Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,725 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6726 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A decent attempt by 989, but the play just doesn't stack up to the lofty standards set by EA and ESPN. [Jan 2005, p.125]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    My intense 4X fandom has been conquered by Elemental's nonstop irritations. I'm putting it down for now, but I'm not writing the game off forever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While some may argue that Sega Rally fits their bill for arcade racing, I don’t think there’s any forgiving this game for how shallow it is. Apart from unlocking tracks, cars, and paint schemes, it simply offers very little else.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    "Wipeout Fusion" and "Kinetica" put it to shame. [June 2003, p.109]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As a movie, Late Shift is an enjoyable time. The acting is good, the script is well-written, the cinematography is serviceable and occasionally great, which all results in a competent genre film. However, Late Shift’s rigid structure makes it less appealing as a game, with the high production values failing to hide the fact that your choices don’t amount to much at all.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It didn't take long for disappointment to set in. [Dec 2001, p.109]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Essentially the video game equivalent of sleeping with your eyes open. [Nov 2004, p.149]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A soulless racer that the developer tries to make look good. [Jan 2003, p.114]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Tales of Zestiria feels like a game from another time in many ways, and not in the charming type of way. It forces you through some the most boring and outdated elements from RPGs of yesteryear. If the series wants to stay relevant it needs to put forth a better effort than Zestiria.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Out of all of the books, games, and movies, it allows you to get closer to the school than ever before – all at the expense of actually enjoying your stay. It’s boring and tedious, just like a real school is. However, it’s also a place where your Harry Potter knowledge can bloom. On this note, only hardcore Harry Potter nuts should enroll.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As the game wears on, the simple pleasures of the gameplay fade, and the incredibly frustrating boss battles mount in aggravation, leaving us with nothing more than another unsatisfying licensed game. [Dec 2005, p.159]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unlike "The Sims," which allows you to build your own destiny from the ground up, Playboy: The Mansion is done in by the very fact that all you can do is be Hefner. [Apr 2005, p.117]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself isn't terrible, but it still assigns way too many functions to the A button. [May 2003, p.87]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The combination of a solid racing framework with the Ferrari license could have worked out, but this is a zero-sum game that appeases nobody. Ferrari Racing Legends does not exhibit the best of what the sports car brand nor the developer have to offer.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whether you are defending the colony from a hornet invasion by manning goo cannons, racing an obstacle course with a team of ants, or foraging for food, the game keeps things fresh. Too bad none of it is exciting. [Feb. 2007, p.102]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The combination of a solid racing framework with the Ferrari license could have worked out, but this is a zero-sum game that appeases nobody. Ferrari Racing Legends does not exhibit the best of what the sports car brand nor the developer have to offer.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I might have recommended this simplistic formula for younger gamers except for the fact that encounters with Omnidroid are some of the most tedious and unforgiving bouts I've ever fought. [Jan 2005, p.118]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    At the center of Rust lurks something fascinating, with the Wild-West sense of lawlessness and the exploration of trust and betrayal that emerges when trying to survive. Yet Rust’s habit of tripping over its own feet makes it difficult to get to those fascinating stories. As the survival genre continues to mutate and create compelling experiences generate exciting player-driven stories regularly with little frustration, even Rust’s most compelling feature feels sadly archaic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The dark side courses through Star Wars Battlefront II, playing mind tricks on gamers to spend more money to become stronger. By the time you read this review, there’s a chance EA may change how the Star Cards or loot crates work, but at this point in time, this predatory microtransaction model Force-chokes Battlefront II’s experience. It’s a shame to see a game with such clear greatness get pulled down to these depths. Star Wars deserves better. We deserve better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Your quintessential bargain bin release. [Dec 2001, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For every stunning success in delivery and artistry, Missing has a miserable failure at an actual gameplay design element. [Sept 2004, p.117]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TNA Impact reminds me of a bratty little kid. You know the type, always running around making bold claims, kicking people in the shins, and talking about how big and strong he’s going to be when he grows up. Since he’s just a kid, you have to give him the benefit of the doubt — someday he might accomplish impressive things. However, right now he’s still just a punk.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Want to play football on the go? Take a piece of paper, fold it into a small triangle, and flick it into someone's face instead. [Jan 2005, p.144]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Make no mistake about it: Need for Speed: Nitro’s competitive advantage shouldn’t be the motion controls – it should be the series’ penchant for arcade racing, supercharged cop chases, and edge-of-your-seat racing. Unfortunately It doesn’t even come close to delivering on these fronts. But, by all means, have some motion controls.