GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,608 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 7 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:
1,608 game reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mazes of Fate might have had a slim chance a few years ago, but arriving alongside infinitely more capable competition renders rough, mediocre and annoying content immediately, undesirably obsolete.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Metallia's antics coupled with the dull gameplay was just too much to take. Even if it does get better later on, the hours I sunk into the game's unsatisfying mechanics and nasty storyline left me cold. NIS has many good titles in their library, but this isn't one of them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although there are some interesting ideas here and the Vita could benefit from a title like Soul Sacrifice, everything rides on how good the core game is, and to me, it just doesn't hold up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For the most part the simplified controls work like a charm, allowing the player to zip around the map, easily locating their prey. It's the maps themselves that are the problem-they're far too small for the number of players that regularly compete on them.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Brink works fine, yes, and can deliver a competent multiplayer game of shoot-shoot, but as a full-priced retail title it leaves a lot to be desired. A simple, story-less downloadable game would have made much more sense.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Alluring pop divas…political rebels…musical party game...Unison spreads itself too thin trying to satisfy all of these criteria, and ultimately comes up short everywhere.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Seen through a kid’s eye this game is very cool with its full compliment of squishing sounds and gun blasts. For adults, I suggest you look elsewhere for your entertainment.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I still count myself as a huge fan of Dead Island, but Ryder White takes too many wrong turns and strays from what made the original game what it was. Completists will surely want to see the twist ending, but more casual fans of the game don't have much reason to take this brutal, frustrating trip.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But Clear Sky takes everything that I loved about Chernobyl—the mature storyline, the nerve-wracking underground laboratories and the rewarding combat—and muddies them with a litany of bugs and bad design to the point that it overwhelms its more redeeming qualities.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ragnarok DS's problem is that decisions that are forgivable in a free MMO are really grating in a single-player game that costs money.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Opponents cannot be forced off balance, pressured, or intercepted. Kaktuo Chojin rarely forces players to think, react, or adapt to their opponents. Worse still is the absence of a deep grappling system.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather from the bold, unique effort I hoped it would be, it's a weak, contrived bore that never gets off the ground. A four alarm blaze? More like a soggy day-old campfire.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After putting my time in with Bound By Flame, I'm left with the sense that the Spiders team has badly overreached. There are some superb ideas on display here, but none feel like they even begin to tap their full potential, and the experience overall feels rushed and incomplete.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's too bad that this is the only way an English version of Deadly Premonition is available on the PS3, since it absolutely should not be played.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I'm not exaggerating when I say that Jewel Summoner is at least half dialogue, if not three-quarters - a fatal mistake when the quality of such is so unappealing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By the end of the first level, the player will have encountered every type of objective that the game has to offer, aside from the afore-mentioned "guard the thing" scenario. This depressing formula repeats itself throughout the game, with the "levels" distinguishing themselves solely through window-dressing and increasingly difficult enemies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It Came from Outer Space was a good idea that just comes off poorly. The twisting, obstructed area design makes playing more difficult than it should be, the small number of buildings feels even more limited due to the palette-swapping, and the humor falls flat. Players who feel a desperate need for new Kefling action may enjoy this DLC, but nobody else should apply.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The core game certainly shows promise in its distinctive style and its solid procedural generation engine, and players partial to fighting games may gel with the combat more than I did. However, the difficulty spikes make the campaign more frustrating than rewarding, and the shoddy optimization on Xbox 360 nearly drives it into "unplayable" territory.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Everything from the graphics to the storyline feels half-baked.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The silver lining to this otherwise mediocre (at best) experience is found in the rich visual presentation. The giraffe is well animated, the art not unlike the average family CG animal adventure by Pixar or Dreamworks, and the backgrounds have depth and richness. Although I hate to make the lipstick-on-a-pig comparison, the graphics just don't make up for an otherwise lackluster mobile distraction.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For a piece of DLC that offers so little, $7.00 seems steep. Save some hard-earned money and watch the videos of it on YouTube instead… the most relevant bits can be seen in a minute or two, and those Microsoft points can instead be spent on something more substantial.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather than a game created to hook people with strong gameplay or a novel idea, Noble Nutlings feels like it's all about the Benjamins. Pass.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I honestly do think that Sir Daniel Fortesque is a good character with potential, but I would have much rather seen an all-new game with a nod towards current methodology than a rehash of something that honestly wasn't all that great in the first place.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even with all these problems, however, I found the plot interesting enough that I'm definitely hooked. If by some miracle there is a The Cursed Crusade 2, I'd be interested in seeing the story wrapped up as long as this title's wealth of problems are fixed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Arkedo has shown up to the party to share with us a huge ball of digital cotton candy; as soon as we get a taste of its ultra-sweetness, it's already evaporating. Fans of the game might counter that there's nothing automatically bad about a trifle of a game, but there's also nothing automatically good about one, either.