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 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,967 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fall of the Samurai, like the original Shogun 2, is good enough that I heartily recommend it to everyone who owns a PC regardless of their experience with or opinion of the grand strategy genre. If you're coming into the series for the first time there is a lot to learn, but you'll be amply rewarded with hundreds of hours of top-notch entertainment should you make the investment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By combining a completely new gameplay style with nicely designed traditional 2D platforming levels, Kirby: Canvas Curse manages to fulfill the true potential of Nintendo's highly touted touch-screen gameplay. [Aug 2005, p.108]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You're going to have to decide for yourself if loading is a dealbreaker. [Oct 2005, p.152]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ESPN is a top-shelf pick that has an unrivaled franchise mode, but the gameplay doesn't have the hard-hitting finesse of EA's "NHL".[Sept 2004, p.103]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new material that EA has implemented is minimal at best, and most of the additions don't generate a lot of excitement. With that said, this is still the best-playing baseball game on the market. [March 2005, p.118]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    UFC Undisputed 3 is a continual refinement of systems that THQ established several years ago, but when you add up all its features, you end up with superbly well-rounded fighter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made. [Dec 2005, p.146]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As solid as the 360 version is, as a longtime player I still prefer the PS2 version. Even on a rain-soaked pitch, it feels faster, and the d-pad controls feel tighter. [Mar 2007, p.99]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    EA Tiburon has gone far beyond a simple roster expansion. By making its career mode even more complex, it has succeeded in giving players of all stripes quite a bit to chew on. [Sept 2004, p.102]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Futurlab’s stellar game is challenging and unusual, and its complex controls are demanding. For that reason, Velocity 2X may not fascinate novice gamers, but experienced players will delight at its varied gameplay, spare design aesthetic, and daring speed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are some things you never knew you wanted in a strategy game. The third-person view does wonders to get you invested in every decision, and it’s great to have a worthwhile story. The gorgeous presentation and versatile combat make Valkyria Chronicles one of the best surprises of the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scholar of the First Sin is best suited for two types of player: Complete Souls newcomers that insist on playing with the latest hardware, and returning warriors who soaked up every bit of new game-plus content loaded into the original. While I don't think the encounters are quite up to the level of the original, it's hard to argue with more of one of 2014's best games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The surperbly implemented online tracking and ranking services, plus the rich and varied content, makes Resistance's multiplayer one of the game’s strongest features. Graphically, the game is simply stunning, and when you tie in all the single player and mutliplayer components it is easily the PlayStation 3's premiere, must-have title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An engaging and well-done casual title, and stands as one of the best Wii franchises on the market. [June 2009, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I came in expecting nothing, and ended up having a pretty good time exploring the battle system's many nuances. [Nov 2009, p.115]
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    • 86 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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    • 86 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This edition of the game has many of the components that made the title successful on the other systems, and more, but the behind-the-wheel experience puts it in second place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much like the impressive and abundant explosions the game contains, whatever spark of interest Mercenaries may ignite quickly fizzles out due to lackluster mission objectives, flat story and characters..., and a generally derivative feel. [Feb 2005, p.110]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps inspired by the band they so love, Neversoft has dramatically improved the visual presentation. Extensive motion capture sessions with the band have yielded a host of realistic animations and dramatic, 360-degree camera work. Stage sets based on the band’s real-life tours and extensive pyrotechnics displays also help deliver a better sense of authenticity than Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Also, the improved character models are leagues better than any in the series’ history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It would have been nice to see some new innovations, especially in the gameplay department. [Apr 2003, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Don’t let the early learning hours and initially perplexing systems deter you; this is the best opportunity to find out what keeps fans coming back to Monster Hunter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As a whole, however, Patapon is an experience not to be missed, and at $20 there's little excuse to let it pass you by. [Mar 2008, p.105]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beyond the Sword is unquestionably one of the best expansion packs I’ve ever played, and not just because the original release is so strong. The amount of content it adds, and the quality of those additions, is top-notch. This kind of massive depth, smooth polish, and unending replayability is what PC gaming is all about.