G4 TV's Scores

  • Games
For 2,721 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 28% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 70% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 9.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Ghost Master
Lowest review score: 0 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
Score distribution:
2,721 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The important thing is that after many years of frustrating missions, driving back home to save repeatedly, struggling with wonky physics, and dealing with farcical storylines, GTA IV has delivered a polished and almost fully renovated experience with a darker and more mature treatment of the subject matter.
    • 98 Metascore
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    The important thing is that after many years of frustrating missions, driving back home to save repeatedly, struggling with wonky physics, and dealing with farcical storylines, GTA IV has delivered a polished and almost fully renovated experience with a darker and more mature treatment of the subject matter.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Mario Galaxy is one of those charming, perfect achievements that remind you why Nintendo saved our pastime in 1985 and has reinvigorated it in 2007 with the Wii and the best game made yet for the system. Hell, this is better than "Super Mario 64," not as revolutionary, but a better game. Do yourself a favor, play it and smile.
    • 97 Metascore
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    A rare and beautiful thing, a nearly perfect game.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Although some may find the controls to be unfamiliar, once mastered, they work flawlessly.
    • 97 Metascore
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    An amazing experience, resulting in a classic crime drama on par with "Heat," "Goodfellas," or "Casino."
    • 97 Metascore
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    An excellent, sophisticated, and mature game that will appeal to sci-fi and action fans, and currently represents the best of what Xbox has to offer.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Half-Life 2 hits the ground running and never stops, and playing it for long periods of time can actually be exhausting. Just when you think you've seen the coolest thing it has to throw at you, the next sequence tops it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The art direction is outstanding; mixing art deco architecture, classic 1950’s graphic design and tons of great old music from the early jazz era that adds a musty creepiness to the overall atmosphere of the game. It’s definitely not your typical Space Marine fare, and that’s a very good thing.
    • 96 Metascore
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    With a bevy of unlockables and a single-player freak-out well worth playing twice, there is much bang in this macabre buck.
    • 96 Metascore
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    It’s hard to think of a game on the shelves that provides more bang for the buck than The Orange Box. For $60, you get one of the best games ever made along with its episodic sequels, a top-tier multiplayer game, and a brilliant little puzzler with some of the best writing in the medium. There’s really no reason not to own it.
    • 96 Metascore
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    So while only the most die-hard fans should re-open their wounded wallet a second time, anyone who missed it owes it to themselves to play one of the best games of this generation.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Epic in scale, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker oozes quality craftsmanship from start to finish. Most importantly, it's incredibly addictive and almost impossible to put down until the end credits roll.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The art direction is outstanding; mixing art deco architecture, classic 1950’s graphic design and tons of great old music from the early jazz era that adds a musty creepiness to the overall atmosphere of the game. It’s definitely not your typical Space Marine fare, and that’s a very good thing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MGS2 suffers in its story. I can't spoil it for you, but I can at least warn you to be prepared for a plot that frequently reaches levels of sheer absurdity.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Despite minor flaws, this is by far the most enjoyable game in the GTA series, and will eat well over 100 hours of your time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a game, the technical problems affect gameplay to such a high degree that GTA: VC simply cannot be awarded a 5 out of 5 rating. Progress through the game can become a chore, something that never occurred in "GTA3."
    • 95 Metascore
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    It’s so satisfying to finally have a game that not only lives up to the hype but exceeds it so many ways it’s almost unfair.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GT3's soundtrack is a mixed bag. Some of it is boring-yet-harmless original music that is surprisingly jazzy. The list of licensed songs is the real disappointment.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The best console multiplayer component ever. This game is going to douse Xbox Live in gasoline and toss it a match...With 16 players busting each other's chops at a time and all the clan support you can handle, this game will still be played five years from now.
    • 95 Metascore
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    A long, challenging quest that holds up well to repeated play. Younger players who never had a SNES will find this game an excellent warm-up for the soon-to-be-released "Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker" for the GameCube.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In many ways, Twilight Princess is a love letter to "Ocarina of Time." There are tons of subtle nods that a watchful gamer will spot. It’s the glorious world the N64 wanted to show us, but couldn’t.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For hardcore football fans, Madden NFL 2003 is a must-own. From the assortment of modes to in-depth features like the playbook editor, this game was made for those who appreciate the intricacies of football.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where sound does suffer is in the audio levels. There are times where dialog gets so drowned out by both the music and the sound effects you can't understand a single word a character's saying.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Even though the competition has weakened in recent years, the "Madden" series is at the top of its game, and this is close to perfection.
