Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,843 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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,843 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is amazing (of course), and the world editor is impressive, but the single-player experience is a masterstroke. [Sept 2002, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I was surprised this game felt as different from 2K1 and CD's 2K2 as it did. [Jan 2002, p.80]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I'll even go out on a limb and say that Deadly Alliance is the best 3D fighter to date! [Jan 2003, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Then there's the online mode which I have to say is quite luscious. [Sept 2002, p.76]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The battles that unfold are as beautful as they are intense, and as difficult as they are easy to manhandle. [Oct 2002, p.76]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gameplay is a tour de force that feeds off of your skills and unleashes hundreds of intense battles. The graphics, while somewhat disturbing, are beautifully designed, becoming transparent when Dante veers behind an object.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hits the ground running and blazes a trail of brilliance through innovative weapon play, edge-of-your-seat challenges, jaw-dropping visuals, and a quest thta is roughly 150 percent larger than before. [Dec 2003, p.118]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With online play, a great assortment of well-known tuner cars, a killer soundtrack, and some addictive gameplay, Need for Speed: Underground blows the doors off other racers. It gets my vote for racing game of the year, easy. [Dec 2003, p.126]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though WoW doesn't radically differ from the tried-and-true MMORPG formula, the subtle tweaks, additions, and special layer of Blizzard polish make it an amazing and fresh experience. [Feb 2005, p.122]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gameplay has evolved to a frightening degree, and exacting painful death upon your opponent is only the tip of the bloody iceberg...Deception is easily the most-accomplished fighter to date. [Oct 2004, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There wasn't one moment during my time with this game that I wasn't engaged and having fun. Ultimately, that's the mark of a great title in any genre. [May 2005, p.106]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don't just get this game because it's 20 bucks, buy it becuase it's the best football title there is and the only one that's a must have. [Sept 2004, p.100]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The concept is simple, but a combination of stylized moves, tongue-in-cheek humor, and merciless difficulty make Viewtiful Joe absolutely irresistible. [Sept 2004, p.107]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bar for the next generarion of RPG's has been set. [May 2006, p.92]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Prey is a masterpiece that simply should not be missed. [Aug 2006, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everything about this title is simply executed on a level that we rarely see outside a few elite development studios. [July 2006, p.108]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Advanced Warfighter is a game I would recommend without hesitation to all shooter fans, and is easily one of the best titles in the 360 library. [Apr 2006, p.126]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The core mission of any game is to create a world that the players want to get lost in, and Okami delivers on this in every way--with the gameplay, with the graphics, and with the story. [Oct. 2006, p.96]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bar for the next generarion of RPG's has been set. [May 2006, p.92]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the best co-op games I have played, especially when you crank the difficulty past Casual and up into the Hardcore and Insane levels. Working with your buddy to flank and outwit the enemy is a blast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The added level of control that the Civics system gives you is an incredibly useful tool for managing your civilization. [Jan 2006, p.152]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Prey is a masterpiece that simply should not be missed. [Aug 2006, p.80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burnout Revenge for 360 is a blast from beginning to end, and the additions from the current generation release enhance both gameplay and the franchise's all-around good time vibe. [Apr 2006, p.128]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I'm glad that games don't have feelings. If they did, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence would be the over-achiever that makes the games around it feel embarrassingly inadequate. [Apr 2006, p.121]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all, the new stuff adds more than 30 percent to the top of the already full-featured title. [May 2006, p.97]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As a co-op experience and as a tactical shooter, Rainbow Six Vegas sets a new benchmark for the gaming industry.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its stunning visual style, high concept story, and wildly open level design are like nothing else, even if too much repetition begins to frustrate in the later hours. It’s a game people will still be talking about five years from now.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The surperbly implemented online tracking and ranking services, plus the rich and varied content, makes Resistance's multiplayer one of the game’s strongest features. Graphically, the game is simply stunning, and when you tie in all the single player and mutliplayer components it is easily the PlayStation 3's premiere, must-have title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Corruption isn’t just the best-looking Wii game to date; it’s the best Metroid Prime game period. This is due in large part to the fluid controls. The highly debated, stubborn lock-on aiming system has been replaced with something far better. You can finally look around while moving by aiming the Wii remote.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It may not live up to the lofty standards recently displayed in "Twilight Princess", but this adventure is worthy of Zelda canon, and still has enough great stuff going for it to be considered one of the year's best adventures. [Oct 2007, p.126]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With extremely tight controls and finely tuned balance, the core fighting mechanics and local multiplayer are spot on. There’s still nothing like learning the intricacies of every character, discovering possibly the most unlockables in any game yet, and using all of that to beat the crap out of your friends late into the night.