Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,411 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6411 game reviews
    • 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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    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Pac-Man Championship 2 is an outstanding example of a franchise reinventing itself.
    • 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
    "Quote Forthcoming"
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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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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’ve been a fan of the original Puzzle & Dragons since it came out, and I think it’s finally met its match. The stories in Puzzle & Dragons Z + Puzzle & Dragons Super Mario Bros. Edition (whew!) are a bit hokey, but both games are so strong overall that I may be able to finally clean out some space on my iPad.
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Many missions - while fun - take away from the skating, which is why we play the game. [Dec 2002, p.130]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This kind of freedom is exhilarating; I only wish the AI posed more of a challenge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From raising a family, becoming a land baron, and even partnering up with friends locally or online, this is the most fully realized version of Albion yet. It's a must-play for fans of adventure or anyone who thinks they can run things better than those bums in Washington. Good luck.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as the game made me laugh, it wouldn't deserve such high praise without solid gameplay at its core. It may be easy to get distracted by the nonsense occurring onscreen, but Saints Row: The Third is thrilling as an action game. Missions vary wildly, and they're almost all bombastic, popcorn-movie affairs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have a PlayStation 4 and some friends, you must have this game at the ready on your hard drive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the slight drop-off toward the end and the low replay value, You Must Build a Boat is a great experience while it lasts. For a good six to nine hours, building a boat will indeed become the most important task in your life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Conviction isn't the series' high point, but it does get the franchise back on track. [May 2010, p.89]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much as the game made me laugh, it wouldn't deserve such high praise without solid gameplay at its core. It may be easy to get distracted by the nonsense occurring onscreen, but Saints Row: The Third is thrilling as an action game. Missions vary wildly, and they're almost all bombastic, popcorn-movie affairs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Sims 3, console gamers finally get a true translation of the gameplay that has made the PC entries such a hit. Engaging new content and intuitive design makes picking up the console port of EA's digital dollhouse a no-brainer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve ever been curious about collectible card games but didn’t know where to begin, Hearthstone is the place to start.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earns its wings as a game that is an absolute riot to play. It's a console flight simulator with a serious bite. [Dec 2003, p.160]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers would be hard pressed to find a more unique, engaging puzzle game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I enjoy Angry Birds, and understand why so many have grown to love it, but personally I never felt compelled to play more than a few levels. With Angry Birds Space, I was disappointed when I made it to the end. I wanted more. It offers an experimental take on the original game's concepts, and surpasses them in most respects. It's a better game than Angry Birds, and I can't wait to play more of it with the inevitable update that Rovio is probably already planning.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Succeeds in creating a completely new formula for the sweet science. [Apr 2004, p.88]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given how far this franchise has come, however, I've no doubt that the team behind NHL will keep this series out in front of the curve from now on. [Oct 2003, p.138]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every bit as impressive as the company's flagship NBA title. In fact, I'd say that it even plays a hair better. [Dec 2004, p.167]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fluid and satisfying combat remains the centerpiece of the experience. No matter what you do, Bayonetta 2 makes you look and feel awesome while doing it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare features a compelling single-player experience with plenty of optional missions for those looking for more, and robust multiplayer modes for players of every style, whether you’re leading the scoreboards in kill confirmed or goofing around with friends taking on an alien invader in an over-the-top amusement park.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's the first steps of an online franchse via your EA Locker or your life as the equivalent to Budweiser's Leon in NFL Superstar, Madden's exploration of new areas is not to be missed. [Sept 2005, p.92]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Evil Within excels at keeping your palms sweaty while delivering a harrowingly rewarding gameplay trial. Watching the credits roll with a sigh of relief doesn’t feel like winning; it feels like surviving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is still second-rate compared to the story, Faith succeeds most because of its unpredictability. Even longtime Fables fans will be shocked by some of the revelations.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Sims 3, console gamers finally get a true translation of the gameplay that has made the PC entries such a hit. Engaging new content and intuitive design makes picking up the console port of EA's digital dollhouse a no-brainer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So high above the competition it's not even funny. [Mar 2003, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year's game had a bare career mode and titles before that only produced incremental changes, but FIFA 12 delivers satisfying results in both its gameplay and career mode.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horror fans shouldn’t let the disappointing story deter them one bit, however. Few Paranormal Activity fans care how these malevolent demons come back again and again – what truly matters is that the audience’s nerves are frayed until they’re raw.