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 Mass Effect 3
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,716 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The title's AI (including the too-strong CPU on the penalty kill) still leaves you in a lurch too often. Finally, I'm still not a huge fan of the dekes. [Oct 2003, p.138]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even the many vehicle-based levels are solid enough that you can't ask for much more in a platform game. [Nov 2003, p.159]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether the criteria is length, diversity, excitement, or challenge, I know no better courses than those in this game. [Apr 2004, p.106]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Is it the next great evolution of gaming? Perhaps not, but it is a step towards creating the ultimate James Bond title. [Mar 2004, p.92]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new driver ally/rival dynamic makes for some interesting new twists. [Oct 2003, p.137]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Much like the PC Call of Duty (which I should note is a completely different game), this console title features a brilliant targetting mechanism that allows players to zoom in and aim down the sight of the firearm. [Jan 2005, p.115]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game's disarming voyeurism, bizarre camera angles, and exceptionally well-placed tension is what the series has been trying to do all along, but The Room is the first entry to do it right. [Sept 2004, p.104]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In terms of gameplay quality, this may be another middle-of-the-road shooter, but the unique premise sets it aside from everything else out there. [Sept 2005, p.94]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even with some unpolished technical aspects, the way the story unfolds is innovative and engaging, and the number of ways around every problem is impressive. [Sept 2004, p.106]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Digital Extremes provided a rip-roaring play, but neglected to make it mean something. [June 2005, p.124]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Other military games might be more gung-ho or more over the top, but Brothers in Arms gets closer to the tactics and camaraderie of working as a well-oiled maching in the heat of battle. [May 2005, p.85]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Graphically, it's a masterpiece. [Jan 2006, p.136]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For the second year running, "NHL" best encapsulates the play and and authenticity of the sport. [Sept 2004, p.103]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Filled with amazing battles and worthy strategy, and anchored by strong gameplay. [Dec 2004, p.166]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If there's an overall problem with Forza, it's that the game isn't polished into the slick experience that others have recently offered. [June 2005, p.130]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For a first-time entry into the firts-person market, Black is impressive. [Apr 2006, p.112]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's every bit as profane, violent, and over-the-top as the movie, and delivers not only the gunplay you're expecting, but as much depth as almost any other game in the genre. Like the film that inspired it, it's sometimes a bit clunky, but makes up for it in bravado and style.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm really pleased to see the inclusion of a good selection of original arcade ports as well. [Jan 2005, p.119]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I haven't had this much fun with a co-op game in quite some time. [Oct 2005, p.122]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new material that EA has implemented is minimal at best, and most of the additions don't generate a lot of excitement. With that said, this is still the best-playing baseball game on the market. [March 2005, p.118]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I dare anyone to put some time into learning the maps and modes, leveling up their avatar, and argue that this is anything but one of the best online titles on consoles. [Nov 2005, p.166]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Questionable fielding holds it back from capturing the Golden Glove. "MVP" still holds that honor, but Major Leauge's innovative techniques make it this year's most exciting baseball game. [March 2005, p.118]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Simultaneously fun and extremely frustrating, compelling and flawed, mature and foul, engaging and confusing. As a game, it can be aggravating, but as a piece of interactive storytelling, it flirts with brilliance. [Oct 2005, p.123]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The movies may be done, but with games like Battlefront II, I have a feeling that the best in Star Wars is yet to come. [Dec 2005, p.152]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I yearned for a little more in a few areas (difficulty curve and graphical polish in particular), the overall experience lies somewhere between the first "Underground" and the second...meaning it's easy fun, but not genre-defining. [Dec 2005, p.148]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A lot of fun to play, but it's more of a 12-yard run on first down instead of the 40-yard bomb down the field. [Aug 2005, p.96]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    NBA 2K6 remains unbeatable. The competition doesn't even come close to touching this release. [Nov 2005, p.143]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A fantastic collection that is a must for any