Game Chronicles' Scores

  • Games
For 3,051 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Burnout Paradise
Lowest review score: 10 X-Men: Destiny
Score distribution:
3051 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a run-and-gun shooter that doesn’t require a lot of thinking or strategy then look no further.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    While lacking a Joe Pesci-like sense of chaotic brutality and a Sharon Stone-like sexiness, Casino Inc. requires more than just good business sense, it needs a good dose of immorality and aggression for real success.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    For all intents and purposes Law & Order: Justice is Served is a cookie cutter sequel, just more of the same with really marginal improvements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    If you have a PSP then I’d still recommend getting the first Lumines, the new sequel, or even both. This is a game that is much more suited to portable systems.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    There is also the added value of new levels, gameplay enhancements, and even a complete buried game locked away waiting for you to connect the GBA and GameCube versions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    While the tropical environment is inviting, and the game honestly isn’t all that bad, it’s a bit expensive for such a short diversion, and most gamers will probably go for something with a little more substance for the same price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    An adequate port of an outstanding console game.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Even taken as a standalone game and not a movie tie-in, this latest Shrek adventure is a charming title that is fun, challenging, and perfect for the younger kids.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A wonderful trip down memory lane; at least for the tables I actually remembered playing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Turok is a fun and entertaining game that could have been significantly better.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The Fast and The Furious is by no means a bad game, but in a genre already flooded with countless racing titles it doesn’t really stand out or do anything new.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Activision and DreamWorks have another solid movie-licensed game ready for fans of the upcoming film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I expect there are a lot of former 2K Hockey fans running to their local used game store to turn NHL 2K9 in for EA's NHL 09... well, in Canada anyway. 2K had such a great product. How could they have possibly made such a huge mess of such a great series?
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    • 74 Critic Score
    Other than the quirky controls, I loved every moment spent with this game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Everything you loved about the first game is back and better than before. Sam’s new moves and gadgets are excellent and tightly integrated into the missions so they aren’t there just for the sake of having something new.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Only a marginal improvement over last year’s game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With 3,000 horses and an assortment of gameplay modes and mini-games you won’t be looking anywhere else to satisfy your horse fetish.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I rather enjoyed my time with this game. It falls short in some areas, namely the less the impressive graphics and the lame sound, but for poker it’s the gameplay that counts. Overall WSOP presents some great challenge, and pile of different game modes and a great multiplayer option via Xbox Live.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A unique game for a unique type of gamer. If offers a challenging blend of real-time tactics in a 3D action setting reminiscent of "Diablo" and set in the energized world of televised sports and live audiences.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The gameplay and puzzles are spoon-fed to you in easily swallowed bites, but much like Chinese food, when it’s over you will be full but not terribly satisfied.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A surprisingly fast paced hard-hitting sports game that'll catch any unsuspecting sports fan's eye.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I’d hate to play this on anything smaller than the PSP screen. EA seems determined to bring their entire console sports line-up over to the PSP as quickly as possible, but I think in their haste they are letting way too many bugs slip through.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The selection of vehicles, structured missions objectives, and rewarding bonus system will make this a favorite for anyone who plays it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    MVP Baseball has all the makings of a great game but it lacks the polish and refinement and just has too many glitches to make a wholehearted recommendation. There’s always next season.
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    • 73 Critic Score
    A refreshing change from the other so-called kiddy games out there and a major surprise considering they chose not to simply port the console game over to the PC.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Scanning the web, there is no question that a number of Pro Skater veterans are miffed by Ride’s complete overhaul of their series – but then again, those same folks would be similarly unhappy with another rehash of the nine previous releases. It’s nice to see the series take a new direction – but it definitely could stand a bit more tweaking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It's a pretty solid wrestling game but if you don't really care about the "legends" you'd probably be better off going with a game from the Smackdown series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A purchase is not recommended, however, due to the game’s short length and considerably degraded graphics and gameplay. After all, 50 smackers is a lot to invest in such a short-lived game, especially when it’s an inferior port of a PC title (largely the result of the PS2’s technical limitations).