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story and its multiple branches will grab your attention, and the combat – while different in style – delivers plenty of thrills. I prefer the PC iteration, but it’s still good on PS3 and 360, and way better than not playing Dragon Age at all.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with that ostensibly simple premise, the development team has crafted a remarkably layered simulation that feels like what The Sims has been trying to be from the beginning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It isn't going to blow anyone's doors off, but it's a solid strategy/RPG with a lot of humor, a great presentation, and a lot of expandability in terms of user-created content. [Apr 2005, p.139]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Titanfall is enormously entertaining, with long legs that should have players exploring its depth for many months to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The lackluster multiplayer is absolutely no reason to avoid what is otherwise one of the best action adventures I’ve ever played.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ascension feels like an old-school shooter but is able to be nostalgic and innovative at the same time. Speed and scale are what set Tribes: Ascend apart from comparable shooters. There's a barrier to entry gaining access to all the classes, learning how to "ski" properly, and generally fending for yourself in the beginning, but it's worth the time investment.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Respawn took a chance with Titanfall, embracing what it knew best with a multiplayer-only experience and pushing the envelope with its imaginative twists on classic competitive play. The result feels like a new breed of multiplayer that is inviting to established shooter players, but also compelling for people intrigued by everything from the free-running to the giant robotic titans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once I got past the grunt-work, I did warm up to Underground - a little. [Dec 2003, p.187]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At some point, being "the best soccer game in America" shouldn't be enough. [Dec 2002, p.130]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without exception, the four tables are excellently designed, and fantastic ball physics make the game worth repeated play.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kero Blaster plays like an ode to the simple 2D Game Boy games of yesteryear, and while it doesn’t do anything glaringly wrong, it’s not some remarkable reimagining.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So many things could have gone horribly wrong, but the core single-player experience gets everything right. [June 2009, p.87]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every bit as impressive as the company's flagship NBA title. In fact, I'd say that it even plays a hair better. [Dec 2004, p.167]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game does what all RPGs (and good books) set out to do: harness your emotions. I couldn't recomend it more. [Dec 2002, p.107]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Accompanied by the incomparable multiplayer, Heart of the Swarm is a worthy middle act to tide us over until the protoss warp in for the impending conclusion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most remarkable achievement that I noticed during my all-too-short time with DS is the utter and complete absence of loading times anywhere, in any level. [June 2002, p.85]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not only gorgeous to look at, it's blazing fast with gameplay that constantly has you sliding in and out of traffic riding on the edge of disaster. [July 2003, p.113]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Quirky doesn't even begin to describe this game. Maybe if you add "deeply disturbing" and "inexplicably compelling," then you'd have a start. [Sept 2004, p.115]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A crowning accomplishment for video games and one of the finest Star Wars stories ever told. [Feb 2005, p.120]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're tired of fighting corridor-based wars against an endless flow of brainless meatbags, Crysis 2 is worth a look. The unique sandbox approach to gunfights and game-changing nanosuit lend the title a flavor of its own, and Crytek smartly leverages these strengths in both the single- and multiplayer modes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Crashmo improves on Pushmo's formula in every way, but I have a nebulous complaint: For some reason Crashmo doesn't inspire that "just one more" desire in me that I expect in puzzle games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's definitely a compelling place to explore, and the visual look is breathtaking, but too often I felt a pang of boredom creeping into the eerie dreamworld that Ubisoft had created. [Dec 2003, p.142]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It may not be the most emotionally complex RPG on the market, but it's solid entertainment with a quirky twist. [Dec 2005, p.187]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn't blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In all, it’s a good game that feels like a bit less than the sum of its parts. While I appreciate Brothers’ languid storytelling, I can’t help but feel as if the game had pretentions of being a much deeper experience than what has actually been delivered.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is just as fast and smooth as we fanboys demand. [Dec 2005, p.170]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the Be A GM mode needs a major overhaul and the new Legends feature falls flat, NHL 12 is still strongest where it counts – on the ice. Just like a well-rounded power forward who can dominate in all three zones, you can't deny the benefit this brings to the club.