Game Chronicles' Scores

  • Games
For 3,052 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 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Game Tycoon
Score distribution:
3,052 game reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I had low expectations going into this review so imagine my surprise to find that PAIN is not only a great and totally addictive game, it is probably going to be one of the biggest guilty pleasures in everybody’s PS3 library.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The puzzles are not terribly hard but a few of require a little thought, though help is available if you desire it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    First, this demo has as much, if not more content than a lot of other racing games out there, and second, a lot of the profits from this “demo” will certainly be rolled over into the final game, making it even better than ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The staggering difficulty and blazing visuals may overwhelm the casual gamer - it took me two days to get to the second boss, but anyone who takes the time to master the binary gameplay model will find a deep strategic shooter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    GTR Evolution is a great racing simulator that is very realistic and a great game with all the right features and realism you could ask for. GTR Evolution has tracks made from real world sites and plenty of real cars for an overall well made game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    After the initial jaunt though, visiting old locations gets repetitive and dull.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quite possibly the scariest and most unnerving game I’ve ever played.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Buzz! Quiz TV is going to provide countless hours of educational fun for you, your entire family, and a group of friends that will surely increase in size once they learn you have this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is something that is totally addicting about participating in a multiplayer band, whether you are all in the same room or joining up with fellow rockers online. And if you are an aspiring musician or music producer, or like to play around with mixing boards and experiment with creating your own music, the Music Studio is a totally original addition to World Tour and sets this game apart from any of the competition.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is something that is totally addicting about participating in a multiplayer band, whether you are all in the same room or joining up with fellow rockers online. And if you are an aspiring musician or music producer, or like to play around with mixing boards and experiment with creating your own music, the Music Studio is a totally original addition to World Tour and sets this game apart from any of the competition.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Metal Slug games tend to disappear fast and never return, so snag this one fast and don’t be sluggish. If you see a sale, bite and don’t hesitate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s always nice to get something original on the PS Store, and even though Crash Commando might not be new in concept, the game design is flawlessly executed and the sheer addictive nature of the gameplay and slick online access makes this a must-own PSN title.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With Grand Slam Tennis EA has set a new standard for motion control input, tennis games, and Wii games in general.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The menus are slick, the tables are colorful and cool, and the presentation is fun and flashy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I absolutely hated the game at first, but after three missions I was definitely feeling the love. This is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I loved the small hidden references throughout the title that made be just laugh to myself or in one case tell by friends about.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The puzzles were challenging, the story mode was comical and reminded me a bit of Sonic, and I had a blast playing with friends in the Survival mode.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The lack of many big name legends is a shortcoming, but the massive amount of customization options and user created content will keep any fan playing for months.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The lack of many big name legends is a shortcoming, but the massive amount of customization options and user created content will keep any fan playing for months.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Epic Mickey is an animated love letter to all things Disney. It captures all of our favorite characters plis some we had forgotten about, or some we never even knew. Kids will certainly love the game, even if they need help getting past difficult parts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Angry Birds HD is a delight to play, watch, and listen to, and there is endless replay potential for mastering the 60+ levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Robokill kicks some serious shooter butt on the iPad. It is my new addiction and guilty pleasure, and the way it's designed you can pick up and play one or two rooms or a few dozen.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I love this game, and despite a few forgivable flaws Homefront is easily one of the most immersive and emotional campaigns that come to mind in my 30 years of gaming. Sure, the campaign is short. Deal with it. With that ending there is either going to be a sequel or some killer DLC. Meanwhile, you can reap the rewards and satisfaction of some of the best multiplayer combat we've seen so far in 2011.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s not exactly a sequel, but more of a standalone expansion pack with improved gameplay. Get it!
