GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,683 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 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 0 Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station
Score distribution:
1,683 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coin-ops need to be easily approachable and need to produce an immediate satisfaction while home games need to have lengthy play-life with a long-term sense of growth and development. Legends manages to be a good (but not great) example of both of these styles of gameplay and have melded them successfully into a neat hybrid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not A Hero may not star a hero, but it is a heroic effort to freshen up the 2D shooter scene. It's not easy to stand out in the vast crowd of pixel-art indie productions these days, but Roll7 pulls it off, and such craft is enough for Bunnylord to get my vote.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Digital Devil Saga 2 isn't just about maturity; it has maturity, and that's a major accomplishment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can't say that the developers totally nailed it, but with solid mechanics, a strong sci-fi theme, exciting action and tons of large-scale watercooler moments, I do recognize it as an experimental step forward that succeeds far more than it fails.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The illusion of an online community is maintained flawlessly.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I press on with Heavy Bullets because its luminescent vision sculpts that chaos from noise into a signal, and creates a deconstruction and resurrection of an idealized game that I'll never get to play, but never get tired of chasing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lair of the Leviathan is, I think, the best chapter of Tales of Monkey Island so far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In any event, The Walking Dead has been one hell of a ride up to this point. Even the less-intense episodes are better than the vast majority of releases in 2012.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here we have a game that has streamlined itself, stripped away every inconvenient impediment to mass appeal, and in that cleansing has lost something vital
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To adventurous gamers of all stripes, and certainly those that count themselves among the genre's enthusiasts: pick up this one, sine mora.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the implementation is very limited and the series of five missions can be completed in an hour or less, I greatly enjoyed taking the Hammerhead for a spin—doubly so, since I felt that Mass Effect 2's removal of both Mako and planetary exploration was a huge error.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The writing is strong, its unconventional take on the standard SRPG formula shows creativity, and there's just no denying the fact that this series keeps putting out top-quality game after top-quality game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm always on the lookout for family-oriented games I can recommend to my sister and her husband and son, and I would recommend Go Vacation in a heartbeat-it's a title that utilizes every first-party peripheral a family might have gathered, the games are easy enough for younger children (with assistance) while still being entertaining for adults, and each Resort is vibrant and colorful, with lots of nooks, crannies and genuinely beautiful spots that made me wish I had a "take a screenshot option" for anywhere in the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Annoyances aside, Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a fun romp through corners of the DC Universe, in terms of both characters and characterization, that have been underutilized.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I very much enjoyed this game, and the good elements definitely outweigh the bad, but I sincerely hope that a sequel gets produced someday, because with a few changes and some better writing this could be among my all-time favorites.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What I can say is that the concept of rewinding and rewriting has much potential. If it delivers genuine variances based on player decisions, there could be many interesting outcomes, but it's too early to tell how much Effect the Butterflies will have.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In fact, I was this close to simply quitting the series and not coming back, but Clementine & co. definitely recaptured some of the original Walking Dead magic before the final credits rolled, and I was grateful for that.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From Russia With Love is a great film. From Russia With Love is not a great adaptation of that film, as it seems to believe that what the source material really needed was a few more rocket launchers and gatling guns.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If nothing else, Hunters establishes itself as a solid and important entry into the Metroid canon with new elements like peripheral characters and a revamped game structure packaged in a more streamlined, enjoyable adventure than its immediate predecessor. For that alone it deserves respect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another downside I had with this game was that it uses BMX jargon to a point where an introductory course on the subject would probably have been welcomed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I could go on, but over the course of this review I've already described a litany of qualities that should win over players who appreciate mature RPG experiences with quality commensurate to the amount of time spent in them. However, there's no getting around the fact that first impressions will likely turn a lot of potential adventurers off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of these less-than-stellar choices, I will say that Crysis 2's high points outshine the low ones. Frankly speaking, it's rare that I'm able to completely disconnect from a game's plot and remain interested enough to roll credits, but in this particular case, putting the Nanosuit through its paces was more than enough to keep me playing from start to finish. If the developers tweak a few things and put more emphasis on the free-form parts of play that shine the brightest, I'll be quite interested to see what happens when Crytek starts hyping Nanosuit 3.0. Rat
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the genre fan, Sin & Punishment: Star Successor will be a sublime, smoothly controlling treat. For the novice, it's a fairly gentle introduction to a classically hardcore experience. For Treasure, it's a great chance to addict a vast new audience to their style of game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic stealth shooter that, for the most part, utilizes its strengths to great detail, providing a unique experience in terms of level design and the morality of killing in videogames.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We both agreed that what the game achieves for kids is the ability to transport them into the world of Woody and the gang. For adults, it's a venture back to their own childhood.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are so many impressive features that the artificial intelligence, in its best moments, rivals and occasionally surpasses even that of Bungie’s epic shooter "Halo."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Greater diversity is always a good thing, and if there are more quality gems like this on the way, then I'll be quite happy holding a Controller S for some time to come.