G4 TV's Scores

  • Games
For 2,714 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 9.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee
Lowest review score: 0 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
Score distribution:
2714 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Test Drive Unlimited is a triumph in packaging. It wraps a familiar suite of racing objectives in a appealing shared space and gives players the tools to socialize in this enormous setting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfectly satisfying way to quell your hunger pains for a long-form, hardcore RTS.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though there are a few interface and gameplay quirks, "Shadow Magic" is immensely satisfying. Whether you're new to these games or a grizzled veteran, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic"will keep you playing late into the night.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inclusion of online racing and the frenetic pace of the races will leave players with a dirt-eating grin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The frustration factor, however, runs needlessly high in SOCOM as a one-player adventure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the "car" portion of TrackMania: Sunrise is indeed shallow, the focus on wild, custom race tracks and unique modes of play really puts this game in a class by itself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a great platformer with a lot of the strong, fun play mechanics that are simply missing from a lot of the PlayStation 2's platformers these days. However, if you played the first game, Ape Escape 2 won't be a shining gem but just a fond reminder of the first time you played this series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SOCOM 3's entrenched community is huge, so it's a safe bet that you'll always have someone to trade fire with no matter when you connect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A truly great party game -- both on and offline -- and is a terrifically original and energetic diversion from the dirge of shooters and other serious games that comprise the majority of the Xbox lineup. Just don't get caught playing alone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An innovative and engaging game, provided you can get over the steep learning curve.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the knocks against rivals mode and the fact that the new controls are mostly borrowed from what many consider to be a more simple golf franchise, Tiger Woods 06 is still a solid game. Where rivals fails, the more realistic PGA Tour mode is still fun, as is skills 18, a set of target-based minigames.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The overhead camera feels constrained. We simply want an isometric view to get a better perspective.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's enough in here to keep the hooligans entertained until the next World Cup, or at least next year's game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sonic Rush is the best hedgehog game since the beloved Sonic CD, and platforming fans will have to be taking some serious downers to not get a rush from what Sonic has to offer on the DS.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s something almost absurd about paying for a game that inundates you with a constant stream of ads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Williams Collection is a top-tier set of pinball tables that fans should not pass up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One thing 2K Sports continually proves, however, is that it can bring the game even when it doesn't look as sharp as the competition.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although exploration is the core of the game—and like every game in this series, the best part—combat happens frequently and will likely be the main cause of frustration. Still, if you can stick it out through the hard bits, Prince of Persia Classic is definitely a worthwhile download. It’s a welcome walk down memory lane—when it’s not causing shouts of pain and anguish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hard-core gamers might find the gameplay too forgiving and simplistic, but everyone else will be delighted to discover a land of beautiful graphics, intuitive and entertaining gameplay, and plenty of cool characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take it all together, though, and it's a pretty clear snapshot of what made Sega's 16-bit console worth remembering. It's a great nostalgia trip, an even better history lesson, and hopefully the first in a long series of Genny revivals.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The intense strategic gameplay alone makes it one of the better RTS titles released in recent years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The control scheme is bound to scare lots of people away before they see what it has to offer. And it has a lot to offer. It's not pretty, but it's deep.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A technically impressive racing game for the GBA, but even more impressive is that underneath the pretty images sits a racing game that would be great on any platform.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Digital Devil Saga 2 brings the strange story started by the first game to a spectacular, dramatic, and bizarrely calm end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the first baseball release in years that smartly walks the line between reality and fantasy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a WWII shooter that will teach you about what your grandpappy went through with the same gritty verve as "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan." This is the kind of game that proves war is truly hell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything that made SOCOM one of the PS2’s few standout online multiplayer games has been wrapped in a streamlined package for PSP.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything in the game remains true to the source material, and Revelation is the best Myst sequel yet released.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Behind the cool art and bizarre story is a fun, addictive and challenging RPG with great gameplay systems and a lot more variety and choice than most of today’s, cinema-heavy RPGs. Games rarely stray this far off the beaten path and actually work out so well, making Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne a must for the adventurous RPG fan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 09 is a big improvement over last year's version, if only because it's more playable. The new features aren't earth shattering, and it's hard to fathom why the five-on-five mode wasn't juiced up to provide an even more arcade-like experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expansion adds more wonderful charm to the game while not exactly taking the huge risks that we've seen in past expansions, and that's okay. As a returning player, there's plenty to do to keep me busy thanks to all of the end game content, and there will be more to come when Blizzard implements the game's upcoming 10 and 25 man raid encounters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s something almost absurd about paying for a game that inundates you with a constant stream of ads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the Xbox 360 version, you can gawk at Jennifer Morrison on your TV instead of on your computer monitor. And that’ll make you look slightly less loserish. Right?
