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 Mass Effect
Lowest review score: 0 Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station
Score distribution:
1,683 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Alan Wake puts up a front of being cerebral and deep, but it simply doesn't do the legwork to back it up. I had significant difficulty becoming invested in the events and found it very hard to care about anything that happened from start to finish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While by no means a terrible game, and not even a bad one, this is a game designed to increase the overall amount of sadness in the world, and for that reason alone, and despite its many high points, I can't recommend that anyone play it. Ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Crimson Skies does so much to propel itself above mediocrity that it seems strange that, though it succeeds, it doesn't capture the robust energy of its larger-than-life story in its gameplay.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    My only real complaint about the game is that there aren't any bonuses or historical materials giving props to the original game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Of course, all of these problems are present in other games where I have not minded them so much, but Metro 2033 is such a short, focused experience that the cumulative impact of its flaws is significant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It may not be flashy, the gameplay might be incredibly unsophisticated and repetitive, and the whole game is certainly showing its age-but it's still fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those niggles aside, I do want to praise Akimi Village and NinjaBee for again delivering a game without any negative dynamics to contend with: no enemies to defend against, no hurricanes or earthquakes to ruin urban development, and no penalties of any sort.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    After I'd seen the plot play out and was able to mentally put it aside, it became clear that the lion's share of the pleasure I derived from Bastion was of the technical, hack-'em-up kind. In that regard, I salute it. On the other hand, while my hands enjoyed the time I spent with Bastion, my brain and my heart were left untouched.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Tokyo Twilight tells a good story and I did like the characters and scenarios, but when it deviates from the standard visual novel format with these awkward diversions, it stumbles pretty hard. Rather than being exciting additions, they feel like unfriendly barriers to what should be the focus: continuing the story.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As it stands it's just a good game with a few very awkward parts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Oh, and one final message to the developers, a little note for next time-if you're not going to bother making your characters able to climb stairs, a good way to disguise this massively unrealistic shortcoming is to not put any stairs in the game! Something to keep in mind.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite all my misgivings, Operation Abyss still comes fairly recommended to anyone looking for a dungeon crawler that doesn't mind occasionally hurling its audience to the wolves. Apart from some severely questionable design flaws, the core game that lurks within is a strangely enjoyable and rewarding experience, and a lengthy one at that. It's just not one that's for the faint of heart or short on patience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With just seven levels-three of which have serious problems working with the current control scheme-it's not like the game has a wealth of content, and its hostility to new players prevents me from recommending it to any but the hardcore.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It represents somewhat of a mixed bag, a mass of good and bad ideas that vie for dominance as the experience alternates between genuine fun and genuine tedium.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's not a great game by any means, but there are much worse ways to spend an afternoon than making jets explode.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Dungeons & Dragons titles were some of the most evolved side-scrolling fighters of their day, with design and gameplay concepts that made them stand out from their contemporaries. However, a $15 price-tag makes it tough to recommend the package to anyone who wasn't already a big fan back in the day.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Looking solely at the gameplay, Great Big War Game delivers. On the other hand, there is more to a game than just the gameplay itself-appearances do matter. From that perspective, it's in need of a little help.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While the game suffers from minor technical flaws and repetitive gameplay, it does something legitimately new with its TV show concept.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Godfather II's failure is that, outside of the most utilitarian sense in which it is a smoothly-playable game, it doesn't accomplish anything at all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    In closing, L.A. Noire's ambitions far outstrip its abilities, and it's a frustrating failure most of the running time. That being said, the shooting is exceptional, the occasional fistfighting is functional, and the foot chases are endearingly dynamic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The greatest strength of Wii Sports—its unparalleled accessibility—ends up being its greatest weakness. Although the game initially feels like a breath of fresh air, the failure of its novel control scheme to provide the sensitivity needed for continued growth and mastery ultimately sucks much of that air right back out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A fun game. But it is not as good a simulation of soccer as it could be. Too much of the gameplay feels scripted, and although you can pull off some beautiful moves, the unexpected occurs far too seldom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This kind of thing seems like a perfect fit for squeezing in a few minutes on a portable system, not to mention that it's a brand-new game and not a spin off or sequel to something found on the PS2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The second half's ridiculous difficulty hampers its full potential and causes it to lose significant points... [but] if the idea of a bloodthirsty, darkly violent version of "Marble Madness" sounds like your idea of a good time, check it out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The high stakes created by The Wise Monkey's first scenes propel the player through the rest of the episode. Although the game stumbles mechanically in a few spots, it manages for the most part to maintain the tension that The Hangman lacked.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    This game won't change your life or the way you think about gaming, but for those nights when you just wanna turn off your brain and shoot things, you could do far worse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Don't get me wrong; Yakuza 3 is still a good game that offers a uniquely Japanese experience and dramatic content an order of magnitude more mature than most of what's coming down the pike, but it just doesn't match up to the first two entries. I hate to say it, but the Dragon of Dojima's gotten soft in the middle-it's time for Kazuma to cut back on the yakiniku and get his ass back to the gym.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Carrying on the same kind of rough, unpolished quality into a sequel without any innovation is completely unacceptable to me, Star Wars or otherwise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Unfortunately the game has poor layouts for the levels that even adults will have trouble navigating. The game certainly had a strong sense of personality and a well realized world. It's unfortunate that all players can do is run circles in such a nice environment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    To be clear, I wasn't expecting a complete game from D4—the episodic model guarantees a certain amount of waiting around on the part of the consumer—but this doesn't even feel like a complete episode.