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Red Faction: Armageddon is a perfectly functional third-person shooter, but there's nothing at all to recommend it. The design is incoherent on its own merits, even more so in the context of the series, and the narrative fares even worse.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It was pretty short, I forgot it had a story, and the interface needs some work. It wasn't bad, though. It was just Sudoku.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After playing Heavy Rain, it seemed like Quantic Dream was heading in the right direction, but Beyond: Two Souls takes two big steps backward.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The potential is clearly here for another out-of-left-field cult hit, but the charm of sautéing, stewing, and sometimes scorching wears off too soon, and there's nothing to fall back on to bolster the experience.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even if the game falls apart fairly quickly, and has bugs and interface quirks that make the main story borderline unplayable, it still deserves a measure of attention and admiration.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a game that asks too much of the player and offers too little in return.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fractured Soul is not a bad game by any means, but its keen concept is played out again and again with a taskmaster's sternness, and little else.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are no puzzles, no secret rooms, no open exploration of any kind, and the game wants players to do this with ten unique characters, leveling them each to 99. Battle Princess of Arcadias is so monotonous that I kept playing it out of inertia rather than because of enjoyment, but I kept hoping for more of the magic from its first five minutes. Sadly, that magic never appeared.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Ivy the Kiwi? is an incredibly cute character and makes a valiant attempt to bring back a style of game that few developers have attempted in recent years, the core concept never quite finds happy coexistence with the player interface. For project as simple and straightforward as this one, that particular barrier proves too great to overcome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In short, Dungeon Siege III is a morass of flat characters, a story as dull as dishwater, and combat that manages to be both frustrating and boring.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The controls and interaction with the game world are suspect at best and downright awful at worst. And even looking past that I still come away disappointed. The script is weak, the characters' interactions/motivations are often left unexplained, and the voice acting is mediocre in some places and bad in others. The only thing Heavy Rain really has going for it is the composition of some of the individual scenes, and that's not nearly enough to carry the whole game on its own. So in the end we don't have much of anything except the spectre of what might have been.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I might have had less aggravation if I had a dedicated group of other players to go through the game with from beginning to end, but I wouldn't ask any of my friends to pay full price for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Thankfully, since War in the North was released after Dark Souls, before Skyrim, and on the same day as Uncharted 3, there's a good chance the game is already in the bargain bin for a fraction of the MSRP.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Far and away, Legacy of Kain: Defiance's most heinous offense is the way it shamelessly doles out its own sloppy seconds, thirds, and fourths in place of actually creating tasks and challenges that would be interesting or engaging.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fans of the Giana Sisters likely Kickstarted this game, thus earning a copy of it in the process. However, for those who don't already own a copy, there's no way that I can recommend it without it weighing on my conscience. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is simply not worth the time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although the controls were solidly implemented, the graphics were some of the best I've seen on the Wii, and I do believe the developers' hearts were in the right place, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is a tedious, trying experience that didn't offer enough reason for me to carry on in spite of its downsides.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rain tries to emulate the form of others, while totally failing to capture the same substance. The result? A forgettable also-ran that feels more like the product of a committee than someone trying to bring their vision to life.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The simple fact is that even with the elemental tweaks and team attacks, this game is sorely average in terms of the challenges and ideas presented to players.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Between the tedious levels, incoherent story and offputting gigolo missions, I found very little to appreciate about Killer is Dead. I grew quite tired of the shallow game design and weak attempts to distract me from its vacuous lack of substance, and put the game down before rolling credits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From its incongruous RPG-style leveling up to its endless recycling of levels to its utterly ridiculous Arabian Nights-themed story, Sonic and the Secret Rings feels horribly padded from top to bottom.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While girlfriend-friendly and action-ready, Crimson Alliance needs some beefing up to be a memorable experience. Booting up the similar Torchlight for just a few minutes is enough to show that while simple is good, elegant is better.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's nothing juicy about a boring hero on a boring quest walking around aimlessly searching for the next area to continue a story that I had a hard time caring about.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On a mobile platform like this one, a title has to look good, feel good, and be comfortable to play. This one strikes out in all three areas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The most monumental loss is style.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A dating simulation combined with more traditional combat is certainly an interesting concept, but with Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love's inconsistent tone, exhausting battle system and poor story, it's trying to be too many things at once.