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways it's the best the series has to offer, but it's still probably not enough to haul in a new audience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other than the addition of co-op campaigning everything feels more or less like it did 12 years ago, though prettier of course. Even so, with the new faction and new units those old game mechanics still make for a good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Remains the best of its genre, with its ball physics, ease of play, and wonderful online community. However, aside from the fantastic new control method and character models, not much has changed in the series in five years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A magnificent game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the absence of much role-playing, or perhaps because of it, Westwood has created a game that is quite a lot of fun to play. In fact, it's one of the few MMORPGs that is enjoyable even if you choose not to interact with any other players.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The huge leap in quality and playability from last year's version qualifies it for one of the most improved sports games available.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A New Day is an exceptional start to a five-part series that has me completely hooked and engrossed in a world that I can't even begin to imagine, let alone speculate about where it will go next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a decidedly different take on a massively popular franchise, but it’s one that ends up achieving what so many console RTSes have failed to by stripping away cumbersome control schemes and giving console players (and in this case Halo players) something that feels like it was made with them in mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MotorStorm, both past and present, is also one of the best looking racing games around, though it’s not as photorealistic as a "Gran Turismo."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    EA Sports has itself one expertly designed and well put together game with SSX. The huge, multi-path runs and silky smooth controls more than offset any minor stumbles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A top-quality production on every level, and is arguably the best hack-and-slash game since the original "Golden Axe."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun game, wherever the credit is due.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    College Hoops 2K7 is a big improvement over last year, though it's still overshadowed by "NBA 2K7."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When other downloadable games offer a similar experience for the same price or less with a more streamlined experience, tenfold the content and just as much replayability, it becomes hard to recommend Joe Danger 2: The Movie, no matter how cute and competent its design is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though hardly a tactical marvel, Battle for Middle Earth delivers an exciting, fast-paced experience that successfully captures the feel and mood of the films.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is no comparison to Grand Theft Auto IV in terms of gunplay, presentation, story, ambient city life, or driving. Rockstar has this beat by a country mile. But while Row’s lack of polish and rough exterior make it the less attractive choice from a technical standpoint, for those who felt shortchanged by GTA IV's scaled-back features (especially when compared to San Andreas), Saints Row 2 will help fill the void.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The result could be the best "Star Trek" game ever -- maybe not in terms of pure strategic or simulation gameplay, but certainly in terms of being true to its license.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best version of the game so far...It's also the best starting point for anyone who still hasn't gotten into the DDR phenomenon.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With great graphics and playability, along with a slew of cool characters, Dark Resurrection is an exceptional fighter—if you just want a familiar old school coin-op experience. The lack of the story mode, online play, and mini-games is disappointing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to an in-game instant replay feature, FIFA provides a neat highlight package at the end of games that shows the top six plays of the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Retribution doesn’t usurp the PS3 entries in this franchise, but it doesn’t undermine them either. Instead, it’s as solid a side story as God Of War: Chains Of Olympus was to that series. Though, we must admit, your enjoyment all depends on your perspective on the PSP’s ideas of FPS-style controls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is solid, if a bit short on content, but it’s more fun than it’s ever been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quake 4 delivers fast, brutal shooting action, and it looks good doing it. Sometimes, that’s all that’s necessary.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Nearly every game area we encountered was more realistically lit, which often meant fewer places to hide. New motion-captured moves supplement Fisher's already impressive range of actions, and watching him clamber over a railing is simply one of the best animations in gaming.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many will say the game ends too abruptly with its nine-hour length, but there's no other experience like Condemned: Criminal Origins for those who can handle its savage disposition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Casual players may find the game entirely too complicated. It’s not an easy game to pick up if you haven’t been playing the series since day one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Painkiller is pure adrenaline. If you don't feel the rush while playing this game, you're probably dead.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It lacks the replay value of the first game, but it's the perfect tech demo for your new handheld and its off-beat humor is as strong as ever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A damn good game of hockey, and one that shows tremendous promise for the next few years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tactical RPG enthusiasts should pick this one up no questions asked. If previous games in this genre have left you cold, there’s enough unique about Growlanser: Generations to recommend.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics, though pixilated, are well done and utilize the GBA hardware competently. The monsters still look as threatening as ever, and the action animation is solid.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The presentation is excellent as well. Though not as sharp as the PS2 version, the graphics look excellent, the audio is solid, and overall, this is a very well-rounded racing simulation with plenty to do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game goes overboard, too, when it attempts to be clever or creative. When Row tries desperately to outdo "Grand Theft Auto" in terms of its in-game radio stations—accessed when players hijack cars—it fails miserably.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the next installment once again offers only incremental improvements, we're knocking somebody's lights out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True, those newcomers are going to have a rough time of it for a little while, but they’ll have a good time if they stick with it a while.