Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,014 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6,014 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and physics are inferior to "Courtside" on the 'Cube, but 2K2 gets the nod in nearly every other aspect. [May 2002, p.85]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Orta actually comes packed with a few surprising enhancements, injecting some depth into the gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.105]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It still looks great and has one of the best single-player stories out there. [Jan 2005, p.143]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The interplay of the simulation and combat elements form an addictive cycle that makes it easy to immerse yourself in the surreal world of Persona 4, but it isn’t for everyone. The game implements a deliberate and regimented structure, requiring a lot of planning, repetition, and level grinding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like this year’s New York Yankees team, MLB 09: The Show is stacked with unrivaled gameplay, simulation, online, and presentation. With "Major League Baseball 2K9" underperforming this year, the choice for baseball fans is easy. The only logical choice is MLB 09: The Show.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A release finally worthy of the fans who have been waiting patiently for it. [Dec 2001, p.114]
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    • 90 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Addicting as hell. [Dec 2002, p.137]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing but wild fun. [Nov 2001, p.125]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A short but engrossing play that will remain with you long after you finish. [Aug 2010, p.110]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tense, strategic, and hard to put down, Mark of the Ninja is one of the welcome surprises of the year. If you miss the heyday of pure stealth-focused games, or you never played a great stealth game and wonder what all the fuss is about, Klei Entertainment just snuck out of nowhere to offer you a weekend's worth of fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The moment you finish the game, you'll be chomping at the bit for the inevitable Assassin's Creed III. [Dec 2010, p.112]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the novel gameplay and awe-inspiring art style will be the hook for many, the tale told here is one filled with heart and humor. [May 2008, p.95]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Super Meat Boy's cornucopia of offerings and irresistible charm, you'd be hard-pressed not to get your money's worth out of this title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Regardless of the game’s mechanical simplicity, Rockstar has created an addictive, bite-sized serving of its patented “breaking the law” gameplay. Chinatown Wars jams an entire metropolis in your handheld that’s just begging to be exploited.
    • 90 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The concept may be just as extraordinary as its predecessor's, but with a hefty dosage of multiplayer and a quest that isn't as nerve-racking, Pikmin 2 is deserving of mainstream recognition and is easily the most noteworthy and praiseworthy GameCube product this summer. [Aug 2004, p.101]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up. [Nov 2001, p.121]
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 83 Critic Score
    A solid, great-looking game, just not the masterpiece I was hoping for. [Dec 2002, p.123]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlocking cars is great, but it doesn’t take long before you tire of doing the same routine. Racing, of course, is what it’s all about, but where’s the personality? Where’s the great track selection that doesn’t make you feel bored within a few hours? Where’s the career mode that’s less like flipping through a car catalog and more like participating in an actual career?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Easily the best new, exclusive game to the 3DS eShop. [Mar 2012, p.96]
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    • 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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