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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While some gamers will be turned off by a “watch helplessly” battle mode, many others will enjoy the intriguing and thoughtful combat design elements incorporated into Chariots of War.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While many might argue that their “free” golf game controls better, there is no denying it lacks the structure and gameplay modes that Tiger delivers in full.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The bright colors and cheery graphics design make this platform title as much fun to look at as it is to play.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Despite being sandwiched between two high-profile music games, Boom Boom Rocket offers a unique and vibrant gameplay experience that is really unmatched by anything else out there.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Despite the great looks and sound and even the entertaining, albeit limited gameplay, this game falls short of HD greatness.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Playing this game is, overlooking a few control issues, just simply enjoyable. There is nothing too demanding in the way of strategy, it's just a matter of shooting everything.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Sonic is more suited to 3D platformers than racing, even if he is the fastest thing out there.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Shrek the Third takes a great 360 title and compacts it down into the palm of your hand while maintaining all the great gameplay at only a small cost in visuals.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I definitely recommend picking it up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If you’re a console gamer intrigued by the Sims games but don’t own a PC, Sims 2 Pets for PS2 may be fun for you to try, especially if you also enjoy virtual pets. Otherwise, the PC version is definitely your better bet.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s a unique racing experience that isn’t quite arcade and certainly not simulation. As long as you know what to expect going in you won’t be disappointed and you might even be a bit surprised.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Certainly an improvement on its predecessor, but it still lacks the visual punch to offer any competition with the PC or Xbox games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    America's Army: Rise of a Soldier may lack the polish and panache of Ubisoft's other military shooters, but it does hit the marks where it counts – convincing gameplay.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Don’t be fooled by the charming graphics. There is a fairly complex boxing model and elaborate combo system that requires timing, reflexes, and intuition if you ever hope to complete this lengthy and comprehensive boxing game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The mix of spells, weapons, and melee is great and presents an ongoing challenge throughout the levels with the various demons and boss fights.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Some of the mini-games are just impossible (for me) and it usually seemed to be those games that were on the squares I needed to make the required line(s) to graduate.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    As I said before, it may not be perfect, but it's a step in the right direction for the genre. It'll be interesting to see what improvements come to the game as the minor bugs are ironed out. And even more interesting will be where we go next, now that Nuclear Dawn has shown us what a game is capable of doing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I’ve passed this game around to people who have never even held a PSP before and they have picked up on the gameplay in less than ten minutes and have enjoyed it just as much as I have.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Earth 2160 is pretty much a game by RTS experts for RTS experts. This game is not novice friendly by any stretch of the imagination.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    With a little more work, this game could have been exceptional, but unfortunately, it stops its ascent to greatness with simply average.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I loved Spider-Man: Friend or Foe on the console and the DS version offers a fun and challenging smaller scale version of that same game with some clever touchscreen puzzle elements thrown into the mix.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s long, and it’s deep with ample replay potential for those of you that enjoy such games. Otherwise, it’s very hard to recommend to someone new to the genre. Once you get the hang of it, SAW is very well researched and quite challenging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This is simply an underground fighter that is more of a diversion and a guilty pleasure for those who like brutal street fighting with a bit of martial arts elegance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    In summary, Darkspore, while unexpectedly dissimilar to Spore and not without its flaws, is an enjoyable hack-and-slash action RPG.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Sadly, Crash of the Titans is just more of the same in a new wrapper.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    To go along with all those retro graphics is one awesome soundtrack ripped right from the days of Japanese-inspired coin-ops.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A unique but somewhat shallow approach to the complicated scenarios of establishing a relationship or simply nailing your roommate. It’s a bit predictable since there are firm rules in place and you have instant access to the results of your efforts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you have a twisted sense of humor, if you hate cats and enjoy South Park, Beavis and Butthead, Jackass or any of those other guilty pleasures then you will certainly find plenty to smile about while exploring Paradise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Microsoft keeps inserting small innovations when what is really needed is a major overhaul to the entire game engine.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Trials to Glory can be a fun, and addictive strategy game for those willing to read the game's manual, are already familiar with this Gameboy Advance series, or are extremely hardcore Yu-Gi-Oh fans.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Some of the features may feel like a throwback to the original Operation Flashpoint, and many of the mechanics may overwhelm more casual shooter players, the sheer amount of extra content and military accuracy make ArmA: Combat Operations difficult to not recommend to a military enthusiast or fan of the Flashpoint series.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A good game that could have been a great game if there had simply been more of it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It’s undeniably charming, fun despite its problems, and laugh out loud funny at times.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A virtual mech wonderland, full of potential for experimentation, both in configuration and strategy. It will have a certain appeal for its target audience, but everyone else might want to take their Wanzer for a test drive before dropping $50 to put one in their PS2 garage permanently.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you enjoy colorful puzzles games with a bit of arcade shooting action thrown in, and you haven’t already played Luxor 2, then you’ll definitely want to check out this latest version of Luxor for the PSP.