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 does a mediocre job of offering up a shooting gallery, but it's so limited in scope that it's almost impossible to recommend to anyone who doesn't feel a strange sense of arousal whenever they imagine popping a bullet into someone's head at several hundred yards. Well, whenever Diaz finally tells them to, of course.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Were Clan of Champions a skeletal presentation piece designed to convince a publisher that these developers were worth investing in, I would give it extremely high marks. As a finished product that people are asked to pay money for, it's completely unacceptable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Seems like a battle system without a role-playing game. There is little variety or depth to the combat, and even in the presence of assorted power-ups it becomes painfully repetitive after only a short while.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    With more polish, it could have been a great mashup. As it stands, it will only appeal to the small segment of players who love punishment, but to those less skilled, it's got nothing to offer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Like a deflated football, 7 Trials doesn't encourage you to play, nor does it promise exciting play, it just makes play possible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The worst 360 game I think I've ever played with nothing to redeem it. Earth Defense Force 2017 can't even stack up against the recent Burger King games, and those were little better than minigames on a disc coming in at four dollars each. The only possible future I see for Earth Defense Force 2017 is gaining the notoriety as one of those "so bad it's good" games, but don't be fool yourself - it's just bad.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If the first game was a chillingly-black horror to be feared, Bloodshot's a pretender in a goofy rubber mask, making funny noises and stumbling over its own feet.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    With a host of bugs, a fundamental lack of gameplay variety, and a key mechanic that doesn't serve the purpose it should, Ravaged is profoundly not the Mad Max game we've been waiting for.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    With flat, repetitive environments and uninspiring combat, Breakdown doesn't have much to recommend it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This could have been a great original title, but instead it's a waste of shelf space with just one redeeming feature: it only takes around five hours to beat.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    But what baffles me most about Manhunt is that I'm not exactly sure how I'm supposed to feel about those executions. What do the game's producers want me to feel? Should I feel...vindicated? Exhilarated? Vengeful? Empowered? I'll tell you how I did feel: I felt evil, and queasy, and numb. Eventually, a strange kind of self-loathing set in, followed by a low-level depression.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's an intriguing and ultimately fatally flawed entry in an already clogged genre, and a warning to other companies who would use games as a commercial vehicle: please be sure you can make a decent game, or it's worse than no advertising at all.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's not especially big, but the tedium of the action makes it feel overlong. The lack of variety in enemies and gameplay make it feel almost like a budget title.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    I will say that Sneak King was successful from the perspective that it provides an hour or two of incredibly offbeat play, not to mention the fact that it got me into a Burger King for the first time in years. If it wasn't for the stomachache and heartburn afterwards, I'd say it was a win-win situation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Without replayability, unlockables or any other motivation to continue playing, Point Blank DS shows how advances in game design since the mid-90s could have saved even superficial titles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    While there are a few sequences that thrill the way a proper Hitman should, like stalking a dark cornfield or combing Chinatown without being dressed as a chef, these brief glimpses of 47's predatory roots are outnumbered three-to-one by kludgey segments more about duckwalking towards exits than they are about killing professionally. I would imagine that the goal of Hitman: Absolution was to take Agent 47's detailed, methodical gameplay and make it appeal to players more familiar with modern action/stealth hybrids, but all the devs have done is eviscerate their unique franchise with poorly-implemented mechanics and left him to die an awkward, humiliating death.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Just inexcusably bad. How can a sequel suffer from the exact same problems as the first title?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's sad. It boggles the mind to think that this much time was spent on presentation and backstory when none of it resonates in the slightest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's not a terrible effort, but there are dozens of missed opportunities over the course of the game that could enhance the entire experience, and the fact that practically none of them were taken left me scratching my head.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This could have been a great original title, but instead it's a waste of shelf space with just one redeeming feature: it only takes around five hours to beat.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    In the end, Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel is a boring, meatheaded slog through about ten or so hours of predictable situations and sub par dialogue, and if someone told me that the development team had simply been handed a bit of cardboard with the words "sink this series" emblazoned across it as a design document, I'd believe it without hesitation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    NASCAR 2011: The Game feels like a slapdash effort, a rough draft of a game dressed up with a fancy cinematic and some licensed music and sent out to make a quick buck off the fans.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    For an Xbox game, Fellowship Of The Ring sure does take a long time to load.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Clearly, the guys at Access Games understand that games in the Monster Hunter vein are supposed to be punishingly difficult. What they didn't get was that the soul-crushing challenge should come from the gameplay and not poor design decisions. Throwing down your PSP in anger because a boss has outsmarted you is acceptable. Tossing it aside because a fight revolves more around beating the bad game design than the actual enemy is not.