    • 94 Metascore
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    A classic in every sense of the word.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Best of all, the numerous bugs and glitches that brought the PS2 version down a notch have been cleaned up and eliminated, for the most part. Enemies no longer shoot you through solid walls, you no longer randomly lose health while running, and cars remain in your garage until you take them out.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Knocks the chin strap up around the nose of the competition. It's simply the most realistic simulation of football available, and once again, the industry standard.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's all about the gameplay, and Gears of War delivers in that department so completely that it wouldn't matter if you were playing the game in 16 bit graphics. But you're not. And Gears of War's glorious presentation - everything from the sound effects to the art direction to the awesomely dark storyline - only enhances what lies at the heart of Gears' destroyed beauty: the gameplay.
    • 94 Metascore
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    For those used to linear, Japanese-style role-playing games, Oblivion will seem like a revelation. All the games in this series have been known for their sheer vastness and freedom of choice, but the Elder Scrolls IV takes that concept and runs with it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rarely does a game shine in every area and accomplish everything it sets out to do. Call of Duty 4 is unquestionably one of those rare titles...It may not revolutionize the shooter genre, but it comes damn close to perfecting it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The maps are all well-designed, the equipment adds strategic elements to matches, and the creative powers granted to players are unrivaled, at least for a console game. Add to the recipe that unmistakable Bungie polish, and you have a Multiplayer experience that will be enjoyed for thousands of gamers for years to come.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Even if you haven’t touched a fighting game since the 16-bit era, one match of Capcom’s new masterpiece will remind you why you spent so many hours at those now long-shuttered arcades.
    • 94 Metascore
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    And the co-op means that, like the previous two games, Chaos Theory is as close to an essential buy as we can imagine.
    • 94 Metascore
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    With its killer combo of great gameplay, awesome destruction, and cool physics, EA has taken what was a fun diversion and made it into a near masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That’s a lot of content for less than a used copy of Snake Eater. And on one hand, it’s difficult to excuse Konami for charging even that much for what amounts to a much-needed and very welcome patch. But the additions are so well-conceived that we’re willing to let them get away with it this last time.
    • 94 Metascore
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    While debate will no doubt rage over the story and its outcomes, there really isn't a single wrong move in the gameplay sections.
    • 94 Metascore
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    An epic, movie quality score works in concert with elaborate, awe-inspiring scenery to blow you and whoever happens to be sitting in front of the television away.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The most complete and all-encompassing "Star Wars" gaming experience yet. Thanks to the nonlinear gameplay and extensive dialog, you experience everything firsthand, and the RPG battles let you direct "Star Wars"-like cinema in a way that's impossible with other genres.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Civ IV isn’t quite light enough to captivate all gamers, but it is the most fun, most engaging, and most entertaining of the series.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The best fighting experience available on home consoles...One of the slickest fighting games ever.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Knocks the chin strap up around the nose of the competition. It's simply the most realistic simulation of football available, and once again, the industry standard.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Super Smash Bros. Brawl has lived up to the promise that has been dangled in front of us for so many years and should be snapped up by just about anyone willing to hold a controller.
    • 93 Metascore
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    It takes the WWII setting and applies it to the kinds of game-related stuff we want to see and do. It’s a game about superior use of tactics and terrain, not overwhelming firepower. In short, it’s an excellent strategy game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The single-player mode is robust and challenging, and the multiplayer mode is nigh groundbreaking. Once the multiplayer servers are populated, a whole lot of social lives are going to be ruined.
    • 93 Metascore
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    It’s a great comfort to know that Rockstar Games not only makes great games, but understands what makes them great. Chinatown Wars is the culmination of years of work as well as the spirit of ingenuity to bring one of the biggest series to the smallest screen. Nothing in the game feels half done or forced. If anything, the game feels like a development team having fun with a concept.