    • 68 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you are a sucker for pretty graphics and a rich narrative then you had better stick with the console versions of Grand Theft Auto, but anyone looking for an excellent handheld version of the game will delight in the complexity this title has to offer.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The presentation value is worthy of its own television series and the gameplay is surprisingly challenging and sometimes downright difficult.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is one of the best new multiplayer games and its exclusive to the Xbox, so you even get some system bragging rights to go along with your hack and slash adventures.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For the most part Area 51 delivered a solid, fast, fun, and very challenging action-shooter, all set within a creative human-alien hybrid setting. Who wouldn't love the chance to get a peek inside Area 51?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fans of previous NHL Hitz games will still enjoy the easily accessible gameplay and hopefully respect the move into a more serious variation of the sport.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s rare that we see this level of sophisticated squad-based tactical gameplay in a console title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's challenging, and it's breathtaking to look at, even if you are watching somebody else play it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best thing about Contracts is the highly polished gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The gameplay is fast and furiously addicting, and even though the overall difficulty is generally way too easy (thanks to slipstream turbo), there are plenty of random events that will cause you to lose more than your fair share of races.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether you are looking for an action-focused single-player war game or a fantastic multiplayer experience that rivals those Tom Clancy titles, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a masterful bit of game design.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There is a really good game lurking under those boobies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I am truly amazed at the range of scores Scarface: The World is Yours has been getting. I'm guessing the low scores are coming from people who are either rushing through the game or have no prior knowledge of Tony Montana and the movie that inspired the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I was expecting so much more from this title, but the most Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones can manage to deliver is a few new acrobatic and combat moves and a Dark Prince that looks cool but that's about it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The cooperative online and local multiplayer modes are long overdue and a huge asset to making this game last well beyond the solo campaign. The cooperative campaign mode is so much fun that you might never even play it by yourself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Resurrection of Evil doesn't fare as well on the Xbox as it did on the PC. The grabber is awkward and imprecise, which wouldn't be so bad if it weren't required for some battles. The 16-person multiplayer of the PC is now limited to four and the entire multiplayer package just isn't as robust as the PC.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Very rarely do I get to say that a sequel is actually better than the original, but Destroy All Humans! 2 manages to boost just about every level of humor, storytelling, and gameplay up at least a slight notch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you must play the game on the old Xbox you'll still have a good time; albeit a lonely time. Just don't play it on the 360 or you might never be satisfied with your classic system again. Tony has definitely made the jump to next-gen and you might want to do the same.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite a few annoying omissions, the overall gameplay is as good as it gets on Xbox. The wealth of settings and ability to play a quick match or dive into the deep end of team management is a complete thrill and well worth the price.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The opening movies hooks you and the training missions make the game seem innocent enough. Once you start playing however, the true nature of just how difficult this game really is become quickly apparent. This is not a game to be approached by the casual action gamer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If customizing is your thing, the CAW is the single most amazing thing about XIX. You could get lost in the myriad options it offers to you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Pool Paradise is the definitive pool simulation for next-gen consoles. While nothing will ever replace the actual art of playing “real” pool, this is as close as it has ever come. The controls are intuitive and the interface is fun and accessible to young and old alike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a comic lovers dream come true; the perfect marriage of comics and video games, and with so many comic-inspired games already out and more on the way, I can say without reservation that Ultimate Spider-Man will rule them all with ultimate gameplay and ultimate style.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're still playing Dawn of War II, or if you're a fan of the Imperial Guard, Retribution is practically a no-brainer. If you're a fan of Warhammer 40,000 or the real-time strategy genre, now's a great time to get started, since Retribution is a standalone game with access to everything from the first two Dawn of War II games, save for their campaigns. Either way, it's a return for one of real time strategy's great names, and certainly worth your time and dollar if you've got any interest in following more of the story of Subsector Aurelia.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    That said, however, Pixeljunk Shooter 2 is an excellent game. With a fresh graphical style, tight controls, and innovative gameplay, it's everything a downloadable game should be. While there are some minor stumbles for the more casual, puzzle-oriented player, that shouldn't discourage anyone who's curious from picking it up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For Dead or Alive fans, Dimensions is a sort of collected archive, with lots of characters and stages that have all appeared in previous titles. There isn't a whole of new stuff technically, but it is all so expertly executed on the 3DS, that you really don't mind. And the way newcomers are eased into the combat, it really makes it a Dead or Alive for everyone. This is one of the strongest releases yet for the 3DS yet, and definitely one worth picking up for any fighting fan. And if that didn't sell you on it, there may or may not be an unlockable stage featuring Ridley from Metroid, which is just plain cool.