Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,503 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 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:
6503 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The short cutscenes that bookend the level do little to set up the overarching narrative, and would be forgettable even if you didn't have to wait a month for the next few minutes of story. This simply isn't enough, even for devoted fans like me. I'm still optimistic that Hitman will end up being a good game, but you very well may have to wait for the full bundle in January to play it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When a game is unpredictably rendered unplayable, spending even one minute with it is one minute too long. [May 2005, p.132]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It comes up short. It's split into three uninspired levels of repetitive knife stabbing, sloppy platforming, and switch hitting to drain out toxic sludge. [Mar 2011, p.98]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a nice homage to wrestling's past, but just can't compete with the wrestling games of the present. [Aug 2004, p.96]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It comes up short. It's split into three uninspired levels of repetitive knife stabbing, sloppy platforming, and switch hitting to drain out toxic sludge. [Mar 2011, p.98]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A monstrous letdown. [Dec 2004, p.165]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Repetitive quests that require taking down specific enemies or fetching items in areas you'll revisit multiple times over becomes dull quickly. [Mar 2011, p.98]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Saw
    Saw fails to deliver the suspenseful crescendos, surprising twists, and apprehensive atmosphere of the films. Instead, it’s padded with unremarkable gore, poor pacing, and uninspired level design.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Top off the list with repetitive and uninspired boss battles, an off-kilter depth of field and a one-dimensional economy, and Fairytale Fights is offensive, just not in the way Playlogic intended.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Strafe succeeds at being a suitable homage of referential nostalgia-laden trinkets, but there’s no other real reason you should play it. If you want the feel of an old shooter, you should probably go play one of those instead of Strafe.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Here to demonstrate for us what happens when you take away good physics and the feeling of speed from a racing game. [Jan 2004, p.135]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end it's all about the racing and nothing here is that compelling. [Dec 2001, p.93]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I guess not being interested in the game's rules themselves is a basic qualm. [Jan 2002, p.87]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a few tune-ups, Endless Boss Fight could be great. A more consistent and satisfying string of rewards would get me hooked, and better controls would alleviate my frequent frustration – all of which would give me even more reason to continue diving into the cool asynchronous multiplayer arena. Unfortunately, that’s not the game you get when you play Endless Boss Fight.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Pikmin could work in 2D, but Hey Pikmin isn’t the game to make it happen. Nintendo’s low-impact blend of strategy and action flounders between relaxing and boring. I sometimes felt compelled to replay Hey Pikmin’s levels to find the treasures I’d missed the first time around, but I never found what I was hoping to: a richer strategy experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it pains me to say this, maybe Crash should make like the entire cast of "Blossom" and disappear. [Nov 2004, p.146]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a poor excuse to round up the gang. Presumably, the reason why your friends are your friends is because you share some common interests. Do some of those together instead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Omerta fails to close the loop that XCOM managed so adroitly by having a strategic layer so simple as to be a pointless afterthought, with no simulation depth to make up for a game world that turns the other cheek to the most egregious of criminal offenses and a combat system that doesn't rise above basic adequacy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This isn't a bad game; it's just a very, very dull one. The only action to be found anywhere is in the ship battles, but even these are tedious. [Jan 2004, p.157]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Compared to Telltale’s other work in this universe, Michonne’s mini-series lacks any discernible guiding philosophy outside of poorly articulated and uninteresting nihilism. I’m not attached to any of these new characters and I know that Michonne is not in harm’s way given that the series occurs between certain issues of the comic, so what impetus is there to care about anything that’s going on here? While the aimlessness of Give No Shelter might thematically match the hopeless wandering of its source material, it makes for a rather unpleasant and forgettable time.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The biggest problem is that Dawn of Destiny restricts your freedom like a galactic despot. [June 2004, p.132]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only area where this game really shines is in its visuals. Developer Eurocom has pulled out all of the stops to bring out the highest level of realism in the character models and lush landscapes. This game may put a twinkle in your eye, but it’s quick to follow it up with a razor-sharp cutlass.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Superhero games are supposed to be power fantasies. So far, the Iron Man games haven’t done much to inspire my dreams, but at least they’re not giving me nightmares anymore. If Sega keeps tweaking the formula, next time it might actually convince me that it’s fun being Iron Man.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are even a few lame vehicular bonus stages thrown in for good measure, but none of the various stage types offer anything close to depth or originality. [Nov 2004, p.145]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game is strictly for kids, and when I say kids, I mean the kind that may in fact still wear diapers. The smelly kind. [May 2002, p.89]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mindless fun. [Dec 2001, p.108]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Melee attacks in light gun games always suck. It’s too hard to judge the effective distance of your weapon, and much of the fun of melee combat as a concept is tied to the use of space and the tactics involved in controlling the flow of the fight. Unfortunately for Samurai Warriors: Katana, it’s basically a light gun game with melee weapons.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t say it falls into the “it’s so bad, it’s good” camp, but like a cheesy Nic Cage movie, it sometimes hits the right comedic notes, but it just doesn’t hit them enough.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dungeon Hearts’ basic mash-up of ideas and charming aesthetic could have set it on the path to casual-game stardom, but fun gameplay would have done a whole lot more. This may have match-three and RPG elements, but Puzzle Quest it most certainly is not.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The real-time combat adds an element of urgency, but the repetitive battles and clumsy controls dull that edge early on. [Jun 2006, p.118]
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