Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,968 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:
5,968 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After two remarkable but uneven offerings, Far Cry finally pulls everything together in the third installment. The diverse open-world action, compelling story, and an alluring environment that begs exploration are all high water marks for the series. This is an island adventure all shooter fans should experience.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic title...I would have liked more depth to the single-player experience and a little bit more story, but that's nitpicking really. [Dec 2003, p.176]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I'd love to see this series move forward, this title is an excellent tribute to [its] heritage. [Dec 2005, p.187]
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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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Doesn't blow open any revolutionary doors to the racing genre. However, it reached the obvious but not always obtainable goal of not only demanding my skill on the track, but my constant interest as well. You'll want to give it your full attention. [Dec 2003, p.162]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    NBA 2K12 isn't just the best basketball game; it's the most complete sports sim I've ever played. This is the new benchmark.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics engine...is stunning, i.e., totally awesome and/or completely beautiful. [Nov 2004, p.166]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The inconsistent framerate and lack of visual splendor are compromises we all expected with this conversion, but the load times are insufferable. [Dec 2005, p.182]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you’re chaining combos together, switching between weapons, and punishing otherworldly opponents, Bayonetta is the epitome of its breed. It isn’t so much an evolution of the genre as a well-tuned and highly polished culmination of its history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The complete Diablo III experience is enjoyable played solo, but by allowing a combination of online and local cooperative play for up to four players and adding some fun new social tools, Blizzard has made this the cooperative game to beat on new-gen consoles. No matter your experience level with the game, this is an excellent time to dive in to the action.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of freedom is exhilarating; I only wish the AI posed more of a challenge. They too frequently pour into the same positions where their friends just died, and can't discern elevation changes. Rather than work their way up a cliff to attack after spotting me, for instance, they just stood at the base of the incline, making it extremely easy to take them all out with one well-placed grenade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    In the end, I found this game compelling and highly entertaining, even though the puzzles are rather average and lack variety.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Advanced Warfighter is a game I would recommend without hesitation to all shooter fans, and is easily one of the best titles in the 360 library. [Apr 2006, p.126]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year's game had a bare career mode and titles before that only produced incremental changes, but FIFA 12 delivers satisfying results in both its gameplay and career mode.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The strange humor is a big part of this title's appeal, as are the atypical style of play and the charming story. If you're a Mario fan, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. [Jan 2004, p.158]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The stages are the best collection of any Tony game, and show Neversoft's level of design brilliance. [Dec 2003, p.128]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is, however, a title with lots of variety, plenty of great dialogue, and rock-solid mechanics that any gamer can understand and ­enjoy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing against friends or Xbox Live strangers can be entertaining, but the real fun and challenge of Trials Evolution lies in the single-player experience. Even though you may not be facing off against live opponents, the social element of the game does a remarkable job conveying a sense of competition.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lost and Damned makes me feel bad for PlayStation 3 owners everywhere. Gamers on the GTA hate train won’t find anything to change their minds here, but series fans shouldn’t miss this incredibly deep expansion pack.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year's game had a bare career mode and titles before that only produced incremental changes, but FIFA 12 delivers satisfying results in both its gameplay and career mode.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proves to be a more mature and skilled iteration of fast-paced hoops. [May 2003, p.78]
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    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Chemistry is an important aspect of any championship team--even more so if you're going to win The Double--and FIFA 10 brings its pieces together nicely. [Nov 2009, p.101]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Every bit as impressive as anything in the EA Sports stable, and is required playing for anyone who loves sports games. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Every change Nintendo has made to this game is smart and serves a purpose, and I envy anyone that gets to experience The Wind Waker for the first time via this remake. It takes everything that made the original a classic and greatly improves on its visuals and quality of play. If you’re a fan of classic remakes, you can’t ask for much more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don't just get this game because it's 20 bucks, buy it becuase it's the best football title there is and the only one that's a must have. [Sept 2004, p.100]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It may not live up to the lofty standards recently displayed in "Twilight Princess", but this adventure is worthy of Zelda canon, and still has enough great stuff going for it to be considered one of the year's best adventures. [Oct 2007, p.126]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is thoroughly engaging. [Apr 2002, p.89]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you love strategy, it really doesn't get any better than this. [Sept 