Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,967 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 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,967 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you are even thinking about playing this game, pony up for the Xbox Live Gold membership. It’s just as necessary as the controller. While light on content, Left 4 Dead needs to be in everyone’s library, not only because it innovates in ways that will shape the future of gaming, but also because it’s so damn fun.
    • 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
    • 93 Critic Score
    Accuracy reigns over adrenaline, and NBA 2K is the king of video hoops yet again. [Nov 2002, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's a brilliant design, and a generation ahead of where EA is today. [Dec 2002, p.142]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioWare has not only made a sweet combat system, but the game's universe itself is a joy. [May 2005, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This version has all of the things I both loved and hated about Underground - the awesome levels, the annoying story, the untouchable gameplay, and the inconsistently structured level goals. [Feb 2004, p.105]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With speeds that border on being too great for the human eye to comprehend and computer opponents that never once falter, F-Zero GX is designed specifically for hardcore gamers and people who are gluttons for punishment. [Sept 2003, p.112]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Nearly every one of the many praises and criticisms of the console version can accurately be applied to this port, but I'd recommend this edition of Mass Effect to anyone with a good PC.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite my complaints, I can't help but feel a rush of adrenaline just thinking about Dark Souls. I spent around 60 hours playing it over the last month and died nearly 100 times while doing so. I screamed, I cursed, and I threw down my controller in defeat more times than I'm proud of. I can't wait to get back in and do it all over again. Dark Souls probably won't be the biggest or best game released this year, but I'm already sure it's the one I'm going to spend the most time playing.
    • 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
    • 88 Critic Score
    Others, like myself, will instantly fall in love with the intense adrenaline rush of the chase, and be able to play this game all day and night. [Oct 2002, p.80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While I preferred the tight-knit story of brotherhood and betrayal in The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony delivers more explosive weapons, death-defying missions, and off-the-wall characters. Don’t miss your chance to close out the GTA IV experience in style.
    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The framerate is incredibly smooth. [Dec 2001, p.109]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In all, it felt like the players had a slightly lower center of gravity. This allows not only for a good running back to become extra shifty through better lateral movement (without even having to use the juke button), but it also gives defenders an extra punch to their hits. [July 2004, p.112]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Solid through and through and the new animations are nice, but the changes for this year aren't the kind which make you alter the way you play the game. For a long-running series, this is what's needed to keep it fresh. [July 2003, p.111]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fez
    No other game captures the potential and magic of the concept like Fez. The result is one of the most accessible, clever, and mind-altering experiences on the gaming market.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Reinvigorated by the folks at Nicalis, Daisuke Amaya's remarkable game is engrossing, challenging, and quite lengthy for a downloadable title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just don't go into it expecting to satisfy your raging leveling and loot addictions. [July 2005, p.124]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Still a very well-honed title that never fails to get my blood going, but I think a jump to next-gen for the series could be just the boost that this franchise needs. [Feb 2006, p.103]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A complete game package that has been meticulously constructed to draw you in like a missile to an afterburner. [Nov 2001, p.102]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The graphics, while inferior overall compared to the Xbox version, benefit from added effects such as enhanced heat distribution, reflective surfaces, and focus blurring. [Apr 2003, p.82]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing through Max Payne for the first time is a little like watching Pulp Fiction for the first time: Five minutes after the opening credits you know it’s awesome, and you don’t want it to end. [Feb 2002, p.88]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More game than we ever dreamed of. [Oct 2003, p.130]
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    • 89 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You had better get to know the offensive and defensive capabilities of every unit at your disposal – not to mention how they deal with different types of terrain – because no economic wizardry is going to save you here. Lightning-fast tactical combat is all World in Conflict does, and it does it amazingly well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burnout Revenge for 360 is a blast from beginning to end, and the additions from the current generation release enhance both gameplay and the franchise's all-around good time vibe. [Apr 2006, p.128]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Soccer is a free-flowing game of creativity and skill, and I can experience that on the pitch in FIFA 11. Unfortunately, weak spots like the game's bare career mode hold it back and keep the entire package from being Total Football.
    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its sublime mix of puzzles, great bosses, perfectly paced exploration, and enormous variety make this an utterly amazing adventure. [Nov 2005, p.176]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, it may not be a true five-on-five simulation, but no other game captures the sport like NBA Street Vol. 2. Like KG, it's this year's basketball MVP. [May 2003, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At times, L.A. Noire is one of the most vivid, gripping game experiences I've had. Other times, it can be plain boring. As in much noir fiction, the truth lies in the gray area between those two extremes. It's an adventure I won't soon forget, filled with characters as fascinating as they are flawed – a bit like the game itself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is quite possibly the best one-player, action-intensive shooter ever. Yes, the multiplayer is good, but the true strength of this title is in the solo experience. [May 2004, p.105]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If horror is your forte, dim the lights, crank up the surround sound, and take the deepest breath you ever have. I think you’ll agree, no game has ever been this frightening.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The steampunk-inspired technology is fascinating, and the art direction superbly establishes a distinct visual style to accompany the dark and disturbing lore lurking behind the city. I hope this isn't the last time I play a game set in Dunwall.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As solid as bedrock. [July 2003, p.119]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a mere $30 price tag, it's the perfect way for fans and newcomers to experience this exceptional RPG. [May 2008, p.94]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Terrible batting collision and awkward fielding control are just a couple of things keeping Sega's hardball title from getting into the majors. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hardcore sim fans won't be too impressed, but I would argue that this game's balls-out mayhem is just what you stodgy, gear-ratio-calculatin', downforce-tweakin' fools need. [May 2003, p.85]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On my short list for mobile game of the year.
