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
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    To each their own of course, but this game's developers probably could have put a bit more effort into Gallop Racer 2006 in order to make it more accessible for people who are curious, or just think the idea of a racing game with horses is cool. As someone who feels just like that, I can respect what Gallop Racer 2006 is about, but I'm a little disappointed too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But this latest version of the game suffers from the same problems pretty much since the beginning. What was once tolerable due to technology constraints simply doesn't cut it in the era of "Snake Eater" and "Chaos Theory."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The bottom line is Dead To Rights II tries to make like a summer action blockbuster, but ends up more like that large tub of movie popcorn; too expensive, too short-lived, and ultimately unfulfilling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It has a very simplistic strategic level that amounts to rolling craps when deciding who and where to attack.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But why try the rest when you already have the best? Just Cause is competently done, but it fails to put anything truly new on the table, making San Esperito a nice place to visit, but not to live.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I’m not being offered anything new but I’m being asked to buy it anyway, largely because the material has been repackaged There are highlights, of course, but they’re framed by mediocre efforts that turn out to be better in hindsight.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Compared to the likes of NBA Street or the highly underrated Street Hoops, NBA Ballers: Chosen One seems sluggish and contrived.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game offers top-notch kid-friendly presentation and a solid selection of kid-level mini-games. And if it were not for the fact that Cosmic Family just does not offer the degree of depth or longevity of similarly priced grade-A titles, it would be a sure recommendation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    I suppose PaRappa might find a niche fan base on the PSP, but most of us will be seeking our musical entertainment elsewhere.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    It's one of those games that parents will buy for their kids and end up playing it themselves.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If you try to play the game through in continuous sittings you are going to get bored real fast. Despite the RPG elements and the various combat modes, the endless combat just wears you down.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Out of the box Dead Man’s Hand is a huge disappointment and a classic example of a great idea marred by poor or just sloppy game design.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Sadly, that is the game's only strength, so if you aren't going to be playing with Move then you're better off with the more feature-rich and entertaining Tiger Woods.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    But the betting system wasn’t integrated tightly enough so it is just as easily forgotten, and when you factor in the clunky fight engine and predictable combo system, the game loses much of its appeal.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    I can say without hesitation that there is no other game like this on the PSP and there probably won’t be another for quite some time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    It also pales in comparison to the competition. It’s a bit shallow on content and the gameplay is highly unbalanced.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    NASCAR 2011 isn't bad for Eutechnyx's first effort. It's not horrible, it's not great, it's merely okay. But NASCAR should be a great video game. Past games on console and PC certainly provide enough guidance as to what does and doesn't work. Maybe my expectations were too high. The one revelation I found in NASCAR 2011 is I will never be able to race at Bristol. It's too much like driving in Chicago traffic.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    You have a potentially scary story set in the isolation of space, but the aliens cease to become scary long before the story concludes. Everything becomes predictable and downright boring near the end, as the game spirals into mediocrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    The characters in the game are pretty stereotypical, and the plot and story is certainly not up to the standards of story-oriented RPGs like "Final Fantasy X." The characters seem flat and uninteresting to me, and the story didn't really get me emotionally attached to them.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    A decent online poker game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Given the choice between either Crash or Spyro, you should probably know that Spyro is targeted for younger gamers while Crash is a bit more difficult and aimed for experience players, thus giving you the most and more challenging gameplay experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    In all fairness, this game simply doesn’t measure up to the competition or even the expected level of improvement you should get with a new installment within an established series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Fans of the Resident Evil franchise may enjoy this next-gen look at an earlier classic, but as a serious shooter and tactical gamer, a spooky atmosphere doesn't make up for shallow and repetitive combat mechanics and glitched controls. Not to mention most of your fun relies on the participation of two or three other people. Give it a rental or wait for the inevitable price drop.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    It's cool to see how the character models and graphics have changed through the years, and makes the entire series feel less like a movie game cash-in, and more like a separate journey for Harry that went alongside the films and books. It was touching in an odd way and a nice farewell to the game franchise. After all is said and done though, I'm still glad to see it end. It's still a way to sell a video game with Daniel Radcliffe on the cover, and unfortunately no touching montage is going to change that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Clive Barker’s Jericho will likely appeal to a certain group of gamers just from the implied pedigree, but the truth is that the uninspired gameplay, linear levels, horrid AI, and merely average presentation values keep this game from ever gripping you like any of Clive’s movies.