GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 2,020 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 7.4 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:
2020 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band is admittedly a financial investment, but for the gamer with at least one friend who enjoys music, I think it's worth it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As the first chapter of an episodic adventure, Blues and Bullets accomplishes everything it needs to—great writing, interesting characters, hints of a compelling story, and engaging gameplay are all present.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EyeToy feeds the average person's vanity by projecting themselves onto the television. As just about every reality show on the air proves, being on television remains an important status symbol in our culture.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game for the first time ever actually has a counterpoint to these [hopeless] moments; the ying to that helpless-and-hopeless yang. That ying is an exhilarating sense of heroic empowerment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add to that some late-game plot twists, several path-altering choices, a wide variety of obstacles to overcome, multiple endings to discover, and a wealth of small touches (like your character's clothing deteriorating with each narrow escape) and you've got a progressively energetic game set in a fantastic locale: one step beyond everyday life.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it's most definitely a must-buy masterpiece, in my hard-headed opinion Pikmin 2 is still a tad bit shy of toppling the classic original. [JPN Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Personally, as much as I have been impressed by Forza, I found it to be just a little too much. It's a fantastic game, but one best suited to those willing to invest some serious time into their racing games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't think it's an overstatement to say that Quantic Dream's work is an achievement for dramatic storytelling and a bold step forward towards maturation of the medium. Games like this are what I live for as a player and as a critic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those looking to spend a few melancholic hours drinking in the sights and sounds of a desolate island while churning over an old man’s heartbreak, this version of Dear Esther is as good as it gets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a fan of the series, I loved Game of Thrones Episode One: Iron from Ice. It's a great start that does the show justice and perfectly captures the brutality and political intrigue of Westeros.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, I think it's the focus on the characters and the growth they experience that takes Grandia over the top. The angle the designers took for Grandia as a more lighthearted and anecdotal adventure is refreshing. It never overwhelms like the newer, over-ambitious efforts that are out there but rather, offers up the less tangible part of gaming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Atelier Meruru is brilliant, and only a coal-hearted misanthrope could fail to be utterly charmed by it. This entry cements my opinion that the Atelier Series may well be the best-kept secret in the entire JRPG genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an incredibly rich, unique and innovative take on first-person shooters-yet it's also a flawed game, suffering from a few minor scripting bugs and some rough edges in the gameplay that occasionally interfere with what is, for the most part, an exceptionally engaging experience. But despite its imperfections, it is a truly groundbreaking game, captivating in its complexity, its mystery, and its vividly realized world that stands as a milestone in both imagination and engineering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Then what's wrong with using TV to brainwash the masses?" It's a chill-inducing sentiment, but after playing both Space Channel 5 games, I could see it coming from Ulala just as easily as from the cackling Mr. Blank.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One may play for an hour or two, but they're constantly tempted to go back in and uncover the scads of remaining secrets. It's a style of game that really intrigues me, and one I want to see more of
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a trip back to the well, R6: Vegas 2 proves an unusually excellent cash-in. I'd be lying, though, if I said that my two favorite levels weren't the prologue and epilogue, which both forgo the Vegas setting for a trip to an exotic locale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than preaching, Hotline Miami asks the questions and forces the player to confront the answers himself, without exculpating its own creators. That's the real mark of maturity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's really a testament to the game's quality that even though I found its politics and implications deeply troubling I was still won over by the amazing gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ICO
    For every 500 games that are boring, uninspired, graphically-enhanced rehashes, just one title like ICO is enough to reinvigorate my love of games and keep me going another day.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m glad that after 20 years, Nintendo can still make something old feel new again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series, especially this installment, has become among the most memorable game-playing experiences of my life.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The slightly disappointing storyline aside, it's impressive just how well the whole thing gels together, and DmC: Devil May Cry succeeds on pretty much every level imaginable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So Portal does its job within the Orange Box compilation, taking a brilliant left-field idea and successfully merging it with Valve's universe over an entertaining few hours of gaming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After hours of hair-splitting and nitpicking, the bottom line is that Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens just may be the best time I’ve had with a Lego title in years. Everything here is big, broad and loaded with replay value, and — unlike stormtrooper fire — will provide fans with a perfectly aimed blast of entertainment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of these positives were true in the PS2 original, though, so the triumph of Leifthrasir is in making things easier to enjoy on current platforms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This title has it all—engrossing and challenging gameplay, a plot that rises above the usual clichés of the genre, loads of depth and customization, great graphics, and some excellent audio. This is, hands down, the best RPG I've played in 2005.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The online is worthy of special mention, as it’s arguably the most important factor when it comes to a fighting game’s longevity. Fortunately, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator nails this aspect admirably. The netcode is solid, with even games held between Japan and the UK offering decent matches.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I enjoyed the violence in Dynasty Warriors 3. However dignified the game’s treatment of its subject may be, I was neither appalled nor enlightened by the violence. I was thrilled by it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It looks fantastic, it plays fantastic, and it's got a shocking amount of depth for an Xbox Arcade title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I came into Strong Bad's expecting quality adventuring, the unique comedic stylings that make me feel like I'm a kid watching Rocko's Modern Life again, and some good old fashioned The Cheat kickin'. That's exactly what I got, and there was virtually nothing throughout the experience that annoyed or dissatisfied me.