Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,273 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 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6273 game reviews
    • 73 Metascore
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    Gamers looking for a satisfying meal in Temple of the Frog will find themselves going hungry. [Nov 2001, p.131]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    Oogie's Revenge stacks up against the original about as well as "Devil May Cry 2" or "Blues Brothers 2000." [Nov 2005, p.149]
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    • 51 Metascore
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    A dumb, forgettable game and nothing else. [Sept 2005, p.100]
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    • 67 Metascore
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    I hate this game's archaic point of view which I've dubbed Pole Position Syndrome. [June 2002, p.87]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Oddly enough, you aren’t able to decorate a home of your own. You have to live vicariously through your clients as you apparently live out of a car. Happy Home Designer may be fun for people who are ravenous over home design, but without the additional Animal Crossing elements, I never felt like I was putting down any serious roots or working toward a larger purpose.
    • 54 Metascore
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    Lacks the planned skill of the criminals that the game portrays; and instead, comes off as a mindless licensed product. [Aug 2003, p.98]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    This innovative concept proves to be very frustrating in real life. [Oct 2003, p.142]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Like Joey Harrington, this game is totally worthless and not worth $40. Do not buy this title. [Nov 2005, p.182]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    The graphical style of the show works well on the Wii, and the fighters’ mid-battle banter adds some flavor to the action. I was even amused by the Lightsaber Clash minigames that occasionally interrupted the bouts, even though these sometimes falter due to poor motion control recognition. While these few gameplay elements help make the experience more digestible, it hardly matters because the basic mechanics are a mess.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Only approach this game if you intend to play Fate of Atlantis. Staff of Kings hardly finds the Indiana Jones pulse.
    • 47 Metascore
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    The only saving grace that this game has is its combat mechanic. By no means is it good, but it’s competent, and successful in making you feel like you clocked someone pretty hard. If you have some friends over, you can delve into four-player co-op. However, like a friend who picks out a crappy movie, there’s a good chance that your buddies will mock you for this spirit-crushing game for the remainder of your days.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Sure, Mini Coopers are neat little cars, but I think I would rather be run over by one than play this game again. [Aug 2003, p.91]
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    • 58 Metascore
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    The worst thing about this title is that there are no dowloadable questions, so you can run out fast. I also don't know why they didn't make use of all the different Trivial Pursuit editions out there. [Aug 2004, p.96]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    Unless you're a hardcore fan of BurgerTime, Peter Pepper's Ice Cream Factory or Bad Dudes, you're better off saving your quarters. [Issue#203, p.97]
    • 57 Metascore
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    There is nothing here that you can't experience elsewhere in a better game. [Dec 2006, p.156]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    Gamers eager for a new experience tailored to the Wii U likely have their eyes on ZombiU. It shows off nearly every feature of Nintendo's new hardware, but the sum of these parts is a horrifying Frankenstein's Monster. Good zombie games are a dime a dozen these days, and I can't recommend ZombiU above them despite being the only undead shooter on the Wii U.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Knock-Knock offers players two different endings based on how quickly they finish the game, neither of which provides any kind of satisfying conclusion or explanation as to what the heck is going on in the game. Ultimately, Ice-Pick Lodge is right; Knock-Knock isn't much of a game – or a story, for that matter – which makes it hard to recommend.
    • 65 Metascore
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    Only in Cel Damage does a guy with an axe beat out a gatling gun. [Dec 2001, p.101]
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    • 35 Metascore
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    Environments are uninspired, the dirt effects are dull, and tricks take too long to develop. [Jan 2002, p.83]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    There is simply no reason for a PlayStation 2 game to look this bad. I mean, the framerate chugs when you're walking, fer Chrissakes! [Mar 2003, p.83]
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    • 51 Metascore
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    To put it bluntly, the storytelling is a laughable farce. [July 2002, p.83]
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    • 63 Metascore
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    It’s sad to see so many good ideas go to waste. From the exploration of the wondrous world to the intricate political situation of its denizens, Gothic 3 nails a good chunk of the role-player’s wet dream. The character progression is solid and the core mechanics are good, yet I will never ever recommend this to anyone that I even remotely like. Yes, one broken system can ruin a game this completely.
