GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,611 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:
1,611 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    True, nearly everything in Echoes was also in its predecessor, but the merit in maintaining that game's superb balance whilst still making careful additions (Echoes bears the burden of flawlessly updating the screw attack into 3D with great élan), giving nearly every interface a new lick of paint (dig the sleek new menu design) and imbuing the game with its own uniquely foreboding atmosphere (with a moody synth score that's equal parts John Williams, Kraftwerk and Joy Division) cannot be understated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The great level design, intense combat setpieces, and the incredibly depressing design aesthetic are all top-notch. It's a prime example of great execution elevating a tired premise.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those flaws are easy to forgive in light of what the game gets right, though. As a reviewer who's constantly in search of games which try new things or buck expectations, Lost Planet 3 was quietly, calmly fantastic. Everything about it has a very mature, measured approach which sets it apart from the pack, and the character work on display is some of the best I've seen in quite some time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat has rebooted itself into respectability.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The level designs may lack the intricacy, and consequently the intensity, of the studio's high watermark titles (Ikaruga; Gunstar Heroes) and the constant left-to-right blandness is a possible criticism, but, primarily because of the narrative ingenuity injected into a typically 'action-at-all-costs' genre, Astro Boy still feels like something of a landmark title for the GBA, and for side-scrolling games in general.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Halo does suffer from repetitive gameplay, a lack of full exploitation of the ideas and gameplay introduced at the beginning of the game and a disappointing multiplayer mode. But all in all, it is a worthy release for gamer's willing to bet on Microsoft next-generation console.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In a world of generic RPGs with cookie cutter plots and characters, Persona 3 is like a breath of fresh air—a game that marches to a different drummer and is worth playing because of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It won't win over people who aren't already inclined to appreciate visual novels (because, you know, reading...) but for those who don't mind something a little more cerebral, it comes absolutely recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Xenosaga spins one of the most engaging science fiction tales I've seen in recent years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The PS2 port certainly lacks the metamorphic quality of original PC version, but its reach and scope are far greater than many of the current titles available to the console crowd.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Certainly WarCraft III has improved exponentially from its predecessor in the areas of story and character development, which in turn results in a game of massive size that, in terms of sheer gameplay hours, will prove as fulfilling as any RPG.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite the story-dulling pauses and my previously-mentioned concerns with technical production and the diminishing presence of gameplay content besides QTEs, The Wolf Among Us has been an excellent series that I've enjoyed very much.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Outcast is not perfect, what it does right it does damn well. It's a well-organized and planned platformer with the best elements of the Star Wars universe rolled in.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Everything about the game is top-quality. The artificial intelligence provides plenty of interesting moments, the save points are frequent, the story is more accessible than Splinter Cell's dry politi-babble, the voice work and graphics are the best I've seen on the PSP, and the entire game drips with polish and care delivered by people who know what they're doing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fact that this game could transform me from a stony-faced, veteran gamer into someone's over-enthusiastic, flailing uncle who doesn't understand how controllers work is itself proof of how Sumo Digital's synthesis of sight, sound and play has resulted in a uniquely intense and compulsively playable experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's no epic, but The Swapper is a satisfying morsel of a game, well worth playing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those who shirk from buying Twisted! because of its quirky production values, one-track design and, crucially, its short core lifespan are those whose preoccupation with value for money and dependable purchases is slowly sapping game design of its freedom and gaming of its ability to showcase the broadest and most experientially distinct body of work of any popular medium.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hammer & Sickle is something of a strange case—it's by no means a perfect game, but it features a perfect game engine.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As the difficulty escalates through the area, culminating in a unique left-running boss battle, Runner 2 realizes the full potential of its synaesthetic design, and playing the game becomes an experience of joy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A Link Between Worlds is a Zelda for people who have become disillusioned with Zelda over the years. It recalls the series' roots while also taking unique advantage of the 3DS hardware to create something that feels new. They may not make them exactly like they used to anymore, but Link Between Worlds shows that they still recognize what made them great in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bursting with energy, enthusiasm, freshness, inexplicably bizarre random elements, and a clear love of the genre it builds upon, it's impossible not to crack a smile and just revel in the sheer amount of rightness Weapon of Choice can claim as its own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's aesthetically fresh, filled with original creations, and presents a wholly unique mix of gameplay styles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even as I was enjoying the game's top-notch action, I couldn't help but be disappointed that the developers weren't doing more with the franchise's dramatic possibilities.