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 God of War III
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,891 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    As a hardcore strategy gamer who is no stranger to planning out my empire's production dozens of turns in advance, I've already turned to Civ V for my world-conquering needs – but at the same time, if anything is going to rear a new generation of strategy gamers like the very first Civilization did for me, it's this.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D Land isn't perfect, but the few complaints I have (like the lack of variety in boss fights and some re-hashed levels) can't bring down this entertaining mix of nostalgia and innovation. It lives up to the level of quality set by previous entries and is easily the best reason to own a 3DS.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Both of XCOM's layers present life-or-death conundrums to which there is no right answer. No matter what you pick, something or someone is going to suffer for it. This kind of tension and terror rarely occurs within mainstream gaming, and almost never with this level of skill in the execution. Don't let the "turn-based strategy" moniker scare you off; XCOM is a singular achievement that every gamer deserves to experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Corruption isn’t just the best-looking Wii game to date; it’s the best Metroid Prime game period. This is due in large part to the fluid controls. The highly debated, stubborn lock-on aiming system has been replaced with something far better. You can finally look around while moving by aiming the Wii remote.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more. [March 2005, p.115]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valve studiously avoided reinventing the wheel with Dota 2, and given how beloved the gameplay is that is undoubtedly the best thing for the game, the community, and the genre. The infrastructure for matchmaking, spectating, and everything else that surrounds actual matches is executed on a level only the best studios can rival.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I seriously doubt that anyone could spoof a superhero/comic book game any better than this. [May 2002, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The concept is simple, but a combination of stylized moves, tongue-in-cheek humor, and merciless difficulty make Viewtiful Joe absolutely irresistible. [Sept 2004, p.107]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xbox 2K2 got the cosmetic makeover the PS2 version sorely needed. [Mar 2002, p.83]
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    • 90 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    FIFA 13 captures a lot of the passion and pageantry of world football, but beneath the surface its gameplay flaws can hinder the beautiful movements that truly make the sport great.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Niggling complaints aside, NBA 2K13 puts in another solid performance with its unrivaled broadcast-style presentation, improved online experience, and the best single-player mode in sports. None of its new features revolutionize sports simulations, and cutting out the historical mode was a poor decision, but it's still a polished experience NBA fans should enjoy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Less truly is more when it comes to Total War. Shogun 2, with a smaller scale and tighter focus, boasts the best gameplay and design of any entry in the franchise. I can't imagine a realistic way that The Creative Assembly could have made a better case to win back fans put off by Empire. [Apr 2011, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining, and historically accurate strategy games ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    NBA 2K12 isn't just the best basketball game; it's the most complete sports sim I've ever played. This is the new benchmark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without question, Jedi Outcast is the most enjoyable and accomplished Star Wars game yet. [May 2002, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Halo 2 is the undisputed king of console multiplayer, and this expansion pack only strengthens its stance. [Sept 2005, p.108]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With its unmatched co-op gameplay, intense shootouts, addictive loot collecting, expansive skill customization, hilarious dialogue, and insane level of difficulty, Borderlands 2 is one of the most rewarding gaming experiences of this console generation. [Oct 2012, p.90]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Defending against XCOM's mysterious alien invasion is one of the most challenging, intense gaming experiences of this generation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Quite simply, this is the best WWII game ever made. [Dec 2005, p.146]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Like a moth drawn to a flame, I can't pull myself away from the incredible explosions, blinding speeds, and impressive vehicular carnage. Once you get behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to turn this speedster off. [Oct 2005, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Continually baffles the mind with its visuals. [Dec 2005, p.168]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new content is spectacular, and fans of the series will absolutely adore this special edition...One of the greatest titles in the history of gaming. [Feb 2004, p.113]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tiger just owns it in every category: graphics, unlockables, golfers, courses, modes, and everything else. This is hands-down the best golf game ever, and easily one of the best sports games in general. [Oct 2003, p.114]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Drives the gameplay stake through the heart of this genre, and keeps on stabbing. [Jan 2003, p.116]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But believe it or not, I had a problem with GC’s controller. [Feb 2002, p.87]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The controller itself is a work of ergonomic art. Although this is essentially a detailed puzzle game, the detail is truly a sight to behold. [Jan 2002, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the new control layout on the 360 is of concern, don't sweat it. PopCap has continually done a fantastic job translating the control scheme across platforms (from computers to touch screens) and the 360 controller is no exception.
    • 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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