Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,219 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 0.6 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:
6219 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The core mission of any game is to create a world that the players want to get lost in, and Okami delivers on this in every way--with the gameplay, with the graphics, and with the story. [Oct. 2006, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all, the new stuff adds more than 30 percent to the top of the already full-featured title. [May 2006, p.97]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is a complex, mature, and engaging journey from beginning to end. It stands as a benchmark for design that combines innovative ideas with tried-and-true techniques to create one of the great games of this generation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has forged a sequel that has the uncanny ability to knock your socks off through every second of play. [May 2004, p.102]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With online play, a great assortment of well-known tuner cars, a killer soundtrack, and some addictive gameplay, Need for Speed: Underground blows the doors off other racers. It gets my vote for racing game of the year, easy. [Dec 2003, p.126]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The original LittleBigPlanet was impressive, but LittleBigPlanet 2 cements Media Molecule's position as masters of facilitating user-created content.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A near-perfect marriage between a furiously intense action title and a complex role-playing/simulation game. [Jan 2003, p.119]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Any disappointment series fans felt after ODST should be completely washed away thanks to Reach. Make no mistake about it - this is the true follow-up to Halo 3. It's also a perfect way for Bungie to part with the series it turned into a phenomenon. [Oct 2010, p.92]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Deserving of the highest accolades, Knights of the Old Republic is a dream come true for Star Wars fans, and the most noteworthy Xbox release since "Halo." [Aug 2003, p.94]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An overwhelming experience in its own right, Assassin's Creed III is the crown jewel on an already excellent series, and it sets the mind reeling about the potential for where the story goes from here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The storytelling that weaves through these many threads is stellar. Rather than hiding from the complex themes of freedom versus control at the heart of the series, Assassin's Creed III confronts them head on, and tells a nuanced and adult story about the price of liberty, the dangers of extremism, and the connections that bind family.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The concept is simple, but a combination of stylized moves, tongue-in-cheek humor, and merciless difficulty make Viewtiful Joe absolutely irresistible. [Sept 2004, p.107]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the best co-op games I have played, especially when you crank the difficulty past Casual and up into the Hardcore and Insane levels. Working with your buddy to flank and outwit the enemy is a blast.
    • 90 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The level of control that you have over your characters' actions is truly remarkable... Simply put, this is the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the original trilogy. [Feb 2004, p.112]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tiger just owns it in every category: graphics, unlockables, golfers, courses, modes, and everything else. This is hands-down the best golf game ever, and easily one of the best sports games in general. [Oct 2003, p.114]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Then there's the online mode which I have to say is quite luscious. [Sept 2002, p.76]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all, the new stuff adds more than 30 percent to the top of the already full-featured title. [May 2006, p.97]
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    • 84 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ghost of Sparta doesn't have any mind-blowing moments of sheer magnitude like the console entries, but it compensates with a handful of cool special sequences that fill in parts of Kratos' history and character.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is swollen with action that will leave your controller sweaty and worn, and emerges as one of the most powerful online co-op experiences I have ever had.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    ESPN NBA is not only one game but two, and they both kick ass... The best in video game basketball. [Nov 2003, p.146]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Firaxis' outstanding design strips away every last vestige of tedium from combat while maintaining the agency that makes the original such a classic...The PC version is slightly superior thanks to improved textures and resolution and drastically lower load times, but those are minor differences.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D Land isn't perfect, but the few complaints I have (like the lack of variety in boss fights and some re-hashed levels) can't bring down this entertaining mix of nostalgia and innovation. It lives up to the level of quality set by previous entries and is easily the best reason to own a 3DS.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From start to finish, this game captivated me to no end and wowed me like few others have. [Apr 2004, p.102]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hits the ground running and blazes a trail of brilliance through innovative weapon play, edge-of-your-seat challenges, jaw-dropping visuals, and a quest thta is roughly 150 percent larger than before. [Dec 2003, p.118]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The updated visuals aren't mind-blowing, but they present the best way to return to this already stellar game. If you somehow missed out on Resident Evil 4 when it turned heads on the GameCube, this is the perfect time to give it a download and see what all the fuss is about.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Prey is a masterpiece that simply should not be missed. [Aug 2006, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The updated visuals aren't mind-blowing, but they present the best way to return to this already stellar game. If you somehow missed out on Resident Evil 4 when it turned heads on the GameCube, this is the perfect time to give it a download and see what all the fuss is about.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's barely a game in the popular sense of the word, but Quantic Dream's masterpiece makes groundbreaking strides in storytelling and character development, demonstrating that interactive entertainment still has a deep well of untapped potential. [Issue#203, p.91]