    • 93 Metascore
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    This is the one, folks. A more complete package you will not find.
    • 93 Metascore
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    If you loved the first "God of War" more than your first born child, get ready to throw out your second child for this sequel.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Even if you haven’t touched a fighting game since the 16-bit era, one match of Capcom’s new masterpiece will remind you why you spent so many hours at those now long-shuttered arcades.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As shocking, unsettling, and addictively compelling as a viewing of HBO's "The Sopranos." It's just that brilliant of a game. Capiche?
    • 93 Metascore
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    Accessible, slick, and most importantly, fun from beginning to end. It leaves the competition clearing powder from its goggles.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Featuring an acute attention to detail in every respect and more substance than fluff, Splinter Cell is the defining espionage simulation... A compelling, unforgettable experience.
    • 93 Metascore
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    The ironically devastated world of Fallout has never been better realized than in Fallout 3, offering a vast landscape that is almost relentlessly bleak in its hopelessness. It's absorbing, immersive, paradoxically beautiful, and kind of depressing to play over long periods of time.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Exceeding already lofty expectations, Gears of War 2 raises the bar a notch for action games this holiday season, and that is no small feat. If you don’t have an Xbox 360 yet, Gears of War 2 is as good a reason as any to compose a short letter to Santa.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the best-looking soccer game on the market, but Winning Eleven 6 is, hands down, the best to play.
    • 93 Metascore
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    There isn't a better 3-D, weapons-based fighting game on the market.
    • 93 Metascore
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    What is so unique in this game is how the presence of its conclusion feels like the existential dread that infuses the characters that make up its universe. The paradox of the game becomes painfully prescient as it draws inexorably towards its conclusion.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sure thing for any GBA owner and makes for an above-average multiplayer racer.
    • 93 Metascore
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    We're tempted to overpraise "Viewtiful Joe" because it looks so damn cool, and because it's not another cookie-cutter sequel or retread of a tired franchise. It looks like most game reviewers are falling over themselves to praise the game to the stratosphere, but here at "X-Play" we tell it to you straight. So here's the verdict: Viewtiful Joe is very good.
    • 93 Metascore
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    There's a massive amount of technique to learn. When you're playing solo, there's no shortage of things to do, thanks to quest mode and the dozens of training challenges.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Like Vice City before it, San Andreas features a superb, period-specific selection of licensed music on its many radio stations. And just like Vice City, said selection does a fantastic job of setting the mood.
    • 93 Metascore
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    This is the best example of what a massively multiplayer online game can offer, and is highly recommended to anyone who simply enjoys playing games.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A model for realistic sports across the board, with physics, player behavior, and animations that raise the bar. Seriously hard-core sport is rarely this accessible and fun.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Best of all, the sound mix supports DTS 5.1 output, allowing you to literally feel every hit when cranked up loud enough on the right system.
    • 92 Metascore
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    An excellent game. From its graphical prowess to its fast-paced gameplay and killer soundtrack, it doesn't fail to deliver in a single area.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The series has always been strong, but never as good as it is this year. In fact it's all but perfect, needing only a few tweaks, a few polishing strokes, and Microsoft's promised Xbox Live! service to make it ideal.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's like the fine wine of videogames, and anyone who sees it in motion will be mesmerized. And if they play it? They'll be straight-up intoxicated.
    • 92 Metascore
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    There’s just nothing out there that comes close to what this game can deliver with three friends. And don’t even get me started on what will happen if you break this out at a party.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Developers of 3D games should study the camerawork in "Eternal Darkness." It's quite simply a stunning technical achievement.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not every new idea works, but it's refreshing to see a developer, especially one as conservative as Blizzard, branch out a little.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Forza caters beautifully to both casual racers and hardcore car nuts, which is all that matters.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Knocks the chin strap up around the nose of the competition. It's simply the most realistic simulation of football available, and once again, the industry standard.
    • 92 Metascore
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    And the co-op means that, like the previous two games, Chaos Theory is as close to an essential buy as we can imagine.
    • 92 Metascore
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    As for the adventure, it demands to be savored and not discussed. Amazing graphics power gorgeous cut-scenes filled with sky-choking ships, huge vaguely futuristic cities, and stunning natural landscapes. And, as beautiful as it looks, it plays even better.