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Essentially the video game equivalent of sleeping with your eyes open. [Nov 2004, p.149]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The second episode bites off more than it can chew, putting you on an emotional rollercoaster exposing you to all kinds of traumatic events. While some scenes end up raw and honest, a lot more are frustrating due to the extremism of the world and the mixed messages sent about how to handle these complicated subjects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I'd hoped it would be a compelling hybrid, but it unfortunately does not hold up in that arena either. [Sept 2009, p.92]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Plagued by rampant balance issues, miserable AI, and more focus on attacking prone, defenseless opponents than I've ever seen, Maximum impact makes a lot of rookie mistakes. [Nov 2004, p.158]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Tiresome platforming litters nearly every level as you collect diamonds, save cats from plummeting, and smack thugs around. [Sept 2004, p.118]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s an evolution, for sure, but not an entirely exciting one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Characters and circumstances need be more natural and plausible for me to buy into this world. So much is too overblown.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While Legends does offer you the most comprehensive Rocky experience to date, it just plain fails to deliver in the ring. [Dec 2004, p.165]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Inpatient is a difficult game to recommend, with inconsistent scares and a mundane cast. It still offers some frightful moments, but they aren’t wrapped up in a captivating enough narrative to keep you engaged. Even if you’re a hardcore Until Dawn fan, this watered-down horror experience is probably worth skipping.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Ultimately, LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars isn't irredeemably bad, it's just another in a long line of disappointments. In many ways, it's a lot like the Mega Bloks version of an excellent game. It's similar enough if you're desperate, but your money is better spent on the genuine article.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With so many great co-op experiences available to gamers, it’s tough to recommend The 40th Day. Lacking a cohesive story, solid controls, key multiplayer features, and polish, this sequel fails to close the gap of mediocrity running through its core game design.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As intriguing as this setup may be, it comes up short on the gameplay end. The controls are unconventional and your general movement is implemented poorly. [Nov 2003, p.153]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kids, especially, are asked to play things much worse than this Corner Shop collection. [Apr 2006, p.134]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rise of the Guardians isn't entirely unpleasant, but even if you're looking for a co-op game that's safe for the whole family, you can find better options on the market.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The sense of speed is fantastic and the visuals are divine, but the openness of the tracks, cautionary AI opponents, and fact that you really have to go out of your way to wreck serve to suck all of the excitement out of the experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Merely a slightly annoying, if charming, run-of-the-mill platformer. [June 2005, p.136]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In order to derive any worthwhile enjoyment out of Atelier Iris 3, you pretty much have to be a big fan of both anime and dungeon crawling. [June 2007, p.110]
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    However, Dynasty's old faults--poor AI and monotonous battling--are readily apparent. [July 2007, p.107]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In the time it takes to create any sort of viable or interesting content in RPG Maker, you could play through a real game. [Aug 2005, p.101]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Between the receivers’ lack of ball awareness and the game’s horrendous slowdown – which interferes with just about every play – this title is anything but high octane.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Mario Sports Superstars delivers five fun, surface-level sports experiences in one package. Individually, these sports would be unable to stand on their own. However, as a compilation, the variety helps compensate for the lack of depth. Still, the more I played, the more this package felt like a collection of minigames than a value-packed compilation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a mix of exciting and overwhelming as you try to maintain what feels like 50 pots boiling over at different times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    FlatOut desperately wants to be the trailer park version of EA's slicker racer, but without the polish, it succeeds in being only a pale imitation. [Aug 2005, p.98]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The characters, their stories, and world they inhabit are divorced in a way that doesn’t make The Fidelio Incident a rewarding journey. When complete, I could look back on the story and appreciate it. But the two hours it took me to finish the game and gather the narrative components made me doubt it was worth the effort.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The PS2's library is already stocked with at least four snowboarding games that are infinitely better than this. [Jan 2002, p.83]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I went from disliking the lack of depth in EOE, to enjoying all the extras, to getting fed up with the control flaws; all in the span of one sitting. [Apr 2002, p.74]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I want to love Payday, but sadly I can't recommend this barebones PS3 port to anyone but the most die-hard of co-op shooter fans.