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: 77
Highest review score: 100 The Matrix Online
Lowest review score: 10 Airport Tycoon 2
Score distribution:
3051 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I won't lie; I had a lot of fun with this game for the few days I played it, but with its limitation on players and its limited content it's hard to see this as a retail product.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I love adventure games and I enjoy survival games, especially survival horror, but the only thing horrific about Lost in Blue 2 is how much time it takes the game to even start to become fun, and then how quickly it can all end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The production values are all in place and a game couldn’t ask for better sounds or graphics, but in this case they are wasted on a simple exploration game with occasional and simplistic combat.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Just when I thought the movie-license curse was starting to lift, The Da Vinci Code reminds us that it takes great gameplay to make a great game – not a lot of media hype and overrated source material.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    There were times when this game aggravated me so much I wanted to throw down the controller, before I realized I was holding a $250 controller.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    It’s ironic that a game staring Shrek – one of the most popular computer animated characters ever created – is a complete clunker on the home computer. Pretend this title is one of Shrek’s fart attacks and give it a wide berth.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Ninja Gaiden fans will be the ones who will come away feeling the most betrayed. Team Ninja really butchered this installment in their attempts to make it more assessable to casual action gamers and newcomers to the series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Scarygirl has a great visual design that blends the creepiness of Coraline with the charm of Tim Schafer's Pyschonauts and quite often achieves that living storybook charm. I loved the use of the narrator for the opening movie and to preface each chapter, and the music and sound effects fit the game flawlessly. Sadly, the game flops in the gameplay department with buggy combat and glitchy platform jumping sections where one misstep will send you back to a poorly placed checkpoint to do it all over and over again. Repetition to the point of frustration is not fun and not good gameplay. It might have been back in the early 90's, and if you are comfortable with that old-school nostalgia then Scarygirl might be for you.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Bodycount is fun enough but seems to come off more as a late summer diversion; something to keep you busy until a "real FPS" game arrives. It has its moments, along with an awkward control scheme and a glitched grenade system, but Bodycount sadly ends up being just another disposable FPS, released at the wrong time, and destined for the budget bin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    While I ultimately had fun with Golf: Tee It Up! it just seemed that it required too much effort to enjoy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Sadly, there are a lot better FPS and tactical-RPG games out there for the Xbox; far too many to recommend Brink to anyone unless they have already played all the rest. If you're curious give it a rental but avoid a purchase until it drops to $29. Maybe, by then, they'll have patched the remaining bugs.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I love a good action-RPG but sadly, Dungeon Hunter: Alliance is my least favorite launch games for the Vita, and has only held my attention for as long as it has because I never played the PS3 version. And if you really must play this game then by all means get the PS3 version. You'll save more than $25 plus you might actually get to read the text on the larger screen. There are a lot better games you can be playing on your Vita, even if they aren't action-RPG.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    I really enjoyed Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, which just made it that much more disappointing when it was over before it ever got started. Usually three hours into a game and I am just starting to get the hang of it, but in this case I was looking for something else to play next.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    If you’ve been wondering if Two Worlds is worth picking up, the answer is no. Sure, the screen shots and gameplay elements make it attractive on the outside, but once installed, the game loses all appeal.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    But for whatever reason, the game just feels a tad rushed, and while enjoyable at times, there was just too much frustration and repetition to make this more than a rental, at least until it hits the bargain bins.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The cutscenes are shockingly brutal, the language is shockingly harsh, and the gameplay is shockingly bad.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    The decision to create so much gameplay outside the car could have reinvented the series, but instead, it merely bogs it down with clumsy and frustrating gameplay. The poor save and checkpoint system will have you playing and replaying portions of the game to the point of insanity.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Top Spin admittedly fills a much-needed gap in the tennis genre, but if this is the best the sport has to offer it’s time to find a new sport, or at least a new system to play it on.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    It’s a great idea which sounds like a lot of fun, but falls short when it comes to fruition. I'd love to see Hot-B and Taito try this again, while paying closer attention to gameplay, controls, and streamlining the create-a-character in such a way that makes it much more accessible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    There just isn’t all that much substance and certainly no flash with Namco’s latest retro invasion on the DS.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Obviously, MGM and the McQueen family gave their approval, but whether you enjoy it will depend on your love of the genre and your tolerance for mediocrity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games isn't a horrible game, but there is enough questionable content that I cannot recommend a full-price purchase unless you really like a weird take on popular Olympic events.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    It tries, but usually it fails. The game feels kind of half assed, to be perfectly blunt.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Sadly enough these great features cannot save you from a horrendous storyline, generic sounds, and iffy controls.
