Game Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 5,715 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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
5,715 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I now know how film critics felt after screening "The Godfather." It's been days since Grand Theft Auto IV's credits rolled, yet I can’t seem to construct a coherent thought without my mind wandering off into a daydream about the game. I just want to drop everything in my life so I can play it again. Experience it again. Live it again...Grand Theft Auto IV doesn't just raise the bar for the storied franchise; it completely changes the landscape of gaming.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I now know how film critics felt after screening "The Godfather." It's been days since Grand Theft Auto IV's credits rolled, yet I can't seem to construct a coherent thought without my mind wandering off into a daydream about the game. I just want to drop everything in my life so I can play it again. Experience it again. Live it again...Grand Theft Auto IV doesn't just raise the bar for the storied franchise; it completely changes the landscape of gaming.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Once that nostalgic music rings out and Mario leaps into the air, all your complaints instantly vanish. This is, in my opinion, the best Mario game since the NES classic, Super Mario Bros. It innovates in a genre that we had thought we had seen everything from, and in doing so delivers some of the most entertaining gameplay to date.
    • 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]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rockstar Games deserves credit for pushing the boundaries of its flagship franchise yet again with improved controls, great mission variety, and the most jam-packed open world I've ever visited.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The narrative fails to match the impact John Marston or Niko Bellic's tales, but the colorful characters kept me interested in the story nonetheless. Like the golden state it parodies, Grand Theft Auto V is filled with beautiful scenery, a wealth of activities, and the promise of fortune.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The most rewarding, playable, and addictive game on the Playstation 2. Just wait until you see who the hidden characters are! Skateboarding stalwarts rejoice! [Dec 2001, p.86]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From utter blasphemy to unadulterated praise, my time with Metroid Prime stimulated a whirlwind of emotions. [Jan 2003, p.98]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The environments of Liberty City are stunning in scope and detail, dwarfing anything I've ever seen, and your choices are endless. [Dec 2001, p.87]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Its graphical prowess is truly unprecedented, lighting up the screen with a flurry of chaotic effects that can best be described as glorious. The sheer depth of gameplay, and the countless innovations within it, are equally impressive. [Nov 2001, p.118]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Technical wizardry is married to artistic brilliance throughout the presentation, from the oddly beautiful vistas of a post-apocalyptic Earth to the creepy alien Citadel...This will be remembered as a historic occasion in gaming. [Dec 2004, p.184]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions. So without further delay, would you kindly enter Rapture so that you too can experience the best that video games have to offer?
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 is a ringing testament to the power of both games and storytelling. It pulls you in, keeps you engaged, and concludes with a thunderous bang.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are no flaws in Resident Evil 4. It is the greatest horror game to date. I never thought that a game, or a movie for that matter, could deliver pulse-pounding action in such an awe-inspiring way. [March 2005, p.134]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    For those who have played both, don’t worry – there is still $60 worth of new content in this package, so you too should go ahead and re-read that headline, because you shouldn’t have to read this whole review to understand why The Orange Box is probably the best videogame deal ever.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    For those who have played both, don’t worry – there is still $60 worth of new content in this package, so you too should go ahead and re-read that headline, because you shouldn’t have to read this whole review to understand why The Orange Box is probably the best videogame deal ever.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game could be one of the biggest and most enjoyable time sinks of the year. Arkham City not only lives up to the standards set by Arkham Asylum, it bests its predecessor in every way and stands tall as one of Batman's greatest moments. [Nov 2011]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The loss of RPG elements may hit some people hard, and the repetition in minigames may lead to yawns and tired eyes, but none of these faults hold Mass Effect 2 back from being a work of bold ambition, and one of gaming’s most exciting sequels.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's one of the biggest, most content rich games I've ever had the pleasure of playing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, Resident Evil 4 is a landmark video game, no matter what system you play it on... Truly brilliant. [Nov 2005, p.158]
    • 96 Metascore
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    Blows every Zelda game out of the water and stands as the video game event of a lifetime. It's an absolute necessity for anyone who considers themselves a gamer. [Apr 2003, p.86]
    • 96 Metascore
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    From the attention to detail that went into the graphics to the sophistication of gameplay, Hideo Kojima and his team set out to create the perfect game, and the result is nothing short of this. [Dec 2001, p.84]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even if you've played the PS2 games to death, you'll notice a lot of cool new details. [Jan 2004, p.146]
    • 95 Metascore
