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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing could have realistically lived up to the immense level of hype that Ubisoft stirred up for this game, and while I value strong narratives and envelope-pushing technological advancements, I place just as much importance in the ability to enjoy the gameplay that's being offered to me. Watch Dogs is one of the more exciting sandbox games of the last few years, and if this is to become Ubisoft's next big franchise, I'm excited to see where they take it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the top-notch characterizations to the ethical indecision of its cast, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a significant step forward for the series's maestro.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fights, though violent, are unfortunately completely bloodless—not a drop of claret is spilled—and the bodies of his enemies, once beaten, magically vanish. This makes the game feel as tidy and antiseptic as a Disney ride.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once I recovered from the shock and awe of the T&A, the thoughtful design and satisfying mechanics of Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus had no problem keeping my attention. I'd recommend it to any Vita owner looking for fast action in short bursts, but I'd never let anyone watch over my shoulder, though...
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I very much enjoyed the thought and balance that obviously went into the creation of this new mission, and as a true Mass Effect fan, this attempt to return to form is probably the most welcome thing I could possibly imagine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FFA would have easily gotten a 9.5 if only it included "FFV"; the game is so good by itself that it warrants such a high score.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That said, those are extremely minor concerns—Broken Steel is an absolute necessity for any Fallout 3 player and certainly justifies the cost of the download.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the most original or inspired product I've seen, but there's something to be said for nailing the content and pulling it off beautifully.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great presentation, (mostly) great gameplay, and an above-average set of characters combine to deliver what I see as the most diverse, entertaining Trauma game to date in a series that really doesn't have a weak link.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm really glad I decided to take on Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited despite the steep, steep learning curve and the "fend for yourself" approach. I'm guessing that its audience will likely be fervent series fans and very few newcomers (like me!) but it has a lot to offer to any fan of SRPGs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who haven't completed the game, or for those who who eat, sleep, and breathe Mass Effect, the information in Mass Effect 3: Leviathan is a must-see. For players who've wrapped Commander Shepard's adventure and long since moved on, there's nothing here that truly warrants reopening those old wounds, although it remains an interesting, well-crafted quest in and of itself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As wonderful as Gone Home is, it mostly demonstrates that there's still a long way to go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After playing through both The Signal and The Writer, the biggest impression I'm left with is that these two chunks of game (hateful combat aside) are better than anything that came on Alan Wake's retail disc. They illustrate Alan as a character, they immerse him in a world of his own internal madness, and they play to the strength of the premise in a way that actually makes sense. I can honestly say that if these levels had been included in the main campaign, my overall evaluation would've been significantly higher.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That aside, I think it's fair to say that A Crooked Mile is a more substantial chunk of content than Smoke & Mirrors was, and I'm eagerly looking forward to seeing what happens next.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks good, controls great, and offers a solid play formula that doesn't rely on typical zombie fare to keep interest high.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it is, Lord of the Mind is a great HOG for most of its running time, but the jarringly disappointing finale keeps it from being one of the classics.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Creative, unique, accessible, and polished. It comes up lacking in a few areas, but is clearly the most effectively realized version of Mortal Kombat yet.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It becomes like a dream, and when it concludes, players will wake up refreshed. They will not be able to perfectly describe what they've just experienced, but the feeling and memories will linger.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The maturation process of the series, and videogames, remain standstill because of the developer’s refusal to move outside racial and social stereotypes, and staying away from certain taboos of popular art, merely suggesting sex and drug use. Compared to what this game could’ve been, this is still kid’s gloves.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be very original or innovative when compared to the rest of the games in the series, but Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow succeeds in bringing a similar level of polish and quality to the Nintendo DS.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resonates much stronger than Sony's otherwise noble hand at tactical combat. Not only is the game not held back because of certain console-based restrictions (controllers, options available, graphics, etc.), but the game seems to be less about nationalism and more about the dedication and strife anti-terrorist groups must experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the gameplay of Mega Man Battle Network is excellent, what fascinated me most was the world in which the game took place.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The box art might not be interesting (and personally, I think the title of the game is terrible) but once past those superficial elements it's impossible to ignore the superior design and technical mastery that's present in every minute of gameplay. Gurumin puts most of the PSP's library to shame without even trying.