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The best part about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is the total freedom you are allowed in not only choosing what to do and when to do it, but also how to do it and what you wear while you're doing it. And when you mix this freedom of gameplay with a massive sprawling city that reaches to the clouds, and an endless supply of intelligent evildoers, there is no end in sight to the superhero action waiting for you in this latest Spider-Man adventure.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you enjoy mystery-solving games, or if you like the CSI series, or if you played the other games and enjoyed them, you’ll really enjoy this latest version.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Glory Days 2 is a game with its highs and lows, and certainly won’t appeal to everyone. However, for players who are willing to take the time to master the game’s otherwise complex controls and get used to the chaotic nature of the battles, there is still plenty of great looking, fantastic sounding fun to be had with this game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Destroy All Humans! 2 isn’t necessarily a bad game – it just isn’t all that great. I was hoping that laying waste on hippies, yippies and KGB agents would be a bit more fun and a lot less confining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Turok might not be the best FPS on the market, but it is definitely playable and enjoyable as long as you are willing to put up with some wonky controls and often-unfair enemy AI.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I totally enjoyed the new characters, new parallel storyline, new locations, and exciting gameplay. Sure it was too easy at times, but there were also some areas where things got downright nasty, but in the end, Vegas on the PSP is a great addition to the Rainbow franchise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I will admit I was frustrated a few times when I failed to complete some of the challenges or kept getting my butt kicked in some of the Championships but, I loved it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Offers one of the best stealth gameplay elements seen in an action title to date. I really got into that little combo move, cackling with glee when I snapped a neck or cursing when I flubbed the move and got taken down.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    When it works it works well and offers a very challenging online experience. The fun is hampered by both horrendous load times and the fact that you need a high-end system to coax performance from the engine. There are also some issues with unbalanced units, rampant camping, and the lack of any "functional" vehicles other than transportation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Despite some minor flaws and an occasional frustrating bug (that will hopefully be resolved in a patch), Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile keeps many of the classic elements of city-building strategy that made its predecessors so much fun to play, and innovates in ways which make the game much more interesting and involving.
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    • 73 Critic Score
    RollOut HD is a total blast; a game that will make you think long and hard for as long as it takes to complete it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The XMP modes are outstanding and the gameplay is fast and furious, but no less challenging or problematic when you take the twitchy controls into consideration.
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    • 73 Critic Score
    But overall, if you are a fan of Superman and love the whole multi-directional scrolling shooter genre, this game won't disappoint, especially if you played Chillingo's earlier game, Hero HD; very similar only this time you are the Man of Steel. Accept no subsitutes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Definitely a major step in the right direction. But at the end of the day I can only recommend this game to Transformer fans. The solo play is interesting for a bit, but quickly gets repetitive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I suppose the game will ultimately find its limited audience, but for the majority, this is a track pack of fun, lighthearted, and easy songs wrapped up in a LEGO-style design that is starting to wear out its welcome.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    This is one creepy, horror adventure game that not only features solid gameplay (the point and click style) but also an amazingly good storyline. It boasts good graphics, sound, and interesting puzzles that never become tedious or annoying.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It won't win any awards for originality, but with quality visuals, outstanding voice acting, and challenging gameplay, Over the Hedge is guaranteed to entertain and delight young and old alike, and should make the perfect companion piece to the upcoming film.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The poker engine is solid, the A.I. above average, and all of your favorite poker variations are here for the playing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Fun despite many of its flaws. The gameplay is straightforward, harking back the the genre's roots while merging elements of other successful FPS games to create something that's very playable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    There is a good story and a nice rule-based combat system that is easy to learn and fun to master. It might not be as good as the real thing but as a GBA title it's a solid title with a few pleasant surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    By my own admission, I’m probably one of the worst Tony Hawk players in the world, but this game was so easy to pick up and play, and the new "Nail the Trick" only took me a few tries before I figured it out, and I was instantly hooked for life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It's a flawed game, but a fun flawed game.