Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,113 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 0.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Resident Evil 4
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6113 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While showcasing significant enhancements on the field, The Show finds itself down in the count thanks to some archaic game modes and unreliable online. The Show remains the best baseball series to date, but if it wants to be heralded as one of the best sports games, the Franchise and Road to the Show modes need to catch up with the current trendsetters in the genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I think a lot of players won't notice too many of this year's more subtle new additions, but will instead help themselves to the 24-player online (where you can construct your own Ryder Cup-like competitions), GamerNet challenges, online tournaments, and five new courses. That's fine, but the smaller improvements made to this year's game offer players more freedom and customizability.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Others, like myself, will instantly fall in love with the intense adrenaline rush of the chase, and be able to play this game all day and night. [Oct 2002, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Radiant Historia succeeds where those attempts fail; it is an inventive role-playing game that delivers the sensation of playing one of your old favorites for the first time. [March 2011, p.94]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Pokemon Black and White do a great job building upon already solid features and taking them to the next level. [March 2011, p.95]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You've got agood story, great graphics, solid gameplay, an interesting assortment of weapons, and cinema-quality music... what's not to like? [Dec 2002, p.126]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Pokemon Black and White do a great job building upon already solid features and taking them to the next level. [March 2011, p.95]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It may not have the depth that wrestling fans expect - such as character creation, gimmick matches, or the largest assortment of moves - but the fundamentals of play are of a much higher quality than any other game in the genre. [Apr 2003, p.88]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While this latest title doesn’t take any huge risks, I would argue that’s a good thing. Skate has always been one of those rare games where you can just aimlessly play with no goals or objectives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fortunately for Nintendo fans, the single-player mode is engaging no matter what console you're playing on, and the story simply can't be beat. [Aug 2004, p.92]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Perhaps inspired by the band they so love, Neversoft has dramatically improved the visual presentation. Extensive motion capture sessions with the band have yielded a host of realistic animations and dramatic, 360-degree camera work. Stage sets based on the band’s real-life tours and extensive pyrotechnics displays also help deliver a better sense of authenticity than Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Also, the improved character models are leagues better than any in the series’ history.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Continually baffles the mind with its visuals. [Dec 2005, p.168]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A solid interface makes this Xbox 360 port a reasonable - though not ideal - way to play Tropico 3. [Issue#203, p.92]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ubisoft Montreal has done a bang up job tailoring this release with all the bells and whistles that will keep the Xbox faithful salivating for months on end. [Nov 2005, p.164]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics engine...is stunning, i.e., totally awesome and/or completely beautiful. [Nov 2004, p.166]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the most fun I've had racing in a Forza title, and yet it's not the most complete entry in the franchise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Madden has a knack of making quantum leaps with each successive title. This new edition, however, breaks the streak. [Sept 2004, p.101]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If I were stranded on a deserted island, DDR Konamix would be the game I would want with me. [July 2002, p.89]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Indie throwbacks to video games of the early ‘80s are a dime a dozen, but Yacht Club Games successfully rises to the top. The tried-and-true game design principles and elegant checkpoint system make Shovel Knight worth a try no matter which era of gaming you prefer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The addition of online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will be a great boon for some, but the core single-player experience feels like a small step back from the brilliance of Dual Strike. Still, this is a standout in the DS lineup and a sequel that shouldn’t disappoint the series’ many fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To understand how Demon Stone beats the odds, all you have to do is play through the first level, with its epic battle and brilliant camera work. [Nov 2004, p.131]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A real standout is the game’s gang tackles, which allow some control in moving the pile, but at the same time is not too powerful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Trap Team is an expensive proposition (see sidebar), but one that pounds out thrills and gives fans plenty of reason to visit Skylands for a fourth time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Looking past such a calculating diagnostic, losing yourself in this game is still easy. The kinds of shots players get off are varied due to how they strike