    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Multiplayer maintains the high level of quality DICE is known for, and the campaign is the best in franchise history. Outside of the annoying Battlelog and a tacked-on, uninspired co-op mode consisting of six short standalone missions, the only downside to Battlefield 3 is the lack of substantial changes to the multiplayer formula. However, that shouldn't stop longtime fans and newcomers from enjoying one of the best FPS experiences in gaming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has everything we've ever wanted in a WWII battlefield game. [Nov 2002, p.146]
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    • 89 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]
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    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you are a creative type who loves to fool around with physics, you’ll probably love Kerbal Space Program. If you’re just looking to create unbelievable, ridiculous rockets with an impractical number of fuel pods, you can still have plenty of fun. Whatever your level of engagement, you can enjoy shooting these little green Smurfs into space – or into the nearby scenery.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only are the visuals ridiculously sweet, the gameplay is unique and incredibly well-paced. Hands down, this is one of the best titles in the Xbox library. [July 2004, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Telltale's episodic love letter to zombies remains one of the most memorable gaming experiences of the year. Telltale has already announced it is working on Season Two, and No Time Left beautifully wraps up the story of these last several episodes while teasing things to come. No Time Left isn't a "happily ever after" affair, but it feels like a dark and stormy intro to another exciting chapter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A fabulously executed game that remains a consistent joy to play for many, many moons. But it lacks innovation. [March 2005, p.120]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a mixture of open-world exploration, entertaining combat, and top-tier characters, the team at BioWare has found a winning formula that isn’t shackled to either Dragon Age: Origins or Dragon Age II. Inquisition is not defined by the traditions it returns to, but by the new directions it forges for this magnificent fantasy universe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Harmonix has done a remarkable job of bringing the Beatles' music to life in an interactive setting, devoting enormous attention to the details of history and authenticity that Beatles fans demand. The developers also added their own flair to the game, making this the most aesthetically beautiful music game to yet release. [Sept 2009, p.80]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Everything a fan of the series could want. There are more opportunities for dual army control (like the final battle in the original) as well as much more challenging maps to defeat. [July 2003, p.121]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenally addictive and brilliantly designed masterpiece, and the moment you lay down the bucks for a PSP, Lumines should go in that same shopping cart before you walk out of the store. [May 2005, p.130]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At times, L.A. Noire is one of the most vivid, gripping game experiences I've had. Other times, it can be plain boring. As in much noir fiction, the truth lies in the gray area between those two extremes. It's an adventure I won't soon forget, filled with characters as fascinating as they are flawed – a bit like the game itself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It succeeds simply by delivering gameplay that’s perfectly executed along with a story that lovingly advances the saga of characters I’ve known and loved for years. Could it have done more to push the envelope? Sure, but that’s not what I’ll think of when I remember playing this game. I’m just going to remember all the fun I had – and that’s the point, isn’t it?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It might not be the huge revolution some hoped it would be, but this is a highly enjoyable and well-crafted trip down memory lane. [July 2006, p.112]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of the brain-bending adventure with scares and gore that I had so desperately hoped for, it turned out to be a sloppy, monotonous bore that nearly put me to sleep.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that Hideo Kojima was directly involved in the game's development, Peace Walker doesn't feel like a fully realized chapter in the saga – but it still completes the mission.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does this Xbox 360 edition of Virtua Fighter 5 have the online multiplayer support that was sadly missing from the PlayStation 3 iteration released earlier this year, it also features the latest arcade code, so it is the most balanced home edition you can play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lots of shallow elements thrown together does not create an absorbing experience. [June 2003, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NBA 2K2 is money – but I expect more next season. [Mar 2002, p.79]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 delivers stunning action and fantastic storytelling, while dramatically changing the tone of the gameplay at regular intervals, and its subsequent episodes only add to that formula.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite my complaints, I can't help but feel a rush of adrenaline just thinking about Dark Souls. I spent around 60 hours playing it over the last month and died nearly 100 times while doing so. I screamed, I cursed, and I threw down my controller in defeat more times than I'm proud of. I can't wait to get back in and do it all over again. Dark Souls probably won't be the biggest or best game released this year, but I'm already sure it's the one I'm going to spend the most time playing.