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s new, it’s original, and best of all it’s fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    As it is The Spore Wars makes for a pretty repetitive game for combat and exploring but the scenery is pretty good with plenty of variety.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I really enjoyed Pinball FX. Granted, pinball is fairly simple and it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s great for a quick break from the normal game routine.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Fans of the book (or movie) will certainly enjoy this fresh perspective of playing as Saphira with support from Eragon, especially since the other game variations do just the opposite.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Regardless of Street Fighter Alpha Anthology’s gaming value, it does a wonderful job of showing how a fighting series evolves from a slow and skitchy brawler, to a fast and fluid fighter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I don’t see it being on the top of anybody’s list as the best for any one reason, since most of the “cool” features are things that you can find in many of the recent titles, but it is an enjoyable game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A great chess program for helping and improving your chess game. This is not just a game to play chess with others or against a computer; it is a set of tools for teaching and improving your chess game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The simple color-matching gameplay principles will test the younger kids and the complicated puzzles and tricky control will challenge their parents. Even if you never explore beyond the initial 100 levels you are guaranteed to get your money’s worth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The gameplay is a bit primitive but still fun and challenging. My only regret is that the dual screen wasn’t used more prominently in the game. As it is, graphics not withstanding, this game could have been released for the GBA.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A fantastic and totally enjoyable trip down memory lane for any gamer over 40 and a valuable history lesson for anyone younger.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s slightly above average in almost every aspect and matches that with a low low price.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    An extremely shallow game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    This is one of the few XBLA games that I’ve continued to play after the first week. But for most people, once you’ve figured out the patterns to win there isn’t a challenge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Though the game is woefully short, the game does set a standard for RPG difficulty, which might breathe some challenge into the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I was anticipating control issues due to the lack of a second analog stick but they weren’t as bad as I had imagined. In all, this is a fairly solid handheld port of the console version.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It fails to innovate as much as it promised. The courses are longer and there are more of them. The weapons are more advanced and so is the AI of the other racers, so winning will take strategy and skill.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Legion Arena is all about the combat, no deciding what crops to raise or whether to feed your troops or the starving peasants.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    RTX combines some unique gameplay elements to enhance a traditional third-personal action game, and while it might not be the best game out there, it does offer a certain charm.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A fun little romp with plenty of gratuitous violence, witty one-liners, and hilarious cutscenes.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I haven’t been able to get my hands on a copy of "Wario Ware: Touched" for DS. It’s actually kind of hard to find these days. This game offered a pretty enjoyable experience that sadly may be about as close as I will ever get to Touched.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The slow pace and ridiculously formal dialogue will certainly repel some players, even patient ones – but the rest of us will find a detailed, suspenseful story brought to life by alluring graphics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Traxxpad is an interesting application for creating songs or techno sounding beats. There is something here if you’re interested in creating music on your PSP but this is not for the quick and easy music buff.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    While SpyHunter 2 is certainly a much more refined sequel it seems that there are just as many new problems as there are improvements.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It seems that the Smackdown vs. Raw series has really taken a step sideways with this year’s title. Instead of improving what they had, they tried to add a new feature that throws off the balance of the game.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Defenders of Ardania is a fairly enjoyable tower defense title that has its ups and downs. The core tower defense mechanics are awesome, easy to pick up on, despite game delaying tutorials from the Connery clone, and solid amongst the chaos. The addition of RTS offensive features however don't seem to fit into the grand scheme of things nearly as well as it could have. Neither the less Defenders of Ardania is fun and worth a try.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Definitely a major step in the right direction. But at the end of the day I can only recommend this game to Transformer fans. The solo play is interesting for a bit, but quickly gets repetitive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Kung Fu Panda may not be a long lasting game but it adds some unique platforming with button mashing fighting and plenty of well done graphics and great audio. Kung Fu Panda for the PS2 is well worth the effort and even for a platformer and button masher well worth the cost.