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I enjoyed this new vision of Mortal Kombat more than any previous edition in the franchise. It has some issues, mostly in the single-player game, but all the hardcore fighters are here for the human-on-human interactions so it probably isn't a deal-breaker. If you love Mortal Kombat or just want to play an uber-violent and bloody fighting game then Mortal Kombat is the reigning champ and definitely worth adding to your collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Frustrating at times, but totally original and completely hilarious throughout, Shadows of the Damned is one of the cleverest, naughtiest, most brilliantly constructed games I've played this year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Puzzle Dimension is a highly enjoyable experience that is remarkably beautiful and totally engaging with its challenging puzzles. The puzzle designs are ingenious and sometimes frustrating, but once you solve them its instant gratification. This is Doctor Entertainment's first release and if their next one is as stunning as Puzzle Dimension I will definitely be on the bandwagon. I highly recommend picking up Puzzle Dimension for some pure fun in a dimension all its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the Warhammer 40k machine or just looking for some good old fashioned action then look no further than Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine for PC.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether you're a die-hard Spidey fan or just looking for the next great action-fighting game, Edge of Time excels in every aspect of game design with solid combat, fun navigational puzzles, and one of the best cinematic presentations of any Spider-Man game to date.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether you're a die-hard Spidey fan or just looking for the next great action-fighting game, Edge of Time excels in every aspect of game design with solid combat, fun navigational puzzles, and one of the best cinematic presentations of any Spider-Man game to date.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sadly, The Gunstringer is rather short, clocking in at around 5-8 hours depending on your skill and dedication. There are plenty of reasons to replay the game, chapter modifiers, optional commentary tracks, and a host of unlockable bonuses, so you won't stop playing even after you've won.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're looking for ultimate detail and resolution and perfect framerate then stick with your PC version of Crysis, but if you don't play PC games, or your PC was never able to play Crysis in the first place then the 360 version of Crysis is a fantastic port that uses their latest engine to deliver great graphics and sound and superior controls, all for only $20 in the On-Demand store.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    MDK2 HD is a prime example of how a game can be challenging and a lot of fun at the same time. This is still one of the weirdest (in a good way) titles that I've ever played in my life, but the experience is totally worth it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Happy Feet Two is easily the best movie-inspired game of the holiday season…perhaps the entire year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Once Upon a Monster is the finest Sesame Street game on the market, and one of the best Kinect games to date. This perfect blend of entertainment and enrichment fills a void on the home console, and provides a wonderful experience for the whole family.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With a great story, cool time-loop premise, interesting characters and exciting survival combat, I loved every minute I was trapped in Alan Wake's American Nightmare and look forward to more of this style of episodic content, and hopefully a full-fledged sequel sometime soon.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The story mode is a fairly weak and linear 12-15 hour experience, but the online co-op will keep you and your friends entertained for weeks and months to come. I can see this game having a nice long life as long as they can keep the DLC coming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As far as puzzle games go, Rinth Island is in a class of its own, not only by putting a new 3D spin on the stacking puzzle genre, but by giving gamers the tools to build their own levels and extend their enjoyment well beyond the scope of this already quite substantial game. And it's only $1, so you might be tempted to buy a few of those in-app treats.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you enjoy slow, strategic, stealth gameplay, if you hacked your way through "Tenchu" and wanted more blood and violence then look no further. You won’t find a more stylish or disturbing game than this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If however you are looking to play an exciting and intense action-strategy combat game with a bit of historical significance, there is a whole lot of quality gameplay to be found here despite a few flaws and oversights – none of which a good patch couldn’t fix.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A quality racing experience with blazing visuals, realistic physics, and an excellent trick system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    From the obtuse system of management, to the lack of total control with the movie making, this game will disappoint somewhat. However, on balance, The Movies contains some remarkable features, that could only be spawned from the likes of Molyneux.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This game rocks from the opening tutorial to the final credits. Visually, it’s more stunning than nearly anything that released last year and the spooky sounds and kickin’ soundtrack are second to none.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Heroes of the Pacific is an extremely Arcady, historical WWII fighter with enough planes and amazing explosions than Pearl Harbor alone. If you like flying combat and extremely diverse gameplay, then become a hero to yourself and buy this game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I am certain that Empire Earth II will someday make it to the RTS Hall of Fame. It has surpassed the original in almost every way possible. It has become a new force to be reckoned with in the RTS genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Truth is, beyond the crassness of its Story mode, THUG 2 is not radically different from last year’s game. There’s not a whole lot new here aside from a few gimmicks and some off-the-wall elements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you’re a wrestling or a Smackdown fan, you’ll go nuts over this year’s Smackdown! vs. RAW. However, if you’re looking for an in-depth, stat-tracking online wrestling title, you’ll want to hold off for future installments and simply rent this one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The best thing about Sunrise is that it doesn’t take a huge time commitment. The load times are fast and you can keep this game on your hard drive for months and years to come and just pick up and play whenever you have some spare time.
