GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,585 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 33% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 63% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Lowest review score: 0 Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station
Score distribution:
1,585 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those really rare sequels - one that actually lives up to the spirit of the original while improving on it in subtle ways.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resistance 3 does plenty. It's beautiful, thrilling, and-quite unexpectedly-contains one of the most memorable campaigns this side of Halo and Half-Life. In a year full of Sony-branded disappointments, Insomniac has produced an absolute gem.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Recreates some of the humor and visceral energy of the Chinese novel that loosely inspired it. But the characters and dramatic movement in this story of war are given enough time, thought, and care to come into a life all their own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While many players won't initially be able to experience the game the way it was intended, once the online patch becomes available, I would recommend it without reservation to anyone who's got at least one game-playing friend.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a very Hitchcockian gesture Kojima structures the entire game around a plot twist no one will see coming and many might not even like. This kind of audience-foiling gutsiness is always a delight in my book.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the player were disappointed by this scenario in the original, he'll probably be disappointed now too. However, with a wealth of new content and lots of other welcome additions and tweaks, Left 4 Dead 2 continues to focus on what it does best, and it's damn good at it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fully realized game, utilizing the JADE engine which "Prince of Persia" borrows. But more importantly, it has partially realized characters that have more feeling than human characters in other games.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is one of the best games available for the Wii. Period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No review will ever accurately convey the tension in navigating through a sea of multiple colored bullets that fill every inch of the screen or the joy in finally nailing a 100+ chain combo because Ikaruga, like all good shmups, is visceral.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps this game appeals less to adolescent and adult males than most games do: Starfy is more Kirby than Mario. But it does what it does very well, and I hope that this title is merely the beginning of Starfy's legend in North America.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may seem crazy to ask players to pay a subscription fee in the growing field of free-to-play MMOs, but if you ask me, WildStar is worth the price of entry.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its polished cinematic presentation, well-paced action, and surprisingly emotional story, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brilliantly captures the feel of a grand, epic game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For players who love killing things, building godly characters, and grabbing loads of awesome loot in the process, Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition is the biggest no-brainer purchase of this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a brilliant musical score, gorgeous artwork, solid adventuring mechanics, and a ton of other generic positive reviewer comments I can heap on it, Machinarium is elevated from merely good to gaming greatness, and I can only hope that the minds at Amanita produce some more masterpieces like this one
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its charm and style engrossed me from the opening level and never let go, and I received an experience with lots of substance, challenge, and a little heart thrown in for good measure.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At some point, refinement becomes self-defeating as gamers grow tired of overused concepts. Unfortunately, GT3 simply does not offer anything new or unique. Where will the creative minds of developers take simulators in the future? Despite its strengths, GT3 leaves that question unanswered.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the stated goals of the developers was to immerse the player, allowing her to experience the sense of satisfaction of pulling off an intricate heist, tangoing with the law or paragliding across a Prague estate while remaining dapper and collected. In this I think Sucker Punch definitely delivered.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The magic of PaRappa will not be easily cloned and we'll probably only get one like it in our lifetime. Sure to transcend cultural differences, PaRappa is special; plain and simple.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In any event, my quibbles with this series are quite small, and easy to forgive when compared to the overall experience that Telltale is crafting. There's nothing else available today able to affect me to a similar degree, or that can resonate with me as a human being. That's the sort of thing that carries a great deal of weight, and it makes The Walking Dead easily one of 2012's best.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of the dungeon-crawl genre or for those who just want their Nintendo 3DS to host something a little off the beaten path, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan is at the top of its class, and guaranteed to be one of 2013's best.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now that this great title is available with high definition graphics, it's a great way for fans of 3D platformers to spend ten bucks.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To the untrained eye, the Link To The Past cartridge may well appear to be nothing more than another videogame for kids and others who refuse to grow out of childhood. However, it is much more than that, being as worthy a narrative as many popular books out there can be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, this is the largest and most fully-realized expansion yet produced for Fallout 3, and it's an order of magnitude better than any of the previous installments.