Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,793 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 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,793 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is massive, and as your character’s stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It’s not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The title’s relentless immaturity can grate after a while, though. Gruesome executions and grunted, testosterone-soaked dialogue sloppily plaster over the campaign’s heavy-handed morality play. While the plot makes sense this time around, its clumsy mysteries are old hat to anyone moderately well read in science fiction. Still, finding bad things to say about Gears of War 2 is like trying to hate on the ‘07 Patriots. The game is impeccably engineered to dominate everything it sets its sights on, and yet ultimately falls short of achieving true immortality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I suggest you do yourself a favor and get both NFL 2K3 and Madden this year, because this contest just went into overtime. [Sept 2002, p.79]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The standard for how to make a great soccer title. [Apr 2003, p.85]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I had my doubts as to how he would fit into the fold; but after putting this game through its paces, Link is now - far and away - my favorite character on the SC II roster. In my humble opinion, he's reason enough to invest in the GameCube version. [Oct 2003, p.126]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As bleak as this story is, it's offset by war sequences so large in scale and beautifully animated that you cannot help but look upon them in awe.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest surprise in Skyward Sword is the story. For all the different shapes it has taken, the plot of The Legend of Zelda has always been a fairly predictable affair that feels like an afterthought. Skyward Sword doesn't elevate the art of video game storytelling, but it is a major step up for the franchise, with clever writing, an interesting (if strange) new villain, and a wide cast of characters that would feel at home in one of Disney's better animated movies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may be far less glamorous than new setlists and instruments, but the revamped user interface that underlies the whole experience is the game's most unqualified success. Fixing nearly every problem from previous installments, and layering in a whole new career structure, the new format is brilliant.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A rare gem that seamlessly blends new-age technologies with gameplay of yesteryear, Viewtiful Joe is a stylish brawler that innovates in every field and emerges as one of the most captivating and addictive GameCube titles to date. [Oct 2003, p.124]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. [Aug 2003, p.86]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The level of control that you have over your characters' actions is truly remarkable... Simply put, this is the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the original trilogy. [Feb 2004, p.112]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As bleak as this story is, it's offset by war sequences so large in scale and beautifully animated that you cannot help but look upon them in awe.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A fantastic port of a stellar game. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though WoW doesn't radically differ from the tried-and-true MMORPG formula, the subtle tweaks, additions, and special layer of Blizzard polish make it an amazing and fresh experience. [Feb 2005, p.122]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A fantastic port of a stellar game. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This second American title absolutely proves that Winning Eleven 7 is the greatest soccer game in the world. It's not perfect, but it easily bests EA Sports' "FIFA." [Feb 2004, p.101]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    "NBA 2K1" was, in my opinion, the best basketball simulation ever made. That is, until I played this one. [Dec 2001, p.112]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A good fighter..., SC II just doesn't elevate the series the way I had hoped, and even takes a few steps back in some single-player respects. [Oct 2003, p.112]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Prince of Persia isn't the greatest game ever made, but it is most certainly close. [Jan 2004, p.145]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Start to finish, online or off, Call of Duty 4 is solid gold. Some might decry the single-player’s short length or that it’s more of the same, but its amazing quality and the Arcade mode...more than make up for it. Infinity Ward has delivered on every front, and there is no question in my mind that this is the best action shooter that I have ever played.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such a powerful, cinematic, and breathtaking conclusion to the saga of the Ghost of Sparta.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you enjoy listening to the broadcast, NHL 2002's dual commentary is the best I've ever heard in the game. [Nov 2001, p.104]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The play is even more engrossing than before. [Dec 2001, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beyond Net play, 2K3 simply can't be ignored for the new depth within its Franchise mode and the series' evolving commitment to football that smacks you upside the head. [Sept 2002, p.89]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you haven't already, go out and buy it. It's just that simple. [Apr 2007, p.104]
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    • 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
    • 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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