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I wish I could say that Prisoner of Azkaban was a bold new start for the series. It's not, but this is a significantly better game than either of the previous two entries. [July 2004, p.111]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Fans will probably dig the game’s cool set pieces and the story, but the save points are placed too far apart, many puzzles require too much random experimentation, and the dialogue system seems like an afterthought.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Given time, Maxis could clear up the problems with SimCity. The studio could deliver consistent server performance, restore cheetah speed, patch the AI, and give players larger cities. But games can’t be reviewed based on the product they might become; Electronic Arts and Maxis are charging gamers for this experience right now. At this point in time, it just isn’t worth your money.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even so, for gamers who don't know jutsu from chakra, don't expeect the game to give you any real incentive to play independent of its source material. [July 2006, p.106]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The lack of multiplayer on or offline seems truly misguided. The occasional challenging dogfight and the thrill of the open countryside below may entertain for awhile, but if I were you, I'd just go beat "Crimson Skies" again. [Nov 2004, p.163]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even with relatively few RPGs on the GameCube, Falsebound Kingdom's relatively simple approach isn't that captivating - unless you're a Yu-Gi-Oh fan who is a newbie to the RPG genre. [Jan 2004, p.141]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In the end however, these extra layers can’t fix the subpar combat and disappointing storyline at the game’s core, leaving Avatar a lackluster, though not entirely unpleasant, experience. While forgiving sci-fi fans might still appreciate this intergalactic romp, the average gamer is left with an easy choice: this game is a rental at best.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unlike "The Sims," which allows you to build your own destiny from the ground up, Playboy: The Mansion is done in by the very fact that all you can do is be Hefner. [Apr 2005, p.117]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Strange missteps abound in Heroes Over Europe, but glimmers of fun WWII arcade flight shooting shine through from time to time. [Oct 2009, p.90]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite my multiple gripes with Sonic Forces, I still enjoyed the adventure. 3D Sonic games still aren't to where they should be after such a long time of iteration and experimentation, but through improved gameplay and level design, Sonic Forces continues the series' evolution in the right direction.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite my multiple gripes with Sonic Forces, I still enjoyed the adventure. 3D Sonic games still aren't to where they should be after such a long time of iteration and experimentation, but through improved gameplay and level design, Sonic Forces continues the series' evolution in the right direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While I like the added emphasis put on replaying older levels, I am frustrated and baffled that the action-stopping tutorials from the earlier levels persist on repeated playthroughs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Only a diehard Wild Arms fan will be able to take these physics, and much of the game, seriously.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite my multiple gripes with Sonic Forces, I still enjoyed the adventure. 3D Sonic games still aren't to where they should be after such a long time of iteration and experimentation, but through improved gameplay and level design, Sonic Forces continues the series' evolution in the right direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's about as fun as a bowl of wheat. [Aug 2004, p.107]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Rainbow would have made it competitive, I would have loved it, but without challenge, there really is no reason to continue playing. [Apr 2002, p.75]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Along these lines, Cooking Mama could have been a wacky, gameplay-oriented way to have some fun with my food. Because of the dual-screen layout and minigame design, it just plain isn't. [Oct. 2006, p.114]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The humor and style will charm many, but those looking for a hardcore experience in any of the game's genres should look elsewhere. [Jan 2005, p.125]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Graphics (especially on Xbox) are sharp and colorful, the characters and areas from the movie are represented well, and the licensed songs are far more impressive than most similar fare. [Dec 2004, p.168]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    You spend so much time wandering aimlessly and kicking prone undead that you never really have a chance to get wrapped up in the exceptionally intriguing and involved story. [May 2004, p.100]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The camera lock-on and Wii-exclusive split screen co-op are nice additions, but the simplified combat and truncated levels ultimately leave this game a little flat. [July 2009, p.81]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Graphics (especially on Xbox) are sharp and colorful, the characters and areas from the movie are represented well, and the licensed songs are far more impressive than most similar fare. [Dec 2004, p.168]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    ASB's terrible fielding and baserunning are enough to turn me off from the rest of the game. [Apr 2003, p.98]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Its graphics are merely average and the fighting is uninspired. [July 2003, p.107]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Gamers will be bored by the mechanics and fans of the lore will be disappointed by the ham-fisted depiction of the series' climax. While saying goodbye to Harry in the final book was bittersweet, I felt nothing but joy as my time with this tedious exercise finished.