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    • 61 Critic Score
    The biggest problem I had with Hot Wheels: Beat That! is that I was going into playing it thinking it was just a pure racing game with cool weapons to help you get ahead in the race. I hated to have to think about the various objectives I needed to complete to get more tires so I could unlock more levels and new cars.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end though, this game feels like a throwback, or an experiment gone wrong. Die-hard ATL fans should rent this first.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At the end of the day you will come for the single-player game and stay for the multiplayer modes. If the multiplayer modes don’t interest you then you will want to rent or simply skip this title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a diehard fan of Lord of the Rings and just have to have everything then War in the North will tide you over nicely till The Hobbit finally hits theatres. For anyone else, it's a competent rendition of an action RPG and worth the look if you're done with Skyrim, but I wouldn't go out of my way to play this.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Critical Hour, despite being the latest game in the series, takes several severe steps backwards in both graphics and audio technology, and the unpredictable enemy AI and target assist put this game more in the action genre than the tactical one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The bundle MSRP of $50 is surprisingly cheap in my opinion, but still not chump change. I mean, spending $50 on something you don’t particularly care for is a bummer, but spending $50 on something you don’t care for and having a bulky dance mat left over taking up precious space is even worse.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Attempts to make several bold steps forward in both gameplay and immersive story design. While it nails the story aspects perfectly there is still just a bit too much of the old Tomb Raider showing through the seams.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As an attractively illustrated adventure game with very mild difficulty levels, Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park probably isn’t a bad choice for younger gamers or fans of Nancy Drew who might enjoy it as a short, interactive comic book. If you’re looking for something like the PC Nancy Drew games on the DS, though, this title is probably not for you.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game does a good job at one thing though, it makes me want to go watch the real series, so I’d say save your money and go by those on DVD rather than this, but there are worse ways to waste money.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball 3D is a tough game to recommend. For $7 you're going to get four tables that most franchise fans already own and have played to death. It would have been nice to have at least one 3DS-exclusive table to sweeten the pot, and I'm guessing that with dozens of other existing console tables ready to be ported there is no incentive to make anything original for the handheld at this time.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The planes look pretty and they fly with precise controls and accurate physics, but that’s about all you can say nice about Over G.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Granted, Battleground is intended to be played online, but more often than not the online lobbies are empty. This lack of popularity all-but signs the death warrant for an online-heavy game like Battlegrounds - as a significant portion of the game's longevity is thrown out the window when there is nobody to play it with. In closing, while Red Faction: Battlegrounds is certainly a serviceable spiritual successor to the classic Atari game Combat, it really has little to offer for veteran gamers looking for more than an arena-based blast fest.