    • 35 Metascore
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    The levels are linear and dull, and for some reason you can only take cover in specified circles in the environment, which takes away any sense of reality or spontaneity. [Dec 2004, p.168]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    While Atelier Annie offers some entertaining strategic elements, the lack of depth, exploration, and compelling battles keeps the game short of a winning recipe. [Jan 2010, p.91]
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    • 45 Metascore
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    Congratulations, Wii owners! While Xbox 360, PS3, and PC owners are enjoying the latest chapter of Brothers in Arms in high definition, you get to relive the glory of the first two games in this buggy, ugly-as-hell port that eliminates the multiplayer and sabotages the single-player campaign with frequent stutters and framerate issues.
    • 68 Metascore
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    I'm sorry, but running around the same old loopy track designs in generic space bikes just isn't cutting it, and I really think developers need to either totally reinvent this genre or abandon it. [Nov. 2003, p.153]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Extremely boring. [Jan 2002, p.98]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    A workmanlike, uninspired racer that just doesn't do enough to sutain my interest. [Aug 2003, p.93]
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    • 70 Metascore
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    Despite my preconception that handling baggage at an airport is not enjoyable, I wanted Aero Porter to surprise me. Unfortunately, it didn't.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Collectors will get a kick out of it for some of the extra data, but the games don’t quite have the same luster as they do when you play it on an actual unit (although "Astrosmash" is much easier to play using the PS2). d-pad)
    • 35 Metascore
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    The levels are linear and dull, and for some reason you can only take cover in specified circles in the environment, which takes away any sense of reality or spontaneity. [Dec 2004, p.168]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    As much as I’d love to own a panda, after an eight-hour shift in the dullest pet shop in the planet, I was ready to tell my mom to stuff the allowance.
    • 50 Metascore
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    Sadly, the gameplay is buggy. [June 2002, p.79]
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    • 54 Metascore
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    Natural Motion’s Euphoria technology is a great building block for a football game, but Backbreaker suffers from too many rookie mistakes. Only the most hardcore gridiron fans dying for an alternative to the EA Sports offerings should bother bringing this one in for a look.
    • 55 Metascore
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    The general feeling this game conveys is confusion and chaos, akin to being flushed down a jet-powered toilet. [Apr 2006, p.118]
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    • 64 Metascore
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    It's a pretty loaded disc, but how much do you want to eat at a buffet where everything tastes like crap? [Feb 2006, p.109]
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    • 63 Metascore
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    Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Sonic’s mimicry of Super Mario Galaxy’s planet-hopping formula is an embarrassment. Sonic Lost World is a confused mash-up of finicky platforming, aggravating level design, and some of the most aggressively annoying villains ever.
    • 57 Metascore
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    The game looks okay, but combat is dull and it doesn't compare to its PC counterpart. [Dec 2004, p.168]
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    • 59 Metascore
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    This series has great potential, but with each new season, it continues to degrade in quality. [Aug 2006, p.81]
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    • 54 Metascore
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    Leave this one stranded on Ceti Alpha V – it’s of no use to you or the cause of the Federation. [Feb 2008, p.96]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    There may be a very deep and interesting strategy game laying somewhere within Generation of Chaos, but you're going to have to work to find it. [May 2006, p.111]
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    • 45 Metascore
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    The only saving grace that this game has is its combat mechanic. By no means is it good, but it’s competent, and successful in making you feel like you clocked someone pretty hard. If you have some friends over, you can delve into four-player co-op.
    • 53 Metascore
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    This game should have stayed dark for another few months, because it's not ready for the field. [June 2011, p.95]
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    • 57 Metascore
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    Same crap, different console. [Dec 2001, p.109]
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    • 49 Metascore
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    Ubisoft must think the Vita audience is brain-dead to try to sell them a flawed, unimproved port of an already mediocre game for $39.99.
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    The gameplay is fairly one-dimensional. [Feb 2002, p.100]
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    • 44 Metascore
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    If you're going to ask people to buy your content it's a good idea to make it compelling in the first place, and Ridge Racer doesn't do that.
