Game Fan's Scores

  • Games
For 82 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 25% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 81
Highest review score: 98 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Lowest review score: 42 Sonic Shuffle
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 82
  2. Negative: 4 out of 82
82 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Sega's latest NAOMI-to-Dreamcast conversion excels in nearly all accounts, providing crisp visuals, strong gameplay and plenty of replay value--it's an ace all the way, and a game one would be foolhardy to pass up.
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Everything in Tony Hawk 2 is bigger, badder and most of all, better.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    From the moment the title screens blinks on your television, to the time you finally force yourself to slap your dorsal fin on the "off" switch, you're bombarded with brilliance and visual splendor the likes we've haven't seen in ages.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An improved running game, new player animations and--most importantly--online play, head the list of reasons why you must own this game!
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    "Soul Calibur's"only detectable flaw... while professed SC masters may think that they can manhandle any selectable character, the ugly truth is that some of the game's characters are completely over- and under-powered.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Remodeled player models, higher resolution textures, even better lighting features all top the list of Dreamcast over PlayStation improvements.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Quake 3 Arena is so damn good, scratch that, so damn near perfect, that it makes anybody who believes the future of gaming is not online look like a fool.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Even Sega fanboys like myself have to admit that when it comes to little details, Madden walks all over our beloved "NFL 2K1" like Nancy Sinatra in a pair of high heeled boots.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's a game that's so amazing, if you don't own the system that plays it, you feel inclined to rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A knock-you-on-your-ass game that's so good it should be considered a felony not to own it.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The change in mood and the incredible new story are enough to rope anybody in for the easy thirty or more hours it will take to complete this worthy sequel.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Vagrant Story is that PlayStation title, the one all gamers have been waiting for, and one that's caused me to lose sleep, eat poorly (back to Chicken In A Bisket for me!) and shower on an irregular basis...all in the pursuit of gaming enlightenment.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The cream of the crop of online sports games and a must own addition to any Dreamcast owner's library.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics are amazing, the movies are great and the controls are simply fantastic -- "MDK 2" could be the front-runner for PC game of the year.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Good fun alone and an absolute riot in groups, you will have a tough time finding a music game that pleases like Sonic Team's colorful creation.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In addition to the superb animation, the game sounds awesome... Its dirt bikes actually sound like the real thing--none of that high-pitched tin squeal you'll find in other sub-par racers.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Yet another intense racing experience that any fan of tire-melting action will worship.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Besides bringing out the voyeur inside of me, I've found "The Sims" to be the most addictive and wholly enthralling game I've played in ages.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With its refreshing design, cool music and engaging storyline, this game has to be one of the greatest RPGs that has ever exited the Squaresoft building.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Virtually lag-free play, spot-on looks, and a tremendous amount of fun elevate 4x4 to the top of Dreamcast racers with little to no effort.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
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    A gorgeous snowboarder that gets its adrenaline from pulling off gravity-defying tricks, literally.
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not only one of the best racers on the Nintendo 64, but also one of the better kart racers in the last couple years.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Joanna Dark, "Perfect Dark's" heroine, Rare succeeds over Bond, the spy at the top of his game, by matching him with somebody who would likely prefer him on the bottom.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This version, "Bust-A-Move 4," almost makes it, but a few niggling shortcomings prevent it from wearing the "must-have" mantle.
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I, for one, will be giving multiple copies of Crash Bash and multi-taps to family and friends this holiday, and that alone should speak miles on just how addictive and fun this game can be in a multiplayer environment.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes everything that was great about the first outing--the insane speed, the fantastic cast, the fun fighting engine, and the impressive pyrotechnics--and expands on every bit of it, without succumbing to the curse of most follow-ups: going overboard.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'll just put it this way: If you've been a Street Fighter fan for the past number of years, like myself, then "Street Fighter III: Double Impact" for the Dreamcast will be in your fighting collection, especially since you're getting two games in one.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can get past the sometimes chugging on-screen action, and are just looking to have some good old fashion video game hockey fun, then NHL 2001 is just the game that will soak up your afternoons.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning example of unadulterated fun from yesteryear, tweaked only to take advantage of today's technology; the Nintendo 64 itself may age like vinegar, but the minds behind it continue to churn out fine wine.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game play in this episode is so thought out and well-realized that I found myself actually discouraged that this would be Insomniac's last venture with the purple dragon.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Coming in completely under the radar, RC de Go! could be the most enjoyable PlayStation racer of 2000 that you'll never play...
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    All the bosses in "Strider 2" look awesome, and hopefully, will inspire younger players to realize what a real side-scrolling action game should be like.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Should puzzle fans give Puzzle League a whirl, even if they don't dig on Pokemon? Hell, yeah.
    • Game Fan
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    TWINE revels in fact that it poaches the concepts pioneered in GoldenEye, and N64 gamers should too, because we haven't had it this good since 1997.
