Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,952 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:
5,952 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bastion makes a good case for the idea that simple gameplay, straightforward design, and a clear guiding vision for art, music, and story can go a long way to making a good game great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I can't think of a better way to kill a long plane ride, and I expect lapsed Tetris fans who've migrated to other puzzle games will be making their way back into the fold after playing this excellent reinvention of one of gaming's greatest titles. [Apr 2006, p.134]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Playing it makes me believe I can do just about anything with the ball at my feet, and this self-assurance is powerful. If you have the desire, FIFA 15 meets the challenge. It does not disappoint.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Raises the character-based racing bar yet again. It's also the must-have GameCube title this holiday season. [Dec 2003, p.152]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Don’t let the diminutive size or nostalgic look fool you, this is just as complete of a Grand Theft Auto experience as any of the console iterations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 delivers stunning action and fantastic storytelling, while dramatically changing the tone of the gameplay at regular intervals, and its subsequent episodes only add to that formula.
    • 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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    • 88 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Purists will decry the changes made to Majora’s Mask no matter how slight they may be, but I am seated firmly in the “change is good” camp. It’s everything you remember, but without the boredom or frustration related to the passage of time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A tremendous game. [Feb 2003, p.105]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Graphically, Agent Under Fire is amazing, leaving similar titles like "Red Faction" and "TimeSplitters" in the dust. [Jan 2002, p.77]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    After playing through New Super Mario Bros. 2 on 3DS a few months ago, I was concerned that the "New" series had run its course. The levels didn't feel as fresh and the coin collection gimmick didn't make much of an impact. I feared this dip in quality signaled stormy skies for New Super Mario Bros. U on Nintendo's next home console, but I couldn't have been more wrong.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Torchlight II is an excellent game no matter how you slice it. As big of a Diablo III fan as I am, the margin between the two is razor-thin – and I have to give the nod to Torchlight II.
    • 84 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    From the living city in which you reside, to the incredibly realistic vehicles, this title has the heart and sould of a blockbuster. [Nov 2002, p.147]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Rock Band is the best music game ever made... It’s immensely fun and consistently rewarding. Nearly endless replay is bolstered by the promise of a musical catalogue that will have already dramatically expanded by the time you read this.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's remarkable what a few adjustments can do. From instruments to user interface to gameplay options, one thing after another makes you nod appreciatively and smile while playing Rock Band 2. [Oct 2008, p.107]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The delicious platforming is paired with great writing, nice art direction, and a story that you don't want me to spoil for you. [Jan 2006, p.134]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A fabulously executed game that remains a consistent joy to play for many, many moons. But it lacks innovation. [March 2005, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you're among the majority of gamers who didn't play Beyond Good & Evil when it originally came out for PS2, Xbox, and Gamecube, you have no excuse for passing up its new form.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most remarkable achievement that I noticed during my all-too-short time with DS is the utter and complete absence of loading times anywhere, in any level. [June 2002, p.85]
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    • 88 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]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its unparalleled controls, refined presentation, and unrivaled selection of game modes, NHL 09 is the best hockey game ever created.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The delicious platforming is paired with great writing, nice art direction, and a story that you don't want me to spoil for you. [Jan 2006, p.134]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros. has KO’d my assumptions and renewed my enthusiasm for the series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Awesome on almost every level. To be quite honest, it kicks ass in just about every way a strategy title can...It most likely will be remembered as a historic entry in the RTS genre. [Nov 2004, p.164]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fez
    No other game captures the potential and magic of the concept like Fez. The result is one of the most accessible, clever, and mind-altering experiences on the gaming market.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It still looks great and has one of the best single-player stories out there. [Jan 2005, p.143]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If, like me, you’ve found yourself slowly falling out of love with Halo over the years, ODST provides a fresh, exciting experience that rekindles your interest in this seminal sci-fi shooter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Everything about this title makes the previous installments seem archaic in comparison. [Nov 2001, p.100]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Shadows of the Damned is unapologetically adolescent, but instead of trying to be cutely ironic and wink at players, the humor comes off as genuine, playful, and fun. Even if you don't find the idea of a sniper rifle called "the Big Boner" funny, you should still enjoy the solidly designed shooting and bit of thought required to play the game. Grasshopper has finally come into its own, and I hope it carries this momentum (and Mikami) forward to whatever project is next.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Shadows of the Damned is unapologetically adolescent, but instead of trying to be cutely ironic and wink at players, the humor comes off as genuine, playful, and fun. Even if you don't find the idea of a sniper rifle called "the Big Boner" funny, you should still enjoy the solidly designed shooting and bit of thought required to play the game. Grasshopper has finally come into its own, and I hope it carries this momentum (and Mikami) forward to whatever project is next.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is an incredibly ambitious project, yet everything it attempts exceeds all expections. [Sept 2003, p.104]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Another great city-builder from a developer that has come to define a niche genre all its own. [Sept 2002, p.93]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Outside of the mission monotony, Sunset Overdrive is an immensely rewarding experience that has a look and style all its own and a great gameplay package to complement it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This series is the closest video games come to having a noteworthy serialized adventure. A Crack in Time shows a good idea and consistent execution is all it takes to keep interest high. Keep ‘em coming, Insomniac!