the ball (and with which foot), and the controls hit a sweet spot of being easy to pull off and capable of letting you engineer some incisive attacks. These aspects are not to be underestimated, as they give you confidence going forward and the ability to score from some new areas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Battlefield 4 doesn't advance the series in any significant way, but the subtle improvements provide enough incentive for multiplayer fans to invest heavily in the land, air, and sea battles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A truly unique experience that inspires emotions in a way few games can. It has its share of problems, but I love it just the same. [Oct 2005, p.130]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Load times seem to be worse. However, the fluid control and excellent career modes are still in. [Nov 2005, p.161]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The improved career mode, new SpeedZone, online play, and more crashes are nice, but the title's draw is the AI. Finally, a racing title breathes life into the cars around you. [Oct 2003, p.120]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I seriously doubt that anyone could spoof a superhero/comic book game any better than this. [May 2002, p.92]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I think a lot of players won't notice too many of this year's more subtle new additions, but will instead help themselves to the 24-player online (where you can construct your own Ryder Cup-like competitions), GamerNet challenges, online tournaments, and five new courses. That's fine, but the smaller improvements made to this year's game offer players more freedom and customizability.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When you use a trebuchet (an enormous catapult) to launch a diseased cow over an enemy's walls and watch his population drop like flies, you can't help but get that warm fuzzy "I love this game" feeling. [Dec 2002, p.149]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    EA Tiburon has gone far beyond a simple roster expansion. By making its career mode even more complex, it has succeeded in giving players of all stripes quite a bit to chew on. [Sept 2004, p.102]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Caraeer mode's progression of cars (including the Craftsman Truck series) is a brilliant idea that provides a lifetime of racing. [Nov 2002, p.128]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    All 4 One's insane amount of variety will satisfy both fans of the series and gamers interested in a change of pace. The game's sense of humor alone is sufficient grounds for recommendation. Insomniac's latest cooperative treat is a breath of fresh air.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The overall experience of playing Ilomilo is absolutely addicting; it's as much fun as I've had with a puzzle game in ages. [Jan 2011, p.87]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An engaging and well-done casual title, and stands as one of the best Wii franchises on the market. [June 2009, p.88]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Amplitude has blown the doors off its predecessor with more tunes and power-ups, better control, and crazy new background graphics. [May 2003, p.83]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The series may feel a little dated, but once you start your training and chain together a massive 10-hit combo that sends your opponent reeling, it's still a tough game to put down. [Apr 2005, p.125]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    One of the best console business sims I've ever played. [Apr 2003, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you’re wondering when mobile games are going to start offering something more sophisticated and nuanced, Year Walk is at the vanguard on an emerging frontier.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The controller simply lacks the precision to effectively transform a dodge into a flip, and then nail the enemy. [Jan 2003, p.110]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s still an impressive experience with powerful protoss style and flavor, a handful of cool levels that play with the genre in unique ways, and a cache of fun multiplayer components come together to create a solid conclusion to one of the most iconic real-time strategy games of all time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The one area where Saints Row really goes outside of anything that "GTA" has to offer is through its amazingly diverse and highly enthralling online. [Sept. 2006, p.95]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With so many ways to approach any given combat situation, Predator is more cerebral than other shooters, and allows you to play the way you want to. [Jun 2006, p.114]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gunpoint is short, but it feels like the right length. You can get through the whole game in about three hours. The story is dense and the dialogue choices are varied, offering incentive to replay the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As a Battlefield 1942 fan, I can't help but get excited about the new stuff; but at the same time I feel like I'm ready for something really new to push this game beyond its basics. [Sept 2003, p.123]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers 500 percent more flexibility than anything that has come before. [Dec 2005, p.185]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tomb Raider: Legend fails to be a reinvention of any genres, but succeeds in every way at reinventing itself. [May 2006, p.96]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the game could use some enemy variety, overall the good mix of encounters and potential outcomes shine and keep things interesting the whole way through.