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's different, it's solidly built on a smaller scale, and it delivers an easy-to-grasp, focused concept. It also earns praise for being a streamlined and problem-free RTS without falling into the pitfalls that have doomed so many others before it. That in itself is no mean feat, and Targem Games makes it look easy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the most refined and most unique racers of the last few years. It's getting harder and harder for racing games to stand out, but Bizarre Creations succeeded in making Project Gotham Racing 2 a racing game unlike any other.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    My very minor disappointment with the story aside, Sine Mora is an outstanding shooter that excels in every other area-the design, aesthetics and mechanics are all top-notch, and couldn't be a better fit for the Vita. For players who own Sony's machine and have an appreciation for games of this sort, they honestly don't come better than this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This self-referential back-and-forth sets this game apart from the crowded market of platformers that it mocks and imitates with equal finesse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    After completing the campaign and getting in what multiplayer I could, I walked away from CastleStorm feeling satisfied and impressed in nearly every respect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s more of what worked, almost everything that didn’t is actually improved, and it feels as though the developers really put out forth honest effort rather than churning out a low-cost, low-imagination sequel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What The Saboteur lacks in innovation it makes up for with solid design and implementation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Viewed as a single-player experience, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a sizable addition that does relatively little to advance the Assassin's Creed story or gameplay. The multiplayer, however, is a unique and fascinating offering, a truly refreshing alternative to the plodding iterations of the market-leading shooters. F
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it can be completed in less than six hours, it perfectly explores themes and concepts that triple-A titles still have difficulty grasping: gray morality, a poignant, thought-provoking storyline, and appealing gameplay that isn't based on killing everything in sight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Here is a PC game that not only doesn’t hide its console roots, but rather unabashedly embraces it and, in my opinion, succeeds because of it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it may feel painful, grueling, and even outright sadistic at times, there's no denying the skill and craftsmanship that went into Super Meat Boy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For anyone even remotely interested in what might be like to survive the zombie apocalypse, State of Decay is an absolute must-play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The story kept me interested to the end of the game, and the battles were fast and furious for the sixty-five hours I happily put into it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a fan of the series and also as a father who's always looking for quality games for his kids to get into, Skylanders: Swap Force is easy to recommend. It looks great, it plays great, it's appropriate for all ages, and it's a genuine improvement on what the series has delivered in the past.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Works because of the little things-a fact that makes it a refreshing gaming experience in this day and age where everyone seems bent on completely overhauling the basic tenets of what makes a good game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I have no hesitation in stating that this is without a doubt the best control system of its kind ever created. With impossible grace pulling off complex and fantastic maneuvers and never sacrificing the precision so crucial for true ease of play, this is how it should be done.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without quiet moments of reflection, down-time to relax, or any meaningful relationships that go beyond the passive cut-scenes within the actual game, it all starts to feel as unrelenting as the final quarter of a bone-crunching Steven Segal movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Obviously an effort that the developers poured their heart and soul into, and it shows. Everything about it is high quality and imbued with skill and care.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    GGX2 is probably the most vibrantly animated two-dimensional videogame ever made, with each attack and movement drawn to exceptional detail.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the Rainbow Six series has disappointly compromised the realistic approach that was once its calling card, the Ghost Recon series remains planted firmly in its one-hit-kill, tactical-action roots and, with Summit Strike, reaffirms its place at the top of the tactical shooter hill.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kojima is both retro and eccentric, and unless you're willing to accept that, his work won't fly for you. But if you are, if you are on his wave-length and able to appreciate all the witty touches that make his games sing, his work becomes rewarding in ways almost no other games are.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ability to freeze time while scanning the level layout is an excellent feature, allowing the player to plan ahead and appreciate the strategic side of these spatial conundrums. However, the correct path through each level is a little more obvious and straightforward than in the GameBoy original, so planning your progress now takes more of a back seat to time-pressed platform expertise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite these minor blemishes, Rogue Legacy is an engaging game that holds up over numerous trips through its diabolical castle.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it might not be better than some of the classics of its genre, Gaucamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition still offers a plump pinata that delivers plenty of candy for players willing to break it open.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Take away some of its flaws, and the bar would've been raised higher than most games could ever hope to surpass. In lieu of that, we have Kamiya's latest, a breakneck, top-tier example of the 3-D action brawler.