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Nippon Ichi didn't develop What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2,-NIS America just published it-the game is still a natural, if steep, Nippon Ichi-themed progression in teaching me to think for myself.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the second-screen setbacks and the wonky in-game commentary, the Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution is still the best version of the game.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guru players posting how-to videos on YouTube might not get a lot of it, but those craving a fighter that doesn't require slavish dedication will find Tournament of Legends to be a very welcome offering, and one that comes at a budget price, to boot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything that worked in the first game has been improved, and everything that didn't has been fixed or discarded. Is there anything new here? No. It's the exact same game that Headhunter was, only better.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Due to the bugs, it felt at times like I was fighting New Vegas rather than playing it, and the weariness I felt at the prospect of that battle sometimes was not outweighed by the draw of exploring yet another minimalist location or mowing down more legionaries. That's a real shame, because Fallout: New Vegas almost manages to perfectly synthesize the different strengths of Fallout 3 and its predecessors. Had the world design and the code been as excellent as the writing, we might have had a masterpiece on our hands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I find that with League of Legends, Riot has cultivated one of the most unique spaces in gaming history—mostly for good reasons but also for some awful ones, and in the gaming museum of the future, League is sure to have its own wing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who appreciate tightly-focused experiences from out on the fringe, it's highly recommended.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Shooter is one of those instantly-intuitive games that only takes a minute before completely clicking with the player—once the controller is in hand, everything makes sense and flows effortlessly.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grey Goo feels like a complete RTS package, built to spec in a time when enthusiasm for the genre is at a low. It helps show there's life yet in the formula pioneered by the likes of Command & Conquer and Dune, and while it might not have the weight to stand up against the likes of Starcraft 2, its own place in the contemporary strategic constellation is secure.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I may not know what other MMOs offer, but something that feels like a single-player game where other people just happen to show up is just about the best possible thing I can imagine. Coming from this perspective, Defiance delivers.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The end result of their labor is a rock-solid videogame that almost perfectly captures the dread, majesty, and sheer abject terror of Lovecraft's world. One doesn't need to have read the fiction to enjoy the game, but those who're familiar with the world of Cthulhu and Innsmouth will find the game even more enjoyable because it works on multiple levels.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game offers entertaining car combat with enough car, weapon, and track variations to keep players from getting bored.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For players who'd be interested in a truly dark fantasy world and don't mind pushing through roughness to enjoy top-quality writing, worldbuilding and characterization, Of Orcs And Men is an overlooked gem waiting to be discovered.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's weird, but familiar in all the right ways. I was addicted, but it did drive me batty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game controls nice and tight—a necessary element for successful fast action. Every button on the Dual Shock 2 is used, but it’s an extremely comfortable and intuitive layout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The critic in me tells me this series needs to innovate, but as a gamer I'm once again completely satisfied by the experience. Defying conventional wisdom, Dynasty Warriors is unique in that the gameplay achieves a near perfect harmonious balanced and change would only upset that.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers who can't stand reading should probably stay away, but for everyone else, Judge Dredd is great stuff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are endless variations on the small level/three star structure made popular by Angry Birds, and I've come across many that don't warrant a second look. That's not to say that the structure has nothing left to offer, however. Creative developers can certainly put a new spin on things, and that's just what's happened with Space Holiday.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the roughness and ever-present loadtimes, I can honestly say that The Con took me by surprise by being more interesting and engaging than I would have expected.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond its successes as a light, accessible fighting game, Burst Limit's greatest achievement as a DBZ fighting game is finally presenting the story and characters in all of their utterly ludicrous glory.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warriors Orochi 3 isn't likely to change anyone's mind about Omega Force's flagship series, but it's undoubtedly a fan-pleaser of the highest caliber, and an excellent entry point for those who might be curious about the Warriors series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The open-sandbox creation genre is still in its infancy, and Terraria is a good, solid, and inexpensive entry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it's been streamlined, simplified, made easier, or even completely changed in parts, it retains all the elements making these games what they are—and the fact is, there is such a thing as being too hardcore. In my eyes, anything that can help Shin Megami Tensei gather a larger audience stateside is a positive thing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Onimusha 2 may not be as great as it could have been, but it's clearly improved and worth your attention if the idea of samurai hacking up demons from hell sounds good to you. It sure does to me.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The holiday season is noticeably bare, and Modern Warfare 2 stands tall, with its brilliant, value-packed missions, maps, and promised endless nights of thousand-yard stares and slack-jawed home entertainment
