Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,774 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 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,774 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With tons of hidden items to collect across the game’s five worlds, numerous minigames to unlock, and fantastic use of the multiple screens, Yoshi’s Island DS is an outstanding addition to the DS’s list of impressive platformers.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The good easily outweighs the bad in this case, though, and plants Death Jr. 2 firmly in the upper echelon of PSP titles. [Nov. 2006, p.145]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Failing a rejection of the entire mindset that Tita Quest caters to, however, many good times can be easily found in this land of mytholigical wonder and fat loots. [Aug 2006, p.89]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A well-rounded game that offers rich offensive and defensive strategies, fluid animations and movement, and solid AI across the board. You really get a good sense for how your player’s weight affects their movements, and also how your teammates are going to react to certain situations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end, NHL 2K7 skates circles around the competition, but it still needs solid goaltending before it can make a run for the Stanley Cup. [Oct. 2006, p.102]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The joke with basketball is that you only have to tune in and watch during the last five minutes in order to see who wins. Seeing how there's a lot that's similiar between this year and last year's games, you could do that, but then you'd miss some of the small differencies in place. [Nov. 2006, p.137]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unlocking cars is great, but it doesn’t take long before you tire of doing the same routine. Racing, of course, is what it’s all about, but where’s the personality? Where’s the great track selection that doesn’t make you feel bored within a few hours? Where’s the career mode that’s less like flipping through a car catalog and more like participating in an actual career?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Although the basis of this PS3 port (the original PC title) is now a couple years old, I'm pleased to report that F.E.A.R.'s taut gameplay can still hold its own with the best of the genre. [May 2007, p.84]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It may not be pushing the genre forward in terms of plot, but Eternal Sonata's other components come together with such harmony that it will have you calling for an encore. [Sept 2007, p.118]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The AI seems insanely good one minute then misses an obvious attack the next, and the story is completely throwaway, but there is enough gameplay here to keep puzzle fans busy for a long time. [May 2007, p.99]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The AI seems insanely good one minute then misses an obvious attack the next, and the story is completely throwaway, but there is enough gameplay here to keep puzzle fans busy for a long time. [May 2007, p.99]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The addition of online trades and battles finally delivers on the promise that the first Pokémon games made. The crucial social interactivity aspect of Pokémon now takes place on a global scale. It only took 10 years!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The addition of online trades and battles finally delivers on the promise that the first Pokémon games made. The crucial social interactivity aspect of Pokémon now takes place on a global scale. It only took 10 years!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Playing through the single-player story-driven campaign or fighting a real-time global campaign is fun. Multiplayer is somewhat bare-bones, but the matches themselves are entertaining enough.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I find Project Gotham tracks have done better in giving player bite-sized, drift happy courses, but overall this game is the burst of speed that this genre needs.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I find Project Gotham tracks have done better in giving player bite-sized, drift happy courses, but overall this game is the burst of speed that this genre needs. [Nov 2007, p.145]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though SimCity DS isn’t perfect, it liberally taps that latent SimCity addiction found in everyone’s brain.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Doesn’t do anything terribly interesting outside of adding two new factions (a defensive British division and a highly mobile German counterpart). The added campaigns are very average, but will no doubt be entertaining enough to satisfy the needs of offline-focused players. By all means, grab Opposing Fronts if you simply need more CoH – just don’t expect anything particularly revolutionary here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is a surprisingly big and challenging release, and not one to be overlooked as just another simplistic rail shooter. It may not be the next big release in the franchise, but Umbrella Chronicles deserves its place right beside the other games in this venerable series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay mechanic itself is ultra smooth and simple, yet satisfying even after hours of play. [July 2007, p.99]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the Wii's expansivve gutter of shoddy third-party ports and minigame garbage, Capcom is showing that it's possible to make something original and fun. [Nov 2007, p.148]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Knowing that the next game in this series will star a new up-and-coming defense attorney, Trials & Tribulations is a fun and fitting farewell to Phoenix and company. [Nov 2007, p.162]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Yes, this fresh batch of tunes will help with the wait until the holiday rush of "Guitar Hero III" and "Rock Band." Those who are hoping for a new load of unlockables to shoot for are out of luck. [Aug 2007, p.97]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The touch-screen functionality (which allows you to slide blocks with the stylus) fits perfectly, and Wi-Fi play means that you can take your skills online.