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    San Andreas breaks the video game mold and emerges as something far greater. This is more than a game. This is entertainment at its best. [Dec 2004, p.170]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Vice City doesn't just match the magic of "GTA III"; it bests it in every way possible. [Dec 2002, p.104]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is a gaming epiphany – one of the rare titles that opens new horizons on the landscape and changes the way you think about interactive entertainment.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game perfectly captures the expansiveness of frontier life and the gritty gunplay of spaghetti westerns, rightfully earning its place alongside the great Western films and the best Rockstar games. [Issue#206, p.86]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    • 95 Metascore
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    Simply put, Halo 2 is by far the greatest first-person shooter the console world has seen to date...Nothing I say can prepare you for this game. [Dec 2004, p.180]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This title is the definition of perfect pacing. [Jan 2003, p.121]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Last of Us is a deeply felt, shockingly violent game that questions what we're willing to sacrifice and, more disturbingly, what we're willing to do so save the ones we love. The conclusion offers no easy answers. You won't forget it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As monumental as each entry has been, nothing, and I repeat, nothing can prepare you for the adventure that unfolds in Twilight Princess. The debate that has waged for decades over which Zelda game should stand as the series’ best will at long last come to a satisfying conclusion, as this is unquestionably the greatest Zelda yet.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Madden's major changes have occurred on the defense to raise the learning curve and create more strategy. [Sept 2002, p.78]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game's quality stays consistently outstanding throughout; there isn't a minute of filler content to be found anywhere in single-player or co-op.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game perfectly captures the expansiveness of frontier life and the gritty gunplay of spaghetti westerns, rightfully earning its place alongside the great Western films and the best Rockstar games. [Issue#206, p.86]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game's quality stays consistently outstanding throughout; there isn't a minute of filler content to be found anywhere in single-player or co-op.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game's quality stays consistently outstanding throughout; there isn't a minute of filler content to be found anywhere in single-player or co-op.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    My favorite aspect of Infinite is the one about which I can say the least: story. The build-up is slow, but it works wonderfully thanks to the small ways other elements flow into the narrative.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 is a masterpiece of careful iteration, with an unmatched presentation and a well of content that will take months to run dry.
    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The gameplay is a tour de force that feeds off of your skills and unleashes hundreds of intense battles. The graphics, while somewhat disturbing, are beautifully designed, becoming transparent when Dante veers behind an object.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Start to finish, online or off, Call of Duty 4 is solid gold. Some might decry the single-player’s short length or that it’s more of the same, but its amazing quality and the Arcade mode...more than make up for it. Infinity Ward has delivered on every front, and there is no question in my mind that this is the best action shooter that I have ever played.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Madden is even deeper this year with the return of the Create-a-Team and the Two-Minute Drill, but that's not why my jock is still on the field. Tiburon could have merely made these additions, but it went the remaining nine yards to make a football game that is that much closer to perfection, if it hasn't already got there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game could be one of the biggest and most enjoyable time sinks of the year. Arkham City not only lives up to the standards set by Arkham Asylum, it bests its predecessor in every way and stands tall as one of Batman's greatest moments. [Nov 2011]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The loss of RPG elements may hit some people hard, and the repetition in minigames may lead to yawns and tired eyes, but none of these faults hold Mass Effect 2 back from being a work of bold ambition, and one of gaming’s most exciting sequels.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    My new favorite way to play one of my top 10 games of all time. Its updated visuals look great in 3D, the touch-screen streamlines inventory issues, and aiming with the gyroscope feels like much more than a gimmick. [July 2011, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioShock was undoubtedly the best game of 2007, but after a year with so little extra polish, its luster has diminished slightly.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Reliving the choices of the first Mass Effect as an interactive comic book pales in comparison to importing your own Commander Shepard. However, aside from that consistency in the universe, Mass Effect 2 is just as good on PS3 as it is on 360. [Feb 2011, p.98]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may be management freaks like myself who derive the most from this year's Madden. [Sept 2003, p.105]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the best co-op games I have played, especially when you crank the difficulty past Casual and up into the Hardcore and Insane levels. Working with your buddy to flank and outwit the enemy is a blast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bar for the next generarion of RPG's has been set. [May 2006, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Start to finish, online or off, Call of Duty 4 is solid gold. Some might decry the single-player’s short length or that it’s more of the same, but its amazing quality and the Arcade mode...more than make up for it. Infinity Ward has delivered on every front, and there is no question in my mind that this is the best action shooter that I have ever played.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dealing with themes like religion, racism, and xenophobia, Columbia is a richer and more nuanced setting than even Rapture, and the unveiling of the city’s culture is masterfully executed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Overall, Bungie has crafted another masterpiece that serves as a fitting end to the trilogy (no big cliffhanger here).