old-school gamer. Ken Rules. [Nov 2005, p.149]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is everything I've wanted the franchise to become. [Dec 2005, p.161]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Still a very well-honed title that never fails to get my blood going, but I think a jump to next-gen for the series could be just the boost that this franchise needs. [Feb 2006, p.103]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The multiplayer isn't much to speak of, but does offer some classic deathmatching. [Jan 2006, p.85]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trips down memory lane have peaks and valleys, but this one is definitely worth taking. [Jan 2006, p.138]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Outside of this, through its array of innovations, Major League Baseball 2K6 blows the doors off of what you could expect from a baseball game. [Apr 2006, p.116]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This newer game is by far the more impressive choice, with fully fleshed out features, excellent animation, solid soccer gameplay, and an exciting presentation, replete with another batch of great music from around the world. [Jun 2006, p.112]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even so, the improvements to the controls and mechanics, plus an option to have a buddy jump in for co-op at any time, means there's never been a better time to pick up a Zap-O-Matic and vaporize some meatbags. [Nov. 2006, p.130]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After last year's revolutionary success, this game - like "Madden" - is slowing down with age. [Oct 2004, p.125]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I think I may have expected too much from this game, as it really isn't the Second Coming that I was waiting for. [Oct 2003, p.132]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The levels are eerily familiar to the Nintendo 64 game. [Nov 2001, p.116]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For a game that's been billed as a modest little action game, that's a hell of a lot of replay value. [Nov 2001, p.116]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s a great game, but it lacks the bells and whistles within the founding PS2 release. [Feb 2002, p.87]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best fighter-combat title since "Rogue Leader." [Dec 2002, p.128]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An all-encompassing adventure that is just as complex as Spidey's console brethren. [June 2002, p.86]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An extremely solid game that maintains the great tradition of the franchise. While I doubt it will be remembered as a classic, it will definitely provide fans with many great moments of fun. [Jan 2005, p.127]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the sad Story mode, you're left having slightly more meat than the original, but that isn't enough to make this an out and out must-have. [Dec 2002, p.128]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No Treasure game would be complete if it wasn't replete with awesome boss battles. Wario World has them in droves. [July 2003, p.108]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hardcore sim fans won't be too impressed, but I would argue that this game's balls-out mayhem is just what you stodgy, gear-ratio-calculatin', downforce-tweakin' fools need. [May 2003, p.85]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Merely an okay game that benefits greatly from its movie license. [June 2003, p.106]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's no denying Splinter Cell's brilliant level designs, countless gameplay innovations, and seamlessly integrated storytelling. [May 2003, p.84]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you have yet to play this series and like card games or RPGs, Lost Kingdoms II is a no-brainer. [June 2003, p.107]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Solid through and through and the new animations are nice, but the changes for this year aren't the kind which make you alter the way you play the game. For a long-running series, this is what's needed to keep it fresh. [July 2003, p.111]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This thing's sweeter than that beer with candy pieces in it; y'know, Skittlebrau. [Nov 2003, p.157]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Is it the next great evolution of gaming? Perhaps not, but it is a step towards creating the ultimate James Bond title. [Mar 2004, p.92]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Much like the PC Call of Duty (which I should note is a completely different game), this console title features a brilliant targetting mechanism that allows players to zoom in and aim down the sight of the firearm. [Jan 2005, p.115]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even with some unpolished technical aspects, the way the story unfolds is innovative and engaging, and the number of ways around every problem is impressive. [Sept 2004, p.106]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After last year's revolutionary success, this game - like "Madden" - is slowing down with age. [Oct 2004, p.125]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For the second year running, "NHL" best encapsulates the play and and authenticity of the sport. [Sept 2004, p.103]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Offers a ton of bloody entertainment, even when going online isn't an option. [Apr 2005, p.131]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Graphically, it's a masterpiece. [Jan 2006, p.136]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The new material that EA has implemented is minimal at best, and most of the additions