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While some might pine for the older, stiffer and more difficult Hitman games, the HD Trilogy makes a strong argument that each iteration was a step towards something truly great.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is a solid entry in a super-solid series, and it's actually a pretty good place for newcomers to jump in thanks to the accessible story mode, wealth of polish and adjustable difficulty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A singular RPG experience with much to offer those who are open to something very different from just about every other RPG out there.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We Love Katamari is a loving, faithful rendition of Katamari Damacy—right down to its camera, which still wedges itself in places and sputters like an old lawnmower.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is accessible enough that I had a chance to defeat a master that I rarely come close to beating on other games.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although The Fall ends in a satisfying way and could easily be considered a complete story, I've been told that it's only the first of three chapters. With that in mind, I very much look forward to the next installment, and if it's anywhere near as good as this one, then fans of science fiction (like myself!) will be in for a real treat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Call of Juarez series has had its ups and downs over the years, but Gunslinger stands proud—not only against its own checkered past, but against the FPS genre as a whole. It may not be a subtle or particularly nuanced experience, but it's certainly a cracking good time delivered with a style and confidence that's rarely seen in a full-priced title, let alone a $15 download.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its lackluster first act, Episode 2 ends up showing more of the kind of progressive gameplay I have been wanting to see from the series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sheer number of battles, along with the multiple endings (the story branches at several points based on the gamer’s selections), extra maps with hidden treasure not found in the main quest, and the multiplayer function that allows players to put their squads head-to-head make Tactics Ogre a game with a lot to offer in terms of gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Westerado: Double Barreled is a satisfying and well-rounded title that will be a surprising gem to anyone who enjoys a good Western-themed romp.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My gut feeling is that a player could easily skip the past events and get just as much value out of Amid The Ruins— maybe more.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The worst offender by far, though, is the menu system. For a game with such a simple storyline (which would seem to be designed to appeal to kids), the interface is completely out of whack.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, this is a very fun and slightly quirky game, with a definite challenge to it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as I found myself groaning through the parts I knew I would dislike-namely, the grinding and overwhelming sense of repetition that emanates from combat and time management-I grew to respect Persona 4: Golden. I can't say I completely enjoyed my time with the game, but I'm not the kind of person who would be interested in buying it. Those who are will find an admirably polished JRPG and a welcome addition to their burgeoning Vita library.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Putting aside expectations of what some uninformed writers may think it should be, I was quite glad to take Bionic Commando for what it is—an absolutely faithful reimagining of an undisputed classic, smartly crafted and brought elegantly into the current generation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The original Trine was an excellent title, but Trine 2 has re-established Frozenbyte's well-earned reputation for quality. A steal at $15, Trine 2 is worthwhile investment for any puzzle-oriented players looking for something to sink their teeth into.
    • 66 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a notable level of craftsmanship and clear focus on its subject material, Trials HD is going to be endlessly addictive to the right kind of player. I wouldn't have guessed that player was me, but no matter how many times my bike crashed, I kept thinking I could do it if I tried just one more time, and I was constantly hungry to get it right.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My complaints about the storytelling and button-pressing aside, it's impossible to deny that Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is engaging from a tactile perspective—taking out evil toadstools by kicking a red shell back and forth between the mustache brothers just never gets old.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It adds a much-needed dose of the kind of quality that is not often seen in these days of safe sequels and formulaic products.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If nothing else, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within proves that good gameplay always trumps bad style choices.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza is the best example I’ve seen in a long time of just how much a great story can elevate a good game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new methodology required to deal with this large scale makes MOO3 the first <I>progressive</I> strategy game and avoids previous mistakes of the genre, such as overwhelming floods of micromanagement near the end of the game. It is precisely this refreshingly dynamic experience that makes MOO3 so appealing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Trials Fusion is still my least favorite of the Trials games thanks to a lot of weirdness and off choices in the core design, the Awesome Level Max track pack is a great time, and I enjoyed the work on display here. While there are quite a few pieces of DLC currently available for Fusion, this one ranks near the top.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By removing the questionable focus-group aesthetics and getting back to what made the game so great in the first place, The Two Thrones succeeds in delivering a rock-solid adventure experience from start to finish.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Truly taxing for the mind and the thumbs, it&#146;s a game that only gets deeper, better and more challenging as it progresses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautifully stylized, beautifully implemented, and a true joy to play, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits is another excellent title in Nintendo's already-impressive WiiWare library.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a shame that Makai Kingdom has gone largely unnoticed, but as long as Nippon Ichi keeps turning on games of this quality, I'm going to keep on supporting them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space is completely competent action/horror.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether to avenge my wounded pride or prove that, yes, I can climb that ledge, Sayonara UmiharaKawase+ has its hook in me, pun very much intended.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying that this year's game is a triumphant return to form for the franchise. It's nice to see skating back as the focus after the two Underground titles.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Using the wolf's sense to see the Twilight Realm is a ghastly, beautiful effect to be sure, but contributes little to the player's sense of discovery, save for a few holes to dig or making a few jumps that would otherwise be impossible.