Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,014 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 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6,014 game reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    When a mission is underway, Warframe is at its best. Getting to that point is a challenge of menu navigation, unexplained features, and a lack of crucial stat comparisons when choosing weapons. Right now, Warframe is definitely worth your time, but a UI tune-up would make it worth your money.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Probably doesn't have the depth to give it the long legs of other titles in the genre. [Dec 2006, p.130]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Fan or not, you also won't think this is the typical shoddy Gundam game. [Mar 2006, p.106]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    This was born to be on the GBA. [Nov 2002, p.150]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The impressive Dynasty mode and new Team Intensity Mode (which lets you track and alter the individual momentum of your players) offer some interesting strategic aspects to the game, but in the end March Madness still ends up a few baskets short of its competition.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's a lot of fun, and definitely not the run-of-the-mill GBA license cash-in. [Dec 2002, p.152]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Tweaks are needed in the AI to better replicate competitors' actions and racing lines, and I'd like to see some long-overdue additions (like user-controlled pit stops), but this game has got the feel of a stock car down pretty good – especially with about a billion ways to setup your car. It's a mix of the new and familiar that shakes out to be a pretty fast restart.
    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gameplay, meanwhile, makes some minor adjustments this year--giving a few more control options including the ability to play with a scheme that is identical to Konami's "Winning Eleven" button layout. [Oct. 2006, p.94]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I continue to be a fan of this franchise because it offers the best soccer gameplay, hands down. But that sexy, albeit underperforming, ride on EA’s lot may win me over if Konami doesn’t step up and offer a better package soon.
    • 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]