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a really well-crafted game that features a fun and diverse vehicle as well as clever level design. Though it has some minor flaws, they're not enough to keep this gem from shining.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not-too-bright enemies coupled with garish graphics are both a lesson in frustration and an eyesore. It takes a lot of the fun out of blasting a floating brain type when the aforementioned baddie looks more like a smudge than a foe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You'd think such an impressive technical base would allow the game to take more risks, but that assumption doesn't prove true.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With so much personality and gameplay depth, however, no true tactical RPG fan will be able to resist braving this phantom.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it would take a very hardcore Star Wars fan to actually plod on and replay the same levels again and again. As such, LSWII might be best rented.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is no comparison to Grand Theft Auto IV in terms of gunplay, presentation, story, ambient city life, or driving. Rockstar has this beat by a country mile. But while Row’s lack of polish and rough exterior make it the less attractive choice from a technical standpoint, for those who felt shortchanged by GTA IV's scaled-back features (especially when compared to San Andreas), Saints Row 2 will help fill the void.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Vegas 2 shows definite improvements over it predecessor, one cannot help but feel as though the title could have used another couple of months to get that Caesar Palace showgirl shine instead of coming out like a Caesar Palace cocktail waitress.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is still overly derivative of games like "Colony Wars" and "Wing Commander," and doesn't quite capture the "Star Wars" feel in the same way the "Rogue Squadron" games do, it's a massive step in the right direction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For pure dollar value -- 10 total games for $29.99 -- Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a great buy. That is, if you can make your peace with the atrocious button-swapping snafu.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that Hitz, the fun fast-paced and frantic arcade-style hockey game, made itself deeper. The result is a more satisfying game overall.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In some ways, the Xbox equivalent of "Katamari Damacy."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It hits the right notes in so many ways that it would be a shame for the game to go unnoticed. So go bulk up you PC, install this game, and get ready for a dark, gritty, and very engrossing ride.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the first baseball release in years that smartly walks the line between reality and fantasy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Setting PRD apart from other games in the genre, the AI is intelligent, responsive, and unforgiving. Seeing a group of opponents jockeying for position as they approach a bend is not uncommon. Players must earn every win, as the AI cars will take advantage of every mistake.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delivers only so much replay value. But unlockable game modes and novel bonuses minimize such limitations. While far from perfect, Time Crisis 3 has been a long time coming, and brother, take it from us, this sucker's been worth the wait.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Doogie Howser may have a better chance of returning to television than you have in learning any real medical knowledge from Trauma Center, the frenzied pace and slick controls easily make this one of the most “infectious” DS games yet released.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its swing mechanism is sitting in the light rough, but veteran golf gamers will drive it out without leaving a divot. If anything, it's odd that a golf game with so much color is so not wacky. But between all the unlockable options and excellent multiplayer mode, this is one golf game that won't leave you screaming for a mulligan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans of the series will be quick to pick this one up and will likely get much enjoyment. New players might find more to love in the newer games in the series. Either way, Shadow Dragon is a good move for tactical strategy gamers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Top it all off with a delicious graphics engine and you’ve got an Age of Empires game for modern machines that sports daring new design ideas for the modern strategy gamer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Vessel brings art, music, and some great puzzles to the table. Though messy and not always perfect, anyone who loves playing around with water will want to get their hands dirty with this title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can live without the slightest bit of action and can forget anything you know about the law (suspension of legal belief is definitely required) then there's a lot for you here to enjoy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certainly the most mature and well-balanced of Goodman's titles, and it succeeds more often than not.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For pure dollar value -- 10 total games for $29.99 -- Mega Man Anniversary Collection is a great buy. That is, if you can make your peace with the atrocious button-swapping snafu.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    And if the thought of cleaning up virtual garbage and keeping your sim familiar with the toilet isn't your idea of fun, steer clear. Love it or hate it, this is still "The Sims."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've grown accustomed to 16 on 16 battles in other shooters, nothing, we repeat, nothing, will prepare you for combat in Planetside.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Remarkably lacking.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the knocks against rivals mode and the fact that the new controls are mostly borrowed from what many consider to be a more simple golf franchise, Tiger Woods 06 is still a solid game. Where rivals fails, the more realistic PGA Tour mode is still fun, as is skills 18, a set of target-based minigames.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to next-gen graphical flair, elegant controls, and a sparkling sheen of packaging polish, Rockstar Presents Table Tennis manages a near miracle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You don't need to be a golf fanatic to get hooked on this game, which is really the only thing that matters. Not only is it a showpiece for the system, but it's one of the best games available for Sony's portable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If effort counts, then Red Orchestra is not a bad game, and it might even be a very good one. But playing games is about having experiences, and the experience of playing Red Orchestra will leave 95% of the gaming community out in the cold. That other 5% will have the time of their lives though.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far the best of the "Yu-Gi-Oh" games to make it to American shores. Fans of the card game will most likely love it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The learning curve is steep, and the first half-dozen battles serve to show you the ropes. After this initiation, things pick up and Kingdom becomes quite compelling.