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Judging the game on its own merits, this is just what a handheld crossword game should be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Brain Age 2 uses the same formula from the first game with some different variables thrown in. Your opinion of the original Brain Age will have to sort out whether that’s a good or bad thing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    After the embarrassment of The Perseus Mandate, F.E.A.R. 2 should be in consideration for comeback player of the year. While the multiplayer is weak and the mood won’t make people forget Dead Space any time soon, the solid action core makes it worth a play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the multiplayer is weak and the mood won’t make people forget Dead Space any time soon, the solid action core makes it worth a play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the multiplayer is weak and the mood won’t make people forget Dead Space any time soon, the solid action core makes it worth a play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While NBA 2K8 may have some kinks to work out in its post game, it’s still the best basketball sim on the market.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While NBA 2K8 may have some kinks to work out in its post game, it’s still the best basketball sim on the market.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tapping into the sense of isolation and level flow of the original game, Crystal Dynamics has completely overhauled the individual puzzles and encounters to match more modern expectations. [Dec 2007, p.152]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is the stuff cult hits are made of. [May 2008, p.98]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This game is going places its predecessors never went, but it's also unwilling to ditch a past that is just slowing it down. [Aug 2008, p.80]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This game is going places its predecessors never went, but it's also unwilling to ditch a past that is just slowing it down. [Aug 2008, p.80]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Exactly what most people who own a Wii are looking for. This is cooperative gaming at its best – the perfect party game for friends, family, and new gamers alike. Even with its regrettable omissions, Rock Band has a broad audience of Wii owners just waiting in the wings to get their chance on stage.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a mere $30 price tag, it's the perfect way for fans and newcomers to experience this exceptional RPG. [May 2008, p.94]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end, super fans and newbies should definitely give Colonies a look. [June 2008, p.97]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It takes some clever thinking to take something this old and make it feel new again. Square Enix has done exactly that by maintaining the core "shoot the aliens" gameplay while dramatically expanding the strategy and skill required to succeed in the endeavor. [July 2008, p.95]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It takes some clever thinking to take something this old and make it feel new again. Square Enix has done exactly that by maintaining the core "shoot the aliens" gameplay while dramatically expanding the strategy and skill required to succeed in the endeavor. [July 2008, p.95]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the play-to-play action has some awesome moments, the Franchise mode is stuck in a boring rut.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the play-to-play action has some awesome moments, the Franchise mode is stuck in a boring rut.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Viva Piñata retains its child-like charm, but the content is layered with deep strategies and entertaining gameplay that can suck anyone’s life away.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game’s greatness makes suffering through a few poorly designed bosses worth it for hardcore Castlevania fans and 2D action experts. But unlike many other titles in the franchise, I can’t recommend this much beyond this limited demographic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The core Buzz quiz show mechanic maintains the familiar tone of past games, but the extras really sell this debut on the PS3. [Nov 2008, p.124]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I still recommend newcomers start with the original or its PSP remake for the amazing story, but I'd by lying through my teeth if I said I'm not enjoying the hell out of my time with Disgaea 3. [Sept 2008, p.83]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game's unique rewards system with unlockable maps, heroes, and relic powers adds replay value to a solid, if not earth-shattering strategy title. [Feb 2009, p.87]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For fans this is a no-brainer, but even those looking for a fighter or RPG with some interesting twists should give this a try.