Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,000 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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6,000 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Even with these positives, and a better-late-than-never addition of the Ultimate Team mode, NCAA Football 14 is not a game that shows a series playing at its peak as a console generation ends.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Tales of Xillia 2 has its flaws, but it also has plenty of what fans of the series love: Challenging battles, great character interactions, and a story full of twists. I'm still continually lured in by the series, I just wish this entry felt like more than a sideways step.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Leave your stuffy music and game sensibilities at the door – Boogie has a more plebeian appeal.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The endless waving of the Wii remote that accompanies every part of Smooth Moves makes you feel excited, surprised, and more than a little stupid. It also happens to make you and your friends laugh pretty much non-stop for an hour or two, and that may very well be worth the price of admission.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Simply put, outside of the boss battles, fighting is boring and often times sloppy. [Feb 2003, p101]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Regardless of the fact that you can pass now with the right analog, this game is for anyone who yearns for a simpler time when hockey was arcade-like and EA wasn't afraid to hit it on the ice--unlike the next-gen version. [Oct. 2006, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In the hands of an expert fighter this game is stunning, but joystick jockeys who are out of shape might want to start an intense training regimen. [July 2009, p.83]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's by no means a blockbuster, but rather a gimick-driven oddity that just happens to be fascinating and enjoyable. [Dec 2002, p.120]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the only place this intriguing design has a place to shine is in multiplayer. The campaign is laughably awful, with a tepid story told through awkwardly acted cutscenes surrounding poorly scripted scenarios.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the only place this intriguing design has a place to shine is in multiplayer. The campaign is laughably awful, with a tepid story told through awkwardly acted cutscenes surrounding poorly scripted scenarios.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    As good, if not slightly better than all the other FIFAs before it. And as long as this is all anyone asks for, it looks like FIFA will crawl along from year to year knowing that it never has to fully pull it all together. [Nov 2004, p.149]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The one thing that makes this game worth it to NASCAR rubes like you and me is that the new speed blur makes side-by-side racing pretty damn cool. [Oct. 2006, p.94]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    After a while, the recycled environments and repetitive battles start to feel like a chore rather than a reward. [Mar 2007, p.96]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Awakening enriches the universe with new revelations and characters (two of the new party members are particularly awesome), but only makes half-hearted attempts to improve the basics. [Issue#204, p.95]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for the next big thing in wacky racing games beyond a capable online framework, don’t look here. If you’re looking for straightforward Mario Kart clone with a glossy Sega veneer, then this game is for you.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the only place this intriguing design has a place to shine is in multiplayer. The campaign is laughably awful, with a tepid story told through awkwardly acted cutscenes surrounding poorly scripted scenarios.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In other words, the series (at least the 360 version) is back to being Madden's waterboy. [Aug 2006, p.87]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There is something here for you if you're willing to stick it out, but you have to commit without rolling your eyes at the melodrama to truly appreciate it. [Apr 2012, p.87]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The battle system is unexciting overall, but there is some mysterious draw to seeing all the different beast forms that keeps you playing. [Feb 2003, p.110]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Merely mediocre in terms of graphics (including the pitiful draw-distance in multiplayer), and simple problems like the inept camera have yet to be fixed. Its strong gameplay manages to squeak out a passing grade. [May 2004, p.97]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What I really enjoy is buying painted Muscle figures from the in-game vending machines. [July 2003, p.110]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The one problem I have with this package, overall, is that high scores aren't kept when you turn the GBA off. [June 2002, p.87]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Legends of Aranna delivers. With about fifteen hours of gameplay, lots of new items to collect, and a horde of monsters and boxes to destroy, this expansion offers plenty for gamers who love to increase stats and find fancy weapons and armor. [Jan 2004, p.155]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I think this desire to innovate in the genre comes at the expense of what's ultimately good abuot pinball itself...There's not one individual stage that has that incredibly addictive "I could play this until I die" feeling that you get from a well-made traditional pinball machine. [Oct 2004, p.147]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The best Turtles game in years, which admittedly is kind of like saying you just got the best punch in the gut you’ve had in years. Nonetheless, TMNT entertains pretty consistently, delivering fast-paced thrills but almost no genuine challenge.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Boasting fantastic locales from Cairo to the Himalayas and strange experimental fighters never seen in the history books, the titular secret missions in question are pretty unbelievable. The exaggerated weapons and battles are actually the most exciting and engrossing aspect of the title; much of Blazing Angels 2 veers heavily into frustration and obfuscation.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The disturbingly dwarf-sized characters may serve as an analogy for the game’s place among strategy RPGs: It’s shorter and uglier than most that have come before, but it’s also unique in a way that some will find charming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Blazing Angels is definitely a sight for sore eyes. Its visuals will leave you gazing in wonder, but at the same time, the gameplay will have you fighting back tars. [May 2006, p.94]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gat Out of Hell comes up short in mission variety, but concludes in a tantalizing way: with five different endings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game's Read and Lead passing system is simply a blast to play. It's not perfect, but it's a breath of fresh air to the sport. [Sept 2003, p.116]
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