    • 71 Metascore
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    I’m all for blowing things up, but after tooling around for a while, I was more interested in turning the guns on myself instead. [Feb 2002, p.91]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    This series has great potential, but with each new season, it continues to degrade in quality. [Aug 2006, p.81]
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    • 59 Metascore
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    Nintendo’s handheld systems used to be the last refuge for quality Sonic titles, but the series’ awful 3D gameplay has infected that lineage with Sonic Lost World. This portable version of Sonic’s latest adventure hits the same sour notes as the recent console games, while maintaining the subpar side-scrolling feel established in the 3DS version of Sonic Generations.
    • 51 Metascore
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    A lesson in what happens when there is an unwillingness to evolve or risk new ideas. [June 2005, p.126]
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    • 39 Metascore
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    Replicates the movie's charm wonderfully, but its lack of variety hardly qualifies it even as a party game. [Dec 2002, p.130]
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    • 64 Metascore
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    The game looks like a first-generation title Playstation 2 title. It even plays like one as well, with basic controls that feature perhaps one of my biggest pet peeves in video games: the combination attack/search/open/event button. [Jan 2002, p.82]
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    • 55 Metascore
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    I'd avoid this game faster than doing the skeleton in the nude. [Apr 2002, p.89]
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    • 54 Metascore
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    Avoid this game like you would a laser beam to the head. [Dec 2003, p.150]
    • 67 Metascore
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    Releasing Bounty Hunter is tantamount to being held down while someone farts in your face. [Feb 2003, p.101]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    The general feeling this game conveys is confusion and chaos, akin to being flushed down a jet-powered toilet. [Apr 2006, p.118]
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    • 49 Metascore
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    Leave this one stranded on Ceti Alpha V – it’s of no use to you or the cause of the Federation.
    • 57 Metascore
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    The pumped-up graphics look pretty mediocre at best... the game mechanics are bland and simplistic - like the worst of the Genesis era. [May 2003, p.87]
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    • 48 Metascore
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    The game fails in the simple task of capturing the excitement of actual bowling. [July 2004, p.112]
    • 58 Metascore
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    Natural Motion's Euphoria technology is a great building block for a football game, but Backbreaker suffers from too many rookie mistakes. Only the most hardcore gridiron fans dying for an alternative to the EA Sports offerings should bother bringing this one in for a look.
    • 39 Metascore
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    Umbrella Corps is an unusual online shooter. Unfortunately, its odd mix of mechanics don’t come together well, and its online matchmaking is a total joke. I once waited almost 20 minutes for a match that lasted less than 10 minutes. In that amount of time, you could drive to the store and buy a better game.
    • 30 Metascore
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    If you spent months bowling in Wii Sports, then this will be an upgrade. Otherwise, it isn't worth your time. [Jan 2009, p.76]
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    • 37 Metascore
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    Playing the trivia games was about as fun as Bliz got. [Dec 2001, p.118]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    It's the sheer tedium of every moment that prevents any enjoyment of the cool features it offers. [Aug 2004, p.106]
    • 48 Metascore
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    A dumb, forgettable game and nothing else. [Sept 2005, p.100]
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    • 32 Metascore
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    Outside of these interesting narrative nuggets, Survival Instinct sinks its infected teeth into monotony and carelessly chews away at it to deliver a repetitious experience that lets a few cool ideas go to waste. This is an apocalypse you don’t want to survive.
    • 62 Metascore
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    In theory, these randomly created dungeons should add a level of unpredictability and replay to the experience, but in practice it renders the level design so incredibly tedious and dull that I could barely force myself to keep playing. [Aug 2004, p.99]
    • 48 Metascore
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    Some of the most antiquated and broken gameplay available on modern consoles. [June 2005, p.126]
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    • 69 Metascore
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    Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam is an unimaginative and often times annoying game that hangs its hat on a Wii controller interface that is interesting because it is different, but easily forgettable after a few short hours.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Tac Ops' fun will fizzle within an hour of play. [July 2002, p.91]
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