Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,770 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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,770 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite my complaints, I can't help but feel a rush of adrenaline just thinking about Dark Souls. I spent around 60 hours playing it over the last month and died nearly 100 times while doing so. I screamed, I cursed, and I threw down my controller in defeat more times than I'm proud of. I can't wait to get back in and do it all over again. Dark Souls probably won't be the biggest or best game released this year, but I'm already sure it's the one I'm going to spend the most time playing.
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Others, like myself, will instantly fall in love with the intense adrenaline rush of the chase, and be able to play this game all day and night. [Oct 2002, p.80]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While I preferred the tight-knit story of brotherhood and betrayal in The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony delivers more explosive weapons, death-defying missions, and off-the-wall characters. Don’t miss your chance to close out the GTA IV experience in style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simultaneously embraces links to the past while offering numerous innovations that keep gameplay fresh, exciting, and a true joy to play. [Feb 2005, p.124]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The framerate is incredibly smooth. [Dec 2001, p.109]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In all, it felt like the players had a slightly lower center of gravity. This allows not only for a good running back to become extra shifty through better lateral movement (without even having to use the juke button), but it also gives defenders an extra punch to their hits. [July 2004, p.112]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Solid through and through and the new animations are nice, but the changes for this year aren't the kind which make you alter the way you play the game. For a long-running series, this is what's needed to keep it fresh. [July 2003, p.111]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fez
    No other game captures the potential and magic of the concept like Fez. The result is one of the most accessible, clever, and mind-altering experiences on the gaming market.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Reinvigorated by the folks at Nicalis, Daisuke Amaya's remarkable game is engrossing, challenging, and quite lengthy for a downloadable title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just don't go into it expecting to satisfy your raging leveling and loot addictions. [July 2005, p.124]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Still a very well-honed title that never fails to get my blood going, but I think a jump to next-gen for the series could be just the boost that this franchise needs. [Feb 2006, p.103]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A complete game package that has been meticulously constructed to draw you in like a missile to an afterburner. [Nov 2001, p.102]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The graphics, while inferior overall compared to the Xbox version, benefit from added effects such as enhanced heat distribution, reflective surfaces, and focus blurring. [Apr 2003, p.82]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing through Max Payne for the first time is a little like watching Pulp Fiction for the first time: Five minutes after the opening credits you know it’s awesome, and you don’t want it to end. [Feb 2002, p.88]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More game than we ever dreamed of. [Oct 2003, p.130]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You had better get to know the offensive and defensive capabilities of every unit at your disposal – not to mention how they deal with different types of terrain – because no economic wizardry is going to save you here. Lightning-fast tactical combat is all World in Conflict does, and it does it amazingly well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burnout Revenge for 360 is a blast from beginning to end, and the additions from the current generation release enhance both gameplay and the franchise's all-around good time vibe. [Apr 2006, p.128]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Soccer is a free-flowing game of creativity and skill, and I can experience that on the pitch in FIFA 11. Unfortunately, weak spots like the game's bare career mode hold it back and keep the entire package from being Total Football.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The problematic gunplay and annoying stealth takedown mechanics keep the game from greatness, but if played a certain way, Human Revolution captures the spirit of its predecessors and can be a blast. Even if it's not a masterpiece, this entry lays the groundwork for a promising future for the series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its sublime mix of puzzles, great bosses, perfectly paced exploration, and enormous variety make this an utterly amazing adventure. [Nov 2005, p.176]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, it may not be a true five-on-five simulation, but no other game captures the sport like NBA Street Vol. 2. Like KG, it's this year's basketball MVP. [May 2003, p.90]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At times, L.A. Noire is one of the most vivid, gripping game experiences I've had. Other times, it can be plain boring. As in much noir fiction, the truth lies in the gray area between those two extremes. It's an adventure I won't soon forget, filled with characters as fascinating as they are flawed – a bit like the game itself.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is quite possibly the best one-player, action-intensive shooter ever. Yes, the multiplayer is good, but the true strength of this title is in the solo experience. [May 2004, p.105]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If horror is your forte, dim the lights, crank up the surround sound, and take the deepest breath you ever have. I think you’ll agree, no game has ever been this frightening.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The steampunk-inspired technology is fascinating, and the art direction superbly establishes a distinct visual style to accompany the dark and disturbing lore lurking behind the city. I hope this isn't the last time I play a game set in Dunwall.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On my short list for mobile game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Firaxis' outstanding design strips away every last vestige of tedium from combat while maintaining the agency that makes the original such a classic...The PC version is slightly superior thanks to improved textures and resolution and drastically lower load times, but those are minor differences.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As solid as bedrock. [July 2003, p.119]