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It is quite enjoyable and will certainly provide you with hours or addicting fun - certainly a dollar's worth. Check it out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While the game isn’t exactly deep, it’s a fun diversion for a chunk of time, especially if you have a friend to play with, in person or on Xbox Live. As far as the old classic games go, this is better than most offerings.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I loved PlayStation Move Heroes for what it is – not what everyone was hoping or expecting it to be. This is a fun and challenging collection of party games enjoyable for one or two players that puts Sony's unique motion control system to great use. And the fact that Sony decided to put six of their most famous characters into the game doesn't sell those franchises short. It merely reignites and fuels an interest in those characters and their stories so we can start looking forward to their next-gen sequels. Heroes is a great party game for young and old, family and friends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I also really liked the way that the developers changed up the gameplay dynamics. I’ve never really been a fan of constant resource gathering in games overall but Tiberian Twilight’s new dynamics made it much more enjoyable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I think it is going to take a next-gen system to boost this game out of the pits, and if we can't get it on the 360, maybe we can look to the PS3 for a true NASCAR experience.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Total Destruction's gameplay is not only a great homage to the original, it improves on it with more monsters and a greater variety of moves, plus a massive collection of unlockable content that will keep you playing for months to come.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The game could have been so much better with a more balanced AI, or at least a more gradual progression. Hitting that AI “brick wall” about halfway through the tour may have less-dedicated gamers hitting the showers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Had it had an online feature or the split-screen action of Budokai 3, the verdict would have been different.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    MLB 2K9 is improving. It seems to be a best fit for someone who is a casual fan.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It helps to be a History Channel fanatic to really love this game. Fans of the board game who have never played RTS will no doubt be very unhappy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It won't change the way adventure games are designed, like Myst did, but it is gripping and well-crafted.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    At the end of the day…the 40th Day, Army of Two offers enough fun and action and cinematic set pieces to earn a solid recommendation as a rental.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Looks fantastic and has some truly inventive and original gameplay, which only makes it that much more disappointing when the ride is over just a bit too quickly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    This is old-school gaming at its very best and I couldn’t be happier for the trip down memory lane.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I can’t even imagine why EA removed half the stuff they did. They had a rare opportunity to capture the hearts of a new generation of gamers, but serious basketball gamers will likely head over to the 2K Sports camp, at least this year.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you like 3D games in the same vein as Mercury Meltdown then you'll find plenty of challenging gameplay, strategy, and even a touch of reflexive action lurking in Cube, a game that proves it truly is hip to be square.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A good game that could have been a great FPS title for the PC if just a little effort had gone into porting this over from the consoles.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you love strategy RPGs and a good horror story and don't mind dealing with a few bugs then you should check out the universal app, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land for iPhone and iPad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The controls are cramped, the AI questionable, and the pacing and gameplay seems more geared toward an action-shooter than a stealthy military sim.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I literally had to force myself to play this game, grumbling throughout the first 2-3 stages, but eventually the Castlevania-style gameplay and unique stylized graphics overcame my shattered expectations and I started to appreciate the game for what it is – a kick-ass, old-school platformer that will deliver hours of challenging fun regardless of its title.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The use of the fear aspect is slightly innovative but it can't help boost this game out of its heavily scripted and repetitive rut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast is like the unattractive girl at the high school mixer. While all the popular guys are dancing with Need For Speed and Burnout, OutRun is standing quietly in the corner waiting for that special guy who can appreciate an old-fashion good time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    NBA
    Serious fans of the sport will likely want to wait for something better to come along, at least something with more reliable shooting mechanics and much better A.I.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Stick to the PSP, and Dark Mirror won’t let you down.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    My current favorite fighting game on any system. It's realistic, but more importantly, it’s fun, and you won’t find a better game to pop in your PS2 the next time you have friends over.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If Carve were trying to compete with AAA racing titles then it would be quickly dismissed as a failure, but with an affordable price tag and a multiplayer element including flawlessly smooth online racing, there is no reason that any fan of watercraft racing or Xbox Live gaming should skip this game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A bold experiment that ultimately fails under the weight of its own ambition. There is nothing here that hasn’t been done in other games and done better, and while X2 might combine these elements, it fails to improve on any of them.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Bolt borrows characters from the movie, the entire game story is rooted in the TV show premise of the film, which sadly also means that Rhino, the hamster that stole the show in the theaters, only appears for the prologue and epilogue of the game, since the game you are playing is actually the Bolt marathon he is watching on TV.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Dark Messiah of Might and Magic can either be an incredible fantasy romp, or a grueling, dissatisfying venture depending on what you’re expecting.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Lethal Alliance lacks that variety required to keep a game engaging from start to finish.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I loved Spider-Man: Friend or Foe on the console and the PSP offers a fun and challenging smaller scale version of that same game. While the overall game design is pretty much the same, the way the designers broke up the levels and made some subtle changes really created a unique experience, rather than simply rehashing what I had already done on the 360.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Darwinia+ is one of the coolest titles currently available in the XBLA library.