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    StarCraft II is not ground-breaking. It will not have the same lasting impact on gaming that its predecessor did. There's no way it ever could. It will, however, be remembered as a worthy sequel to one of the all-time greats.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are few games as fun as Bomberman, and even though it is just in a new shape, the refinement of the multiplayer battle mode makes you want to take it with you everywhere.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After everything I've written, it should be quite clear to XCOM fans that The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is an entirely different kettle of fish despite sharing a few superficial elements. If the developers hadn't tried to connect the two, I suspect that more people might be pleasantly surprised by what it offers—a fantastically detailed 60's setting, an interesting approach to squad-based shooting, and a genuinely surprising sci-fi story that's told with panache.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's quite refreshing to play something that feels like it wants you to play it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Square Soft wants videogames to be compared equally to other forms of art, then they are going to have to gain that respect by producing a game that is more intellectually and culturally aware and not a game that is essentially a video game screaming for attention and respect.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Retribution gave me absolutely nothing that I was expecting it to, what I was offered in its stead was amazingly violent and fast-paced action. The game achieves almost everything it set out to do, and I have to applaud that.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The linearity of Metroid Fusion was definitely a disappointment, but not something to write it off... In terms of simple gameplay mechanics, control, boss-battles and overall design effort, it is top notch.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These rough edges don't take much away from the overall experience, though. How to Survive is a great adventure from start to finish, the ending was great, and I can't remember the last time that I enjoyed collecting wooden sticks, seagull feathers and protein-rich roots as much as I did here.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the rousing space battle at its beginning to the surprisingly intense firefight at its end, Mass Effect 3: Omega is just the sort of add-on that I would want for a game of this kind… apart from the fact that it's a bit mindbending to revisit a virtual time and place that had such an unforgettable final act. I might still be trying to wrap my head around it, but I enjoyed my time with Aria and Nyreen just the same.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's nothing else on shelves quite like it, and it's a perfect example of the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that will transform Nintendo's fliptop from an ungraded GameBoy into a true next-generation handheld machine, conceptually as well as physically.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's not quite the final word on JRPGs, Final Fantasy XIII represents the felicitous first steps on the path to a destination well worth reaching.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is an undeniable achievement: Hideo Kojima’s achievement. No other producer could have made this title, for better or for worse
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can't blame anyone for being initially put off by the somewhat obnoxious sense of humor, but anyone passing on Sunset Overdrive will be missing one of the freshest and most exhilarating games the genre has seen in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mechanically, it's not quite as subversive or original as the presentation and some of its over zealous supporters might have you believe, but the chutzpah with which LocoRoco interprets the platform game's basic tenets is entirely its own and, again like the original Sonic The Hedgehog, it is a hugely invigorating and memorably stylish entry into a genre still awaiting fresh ideas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costume Quest isn't about providing a challenge; it's about rekindling the magic of Halloween we all experienced when we were younger, and it does an incredible job.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fantastic way to scratch the strategy itch, and a damned relaxing one to boot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dense, methodical, and maybe even a little bit unfriendly, but there's nothing else quite like it on Game Boy today.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can't help but think that a little more depth and soul underneath Kratos' untouchable repertoire of fatalities would have lifted the game into true super-stardom.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything that worked in the first game has been improved, and everything that didn't has been fixed or discarded. Is there anything new here? No. It's the exact same game that Headhunter was, only better.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Every weakness is compensated by a strength, and while I would prefer to have the latter without the former, I can't complain too much about the overall effect. I found Primordia charming and intriguing, and its mysteries well worth solving.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its thin characters and unconvincing narrative aside, the game maintains a sense of inertia, pounding action, and a balance between solid gunplay, distracting puzzles, and satisfying environmental traversal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A pretty tough game. It's not a long experience, but players will no doubt add a few hours to the final tally from being killed and having to replay missions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The total package is a game of deceptive brilliance.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can be oddly frustrating at times, yet it has enough merit to make it one of my favorite games this year. It doesn't necessarily refresh the nostalgia I had when it was SSX two releases ago, but it definitely re-introduces the fun lacking in the gaming slump I've experienced lately.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Paradise is both more and less than its predecessors. Not everything that made the previous Burnout games great has survived the transition to the new open world format.