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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Guitar Hero II
Lowest review score: 10 X-Men: Destiny
Score distribution:
3051 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the Atlanteans are cool, and it’s always fun to level your enemies’ towns with a 4-story creature, it’s a pretty steep price to pay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Darwinia is immersive, with a quality mix between unique game play and off-the-wall graphics. This title isn’t particularly successful, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the elements that Introversion has brought to the table appear in future RTS titles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being a little too difficult, even on the easy setting, and having all the break-neck speed of a run away yak in a snowdrift Galactic Civilizations is actually an enjoyable 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you’re a Wii fan of first person shooters, Call of Duty: World at War is a great game and one very worthy of owning with its great story and very well done online multiplayer gaming.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The new courses are fun the first few times but that’s about all you can take away from this release.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    When it works it works well and offers a very challenging online experience. The fun is hampered by both horrendous load times and the fact that you need a high-end system to coax performance from the engine. There are also some issues with unbalanced units, rampant camping, and the lack of any "functional" vehicles other than transportation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The integration of real-time battle is executed in a much more effective way than what we were promised of the Knights of the Old Republic series.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But I cannot fault the game for being clever, and at just under 3 hours total, the episode is over just when things begin to really mesh, leaving you wanting more from the second episode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the additional content is a little light, the game still delivers solid strategy both online and off.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Darwinia+ is one of the coolest titles currently available in the XBLA library.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    Rock Band Unplugged may look and sound like Rock Band but without instruments to hold and friends to join in the fun, all that’s left is a solitary and miserable experience with intolerable load times that had me rushing back to my console version of Rock Band 2 to wash the bitter taste from my mouth.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    EA has more than a year to polish this game and it came out pretty bad, or at least below expectations. For every nice touch, there was something far worse to overshadow it, for every new feature, we lost three, and I have never seen such a waste of the ESPN license.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Regardless of Street Fighter Alpha Anthology’s gaming value, it does a wonderful job of showing how a fighting series evolves from a slow and skitchy brawler, to a fast and fluid fighter.
    • 79 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As chess games go, Chessmaster is top notch. I was surprised at the challenge and excitement I felt playing Chessmaster. But after a while, it becomes work to play against the AI and until the Xbox Live portion begins to build steam, it's not going to keep me coming back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A must-own expansion for tycoon-style gamers, especially if you bought RCT3. It improves the original game enough that you will love the changes, without having to fight the whole new learning curve of the menus again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Traxxpad is an interesting application for creating songs or techno sounding beats. There is something here if you’re interested in creating music on your PSP but this is not for the quick and easy music buff.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    If you're the type of gamer who only gets one or two games each year then Yakuza 4 will certainly keep you busier than anything else coming in 2011. I'm just not sure that the four-part story is strong enough and the gameplay diverse enough to drive all that content.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite some interesting additions to the game's formula and the series' lasting charm, the console version of The Sims 3 takes about as many steps back as it does forward. For PC veterans of the series, there's not much reason to take the dive, unless you want to experiment with karma and the in-game achievements. For the curious who can't or won't play the PC version, however, The Sims 3 maintains enough of the series' high points to be worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 57 Critic Score
    The Rabbids are certainly the most endearing characters we've seen in recent years, but their offbeat charm isn't enough to carry this unoriginal and rather stale action-platform title. If this is the future of the Rabbids then they should most definitely go home and stay there.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Everything you loved about the first game is back and better than before. Sam’s new moves and gadgets are excellent and tightly integrated into the missions so they aren’t there just for the sake of having something new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    If you are the slightest bit motivated, you will probably find a DVD program like P90X will give you much better results. But if you must have a video game style workout program, EA Sports Active 2 is certainly worth consideration.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NFL Blitz is great at being what it was originally supposed to be: an arcade football game. It has fun gameplay, good graphics and funny announcers. If you just stick to that, NFL Blitz is worth the $15 cost. If you expect classic NFL Blitz late hits or accurate gameplay you will be disappointed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The premise of Etherlords II can be diluted down to a simple card game concept; one person plays their cards and then the other until somebody wins. By nature, it is a repetitive game and I think the game designers overestimated the fun factor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Again, I’m just a casual tennis player and not a sim-enthusiast, but as a game, a tennis game, Top Spin 3 is one of the worst I’ve played. Sorry 2K…better luck next year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    I had high hopes for Rally Revo. By all technical standards the game is a success, but it just wasn’t fun to play after getting beat up and down by the flawless AI and sadistic championship design.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    If you have a PSP then I’d still recommend getting the first Lumines, the new sequel, or even both. This is a game that is much more suited to portable systems.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An ideal title for people who’ve never partaken in the MMOG scene to use to test the waters. Like most of the other entries in the genre, it is a leveling treadmill, but it is a really well designed one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid package and you would not go wrong in getting it if you are a racing fan, or if you are looking for something quick and enjoyable that doesn’t take all your time to really get into.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    For all intents and purposes Law & Order: Justice is Served is a cookie cutter sequel, just more of the same with really marginal improvements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Skylanders a charming game with a fascinating toy tie-in, but there isn't much here to offer to older gamers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's really not the fault of the game -- it's the fault of the platform. These kinds of games do not work well on the iPhone, and I'm sorry Mr. Bandicoot, but that does not mean you get a pass.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A surprisingly fast paced hard-hitting sports game that'll catch any unsuspecting sports fan's eye.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its delectable appearance, Restaurant Empire is not a game for the feeble-minded or faint-hearted. You have to have the stomach to do what it takes to keep your restaurant profitable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Only the most loyal of Tetris fans should probably consider this, at least until it goes on sale.