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    From character creation to stat increasing to picking up sponsors, single-player thrills abound. For multiplayer fans, you can't beat Xbox Live support. [Nov 2003, p.167]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What is astounding is the replay value and depth added to the off the course shenanigans... Just like in real life, the coming of Tiger has changed the sport forever. [Oct 2003, p.139]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's no denying Splinter Cell's brilliant level designs, countless gameplay innovations, and seamlessly integrated storytelling. [May 2003, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's here is nothing short of amazing, but I can't help but wonder what could have been. [Feb 2008, p.94]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Several tweaks have helped to streamline the racing experience, but there really isn't a lot I'd label as innovative beyond its excellent appearance on the new handheld. [May 2005, p.132]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Harmonix has done a remarkable job of bringing the Beatles' music to life in an interactive setting, devoting enormous attention to the details of history and authenticity that Beatles fans demand. The developers also added their own flair to the game, making this the most aesthetically beautiful music game to yet release. [Sept 2009, p.80]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Hello Games has successfully boiled down all the major elements that made the series fun on consoles, making this handheld version just as entertaining as its console brethren.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The scope is magnificent, and like "Shogun: Total War," conflict has really taken on this type of epic feeling for me. [Oct 2002, p.93]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After last year's revolutionary success, this game - like "Madden" - is slowing down with age. [Oct 2004, p.125]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It played well to begin with, but now it has depth. [May 2003, p.86]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even so, FTL is richly imagined and hard to put down, and an impressively deep and complex game for the iOS platform.
    • 88 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From the living city in which you reside, to the incredibly realistic vehicles, this title has the heart and sould of a blockbuster. [Nov 2002, p.147]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3 meets expectations. The core elements of multiplayer and the campaign remain fundamentally unchanged, but the game serves as a great example of how many subtle tweaks can add up to an improved overall product.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Other military games might be more gung-ho or more over the top, but Brothers in Arms gets closer to the tactics and camaraderie of working as a well-oiled maching in the heat of battle. [May 2005, p.85]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's the first steps of an online franchse via your EA Locker or your life as the equivalent to Budweiser's Leon in NFL Superstar, Madden's exploration of new areas is not to be missed. [Sept 2005, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though I was frustrated by the chaos system and how it steers your actions, the heart of Dishonored is about being inventive, adaptable, and ruthless. The team at Arkane Studios has injected an array of cool possibilities into the simulated city of Dunwall, and discovering them all is a blast.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DJ Hero was my favorite music game of 2009, and I'm happy to report this sequel bests its predecessor in nearly every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It bests its predecessors in one key area: Every mission conveys a nail-biting tension that absorbs the player as never before. [June 2002]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Mika Mobile has crafted a lengthy and uncomplicated action/RPG adventure, with just enough challenge and depth to draw in gamers of all stripes.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 8 should certainly be added to the list of top-tier entries, and none of the previous titles can boast the rock-solid total package that this one offers. Say what you will about Nintendo sticking with the tried and true, but I have no problem with that as long as it stays this fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a star player at the apex of his career, NHL 11 still shines on the ice. New innovations like the real-time physics engine and UHL show EA Canada still has some room to grow, but as age creeps up on the stalwart franchise and its prior innovations feel commonplace, some of its weaknesses are starting to appear more evident.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If horror is your forte, dim the lights, crank up the surround sound, and take the deepest breath you ever have. I think you’ll agree, no game has ever been this frightening.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The series may feel a little dated, but once you start your training and chain together a massive 10-hit combo that sends your opponent reeling, it's still a tough game to put down. [Apr 2005, p.125]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like no other game I've played, F.E.A.R. grabbed me by the throat, punched me in the gut, and made me pay attention and become my onscreen character. [Nov 2005, p.170]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I was always motivated to continue my travels in the twisted world of Psychonauts, if only to see what bizarre sights I would witness next. Few titles have ever inspired in me this genuine sense of discovery. [May 2005, p.120]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultimate Team players will want to grab the Xbox One version of the game due to its exclusive Legend cards.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the franchise mode has its faults, it’s still vastly improved over last year’s offering. Coupled with the other outstanding modes and the most polished gameplay in the sports genre, NHL 10 is still more than worth the price of admission.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If your interest lies solely with the single-player experience - and let's be frank, this is why we counted down the days until BioShock 2's release - I walked away from it pleased, but also unfulfilled. BioShock 2 eventually becomes the sequel I hoped for, but spends too much time getting there. [Issue#203, p.82]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its unparalleled controls, refined presentation, and unrivaled selection of game modes, NHL 09 is the best hockey game ever created.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fast, challenging, and surprisingly different - in short, it's great fun. [Aug 2005, p.107]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its unparalleled controls, refined presentation, and unrivaled selection of game modes, NHL 09 is the best hockey game ever created.