Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,716 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 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,716 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    While Ice Nine is based on the "Duke Nukem Advance" engine, it doesn't offer the wit or intelligence (or shooting accuracy) of its precursor. [Apr 2004, p.110]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    A miserable piece of digital vomit. [Apr 2005, p.120]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Critic Score
    There are online and offline multiplayer options, but extra players really only add an additional voice to help point out flaws and frustrations. It also gets incredibly chaotic. Suddenly half the bullets on screen belong to a cooperative partner and it becomes difficult to distinguish properly between enemy and friendly fire.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Everything in this title borders on barely functional, from the blurry graphics (no, that isn't Vaseline on your TV screen) to the imprecise targeting. [Aug 2004, p.96]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Punishing players and withholding any reward adds replay, right? At first I thought this game was a joke, but I was wrong. It’s a joke and total garbage.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Those patient enough to suffer through the initial gameplay inadequacies are rewarded with horrible, low-quality cutscenes, a “special” Accelerator Suit ability that often drains during said cutscenes, unreachable power-ups that hover just out of grasp, the worst vehicle controls I’ve used in years, and voice overacting that makes the guy who says “killing spree” in Unreal Tournament sound understated.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Those patient enough to suffer through the initial gameplay inadequacies are rewarded with horrible, low-quality cutscenes, a “special” Accelerator Suit ability that often drains during said cutscenes, unreachable power-ups that hover just out of grasp, the worst vehicle controls I’ve used in years, and voice overacting that makes the guy who says “killing spree” in Unreal Tournament sound understated.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    How Sony thinks Kung Fu Rider justifies being a full retail release (even with the reduced $40 price tag) is beyond me.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Back on the N64, the world-twisting gimmick may have been enough to make Flip's Twisted World stand out. These days, though, it feels like a one-off idea that Super Mario Galaxy 2 might have used on a single level before abandoning for even wilder gameplay tricks. In fact, being in such incredible company on the Wii is possibly the game's biggest mistake; on a console flooded with platformers, Flip's Twisted World is among the worst.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This weird ass-end swing out makes circuit racing all but impossible until you re-learn the concepts of physics, weight distribution, and even gravity. [Feb 2005, p.125]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's frustrating and repetitive to the extreme. You owe the fruit of your loins something better. [Dec 2004, p.190]
    • 30 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It pretty much fails on every conceivable front and can't hold a candle to 99 percent of the games currently in the Xbox library. To serve, protect, but more realistically, to suck. [May 2003, p.91]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Everything in this title borders on barely functional, from the blurry graphics (no, that isn't Vaseline on your TV screen) to the imprecise targeting. [Aug 2004, p.96]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The environments are bland, the characters have no dialogue, and the puzzles are illogical. [Dec 2003, p.159]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Where the game falls depressingly short is in Level-5 ignoring the many valid criticisms of the first game and churning out a cookie-cutter sequel that is even more of a rehash than the average yearly sports title or shooter franchise.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Like those vacuum-powered hair trimmers, this one sucks while it cuts. [July 2004, p.116]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Given just how unresponsive and sticky the gameplay is, a strong case can be made that a turd in a toilet has far greater functionalty than the controls in this game. [Dec 2004, p.177]
    • 41 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    It pains me to say this, but turn off your TV and just read the book or head to your local theater. This is a story everyone must experience, just don’t try interacting with it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    It pains me to say this, but turn off your TV and just read the book or head to your local theater. This is a story everyone must experience, just don’t try interacting with it.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    It pains me to say this, but turn off your TV and just read the book or head to your local theater. This is a story everyone must experience, just don’t try interacting with it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks at the exact moment that I ejected this game from my Xbox. I then proceeded to toss it on the floor and violently smash it with a sledgehamer into a thousand little pieces. [Jan 2003, p.114]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 33 Critic Score