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Can't be praised enough for its truly excellent storytelling, but the greatest coup for the title is that the game wrapped around this tale is engaging, surprising, and very well done. [July 2003, p.103]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Uncovering all the Schwarzwelt's secrets will keep you glued to your DS for hours of intense RPG action. [Issue#203, p.96]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Mega Man 10 offers all the nuts and bolts a diehard blue bomber fan could want in a retro sequel, while boasting even more content than Mega Man 9 with all its DLC combined. The game's technical ambitions are modest and it's not a life-changing experience, but it delivers nostalgic fun in truckloads.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I noticed a difficulty spike toward the end, but overall the card-based journey is a fun, challenging jaunt that should leave you craving more as you run into disasters and tough battles, taking your tokens and licking your wounds as each attempt brings you just a little closer to the next boss.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With true stealth games a rare breed today, Volume stands as a declaration that the formula can still work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This game rules the base paths with its remarkable gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As much a platformer as it is an action/sports title...I just would have liked it better with more Tony and less Mario. [Sept 2002, p.84]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Investing hours in a game that rewards you for some degree of athleticism and coordination is not only an incredible workout, but ultimately makes you feel like a better dancer in the end. Dance Central shines among Kinect's otherwise bleak launch lineup and is undoubtedly a step in the right direction for the hardware.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At around two and a half hours long, it's not an epic experience, but another window into Ellie's life. Instead of blunting the impact as I feared, Riley and Ellie's story adds resonance to the original game's ending. For The Last of Us fans, this is a ride well worth taking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fire emblem is good, but be prepared to sit through some boring tutorials, restart often, and cry like a little girl when you lose a key member of your party. [Dec 2003, p.184]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Dark Crusade can be enjoyed by new and experienced players alike, regardless of whether you own the earlier installments – even if the hefty challenge makes it more appropriate for veterans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In the great football war, Pro Evo may come up short to rival FIFA when it comes to an across-the-board feature set, but I think the gameplay is better in Konami's title. With this iteration Konami is inching the franchise forward by both refining its product while not being afraid to try new things.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In the great football war, Pro Evo may come up short to rival FIFA when it comes to an across-the-board feature set, but I think the gameplay is better in Konami's title. With this iteration Konami is inching the franchise forward by both refining its product while not being afraid to try new things.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While this isn't the new Mario adventure I am still waiting for on the GBA, it is one heck of a platformer. [Nov 2002, p.150]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I have always enjoyed Harmonix's dancing franchise, and Dance Central 3 is the best experience I have ever had with Kinect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Geo-Mod technology is a beautiful, beautiful thing. For some strange reason, blowing away an entire wall to get to an enemy cowering in the corner of a storeroom just feels good. [Dec 2002, p.110]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A fine adventure with a lot of old-school charm. [Dec 2005, p.186]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just don't go into it expecting to satisfy your raging leveling and loot addictions. [July 2005, p.124]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NBA 2K2 is money – but I expect more next season. [Mar 2002, p.79]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This game is downright hilarious, rarely offering a moment where you won't have a smile on your face. [Feb 2006, p.107]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Codemasters has made a good name for itself with this franchise's heart-pounding racing and arresting graphics – which are even more striking with the inclusion of night driving and falling snow. The renewed focus on rally racing and the addition of Gymkhana keeps it in good shape, even as it pares down some of its previously interesting career aspects.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As for the action itself, this is some very fast-paced and brutal - very brutal - action. Although the control scheme is relatively simple, you'll quickly learn that ther is an exact science to adminstering grapples and harsh environmental moves at just the right moment. [Oct 2004, p.126]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    World at War finally gives us a reason to visit the Pacific Theater with its fun cooperative and multiplayer modes. But the “been there, done that” single-player missions and overall derivative tone keep this very good game from achieving the greatness of its predecessor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Thankfully, you'll spend a majority of your time immersed in the stellar combat or drinking in the often surreal moments that define Shadow Hearts: From The New World as one of the most inventive and entertaining RPG's in years. [Mar 2006, p.106]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Codemasters has made a good name for itself with this franchise's heart-pounding racing and arresting graphics – which are even more striking with the inclusion of night driving and falling snow. The renewed focus on rally racing and the addition of Gymkhana keeps it in good shape, even as it pares down some of its previously interesting career aspects.