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    • 60 Critic Score
    Word Fusion is entertaining enough, but its production values seem more at home on a Flash game, or at least, an ad-supported free mobile game. The gameplay grows old quickly, and it may not hold your attention for long. Still, it's not a terrible game. It just isn't an excellent one. For a dollar, though, it has its charms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Body and Brain Connection might just test your self-esteem more than your brain. Playing alone was okay but playing in a party environment was just so much more fun when everybody could laugh and make fun of the person who was getting "roasted" by the professor. It's probably more stressful than educational, and with only 20 games and three difficulty levels you probably won't play long enough to make any real self-improvement. I'll stick with my DS brain exercises for the time being.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I think the game designers needed to put more effort into this game. This game is really fun and enjoyable but comes up short as far as graphics and sound.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shrek: Ogres and Dronkeys is not necessarily a terrible game, it is more that it just does nothing to stand out from the crowd of pet simulators that are already saturating the market.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the game tries hard to deliver solid single player storyline and multiplayer gameplay, it just does not cut the mustard when it comes developing a truly engaging and enjoyable experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Having not watched Naruto before or played any other game, I found myself enjoying myself regardless of its graphic flaws.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The graphics are slick and I can tell a lot of historical research went into making this game, but I can’t shake the feeling that the Pyro designers are still using muskets while the competition has moved on to assault rifles.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, X-Blades sports an underdeveloped story, uninspired arena-based level design, and little or no incentive to progress on through the hackneyed storyline.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the market for a puzzle game that'll really take dedication and time? Stick to Ico and its ilk. Looking for something to unwind with for 20 minutes after a hard day at work? Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge is worth every penny.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Games literally take weeks to complete, and chances are you won’t see how it begins or ends; you will merely be just passing through.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The cutscenes are shockingly brutal, the language is shockingly harsh, and the gameplay is shockingly bad.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just not a very good game. It's playable, but even in that aspect it has some strikes against it versus other PC games thanks to bad camera work and a frustrating character control scheme.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it has several good points including a large character creation system with tons of items, armor and weapons.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Thanks to solid gameplay, realistic AI, value pricing and especially the unique online features – Host Migration, persistent funds, EyeToy and USB headset support – World Championship Poker can proudly stand near the top of the bargain bin.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Disney Sing It unfortunately doesn’t make a very good karaoke game because of various mechanical and design issues, but with its sound list of popular Disney pop tunes appealing to the Hannah Montana and High School Musical crowd, it certainly does fine as a karaoke disc.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The story is predictable to a fault, but with a nice twist ending.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you liked the predecessor Tenchu games, then you’ll like Tenchu Z, at least a little. FromSoftware and K2 must have obviously not devoted a lot of their resources to this game, though.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Only a small percentage are going to really enjoy all of the overly difficult simulation aspects that go into nailing a successful run in this game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game succeeds too well in creating the emptiness of space—I want to feel the emptiness of space, not feel like the game is lacking way too much content.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately this game is better suited for the PSP with its widescreen more so than the DS, where it feels crunched.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I really can’t believe that they didn’t include a multiplayer option. The option of competing with other people would have really made this game a whole lot more fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For those of you who have heard of the show, but never seen it then this title maybe worth the 30 bucks. For those that have placed the previous title or those not fans of RPGs you should hold off until this title drops $10 dollars or at least rent it first before you buy it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Barnyard was a surprisingly solid release in the fall of 2006, but this Wii version tries too hard to incorporate the unique Wii controls, and it all ends up falling flat.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you don't normally play adventure games and feel like going out on a limb there are probably better games to cut your teeth on, but however you spend your money Crystal Key II does offer a unique and pleasant experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron is a linear action-brawler, and at some basic levels of design no more ambitious than your standard God of War game.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Quality took a backseat to just getting it done in time for the film’s premiere. Our loss.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If, like me, you have a couple of kids, even teens, prancing around the house – go ahead and rent Fairly Odd Parents: Shadow Showdown for a weekend. They’re sure to get a kick out of seeing familiar characters onscreen, even if only for a few minutes. For seasoned adults, the gameplay will prove to be a bit tired, yet strangely addictive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Vicarious Visions has achieved a nice presentation with Bee Movie, but the watered-down gameplay is sure to wear on experienced gamers. The game is perfect for the younger set, but older gamers might want to look elsewhere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The good graphics and challenge do not make up for a corny story, generic game mechanics, and obnoxious music.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless you have some little relative who is just begging and begging and begging and begging you to get this for them then I'd say stay way from it.