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The balance in Puzzle & Dragons is great-it's clear the developers want to sell monsters, but there's quite a bit of content that can be played without ever putting a cent into it. However, the game is so enjoyable and smooth that it's quite tempting to pony up for some super-rare creatures which can easily turn the tide of battle to the player's favor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There isn't a plot to speak of, nor any gameplay elements beyond the fighting. But the fighting really is exceptionally fun for novices and experts, which makes this game extremely successful on its own terms.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From its simple premise Crash! delivers plenty of fun to reproduce a simple childhood joy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sure, it might be getting up there in years, but while the younger generation feels like it has to show off how ‘scary' it is with cheaper, higher-octane thrills, Resident Evil takes the time to really get under my skin, and considering how many times I leapt out of it, I'd say a bit of maturity isn't a bad thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Developers as brave as these should be recognized and celebrated for their efforts, and players who crave something deeper and more meaningful than another shooter with talky cut-scenes would do well to take this journey.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And so it is that the series's venerable blend of cut-throat peril and exemplary platform action is not only maintained, but arguably kicked up a notch with newfound levels of visual splendour, hellish level design and structural ingenuity. Though far from universal in its appeal, Ultimate Ghouls 'N Ghosts is quite simply a masterfully executed platform game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the minor flaws, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an excellent experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its uniquely approachable structure, highly-polished details, and a laser-sharp focus on fulfilling its own premise, it's a title that I'm glad to recommend to both adults and children alike.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lifeless Planet is a world well worth exploring.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario Kart 8 is pretty great in many ways, but undoubtedly moreso with a collection of friends to play with, or when facing off against other players online.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite all of my moral problems with the game, I can't deny that it's an incredible experience, one that has to be played to be believed. It's worth buying just to get a glimpse at a perfectly designed control scheme.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Due to the fact that both elements of F.E.A.R., the horror and the action, are crafted so thoughtfully they seamlessly merge together to create a, if not unique, then at least very polished experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid story and engaging characters go a long way towards justifying a JRPG's existence, and the world of FFF is quite charming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I may not be ready to write an in-depth technical analysis on every inch of the Walking Dead board, but it strikes me as a well-designed table that knows its subject inside and out, and it gives fans of Lee, Clementine, and the rest a whole new context within which to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A generally joyous experience that exceeded my expectations with some of the most unabashedly entertaining play I've had all year. I have nothing but respect for the developers' attempts to right their listing ship, and with the best writing the series has ever seen, a fresh approach to the material and a strong structure underneath the crazy, they were wildly successful in doing so.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For such a short game, there's quite a bit of fun to be had in Dead Rising: Case Zero. This is a definite improvement over the first title (plus you can actually read the font on a standard definition TV this time around) and has me completely excited for Dead Rising 2.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its charming art style, accessible gameplay, and just-on-the-right-side-of-frustrating puzzles, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is the perfect game for younger players hoping to try out the Xbox One.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    People only be satisfied with "AAA" levels of production will likely gripe, but to be perfectly frank, none of the rough edges diminished my overall experience-the focus and design of Reality Pump's efforts just can't be denied.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The racing issue aside, Raskulls shines whenever the player is left alone to work through one of the ingeniously-designed puzzle levels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Escape Goat 2 is a solidly-designed, sharp-looking title with no shortage of replayability thanks to its nefarious tower of challenging puzzles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics have a grainy low-resolution edge (similar to all 2D fighting games), but there's no denying the gorgeous colors, beautifully meticulous hand-drawn art and vibrant animation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although enhanced graphics and special effects would have improved the game cosmetically, there's no denying that the mechanics are dialed-in and the developers have some damned good heads on their shoulders. Add in the fact that it retails for a rock-bottom $20 brand-new, and The Red Star and becomes the next surprise hit that's on every B-list hound's radar.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tokyo Jungle is exactly the sort of unconventional project that I live for, so it's easy to forgive its issues; the low-end production values, two extremely ill-conceived stealth missions that don't suit the mechanics, and a few boss fights that were more frustrating than fun. Although irritating, none were dealbreakers-just be prepared to restart a few missions here and there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from the misstep of the stunted co-op mode, every other aspect of Etrian Odyssey III has been vetted and manicured to ensure that the game provides the highest quality dungeon-crawling conceivable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The opening chapter provides a strong foundation on which to build an engaging (and hopefully not too regressive) adventure game experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may not do anything new or anything spectacularly well, there's no denying that it's a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And the final word must go to that pesky puzzle hook that just won't let your stubborn brain accept defeat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good game that will give gamers roughly twenty hours of offline entertainment and countless more online with friends. My biggest beef remains the fact that the game feels more like an expansion of last year's title as opposed to a new experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who love Trials and want a serious challenge, Trials Evolution: Riders of Doom is the right stuff. For those who already feel like they’re in over their heads, give this one a pass.