Game Informer's Scores

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For 6,382 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 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Lowest review score: 1 Legends of Wrestling II
Score distribution:
6382 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The inconsistent framerate and lack of visual splendor are compromises we all expected with this conversion, but the load times are insufferable. [Dec 2005, p.182]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Terrible batting collision and awkward fielding control are just a couple of things keeping Sega's hardball title from getting into the majors. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of the brain-bending adventure with scares and gore that I had so desperately hoped for, it turned out to be a sloppy, monotonous bore that nearly put me to sleep.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent game, but its lack of depth makes it the poster child for an average game...On a side note, the music is some of the best I have heard in a game in a long time. [Mar 2002, p.83]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Despite the addition of greater physical damage to your cars this time around, I rarely feared for my life, which is something I look forward to in a rally game. [June 2004, p.131]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you find yourself hankering for a simple game of Hearts rather than saving the galaxy for the billionth time, Ultimate Card Games is for you. [Sept 2004, p.118]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Something always felt a little off when using the touch screen. I just don’t think this kind of touch interface is well suited to the rhythm game genre. After awhile I actually did start to enjoy myself a little, but Nintendo was never able to convince me that the game works well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The art and combat are killed in their tracks by the game's downright shameful dialogue. [Nov 2004, p.158]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Nothing even comes close to touching its encyclopedic approach toward statistics. [Apr 2003, p.83]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The journey can be fun; I liked collecting and growing familiars and watching the breathtaking world before me, but Ni No Kuni doesn't come without frustration. Enter for the beauty, but know it comes with a price. [Feb 2013, p.90]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It's a decent play, but it didn't steal my heart the way that I had hoped. [July 2004, p.113]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While the first episode fails to evoke the fond memories I have for Telltale's superb work on The Walking Dead, I haven't completely abandoned hope for the adventure to come.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can look past the archaic game mechanics and have the patience to trudge through the early missions, Monster Hunter Tri offers a lengthy and rewarding experience like nothing else on the Wii.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    I enjoy challenging games when there’s a rewarding payoff. With Thumper, the reward of doing well is just more Thumper. If you’re really into the game’s bleak conceit, you may have the patience to hang with it for the duration. Personally, I was ready to leap out of the trough and never look back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    I began Xenoblade Chronicles X filled with enthusiasm for its intriguing world and gorgeous visuals. But like the hackneyed songs that play ad nauseum throughout, the gameplay doesn’t have enough depth or entertainment to sustain such a prolonged experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Agent 47’s ultimate skill has always been patience, and the newest Hitman demands the same from the player more than ever before. Some may enjoy devoting hours to planning and pulling off the perfect hit, but the supersized levels have made 47’s latest adventure an overly drawn-out affair, above and beyond the initial episodic release schedule.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kid Icarus: Uprising is a series of good ideas that ultimately suffer from its poor controls. There's a lot to do in the game, and more importantly, I felt compelled to do all of it. As the credits rolled I looked back fondly at the experience, as my hand throbbed along with the music. I'm looking forward to doing more with Pit in the future, just not like this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Disappointingly average. [Nov 2005, p.154]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I was harsh towards the console version, and although this edition shares many of its faults, it's still pretty good. [Apr 2006, p.133]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a unique take on open world play, and its almost nihilistic fixation on violence for the sake of violence has a satirical and darkly comedic edge. Unfortunately, the repetition and lack of substance behind the flash left me cold.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The character animations are incredibly fluid and impressive, and several of their conversations are good for a chuckle. Unfortunately, these scattered bits of life aren't enough to bring Sissel's adventure back from the dead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Good, but not good enough. [Apr 2003, p.93]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Playing cards in connection to successfully racing a horse is a bizarre overlap I did not expect to enjoy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    This game makes me yearn for "Ghost Recon," with its on-the-fly command structure and passable NPC intelligence. Rainbow Six 3 not only lacks these two very important features, but it also penalizes gamers who play by its own rules. [May 2003, p.93]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With no reason to connect with these characters and little in the way of action to separate itself from the packed FPS crowd, Resistance 3 makes it clear that the series doesn't belong amongst the triple-A competition in the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    How much do you love "Final Fantasy VII"? If your answer is anything more enthusiastic than "It's okay", then you absolutely need to play Crisis Core. [Apr 2008, p.96]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The narrative is often a slog (though it can be interesting and heady at times), and it devotes too much time to world-building and setup. As much as the game tries to highlight different walks of life, all of the characters, even Jensen, end up looking like faceless beings used to dump lore onto the player. I like seeing games tackle difficult subject matter, but that message, while occasionally coming through loud and clear, is ultimately lost in this dull and slow-moving story. It starts off with a bang, but quickly becomes a muddled mess of politics and techno-babble.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    The AI is horrendous, all the great tweaks in "NBA 2K3" are MIA, and most of the fun is gone, too... People in dorms are going to have to get pretty drunk to get any enjoyment out of this. [Jan 2003, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I'm not saying the game is outdated, I just don't think a new console makes it much more compelling. [June 2002, p.79]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This innovative concept proves to be very frustrating in real life. [Oct 2003, p.142]
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