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'd say that the kind of story that The Last of Us wants to tell can't be done in a mainstream video game, but I Am Alive and the Metro series manage just fine. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that it can't be done in the kind of game that's expected to sell three million copies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While digging in a hole might not seem like the most entertaining thing to do in a game that's doesn't have "craft" in the title, SteamWorld Dig successfully delivers its own unique style of subterranean gameplay thanks to a great balance between managing the mine, chasing upgrades and having just enough story to keep me curious without getting bogged down in too much lore.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great popcorn thrill-ride from start to finish. It may not be the deepest or most thought-provoking thing out there, but there's no question it delivers on its promise of slam-bang action and enough plot to hold it together.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying the game creates one of the most intense and interesting war game experiences out there on a console. I'm personally more a "run and gun" guy than a "sneak around in the shadows" player, and I still found SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs to be an engaging and engrossing gaming experience that immersed me in a world I'd not experience otherwise.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I miss my sprite-based 16-bit hockey games, deficient opponent AI and all. Somehow I recall enjoying those more than I did ESPN NHL Hockey, even despite all that it brings to the genre: nuanced controls, deep physics and mechanics, a licensed presentation and polished visuals.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story had enough twists to keep me enthralled to the end, which didn't require an epic forty-hour time commitment. There were elements of strategy in the shooting, but it wasn't a first-person frag-fest. I would say that the emperor wears its bloodstained new clothes quite well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may sound strange, but the developers of Brave Story: New Traveler have created an above-average experience by taking a perfectly average formula and making absolutely no errors in its execution.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 2 isn't perfect by a longshot, but it's one of the exceedingly few games that makes an effort to deliver legitimately mature content aimed at, and intended for adults like me who can appreciate something a little more substantial than killing terrorists, aliens, or zombies once in awhile.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fights are long and challenging, and the gameplay has an appeal all its own. With plenty of features, great graphics and sound and a surprisingly well-developed backdrop, Tao Feng's unique gameplay is a welcome step in the right direction.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lego Indiana Jones is so successful because it reimagines the films it’s based on without reproducing them.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's still too experimental and difficult than the sixth entry in a series ought to be, but despite everything, RE6 offers top-tier cinematic action and series-high storytelling. For fans who've yet to try it, the PC version is the right choice.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So much of Spirits of Spring is on-point that the failure to ultimately cross the finish line is a sharp disappointment. I should keep things in perspective, though. Spirits of Spring's design, art, and narrative work so well together in conveying its theme that the strongest complaint I can muster is that it doesn't work perfectly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stick It To The Man is a short, uncomplicated project that lives and dies by the quality of its writing, and to its credit, that writing is strong enough to support the entire experience.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with as many downs as ups, Grand Theft Auto V is still a significant achievement in design. Playing missions from multiple perspectives is a creative spark that will surely light up the next generation, and I'm confident the Housers have even bigger ambitions. They'll keep building upon this template and inch tantalizingly closer to creating their perfect game. GTA5 isn't it, but its flashes of brilliance will endure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although some may be put off by the ease with which the game can be completed, I didn't see that as a negative at all. Games of this sort tend to lean towards being esoteric and frustrating as a means of delivering challenge, and in this genre, I'd much rather play something that invites me in and makes me smile rather than something that has me running to the Internet for an FAQ.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultra was a great time over a weekend (especially trading off between rounds with my kids) and I'm sure that players who've stayed current with Street Fighter have already purchased it and sussed out the new tweaks and systems, but as someone who popped in to see how things are going, I quickly popped back out and wished the series well
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So BioShock is not a revolutionary game, or even a particularly innovative one; by the time I reached the end, I felt as though I had played a rather standard and predictable first-person shooter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best thing to happen to the series in years. The AI programming system and shift to hands-off combat give Armored Core an incredible sense of freshness and renewed vigor.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you&#146;re the type of player that enjoys naval themes or even if you just like a lot of guns-blazing, shoot-&#145;em-up action, the game is destined to be a bona fide sleeper hit. Don&#146;t miss the boat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The definition of what a perfect sequel should be, and an excellent game in its own right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The maze-like level designs may seem a little chaotic at first, but their appearance is misleading. In fact, they're very logically designed and player-friendly. With just a little experimentation, solutions become readily apparent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refined, immersive, superbly scripted, and generally well-executed adventure. It's possibly the best example of sustained convergence yet experienced in a videogame.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Touch controls are a perfect fit for this title since all that's required is to poke where the creature needs to attach, and the physics engine that powers it makes it all happen.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Familiarity aside, however, Mizuguchi’s latest experiment in merging simple mechanics with mesmerizing feedback remains an invigorating success, and probably more compulsive and complete than any other he’s conducted, even if it’s not necessarily the final word on the subject.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That lack of basic info aside, Smite is bright, largely accessible, and after just a few matches I fully understood the appeal of team-based god-on-god combat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a good RPG with varied gameplay and an interesting story that unfolds at a nice pace.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All told, Trine was a stylish, clever game that certainly manages to establish its own identity.