Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,842 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:
5,842 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's an adventure that is so captivating that you'll be counting the days for the sequel. It takes interactive storytelling to new heights, and brings the player closer to content than ever before. It's easily one of the year's best titles and one of the most impressive games to date. [Nov 2007, p.151]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The changes in Forza 4 I find most exciting don't alter this setup dramatically, and yet with just a few tweaks Forza 4 feels like a fresh experience. It's re-invigorated, and every turn is infectious and alluring.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A masterpiece. [Aug 2005, p.104]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this collection isn’t much more than the sum of its parts, but that is hardly a bad thing considering the quality of the parts. If you still haven’t played the God of War series, you aren’t just missing out on great games. You’re missing pieces of gaming history.
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    Every bit the masterpiece on GameCube that it was on Playstation 2. [Jan 2002, p.85]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Doesn't do anything radical, not that anyone expected it to. Only the staunchest Gears haters will find much fault here, though. This is the best execution yet of an idea that spawned one of the biggest modern franchises in all of gaming. What's not to love?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With the exception of its stunning graphics, Killzone 2 doesn’t do a whole lot that you haven’t seen before in other titles. But what it does do, it does with aplomb.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers a decent single-player experience, but it doesn't begin to hold a candle to the Baldur's series...Now for the Toolset. This thing is absolutely amazing, people. [August 2002, p.88]
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    • 91 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]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's story, humor, and action are well implemented, but I would have liked to see a little less emphasis on stealth. [Dec 2002, p.148]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Aria of Sorrow totally enraptures me in its world, more so than most environments made up of seemingly obscene numbers and polygons. [June 2003, p.119]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to capturing the joy of battle, Dragon Age also provides an engrossing backdrop for the action. Even more than Mass Effect, the nation of Ferelden feels like a fully realized setting with its own history, conflicts, and power groups. This is one of the main reasons the game is so addicting; completing quests isn’t just about grinding experience and amassing loot – it actually feels like you have an impact on the world.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an honest-to-God new role-playing game, and I can safely say that Golden Sun rocks.[Jan 2002, p.96]
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    • 91 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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This isn’t just a tribute; as amazing as A Link to the Past is, I can’t think of a single thing A Link Between Worlds doesn’t do better...In every way, A Link Between Worlds is exactly what you want out of a Zelda game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The PC version of Dark Souls II is the definitive one to own. It’s a good step up in the graphics and performance departments, annoying load times are drastically reduced, and players can even opt to play with the mouse and keyboard if they so desire. It shows that From Software spent a considerable amount of time attempting to come up with controls that would feel natural on the PC.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After two remarkable but uneven offerings, Far Cry finally pulls everything together in the third installment. The diverse open-world action, compelling story, and an alluring environment that begs exploration are all high water marks for the series. This is an island adventure all shooter fans should experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II respects you enough to assume you can figure things out, despite having perhaps lost some of these sensibilities by playing other titles that walk you through on tether from start to finish. As a result, the rewards and achievements are that much more satisfying. It’s only March, but Dark Souls II stands tall as a potential game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic title...I would have liked more depth to the single-player experience and a little bit more story, but that's nitpicking really. [Dec 2003, p.176]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I'd love to see this series move forward, this title is an excellent tribute to [its] heritage. [Dec 2005, p.187]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is a complex, mature, and engaging journey from beginning to end. It stands as a benchmark for design that combines innovative ideas with tried-and-true techniques to create one of the great games of this generation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Doesn't blow open any revolutionary doors to the racing genre. However, it reached the obvious but not always obtainable goal of not only demanding my skill on the track, but my constant interest as well. You'll want to give it your full attention. [Dec 2003, p.162]
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics engine...is stunning, i.e., totally awesome and/or completely beautiful. [Nov 2004, p.166]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The inconsistent framerate and lack of visual splendor are compromises we all expected with this conversion, but the load times are insufferable. [Dec 2005, p.182]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you’re chaining combos together, switching between weapons, and punishing otherworldly opponents, Bayonetta is the epitome of its breed. It isn’t so much an evolution of the genre as a well-tuned and highly polished culmination of its history.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The complete Diablo III experience is enjoyable played solo, but by allowing a combination of online and local cooperative play for up to four players and adding some fun new social tools, Blizzard has made this the cooperative game to beat on new-gen consoles. No matter your experience level with the game, this is an excellent time to dive in to the action.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of freedom is exhilarating; I only wish the AI posed more of a challenge. They too frequently pour into the same positions where their friends just died, and can't discern elevation changes. Rather than work their way up a cliff to attack after spotting me, for instance, they just stood at the base of the incline, making it extremely easy to take them all out with one well-placed grenade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    In the end, I found this game compelling and highly entertaining, even though the puzzles are rather average and lack variety.