Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 6,220 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 0.6 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:
6220 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thunder absolutely screams on the Xbox with very short loading times and beautifully rendered environments. [Dec 2001, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Round 3 certainly doesn't shirk in the gameplay department one bit, as it has everything Round 2 offered and more. [Mar 2006, p.98]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to capturing the joy of battle, Dragon Age also provides an engrossing backdrop for the action. Even more than Mass Effect, the nation of Ferelden feels like a fully realized setting with its own history, conflicts, and power groups. This is one of the main reasons the game is so addicting; completing quests isn’t just about grinding experience and amassing loot – it actually feels like you have an impact on the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offering improvements that add a brand new dimension to the combo-driven demon meat carving, this title takes the concept of a hardcore action experience and contorts it into a humiliating position before administering a handgun enema... DMC3 is, without a doubt, the most difficult game I have played this generation. [March 2005, p.121]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only does this Xbox 360 edition of Virtua Fighter 5 have the online multiplayer support that was sadly missing from the PlayStation 3 iteration released earlier this year, it also features the latest arcade code, so it is the most balanced home edition you can play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The incredible craftsmanship that went into this title makes it the pinnacle in the series and another fantastic Xbox Live application. [Mar 2006, p.108]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics may be dated, but it's still an amazing game. [Dec 2001, p.111]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visually arresting experience I wholeheartedly loved...A rare treat of a game and a celebration of video games as an art form. [Sept 2011, p.88]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When pumped up to max settings, this new director’s cut makes the game look better than ever. Individual textures pop off the screen, making cloth and stone appear remarkably lifelike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all of the familiar parts of Syndicate, it still feels inventive. It may draw inspiration from previous installments, but features like the zipline and revamped progression system demonstrate a willingness to cut stagnant elements loose. With a cool setting, memorable characters, and a wealth of content, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate has all of the hallmarks of a great Assassin’s Creed entry – but it also surprised me by challenging what I previously thought a great entry should be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The trademark humor, outrageous weapon designs, and unforgettable cast of characters appear to be stripped straight from Insomniac’s portfolio. Which is not to say, however, that High Impact is simply connecting the dots that Insomniac has laid out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A visually arresting experience I wholeheartedly loved...A rare treat of a game and a celebration of video games as an art form. [Sept 2011, p.88]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Proves to be a more mature and skilled iteration of fast-paced hoops. [May 2003, p.78]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't even need to write a review, this one writes itself. All these games... Buy it. [Dec 2003, p.150]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bevy of race types will keep people enthralled for hours. [Dec 2003, p.159]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although there are things about Midnight Club II that certainly aren't new, when you play the game, you feel as if screaming down the boulevard and almost giving yourself a heart attack is suddenly fun again. [May 2003, p.76]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with that ostensibly simple premise, the development team has crafted a remarkably layered simulation that feels like what The Sims has been trying to be from the beginning.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far more than a new skin for the same action, playing as Vergil drastically alters the way you approach Devil May Cry. [Feb 2006, p.106]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From character creation to stat increasing to picking up sponsors, single-player thrills abound. For multiplayer fans, you can't beat Xbox Live support. [Nov 2003, p.167]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game still looks like a next-generation title, it lacks many of the subtle points of refinement the Xbox 360 version offers. Environments are noticeably muddier and jaggier, as if Ubisoft forgot to use anti-aliasing...Despite these minor flaws, Rainbow Six Vegas offers a fantastic FPS experience that rivals anything else on the PlayStation 3. If you haven’t played the game on the 360 already, this is a must-buy for any self-respecting fragger.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ICO
    In the end, I found this game compelling and highly entertaining, even though the puzzles are rather average and lack variety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter what mode you enter, Red Faction: Guerrilla delivers on its promise of destruction, and offers an experience unlike anything else out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game offers a wealth of RPG riches and shows a developer exceeding its previous efforts and working at the height of its powers. [Jan 2007, p.100]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is hands down the best pure strategy title to appear on consoles to date, and easily worthy to bear the Civilization name. [July 2008, p.83]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike any title you've seen before, and will likely leave you breathless and craving more when the credits roll. [July 2004, p.110]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Viewtiful Joe 2 rejuvinates my obsession, but it doesn't take it to the next level. The changes to gameplay are miniscule at best, and I wouldn't necessarily say I'm fond of them. [Dec 2004, p.160]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sometimes when you’re golfing you nail a hole because you bail yourself out with a superb putt, chip, or tee shot. But this game is instead like masterfully shot hole, where each stroke feels just right.