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Galactrix succeeds in all the ways a sophomore entry should. It maintains the core approach of its successful forebear, but isn’t afraid to integrate a bevy of new ideas along the way. Not every one of these new concepts pans out, but it hasn’t lost the flavor that made so many devote themselves the first time around.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A stunning game. Whether you're a hardened RTS veteran, an anxious newcomer looking for a fun entry point to the genre, or just someone who loves colossal action in a World War II setting, you owe it to yourself to give Order of War a shot.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With classic role-playing elements and addictive combat mechanics, Magnacarta 2 is a solid game for RPG veterans looking for a new challenge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If your interest lies solely with the single-player experience - and let's be frank, this is why we counted down the days until BioShock 2's release - I walked away from it pleased, but also unfulfilled. BioShock 2 eventually becomes the sequel I hoped for, but spends too much time getting there. [Issue#203, p.82]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If your interest lies solely with the single-player experience - and let's be frank, this is why we counted down the days until BioShock 2's release - I walked away from it pleased, but also unfulfilled. BioShock 2 eventually becomes the sequel I hoped for, but spends too much time getting there. [Issue#203, p.82]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overall, Space Invaders Extreme 2 offers more fun shooter action. If you liked the first one, go grab this $20 bargain. It’s just too bad that PSP and Xbox Live Arcade fans of the series are left in the lurch for the time being.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These fans are the ones that will appreciate the little changes the most, but SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 is a solid title whether you have a closet full of Austin 3:16 shirts or just catch the occasional episode of RAW. [Nov 2009, p.97]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    These fans are the ones that will appreciate the little changes the most, but SmackDown vs. RAW 2010 is a solid title whether you have a closet full of Austin 3:16 shirts or just catch the occasional episode of RAW. [Nov 2009, p.97]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    My Player mode’s uphill struggle may not appeal to everyone, but the outstanding presentation and best-in-class Association mode make NBA 2K10 the best basketball sim.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    My Player mode’s uphill struggle may not appeal to everyone, but the outstanding presentation and best-in-class Association mode make NBA 2K10 the best basketball sim.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I enjoyed the storytelling in Diabolical Box, as well as the new characters like Sammy, the rock ‘n roll train conductor. But some of the big reveals are particularly groan worthy, and two story clichés are unfortunately repeated in this sequel that I hope aren’t carried over to the third ­entry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This game has plenty of edge-of-your-seat racing and thrilling moments. Some of the repetition, however, slows it down. [Issue#206, p.89]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This game has plenty of edge-of-your-seat racing and thrilling moments. Some of the repetition, however, slows it down. [Issue#206, p.89]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This doesn't feel vastly different from last year's model, which is my biggest complaint. If you're a UFC fan and you didn't pick up Undisputed 2009, this is definitely a superior product. But if you still have your copy of '09 you probably won't find enough fresh meat on these bones to satisfy you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This doesn’t feel vastly different from last year’s model, which is my biggest complaint. If you’re a UFC fan and you didn’t pick up Undisputed 2009, this is definitely a superior product. But if you still have your copy of ‘09 you probably won’t find enough fresh meat on these bones to satisfy you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s a great downloadable title, packed with hours of fun in a setting unlike anything else out there.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The great ideas present in MotoGP are a good foundation. However, the failure to develop them further is what keeps this game from greatness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The great ideas present in MotoGP are a good foundation. However, the failure to develop them further is what keeps this game from greatness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is a great addition to your downloadable library. Whether you're an old adventure gamer looking to scratch a nostalgic itch or a shellshocked shooter fan looking for a whimsical break from the fray, this game's meager entry fee is well worth it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge is a great addition to your downloadable library. Whether you're an old adventure gamer looking to scratch a nostalgic itch or a shellshocked shooter fan looking for a whimsical break from the fray, this game's meager entry fee is well worth it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately I can't recommend P3P to every player, and even some RPG fans may be put off by the title's aging formula. For gamers who don't mind that this remake might not be the freshest experience to be had in 2010, there's a vast wealth of entertaining gameplay to be had here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Bottom line, if Layton didn't float you boat the first time around, nothing is going to change your mind here. But it's definitely worth it for fans to jump back into a world where you can't walk five steps without finding a puzzle to solve.