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    • 60 Critic Score
    For those who have never played the original, Pitfall: The Big Adventure will be a worthwhile purchase once it drops below the $19.99 price point. Until then, it's a fun romp through a world of freewheeling treasure hunters, man-eating crocs and hidden treasure--just not quite fun, or new, enough.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Poorly slapped together in some aspects, awkward dialog and delivery noticeably mar Shrek the Third.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it’s far from the perfect adventure title, Traitors Gate does provide real world puzzle solving in a somewhat interesting environment, something that is pretty much missing from the market otherwise.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While this is a valiant effort to fill a much-needed gap in portable gaming, there are just too many issues that keep this game from being all that fun or anywhere close to becoming as next-gen as the system you are playing it on.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In conclusion, How To Train Your Dragon attempts to offer too much variety, but does little to fully develop any particular aspect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Street Fighter III: Third Strike - Online Edition is not a game for everyone. This is for the die-hard Street Fighter gamers that are looking to relive their childhood and to improve their skills by fighting real opponents and move up in the online leaderboards.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For a mediocre movie to game translation, $40 is just too much coin to drop for a game that can be played from end to end in a single weekend of casual gaming.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Sims 2 is a very linear game with marginal graphics and minimal sound, but all in all it should please fans of previous Sim GBA games or those looking for a parody of a reality-TV show storyline
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As full as the ocean can be, this ocean is a little shallow - it’s more like a tide pool. The gameplay is there for the most part, but it’s just a little too generic and mundane to excite most people.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Aliens Blast: The Encounter never makes any pretense toward being anything other than it is, a simple straightforward shoot ‘em up extravaganza, and depending upon whether or not this is your cup of tea will be the major factor in your purchase decision.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless you really like KOF series or plan on playing exclusively on Xbox Live you will probably want to steer clear of this game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There were several enjoyable moments during my time in L.A. and I truly appreciate the epic scale and detail that went into this city. I could only wish for thinner traffic, smarter opponents, and craftier police. As it is, everything is just thrown at you, and the entire game seems just a bit…ahem…"rushed".
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A simple and fun game that unfortunately gets old quickly.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simply an average game, both in quality and the skill level needed to complete it. I was very disappointed that the educational aspect that the series was founded on was truncated to include a small area before each level.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The gameplay becomes more work than play and turning on the game starts to feel like punching in for a shift with little motivation to continue.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    They have stretched imagination and creativity in a few scenes with things like being outside the train while looking at a few of the doors to compartments instead of the standard inside view. Other than these occasional bright points Murder On The Orient Express is just not much above average.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mafia manages to keep its engrossing story and wonderful audio package but loses everything else. The graphics are laughable by PS1 standards and the clunky controls and frequent load screens make Mafia an excercise in frustration.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you want to try the game rent it first and see if you like it before you buy it. Then again, if you’re a hardcore Potter fan with a PSP then this game is definitely worth picking up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, I wouldn’t recommend this game to anybody as a purchase unless you really loved the first game and just couldn’t wait for another installment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hardcore Gauntlet players will probably buy yet another copy of this game if for no other reason than the ability to play multiplayer over Xbox Live, which is admittedly a good reason to play what is otherwise a very dated and boring game that will try your patience rather than test your RPG skills.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Control is one of the most important things to truly let you connect with a game. With OMF I was unable to establish this connection and the game just didn’t really entertain me or draw me in. Fighting, the main thrust of the game, was often a chore.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There simply isn’t anything terribly new or exciting in Project Zoo.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I enjoyed the premise and there is an undeniable charm about this game, but there are just too many camera issues that quickly turn into control and combat issues that make the game more frustrating than fun to play.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you really, really love Spider-Man and have a high tolerance for dismal graphics and repetitive gameplay and the PS2 is the only game system you have in the house, then go ahead and check this out...maybe as a rental. Or get the NDS version. You'll have infinitely more fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Unleashed features some of the best Sonic action in years – but it also features some of the worst.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all Emily the Strange: Strangerous was interesting to play and it sparked an interest in my sister about her series of books but not something I see myself doing any second playthroughs.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that only fans of the SNK NeoGeo or Capcom fighting games should worry about adding this game to their collection.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You can easily spend a lot of time playing even one game to completion, but by the end you’ll probably wonder if you would have been better off getting your noodle baked by watching some anime or slowly roasting ants under a magnifying glass on a cloudy day.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A rather uninspired XBLA release. Sure, Digital Eclipse put all the bells and whistles on the enhanced version, but when the classic plays better than the enhanced you have to wonder what went wrong.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The cutscenes are shockingly brutal, the language is shockingly harsh, and the gameplay is shockingly bad.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Xbox Live Arcade version is a perfect recreation of the original in every way from the 255 original mazes to the graphics and authentic sounds.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I think this game’s real value lies in the simplicity and accessibility that would be really good for an enjoyable party game or as a rental.