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's extremely smart, has a great sense of humor, a bold design and fantastic art direction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of titles like Final Fantasy Tactics and Advance Wars, Ravenmark will certainly scratch that strategy game itch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it's seen as an incomplete art object or a transcendent masterpiece, Journey is beautiful from its solemn opening to its masterful ending.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is simply a faster, tenser, more action-oriented Rainbow Six. In other words, it's better. It has none of the tedium of the PC games and more suspense and drama to keep players on the edge of their seats.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The excellent balancing of gameplay and humor make this game a worthy companion piece to VU Games' superlative "No One Lives Forever" franchise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its edges and corners firmly creased, Paper Galaxy deserves to sit among the most recognized titles in the mobile gaming space.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A totally lush and vibrant experience.There's a palpable sense of energy in the game, and it shines so brightly it's impossible not to see.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything about it is finely-tuned and dripping with polish—the bright, stylized visuals, the rock-solid handling, the smart decisions in its core design, use of its Mexican themes, and so on.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The research was obviously done for FFX, as religious references from around the world can be found throughout the adventure, whether it be the Crusades from Medieval times or the Church’s determination to have Galileo refute his radically new scientific theories to name a few.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Games have the ability to give players the experience of being a superhero in a very special way that is unique to the medium, and in Batman: Arkham City that experience has been crafted to a near perfection. It's a downright shame that the game has the aforementioned issues, because everything else is absolutely masterful.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gem, and perhaps the greatest indie sports game of all time. In fact, it's so good that big-budget sports devs need to take an honest look at it—there's a lot they could learn.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a title that miraculously manages to be accessible to newcomers, challenging to veterans, rewarding to explorers, detail-rich for the lore-lovers, and able to be completed by the dedicated, Dark Souls 2 is an intriguing, well-designed title that should not be missed.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than anything else, I suppose, Half-Life 2 is the story of a group of developers in love with their physics engine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, it might not reinvent the wheel as built by Diablo II over a decade ago, but Runic deserves props for perfectly recreating the formula. Many others have tried to bring their own take on Diablo to the market-and failed. Runic didn't, which makes Torchlight II an essential purchase for anyone who loves to crawl through dungeons while scoring phat loot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Worth playing because its one of only a few videogames on the market that does not lead me from point A to point B and just flat out refuses to do any of the hand-holding that gamers are accustomed to.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exquisite experience from start to finish. Its huge set pieces, impressive vistas, and engaging mechanics are as strong as the sense of personality and creatorship behind them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thirty Flights of Loving is precisely as long as it needs to be, and contains exactly what it needs to contain. This efficiency makes it a richer experience, not a poorer one, because it insists that the player engage with the story and piece it together himself, rather than sitting back and absorbing an endless train of cinematics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the sadistically-steep challenge will crush anyone expecting a simple platformer, players who press on into the meatgrinder that is 1001 Spikes will find a top-tier production worthy of respect despite the fact that it makes absolutely no allowances for anything less than perfection.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band is admittedly a financial investment, but for the gamer with at least one friend who enjoys music, I think it's worth it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EyeToy feeds the average person's vanity by projecting themselves onto the television. As just about every reality show on the air proves, being on television remains an important status symbol in our culture.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game for the first time ever actually has a counterpoint to these [hopeless] moments; the ying to that helpless-and-hopeless yang. That ying is an exhilarating sense of heroic empowerment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add to that some late-game plot twists, several path-altering choices, a wide variety of obstacles to overcome, multiple endings to discover, and a wealth of small touches (like your character's clothing deteriorating with each narrow escape) and you've got a progressively energetic game set in a fantastic locale: one step beyond everyday life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it's most definitely a must-buy masterpiece, in my hard-headed opinion Pikmin 2 is still a tad bit shy of toppling the classic original. [JPN Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Personally, as much as I have been impressed by Forza, I found it to be just a little too much. It's a fantastic game, but one best suited to those willing to invest some serious time into their racing games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't think it's an overstatement to say that Quantic Dream's work is an achievement for dramatic storytelling and a bold step forward towards maturation of the medium. Games like this are what I live for as a player and as a critic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a fan of the series, I loved Game of Thrones Episode One: Iron from Ice. It's a great start that does the show justice and perfectly captures the brutality and political intrigue of Westeros.