don't generate a lot of excitement. With that said, this is still the best-playing baseball game on the market. [March 2005, p.118]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I yearned for a little more in a few areas (difficulty curve and graphical polish in particular), the overall experience lies somewhere between the first "Underground" and the second...meaning it's easy fun, but not genre-defining. [Dec 2005, p.148]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is everything I've wanted the franchise to become. [Dec 2005, p.161]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This newer game is by far the more impressive choice, with fully fleshed out features, excellent animation, solid soccer gameplay, and an exciting presentation, replete with another batch of great music from around the world. [Jun 2006, p.112]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a rare sighting of a beast that's increasingy hard to find in the wild: the pure third-person shooter. [Nov 2003, p.156]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Filled with amazing battles and worthy strategy, and anchored by strong gameplay. [Dec 2004, p.166]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the most addictive things you can do that won't make various parts of your anatomy turn black and fall off. [Nov 2001, p.125]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift 2 defines the franchise in a way that the first one didn't. Although the cars can feel like they swivel on a center axis, the racing is pretty good, and the overall experience gets a boost from the graphics and the erratic nature of the AI racers. It doesn't blow by the competition, but by improving its lap times, Shift 2 is on its way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift 2 defines the franchise in a way that the first one didn't. Although the cars can feel like they swivel on a center axis, the racing is pretty good, and the overall experience gets a boost from the graphics and the erratic nature of the AI racers. It doesn't blow by the competition, but by improving its lap times, Shift 2 is on its way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The first Dishwasher game was one of the most action-packed, fast-paced games available on Xbox Live. Its sequel ups the ante in almost every way. The grim style is accompanied by some of the tightest 2D action around. While the challenge and dark subject matter could be a turn-off for some, most players will find a deep and rewarding action title that is more than worth a download.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've somehow managed to overlook Final Fantasy IV over its numerous incarnations, this is the best way to get the whole experience. Though not every facet is airtight, The Complete Collection is an addictive mix of traditional RPG mechanics, character-focused narrative, and pure nostalgia.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift 2 defines the franchise in a way that the first one didn't. Although the cars can feel like they swivel on a center axis, the racing is pretty good, and the overall experience gets a boost from the graphics and the erratic nature of the AI racers. It doesn't blow by the competition, but by improving its lap times, Shift 2 is on its way. [May 2011, p.85]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Spore is an infinitely more unique and nuanced experience than Darkspore, but in the end, Darkspore is much more likely to stick around in the gamer psyche. It may not do anything particularly new, but the way it polishes and riffs on known gaming conventions should leave you happily clicking on bad guys and collecting new body parts late into the night.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic addition to XBLA and PSN, and it's a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Galaga.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic addition to XBLA and PSN, and it's a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Galaga.
    • 89 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.
    • 89 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
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tropico 4 is the top simulation game I'll be recommending to genre newbies and fans alike.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    New games featuring the walking dead have trouble standing out from the horde, but Techland's first-person, open-world, action/RPG entry Dead Island distinguishes itself. After kicking and slashing my way through the infected island of Banoi, I can say the game has tons to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    New games featuring the walking dead have trouble standing out from the horde, but Techland's first-person, open-world, action/RPG entry Dead Island distinguishes itself. After kicking and slashing my way through the infected island of Banoi, I can say the game has tons to offer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if your attention is turned to the new generation of portable systems, it's worth taking a step back to play Kirby Mass Attack. With solid touch-based control mechanics, a wealth of unlockables, and the classic Kirby charm, it's another great first-party experience on a system full of them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This HD version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X rewards players armed with patience, resourcefulness, and plenty of ink ribbons with a harrowing but memorable trek through the series' heyday. If you've got the grit, try downloading this affordable piece of Capcom history on PSN for PS3 and Games on Demand for 360.