GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,528 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.9 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:
1,528 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    So ingenious, yet simple in its execution that it would have succeeded on almost any platform. In spite of a few flaws, it is damn near a match made in heaven.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This particular port has been remade almost from scratch and gives a new lease on life to a franchise that was wading in stagnation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For fans of pinball or the walking dead, the game is a must-have.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While many of the game's components have become stereotypes over the years, here they are carefully constructed and fit together perfectly, creating something larger than the sum of its parts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm giving Advance Wars 2 an 8.5 because of the game's lack of any significant innovation (the missile silos and volcanos are nice, but one new tank doesn't cut it for me). The developers decided not to take any risks, which I can't really fault them for, since the first game was so damn close to perfection to begin with.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's aesthetically fresh, filled with original creations, and presents a wholly unique mix of gameplay styles.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's no easy feat to invigorate a genre that has remained fairly set in its ways for the last few generations, let alone do it with the imagination and energy present here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's the level design that makes Rayman 3 stand out. While the early levels are mostly uninteresting, the game picks up as Rayman gains more of his trademark powers: the helicopter float, the wall climb, the super-punch, etc.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Several unfortunate technical issues hold[] it back. The item inventory screen is pure hell to navigate.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a string of never-ending combos rattling off my fingertips intuitively, without thought, I now stand my ground against one and all, confident in my abilities, quite certain of my power. And it's exhilarating, in the face of such overwhelming adversity, to be able to do so.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Its unique theme and dark humor make it well-suited to gamers (such as yours truly) who enjoy the mechanics of the genre but are aching for a more refreshing and mature thematic backdrop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like making love to an armadillo; it may be rough and full of bumps, but underneath it all is one sweet ride.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's not the longest game, and it's not the most complex game, but it succeeds at almost everything it sets out to do-which puts it head and shoulders above most other games out there, Star Wars-related or not.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the basic premise of The Warriors on the silver screen remains intact in its videogame adaptation, it is confronted with a gritty sense of realism, which gives the original artistic vision of Hill a whole new angle. And that, dear Mr. Ebert, is art indeed.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Addictive personalities will no doubt find themselves caught up in the game to the exclusion of all else. There's always one more quest to undertake, one more rare to find, one more level to grow…it's these elements that keep people coming back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    [Vyse's] simple and fun-loving personality is a welcome trait compared to the angst-ridden heroes of today's more popular RPG titles.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The devil is really in the details. I was obsessed with collecting recipes all over the world, by seeking out the elusive Wonder Chef, whose dishes provide various healing effects after fights.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I can't praise the structural work and the interconnecting quests enough.
    • 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.