Game Informer's Scores

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For 5,842 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,842 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An engine dubbed Geo-Mod...puts this game in a class by itself. [Nov 2001, p.129]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Instantly grabs you with its ultra-crisp graphics, which perfectly recall the mood of the film... excels in using the little touches to immerse the player in the computer world. [Oct 2003, p.140]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I cannot commend developer Eden Studios enough for everything from top-notch presentation to delivering a white-knuckle rally ride that'll have fans enthralled. [Jan 2003, p.96]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The AI of the creatures and troops you’re battling is some of the best I’ve seen in any game on any platform. [Feb 2002, p.98]
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    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers up the deepest dungeon crawling experience in the console universe to date. [Feb 2004, p.94]
    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A respectable follow-up, but it doesn't come close to rekindling the magic of the original. [Dec 2003, p.132]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Early on, Onimusha 2 showed promise and appeared to be the innovative follow-up that it so desperately needed to be. However, as the game went on, and the entertaining gameplay aspects disappeared, my enthusiasm for the game withered. [Sept 2002, p.77]
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    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The detail that went into the worlds and fluidity of the character movements are towering achievements that have no rival. [Dec 2002, p.114]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While it has done a really good job of making NCAA its own brand of football, I feel like this franchise continues to be like college football is in real life - very entertaining, but ultimately a prologue for the pros. [July 2003, p.102]
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    • 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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is strictly for hardcore chess players..., but I can't think of a game that can deliver the amount of depth of Chessmaster. [Sept 2003, p.109]
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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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The mission mode being reason enough to warrant a purchase. [Mar 2003, p.83]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Its control, ambient life, longevity, and evolving gameplay will captivate you, no matter how obscure you find the core subject matter to be. [Mar 2003, p.82]
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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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A great expansion to an already solid game. [Dec 2003, p.180]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although the game's career mode is a little dry (compared to "V-Rally 3") and the damage is forgiving, Colin McRae Rally 3 contains some stunning graphics and is a powerful, mesmerizing experience. [May 2003, p.83]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just a button-mashing beat-em-up in fantasy clothing, but what a fabulous controller cruncher it is. [Dec 2001, p.89]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The only time I felt that the downgraded graphics were really an issue was when I was using night vision in the PS2 multiplayer - everything looked so muddy that it was almost useless. [Aug 2004, p.92]
    • 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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    • 61 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's well made, and the technology really makes you feel like you and Rio are in this together. It actually makes you care about the adventure at hand, which is the true mark of a great game. [Mar 2004, p.102]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers 500 percent more flexibility than anything that has come before. [Dec 2005, p.185]
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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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The real triumph of Sly Cooper's developer Sucker Punch is the way it has managed to make 3D platforming as fluid and effortless as the 8-bit 2D classics we cut our teeth on. [Oct 2004, p.130]
    • 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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    • 83 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]
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's not cripplingly difficult, but a definite challenge even for FPS veterans. [Nov 2004, p.165]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is by far the most extensive character customization available in any MMO I've encountered. [Jan 2006, p.153]
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    • 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]
    • 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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    • 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]
    • 91 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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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Continually baffles the mind with its visuals. [Dec 2005, p.168]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Several tweaks have helped to streamline the racing experience, but there really isn't a lot I'd label as innovative beyond its excellent appearance on the new handheld. [May 2005, p.132]
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    • 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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    • 67 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Hands down, WRC is some of the best racing on the PSP. [Apr 2006, p.132]
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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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    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It packs some true scares, a fresh approach to its genre, great graphics, and fun gameplay mechanics. In short, Condemned is the start of the next great horror series. [Dec 2005, p.162]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even after years of hype and seemingly impossible promises, Spore is astounding in scope and execution. The creation tools are amazing, the interface is brilliant, and the game’s ability to harness player creativity is unparalleled. The mechanics of the individual phases can make the moment-to-moment interaction with the game feel shallow, but the experience as a whole is thought-provoking and – most importantly – genuinely entertaining.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Sk8Land is a no-brainer for Tony Hawk fans with a DS. [Feb 2006, p.112]
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    • 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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    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gun
    Gun surrounds you with characters and a story that put their own stamp on the genre and make you a participant in a grand adventure that stands up to the rich tales of the legendary west. [Dec 2005, p.150]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Gun
    Gun surrounds you with characters and a story that put their own stamp on the genre and make you a participant in a grand adventure that stands up to the rich tales of the legendary west. [Dec 2005, 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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    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply the most fully-loaded wrestling title yet. [Dec 2005, p.172]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Grandia III's beauty never ceases to amaze, but above all, this game just grips you with its winsome storytelling. [Mar 2006, p.104]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The stylus makes selling items (now in bulk!), designing clothes, and writing letters a snap. [Dec 2005, p.186]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While she's traditionally been either a hostage or a benchwarmer in the Mario universe, here Peach takes center stage in a full-blown, original platformer that will be instantly addictive to fans of games like Super Mario Bros. 3 or Super Mario World. [Mar 2006, p.118]
