Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,115 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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6115 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The battles that unfold are as beautful as they are intense, and as difficult as they are easy to manhandle. [Oct 2002, p.76]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not only the best Donkey Kong Country, it's also one of the best platformers I've ever played.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Capcom has reproduced nearly every component that made Alpha 3 the best Street Fighter, despite the GBA's obvious deficiencies. [Sept 2002, p.94]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn't blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's been a long time since a game has made my heart race quite like Steel Battalion... a one-of-a-kind game that will thrill you like no other. [Dec 2002, p.132]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn't blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the year’s best deals in gaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To anyone who thinks that MGS 3 is all about flash and no substance, I say this: You are an idiot. [Jan 2005, p.120]
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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Defending against XCOM's mysterious alien invasion is one of the most challenging, intense gaming experiences of this generation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not content to settle for second place, DICE throws down the gauntlet with Bad Company 2, delivering its best multiplayer package since Battlefield 2 and a remarkably improved single-player campaign that openly mocks its rival while cribbing from them at the same time. [Issue#203, p.84]
    • 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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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The added level of control that the Civics system gives you is an incredibly useful tool for managing your civilization. [Jan 2006, p.152]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up. [Nov 2001, p.121]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There wasn't one moment during my time with this game that I wasn't engaged and having fun. Ultimately, that's the mark of a great title in any genre. [May 2005, p.106]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From utter blasphemy to unadulterated praise, my time with Metroid Prime stimulated a whirlwind of emotions. [Jan 2003, p.98]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bar for the next generarion of RPG's has been set. [May 2006, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Every bit as impressive as anything in the EA Sports stable, and is required playing for anyone who loves sports games. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gameplay has evolved to a frightening degree, and exacting painful death upon your opponent is only the tip of the bloody iceberg...Deception is easily the most-accomplished fighter to date. [Oct 2004, p.120]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No baseball game has come close to delivering a complete package like this game does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's so exacting in detail, the Marines are showing interest in using it as part of their training programs. [Nov 2001, p.126]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Madden's major changes have occurred on the defense to raise the learning curve and create more strategy. [Sept 2002, p.78]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario World represented the best of gaming a decade ago, and it has only become better with age. [Apr 2002, p.86]
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    • 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]
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beyond the Sword is unquestionably one of the best expansion packs I’ve ever played, and not just because the original release is so strong. The amount of content it adds, and the quality of those additions, is top-notch. This kind of massive depth, smooth polish, and unending replayability is what PC gaming is all about.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burnout Revenge for 360 is a blast from beginning to end, and the additions from the current generation release enhance both gameplay and the franchise's all-around good time vibe. [Apr 2006, p.128]
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