    Trite dialogue, mindless quests, bland gameplay, and boring textures. [Nov 2003, p.170]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Rarely do [fishing games] just stink like rotting fish guts after five days roasting in the sun. Which, coincidentally, is how bad this game stinks. [July 2003, p.107]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It looks like a freakin' "Doom II" mode, except the framerate isn't as good. [Jan 2004, p.157]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If youre seriously interested in this "game," you're probably a loser who's embarrassed to buy porn, and way too chicken to actually talk to a real girl. [Oct 2004, p.129]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The story is delivered witih all the emotion of a grade school play. This woldn't be such a bad thing, if the gameplay weren't absolutely abysmal. [Dec 2002, p.122]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Please don't do any more games like this, The Rock. You deserve better. [Nov. 2006, p.130]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Like a waterlogged corpse afloat in a handheld sea, Jack Sparrow's PSP adventure stinks. [Sept. 2006, p.100]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Simply put, this game is bad and I hate it. [Nov. 2006, p.140]
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There's really only one way to sum it all up. This game just sucks. [Sept. 2006, p.97]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This is a quirky Japanese kissing game. I say kiss it goodbye, because it’s not worth your time. Some games are just made broken. I don’t mean broken in the bug-riddled sense, but Chulip is probably one of the most poorly designed games I have ever played.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Speaking of lack of combat, the first boss battle doesn’t even kick in until level nine – and it sucks!
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the number of average-to-outstanding FPS titles available on next-gen consoles, there’s absolutely no reason to waste your time with this disaster.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the number of average-to-outstanding FPS titles available on next-gen consoles, there’s absolutely no reason to waste your time with this disaster.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With the number of average-to-outstanding FPS titles available on next-gen consoles, there’s absolutely no reason to waste your time with this disaster. [Apr 2008, p.86]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Laughably bad dialogue combines with broken combat and tedious gameplay to create one of the worst games in years. Choose the Wii version, and you’re in for a special form of torture, as your camera wildly wheels about and an added layer of stupidity is included while aiming a weapon.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A description of Eco-Creature’s controls could easily read like a manual on how not to design an RTS.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The simplistic flick-your-wrist-and-sometimes-press-a-button interface is probably great for testing the motor skills of chimpanzees, but humans should do themselves a favor and use this same arm motion to fling this Hudson game into the Hudson River.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This isn’t a premier blend of pulp fiction. It’s just a pulpy mess.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This isn’t a premier blend of pulp fiction. It’s just a pulpy mess.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Thank God. Now I can stop pretending that I was having fun rocking out to Metallica and live my dream of playing backup cowbell in a cruise ship band version of “Yankee Doodle.”
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The nuts and bolts of gameplay are apocalyptic failures, but the awfulness doesn't stop there. Managing games is utterly pointless. [Feb 2009, p.85]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The nuts and bolts of gameplay are apocalyptic failures, but the awfulness doesn't stop there. Managing games is utterly pointless. [Feb 2009, p.85]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The nuts and bolts of gameplay are apocalyptic failures, but the awfulness doesn't stop there. Managing games is utterly pointless. [Feb 2009, p.85]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If I’m going to spend a long period of time with my hand wrapped around an oblong object, moving my arm rapidly up and down, it sure won’t be with this game.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ju-On: The Grudge fails to inspire terror, relying on tired jump-scares, that over-used croaking sound, and random, cheesy scares via a second controller.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you're a huge Dead Space fan, you may want to put two hours aside to play through this game to get the Hacker Suit. If your interest lies solely with how Ignition serves as a prelude to Dead Space 2, you're missing nothing interesting. I doubt the "that's what she said" joke or Franco Delille's story will be referenced extensively when Isaac returns.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This game doesn't even live up to the first four PSX titles in the series. It's that bad. I just feel dirty playing it, and Sony should feel worse for publishing it. [Jan 2002, p.88]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I have to go to the courthouse and file a restraining order so this crappy game cannot get within 1,000 fee of me ever again. [August 2002, p.91]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    These games might have been fun portables 20 years ago, but now they're too simple and boring. [Feb 2003, p.110]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