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most complete version of Mortal Kombat available.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year's game had a bare career mode and titles before that only produced incremental changes, but FIFA 12 delivers satisfying results in both its gameplay and career mode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ghost Games has crafted an exceptional experience that captures the classic battle of racers and police in a new light for next-generation machines. The shared world concept is the driving force, making it easy for players to switch factions, team up, and continue making progress in their campaigns. I can’t stress enough just how great of a multiplayer experience this is for friends.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Lost and Damned makes me feel bad for PlayStation 3 owners everywhere. Gamers on the GTA hate train won’t find anything to change their minds here, but series fans shouldn’t miss this incredibly deep expansion pack.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dense with managerial options and overflowing with new gameplay features, NHL 2004 is a complete turnaround from last season's disastrous release and is this year's must-have hockey title. [Oct 2003, p.131]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Classic compilations really don't get much better than this...A nostalgic dream come true.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the gameplay is still second-rate compared to the story, Faith succeeds most because of its unpredictability. Even longtime Fables fans will be shocked by some of the revelations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rygar's environments will amaze you from the beginning. [Dec 2002, p.118]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. [Aug 2003, p.86]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Addicting as hell. [Dec 2002, p.137]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts II is a remarkable journey and another Square-Enix masterpiece. [Apr 2006, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve been waiting to jump into the digital card game craze, now’s a great time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Talos Principle is a meaty puzzle experience that will take you over a dozen hours to complete and then leave you chewing on some of life’s greatest mysteries for weeks. You might not be able to solve the nature of humanity, but the rest of this game’s puzzles will leave you feeling brilliant enough to try.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact that the gameplay and graphics are still impressive by today's standards shows just how under-appreciated this game was. [Feb 2003, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would have loved a more meaningful or full-bodied story in Outland, but at least the mystical narrative maintains the unreal vibe that the rest of the game exudes. Beyond that, the action-packed platforming, hypnotic music, and striking aesthetic make Outland a must-play. I am always astounded that more developers don't create 2D exploration games. With Outland, not only do we get a great new entry in the genre, but a unique variation on the theme unlike anything else on the market.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They still retain that indefinable fun factor that has kept me ferociously addicted to the series for years. [Jan 2005, p.149]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For purists, this is the cream of the crop in retro goodness. [June 2004, p.138]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would have loved a more meaningful or full-bodied story in Outland, but at least the mystical narrative maintains the unreal vibe that the rest of the game exudes. Beyond that, the action-packed platforming, hypnotic music, and striking aesthetic make Outland a must-play. I am always astounded that more developers don't create 2D exploration games. With Outland, not only do we get a great new entry in the genre, but a unique variation on the theme unlike anything else on the market.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite those nitpicks and a couple frustrating late-game sections, Metro 2033's greatest success is the consistency of its pacing. You're constantly encountering new factions, discovering interesting new locations, or being tasked to do something you haven't done before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a beefy game, and its well worth your time to explore all it offers. While a lot of stealth titles reward you for memorizing enemy patrols and choosing your movement carefully, Splinter Cell gives you the flexibly to be the kind of think-on-his-feet spy that Jason Bourne would idolize.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’ve been a fan of this series since the beginning, and this entry surprised me by giving me new features and options I didn’t even know I wanted. They form a tight, precise combat system that action aficionados will adore, but newcomers can still utilize. Devil May Cry 4 delivers polished, fiendish thrills that eclipse other games in the series, and almost all contemporaries in the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GR does an incredible job of mimicking the movements and strategies of soldiers in the field, while simultaneously giving the player a feeling of complete tactical control. [Feb 2002, p.99]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable sandboxes for players to experiment in this side of Grand Theft Auto. [Issue#204, p.86]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disney Infinity is off to a great start and will hopefully be supported for years to come. The thought of Avalanche Software potentially tapping Star Wars, Marvel Comics, and other properties in Disney’s vault for upcoming sets makes this game’s future just as exciting as spending an afternoon creating adventures with friends.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most polished aspects of the game is environment traversal. Death can run along walls and leap between pillars much like the Prince of Persia. These platforming-like sequences add an element of verticality to exploration, and are used extensively to unearth hidden areas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drakan had me rejoicing when acquiring a new longbow or a bitchin' set of chainmail armor. [Feb 2002, p.80]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just what the doctor ordered: a fun, fast racing experience with enough content to keep you playing for months.