Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,220 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 The Last of Us Remastered
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6220 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I can't recommend this title enough for its difficulty, beauty (which is downright stunning), exceptional level design, and elaborate move set. It's a wonderful good time. [Dec 2003, p.122]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Around the edges of Uncharted 3, there's the vague sense that things are a bit too pat, that it's all beginning to feel a little formulaic. You could draw comparisons to Call of Duty, another series that relies heavily on high production values and popcorn-movie bombast. However, Uncharted 3 still affects me, not only because it's such sublime fun, but because it's telling the tale of characters I have a real affection for.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Rock Band is the best music game ever made... It’s immensely fun and consistently rewarding. Nearly endless replay is bolstered by the promise of a musical catalogue that will have already dramatically expanded by the time you read this.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you judge a game solely by its complex battle systems, intricate puzzles, or branching upgrade systems, Journey is likely a disappointment. If you’re open to that often nebulous realm of how a game might elicit emotion and the artistic potential of interactive narrative, Journey is an absolute must-play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Bloodborne succeeds through sparse storytelling, lush atmospheres (conjuring up notions of the best of Lovecraft’s work), and tight combat that forces you to be aggressive. While this new IP doesn’t stray far from the established Souls franchise, it is a magical, wondrous work that admirably instills both terror and triumph in those brave enough to delve into it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A wonderfully successful psychological thriller meant to screw with gamers' minds, emotions, and fears to the nth degree. [August 2002, p.81]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is amazing (of course), and the world editor is impressive, but the single-player experience is a masterstroke. [Sept 2002, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I was doing stuff that at least looked neat right away. Then, the game got harder, and I got better. This is one of the title's strongest points - a perfect ramp-up of difficulty and skill acquisition. [Nov 2003, p.154]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If there's an overall problem with Forza, it's that the game isn't polished into the slick experience that others have recently offered. [June 2005, p.130]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden is still excellent, but has left the door open to its competitors. [Sept 2003, p.117]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I put nearly 100 hours into IV, and I can easily see myself pumping dozens more into this update. If you haven't played IV at all, then $40 is an absolute steal for the ultimate version of the best fighting game in recent memory. [May 2010, p.87]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Writing in video games is a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention, but Chaos Theory features a simply great script. Not only is it complex and deep, it's also surprisingly funny. [Apr 2005, p.112]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Where this games shines the brightest is in the new path it blazes, not the traditions it revisits. [Nov. 2006, p.132]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The GameCube version seems to hamper players a little bit just because of the odd configuration of the controller, but everything else is smooth and silky. [Sept 2002, p.85]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game rewards strategy and patience time and time again, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not having it on your iOS devices.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It stands out for its wonderful writing, variety of quests and things to do in the world, and how your choices have impact in interesting ways.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario World represented the best of gaming a decade ago, and it has only become better with age. [Apr 2002, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Melee is wholesome original, and the most rewarding multiplayer experience available for any console. [Feb 2002, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Undertale may not be the prettiest game at the ball, but it is a fantastic, unique take on a classic genre that defies all expectations.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I would recommend buying Madden over all other franchises 100 times out of 100 to any Xbox owner. [Sept 2002, p.89]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    As it stands, Rome: Total War is merely a good empire simulation with a minor real-time strategy diversion built in. [Nov 2004, p.165]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Forza 3 redefines the franchise, but it definitely didn't take me to anywhere I hadn't already been before. [Nov 2009, p.106]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year's "BioShock," not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other. [Sept 2009, p.82]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It can be argued that it is the best Mario to date. [Sept 2002, p.82]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The whole expansion is an adrenaline rush, reminding me of the intense pacing of Wild Hunt's final act. It also has plenty nods to Geralt and his friends that longtime fans are sure to enjoy. You never know when a past character may make an appearance or be mentioned. The world has so much depth and excitement; Blood and Wine is a great way to spend your last days as Geralt.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The beauty of SSX is that I don't have to do the race events if I don't want to. In this game, you choose where you have your fun; and fun you shall have. [Nov 2003, p.158]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I think I may have expected too much from this game, as it really isn't the Second Coming that I was waiting for. [Oct 2003, p.132]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    During my time with Awakening, I always had a reaction to what was going on around me. My heart raced as I watched enemies close in on an injured character, and I found myself devastated if I executed an action that cost me the match. Awakening made me scratch and claw for victory, and I savored every moment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Blood and Wine is an example of an expansion that takes advantage of providing top-notch new content. The whole expansion is an adrenaline rush, reminding me of the intense pacing of Wild Hunt's final act. It also has plenty nods to Geralt and his friends that longtime fans are sure to enjoy. You never know when a past character may make an appearance or be mentioned. The world has so much depth and excitement; Blood and Wine is a great way to spend your last days as Geralt.