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if you already have a copy of the original game in your library, Black is an absolute necessity. [Oct 2005, p.140]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bar for the next generarion of RPG's has been set. [May 2006, p.92]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A distillation of everything the genre does right. It delivers the intensity of competition and the thrill of victory, all through elegant techniques that are easy to learn and difficult to master. Street Fighter IV is more than mere nostalgia - it's the best thing to happen to fighting games in years. [Mar 2009, p.82]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    We finally have a high quality port of the game that is probably my favorite ever: "Super Mario Bros. 3." [Nov 2003, p.176]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Writing in video games is a subject that doesn't get a lot of attention, but Chaos Theory features a simply great script. Not only is it complex and deep, it's also surprisingly funny. [Apr 2005, p.112]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With incredibly realistic damage modelling transforming every crash into a work of art fit to be framed and hung on the walls of Paris' Louvre museum, Burnout 3 is a visual dynamo that will floor players with its speed and gorgeous vistas. [Oct 2004, p.122]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I'm glad that games don't have feelings. If they did, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence would be the over-achiever that makes the games around it feel embarrassingly inadequate. [Apr 2006, p.121]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 is a masterpiece of careful iteration, with an unmatched presentation and a well of content that will take months to run dry.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As the crowning achievement of the series' 20-year history, Hideo Kojima's final Metal Gear Solid title may not be what you expect, but it is everything you could hope for in a video game.
    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While playing God of War, I honestly found it difficult to resist the urge to simply genuflect and be humbled to be in the presence of such digital divinity, this god among games. [Apr 2005, p.122]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Deserving of the highest accolades, Knights of the Old Republic is a dream come true for Star Wars fans, and the most noteworthy Xbox release since "Halo." [Aug 2003, p.94]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The added level of control that the Civics system gives you is an incredibly useful tool for managing your civilization. [Jan 2006, p.152]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Underneath its silky shine is a feast of fighting goodies that will change everything you have ever come to expect from this genre. [May 2002, p.78]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are still gameplay additions, but without the Madden 101 tutorial - found in other versions - you're kind of on your own. Also, a difficulty level between Pro and Rookie would be helpful. [Sept 2003, p.113]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With incredibly realistic damage modelling transforming every crash into a work of art fit to be framed and hung on the walls of Paris' Louvre museum, Burnout 3 is a visual dynamo that will floor players with its speed and gorgeous vistas. [Oct 2004, p.122]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With extremely tight controls and finely tuned balance, the core fighting mechanics and local multiplayer are spot on. There’s still nothing like learning the intricacies of every character, discovering possibly the most unlockables in any game yet, and using all of that to beat the crap out of your friends late into the night.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone who owns a gaming PC will be well served by this outstanding effort. [Oct. 2006, p.108]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ubisoft has forged a sequel that has the uncanny ability to knock your socks off through every second of play. [May 2004, p.102]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    By playing career mode, players can unlock a new level, which is amazing in multiplayer, and one of the most diverse environments in the game. [Apr 2002, p.83]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The speed and polish of UT 2004 cannot be denied. [May 2004, p.104]
    • 93 Metascore
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    Infinite is more than a new setting, story, and characters; those elements are seamlessly integrated with complex themes, a mysterious plot, and entertaining combat to create an amazing experience from beginning to end. Familiar threads run through it – a lighthouse, a strange city, a charismatic antagonist – but they are homages to the past rather than attempts to recycle it. The core of Infinite is unlike anything else on land, sea, or air.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    While the story issues and a slight "I’ve done this before" factor stop it just short of perfection, God of War II is a title you simply cannot miss. It never stopped being one of the best games I’ve ever played.