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NCAA has its flaws, but with improved on-the-field action, recruiting, and presentation (including the option to generate custom stories on your Dynasty), for the first time in years I feel like I'm getting the college experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It feels like the development team took everything that wasn't completely awesome in the first game, shot it in the face, and smoothed over the holes with buttery goodness. [Dec 2003, p.179]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In all, Galactic Civilizations II is worth a play for any genre enthusiast, and exactly what stranded Master of Orion fans have been waiting for. [Apr 2006, p.131]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The touch-screen functionality (which allows you to slide blocks with the stylus) fits perfectly, and Wi-Fi play means that you can take your skills online.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The stylus makes selling items (now in bulk!), designing clothes, and writing letters a snap. [Dec 2005, p.186]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 gives serious strategy players and casual mobile gamers a lot to love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ninja Theory stays faithful to the heart and soul of the series with this reimagining – and that's what matters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smashing alien towers is an explosive spectacle impossible not to enjoy, triumphing against stacked odds thanks to your own personal tactical creativity is a pleasure, and the terrible story is easy to skip past.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Bottom line, if Layton didn't float you boat the first time around, nothing is going to change your mind here. But it's definitely worth it for fans to jump back into a world where you can't walk five steps without finding a puzzle to solve.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It doesn't offer much in terms of gameplay deviation, but the wildly amusing levels will keep you in a state of awe. [Oct 2005, p.133]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you never experienced the Homeworld titles during their initial run, this collection is a great way to take a look at an incredible RTS experience in a world that sees the genre waning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I haven't had an opportunity to test my new moves at a club yet, but with Dance Central 2's drop-in, drop-out multiplayer, I don't need to leave my house to have a social dance experience. I still think that 90 percent of all dance moves look better when anyone other than me performs them, and that children dance with a wild abandon that few adults are confident enough to muster, but my time with Dance Central 2 has convinced me that even those of us that aren't dance enthusiasts can have fun busting a move if we're willing to give it a shot.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A game that borrows a page from the glory days of Crash Bandicoot and delivers a gameplay experience that sticks to its guns and keeps the action constant. [Nov 2002, p.108]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Round 3 certainly doesn't shirk in the gameplay department one bit, as it has everything Round 2 offered and more. [Mar 2006, p.98]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Amplitude has blown the doors off its predecessor with more tunes and power-ups, better control, and crazy new background graphics. [May 2003, p.83]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bastion makes a good case for the idea that simple gameplay, straightforward design, and a clear guiding vision for art, music, and story can go a long way to making a good game great.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you do happen to have four friends who are Zelda fanatics and GBA owners, you are going to have the time of your life playing this game. [June 2004, p.130]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an ambitious and exciting new franchise, but more importantly it shows off a small developer that deserves some big attention.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though the amazing graphics are the most noticeable aspect of Tales of Symphonia, the area where it truly distinguishes itself is in its addictive and highly variable combat mechanic. [July 2004, p.117]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're a devotee to "Quake," "UT," FPSs, or online games in general, this is certainly a ride you won't want to miss. [Dec 2002, p.147]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A terrific way to spend a lazy afternoon. [August 2002, p.89]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall the game seems more complete than the first. [Nov 2002, p.124]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although the game's career mode is a little dry (compared to "V-Rally 3") and the damage is forgiving, Colin McRae Rally 3 contains some stunning graphics and is a powerful, mesmerizing experience. [May 2003, p.83]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    EA has made significant strides in creating a more realistic flow to digital hoops... I have to give the nod to ESPN, but I eagerly look toward next year's Live. [Nov 2003, p.147]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some areas shine brighter than others, but the developer's inspired Champion mode is the star feature that must be experienced.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No one person can sing the praises of this title's presentation enough. [Jan 2004, p.142]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply the best rally game out there, bar none. [Dec 2002, p.144]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It beats "Cubivore," "Vib Ribbon," and even "Mister Mosquito" in sheer quirk factor - and this fact makes up for a lot of the game's faults. [Oct 2004, p.134]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Huge chunks of LOTRO’s design are culled entirely from the "WoW" playbook, but that’s generally for the best.