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Unless the GBA is your only system I'd recommend fighting crime on the big consoles and leave this version to the really young kids or those doomed to play games on the commute to school or work. The Incredibles is fun but not that fun and certainly not as good as the movie that inspired it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    If you have played RPG's in the past then you will know exactly what to expect out of this game. The game will not captivate you like some RPG's.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    The game is virtually unplayable using any of the vision modes and without them you are doomed to play the game in total darkness or not at all.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    This is a great, inexpensive game if you’re a fan, but it won’t hold much lasting appeal to most people for very long. Personally I need to have many drinks in me to enjoy playing Tapper for more than 10 minutes at a time. Not root beer, but real beer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The player is barely involved in the game at all, which effectively makes it little more than a snazzy light show.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It’s just a bit cheesier than most modern games of its genre, but if you have a sense of humor and find this sitting in the bargain bin, you could certainly do worse.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    As a turn based battle game however, it’s not very good. You are given a small amount of creatures, a single strategy that will win almost every time, and lackadaisical enemy AI.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The PC version is definitely preferred over the console versions with better graphics, shorter load times, and a $10 savings off the retail price. Play with a controller and you'll be playing the 360 version that all Xbox owners wish they could be playing.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The game definitely has its moments, but you’ll have to play a lot longer than you probably want to if you want to experience half of them.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I just think the game fails at some very small but critical facets, and as a result the game has lost some of the charm it could have had.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The fun is there, but the general unkempt nature of many parts of the game drown the fun factor with a huge anchor. If you can look past the word acting, basic premise, finicky camera, and questionable gameplay mechanics, you can find a deep, involving action game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Marvel Trading Card Game is worth a look if your interested in this type of strategy turn based game. Konami has done a very good job adding this game to the PSP handheld system.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Might make a decent rental or budget purchase for the kids, but most of us will have more fun digging out the original arcade classic and playing those challenging levels without all the clumsy “improvements”.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Most people will probably wade through the list of career races and challenges but only the most dedicated (or bored) gamers will ever have the desire to fully explore this enormous game world to unlock the secrets it contains.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Obviously, if you own any of the similar titles mentioned earlier in the review you can pretty much pass this one up, as there is really nothing here that you have not seen. Then again, if you are one of the few newbies to the match-3 gameplay, or better yet a true fiend of the games who just can't get enough – well, 7 Wonders II certainly delivers the exciting gameplay that comes from this genre, and the price is right.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Rubik’s World is a fun puzzle game starring the cubie, those smaller parts of the whole Rubik’s cube, and is worth taking a crack at.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    WALL-E on the PlayStation 3 is about the best out of the three versions I reviewed and may be worth buying. If you want a decent game that has the sections of multiplayer that younger ones can easily have fun with and a few hours of WALL-E trash gathering or EVE flying this is worth it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Yes there are a lot of features that really make this game fun and interesting but there are a lot of other racing games that will hold your interest longer and are more entertaining.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The game is just as dated as the show and it fares just as well with its console competition as the original series would if it debuted on prime time next week.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    I’m not sure if it’s translation issues or what, but this franchise needs a much more compelling story if they want me to invest a huge portion of my already-limited portable gaming time on a game of this magnitude.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    There is little doubt in my mind that Sega could create a great MMO one day, but truth is, they need a make a fresh start and take the concept in a new direction, take it back to the drawing board.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Sure it wasn't perfect but at least it was fun and playable and easy on the eyes. I have to admit I did miss playing as Neo, which only makes it that much more painful to be the bearer of bad news.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Speaking, dancing, and, um, *intimate relations* are all pretty well animated and humorous in a cartoony way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Perhaps I am just spoiled by the unpredictable plots on ABC’s, Lost, but I found no compelling reason to really finish this game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It is not all that bad a game overall. But the simple fact that it carries the full purchase price compels us to judge it against other full-priced titles, and it that case it just doesn’t make the cut.