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, I think it's the focus on the characters and the growth they experience that takes Grandia over the top. The angle the designers took for Grandia as a more lighthearted and anecdotal adventure is refreshing. It never overwhelms like the newer, over-ambitious efforts that are out there but rather, offers up the less tangible part of gaming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Atelier Meruru is brilliant, and only a coal-hearted misanthrope could fail to be utterly charmed by it. This entry cements my opinion that the Atelier Series may well be the best-kept secret in the entire JRPG genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an incredibly rich, unique and innovative take on first-person shooters-yet it's also a flawed game, suffering from a few minor scripting bugs and some rough edges in the gameplay that occasionally interfere with what is, for the most part, an exceptionally engaging experience. But despite its imperfections, it is a truly groundbreaking game, captivating in its complexity, its mystery, and its vividly realized world that stands as a milestone in both imagination and engineering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Then what's wrong with using TV to brainwash the masses?" It's a chill-inducing sentiment, but after playing both Space Channel 5 games, I could see it coming from Ulala just as easily as from the cackling Mr. Blank.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One may play for an hour or two, but they're constantly tempted to go back in and uncover the scads of remaining secrets. It's a style of game that really intrigues me, and one I want to see more of
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a trip back to the well, R6: Vegas 2 proves an unusually excellent cash-in. I'd be lying, though, if I said that my two favorite levels weren't the prologue and epilogue, which both forgo the Vegas setting for a trip to an exotic locale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than preaching, Hotline Miami asks the questions and forces the player to confront the answers himself, without exculpating its own creators. That's the real mark of maturity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's really a testament to the game's quality that even though I found its politics and implications deeply troubling I was still won over by the amazing gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ICO
    For every 500 games that are boring, uninspired, graphically-enhanced rehashes, just one title like ICO is enough to reinvigorate my love of games and keep me going another day.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m glad that after 20 years, Nintendo can still make something old feel new again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series, especially this installment, has become among the most memorable game-playing experiences of my life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The slightly disappointing storyline aside, it's impressive just how well the whole thing gels together, and DmC: Devil May Cry succeeds on pretty much every level imaginable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So Portal does its job within the Orange Box compilation, taking a brilliant left-field idea and successfully merging it with Valve's universe over an entertaining few hours of gaming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This title has it all—engrossing and challenging gameplay, a plot that rises above the usual clichés of the genre, loads of depth and customization, great graphics, and some excellent audio. This is, hands down, the best RPG I've played in 2005.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I enjoyed the violence in Dynasty Warriors 3. However dignified the game’s treatment of its subject may be, I was neither appalled nor enlightened by the violence. I was thrilled by it.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks fantastic, it plays fantastic, and it's got a shocking amount of depth for an Xbox Arcade title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I came into Strong Bad's expecting quality adventuring, the unique comedic stylings that make me feel like I'm a kid watching Rocko's Modern Life again, and some good old fashioned The Cheat kickin'. That's exactly what I got, and there was virtually nothing throughout the experience that annoyed or dissatisfied me.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate is still Monster Hunter (and thank goodness for that) Capcom has put a great deal of effort into improving the overall experience, and I'd say that their revamp has been a wild success.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It supplies everything the arcade racing fan wants: slick graphics, lots of speed, and a lot of style.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It creates an experience that truly comes the closest to actual soccer as any other videogame to date.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dropping a dollar or two on this title is an absolute no-brainer-and while you're at it, and pick up the original at the same time. On the iPhone, they rarely come better than this.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its darkly mature subject material and radical re-interpretations of standard play formulas, I Am Alive is both emotionally difficult and conceptually challenging-and those are wonderful things in my book. R
