Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,017 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 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6,017 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I fell in love with JRPGs in the 16-bit era because they constantly showed me things I'd never seen before. Somewhere in the last 15 years, most RPG developers in Japan have lost sight of that, instead rehashing the same fantasies and floating by on nostalgia. Xenoblade Chronicles is the first JRPG I've played this generation that has me excited for the future rather than simply reminding me of happy memories from my past. Monolith Soft deserves praise for creating it.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The environments of Liberty City are stunning in scope and detail, dwarfing anything I've ever seen, and your choices are endless. [Dec 2001, p.87]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn't blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Mortal Kombat yet. It didn't blow my mind to the degree that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 did back in the day, but when it comes down to the gameplay and longevity tied to it, this new entry towers above its 2D lineage.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the year’s best deals in gaming.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To anyone who thinks that MGS 3 is all about flash and no substance, I say this: You are an idiot. [Jan 2005, p.120]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Both of XCOM's layers present life-or-death conundrums to which there is no right answer. No matter what you pick, something or someone is going to suffer for it. This kind of tension and terror rarely occurs within mainstream gaming, and almost never with this level of skill in the execution. Don't let the "turn-based strategy" moniker scare you off; XCOM is a singular achievement that every gamer deserves to experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A rare gem that seamlessly blends new-age technologies with gameplay of yesteryear, Viewtiful Joe is a stylish brawler that innovates in every field and emerges as one of the most captivating and addictive GameCube titles to date. [Oct 2003, p.124]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Defending against XCOM's mysterious alien invasion is one of the most challenging, intense gaming experiences of this generation.
    • 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I can't recommend this title enough for its difficulty, beauty (which is downright stunning), exceptional level design, and elaborate move set. It's a wonderful good time. [Dec 2003, p.122]
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    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forget about hating the controller and you'll light 'em up. [Nov 2001, p.121]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Every bit as impressive as anything in the EA Sports stable, and is required playing for anyone who loves sports games. [Jan 2002, p.90]
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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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    No baseball game has come close to delivering a complete package like this game does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's so exacting in detail, the Marines are showing interest in using it as part of their training programs. [Nov 2001, p.126]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Madden's major changes have occurred on the defense to raise the learning curve and create more strategy. [Sept 2002, p.78]
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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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    • 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A wonderfully successful psychological thriller meant to screw with gamers' minds, emotions, and fears to the nth degree. [August 2002, p.81]
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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Harmony isn't a title any GBA owner should miss. [Oct 2002, p.94]
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    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Around the edges of Uncharted 3, there's the vague sense that things are a bit too pat, that it's all beginning to feel a little formulaic. You could draw comparisons to Call of Duty, another series that relies heavily on high production values and popcorn-movie bombast. However, Uncharted 3 still affects me, not only because it's such sublime fun, but because it's telling the tale of characters I have a real affection for.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The framerate is incredibly smooth. [Dec 2001, p.109]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The complete package for RPG enthusiasts. The exhilarating heights of the story are equaled by great gameplay depth. [Mar 2003, p.80]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Though some aspects of the games are dated now, the Jak games stand up as epic adventures. [Mar 2012, p.94]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    My new favorite way to play one of my top 10 games of all time. Its updated visuals look great in 3D, the touch-screen streamlines inventory issues, and aiming with the gyroscope feels like much more than a gimmick. [July 2011, p.92]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The changes in Forza 4 I find most exciting don't alter this setup dramatically, and yet with just a few tweaks Forza 4 feels like a fresh experience. It's re-invigorated, and every turn is infectious and alluring.