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    • 87 Critic Score
    With all of the available options, team stats, player management, and coaching decisions, you will be hard pressed to find a better basketball simulation than this.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Thankfully, NBA Street Showdown makes it easy to enjoy this sport. I had a lot more fun playing this than I did the official NBA titles, but then again, Showdown forgoes the rules in favor of fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is a breath of fresh air that will hopefully inspire others to start creating some original works for this struggling system.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A completely overhauled and redesigned reiteration of the classic PC game. It’s a turn based strategy game that is similar to Nintendo’s Advanced Wars. This is different because the original was a real-time strategy game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A surprisingly deep dungeon crawler that makes ample and ingenious use of the DS’s touch-screen. The game plays well, sounds awesome, and looks absolutely stunning on Nintendo’s handheld wonder, and if it were not for a handful of nagging annoyances, it would be getting top honors.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s a perfectly blend of extreme sports action with an intuitive trick system that allows you to grow with the game, and big city free-roaming adventure much like a GTA game without all the violence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The improved defense, especially at the net, the new momentum feature, manual goalie option, and the long-overdue icon passing interface all combine to make this game the closest thing to the actual sport of hockey without putting on all the padding and a pair of skates.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I had a great time with Fatal Frame III despite the aging controls and unoriginal gameplay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Whether you are looking for an action-focused single-player war game or a fantastic multiplayer experience that rivals those Tom Clancy titles, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a masterful bit of game design. They managed to put just enough single-player elements in to keep the game fun for the solo players while keeping everything intact for the online warriors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With a style that is one part Gears and one part Rainbow, Army of Two is without a doubt one of the coolest titles I’ve played in some time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A blast to play, especially in a group setting, and is almost worth picking up just to hear the polygonal version of Simon Cowell hurl insults at you (and your friends) after your performances.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While this new version still lacks a lot of the content (courses) you can still get playing on last-gen systems, it certainly is a huge improvement from last year’s “golf sampler”, and with the integrated ESPN, amazing GameFace features for your characters and UCAP technology for the pros, and an enhanced True Swing and True Aiming system, this is by far the best and most advanced professional golf simulation available.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is a great game to test your brain and your dexterity, and with improved load times and a great design where levels only last a minute, Mercury Meltdown is a great title for the gamer on the go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With a compelling story, complex puzzles and great voice acting, I couldn’t ask for more. The controls were a bit frustrating at time but all in all a great experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In my opinion, this is by far the best Mario game currently available.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The fun, inventive style of play is downright addictive and the variety is excellent – just enough combat to keep things exciting and enough puzzles to flex your IQ without slowing you down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Puzzle games have always been on the boring side to me. Most puzzle games follow a certain standard. Crush starts its own standard, and I have a hunch that many games will try and replicate it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the most visionary XBLA titles since "Alien Hominid."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Very few Star Wars games are this good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I have played Madden on PlayStation and Xbox and this is by far the most fun and interactive way to truly enjoy this game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Mirror’s Edge is a title that I will not soon forget. In an industry full of sequels and non original ideas, Mirror’s Edge dares to challenge the way we experience first person titles as well as video games as a whole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I feel a bit letdown over the game as a whole.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you want a preview of what’s coming in FIFA 09, UEFA Euro 2008 is as close as you can get. It is one of the best soccer games to date, but it’s so limited that its shelf life is almost zero.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    One of the most innovative and fun Wii games to come out this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Wolfenstein is an awesome blend of old-school memories and next-gen ideas assembled into a rewarding game experience you can’t afford to miss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    After taking the tutorial and discovering the nuances of submission wins, I found myself addicted to the career mode.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is not perfect but it’s a very good start. I recommend X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Uncaged Edition for the PC to anyone wanting to take a walk on the wild side.