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a sublimely engineered game with a simple, elegant core design and all of the rough edges ground away.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Any Mario game runs the risk of the final encounter being too traditional or featuring a frustrating gimmick, but this one brought a smile to everyone’s faces on my co-op team from beginning to end. While it’s not the most difficult challenge, it is suitably epic and entertaining – an exceptional finisher to an excellent entry in the series.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A distillation of everything the genre does right. It delivers the intensity of competition and the thrill of victory, all through elegant techniques that are easy to learn and difficult to master. Street Fighter IV is more than mere nostalgia - it's the best thing to happen to fighting games in years. [Mar 2009, p.82]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the toybox/platform side of Minecraft is incredible, the "game" side of it is lacking.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Instead of desperately switching through the clumsy auto-targeting, now you're capping fools with a simple flick of the mouse. It's awesome. [August 2002, p.89]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I can't even begin to describe how addictive the gameplay has become. I actually found myself bouncing around in my chair and holding my breath when I would try to throw one more rotation into a trick. [Nov 2003, p.134]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The ultimate outcome of Splinter's perhaps overzealous mission structure is a common one: Eery level increasingly becomes a lesson in trial and error. [Jan 2003, p.104]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The core mission of any game is to create a world that the players want to get lost in, and Okami delivers on this in every way--with the gameplay, with the graphics, and with the story. [Oct. 2006, p.96]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Oblivion on PS3 is one of the biggest and most impressive role-playing games in history, and you owe it to yourself to play it if you haven’t already experienced it elsewhere.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This game is massive, and as your character’s stature in the Wasteland grows, so does the excitement. It’s not a true sequel to the Fallout series, but as a fan of the games of old, I found it to be every bit as good.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The title’s relentless immaturity can grate after a while, though. Gruesome executions and grunted, testosterone-soaked dialogue sloppily plaster over the campaign’s heavy-handed morality play. While the plot makes sense this time around, its clumsy mysteries are old hat to anyone moderately well read in science fiction. Still, finding bad things to say about Gears of War 2 is like trying to hate on the ‘07 Patriots. The game is impeccably engineered to dominate everything it sets its sights on, and yet ultimately falls short of achieving true immortality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I suggest you do yourself a favor and get both NFL 2K3 and Madden this year, because this contest just went into overtime. [Sept 2002, p.79]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The standard for how to make a great soccer title. [Apr 2003, p.85]
    • 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]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As bleak as this story is, it's offset by war sequences so large in scale and beautifully animated that you cannot help but look upon them in awe.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest surprise in Skyward Sword is the story. For all the different shapes it has taken, the plot of The Legend of Zelda has always been a fairly predictable affair that feels like an afterthought. Skyward Sword doesn't elevate the art of video game storytelling, but it is a major step up for the franchise, with clever writing, an interesting (if strange) new villain, and a wide cast of characters that would feel at home in one of Disney's better animated movies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It may be far less glamorous than new setlists and instruments, but the revamped user interface that underlies the whole experience is the game's most unqualified success. Fixing nearly every problem from previous installments, and layering in a whole new career structure, the new format is brilliant.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A rare gem that seamlessly blends new-age technologies with gameplay of yesteryear, Viewtiful Joe is a stylish brawler that innovates in every field and emerges as one of the most captivating and addictive GameCube titles to date. [Oct 2003, p.124]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Consider it a stand-alone update priced fairly at 20 clams. [Aug 2003, p.86]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The level of control that you have over your characters' actions is truly remarkable... Simply put, this is the best thing to happen to Star Wars since the original trilogy. [Feb 2004, p.112]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As bleak as this story is, it's offset by war sequences so large in scale and beautifully animated that you cannot help but look upon them in awe.