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In all, it felt like the players had a slightly lower center of gravity. This allows not only for a good running back to become extra shifty through better lateral movement (without even having to use the juke button), but it also gives defenders an extra punch to their hits. [July 2004, p.112]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With incredibly realistic damage modelling transforming every crash into a work of art fit to be framed and hung on the walls of Paris' Louvre museum, Burnout 3 is a visual dynamo that will floor players with its speed and gorgeous vistas. [Oct 2004, p.122]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Like a moth drawn to a flame, I can't pull myself away from the incredible explosions, blinding speeds, and impressive vehicular carnage. Once you get behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to turn this speedster off. [Oct 2005, p.118]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    To really enjoy Luclin, you need at least 512 megs of RAM, and if your computer is slower than 1.5 Ghz, you will need to turn off the models in a raid situation. [Feb 2002, p.99]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies 2 gives serious strategy players and casual mobile gamers a lot to love.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The GameCube version seems to hamper players a little bit just because of the odd configuration of the controller, but everything else is smooth and silky. [Sept 2002, p.85]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 8 should certainly be added to the list of top-tier entries, and none of the previous titles can boast the rock-solid total package that this one offers. Say what you will about Nintendo sticking with the tried and true, but I have no problem with that as long as it stays this fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its change of pace and maturity feels just right, the platforming is divine, and the action is something to be very happy about. [Jan 2005, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A year after the first half was released, Broken Age’s story has come to a conclusion that is absolutely worth the wait. [June 2015, p.88]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole creation, the game is as great on PlayStation as it is on PC. [June 2015, p.88]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fall of the Samurai, like the original Shogun 2, is good enough that I heartily recommend it to everyone who owns a PC regardless of their experience with or opinion of the grand strategy genre. If you're coming into the series for the first time there is a lot to learn, but you'll be amply rewarded with hundreds of hours of top-notch entertainment should you make the investment.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A distillation of everything the genre does right. It delivers the intensity of competition and the thrill of victory, all through elegant techniques that are easy to learn and difficult to master. Street Fighter IV is more than mere nostalgia - it's the best thing to happen to fighting games in years. [Mar 2009, p.82]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While I preferred the tight-knit story of brotherhood and betrayal in The Lost and Damned, The Ballad of Gay Tony delivers more explosive weapons, death-defying missions, and off-the-wall characters. Don’t miss your chance to close out the GTA IV experience in style.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I guarantee the expansive and intricate levels will blow you away. [Sept 2002, p.89]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most intense experience by far comes from the Marine plotline...The subtle musical score, accompanied by extended periods of pulse-pounding suspense, are punctuated by frenzied moments of sheer terror as you fight to stay alive. [Jan 2002, p.92]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A beautifully conceived piece of software, and I've never seen a galaxy come to life like I did during my time with this title. [Dec 2002, p.146]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's undeniably the best version of Tomb Raider yet - and the best game currently available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. If you haven't played it, I don't know what you're waiting for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The moment you finish the game, you'll be chomping at the bit for the inevitable Assassin's Creed III. [Dec 2010, p.112]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you are even thinking about playing this game, pony up for the Xbox Live Gold membership. It’s just as necessary as the controller. While light on content, Left 4 Dead needs to be in everyone’s library, not only because it innovates in ways that will shape the future of gaming, but also because it’s so damn fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Another nice addition is the "woozy" camera angles that appear when you or an opponent is nearly knocked down. It's a small touch, but a very dramatic one. [March 2005, p.115]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The biggest draw of Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition is the improved graphics. They're simply stunning in perhaps the best-looking console game I've ever seen. Running smooth 1080p resolution, this new version adds an incredible level of detail to the newly modeled characters and lush environments.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s different in all the right ways. With an engaging new control scheme, fewer online hurdles, and all the depth of the original, taking on Diablo’s legion of demon lords has never been more enjoyable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Co-op is a blast, the variety of weaponry lends an addictive quality to the game that's rarely seen, and it maintains a distinct sense of humor and personality. It's a long-lasting experience that manages to stay fresh throughout, and the ability to easily jump into a friend's game at any time only lengthens the appeal of an already stellar title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    After spending numerous hours pillaging Sanctuary’s monster-laden realm, I’m ready to wish the PC version a fond farewell; all of the components the developer has added, tweaked, and removed for the console market make me vastly prefer this new-and-improved version for my endless demon-slaying adventures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The complete Diablo III experience is enjoyable played solo, but by allowing a combination of online and local cooperative play for up to four players and adding some fun new social tools, Blizzard has made this the cooperative game to beat on new-gen consoles. No matter your experience level with the game, this is an excellent time to dive in to the action.