Frictionless Insight's Scores

  • Games
For 56 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Lowest review score: 40 Journey to the Center of the Earth
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
56 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game that is best experienced rather than described. It's like trying to describe "Blade Runner" or "Minority Report" to someone. You're better off just experiencing it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Unreal Tournament 2004 is close to a master work, containing tons of new levels, new modes, and a great excuse for upgrading your video card... It's polished to a shine, it plays like a dream, it's gorgeous, and best of all, it is an absolute blast to play.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a good thing the levels are as great as they are, because you're likely to do a lot of backtracking. The gameplay doesn't require it, but the absurd placement of save points does.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only time you see The Vin is in short cut-scenes and third-person sequences such as climbing up and down ladders and while healing at medical stations.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As good as it is, a little bit more control over the game setup might make Crimson Skies even better. A button to auto-divide players into equal teams would save the ridiculous three-minute Dance of the Switching Flags that precedes each battle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Honestly, the plot isn't bad, it just feels irrelevant, and because of that, shallow. There's only so much sophistication that can be added to a tale in which the forces of Hell emerge beneath a Martian base.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pandora Tomorrow isn’t perfect, but it presents a great value – it includes two, top-quality games for the price of one. It’s also an improvement on the already brilliant original game. As such, Pandora Tomorrow deserves no less than the highest rating available.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A long game. You could probably speed through the game in a mere fifty hours, but if you choose to follow all the sub-plots, side quests or indulge in the myriad collectables, you really can fill the more than eighty hours of time that Namco claims this game will take a dedicated player.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think of it as an intricate, first person <I>plural</I> quest game; it might be more of a really excellent team-based massively multiplayer Superhero "Quake" than the Superhero version of "EverQuest" or "Dark Age of Camelot."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    CoN offers so much enjoyable gameplay between different character combinations, items and difficulty levels that it is an exceptionally worthwhile purchase.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Psi-Ops can be a gruesome toy at times (and one that earned its M-rating), but it is delightful, and much more open-ended than its linear plot might suggest. With your many powers, and an environment full of objects that can be manipulated with Scryer's mind, there is so much to do in Psi-Ops that it's hard to put down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Does a great job of bringing street flavor to the videogame world, presenting an engaging – and fun – experience. There is no question – the game is sequel-worthy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To call the game simple fun is to ignore Painkiller’s proof that straightforward play in elaborate environments with creative, demonic enemies and a sophisticated sense of style is tremendously entertaining. This is a first-person shooter that can be enjoyed in brief sessions or a protracted weekend of play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not necessarily innovative, but it is fun and particularly suited to people who have only short burst of time to play on the GBA.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The major sense of Ghost Master is not one of powerlessness, but one of controlled possibility. Although you can&#146;t throw together any old team and expect to beat every level, the number of ghosts, powers and potential solutions to most problems make it unlikely that any two players will experience Ghost Master in quite the same way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    After "MOH: AA," this latest installment is something of a letdown. The improvements seem to be almost all cosmetic, perhaps at the expense of the gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With brilliantly conceived creatures executing every last living thing on Carnate, interrupted only by brief spells of suspenseful silence and a smattering of hallucinations, The Suffering is an exercise in terror, meant to be played with quality surround sound, late at night, with the lights turned off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The downside to the Ripper is that legal complications prevent you from taking samples that last very long, and not more than twenty can be used overall. Combine that with the inability to take MTV Music Generator 3 online to share or save your created songs, and the game seems limited in the long run.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wade Hixton is simple game, only flawed in that we would have liked to see so much more of it. However, for $20, it's hard to find a game that is as worthwhile as Wade Hixton. This truly is re-mastered classic gaming entertainment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent game, though the sim aspects aren't as well fleshed out as those in other baseball games available. And the over-the-top elements don't add enough to overcome those shortcomings.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect game for gamers who are real fans of college basketball game, and want that feeling of complete control and realism that&#146;s largely absent from other games in the genre. The concept is brilliant, and largely well-executed, but the bugs and glitches detract a great deal from the experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Total Extreme Warfare perfectly captures the world of professional wrestling, and does a fantastic job of drawing the gamer into it. The ability to completely customize a promotion, plan storylines and develop plots has never been executed even remotely as well in a wrestling game, and those gamers who are even casual wrestling fans would do well to pick up this title &#150; NOW!
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you&#146;re looking for a game that offers you absolute control over every aspect of your football league, Total Pro Football is just about perfect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For anyone with even a remote interest in turn-based strategy games on a console, from expert tacticians to the casually curious, Front Mission 4 is a great game of explosive wanzer combat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid, though unspectacular, update in the series. While the FielderCam is unique and the Pick-up game is fun, these new additions alone don&#146;t make it a must-have, especially if you&#146;ve got last year&#146;s edition.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its simple technical underpinnings, Missing is an unbelievably elegant game. You get an exceptional story that breaks the boundaries between the game and real life, along with impressive sound and art direction.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is neither the best RTS nor the best RPG out there. However, SpellForce offers enough of a quality experience in both genres, packaged in a pretty environment that you could spend dozens of hours exploring as a Warrior of the Rune.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Given the variety of characters, you're bound to find at least one whose play style is entertaining enough to justify riding out the rough spots.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The other major drawback is the absence of specific plays that you could call in a given situation during a game. That said, Total Pro Basketball is a very solid offering, and, most importantly, fun to play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Crusader Kings does not do is expand the "Europa Universalis" audience by making this style of play comprehensible to those who have never played a "Europa Universalis" title.