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those rare folk that love both "Myst" and "Resident Evil" should praise the heavens. [Jan 2003, p.114]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3 meets expectations. The core elements of multiplayer and the campaign remain fundamentally unchanged, but the game serves as a great example of how many subtle tweaks can add up to an improved overall product.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like "Tetris," Galaxies’ gameplay is so unbelievably fun that you can’t put it down.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenally addictive and brilliantly designed masterpiece, and the moment you lay down the bucks for a PSP, Lumines should go in that same shopping cart before you walk out of the store. [May 2005, p.130]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Viewtiful Joe 2 rejuvinates my obsession, but it doesn't take it to the next level. The changes to gameplay are miniscule at best, and I wouldn't necessarily say I'm fond of them. [Dec 2004, p.160]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3 meets expectations. The core elements of multiplayer and the campaign remain fundamentally unchanged, but the game serves as a great example of how many subtle tweaks can add up to an improved overall product.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Kingdoms expansion adds an unprecedented amount of new content to an already deep turn-based strategy game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The standard for how to make a great soccer title. [Apr 2003, p.85]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once I fully connected with Rocket League’s controls, my car felt like an extension of me. It’s a sensation that’s all too rare in games, which makes it all the more satisfying when something like it comes along.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the prettiest game in the world, but it's certainly one of the most captivating. From the entertaining action to the depth of play, it has all the makings of a bona fide classic. [Oct 2003, p.116]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 4 didn’t blow me away like the previous iteration did, but it did keep me thoroughly entertained and fully vested in journeying across the wasteland.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don’t let the cutie-pie exterior fool you — Ninjatown is a gamer’s game through and through.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you’re chaining combos together, switching between weapons, and punishing otherworldly opponents, Bayonetta is the epitome of its breed. It isn’t so much an evolution of the genre as a well-tuned and highly polished culmination of its history.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is just as fast and smooth as we fanboys demand. [Dec 2005, p.170]
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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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure fun that increases exponentially has you add more friends to the mix. [Nov 2005, p.138]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strategy noobs might find this title a bit too much to digest, as character death is permanent and even normal fights stretch your brain to the limit. [July 2005, p.126]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With over 20 hours of gameplay, and one of the most enjoyable cooperative multiplayer experiences I've had, I couldn't recommend Legends more highly to fans and newbies alike. [Nov 2004, p.144]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily reigns as the best dungeon crawler on the PS2, and one of the most engrossing RPGs around. [Nov 2002, p.122]
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    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the moment you create a character, you'll drop into that pleasant buzz that is a quality hit of gaming. [July 2004, p.120]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fight against The Boss, Colonel Campbell going nuts, the haunting tune as Chrysalis flies by – these are the kind of memorable events that define Metal Gear, and they are just as awesome as you remember.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But believe it or not, I had a problem with GC’s controller. [Feb 2002, p.87]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Round 3 certainly doesn't shirk in the gameplay department one bit, as it has everything Round 2 offered and more. [Mar 2006, p.98]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chains of Olympus has vicious combat, mythological figures, and awesome moments that will be burned into your mind for years...This is one of the few must-play titles for the PSP. [Mar 2008, p.104]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fight against The Boss, Colonel Campbell going nuts, the haunting tune as Chrysalis flies by – these are the kind of memorable events that define Metal Gear, and they are just as awesome as you remember.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be the deepest game or the best video pinball title of all time, but it is a fantastic cart, and one that you will come back to again and again for as long as you own your Game Boy Advance. [July 2002, p.92]
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    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The new content, including an entertaining challenge-based two-player co-op mode, along with dual-analog stick control make this the definitive version of Resident Evil: Revelations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This former 3DS game doesn’t stand toe-to-toe with the best console shooters, but it’s a faithful port. Revelations has a lot to offer fans of the series and players looking for a more evenly paced, thoughtful shooter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall, Mega Man 10 offers all the nuts and bolts a diehard blue bomber fan could want in a retro sequel, while boasting even more content than Mega Man 9 with all its DLC combined.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With solid presentation, a great franchise mode, and strong gameplay, NBA 2K11 is an impressive package.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Resistance: Retribution is a worthy addition to Insomniac’s series. It adds an amazing story to the existing lore, and is a great standalone experience for those of you who haven’t played a Resistance game before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A game that’s not only the zenith of its series but also one of the boldest narrative-focused titles of the last few years.