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the toybox/platform side of Minecraft is incredible, the "game" side of it is lacking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Small gripes aside, you shouldn't miss Marvel vs. Capcom 3 if you have even a passing interest in Capcom, Marvel, the fighting genre, or good games. This pugilistic prize mimics the polished, accessible reinvention of Street Fighter IV, forming another strong leg for the resurrected fighting genre to stand on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's this mixture of personality and content that earns Radiata Stories a place among Square Enix's greatest adventures, and certainly the best straight-up RPG so far this year. [Oct 2005, p.132]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Small gripes aside, you shouldn't miss Marvel vs. Capcom 3 if you have even a passing interest in Capcom, Marvel, the fighting genre, or good games. This pugilistic prize mimics the polished, accessible reinvention of Street Fighter IV, forming another strong leg for the resurrected fighting genre to stand on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The critical path is incredibly long and is joined by bonus comic missions for most of the characters. The teammate AI is very impressive, often getting to baddies before you even see them, but once again, Raven has designed a game that is better through cooperative play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The sound is excellent and the music consists of lovely tunes typical of the series. [Apr 2003, p.85]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game does retain its glory, but you actually have to work, and work hard, to find it. [Dec 2002, p.106]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It succeeds simply by delivering gameplay that’s perfectly executed along with a story that lovingly advances the saga of characters I’ve known and loved for years. Could it have done more to push the envelope? Sure, but that’s not what I’ll think of when I remember playing this game. I’m just going to remember all the fun I had – and that’s the point, isn’t it?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It doesn’t matter if your first gaming system was the NES or DS; New Super Mario Bros. Wii proves that 2D platformers are still a blast. Longtime gamers will love the countless throwbacks to previous titles, and the multiplayer gameplay is fantastic (albeit hectic) fun for everyone.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If horror is your forte, dim the lights, crank up the surround sound, and take the deepest breath you ever have. I think you’ll agree, no game has ever been this frightening.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bulletstorm is an exceptional shooter brimming with personality and originality, but the concept is spread too thin in the later levels. New homicidal toys are constantly introduced in the first three-quarters of the game, which makes the final few hours a little stale. Mix in a ho-hum ending and the stellar experience goes out on a bit of a low note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An exceptional shooter brimming with personality and originality, but the concept is spread too thin in the later levels. New homicidal toys are constantly introduced in the first three-quarters of the game, which makes the final few hours a little stale. Mix in a ho-hum ending and the stellar experience goes out on a bit of a low note.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most impressive console FPSs - displaced only by the almighty "Halo." [June 2003, p.110]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An exceptional shooter brimming with personality and originality, but the concept is spread too thin in the later levels. New homicidal toys are constantly introduced in the first three-quarters of the game, which makes the final few hours a little stale. Mix in a ho-hum ending and the stellar experience goes out on a bit of a low note.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you're a tennis fan, I don't know what else you could ask for. [Sept 2002, p.81]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Aria of Sorrow totally enraptures me in its world, more so than most environments made up of seemingly obscene numbers and polygons. [June 2003, p.119]
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 throws something new at you nearly every single level - and with over 240 stars to collect, that's no small feat. [Issue#206, p.94]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The controller itself is a work of ergonomic art. Although this is essentially a detailed puzzle game, the detail is truly a sight to behold. [Jan 2002, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its unparalleled controls, refined presentation, and unrivaled selection of game modes, NHL 09 is the best hockey game ever created.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Play it on Xbox if you can, but if you can't, don't miss out on what is arguably the best spy-themed video game to date. [May 2005, p.114]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Where this games shines the brightest is in the new path it blazes, not the traditions it revisits. [Nov. 2006, p.132]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A high-octane, gun-slinging killfest the likes of which even General George S. Patton would be proud. [Mar 2002, p.87]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the novel gameplay and awe-inspiring art style will be the hook for many, the tale told here is one filled with heart and humor. [May 2008, p.95]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent expansion. [Dec 2003, p.180]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killzone 3's shocking and abrupt campaign ending serves as a suitable wrap to Guerilla's extended war-themed trilogy. Even if it is a conclusion of sorts, Killzone 3 stands on its own. The franchise has always fallen just shy of greatness for me. This time, there's plenty for any action gamer to dig his or her teeth into.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're tired of fighting corridor-based wars against an endless flow of brainless meatbags, Crysis 2 is worth a look. The unique sandbox approach to gunfights and game-changing nanosuit lend the title a flavor of its own, and Crytek smartly leverages these strengths in both the single- and multiplayer modes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals may seem vaguely familiar, and the gameplay may fit like a glove, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a sequel that delivers as much new content as Hot Shots Golf Fore! so effortlessly does. [Sept 2004, p.108]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're tired of fighting corridor-based wars against an endless flow of brainless meatbags, Crysis 2 is worth a look. The unique sandbox approach to gunfights and game-changing nanosuit lend the title a flavor of its own, and Crytek smartly leverages these strengths in both the single- and multiplayer modes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's definitely the closest video games have ever come to capturing the essence of a kick-ass action flick. [Feb 2003, p.92]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're tired of fighting corridor-based wars against an endless flow of brainless meatbags, Crysis 2 is worth a look. The unique sandbox approach to gunfights and game-changing nanosuit lend the title a flavor of its own, and Crytek smartly leverages these strengths in both the single- and multiplayer modes.