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its stunning visual style, high concept story, and wildly open level design are like nothing else, even if too much repetition begins to frustrate in the later hours. It’s a game people will still be talking about five years from now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Paper Mario's seemingly simple concept - giving the player the ability to flip between 2D and 3D worlds - pays off in level designs that are nothing short of brilliant.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Oblivion on PS3 is one of the biggest and most impressive role-playing games in history, and you owe it to yourself to play it if you haven’t already experienced it elsewhere.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Shivering Isles is a bona fide masterpiece and the best that the Elder Scrolls series has to offer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With that said, it should come as no surprise to hear Shivering Isles is a bonafide masterpiece and the best the Elder Scrolls series has to offer. [Apr 2007, p.94]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As improved as the Resident Evil 4 controls were compared to the tank-like schemes of its predecessors, they still aren’t ideal. The final version of the game would have been the perfect time for Capcom to polish the controls with new features that nearly every game now takes for granted – like strafing and being able to shoot your gun while moving. Unfortunately, Leon still isn’t capable of performing these basic moves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is a gaming epiphany – one of the rare titles that opens new horizons on the landscape and changes the way you think about interactive entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Like Sudoku or crossword puzzles, this is one of those endlessly replayable games. The solution is always there, right in front of you. It’s just a matter of using logic and careful planning to place the block correctly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beyond the Sword is unquestionably one of the best expansion packs I’ve ever played, and not just because the original release is so strong. The amount of content it adds, and the quality of those additions, is top-notch. This kind of massive depth, smooth polish, and unending replayability is what PC gaming is all about.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Combine its lengthy single-player experience with the new co-op and head-to-head modes, and you can’t help but love this classic reborn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With Dark Athena releasing on all high-powered consoles, there is absolutely no excuse not to play this incredible game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the year’s best deals in gaming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining, and historically accurate strategy games ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Nearly every one of the many praises and criticisms of the console version can accurately be applied to this port, but I'd recommend this edition of Mass Effect to anyone with a good PC.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is massive, and as your character’s stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It’s not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is massive, and as your character's stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It's not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year's "BioShock," not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other. [Sept 2009, p.82]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Asylum is this year's "BioShock," not just from the connection established with the world, but from its ability to innovate where new ideas are needed, and moreover, deliver an adventure unlike any other. [Sept 2009, p.82]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the year’s best deals in gaming. [May 2009, p.78]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not content to settle for second place, DICE throws down the gauntlet with Bad Company 2, delivering its best multiplayer package since Battlefield 2 and a remarkably improved single-player campaign that openly mocks its rival while cribbing from them at the same time. [Issue#203, p.84]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not content to settle for second place, DICE throws down the gauntlet with Bad Company 2, delivering its best multiplayer package since Battlefield 2 and a remarkably improved single-player campaign that openly mocks its rival while cribbing from them at the same time. [Issue#203, p.84]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is a complex, mature, and engaging journey from beginning to end. It stands as a benchmark for design that combines innovative ideas with tried-and-true techniques to create one of the great games of this generation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is a complex, mature, and engaging journey from beginning to end. It stands as a benchmark for design that combines innovative ideas with tried-and-true techniques to create one of the great games of this generation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The newest chapter in the undead uprising now oozes with even more of the proven developer’s trademark personality and polish. If you are among those who think the sequel is coming too soon, prepare to eat your words like so many brains. Left 4 Dead 2 is everything a sequel should be: perfected, expanded, and an absolute riot.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is swollen with action that will leave your controller sweaty and worn, and emerges as one of the most powerful online co-op experiences I have ever had.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's barely a game in the popular sense of the word, but Quantic Dream's masterpiece makes groundbreaking strides in storytelling and character development, demonstrating that interactive entertainment still has a deep well of untapped potential. [Issue#203, p.91]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this collection isn’t much more than the sum of its parts, but that is hardly a bad thing considering the quality of the parts. If you still haven’t played the God of War series, you aren’t just missing out on great games. You’re missing pieces of gaming history.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No baseball game has come close to delivering a complete package like this game does.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Co-op changes your approach to survival horror, and the masterful pacing ensures you never take your eye off the action. Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 5 is destined to be remembered as one of the best games of its time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Co-op changes your approach to survival horror, and the masterful pacing ensures you never take your eye off the action. Like its predecessor, Resident Evil 5 is destined to be remembered as one of the best games of its time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Any disappointment series fans felt after ODST should be completely washed away thanks to Reach. Make no mistake about it - this is the true follow-up to Halo 3. It's also a perfect way for Bungie to part with the series it turned into a phenomenon. [Oct 2010, p.92]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Honestly, the only crowd that I can imagine not enjoying Kirby is jaded gamers who are too cool for something so whimsical. Whatever the case, they're missing out on a colorful, unique game that reminds me of why I fell in love with gaming back on my NES: imagination, challenge, and fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ghost of Sparta doesn't have any mind-blowing moments of sheer magnitude like the console entries, but it compensates with a handful of cool special sequences that fill in parts of Kratos' history and character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not only the best Donkey Kong Country, it's also one of the best platformers I've ever played.