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    • 80 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Interactive storytelling is rarely this good, and there are few game endings that make you sit back and think, “Man, what if I did this instead?” like this one does. For its amazing narrative and believability of characters, and the twisted joys that come from being a slave of a demon, The Darkness will keep you enthralled, even when the gameplay lags a little behind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Interactive storytelling is rarely this good, and there are few game endings that make you sit back and think, “Man, what if I did this instead?” like this one does. For its amazing narrative and believability of characters, and the twisted joys that come from being a slave of a demon, The Darkness will keep you enthralled, even when the gameplay lags a little behind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Basically if you've not played Liberty City Stories and love the series, proceed directly to your store and pick up a copy. [Aug 2006, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The first episodic content Valve delivers just about exactly what I expected from it: more Half-Life 2. [Aug 2006, p.88]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A hardcore gamer’s type of game. Taking the time to perfect runs is a blast, and unlike most shooters, it can also be used for short gaming sessions. If you enjoy a good challenge and arcade-like games that empower you with bragging rights, you’re going to love this game’s nerve-shattering pressure.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A hardcore gamer’s type of game. Taking the time to perfect runs is a blast, and unlike most shooters, it can also be used for short gaming sessions. If you enjoy a good challenge and arcade-like games that empower you with bragging rights, you’re going to love this game’s nerve-shattering pressure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you own both an Xbox 360 and a PS3, choosing which version of this accomplished WWII shooter to buy comes down to how much you like or dislike the motion-sensing elements.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you like the Tony Hawk titles like I do, you will find Project 8 to be both a challening and entertaining addition to the series. [Jan 2007, p.99]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The amazing cutscenes (with some of the best facial animations I’ve ever seen), a cool cast of characters, and the stirring musical score complement the gameplay to create an incredibly cinematic experience. It may invite comparisons to other action titles, but I can safely say that Heavenly Sword is a unique and captivating adventure with a style all its own.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Controls and combos are incredibly tight, and the entire package is dripping with polish. Despite the lackluster Scenario Campaign, it’s still a solid purchase for fighting fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Maybe it's unfair to compare Moto GP '06 and "Tourist Trophy" because they are on different systems(Xbox 360 and PS2, respectively), but whereas the latter comes off as clinical, Moto GP '06 gets the blood pumping. [July 2006, p.107]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The core of this game is far too good to not enjoy. For fans of wrestling or fighting games in general, this annual series has become a required purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although the improvements made to this year’s entry will keep me hooked for months, I can’t quite call SDvsR 2007 the perfect wrestling experience. There are still flaws here and there that irk me, like Diva matches that feel far too automated and the difficulty balancing in some of the tougher game modes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, Disgaea 2 isn't for everyone. If sinking 40-plus hours into a game just to see the basic ending and none of the secret or hidden content doesn't appeal to you, feel free to pass on by. But if dropping dozens of hours into leveling up for the sake of having obscenely powerful characters sounds good, or you're looking for some fun tactical battles and a clever story, I can't recommend this highly ennough. [Sept. 2006, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The newly playable native factions don’t perform particularly well, and the campaign is the very definition of average. Some different rulesets for online play may cater to certain fans, but The Warchiefs would come much more highly recommended if it did anything to clean up the messy unit AI that hampers nearly every aspect of play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While all these features give Homecourt the depth it needs, the real revelation here is something that's hard to describe in words: it just feels right. [Mar 2007, p.99]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While all these features give Homecourt the depth it needs, the real revelation here is something that's hard to describe in words: it just feels right. [Mar 2007, p.99]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    These controls feel great, and they really need to since the game isn’t in the slightest bit forgiving. When you go for a grind, you won’t magically be transported onto the rail. You have to line it up and pray that you time your jump and adjoining trick correctly.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    These controls feel great, and they really need to since the game isn’t in the slightest bit forgiving. When you go for a grind, you won’t magically be transported onto the rail. You have to line it up and pray that you time your jump and adjoining trick correctly.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While GRAW 2 may have fallen behind the excellent "Rainbow Six Vegas," its great multiplayer and explosive single-player storyline still make this game a tour of duty worth taking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This game rules the base paths with its remarkable gameplay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The gameplay is electric and fun, and the plethora of awesome new enemy types will make Star Wars action figure collectors salivate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The gameplay is electric and fun, and the plethora of awesome new enemy types will make Star Wars action figure collectors salivate.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    But if Fires of Liberation doesn't catch your eye, I'm not sure if any game of this ilk ever will. [Nov 2007, p.154]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, fast, and memorable thrill ride, and perhaps the closest video games have come yet to approximating the experience of an interactive summer blockbuster.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Probably the best survival horror title we’ve seen this generation. The online multiplayer modes aren’t going to blow your mind, but they are a thoughtful addition. It’s got a higher level of action than its predecessor, and some gorgeous horror backdrops.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Probably the best survival horror title we’ve seen this generation. The online multiplayer modes aren’t going to blow your mind, but they are a thoughtful addition. It’s got a higher level of action than its predecessor, and some gorgeous horror backdrops.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Frame-counters and other savants will probably have issues with some aspects of Soulcalibur IV’s gameplay, but the average player or fighting game enthusiast is well served by this title’s array of game types and tight weapon-based duels. I know I’m more than satisfied.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Frame-counters and other savants will probably have issues with some aspects of Soulcalibur IV’s gameplay, but the average player or fighting game enthusiast is well served by this title’s array of game types and tight weapon-based duels. I know I’m more than satisfied.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I’d love to see a car damage system of some kind implemented, larger field sizes, and an online component that is more than adequate (In contrast, "Forza 2’s" car auction system is a glimpse into the future), but Project Gotham Racing 4 has blown its own doors off and finally grown from being a bite-sized, almost niche racer into a full-fledged experience that all racing fanatics should enjoy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With the exception of its stunning graphics, Killzone 2 doesn’t do a whole lot that you haven’t seen before in other titles. But what it does do, it does with aplomb.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    You're in for one hell of a good time. [Oct 2007, p.108]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While – both graphically and in gameplay – Saints Row feels behind the standards set by GTA IV, it has an ace up its sleeve in the online arena: true online co-op. And it works.