Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,937 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 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,937 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    As a hardcore strategy gamer who is no stranger to planning out my empire's production dozens of turns in advance, I've already turned to Civ V for my world-conquering needs – but at the same time, if anything is going to rear a new generation of strategy gamers like the very first Civilization did for me, it's this.
    • 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]
    • 96 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Despite a host of involving gameplay mechanics that most RPGs can only envy, Xensaga's crowning achievemenet is its story. [Mar 2003, p.76]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made. [Dec 2005, p.146]
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    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With its unmatched co-op gameplay, intense shootouts, addictive loot collecting, expansive skill customization, hilarious dialogue, and insane level of difficulty, Borderlands 2 is one of the most rewarding gaming experiences of this console generation. [Oct 2012, p.90]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    From major bullet points like the story to smaller details like the UI and inventory system, Borderlands 2 surpassed my expectations and stands as a prime example of how to knock a sequel out of the park. [Oct 2012, p.90]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The motion-captured animations bring about a higher level of realism, the intricately detailed environments are teeming with ambient life, and the prerendered cut scenes deliver incredible action sequences. [Jan 2002, p.74]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made. [Dec 2005, p.146]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Its mix of accessibility and deep strategy is remarkable, and it’s an instant lock in my party-game rotation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The new zones are huge in comparison to the original game and graphically lush. But it’s the content inside them, the quests and the instances, that make the whole game tick.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It can be argued that it is the best Mario to date. [Sept 2002, p.82]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Hands-down the best first-person shooter ever coded. [Feb 2002, p.96]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A fantastic port of a stellar game. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 94 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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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The most rewarding, playable, and addictive game on the Playstation 2. Just wait until you see who the hidden characters are! Skateboarding stalwarts rejoice! [Dec 2001, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The modern control scheme lets players move in the direction they point the analog stick, opposed to the classic tank controls. The result is a liberating, intuitive, and immediately satisfying. [Feb 2015, p.92]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is massive, and as your character’s stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It’s not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Reliving the choices of the first Mass Effect as an interactive comic book pales in comparison to importing your own Commander Shepard. However, aside from that consistency in the universe, Mass Effect 2 is just as good on PS3 as it is on 360. [Feb 2011, p.98]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Co-op changes your approach to survival horror, and the masterful pacing ensures you never take your eye off the action. Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 5 is destined to be remembered as one of the best games of its time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the role-playing engine that has ever been invented. [Oct 2002, p.92]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year's "BioShock," not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other. [Sept 2009, p.82]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Independently, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta were standout efforts that helped make a name for Ready At Dawn. When you put them together in the Origins Collection, you get two amazing and upgraded adventures in one $40 package that no fan of action games should miss.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though WoW doesn't radically differ from the tried-and-true MMORPG formula, the subtle tweaks, additions, and special layer of Blizzard polish make it an amazing and fresh experience. [Feb 2005, p.122]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Freelancer will serve to delight and enrapture. The online portion alone is worth the purchase, but I'd be shocked if you didn't spend at least 50 to 60 hours on the single-player campaign. [May 2003, p.92]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simultaneously embraces links to the past while offering numerous innovations that keep gameplay fresh, exciting, and a true joy to play. [Feb 2005, p.124]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its weighty combat, difficult choices with real consequences, and fascinating storylines are some of the best gaming has ever seen. I can no longer lord it over the console masses with this one, though, because this long-in-development Xbox 360 port is just as amazing as the original. It's actually better than it was at launch... [May 2012, p.82]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new content is spectacular, and fans of the series will absolutely adore this special edition...One of the greatest titles in the history of gaming. [Feb 2004, p.113]

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