2005, p.112]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The new analog pitching is the most polished and challenging gameplay mechanic a baseball game has ever offered. [Apr 2011, p.90]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    On several occasions, I found myself staring in awe at the little details Naughty Dog so meticulously included. [Jan 2002, p.76]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It looks much better than it does in the movies. This is a blasphemous statement for George Lucas fanboys, yet one that speaks volumes. [Dec 2001, p.96]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These goodies, along with the title's speed, really gave me a sense of the college game. Whether you compare it to the pros or not, it's hard to ask for more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Like a moth drawn to a flame, I can't pull myself away from the incredible explosions, blinding speeds, and impressive vehicular carnage. Once you get behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to turn this speedster off. [Oct 2005, p.118]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and physics are inferior to "Courtside" on the 'Cube, but 2K2 gets the nod in nearly every other aspect. [May 2002, p.85]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Orta actually comes packed with a few surprising enhancements, injecting some depth into the gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.105]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It still looks great and has one of the best single-player stories out there. [Jan 2005, p.143]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The interplay of the simulation and combat elements form an addictive cycle that makes it easy to immerse yourself in the surreal world of Persona 4, but it isn’t for everyone. The game implements a deliberate and regimented structure, requiring a lot of planning, repetition, and level grinding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like this year’s New York Yankees team, MLB 09: The Show is stacked with unrivaled gameplay, simulation, online, and presentation. With "Major League Baseball 2K9" underperforming this year, the choice for baseball fans is easy. The only logical choice is MLB 09: The Show.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A release finally worthy of the fans who have been waiting patiently for it. [Dec 2001, p.114]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Addicting as hell. [Dec 2002, p.137]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing but wild fun. [Nov 2001, p.125]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A short but engrossing play that will remain with you long after you finish. [Aug 2010, p.110]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tense, strategic, and hard to put down, Mark of the Ninja is one of the welcome surprises of the year. If you miss the heyday of pure stealth-focused games, or you never played a great stealth game and wonder what all the fuss is about, Klei Entertainment just snuck out of nowhere to offer you a weekend's worth of fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The moment you finish the game, you'll be chomping at the bit for the inevitable Assassin's Creed III. [Dec 2010, p.112]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the novel gameplay and awe-inspiring art style will be the hook for many, the tale told here is one filled with heart and humor. [May 2008, p.95]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Super Meat Boy's cornucopia of offerings and irresistible charm, you'd be hard-pressed not to get your money's worth out of this title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Regardless of the game’s mechanical simplicity, Rockstar has created an addictive, bite-sized serving of its patented “breaking the law” gameplay. Chinatown Wars jams an entire metropolis in your handheld that’s just begging to be exploited.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of a sequel, offering bigger scares and more excitement than I expected... The tease for Dead Space 3 has my head spinning with questions. [Feb 2011, p.92]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The concept may be just as extraordinary as its predecessor's, but with a hefty dosage of multiplayer and a quest that isn't as nerve-racking, Pikmin 2 is deserving of mainstream recognition and is easily the most noteworthy and praiseworthy GameCube product this summer. [Aug 2004, p.101]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up. [Nov 2001, p.121]
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The problematic gunplay and annoying stealth takedown mechanics keep the game from greatness, but if played a certain way, Human Revolution captures the spirit of its predecessors and can be a blast. Even if it's not a masterpiece, this entry lays the groundwork for a promising future for the series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Both of XCOM's layers present life-or-death conundrums to which there is no right answer. No matter what you pick, something or someone is going to suffer for it. This kind of tension and terror rarely occurs within mainstream gaming, and almost never with this level of skill in the execution. Don't let the "turn-based strategy" moniker scare you off; XCOM is a singular achievement that every gamer deserves to experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Corruption isn’t just the best-looking Wii game to date; it’s the best Metroid Prime game period. This is due in large part to the fluid controls. The highly debated, stubborn lock-on aiming system has been replaced with something far better. You can finally look around while moving by aiming the Wii remote.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more. [March 2005, p.115]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valve studiously avoided reinventing the wheel with Dota 2, and given how beloved the gameplay is that is undoubtedly the best thing for the game, the community, and the genre. The infrastructure for matchmaking, spectating, and everything else that surrounds actual matches is executed on a level only the best studios can rival.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A solid, great-looking game, just not the masterpiece I was hoping for. [Dec 2002, p.123]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlocking cars is great, but it doesn’t take long before you tire of doing the same routine. Racing, of course, is what it’s all about, but where’s the personality? Where’s the great track selection that doesn’t make you feel bored within a few hours? Where’s the career mode that’s less like flipping through a car catalog and more like participating in an actual career?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Easily the best new, exclusive game to the 3DS eShop. [Mar 2012, p.96]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fight against The Boss, Colonel Campbell going nuts, the haunting tune as Chrysalis flies by – these are the kind of memorable events that define Metal Gear, and they are just as awesome as you remember.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I seriously doubt that anyone could spoof a superhero/comic book game any better than this. [May 2002, p.92]