    • 80 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A well-tuned engine firing on all cylinders. [June 2002, p.84]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Elements of the combat, progression, and art style may have roots in other games, but they weave together in thrilling and unfamiliar ways.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For the first time, Halo is fully embracing the broader fiction established in other mediums, drawing in characters and concepts of greater complexity. As a result, the universe feels more nuanced, even if some less devoted players may get lost in the jargon. Beautiful cut scenes lend a cinematic vibe to the ongoing adventure, which sees Master Chief chasing the one thing that can make him turn away from his duty, and a new generation of Spartans ordered to bring him back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Like LitteBigPlanet before it, Scribblenauts invites players to express their creativity in ways I never imagined. It’s one of my top games this year, and a DS game that has near limitless appeal.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, deep, and somehow accessible entry in a genre that’s often viewed as complicated and excessively complex.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offers up the deepest dungeon crawling experience in the console universe to date. [Feb 2004, p.94]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    My point is this: Kirby good. Me like. You buy. All happy. [Jan 2003, p.122]
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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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It may not be an accurate portrayal of NHL, but it blows away EA's game with little effort. [Nov 2002, p.127]
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    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Total War: Warhammer is one of the best Total War games I’ve ever played, and fans of either franchise should find themselves with a winner here. Those looking for more historically rooted fare may find the fantasy over the top, but plenty of solid strategy lurks under the magic and mayhem.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the Be A GM mode needs a major overhaul and the new Legends feature falls flat, NHL 12 is still strongest where it counts – on the ice. Just like a well-rounded power forward who can dominate in all three zones, you can't deny the benefit this brings to the club.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Though the Be A GM mode needs a major overhaul and the new Legends feature falls flat, NHL 12 is still strongest where it counts – on the ice. Just like a well-rounded power forward who can dominate in all three zones, you can't deny the benefit this brings to the club.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The co-op nature of the campaign sets it apart. Every single mission (and there are enough to deliver dozens of hours of playtime) has two commanders working side by side, and it’s an absolute blast to pound the AI with a buddy.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the virtues of the control mechanics and gameplay are up for debate, the value of the presentation and production are not. A stirring orchestral score is the perfect accompaniment to the breathtaking environmental backdrops. Stop nearly anywhere in the game, and it looks like you’re staring at a still painting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Don’t let the lack of a number fool you: This is a full Far Cry experience, with top-notch production and another massive open world to explore.
    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultimate Team players will want to grab the Xbox One version of the game due to its exclusive Legend cards.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I had my doubts as to how he would fit into the fold; but after putting this game through its paces, Link is now - far and away - my favorite character on the SC II roster. In my humble opinion, he's reason enough to invest in the GameCube version. [Oct 2003, p.126]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Making structural changes can go a long way for a game. Tiger 12 certainly does this, but there are still a couple hiccups that get in the way. This year's model is the best on the console, and it's that way because of what it's using from the other versions – namely the PGA Tour structure and the Masters. But like a local pro playing on the same greens as Tiger, it can't keep up the pace shot for shot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Super Scribblenauts still stands head and shoulders above its puzzle brethren in terms of innovation and originality. The ability to tackle puzzles again to find new solutions, the addition of a puzzle creator, and special levels that focus on action-oriented play give Maxwell's adventure surprising longevity.
    • 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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    • 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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NCAA 13 doesn't take the kind of giant leap forward that will be noticed by the masses, but it's an installment that will be built upon and which we will look back at as a key moment in the franchise's larger history.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply the most fully-loaded wrestling title yet. [Dec 2005, p.172]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I don't think this applies to the casual fan, but if you've been playing this series for as long as I have, you're going to be heartened by some of the changes and additions in ­NCAA ­13.
    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Wii U version cleans up the HUD by putting menu and map information on the GamePad's screen. I like having constant access to a map without shuffling through menus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The half-baked co-op is disappointing and the game sticks to the conventions of its direct predecessor almost to a fault, but the wondrous Himalayan setting packed with activities still makes Far Cry 4 a trip worth punching your passport. Come for the gunfights, and stay for the viscous honey badger hunts.