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm not going to offer any theories as to whether this whole thing should be legally actionable, but setting potential plagiarism aside, Abyss is a high-quality hidden object game more than enough content to keep anyone entertained.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    InuYasha may not be able to compete with the big boys of the fighting genre, but fans of quirky anime games or those looking for a budget fighter won't be disappointed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Digging deep into these levels proves to be a pretty profound experience. Each level is adorned with washed out colors and textures, as lush and lively as the cherry blossom trees the game so prominently displays.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of those rare experiences where the follow-up actually surpasses the original in terms of playability.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xenoblade may not be the greatest JRPG ever, but it's certainly one of the best games on the Nintendo Wii.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's well paced, has a compelling plot, the twists are surprising without being outlandish, it prefers a more nuanced psychological horror over excessive blood and gore, and it's able to organically elicit fear, sadness and intrigue.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skylanders: Giants remains every bit as satisfying to play as the original was, and in my house at least, it's still the game of choice when the family is in the mood to pass the controller around.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The freeform combat, gorgeous locations, and excellent multiplayer are strong, and Far Cry 3 does a fantastic job of putting the player in the middle of a lawless, chaotic world and letting them get up to whatever they please. Yes, video games are capable of achieving much more than Far Cry 3 does, but it makes a persuasive argument that there's nothing wrong with a guilty pleasure now and again—especially when it's as slickly presented as this is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Proves that old-school gameplay isn’t dead and may still be able to teach a trick or two to the next generation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Underneath its wisecracking exterior, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention offers enough depth to keep a determined player occupied for over a hundred hours if they so wish it, while also entertaining folks that just want to play a game for its story and multiple endings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I would have liked a longer game with a little more challenge to it, but at the end of the day Genji does so many things well that I found myself willing to live with the flaws.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combination of a unique concept and a refreshing original and light-hearted setting make WarioWare one of the pleasant surprises in terms of engaging original software on the GBA.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I could mention the razor-sharp graphics, cleanly minimalist design and absolutely phenomenal soundtrack, but there's really no point... Shatter is easily one of the best offerings available on the PSNetwork even without taking any of those things into account.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easy to recommend this compilation to anyone looking for JRPG gaming on the go, and this pair of games is poised to steal my free time all over again—and I'm perfectly willing to let it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the rest of Tales of the Borderlands is as solid as Zer0 Sum, then Telltale will be able to count another great story under its belt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the core Uncharted titles might not do much for me, Fight for Fortune is a respectably entertaining title for players who enjoy the CCG genre. It might not have the same run-and-gun Nathan Drake is usually known for, but I'll take card combos and strategy over killing a thousand generic thugs and auto-climbing ledges any day.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The frenetic battles in Valkyrie Profile 2 belie the flowerlike way its characters unfold, one petal at a time. The story it tells may not look like the stories a film critic like Roger Ebert is used to, but it's still a story—a good one—nonetheless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Getaway isn't a shining beacon for all to follow, but its greatest contribution is that it is a ray of light that brings progressive ideas and expressions to the gaming conscious and deserves credit for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anarchy Reigns is an attractive, bombastic entry that retails for half the price of a normal title while delivering a fantastic level of quality. If you ask me, smaller-budget titles that try to do something different should be supported and celebrated-definitely give this one a shot, but keep an eye out for double chainsaws approaching from the rear.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite these issues, Psychonauts is a wonderfully strange platformer. The idea of perception being a reality in itself is the kind of thing I'd like to see future games explore further.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game was solid, addictive, and incredibly likable. However, in the greater scheme of things, Circle Of The Moon is a small step for the Game Boy Advance, and nowhere near a giant leap for videogames.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That said, the original Etrian Odyssey was a rough, brutal and vaguely experimental experience that I managed to complete out of sheer tenacity. In contrast, Millennium Girl takes the same content and makes it a thousand times more beautiful, approachable, and enjoyable for an all-new audience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The introduction of a new type of weapon to a military organization really hit home with me and probably added to the allure of this game.