Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,952 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,952 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions. So without further delay, would you kindly enter Rapture so that you too can experience the best that video games have to offer?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a powerful, cinematic, and breathtaking conclusion to the saga of the Ghost of Sparta.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    By playing career mode, players can unlock a new level, which is amazing in multiplayer, and one of the most diverse environments in the game. [Apr 2002, p.83]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Writing in video games is a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention, but Chaos Theory features a simply great script. Not only is it complex and deep, it's also surprisingly funny. [Apr 2005, p.112]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The loss of RPG elements may hit some people hard, and the repetition in minigames may lead to yawns and tired eyes, but none of these faults hold Mass Effect 2 back from being a work of bold ambition, and one of gaming’s most exciting sequels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Every bit the masterpiece on GameCube that it was on Playstation 2. [Jan 2002, p.85]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game perfectly captures the expansiveness of frontier life and the gritty gunplay of spaghetti westerns, rightfully earning its place alongside the great Western films and the best Rockstar games. [Issue#206, p.86]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The PC version of Dark Souls II is the definitive one to own. It’s a good step up in the graphics and performance departments, annoying load times are drastically reduced, and players can even opt to play with the mouse and keyboard if they so desire. It shows that From Software spent a considerable amount of time attempting to come up with controls that would feel natural on the PC.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Underneath its silky shine is a feast of fighting goodies that will change everything you have ever come to expect from this genre. [May 2002, p.78]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's an adventure that is so captivating that you'll be counting the days for the sequel. It takes interactive storytelling to new heights, and brings the player closer to content than ever before. It's easily one of the year's best titles and one of the most impressive games to date. [Nov 2007, p.151]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A fantastic port of a stellar game. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 evolves the winning formula into a title not only befitting of the fantastic series, but also one of the best games of this generation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 is still creepy, but this entry is more action-packed than previous games. That’s a good thing. Isaac’s intuitive new dodge roll makes avoiding the larger nercromorph attacks more manageable.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rockstar Games deserves credit for pushing the boundaries of its flagship franchise yet again with improved controls, great mission variety, and the most jam-packed open world I've ever visited.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The narrative fails to match the impact John Marston or Niko Bellic's tales, but the colorful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless. Like the golden state it parodies, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with beautiful scenery, a wealth of activities, and the promise of fortune.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 is a masterpiece of careful iteration, with an unmatched presentation and a well of content that will take months to run dry.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    While the story issues and a slight "I’ve done this before" factor stop it just short of perfection, God of War II is a title you simply cannot miss. It never stopped being one of the best games I’ve ever played.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An irresistible package born of the classic mold but with an invigorating twist. [Nov 2004, p.140]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It would be unwise to attempt to measure the amount of time you'll spend playing this game in hours; rather, it should be measured in days or weeks. [Feb 2003, p.106]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Madden is even deeper this year with the return of the Create-a-Team and the Two-Minute Drill, but that's not why my jock is still on the field. Tiburon could have merely made these additions, but it went the remaining nine yards to make a football game that is that much closer to perfection, if it hasn't already got there.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    For those who have played both, don’t worry – there is still $60 worth of new content in this package, so you too should go ahead and re-read that headline, because you shouldn’t have to read this whole review to understand why The Orange Box is probably the best videogame deal ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An irresistible package born of the classic mold but with an invigorating twist. [Nov 2004, p.140]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I can’t stress just how much fun it is to experience Grand Theft Auto V again from a new perspective. The impact it has on the series is huge, but is somewhat muted from it debuting in a re-release and not a new entry in the series. I went into this review expecting to play the same game again, and I did, but Rockstar made it feel new.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Bloodborne succeeds through sparse storytelling, lush atmospheres (conjuring up notions of the best of Lovecraft’s work), and tight combat that forces you to be aggressive. While this new IP doesn’t stray far from the established Souls franchise, it is a magical, wondrous work that admirably instills both terror and triumph in those brave enough to delve into it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II respects you enough to assume you can figure things out, despite having perhaps lost some of these sensibilities by playing other titles that walk you through on tether from start to finish. As a result, the rewards and achievements are that much more satisfying. It’s only March, but Dark Souls II stands tall as a potential game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Players new to the Souls franchise will quickly learn that Dark Souls II plays quite differently than most mainstream titles today; it is an incredible experience anchored in exploration, immersion, discovery, defeat – and ultimately triumph.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An irresistible package born of the classic mold but with an invigorating twist. [Nov 2004, p.140]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Overall, Bungie has crafted another masterpiece that serves as a fitting end to the trilogy (no big cliffhanger here).
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Yes, the controls in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are rusty by current standards, but the basic mechanics aren't what made these games landmarks in the industry. These sad and compelling masterpieces create immersive worlds, interesting characters, and memorable journeys. That hasn't changed in the intervening years, and playing through them again in this unbeatable package only serves as a reminder that no other developer can imitate Team Ico's singular style.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Once that nostalgic music rings out and Mario leaps into the air, all your complaints instantly vanish. This is, in my opinion, the best Mario game since the NES classic, Super Mario Bros. It innovates in a genre that we had thought we had seen everything from, and in doing so delivers some of the most entertaining gameplay to date.