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    To recap: imagine playing the most uninspired, atmosphere-free "Resident Evil" clone that could exist... Then instead of using a control pad, you must verbally tell your brain-free character exactly what to do every step of the way. This is what Lifeline is like.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    One-on-one battles were a great way in the past to offer quick diversions in the middle of a longer AC campaign, but they are not enough to sustain a game all by themselves. Toss in the fact that the game's graphics are still as bare-bones as they were five years ago, and that there's virtually no new content with much of the material being recycled from previous games, and you've got something that would be a $20 add-on at best.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's not like I need to be barraged by bells and whistles or the world's slickest design, but Rumble Roses XX comes off as cheap and patched-together. Konami should have put more work into making things (besides the women) appealing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Heroes of Mana feels like Dawn of Mana, take two. It's gorgeous and somewhat interesting, but undermined by basic flaws in its ability to let players see what's going on. Here's hoping there's no take three in the works.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It's almost as though the developers focused everything they had on the art style and equippable items, but forgot to make sure the rest of the game worked as well. A tedious slog, this sort of project is a risky one to undertake since the potential for boredom to kill the experience is so high.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The most serious problems in Star X lie with its controls. The ship's movements are limited due to poor button configuration.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Sony Online is really out of touch with what makes this kind of game good. It adds nothing to the genre that hasn't already been done before—and actually gets a lot of it wrong. I'm never leaving my copy of "Lumines" at home again.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Instead of the friendlier, less-confusing version of Armored Core this UMD could have been, it's a bitterly disappointing also-ran that's in severe need of a tune-up.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If Mothership Zeta had been half as long and available at half the price, it might have been worthwhile simply for giving players a quick peek behind the origins of the main game's enigmatic alien wreckage. As it stands, this dog-leg jaunt into outer space ends up a giant could-have-been without any real reason to recommend it, save completion for completion's sake.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    If the game were less suffocating, then perhaps I would give it a chance. You'll just get too frustrated with this game waiting (read: reloading) at your next chance to drive through a frustrating trial.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Side-scrolling combat games aren't new, and plenty of them are heftier, more substantial and cheaper than this one. Steam users can do better.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Crimson Dragon is clumsy, frustrating and often downright hideous. I realize that the Xbox One's launch lineup was pretty underwhelming, but even those new owners desperate for software to play on it should keep Crimson Dragon low on their lists.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Line Rider 2: Unbound is a cute idea, but in my opinion it doesn't have the chops or the longevity to become a successful handheld title.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    What starts out as an interesting idea for a strategy role-playing game (RPG) soon crumbles under the weight of poor design decisions, unintuitive gameplay, and an aesthetic presentation that would have been more at home on the Nintendo Entertainment System than the powerful GameCube.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Resonance of Fate gets almost everything wrong and even screws up what it got right.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Frustrating, boring, and poorly executed, this is a game that is destined for the dustbin.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The sort of inspiration-deficient throwback that wore out its welcome long ago.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    While taking on legions of shambling undead with Morgan's fists was a genuine high point, it's not enough to make up for the fourth-class experience that Riptide is. I forgave many of the original Dead Island's problems since it had such a fresh, exciting vision, but Riptide lacks the same heart. Don't get me wrong, though—the developers don't need to reinvent the wheel every time (and more of a good thing is usually a good thing) but there's no excusing the slapdash production values and shortage of good ideas on display here.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Yes, it's an incredibly, borderline obscenely, brutal game, but within its own context it tells an interesting story and provides some great thrills for the player—or at least it would if it weren't so busy trying to give its players seizures.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    To put it bluntly, Ape Escape Academy is a textbook case of monkey-see, monkey-do; it goes through the motions and mimics the best it can, but lacks the intelligence and understanding required to imbue its efforts with any sort of elegance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Too much effort was spent trying to force loveable, quirky characters down my throat with all the believability of The DaVinci Code's plotline.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    My advice to Team Soho would be brief: raze the series to the ground and start anew. This engine is long past its better days.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    I'm all for interesting choices and humor when making a game, but the appeal of a one-trick pony like Divekick wore off after just a few minutes. Like, five. Perhaps people steeped in the fighting game scene or those with friends (and beer) nearby might get more out of it than I did, but I can't imagine that many players will find value in this drawn-out gag.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    I do admit that I gleaned more than a few moments of guilty enjoyment from the experience, it's really just a terrible, terrible game that wouldn't be able to justify its own existence without the gleefully gratuitous content.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Mafia II is every bit as soulless and dull as its bland sociopathic protagonist
    • 55 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    With nothing to recommend it, I say toss this disc into the cracks of Mount Doom and be done with it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    The gameplay lacks any redeeming qualities, and would have been behind the curve in the 16-bit era. Today, there's just no place for a game like this at all.