Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,113 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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6113 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy Explorers never fully captivated me. Building up your character is fun and the Final Fantasy fan in me enjoyed all the callbacks, but it didn't keep me invested. It gives you plenty to tinker with, but doesn't have the meat to back it up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It may be horseracing, but Gallop Racer once again proves to be a surprisingly irresistible and incredibly deep play. [Oct 2004, p.134]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Struggle through, though, and you'll be rewarded with a few moments of pure puzzle transcendence. [Nov 2005, p.182]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn't a game for the faint of heart or the heavy of foot. [June 2005, p.129]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s easy to be skeptical of LEGO Rock Band as a quick cash grab, but Traveller’s Tales’ trademark LEGO silliness blended with a few interesting new mechanics from Harmonix elevates the game to a level fans of both series shouldn’t brush off.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Outside of this, through its array of innovations, Major League Baseball 2K6 blows the doors off of what you could expect from a baseball game. [Apr 2006, p.116]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a lackluster, repetitive experience that will only appeal to the most Clancy-crazed gamer. It's not terrible or broken, but I've been doing the same thing, with the same problems and frustrations, for years. [Nov 2005, p.141]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I am scoring this lower than the Xbox version because it lacks four-player support, which is the preferred way to experience this game. [Nov. 2003, p.153]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can't stress enough how chaotic and frenetic four-player matches are - you really have to play it to understand. [Dec 2003, p.158]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay mechanic itself is ultra smooth and simple, yet satisfying even after hours of play. [July 2007, p.99]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are a lot of cool ideas at play in Full Auto, and the races can be giddily enjoyable, especially online, but overall it doesn't quite reach the heights that a weapons-based racer could. [Mar 2006, p.110]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Golf Club delivers as a course creator, and it's no slouch swinging the clubs, either. What's missing is the personality: the larger career structure and personal investment in your avatar to spur players on and elevate the experience from a nice set of features to the complete package.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you love stylish action, but always find yourself wanting a little extra time to figure out the next tactical move, Ronin could be just what you’re looking for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The emotions Halo inspires, like panic from hearing your shield beep as enemies overcome you or the explosive joy you feel from throwing a well-placed grenade, are all on display here. Spartan Assault is a true Halo game, even if the series’ signature scope and size are scaled down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New venues and motion-captured versions of the titular band look great, and the video interviews with its members are a blast for music history buffs.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I feel that the game opens up too quickly and that, while there a respectable nine districts, each has very similar goals and features. [Dec 2004, p.164]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The simplicity of the game is deceptive; this is immensely entertaining fun in a tight, clean, and ultimately cool little package. [Oct 2005, p.150]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hopefully, down the line, someone else can give us a similarly high-concept RPG with a little more meat on its bones. [Feb 2004, p.103]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It delivers new experiences with its gameplay, offers rewarding bonus content (playable minor league teams, and collectable baseball cards), and improves upon its already robust online play with an array of sorting options that will allow players to find the appropriate match-ups. The only area that needs work is Franchise mode.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DuckTales: Remastered blends the cartoon and the NES game together beautifully. Fans of modern platformers can expect a simple lighthearted romp, but gamers who grew up in Duckburg are the ones who shouldn’t miss out on this endearing homage.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of re-using all of the same assets from Infinite, the team recreated Rapture and found a way to meld successful elements from several games in the series. On the other hand, the additions are minimal at best, leaving players to go through the same motions with a different backdrop. For a world that invites infinite possibilities, I was hoping for less familiarity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Tipping Stars could use a few more new elements to freshen things up overall, the levels remain enjoyable nonetheless. The lack of extraneous minigames and boss battles keeps the focus where it should be – right on the puzzles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeons 2 does an admirable job of channeling that old-school Dungeon Keeper feel into a new title, and fans of the series will find some enjoyable evil to be had in the dungeon-sim genre. Swapping between dungeon and overworld can make the game feel schizophrenic at times, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not a significant detractor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After finishing Lollipop Chainsaw, I was left with the same feeling I had after playing other titles from creative director Suda 51. Like Killer 7 and No More Heroes, the premise is exciting and imaginative, but the gameplay execution has too many holes to embrace completely. However, also like those previous games, I'm glad I played Lollipop Chainsaw.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The best part about Skate It is that it doesn’t feel like a translation of another game. It’s its own beast.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only downside is the sometimes-frustrating level of difficulty and obtuse level design. [Nov 2005, p.182]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re content to save your game every couple minutes and enjoy a slower-paced stealth game, then Thief rewards you with plenty of moments so tense you might catch yourself holding your breath.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you accept that Killzone is a mere mortal and not the legend it made itself out to be, you can enjoy this title for the above-average FPS that it is. [Dec 2004, p.176]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I went into Sniper Elite V2 with one desire: Disfigure Nazis from hundreds of meters away. The game delivers on this core mechanic beautifully. While I would have preferred enemies with less superhuman vision and better stealth options, at the end of the game I couldn't recall a scenario I didn't enjoy. Sniper Elite V2 is a must for anyone interested in a smart shooter with an emphasis on gore.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For less-critical gamers who just want to imagine they’re auditioning and then going on to Hollywood and a dubious claim to fame, then this should be all you wanted and more.