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The big draw for Need for Speed Most Wanted is the return of the cops, and while that aspect of the game works great on the console and PC where you can actually lose them with skillful driving, Most Wanted 5-1-0 on the PSP bashes you over the head with unrelenting cop chases that suck nearly all the fun right out of the game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Ace Combat: Joint Assault is a fun ride and it was great to finally play a classic Ace Combat game, even if it wasn't totally next-gen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    I can think of a dozen things that would have made this game better, or at least more attractive to the casual gamer, but for those who love the Lord of the Rings and need a solid strategy fix on their PSP, this will easily fill that need for a few months to come.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Mahjong Cub3d is a solid title if you enjoy puzzles and have a fondness for Mahjong Solitaire. At $30, it's a budget title for the 3DS, but it's still a considerable amount of cash. Still, the title packs a solid amount of play time, and it's a refreshing take on a classic game. If you're a puzzle fan looking for a title on the 3DS, Mahjong Cub3d is a good choice.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I will have to say that Crash: Mind Over Mutant is a very fun and innovative game that is easy to get into and play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You’ll have a fun time breaking the law to overthrow a government and not even know who you’re working for.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NASCAR 07 really does compile the best gameplay elements from the previous four years’ worth of their NASCAR franchise. While this would normally warrant a hands-down recommendation – especially releasing this close to the (apparent) end of the PS2’s lifespan – NASCAR 07’s technical glitches really deal a serious blow to the fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A tight, relatively deep gameplay system combines with classic styling and characters to create a time warp of a game that is still well worth a look for older gamers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s easy to use and understand menus and information pages make for fun gameplay and quick results when you know what to change to improve your citizen’s lives.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At a cost of $10, Ryder White hardly breaks the bank, but there are some really great titles to be found for that same cash. This one is necessary only for serious fans of Dead Island.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tales from Space: About a Blob is a solid first effort from DrinkBox Studios, and I recommend not only buying this game, but keeping a close eye on their future titles.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game will require a lot of patience to play and master.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But with party games, when all is said and done, it ends up being nothing more than button mashing, making it hard to recommend in the light of the other Grade-A titles out there.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I would enjoy SimCity any time, and veterans of this series will love SimCity Creator immensely, while newcomers will enjoy it even as they learn to play this unique city-building simulation. One caveat; I wouldn’t recommend this game if you do not have the time to invest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good title for a younger sibling or cousin, a bad one for a platform fanatic.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's only flaw might be that the game is so unique that it can take quite a while to get into it, and the game is not very forgiving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, if you aren't normally a fan of a style of play that involves pushing yourself to your limits and beating your old scores, you may want to consider Two Tribes' other offerings over this, especially Toki Tori.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For any fan of strategy looking for something outside of the norm, R.U.S.E. breathes new life into an old war.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is a solid release for wrestling fans to enjoy, but for the casual gamer thinking about purchasing a new copy, it would probably be better advised to wait to find a used copy or to save the extra dough and get a cheap copy of 2008.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, if you are reading this review, you’re probably curious about the game because you’re a fan of the website. If you like Homestar Runner and Strong Bad and the Cheat and so on and so forth, there is no reason why you should not get this game. You’ll love it, trust me.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Comfortable in its tried-and-true play style, it changes little from its predecessors. Basically, it is a way to breathe new life into an old (though still popular) franchise, and a way for addicts of the originals to take their drug of choice with them on the road.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game itself doesn’t offer anything more than what you get from the paper card game. But with Dawn Of Destiny, you don’t have to spend the cash that it would take to acquire the over 1,000 cards available in the game by hitting up your local card shop.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bomberman Jetters has its faults. Bad voice acting, dated graphics and a preternaturally challenging multiplayer AI all detract from the general experience it provides. However, they aren't enough to kill its charm, well-tuned gameplay and multiplayer allure.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battle Nexus isn't quite as fun as past games or even as fun as the show itself, but it is pretty solid game overall, and is worth picking up for old times sake, or for the new fan.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of fun - that is if deathmatch stye gaming is your bag. Obviously, those looking for any semblance of a story should look elsewhere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's simplicity combined with relatively open exploration makes it a decent purchase for younger fans of the show and should provide many hours of nonviolent entertainment (unless you count the scene where a monkey goes flying into a wall at terminal velocity - but I digress).
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a learning adventure geared towards young children. If you’re a parent looking for a game to entertain and teach you child something this is the game for you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s definitely not the best game on the NCAA court, but it is worthy of a second look.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Finally, adding some longevity to the game, Under Siege includes a fairly powerful level editor that's at least on par with most PC games. While the game's light on actual strategy and heavy on micromanagement and instant to instant tactics, it's still not a bad choice for people looking for quick, RTS-style skirmishes on the PS3.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The controls are decent, a little bothersome on occasions but the battle system is pretty easy to use and is a welcome change from what I'm used to.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You’ve got a beautifully rich, engrossing sci-fi conspiracy story that suffers abbreviated cinematic story development. You’ve got a very cool RPG with futuristic upgrades, weapons and items that is hampered by a poorly designed interface.