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The play is even more engrossing than before. [Dec 2001, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s so good, in fact, that there are few gamers I wouldn’t suggest this to, if only for how great of a tool it is to evangelize gaming to friends and family. The high cost of admission is most certainly worth it – this is a show you don’t want to miss.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona Q is easily one of my favorite games this year. It delivers in both quality gameplay and wonderful characters, but what stands out is the extra effort that went into every area, always raising the bar.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scholar of the First Sin is best suited for two types of player: Complete Souls newcomers that insist on playing with the latest hardware, and returning warriors who soaked up every bit of new game-plus content loaded into the original. While I don't think the encounters are quite up to the level of the original, it's hard to argue with more of one of 2014's best games.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It succeeds through its intoxicating fluidity and the way it turns the dream of the movie into your own reality. [Apr 2003, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a whole, Dawn of Dreams is a truly skillful entry in the series. It's a great fresh start with new characters, gameplay, and ideas. [Mar 2006, p.102]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As solid as bedrock. [July 2003, p.119]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Classic compilations really don't get much better than this...A nostalgic dream come true.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A mode that lets you alternate between control of two heroes by yourself is really intriguing. It requries a lot of strategy, as one character is helpless when he isn't under your influence. It really grew on me. [Oct 2003, p.142]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castlevania takes a few hours to get rolling, but once it sinks its fangs in you'll be absorbed. After putting nearly 20 hours into Lords of Shadow I emerged satisfied and ready to play again. This polished, action-packed adventure has me ecstatic to see not only what's in store for the next 3D Castlevania, but also what talented developer MercurySteam does next.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lest you fear that all the challenge has gone, let me ease your mind. Pac-Man DX ascends to mind-shattering speeds in a hurry, demanding fast minds and thumbs both.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m hooked on DJ Hero. In many ways, it feels like a new beginning for the music genre. Freestyle Games has pulled off an impressive trick, crafting a game that holds true to its sister franchise while at the same time putting a unique spin on both the gameplay and the music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level design is as epic as ever, with puzzles spanning entire vistas littered with tunnels, tombs, torturous traps, and more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So many things could have gone horribly wrong, but the core single-player experience gets everything right. [June 2009, p.87]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The ninja game the world has been waiting for. It fights with honor, but still handily slays the competition. [Apr 2003, p.80]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level design is as epic as ever, with puzzles spanning entire vistas littered with tunnels, tombs, torturous traps, and more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A reboot is a chance to revitalize a flagging series, and Ninja Theory has done that with a striking vision for the DMC universe and top-notch combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just what the doctor ordered: a fun, fast racing experience with enough content to keep you playing for months.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After two remarkable but uneven offerings, Far Cry finally pulls everything together in the third installment. The diverse open-world action, compelling story, and an alluring environment that begs exploration are all high water marks for the series. This is an island adventure all shooter fans should experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ninja Theory stays faithful to the heart and soul of the series with this reimagining – and that's what matters.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like this year’s New York Yankees team, MLB 09: The Show is stacked with unrivaled gameplay, simulation, online, and presentation. With "Major League Baseball 2K9" underperforming this year, the choice for baseball fans is easy. The only logical choice is MLB 09: The Show.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deepening the strategic possibilities is key to making a strategy title more fun, and T&P goes the extra mile to make sure that it delivers a more engaging experience than is possible without the expansion installed. [July 2004, p.121]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of freedom is exhilarating; I only wish the AI posed more of a challenge. They too frequently pour into the same positions where their friends just died, and can't discern elevation changes. Rather than work their way up a cliff to attack after spotting me, for instance, they just stood at the base of the incline, making it extremely easy to take them all out with one well-placed grenade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not only gorgeous to look at, it's blazing fast with gameplay that constantly has you sliding in and out of traffic riding on the edge of disaster. [July 2003, p.113]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 360 version of Titanfall holds up well as an overall experience, even though it is undoubtedly the worst way to experience the game, reflected in a quarter-point drop in score compared to the Xbox One and PC versions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I found myself endlessly creating bigger and bigger chases that went from one side of the city to the other and back again. [Jan 2006, p.146]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From a critical standpoint, it's tough to evaluate Picross, as the game has that near-perfect quality that makes Sudoku, crossword, and Tetris so appealing. That said, HAL took a risk bringing it into 3D, and that gamble pays off big. [May 2010, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Embrace the lack of handholding and complete freedom, and you have an incredible title that provides many hours of entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics and physics are inferior to "Courtside" on the 'Cube, but 2K2 gets the nod in nearly every other aspect. [May 2002, p.85]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks a heck of a lot nicer, plays better, and offers more than you could ever imagine. [Apr 2002, p.79]
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