Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,891 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 0.7 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:
5,891 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    Its mix of accessibility and deep strategy is remarkable, and it’s an instant lock in my party-game rotation.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    The motion-captured animations bring about a higher level of realism, the intricately detailed environments are teeming with ambient life, and the prerendered cut scenes deliver incredible action sequences. [Jan 2002, p.74]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s so good, in fact, that there are few gamers I wouldn’t suggest this to, if only for how great of a tool it is to evangelize gaming to friends and family. The high cost of admission is most certainly worth it – this is a show you don’t want to miss.
    • 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
    It's a true classic, and playing it should be a government-mandated rite of passage for any role-playing fan. [Dec 2008, p.130]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Journey is a visual stunner thanks to some remarkable sand movement technology and excellent animation work, both on the main character and the strange creatures encountered along the way. For a game all about dry, harsh deserts, the way things move in the world make everything feel much more like a vast ocean. The graphical beauty is accompanied by an equally breathtaking musical score, which responds to character actions and changes in location with ease.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I fell in love with JRPGs in the 16-bit era because they constantly showed me things I'd never seen before. Somewhere in the last 15 years, most RPG developers in Japan have lost sight of that, instead rehashing the same fantasies and floating by on nostalgia. Xenoblade Chronicles is the first JRPG I've played this generation that has me excited for the future rather than simply reminding me of happy memories from my past. Monolith Soft deserves praise for creating it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's remarkable what a few adjustments can do. From instruments to user interface to gameplay options, one thing after another makes you nod appreciatively and smile while playing Rock Band 2. [Oct 2008, p.107]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I wasn’t expecting to discover that one of my new favorite point-and-click adventure games would feature so little pointing and clicking, but that’s what Device 6 has done. I felt more than a little silly rotating my iPad around to read Anna along a new path, but her story was worth it in the end.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Yes, the controls in Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are rusty by current standards, but the basic mechanics aren't what made these games landmarks in the industry. These sad and compelling masterpieces create immersive worlds, interesting characters, and memorable journeys. That hasn't changed in the intervening years, and playing through them again in this unbeatable package only serves as a reminder that no other developer can imitate Team Ico's singular style.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I doubt Echoes will bring too many new players into the Metroid fold, but if you are an addict like myself, you will enjoy each and every frustrating minute. [Jan 2005, p.126]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, Metroid Fusion is everything you could want from a Game Boy Advance game... Truly one of the greats. Long live Samus! [Jan 2003, p.120]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VI is one of the best RPGs ever made, and this version doesn't sacrifice any of its inherent awesomeness. From the huge cast of characters and their special moves to the memorable scenes like the opera house event, it is all intact and as good as you remember.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as I love Legends, it’s certainly not a perfect game. Legends sticks with its predecessor in one unfortunate way, which is an over-reliance on collecting items. You either squeak through levels perfectly the first time or have to revisit them later if you want to see everything the game has to offer.
    • 91 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]
    • 91 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]
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