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This HD version of Resident Evil: Code Veronica X rewards players armed with patience, resourcefulness, and plenty of ink ribbons with a harrowing but memorable trek through the series' heyday. If you've got the grit, try downloading this affordable piece of Capcom history on PSN for PS3 and Games on Demand for 360.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Orcs Must Die definitely falls into the tower defense genre of games, but the speedy controls and solid third-person shooting mechanic make it feel more like an action game throughout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Once Upon A Monster is the educational game I've been wanting since I first had kids. It's approachable and easy for them to grasp, while still remaining enough of a game to keep me engaged, too. If you're a parent whose kids already know their ABCs, Double Fine's game is a fantastic way to reinforce often-neglected (but critically important) skills like empathy, responsibility, and friendship. Plus, you can make Grover flap his stringy little blue arms like nobody's business.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    London Life will ensure plenty of gameplay to bridge the gap to the next 3DS Layton chapter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it doesn't have the challenge of Donkey Kong Country Returns or the charming art style of Kirby Epic Yarn, Kirby's Return To Dream Land is another formidable entry in a line of great side-scrolling Wii platformers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is an undeniably beautiful game, with vibrant environments and richly defined characters. The graphical fidelity is astounding, even when you scrunch your face against the TV screen. Characters kick up eyelash-sized tufts of grass when they land, and the backgrounds are layered with loads of tiny details.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is an undeniably beautiful game, with vibrant environments and richly defined characters. The graphical fidelity is astounding, even when you scrunch your face against the TV screen. Characters kick up eyelash-sized tufts of grass when they land, and the backgrounds are layered with loads of tiny details.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Halo Anniversary sits in a middle ground between faithful remake and spirited reinvention. Players who want an exact replica of the original will be frustrated by the absence of a faithful multiplayer experience. Hardcore modern gamers could be annoyed by the dated nature of the campaign design. However, for the majority of players who fit in the space in between, this classic game has received a new coat of paint and gives you reason enough to re-enter the fold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 7 isn't 100 percent golden, nor is it going to make believers out of anyone who wrote off the series years ago. Taken on the whole, though, this is one of the best entries in the series. As a fan, I'm thoroughly pleased.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With the addition of both local and online multiplayer, Fortune Street is a much smarter, infinitely more playable title. If you're a fan of board games, it deserves your support.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Joe Danger: Special Edition offers enough new content for a fan of the original to enjoy, but it's a must-download for Xbox owners that never had a chance to play it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Soulcalibur V is the next-gen Soulcalibur that I've been wanting as a fan for years. At the same time, it's nothing if not more Soulcalibur. Now if Namco Bandai would release a DLC pack with the full Soul Calibur II roster, I could finally retire that disc.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Soulcalibur V is the next-gen Soulcalibur that I've been wanting as a fan for years. At the same time, it's nothing if not more Soulcalibur. Now if Namco Bandai would release a DLC pack with the full Soul Calibur II roster, I could finally retire that disc.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Minor issues aside, Denki has created a wonderful, addictive game that I'm sure I'll be returning to throughout the year. Whether you're a dictionary-reading diehard or an armchair general, Quarrel has enough depth and charm to keep most gamers smiling.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When Twisted Metal embraces the series traditions, it delivers the best action ever seen in the franchise. When it departs from convention, however, it becomes a hit or miss affair.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Asura's Wrath isn't as brainless as it may want you to believe. The ridiculous moments and likable characters kept me smiling, which was odd, considering it's essentially a story about misery. It's a nice change of pace from other hack-and-slash games, featuring an interesting story that's not blocked off by insurmountable difficulty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Asura's Wrath isn't as brainless as it may want you to believe. The ridiculous moments and likable characters kept me smiling, which was odd, considering it's essentially a story about misery. It's a nice change of pace from other hack-and-slash games, featuring an interesting story that's not blocked off by insurmountable difficulty.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A new flying gameplay mode has players steer with the left analog stick and hit the X button to propel the blob like some wild rocket. Specific flying zones let you explore for pickups and also challenge you to maneuver through laser hazards and spike-filled tunnels. This gets extra tense when a creeping death wall gets thrown into the mix. It's a blast balancing speed boosts and the slower, fine movement propulsion to narrowly escape instant crushing death.