Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,846 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 Mass Effect 3
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,846 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a mere $30 price tag, it's the perfect way for fans and newcomers to experience this exceptional RPG. [May 2008, p.94]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Terrible batting collision and awkward fielding control are just a couple of things keeping Sega's hardball title from getting into the majors. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hardcore sim fans won't be too impressed, but I would argue that this game's balls-out mayhem is just what you stodgy, gear-ratio-calculatin', downforce-tweakin' fools need. [May 2003, p.85]
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    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Multiplayer maintains the high level of quality DICE is known for, and the campaign is the best in franchise history. Outside of the annoying Battlelog and a tacked-on, uninspired co-op mode consisting of six short standalone missions, the only downside to Battlefield 3 is the lack of substantial changes to the multiplayer formula. However, that shouldn't stop longtime fans and newcomers from enjoying one of the best FPS experiences in gaming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has everything we've ever wanted in a WWII battlefield game. [Nov 2002, p.146]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A monster of a sequel, offering bigger scares and more excitement than I expected... The tease for Dead Space 3 has my head spinning with questions. [Feb 2011, p.92]
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    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only are the visuals ridiculously sweet, the gameplay is unique and incredibly well-paced. Hands down, this is one of the best titles in the Xbox library. [July 2004, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Telltale's episodic love letter to zombies remains one of the most memorable gaming experiences of the year. Telltale has already announced it is working on Season Two, and No Time Left beautifully wraps up the story of these last several episodes while teasing things to come. No Time Left isn't a "happily ever after" affair, but it feels like a dark and stormy intro to another exciting chapter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A fabulously executed game that remains a consistent joy to play for many, many moons. But it lacks innovation. [March 2005, p.120]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Harmonix has done a remarkable job of bringing the Beatles' music to life in an interactive setting, devoting enormous attention to the details of history and authenticity that Beatles fans demand. The developers also added their own flair to the game, making this the most aesthetically beautiful music game to yet release. [Sept 2009, p.80]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Everything a fan of the series could want. There are more opportunities for dual army control (like the final battle in the original) as well as much more challenging maps to defeat. [July 2003, p.121]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenally addictive and brilliantly designed masterpiece, and the moment you lay down the bucks for a PSP, Lumines should go in that same shopping cart before you walk out of the store. [May 2005, p.130]
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    • 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 succeeds simply by delivering gameplay that’s perfectly executed along with a story that lovingly advances the saga of characters I’ve known and loved for years. Could it have done more to push the envelope? Sure, but that’s not what I’ll think of when I remember playing this game. I’m just going to remember all the fun I had – and that’s the point, isn’t it?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It might not be the huge revolution some hoped it would be, but this is a highly enjoyable and well-crafted trip down memory lane. [July 2006, p.112]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of the brain-bending adventure with scares and gore that I had so desperately hoped for, it turned out to be a sloppy, monotonous bore that nearly put me to sleep.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that Hideo Kojima was directly involved in the game's development, Peace Walker doesn't feel like a fully realized chapter in the saga – but it still completes the mission.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does this Xbox 360 edition of Virtua Fighter 5 have the online multiplayer support that was sadly missing from the PlayStation 3 iteration released earlier this year, it also features the latest arcade code, so it is the most balanced home edition you can play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lots of shallow elements thrown together does not create an absorbing experience. [June 2003, p.118]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NBA 2K2 is money – but I expect more next season. [Mar 2002, p.79]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 delivers stunning action and fantastic storytelling, while dramatically changing the tone of the gameplay at regular intervals, and its subsequent episodes only add to that formula.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    ESPN NBA is not only one game but two, and they both kick ass... The best in video game basketball. [Nov 2003, p.146]
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