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The thought of the possible controls had me very excited. Although I am not a fan of Dragon Ball Z, and never have been, the Wii’s controls could have turned this game into an instant classic for anyone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    At its core, Victorious Boxers: Revolution is only a minor improvement over the physical gameplay of Wii Sports Boxing. It offers some advanced features and strategies as well as a full complement of boxers and venues, but it lacks the polish of a AAA title like Fight Night.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    For the low price of $10 though I can look past the issues with Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 and play it even as is just for the pure bloody fun it was. If you want to relive your childhood then this is one of the arcade packs I suggest you buy before any other because let's face, everyone wanted to be Liu kang or Sub-Zero at one point or another, and this is as close as you're going to get. Not counting the brand new versions with HD graphics and killer X-Ray moves.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Frenzied, frustrating and infuriating – but it is also addicting as hell. And while it might not be worth the full asking price of $10, it is a decent port of a solid fighting game from days gone by.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Combined with the already short length, Snicket on the PC is an "unfortunate event" that you can probably pass on in favor of one of the console versions. Even the GBA game is better than this.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Part of me wants to recommend Soltrio Solitaire because it does offer 16 unique variations of the popular game, makes an attempt at online play, and comes with 200 built-in Achievement Points. But the shoddy controls, irritating music, and dull gameplay are sure to turn off a majority of seasoned gamers.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    And with no incentives to replay, minimal tracks to master, and simple gameplay that is made difficult with faulty controls, Sonic Riders is best left to the kids and our blue hedgehog needs to return to his tennis shoe roots.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Well Timmy, after going with you through the course of the game, I saw many things. I saw graphics that just weren’t that great. Voice acting that, while somewhat funny, oftentimes felt forced or the acting was uneven. I saw stages that changed the gameplay too little from level to level.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Clive Barker's Jericho fails to be compelling enough to escape the bonds of mediocrity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The combination of puzzle-solving and strategy works well, but there simply are not enough episodes and environmental variations to keep the player engaged for more than 5 hours at the maximum.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    BlackSite: Area 51 isn’t a terrible game. It’s not even a bad game. It’s just not that memorable in what has become an overabundance of FPS titles available on the Xbox 360.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Battle of the Bands has a fantastic concept that is lost in some overly simplistic gameplay that just fails to grab the gamer and keep them interested for any length of time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Despite its short length and overall lack of interactivity, Asura's Wrath is quite a spectacle; one that all anime lovers need to experience at least once, but for now you can get that done with a one-day rental. Everyone else can wait for a huge price slash or just go watch some of the great anime they are adding to Netflix each new week.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Only the most loyal of Tetris fans should probably consider this, at least until it goes on sale.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There isn’t much of a game here, merely a set of choices, where by trial and error you eventually reach the end and win. The same concept has survived for nearly 20 years in a little game called "Dragon’s Lair," and it works just as well with the text-only Sprung. As long as you know what to expect you shouldn’t be disappointed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    I see quite enough of Phil Hellmuth's tantrums and arrogance on ESPN2. I don't need him popping onto my screen every five minutes offering me advice.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    At its core, RocketBowl is a unique and potentially delightful mini-game. Unfortunately, much like the balls and lanes at a cheap alley, the end result could use more polish.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The fetch-questing gets old fast, but the game ties in closely with the film in graphics, sound, and atmosphere. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is tailor-made for a younger group, and keeping that in mind, the game does what it's set out to do.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    With a narrow vision of gameplay, total lack of any story or compelling drama to carry you through 99 missions it is a pure arcade experience that most PC gamers have evolved out of a long time ago.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    With mediocre sound, graphics and variety, Constantine could make the Devil himself happy to know the torment it will bring to us.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Just doesn’t bring anything new to the platform table.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you are looking for something to keep you going until Diablo III or Skyrim arrives then Dungeon Siege III might be the RPG filler you are looking for this summer. Personally, I found it an insult to the Dungeon Siege name, lacking any semblance to the previous games in the franchise. Perhaps if they had changed the name they could have avoided comparisons and disappointment, but alas, this is what we got and if you're like me, you probably won't like it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A totally uninspired game with shoddy graphics, weak sound, clumsy controls, and only enough content to make this worth a weekend rental or perhaps a budget purchase when the title makes it to the Platinum Hits.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The biggest thing lacking though is structure. There are no tournaments or event series for you to compete in. Every race is a single race and it just gets so boring to the casual race fan. All of these annoying gameplay issues plus the horrible so-called HD graphics really makes it hard for me to recommend this game to any but the most faithful fans of the franchise. There are brief moments of fun, but with all the other racing games out there you might want to look at one of those before buying or even renting this one.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Note to Japanese game designers – when you kill somebody they had better stay dead unless you give me a real good reason why they keep coming back. Clones, holograms, “beaming” in from remote barracks, anything!