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    About as soulless as the faceless Activision suit that signed off on its feast of mundane side-scrolling. [Oct 2002, p.94]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The worst part is that, for all the simplistic level goals and unimaginable gameplay, the horrible control almost manages to make this inane garbage somewhat challenging. [May 2002, p.88]
    • 30 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you play Fear Factor: Unleashed, you deserve to find forgiveness in the heart of no man. [Feb 2005, p.125]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a comic book fan, games like this reduce me to a quivering, broken mess - laying in the fetal position under my desk with tears streaming down my face like a lost child. [Dec 2003, p.187]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game, on the other hand, is just plain gruesome, and for all the wrong reasons. Avoid it like the plague. [Nov 2001, p.131]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The leader in sports [ESPN] and the company behind "Metal Gear Solid" should just go their separate ways. [Mar 2002, p.85]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unlike "Gauntlet," Black Stone is so poorly executed, that it is absolutely no fun to play. [Feb 2003, p.104]
    • 24 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Officially the worst Xbox game I've ever played... Play this title only if you don't have Dr. Kevorkian's number handy. [Feb 2003, p.105]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If youre seriously interested in this "game," you're probably a loser who's embarrassed to buy porn, and way too chicken to actually talk to a real girl. [Oct 2004, p.129]
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Please don't do any more games like this, The Rock. You deserve better. [Nov. 2006, p.130]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This sucks rocks...Avoid this stinker at all costs. [Oct 2002, p.87]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Playing this game is like someone shoving a wire brush down your esophagus then pulling it out your you-know-what. [Jan 2003, p.102]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If anything, the game did show me how much torment I can put up with before breaking down, sobbing, and pleading to make it stop. [Dec 2002, p.125]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Foremost among these flaws is the camera, which is so poor that it almost defies imagination. [Dec 2001, p.113]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Offering police pursuit races, takedown-focused bouts, and several other modes doesn't help Asphalt 3D's cause in the least. It's a buggy mess, and the controls are awful enough to make it a chore even when the game is functioning correctly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    But instead of choosing between a co-op or AI partner, you should just avoid playing this game. The only thing of any value that Cursed Crusade has left me with is a blight that will remain on my Xbox Gamerscore until the end of time.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I love the ideas at play here, but the horrific implementation adds complexity and obfuscation with little commensurate gain in strategic depth. I hope Kerberos' constant patching (the week-plus since launch has already seen several updates) will eventually turn this into the game it could be. Right now, it's a mess that everyone should avoid.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    AMY
    As a downloadable title, I wasn't expecting Amy to measure up against the triple-A juggernauts of the survival horror genre. However, I was expecting a game that was at least playable and contained some kind of entertainment. Make no mistake: Whether Amy is delivered to you via download, retail SKU, direct brain wave, or retinal implant, it is terrible and should be avoided.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    AMY
    As a downloadable title, I wasn't expecting Amy to measure up against the triple-A juggernauts of the survival horror genre. However, I was expecting a game that was at least playable and contained some kind of entertainment. Make no mistake: Whether Amy is delivered to you via download, retail SKU, direct brain wave, or retinal implant, it is terrible and should be avoided.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dragon's Lair is a lot like the chicken pox. It's probable that you'll experience it once in your lifetime, and that's more than enough.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The mech-combat genre isn't overflowing with alternatives, but they do exist. Save yourself the aggravation and pick any one of those. You won't do any worse.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A absolute mess...Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is appalling. In dramatic fashion, it completely fails to live up to the high bar of quality gamers expect from the Call of Duty name. It's also a discouraging sign for gamers like me who shelled out $250 for a Vita in the hopes of console-quality experiences on handheld.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are absolutely no redeeming qualities to Double Dragon II. The only people I can recommend this to are gamers that enjoy hate-playing the worst stuff just to make fun of it or Double Dragon fans who can't help but play every release no matter how terrible.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The story and setting are fun, but after 10 minutes of wrestling with wonky controls, the nostalgia wore off. A little later, after Conrad’s body somehow fused with a platform and forced me to restart, the contempt began.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    Sarcasm aside, I wouldn't burn this game for warmth if a vat of dry ice got dumped on my head. [Jan 2004, p.135]