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly a superlative game, offering unparalleled control, fine presentation and plenty of play modes to toy around with.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing else needs to be said—Zen Pinball 2 owners should buy South Park Pinball. South Park fans must buy this table pack.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable, and addictive, games I've played in years. Never have I expected so little from a game and gotten so much. I truly relished every (split) second of it, not only as a great racing game but as a great videogame that happens to be about racing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To pan the game for not being more like GTA 3 is misguided, disrespectful to the each title's unique contributions, and also speaks volumes of the lack of critical thinking of the X-Play critics and the industry as a whole.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an amalgamation of one-trick ponies (cel-shading, time bending, old school nostalgia tickling) to make a fulfilling, satisfying and jaw-dropping experience. Meet the new action game, better than the old action game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, Team Ninja deserves a truckload of praise for their work on this game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oblivion is a game people will still be calling a classic a decade from now—and in the fickle world of gaming, that's high praise indeed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution truly is the next step in the outstanding core experience from HD, polishing every aspect of an already-fantastic game to a near-blinding sheen, and then delivering something peerless in terms of technical precision and visceral addiction. They don't come better than this
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dying Light is a great experience from beginning to end. The combat is stellar, the parkour is a genre best, and it's taking place in an environment perfectly designed for the game's strengths. For all of its problems, Dead Island was pointing towards something great in the future, and it's clear that Dying Light is that something.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was so easy to get into that I was almost fooled into thinking the real-life sport could be that easy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter has been successful as long as it has by catering to an audience that could serve as the definition of the word hardcore.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those susceptible to motion sickness be warned: Smilebit were able to devote very convincing flight physics to the camera and movements, some of the best ever captured in a videogame cartridge or disc.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most impressive and unique highlight of Pride FC is its international cast of playable fighters. Unlike UFC, which only has a handful for foreign-bred entrants, Pride's line-up consists of a wide-range of fighters with different fighting styles from around the world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Nier, Cavia has done the seemingly impossible, and created something entirely unique from nothing but borrowed components
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    NHL 10 could very well be one of best hockey video games since the immortal NHL 95, and that in my books is a great comparison.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I enjoyed Lords of Shadow 2 far, far more than I ever expected to, and have no hesitation recommending it to anyone looking for dynamic third-person action, environmental exploration, or an intriguing new spin on the Castlevania mythos.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For fans of pinball or the walking dead, the game is a must-have.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a really big game for something found on a handheld, an epic yarn that offers up hundreds of hours of gameplay for those willing to invest the time.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In keeping with developer Rockstar's cinematic approach to game aesthetics, Red Dead Redemption succeeds in allowing the player to inhabit, in some measure, the Westerns on which it is based.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Culdcept Saga is a true breath of fresh air.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's a lot of content here, and the game strikes a great balance between cute novelty personality satisfying technical elements.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's one of the most thrilling titles I've played this year, at once an adoring shout-out to the games that dominated my childhood and an introduction to a series that—surprise!—I actually resonate with. It's not a game for everyone, but it was most certainly the game for me.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The combination of brutal, mostly unwinnable combat and the level-scouring required to solve some of the puzzles might be frustrating to some.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    My hat is off to Terminal Reality... they may have just created the best movie game of all time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Wearing its weirdness and humour like a badge of honor, Guided Fate Paradox is a fresh take on the Roguelike genre with a quirky tale and dialed-back difficulty that ensures it's accessible to all audiences.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm definitely a fan of the autorun genre, and out of all the ones I've played, I feel pretty comfortable in saying that this one is the best I've tried. Toss in the fact that the in-app option to purchase currency comes off as a nice option to have rather than something that's necessary to fully enjoy the game, and One Epic Knight is a can't-miss no-brainer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While I wasn't the biggest Bastion fan, Supergiant had definitely stepped things up with Transistor. Deep, stylish, fulfilling and concise, Transistor can easily be described in terms used for music rather than games—And like a great song, it stays in one's head long after the credits roll.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In fact, this is such a solid package that I don't have any outright criticisms, although it would have been nice if they'd thrown in the original Darkstalkers for completion's sake.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's one hell of a third-person action game to be found here—quite possibly the best in its class—for anyone willing to look beyond the game's off-putting exterior.

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