    • 92 Metascore
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    All the important elements that made "Super Mario World" a classic are preserved in this portable version and should inspire other companies to revive other SNES titles for possible GBA ports.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NFL 2K5 has leveled the field of play significantly with its wallet-friendly price and killer presentation.
    • 92 Metascore
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    A showcase of a game. There is so much to do and unlock, both in the single-player and multiplayer modes, that the title can easily eat up dozens of hours of your time.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Few things are more satisfying than watching the bodies fly as your cavalry charge breaks through a defensive line or watching your elephants flatten your foes as they run away in terror. Rome: Total War adds much needed personality to the battle. No other game in the strategy genre does it better.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The variety of moves at the player's disposal only makes the accessibility of the controls more impressive. Mario is immediately responsive to any command and makes flips, spins, wall jumps, and other complex maneuvers easier than you would think.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exquisite graphics and sublime gameplay...It's just a shame that not all the voice work is as good as it could have been. It's also too bad that the FF minigames have once again taken away any hope of fully appreciating the game's story.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It caps the mini-trilogy with a flourish and makes us very, very eager to see what the next proper release in the franchise will have to offer.
    • 92 Metascore
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    But the truly useful game play additions show that this publisher actually listens to its fan base – the superb new music lineup is just icing.
    • 92 Metascore
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    This is a genuine classic, and portability just makes it that much better.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Journey stands head and shoulders above all other artistic games. It's truly avant-garde and pushes the boundaries of what a video game can mean to its audience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xenoblade Chronicles is the sort of precious jRPG that this recent console generation has sorely lacked. Despite some missteps and over-complication, the game stands out as one of the best in recent years. Xenoblade creates a world simply begging to be explored.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Rock Band 2 has a killer track list seemingly compiled from every mix tape you were proud of in college.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first handful of hours with Echoes is truly a magical experience, but eventually you'll end up spending more time looking at the map trying to figure out where to go than actually playing the game.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Beautiful in both looks and sound, Metroid Fusion is simply a pleasure to play.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Final Fantasy VI Advance not only set the bar for RPG's in the 16-bit era, it sets a standard that few games reach in the modern era of gaming. This game won't win any beauty pageants, but easily makes up with any shortcomings with story and customizations.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it's disappointing the presentation has taken a backseat in the development phase, Madden edges out "NFL 2K5" because, ultimately, it's the gameplay that matters after you've owned a football game for more than a couple weeks.
    • 91 Metascore
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    One of the finest first-person shooters to hit the PC in years. It is intense, fast-moving, challenging, and despite the unrealistic elements, it feels real.
    • 91 Metascore
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    This game makes you feel like a rock star. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Its difficulty ramps up perfectly, the song selection couldn't be better, and the gameplay is fun and addictive.
    • 91 Metascore
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    It’s inconceivable that any current WoW player wouldn’t want to get Wrath of the Lich King. Once again, Blizzard has knocked our socks off with an expansion that expands on the original game and taken it to new heights.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the game has a story, plot has never been the strong point of any platformer. In the case of "Klonoa" it's more saccharine than usual and indulges in the same plodding mumbo-jumbo found in console RPGs.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The multiplayer is just the gravy on the best open-faced turkey sandwich of a game I've played in a long time. This is perfection.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Capcom seems unable to accept the idea of user-controlled cameras of any sort. You'll inevitably end up shooting at monsters you can't see thanks to lousy viewing angles...Otherwise remarkable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With some weapons, like the sniper rifle, you can't move at all if it's equipped. This is all the more frustrating after playing games like "Splinter Cell" where it's pulled off with aplomb.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4 remains one of the best horror games around, and while there’s no new content here, the budget price makes the Wii Edition a scary ride worth taking again.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Technically underwhelming yet artistically stunning, what Shadow of the Colossus manages to achieve is remarkable. Not only is it an engrossing, very playable game, it delivers a thunderous emotional punch with only a handful of characters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sense of accomplishment is strong with this one, as if the frenetic gameplay, incredible bosses, and awe-inspiring graphics aren't enough already.