Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,637 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 0.5 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:
6638 game reviews
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Daggerdale is a lengthy adventure, but most of the monsters and quests start to feel reiterative after the first couple of hours. Nonetheless, there are few other places to go right now for a downloadable fantasy game with co-op included. Someone should really get on that problem, because Daggerdale isn't the solution.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Mirror is a difficult game to recommend. The story falls flat, characters are forgettable, and exploration is tedious because of poor environmental design and wonky camera angles. Despite a few clever puzzles, this emotionless journey into gothic horror left me with more questions than answers.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    About as much fun as giving an elephant a suppository. [Jan 2006, p.157]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Mirror is a difficult game to recommend. The story falls flat, characters are forgettable, and exploration is tedious because of poor environmental design and wonky camera angles. Despite a few clever puzzles, this emotionless journey into gothic horror left me with more questions than answers.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Art that fails to distinguish between moving yet non-interactive backgrounds and gameplay elements is a problem as well in this otherwise tightly tuned action/platformer. [Feb 2009, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Beating up enemies and stealing their heads works, but is rarely compelling. Navigating bite-sized environments is easy to do, but almost never offers a sense of exploration or accomplishment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This title is like a burrito stuffed with dirt, topped with soap shavings, and wrapped in a warm leather shell. [Feb 2003, p.98]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it looks nice, this game has a number of problems; the fact that chariots are really slow and tip over very easily is the most glaring. [Apr 2002, p.83]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With the enhanced version of "Midnight Club 3" retailing for $20, I see little need for this title. [Nov. 2006, p.134]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you want to play something that feels like an expansion pack without an original game at its core, Nine Breaker is the perfect choice. [Sept 2005, p.102]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eschewing the expected hack-n’-slash mindlessness, a timing-based evasion and blocking system is required to master the melee. It’s not enough to save an otherwise lackluster effort, but Secret Level was definitely on to something with the combat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it still isn't very good. The fighting system remains pretty simplistic and feels like it was awkwardly transplanted from 2D into 3D space. [Sept. 2006, p.92]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While WRC 5 offers a decent experience, it lacks bite or any distinguishing characteristics.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it pains me to say this, maybe Crash should make like the entire cast of "Blossom" and disappear. [Nov 2004, p.146]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The missions have a shocking lack of variety, mostly just forcing you to do the same handful of things, but with stronger foes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There used to be a time when I liked the 2K hockey series over EA's franchise, and that was because I liked the way the skating felt. It was tight and responsive, even if the games themselves were more arcade-like. How I long for those days after playing NHL 2K11.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The action is slow and unresponsive,and there is very little direction spurring you through its grainy, muddy-looking world. [Jan 2006, p.150]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It feels like National Geographic and Ultimate Fighting mushed together in a bad, bad way. [July 2006, p.106]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hicks is clearly talented; Pillar has a lot of interesting concepts that, sadly, don't come together in satisfying way. I have no doubt that he'll make a great game someday. This isn't it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Saw
    Saw fails to deliver the suspenseful crescendos, surprising twists, and apprehensive atmosphere of the films. Instead, it’s padded with unremarkable gore, poor pacing, and uninspired level design. [Issue#199, p.101]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I couldn't help but wish the game was organized into traditional levels with beginnings and ends. The arena combat lends nothing to the story when every level is just a fight to defeat a certain number of enemies, and without the need to move from area to area, there is no reward or even a feeling of progression. Fighting lots of dudes is well executed, but it's not exciting.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Double Dragon IV has some nostalgia value for longstanding fans of the franchise or those that just want a glimpse of what brawlers looked like in times long gone, but it offers little in terms of compelling gameplay or interesting mechanics. I’m a big fan of seeing old series recapture glory, but in this case, Double Dragon is an experience better left in the past.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Throughout the game, I felt no connection to Raze or the fate of his people, which hardly makes for a compelling experience. [June 2005, p.131]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When I show my friends what Xbox One is capable of graphically, I’m going to pop in Ryse. The visuals are breathtaking, but the gameplay flips on a dime between being legitimately fun and downright bad. There is no middle ground. It’s very much the extreme of both.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The production values in this game are so poor, I would have thought that some dude made it in his basement. [Jan 2004, p.128]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3 is not a complete train wreck, but it does suffer from a multitude of problems. The action can be fast-paced and engaging at times, but many design decisions significantly bring down the experience. Dumbed-down A.I., a limited arsenal, the series' notoriously difficult camera, no inventory/currency system, and an incoherent story combine to make this the most disappointing title in the series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There really isn't enough game here to justify a purchase. [Apr 2002, p.89]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It just doesn't do anything to make the gameplay more accessible or enjoyable to the general gaming public. [Jan 2004, p.157]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3 is not a complete train wreck, but it does suffer from a multitude of problems. The action can be fast-paced and engaging at times, but many design decisions significantly bring down the experience. Dumbed-down A.I., a limited arsenal, the series' notoriously difficult camera, no inventory/currency system, and an incoherent story combine to make this the most disappointing title in the series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I do really like the unique way the game uses the touch screen for special moves, but that doesn't make up for the general sense of mediocrity that pervades Snowboard Kids. [Jan 2006, p.157]
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