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This shining example of old-school design infused with new-school wisdom completely destroyed my expectations and delivered a supremely polished and challenging adventure that only grew more rewarding the further I went.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it may not sound like high praise to say that The Wolf Among Us: Smoke & Mirrors is holding steady with the status quo, it's so stylish and enjoyable that I'm quite content to get more of the same.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lack of ambition isn't necessarily a problem here—for players looking for solid Tower Defense, DG2 has a decent story, plenty of well-built levels, and truly impressive number of gameplay modifiers and modes, and it has handily replaced DG1 as the most technically adept game of its type.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Monolith's ducks had all been in a row, Mordor could have been a top contender for the year, but even so, it's still worth getting into for no other reason than it delivers what I've wanted from Assassin's Creed since the start.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its depth, though, I quickly discovered that I had little control of the game after the early part of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I hate Monster Rancher. No other series turns me into such a complete vegetable, helpless to do anything but sit in front of my PlayStation 2 devoting hours upon hours the way this one does.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the animation and framerate aren't as optimized as they could be (one of the qualities common to Terminal Reality's other titles) and some of the combat sequences can occasionally be frustrating, looking past Charlize Theron's digitized face reveals Aeon Flux to be finely in tune with its animated soul-and a darker, more artistically challenging thrill ride than players are usually privy to.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite my qualms about the combat engine, graphics and the amount of minor bugs on display, it's a testament to BioWare's craft that Dragon Age: Origins is as intensely addicting and as ultimately satisfying as it is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the ho-hum storyline and a few minor pacing issues in the endgame ,it still comes pretty Ys-ey to recommend overall.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Technically, the framerate takes a hit here and there in some of the more ornate levels. It's noticeable, but it doesn't disrupt the flow of action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enjoying La Pucelle Tactics requires a compulsive temperament and a perverse sense of humor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rock-solid game. While it's not the Shining game I would have asked for, it's definitely one of the better hack-and-slash titles out there for the console market.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Always challenging but never impossible, Echoshift goes out of its way to cater to the player in ways that very few titles do, making it an easy game to love
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those searching for traditional third-person action should probably keep looking, but players interested in exploring a nine-hour interactive ninja flick packed full of the most insane action ever choreographed need look no further.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puyo Pop achieves what a good puzzle game asks for, simple execution yet addictive and deep fun, adding a distinctly weird Japanese flavor to a premise that originated in Russia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite those issues, there is no question that Cursed Mountain is not only one of the finest titles currently available for the Wii, it's a welcome detour from the well-worn survival horror path that so many developers seem only too happy to tread.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Duels of the Planeswalkers is a faithful, if watered down, representation of a classic game that excels at drawing in new players and reigniting the old fire in seasoned veterans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Conviction, the Splinter Cell series seemed to be veering off course, but Blacklist thankfully grabs the wheel and gets it back on track.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the genre would be smart to pick it up, and fans of Alien can consider it both a mega-dose of fanservice, and a must-play to be tracked down.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call me a jaded critic, a wet blanket, or anything else, but I'm not going to be dazzled into submission by stunning visuals and overlook a core game design that doesn't impress.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone with an aversion to cute will likely vomit themselves inside out before they've cleared the intro movie, puking their way into a catatonic state with inhuman haste, but for everyone there's a lot to love in Atelier Totori. It's huge, it's charming and it's just a shame that its strict, poorly defined timeline rubs some of its sheen off. That aside, it's almost ludicrously absorbing, beautiful to bask in, and a joy to play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frankly, I think the entire action-centric, Island of Dr. Moreau direction the game takes in its latter half is unnecessary. The game is more than suspenseful enough just by placing the player against impossible odds, and the game's lush tropical locales are much more compelling than the indoor corridors that appear a bit later on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between getting all the aesthetics right and offering stellar gameplay, NHL 08 has an awful lot going for it, and I'm sure it will please longtime fans of the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Of all the games in this feature, Audiosurf is the one most reassuringly rich in innovation and potential, and proves beyond question that plastic instruments and pricey downloadable content are not the be-all and end-all of the rhythm action genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, Skylander's Spyro's Adventure is the best family-friendly, everybody-pleasing title I've seen in quite some time, and has handily eclipsed that other collect'-em-all franchise as the go-to at our house.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An amazingly accessible and fun experience in a genre overfull with games that pride themselves on their depth and complexity.