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    When you're pulling switches, backtracking, and participating in boring combat through these large areas, you tire quickly. [Jan 2003, p.122]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Life is Strange has remained unpredictable, to its benefit. I can't tell where this is going, but I hope the conclusion takes a step back from the more horrifying things we see in Episode 4.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The bulk of the thrills in ScreamRide come early, then taper off as the experience becomes more complicated. After that, the frustrations stack up and make everything feel like a chore – not the ideal mood for a game about amusement park attractions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The remake disappointed me more than delighted me, but it’d be disingenuous to say I didn’t have fun with it. Taking down a boss that’s triple your size is still satisfying, and the wondrous world is teeming with creative baddies, from mushbooms to nitro pumpkins. Even so, this remake doesn’t do enough to address or improve the original’s problems. Some tweaks are for the better, others are for the worse, but the end result is a remake that fails to do anything meaningful with a beloved classic.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The linear missions and worthless squad AI were my biggest issues with this game. [Feb 2005, p.116]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Once again, Codemasters has created an F1 game that's true to the studio's driving pedigree, but fails on other fronts. It looks nice and drives well, but unless you're so caught up in the F1 season that you absolutely have to sate your cravings with a video game, you may have already played this game and put it down.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I don't doubt that the DS can be a good system for sports, but I really don't think this is the way to go about it. [Oct. 2006, p.113]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Legendary is by no means awful — it’s just about as vanilla as first-person shooters get. It all wraps up with a completely unsatisfying “wait for the sequel” type cliffhanger. We’ll see.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Sadly, Square Enix’s attempt to update the classic doesn’t live up the original’s legacy, nor does it improve its more problematic elements. I enjoyed the trip down memory lane, but the Secret of Mana remake is middling in every way.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I enjoyed the original Psychonauts, and it was fun to see the characters again – even though the circumstances are fairly lame. If you find yourself in the slice of the Venn diagram that overlaps “Psychonauts fan” and “PlayStation VR owner,” then it might be worth the couple of hours it takes to play through Rhombus of Ruin. Otherwise, this isn’t a great showcase for VR or an introduction to the Psychonauts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The steep learning curve and sometimes confusing objectives detract from the fun. [July 2002, p.83]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Divinity II isn't without its charms, but weak game design sullies the thrill of digging into the many secrets of its outstanding world.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The nine maps available aren’t nearly enough, the lack of rankings and leaderboards provide no incentive to hone your skills to perfection, and the extremely meager offline options drag everything down.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can't get enough of dramatic, transparent shots of enemies getting shredded by sniper fire, Sniper Elite III has you covered in spades. If you're interested in more motivation beyond the glory of the kill, look elsewhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It just doesn’t play well. The controls are clunky, the pacing is unsatisfying, and the multiplayer feels tacked-on. While the original Overlord was a compelling game at heart, Overlord II just feels like an unpolished retread of ­familiar ground.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Harry Potter’s latest adventure may be light on action, but it does replicate the Hogwartian life better than any game before it. Out of all of the books, games, and movies, it allows you to get closer to the school than ever before – all at the expense of actually enjoying your stay. It’s boring and tedious, just like a real school is. However, it’s also a place where your Harry Potter knowledge can bloom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Internet is the focus, and I admit XSN has a lot going for it. However, the game just slips further and further into mediocrity. [Dec 2003, p.172]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Worst of all, however, are the on-foot sections - which would appear to be in the game for the sole purpose of annoying people. Scrap indeed. [Apr 2005, p.136]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can't get enough of dramatic, transparent shots of enemies getting shredded by sniper fire, Sniper Elite III has you covered in spades. If you're interested in more motivation beyond the glory of the kill, look elsewhere.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whether you are defending the colony from a hornet invasion by manning goo cannons, racing an obstacle course with a team of ants, or foraging for food, the game keeps things fresh. Too bad none of it is exciting. [Feb. 2007, p.102]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The nice backend clan support is wasted since the game just isn’t much fun to play. The shooting lacks the high-intensity lethality of Counter-Strike, the lightning-paced speed of Tribes, and the great cooperative mechanics of Battlefield. You won’t spit this hamburger out, but you probably won’t tell your friends about it, either.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This is pretty much a status quo "Puyo Pup"-style game featuring a license (Tiny Toons) tht ran its course a decade ago. [Jan 2003, p.122]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Heroes is better than the typical Move cash-in, and every now and then the action is reminiscent of what makes these three franchises popular. However, with more characters than gameplay events, and no interaction between the protagonists outside of a few cutscenes, it's hard to imagine a fan that wouldn't feel disappointed by this (non)mash-up.

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