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It was a nice alternative to a lot of the other “mindless” games I play on the PSP and other game system, and I really believe it did sharpen my brain, at least from a mental awareness level, each day I played it. I don’t think it really improved my language or math skills, but that’s also not the purpose.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Personally, I think Frogger works better on a handheld, so Frogger: Helmet Chaos is easily my favorite version for this next-gen remake. You can bust out the classic 1981 game at a moments notice and relive your misspent youth, or dive into a substantial action-platform title that will challenge your reflexes and your brain.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Ys I & II Chronicles may not be the first release of this two part adventure it is without a doubt the best version.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    There are some interesting differences in the controls, and considering that Origins is meant to be a prequel to the rest of the games, it's forgivable that the game doesn't try to revolutionize the entire series.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A pleasant surprise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It will delight gamers of all ages and the more you play the better you get. It promotes observation, color and pattern recognition skills, but the random nature of the game boards is more about reflexes than problem solving.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The music is better if your turn it off and the tinny sound effects are a bit disappointing, but at its heart there is a fun and substantial gameplay experience to be had if you have the perseverance to tough it out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I wasn't expecting Splatterhouse to scare me. That's what Alan Wake is for. Instead, I got an old-school beat-em-up with excessive gore, excessive violence, excessive foul language, and excessive load times – and only the latter is cause for alarm.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Once you look through the cel-shaded visuals, professional voice acting, and graphic novel presentation and effects, you are left with a pretty standard shooter that doesn’t really innovate or improve upon the genre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Activision and DreamWorks have another solid movie-licensed game ready for fans of the upcoming film.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    With a short single player mode, as well as no frills multiplayer, Project Snowblind won’t turn many heads.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Basically, if you’re into speed and blowing a lot of stuff up, you’ll enjoy this game. It also has enough ambiance and an interesting enough story to hold your interest for a while.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I stopped having "true fun" about halfway through X-Men: Destiny and sadly finished out of obligation and a curiosity to see how the story would unfold. Hopefully, if you're a bigger fan of the X-Men franchise than I am you'll have a better time. Casual gamers should probably skip – this is one for true X-Men aficionados.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I really like Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 despite the troublesome controls. The graphics are gorgeous, especially on a widescreen HDTV in all their panoramic glory, which only makes you wish for more than the six included courses.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I stopped having "true fun" about halfway through X-Men: Destiny and sadly finished out of obligation and a curiosity to see how the story would unfold. Hopefully, if you're a bigger fan of the X-Men franchise than I am you'll have a better time. Casual gamers should probably skip – this is one for true X-Men aficionados.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The mix of action and stealth is just right and the puzzles are intuitive and even a bit challenging at times.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Older gamers will tire of the repetitive mini-games and missions, but younger kids will get a kick out of mastering the awkward controls.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I’m not embarrassed to say that I really liked Micro Machines V4. After playing all of the more serious games that come my way, this was a pleasantly mindless, yet challenging diversion that showed some real ingenuity, especially in the visionary track designs and great use of scale.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While Apprentice isn’t lacking in small challenges, the hardest part about getting through the game is having the patience to move through all the more boring sections, since it does get pretty repetitive after a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It does have charming graphics and sound, but the maddening grind really drives down the fun factor.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The only real complaint is that after more than a half dozen iterations, it’s about time that From Software stopped resting on its laurels with the game engine and upgrade the quality of the models with some visual panache.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    There is a great feeling of wonder and magic in this latest Potter game, assuming you have the patience to discover it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Rabbids: Alive & Kicking is definitely a unique approach to playing around with those mischievous critters. Much of the insanity and charm is back along with some new physical gameplay that might prove a bit too much for those, like myself, who come unprepared.