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While I knew I’d love playing the songs off the first four albums, the rest of the soundtrack definitely matches the intensity of the vintage stuff. [May 2009, p.83]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Wasteland 2 feels like a perfect execution of what inExile hoped to accomplish with this Kickstarter-fueled project, not only an excellent retro nod to the computer RPGs of decades ago, but a great RPG of today After a 26-year hiatus, this long-awaited sequel is a worthy successor to the CRPG throne.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are still gameplay additions, but without the Madden 101 tutorial - found in other versions - you're kind of on your own. Also, a difficulty level between Pro and Rookie would be helpful. [Sept 2003, p.113]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In tone, Underworld hits the target dead center, delivering the perfect mix of isolation and discovery with larger dramatic encounters. No modern cities mar Lara’s excursion this time – this is tomb raiding from beginning to end. Remarkable visuals sell the experience, and a moving score deepens your involvement. The formula behind the game is ready for some fresh ideas, but as a wrap up of old ideas, Underworld hits the sweet spot.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It still has a wyas to go to catch "GTA", but with its finely crafted sequel Luxoflux has raised this series up from another me-too title to a necessity for fans of this genre. [Jan 2006, p.135]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I was always motivated to continue my travels in the twisted world of Psychonauts, if only to see what bizarre sights I would witness next. Few titles have ever inspired in me this genuine sense of discovery. [May 2005, p.120]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You will find yourself delving deeper into the seedy underbelly of amusement than you ever thought possible. [Dec 2004, p.188]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's not a quantum leap, but it's the kind of adjustments that will only endear the faithful to this already beloved series even more. [March 2005, p.115]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game's minor flaws don't hold back the decadent experience from being an unhinged, flaming rollercoaster ride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Mega Man 10 offers all the nuts and bolts a diehard blue bomber fan could want in a retro sequel, while boasting even more content than Mega Man 9 with all its DLC combined. The game's technical ambitions are modest and it's not a life-changing experience, but it delivers nostalgic fun in truckloads.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
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    Even if you don’t care about crafting your own stages, the virtually limitless stream of everyone else’s content will keep replay value high long after you’ve beaten all of the on?disc levels.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Harmonix has done a remarkable job of bringing the Beatles' music to life in an interactive setting, devoting enormous attention to the details of history and authenticity that Beatles fans demand. The developers also added their own flair to the game, making this the most aesthetically beautiful music game to yet release. [Sept 2009, p.80]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Syphon Filter manages to deliver a very enjoyable third-person shooting experience like few other PSP titles. I’m not a fan of using the face buttons for aiming, but this game’s pace – most scenarios revolve around advancing towards cover, eliminating the targets, then advancing again – is more suited to this configuration than more frantic action titles. I also like the new advanced grappling, stealth kill features, and brief God of War-style button mashing sequences.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fable is still one of the defining role-playing adventures of this generation. And even more so if you go evil. [Jan 2006, p.150]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Old-school FPS fans and gamers looking to get back to the roots of online fragathons will undoubtedly find a lot to love in Quake IV, and the game has perhaps fewer flaws than any I've ever reviewed. [Nov 2005, p.168]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Over the years, the tone of the Resident Evil series has morphed from a George Romero horror flick to Michael Bay summer blockbuster. That metamorphosis into insane action is front and center in Resident Evil 6, and bringing a buddy along for the chaos is great fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The single-player offering is incredibly fun, and the multiplayer bouts bring limitless depth and couldn't be much more contagious. [May 2005, p.128]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Anyone with a taste for action sports will love getting sick with this game. [Feb 2002, p.87]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If there ever was a game developed for the attention deficient, this is it. Ninja Gaiden's action is so fast bullets would have trouble keeping up. But since it's is action game and not a round of golf, this intensity is pretty flippin' awesome.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The physics, audio, and accuracy are lacking. [Oct 2002, p.84]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers a decent single-player experience, but it doesn't begin to hold a candle to the Baldur's series...Now for the Toolset. This thing is absolutely amazing, people. [August 2002, p.88]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although Heroes is far from the first WWII flight sim, it soars high above other games thanks to its incredible attention to detail. [Oct 2005, p.124]
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