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA Jam's only major flaw is the lack of online multiplayer. This game was made for competition, and not everyone has three other people to play with in their house.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A World of Keflings still succeeds at being a unique and accessible simulation that serves as an excellent first step into a larger world. [Jan 2011, p.88]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies is a great game, but explore your options before committing to this version of it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Part of me was disappointed with Dragon Age II. I hoped for an improvement on the original, but it ultimately feels like a step back. [Apr 2011, p.85]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Part of me was disappointed with Dragon Age II. I hoped for an improvement on the original, but it ultimately feels like a step back. [Apr 2011, p.85]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For my part, Flux and its five forebears offer something totally unique within the video game world – a breath of fresh air that is especially welcome on a service like WiiWare. If you're ready for a challenge, give the game a try.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Elemental Gearbolt is just a great gun game (even though it's short). The anime cut-scenes are awesome, the game engine is super smooth with lots to shoot, and the music is fantastic. [Aug 1998]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Not only is it incredibly detailed for a game you can put in your pocket when you're done playing, but it also has multiplayer capabilities. [Jan 2002, p.98]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's every bit as good as the full-size version, only smaller. More focused on action than role-playing, Baldur's Gate is one fun little fantasy (not in the dirty way) title. [Feb 2004, p.114]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Inferiorities to Tony aside, Mirra 2 makes other portable action sports games look like a pile of puke. [Mar 2002, p.91]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Maniacs will keep you happy and occupied on the go, even if some of the characters and modes are hokey. [Apr 2002, p.89]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The story is actually somewhat interesting, and the difficulty level is finally on par with the ancient precursors. Not bad, but again, nothing new. [Aug 2002, p.90]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The infrequent annoyances of those nasty levels and the questionable localization are a small price to pay for the opportunity to revisit the 2D nirvana that so few modern games give us a chance to experience. [March 2005, p.140]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Accurate control and savvy level design. [July 2003, p.122]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is the best you'll see in this generation of handheld hardware. [Mar 2003, p.92]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    DemiKids (both Light and Dark versions) are what the last Pokemon entires should have been... If you have any affinity for the GBA Pokemon games, DemiKids is a must-buy. [Sept 2003, p.126]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    All around, it's the same great handheld fighter with a host of much-needed and superfluous enhancements. [Aug 2003, p.104]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game plays almost exactly like the Apple II original, albeit with many improvements, and the frustration involved is just as high. [Dec 2003, p.185]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An exceptional adventure and worth a try for any RPG enthusiast. [Aug 2005, p.109]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    You don't have to look forward to next year. [Dec 2001, p.104]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As an entire production, it’s really quite brilliant, and couldn’t be more frightening. [Feb 2002, p.89]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Tapout didn't bandage the wounds of its predecessor, it's much better than a punch in the groin. [Mar 2002, p.84]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Compared to its PS2 counterpart, it's easy to see that the Xbox version is much sharper and smoother, but when it came to play, I will have to give the nod to the PS2 version. [Dec 2001, p.108]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While this story is rather cheesy, the subtleties Crystal Dynamics used to take this posterboy of evil, and put him in a protagonist role, is fascinating. [May 2002, p.86]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I consider this title a pretty good Sega rendition of "Gran Turismo 3." [Oct 2002, p.90]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Orta actually comes packed with a few surprising enhancements, injecting some depth into the gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.105]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The levels present players with enough scenarios to justify each character's presence, which helps prevent the onset of monotony. [July 2003, p.112]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The action is blistering, yet the camera moves like a slug and requires constant maintenance from the player. Don't let this discourage you, though. [June 2002, p.83]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It feels more like a next-generation "Colony Wars" than Defender. This, of course, is the highest of compliments. [Feb 2003, p.105]