    • Game Fan
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the cleanest of the launch games, despite the fact the game takes on a cartoon-y, B-movie art style than the potential for realism that most other developers choose to trumpet.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While Sega GT's daunting learning curve and super-realistic handling may not be everyone's cup of tea, the game managed to grow on me after extended playing.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Apart from the major issues of online play, the graphics aren't showstopping, especially when you consider that the game was in development for nearly three years.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A twitchfest that relies on lightning reflexes and good ol' ninja skill, not the patience to sit through poorly acted cut scenes. That's a compliment, by the way.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hell, anybody who enjoys a well-made game should get a more than a few kicks out of UFC.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What sets "Fur Fighters" apart from the average action-adventure title is its excellent control, interesting puzzles and wonderful characters.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fishing gurus will love the idea of big catches, and video game addicts will thoroughly enjoy the strategy behind reeling in each different type of fish.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sometimes, you just need to blow stuff up. You'll have a hard time finding a better game on the Dreamcast to satisfy those brutal urges than the delightfully cartoony, but fiercely addictive Gunbird 2.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Far from being the most perfect fighting game, but it's close to being the most enjoyable one.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    But if you're looking for more than a distraction for the kids, a learning tool perfectly disguised as a game, then consider Nintendo's Hey You, Pikachu!.
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The tracks are absolutely boffo. The control's equally dynamite.
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The best representation of the home beat-'em-up genre since "Streets of Rage 2" and "Guardian Heroes"--but it still doesn't match up to those great games.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Falls victim to the same fate as Namco's "Tekken Tag Tournament," it offers nothing new except a prettier prom dress.
    • Game Fan
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Never mind that the story is fantastic--especially because it's based on real history -- the one thing that will get this gem some serious press is the overload of eye candy.
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    I'm glad it's finally here, and I can't wait to hear about the wild adventures you create!
    • Game Fan
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great stocking stuffers and even (a) cheap gift exchange purchase.
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New characters and updated graphics that only the PS2 could offer, and on the other hand... well, terrible slowdown and sometimes unbalanced gameplay are just a few of the many flaws early adopters found themselves clamoring about.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both games are directly targeted at the budget level, and are steals for gamers that have never owned the PlayStation versions, or just never had the chance to really get into either one.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid racer, which will either be slighting boring, or completely enthralling depending from which side of the crowd you come from (sim vs. arcade).
    • Game Fan
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Still missing that fun factor and variety that has elevated the better known beat 'em ups of the past.
    • Game Fan
    • 55 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The game's mechanics are just too elementary for any gamer older than thirteen, and even that might be too old for this decidedly kiddie fare.
    • Game Fan
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you don't believe physical strain should be the end result of a video game session, then, as Bono might sing, walk on.
    • Game Fan
    • 69 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you can't get enough of Daffy's antics, or collecting things during game play, you'll be be pleased as punch.
    • Game Fan
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Such a non-step forward in game play that any visual victory it achieves rings hollow.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Somehow, despite these behemoth obstacles, the game does capture a good portion of the original game's magic, and overall, isn't a bad investment if you enjoy RTS games.
    • Game Fan
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the game's flaws didn't bother me that much after I'd played for a while, the initial shock of not being able to control your fielders may be too much for many baseball fans to take.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The whole idea of platformer as scavenger hunt, though, has aged as well as a tuna sandwich left out on a hot California day. Sadly, this bear is starting the smell just as bad.
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Underneath the pretty particle effects and the elevator-style muzak, you have not only a nifty diversion, but also one hoohah of a two-player game that deserves more respect than it's getting.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, while nice visuals, a humorous character, innovative play mechanics and good replay value are promising, the sluggish control and annoying camera problems will certainly frustrate most "True Believers."
    • Game Fan
    • 77 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    "Tenchu 2" remains something of a letdown, since it's missing too many of the elements that made the original so great, and doesn't fix any of the problems that plagued its predecessor.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Let's get this out in the open -- "Seaman" can, and will, bore the hell out of you.
    • Game Fan
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, what could've been a pretty good fighting game turns out to be barely average, if it weren't for all the nice extra features this title has.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite how much fun it is to t-bone another car at top speed, the general hollowness of the game dampens your fun before the weekend's over.
    • Game Fan
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It will just leave you with an empty feeling both inside your body and your wallet.
    • Game Fan
    • 73 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Even snowboarding fans will find the game's steep learning curve frustrating more than anything else.
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Nintendo 64 owners will immediately be put off by the game's graphics, as well, which range from decidedly so-so to downright 'coyote ugly.'
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The game can never decided what resolution it wants to run in. Never before have I seen such a problem in a game -- it's so bad you can even see the textures on your car go from respectable DC quality textures to ugly N64-esque textures... one word: lame.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    If you absolutely love to shoot things and don't have enough blast-o-thons in your personal library already, by all means, support this tired series.
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    While the visuals are decent, Virtua Athlete 2000 is little more than a rehashed version of "Decathlete" for the Saturn, with little replay value, originality, or depth.
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Somewhere along the way, the developers forgot to make the game fun... because playing through JMSC2000 is a boring, mind-numbing chore.
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Sub-par crapola.
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What makes it so disappointing is because it has such a great premise, stars a groovy character, and looks so damn good that you want to almost cry when you realize that the wily demon of mediocrity has left his fingerprints all over the game.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    From the horrid character design to the stiff gameplay, this game isn't worth the ROM it's written to.
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the worst racers for the Nintendo 64.
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 47 Critic Score
    In a game so reliant on running in straight lines and jumping from one ledge to another, maddeningly loose control is unforgivable.
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A hollow "V8" clone with none of that game's charm, and a lame drizzling of "Star Wars" atmosphere -- just enough to justify putting the name on the box cover.
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    It's as if every major flaw of the aging PlayStation platform was meant to be exposed with this game -- from the over pixilated textures to the terrible draw-in distance... this game is just plain fugly.
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Almost everything that "Mario Party" did right, Sonic Shuffle does wrong, and to add insult to injury, it expects you to sit through repeated, lengthy load sessions to get to the next sequence of absolute un-fun.
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