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Rockstar Leeds has taken steps to improve the targeting, there are far too many times when large-scale conflicts play out like an absolute mess. Also, if you’ve played all the GTA games, you’ll recognize too many of the same old mission types that we’ve done dozens of times in the past (I’m seriously never giving a hooker a ride again).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Awesome on almost every level. To be quite honest, it kicks ass in just about every way a strategy title can...It most likely will be remembered as a historic entry in the RTS genre. [Nov 2004, p.164]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The biggest draw of Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is the improved graphics. They're simply stunning in perhaps the best-looking console game I've ever seen. Running smooth 1080p resolution, this new version adds an incredible level of detail to the newly modeled characters and lush environments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    After spending numerous hours pillaging Sanctuary’s monster-laden realm, I’m ready to wish the PC version a fond farewell; all of the components the developer has added, tweaked, and removed for the console market make me vastly prefer this new-and-improved version for my endless demon-slaying adventures.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While GRAW 2 may have fallen behind the excellent "Rainbow Six Vegas," its great multiplayer and explosive single-player storyline still make this game a tour of duty worth taking.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A new flying gameplay mode has players steer with the left analog stick and hit the X button to propel the blob like some wild rocket. Specific flying zones let you explore for pickups and also challenge you to maneuver through laser hazards and spike-filled tunnels. This gets extra tense when a creeping death wall gets thrown into the mix. It's a blast balancing speed boosts and the slower, fine movement propulsion to narrowly escape instant crushing death.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The coolest multiplayer mode offered is Gang Wars. This mode pits two teams against each other and incorporates story threads from the campaign to shape the five rounds. How a round ends dictates what the next objective will be, a design that keeps the battles fresh.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    These controls feel great, and they really need to since the game isn’t in the slightest bit forgiving. When you go for a grind, you won’t magically be transported onto the rail. You have to line it up and pray that you time your jump and adjoining trick correctly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, with slow leveling between the teens and a level cap of 40, a lot of players will burn out long before the endgame. The foundation is very strong, though, so hopefully Warhammer Online can someday reach its potential for everyone, rather than the lucky few.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the Be A GM mode needs a major overhaul and the new Legends feature falls flat, NHL 12 is still strongest where it counts – on the ice. Just like a well-rounded power forward who can dominate in all three zones, you can't deny the benefit this brings to the club.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The addition of online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be a great boon for some, but the core single-player experience feels like a small step back from the brilliance of Dual Strike. Still, this is a standout in the DS lineup and a sequel that shouldn’t disappoint the series’ many fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m hooked on DJ Hero. In many ways, it feels like a new beginning for the music genre. Freestyle Games has pulled off an impressive trick, crafting a game that holds true to its sister franchise while at the same time putting a unique spin on both the gameplay and the music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 2 may not be the perfect sequel, but it still delivers stiff challenges, fun racing moments, and a variety of experiences. Hopefully another few years on the Xbox One can create a clearer direction forward for the series and enable it to continue being a worthy branch of the Forza brand.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The kinds of shots players get off are varied due to how they strike the ball (and with which foot), and the controls hit a sweet spot of being easy to pull off and capable of letting you engineer some incisive attacks. These aspects are not to be underestimated, as they give you confidence going forward and the ability to score from some new areas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Westwood shows us once again that it knows how to improve upon near perfection. [Dec 2001, p.116]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game was so finely balanced that I thought adding to it would disrupt its strategic flow, but Firaxis has released an expansion that slides between Enemy Unknown’s cracks, filling in some gaps I didn’t even realize existed, further diversifying the tactics without disrupting XCOM’s delicate balance.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I have always enjoyed Harmonix's dancing franchise, and Dance Central 3 is the best experience I have ever had with Kinect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The rich presentation (especially on the 3DS XL) and contained mission structure make it a perfect addition to the 3DS library. Whether you played the GameCube original or not, this is a must-play for Nintendo fans.