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    With a short single player mode, as well as no frills multiplayer, Project Snowblind won’t turn many heads.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    By my own admission, I’m probably one of the worst Tony Hawk players in the world, but this game was so easy to pick up and play, and the new "Nail the Trick" only took me a few tries before I figured it out, and I was instantly hooked for life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I will admit I was frustrated a few times when I failed to complete some of the challenges or kept getting my butt kicked in some of the Championships but, I loved it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Probably written with the back-to-school season and Halloween in mind, Warnings at Waverly Academy is a refreshing change of pace for Nancy Drew as, for once, we get to see Nancy in a school setting being a somewhat more normal teenage girl.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    I had to race Revo in small doses. I could only play for a limited time every time I picked up the controller. I would get the sensation to throw my controller at my PS3 after about two hours of racing, so I would stop and pick it back up later.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Sure, the mobile version is a third of the PC price at only $3, but with variable performance issues and clunky controls, you probably won't play more than a third of the game before moving on.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This is the single best console poker game I have ever played.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I would recommend Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to just about anyone looking for a totally fun and moderately challenging gameplay experience with all of the flavor and style of the Ice Age movies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Despite some minor flaws and an occasional frustrating bug (that will hopefully be resolved in a patch), Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile keeps many of the classic elements of city-building strategy that made its predecessors so much fun to play, and innovates in ways which make the game much more interesting and involving.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game will require a lot of patience to play and master.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    If you've already got this game for the PC or even have had your fill of the earlier games in this series, The Sims 2 might not offer enough new to really get you excited about it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    I'm not a hater, but I'm certainly not a Green Day groupie, so much of what little charm this game has to offer is completely lost on me. If you followed the band around while they were touring and still wear their T-shirts then by all means, add two points to my score and go grab this game and rock 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Lackluster, lackluster, lackluster - that's the word for this game.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though it can be a bumpy ride, Shattered Dimensions is a game you shouldn't pass up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    In closing, I have to say I enjoyed my time with EA's 2010 release of NBA Jam, but I would have liked it a lot more if it were a free unlockable or even a $10 or $15 Xbox Arcade release – but as a standalone full-priced release it is hardly worth it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    There is also the added value of new levels, gameplay enhancements, and even a complete buried game locked away waiting for you to connect the GBA and GameCube versions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, on the scale of sandbox games, JC falls somewhere between True Crime and GTA: Vice City. Rico Rodriguez' San Esperito is definitely more impressive than Nick Kang's Los Angeles, but the storyline is nowhere near the Vercetti's Vice City.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It will delight gamers of all ages and the more you play the better you get. It promotes observation, color and pattern recognition skills, but the random nature of the game boards is more about reflexes than problem solving.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Destroy All Humans! 2 isn’t necessarily a bad game – it just isn’t all that great. I was hoping that laying waste on hippies, yippies and KGB agents would be a bit more fun and a lot less confining.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I was anticipating control issues due to the lack of a second analog stick but they weren’t as bad as I had imagined. In all, this is a fairly solid handheld port of the console version.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It is especially good for families with younger kids who wouldn't do well with group games like Scene It.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It’s undeniably charming, fun despite its problems, and laugh out loud funny at times.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you are someone like me, who takes baseball really seriously and follows their favorite team closer than anyone else you know, then I would strongly recommend this game.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    An adequate port of an outstanding console game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I loved this game on the Xbox but this is totally unacceptable and an excercise in extreme and total frustration. Unless you are a Zen master avoid this game like the proverbial plague.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With some good there of course has to be some bad. The standard music that plays isn't the best that I think they could have gotten, which made the custom playlist feature so nice for me. With a game of this pricing and quality I couldn't understand why they had to create a DLC for a later date instead of just giving me all the levels in the initial purchase. Mercury Hg is not really something I see spending money on twice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Microsoft keeps inserting small innovations when what is really needed is a major overhaul to the entire game engine.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s actually quite fun in doses. Still, after the recent glut of A-1 quality releases, it’s hard to see Red Dead Revolver as a full-price competitor to "Ninja Gaiden," "Onimusha 3" or "Pandora Tomorrow."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Kung Fu Panda may not be a long lasting game but it adds some unique platforming with button mashing fighting and plenty of well done graphics and great audio. Kung Fu Panda for the PS2 is well worth the effort and even for a platformer and button masher well worth the cost.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Once you look through the cel-shaded visuals, professional voice acting, and graphic novel presentation and effects, you are left with a pretty standard shooter that doesn’t really innovate or improve upon the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I’d hate to play this on anything smaller than the PSP screen. EA seems determined to bring their entire console sports line-up over to the PSP as quickly as possible, but I think in their haste they are letting way too many bugs slip through.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A great chess program for helping and improving your chess game. This is not just a game to play chess with others or against a computer; it is a set of tools for teaching and improving your chess game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It does have charming graphics and sound, but the maddening grind really drives down the fun factor.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 56 Critic Score
    If you’re into blood, guts and violence then Scarface is not a bad game other than the pretty lame AI.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Though the game is woefully short, the game does set a standard for RPG difficulty, which might breathe some challenge into the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Penumbra remains a mediocre adventure game with a small handful of interesting elements, and pee your pants moments.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I definitely recommend picking it up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game that actually makes you feel good while playing it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure, the levels and even the gameplay get a bit repetitive (and painful) at times, but there is always great action and the potential to share that action with your friends.
    • 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.