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The original LittleBigPlanet was impressive, but LittleBigPlanet 2 cements Media Molecule's position as masters of facilitating user-created content.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Reliving the choices of the first Mass Effect as an interactive comic book pales in comparison to importing your own Commander Shepard. However, aside from that consistency in the universe, Mass Effect 2 is just as good on PS3 as it is on 360. [Feb 2011, p.98]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Less truly is more when it comes to Total War. Shogun 2, with a smaller scale and tighter focus, boasts the best gameplay and design of any entry in the franchise. I can't imagine a realistic way that The Creative Assembly could have made a better case to win back fans put off by Empire. [Apr 2011, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario World represented the best of gaming a decade ago, and it has only become better with age. [Apr 2002, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Capcom has reproduced nearly every component that made Alpha 3 the best Street Fighter, despite the GBA's obvious deficiencies. [Sept 2002, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Harmony isn't a title any GBA owner should miss. [Oct 2002, p.94]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only is this game incredibly deep, but for a strategy fan like myself, it is addictive enough to destroy your social life. [Sept 2003, p.124]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    We finally have a high quality port of the game that is probably my favorite ever: "Super Mario Bros. 3." [Nov 2003, p.176]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The strange humor is a big part of this title's appeal, as are the atypical style of play and the charming story. If you're a Mario fan, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. [Jan 2004, p.158]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new content is spectacular, and fans of the series will absolutely adore this special edition...One of the greatest titles in the history of gaming. [Feb 2004, p.113]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simultaneously embraces links to the past while offering numerous innovations that keep gameplay fresh, exciting, and a true joy to play. [Feb 2005, p.124]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its graphical prowess is truly unprecedented, lighting up the screen with a flurry of chaotic effects that can best be described as glorious. The sheer depth of gameplay, and the countless innovations within it, are equally impressive. [Nov 2001, p.118]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its moving story and deft execution, Fable is quite literally the adventure of a lifetime. [Oct 2004, p.138]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up. [Nov 2001, p.121]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With an awesome combat system, sweet graphics, slick characters, a solid one player mode, and gore, what else could you want? [Jan 2003, p.110]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's been a long time since a game has made my heart race quite like Steel Battalion... a one-of-a-kind game that will thrill you like no other. [Dec 2002, p.132]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Deserving of the highest accolades, Knights of the Old Republic is a dream come true for Star Wars fans, and the most noteworthy Xbox release since "Halo." [Aug 2003, p.94]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I would recommend buying Madden over all other franchises 100 times out of 100 to any Xbox owner. [Sept 2002, p.89]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From start to finish, this game captivated me to no end and wowed me like few others have. [Apr 2004, p.102]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Prince of Persia isn't the greatest game ever made, but it is most certainly close. [Jan 2004, p.145]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The beauty of SSX is that I don't have to do the race events if I don't want to. In this game, you choose where you have your fun; and fun you shall have. [Nov 2003, p.158]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Minor gripes aside, Visual Concepts has elevanted its game to an untouchable level. "Live" really has nothing on it. [Nov 2003, p.170]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has forged a sequel that has the uncanny ability to knock your socks off through every second of play. [May 2004, p.102]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioWare has not only made a sweet combat system, but the game's universe itself is a joy. [May 2005, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only are the visuals ridiculously sweet, the gameplay is unique and incredibly well-paced. Hands down, this is one of the best titles in the Xbox library. [July 2004, p.118]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There wasn't one moment during my time with this game that I wasn't engaged and having fun. Ultimately, that's the mark of a great title in any genre. [May 2005, p.106]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if you already have a copy of the original game in your library, Black is an absolute necessity. [Oct 2005, p.140]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In all, the new stuff adds more than 30 percent to the top of the already full-featured title. [May 2006, p.97]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gameplay has evolved to a frightening degree, and exacting painful death upon your opponent is only the tip of the bloody iceberg...Deception is easily the most-accomplished fighter to date. [Oct 2004, p.120]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From utter blasphemy to unadulterated praise, my time with Metroid Prime stimulated a whirlwind of emotions. [Jan 2003, p.98]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It looks much better than it does in the movies. This is a blasphemous statement for George Lucas fanboys, yet one that speaks volumes. [Dec 2001, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's like a simple "Sims"...but it's a lot of fun, I swear. [Oct 2002, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beyond Net play, 2K3 simply can't be ignored for the new depth within its Franchise mode and the series' evolving commitment to football that smacks you upside the head. [Sept 2002, p.89]
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