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    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xbox 2K2 got the cosmetic makeover the PS2 version sorely needed. [Mar 2002, p.83]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA has started down a road that sits directly between bieng boring and being goofy - creating a golfing tradition we can all get on board with, starting now. [Nov 2002, p.134]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Madden has a knack of making quantum leaps with each successive title. This new edition, however, breaks the streak. [Sept 2004, p.101]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    FIFA 13 captures a lot of the passion and pageantry of world football, but beneath the surface its gameplay flaws can hinder the beautiful movements that truly make the sport great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Niggling complaints aside, NBA 2K13 puts in another solid performance with its unrivaled broadcast-style presentation, improved online experience, and the best single-player mode in sports. None of its new features revolutionize sports simulations, and cutting out the historical mode was a poor decision, but it's still a polished experience NBA fans should enjoy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Less truly is more when it comes to Total War. Shogun 2, with a smaller scale and tighter focus, boasts the best gameplay and design of any entry in the franchise. I can't imagine a realistic way that The Creative Assembly could have made a better case to win back fans put off by Empire. [Apr 2011, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining, and historically accurate strategy games ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Players who have been waiting for a deep, true role-playing epic are virtually guaranteed to fall in love. Obsidian should have no shortage of fans cheering for another installment, and I’ll be among them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Holes in the AI show that the CPU isn't the brightest or most skilled of opponents. It's impressive what Kush has done, but EA's game outperforms it with ease. [Oct 2003, p.121]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    NBA 2K12 isn't just the best basketball game; it's the most complete sports sim I've ever played. This is the new benchmark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without question, Jedi Outcast is the most enjoyable and accomplished Star Wars game yet. [May 2002, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Halo 2 is the undisputed king of console multiplayer, and this expansion pack only strengthens its stance. [Sept 2005, p.108]
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    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately I can't recommend P3P to every player, and even some RPG fans may be put off by the title's aging formula. For gamers who don't mind that this remake might not be the freshest experience to be had in 2010, there's a vast wealth of entertaining gameplay to be had here.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Defending against XCOM's mysterious alien invasion is one of the most challenging, intense gaming experiences of this generation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made. [Dec 2005, p.146]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Like a moth drawn to a flame, I can't pull myself away from the incredible explosions, blinding speeds, and impressive vehicular carnage. Once you get behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to turn this speedster off. [Oct 2005, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Continually baffles the mind with its visuals. [Dec 2005, p.168]
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    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Purists will decry the changes made to Majora’s Mask no matter how slight they may be, but I am seated firmly in the “change is good” camp. It’s everything you remember, but without the boredom or frustration related to the passage of time.
    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Drives the gameplay stake through the heart of this genre, and keeps on stabbing. [Jan 2003, p.116]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But believe it or not, I had a problem with GC’s controller. [Feb 2002, p.87]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The controller itself is a work of ergonomic art. Although this is essentially a detailed puzzle game, the detail is truly a sight to behold. [Jan 2002, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the new control layout on the 360 is of concern, don't sweat it. PopCap has continually done a fantastic job translating the control scheme across platforms (from computers to touch screens) and the 360 controller is no exception.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On occasion, your CPU opponents will make some silly mistakes along the lines of using a GameBreaker to shoot a three-pointer during a dunk-only contest, but the AI is still mighty impressive. [March 2005, p.114]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is tough, but also rewarding, interesting, evocative, and, in its own special way, brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most in-depth and cerebral role-playing games I've ever had the pleasure of playing. [June 2002, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Through its richly interactive world, gorgeous art design, and often-humorous writing, Fable II crafts a world where you’ll quickly feel at home.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The moment you finish the game, you'll be chomping at the bit for the inevitable Assassin's Creed III. [Dec 2010, p.112]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The newest chapter in the undead uprising now oozes with even more of the proven developer’s trademark personality and polish. If you are among those who think the sequel is coming too soon, prepare to eat your words like so many brains. Left 4 Dead 2 is everything a sequel should be: perfected, expanded, and an absolute riot.