    • 47 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    Playing the Predator's new game is about as much fun as being stabbed in the groin with his wrist blades, and then having the wound peed on. [June 2005, p.126]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    There are a lot of poor fighting games out there, but few are this shallow and boring. [Jan 2004, p.151]
    • 46 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    Playing the Predator's new game is about as much fun as being stabbed in the groin with his wrist blades, and then having the wound peed on. [June 2005, p.126]
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Through unresponsive controls, poorly designed worlds, and atrocious animations, it would seem this title was created with the specific purpose of torturing those who play. [Jan 2002, p.83]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    I'd avoid picking up the box for fear of contracting something, to say nothing of actually paying for this abomination. [March 2005, p.138]
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    If the single-player campaign isn’t painful enough, Hour of Victory offers a multiplayer component so poorly constructed that just trying to shoot another person makes you feel as stupid and incompetent as the game’s AI. At the very most, Hour of Victory is deserving of Worst Game of the Year honors.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    In utter honesty, there are few titles that have inspired such immediate and long-lasting malice in my heart and mind. [Nov 2003, p.157]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 23 Critic Score
    It's virtually void of driving freedom - the map blows. It has no trademark Simpsons charm, either. The gameplay is apocalyptically bad. [Aug 2003, p.104]
    • 39 Metascore
    • 23 Critic Score
    The framerate chugs along to a point where many of the stages should be classified as unplayable. I'd be surprised if this game pushes more than 10 frames per second at any given time. [Jan 2004, p.160]
    • 24 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    I'd say the physics were bad, but I'm afraid that Albert Einstein would rise from his grave and stab me with a protractor for using the word "physics" in the same sentence as Gravity Games. [Sept 2002, p.81]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Just when you thought the updates and lack of people online couldn't make PlanetSide any worse, Sony Online Entertainment drops perhaps its biggest turd in history: Core Combat. [Jan 2004, p.157]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This title is exactly what all the haters were afraid of when the DS was originally announced: boring, tired game design with crappy touch screen control tacked on. [Jun 2006, p.118]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The only good that this game serves is that it keeps Fuzion Frenzy’s legacy of being synonymous with “bad game” alive for another generation. Even if Microsoft offers it as a five dollar download on Xbox Live Arcade, pass on it – unless, of course, you collect Worst Games of the Year.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Bad games are sometimes described as “trash,” but even that doesn’t seem vile enough for this grievous affront. Kengo is a tall glass of garbage water – the viscous, beige fluid that collects at the bottom of trash bins...the refuse of waste.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Whatever strange, mirror universe insanity might lead you to play a video game version of Jenga rather than the real thing, you are unlikely to advance past the first few games.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The arcade died years ago, but this is surely an uncalled-for goober spit on its grave. [Feb 2003, p110]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Shrek can burp and light his farts! Well, so can my old college roommates and I don't see you paying 50 bucks to hand out with them. [Jan 2002, p.86]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Okay, what we're dealing with here is a racing game that doesn't let you steer. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS?! You can't steer... It's kind of like making a platforming game where you can't walk. [Sept 2003, p.121]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The fun of these party games wears thin rather quickly. [Dec 2002, p.144]
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    I'd say it was as horrible as the N64 "Superman" atrocity, but since Aquaman has always been a lame character, having a crappy game is at least conceptually sound, given the subject matter. [Oct 2003, p.139]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    One of the most pathetic jobs of porting a PC game to the console I have ever seen in this horrid little life of mine. [June 2003, p.114]
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It sucks in a vomitous, spirit-crushing kind of way. [March 2005, p.137]
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This game is nothing short of an embarrassment. [Sept 2003, p.113]
    • 27 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Call me crazy, but punching an enemy while doing the doggy paddle doesn't exactly generate a whole lot of excitement. [Oct 2003, p.131]