    • 56 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Yar's revenge was made for the avid rail shooter but at the price of 10$ It doesn't justify the length of the game at only six levels and the fact that it was a direct port in with no changes to the menu from the Xbox version. I do recommend before you buy this game you keep in mind this game has nothing to do with the 1980s version other than the name so even for nostalgia's sake I would think twice.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    $10-30 per hour is probably the worst deal I have ever seen in a high-profile video game, and I amazed that THQ put it out with so little substance.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Trioncube is a fun and quirky little puzzle game that would have worked just as well on the GBA.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A rushed-for-the-holidays by-the-numbers first person shooter that does almost nothing new worth mentioning.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It’s really not that I did not like the game; it’s just that there was nothing to it that really made it stand out to me. Nothing that made it unique from all the other fantasy-based MMO’s out there, nothing that made me want to play it any more than any other.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Despite the disappointing graphics and the frustrating gameplay I have to admit I still had some fun with Hunted: The Demon's Forge, both playing alone and cooperatively. The splitscreen sucks but I guess those without Internet still deserve their chance to play with a friend, and at least you only need one copy of the game. Considering we don't have any Army of Two or Kane and Lynch titles coming out this year, Hunted may be your only alternative for true two-player co-op gameplay. If you can get past the design issues there is a good time to be had, but I'd still probably rent or at least wait for the price to drop.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There is very little story present and no emotional attachment to the lead character. All of the “fun” aspects of the NOLF legacy are gone.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    For fans of Dynasty Warriors, you’ll be in heaven, but if you are looking for tactics, strategy, story, or even a game that makes sense, you’ll probably want to look somewhere else.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Genesis Rising makes a small leap forward in terms of an interesting tech system based on genetics, but then takes two huge leaps back in terms of playability and user experience.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Cross Edge has a lot to offer to RPG fans with its lengthy story, combat system and customization.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    SimCity Societies isn’t really a SimCity game, but it can be entertaining nonetheless, provided that it gets patched up in the near future so that it doesn’t crash every few minutes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    An easy, cheerful way to burn through about half-an-hour of life.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A marked improvement over the original game, at least in features and level design, but ultimately there have been just too many other games in the same or similar genre that edges this one out in overall quality.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    If you liked the movie and have a high tolerance for missed potential and repetitive, button-mashing gameplay, give Transformers: The Game a shot.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Presents a solid, yet no-frills, racing experience that would have wowed audiences a year or two ago. In 2005, however, it will surely give games a few days of fun – but not much more.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    There's no denying that similar games like Super Smash Bros. are far superior to it, but if you absolutely love this cartoon, then check it out.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Obviously, your choices for RPG’s on the DS aren’t overwhelming, so if you can’t wait for something better to come along, give this a shot. It’s not terrible, but one can only imagine how good this could have been.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Luxor: The Wrath of Set isn’t a bad game, but it just seems a bit thrown together. You can just as easily play this game or dozens like it on countless other formats, even your cell phone or PDA.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Adrenaline Misfits is a good idea and even a good game to some degree, but it suffers from too much style and too little substance.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    This is budget gaming at best, and even diehard TRON fans need to wait for this thing to drop to half-price or lower.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Every game was really really pixilated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The potential is here – the game just needs to cook for a few more hours before it’s ready for consumption.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I thought this game was really fun in the arcade. I didn’t realize how much the controller was part of the experience back then.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The game definitely has its moments, but you'll have to play a lot longer than you probably want to if you want to experience half of them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    If you're hard up for an action-shooter then you might want to check this out when it hits the $20 bargain bin, but otherwise I'd have to recommend you skip this latest installment in the Jack Slate saga.