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DJ Hero was my favorite music game of 2009, and I'm happy to report this sequel bests its predecessor in nearly every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the franchise mode has its faults, it’s still vastly improved over last year’s offering. Coupled with the other outstanding modes and the most polished gameplay in the sports genre, NHL 10 is still more than worth the price of admission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Westwood shows us once again that it knows how to improve upon near perfection. [Dec 2001, p.116]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DJ Hero was my favorite music game of 2009, and I'm happy to report this sequel bests its predecessor in nearly every way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A phenomenal RPG destined to be remembered as a technical milestone for the series. [Issue#203, p.88]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If action/sports is your thing, buying this game could be the smartest move you make all year. [July 2002, p.81]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Players who have been waiting for a deep, true role-playing epic are virtually guaranteed to fall in love. Obsidian should have no shortage of fans cheering for another installment, and I’ll be among them.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The backgrounds are absolutely amazing, and you may find yourself studying your ships to admire their incredible detail. [Nov 2003, p.172]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The scope is magnificent, and like "Shogun: Total War," conflict has really taken on this type of epic feeling for me. [Oct 2002, p.93]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    You would be hard-pressed to find a more intense experience in any entertainment medium. [Jan 2004, p.120]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If World Tour has a trump card, it’s the groundbreaking new GHMix studio mode. It’s basically a full-on set of music creation software, that allows you to write, arrange, and record your own songs, then upload them to be freely shared with fellow players. Even better, the game instantly translates them into fully playable jewels charts on the fly. As much fun as I had tackling “Hot For Teacher,” this mode feels like the future of the franchise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Racing games this good are almost nonexistent. [Nov 2002, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly one of the most intense and frenzied arena combat games I've ever played. [Apr 2005, p.136]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may be far less glamorous than new setlists and instruments, but the revamped user interface that underlies the whole experience is the game's most unqualified success. Fixing nearly every problem from previous installments, and layering in a whole new career structure, the new format is brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Halo 2 is the undisputed king of console multiplayer, and this expansion pack only strengthens its stance. [Sept 2005, p.108]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Every change Nintendo has made to this game is smart and serves a purpose, and I envy anyone that gets to experience The Wind Waker for the first time via this remake. It takes everything that made the original a classic and greatly improves on its visuals and quality of play. If you’re a fan of classic remakes, you can’t ask for much more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is both the ultimate Contra experience and one of the best action games in years. Do not let Contra 4 get lost in the holiday rush.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may be far less glamorous than new setlists and instruments, but the revamped user interface that underlies the whole experience is the game's most unqualified success. Fixing nearly every problem from previous installments, and layering in a whole new career structure, the new format is brilliant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its sublime mix of puzzles, great bosses, perfectly paced exploration, and enormous variety make this an utterly amazing adventure. [Nov 2005, p.176]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The moment you finish the game, you'll be chomping at the bit for the inevitable Assassin's Creed III. [Dec 2010, p.112]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The near-flawless execution on every level makes the brilliant concepts at the game's core shine through with perfect clarity. Even if you've never played or so much as heard of the original game, Orcs Must Die 2 is worth a place of honor in your collection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While not boasting a tone of new content, you can't help but find yourself completely entranced by the updated sequences and newfound graphical realism...Something that you'll cherish for a lifetime. [Mar 2004, p.108]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The intensity of the battles draws the players in, but the ability to improve your avatar...keeps you coming back for more. [July 2003, p.118]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As was the case seven years ago, I jumped out of my seat more times than I care to admit. The suspense is far greater. The gore more defined. [June 2002, p.80]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It might not be the huge revolution some hoped it would be, but this is a highly enjoyable and well-crafted trip down memory lane. [July 2006, p.112]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The character models are astounding, and some of the best I've seen in this genre. [May 2002, p.87]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Well written and expertly implemented. [Jan 2003, p.119]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The lackluster multiplayer is absolutely no reason to avoid what is otherwise one of the best action adventures I’ve ever played.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Crystal Dynamics has nailed a pitch-perfect new vision for one of gaming’s most recognizable characters, and revitalizes her for what I hope will be many more installments.