect from a PC game today. It doesn’t fit neatly into any genre, so a freshness factor makes gunning down cops and knocking over banks seem even more innovative and new.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s certainly room for improvement, we could in fact stand to enjoy some randomly generated quests like in Daggerfall and a bigger game world, but Oblivion is as close to free-form RPG perfection as you can get nowadays.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A great game and a fresh, new experience. Just about every single problem from previous titles, especially the lackluster "Civ III," has been adjusted or outright replaced. Whether it’s the endless city spamming, the lack of good multiplayer, or the AI cheating in obnoxious ways, it’s been addressed in Civilization IV.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best thing about it is the presentation, though; only Blizzard can make an RTS feel like an epic adventure.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    There’s more senseless violence in GTA3 than there are bleeps in an episode of "The Osbournes."
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    What's different about it is that Blizzard has made the game very accessible and really put together an amazing system of quests that aren't just part of the depth, but actually a tutorial. All this is done in a world rich in landmarks, characters, races and enemies.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare had a longer single player campaign our score would have been even higher. As it stands Infinity Ward's latest game still is worth the money to buy and experience for yourself.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    [The single player game is c]ertainly not comparable to the evolutionary changes we expected Blizzard to put it through.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A refreshing and at times thought-provoking human-scale simulation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gaming triumph...More astonishingly, they've created a system of classes and abilities that are so varied that there's a compelling reason to actually play through the game more than once.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, there are only four levels of co-op and we're tempted to tear into Ubi for not including more, but on the other hand the mere inclusion of co-op play is already a major achievement. If only the development team would be so nice as to release some level design tools.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It has a seamless blend of strategy and tactics, giving the player the power to choose whether he wants to enjoy one or the other, the 11 civilizations to play – and it does this all in a very refined fashion.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the only thing keeping Thief from 5 stars is a better graphics engine...The incredible sound engine, innovative design and game play lift Thief above all others as a single player adventure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    AOK is as addictive as crack, but at the same time, as refined as a 30 year old cognac. Package all that into a drop dead gorgeous graphics engine and it's easy to see that Ensemble and Microsoft have a real winner on their hands; AOK is going to be around for a long time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without better DM map design, more polished graphics and artwork and maybe more panache in the weapons design department, we don't feel that Unreal Tournament is quite ready to earn our seal of approval as the uber-shooter to carry gaming into the next millennium.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining all the best features of a genre AND adding evolutionary improvement to them is in fact, revolutionary...The clean interface, astounding gameplay depth, and narcotic addictiveness of SMAC all prove that it deserves one of our highest ratings.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite our nitpicky issues with "graphical cleanliness" and clunky multiplayer, Baldur's Gate simply shines.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Crysis was our most anticipated PC game of 2007 and the final product does keep some of its promise in terms of its graphics and its multiplayer mode. However its high system requirements will also keep many players from fully enjoying it and a great first half of the single player campaign gets bogged down with its more mundane and ultimately unsatisfying second half.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It runs well, it’s almost completely bug-free, the servers are good, the game scales mob spawn rates to keep up with demand, the quest log always has something for you to do and the instances are brief and enjoyable. There’s no clearing of crap before you get to the Dead Mines or Maraudon proper, you no longer need to get 40 people together for a raid... it’s not next-generation, but The Burning Crusade is as good as this generation of MMOs is going to get.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's certainly the best Batman game by far, probably the best action/adventure game this year. Accordingly, I hope that Rocksteady has a sequel in the works.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Above all, compared to almost any 4X game out there, it's the AI that stands out in Galactic Civilizations. It doesn't cheat, except at the highest difficulty levels, and it behaves in believable ways. It exploits weaknesses, it doesn't gang up on the player, and it uses sound strategies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    We loved everything about the game. We loved everything from the silly fez wearing guards right down to the random dissertations on the meaning of life.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Those looking for a completely new gameplay experience will be disappointed, as will those hoping for more realism. However, if you're looking for a faster, cleaner and more polished Battlefield, this is it. Digital Illusions didn't roll any dice on this one (pardon the pun), they stuck to the formula but fleshed it out and polished it up.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City suffers from a botched port job; it's unstable and the DRM offers an even greater incentive to pirate nowadays. The patch fixed most of my problems, but I cannot overlook the two weeks it took to get to that point so I could finally get around to this review. Once you get past these technical issues (or if you're lucky enough not to experience them), however, it really is an amazing action game that outdoes its predecessor in every way.