GameCritics' Scores

  • Games
For 1,543 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 Metroid Prime
Lowest review score: 0 Mass Effect: Pinnacle Station
Score distribution:
1,543 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    An essentially generic nature is why Grandia Xtreme winds up being such an empty experience overall.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The repetitive hack-and-slash gameplay has nothing in common with the earlier incarnations of the series and will surely alienate the Fallout faithful. Meanwhile, the newcomers to the Fallout universe aren't likely to be sucked in by the uninteresting and flat characters nor the nonexistent story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's the perfect example of the sort of game that seems to poised to make its mark on the world and then inexplicably proceeds to hang out at the local mall for its entire adult life.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Dull, mediocre games… well these games are like a painter's palette filled with nine shades of gray. There isn't much to work with, so the end result is as lifeless and flat as a Midwest landscape study in wintertime.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's not as pretty as "Splinter Cell", it's not as engaging as "SOCOM 2", and it features a frustration factor that's almost in the realm of "Ninja Gaiden"—without the rewards.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    To see a series falter so badly after years of doing everything right is distressing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A mildly diverting shooting gallery, a mediocre FPS, and a slap in the face to those of us who have been waiting for seven years for a decent western-themed shooter.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The characters are there—now someone just needs to figure out how to create some gameplay that makes the experience fun and not a chore.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    I just can't imagine a filmmaker putting me in a situation where, once the movie stopped, I was forced to go onto a website to find out how it ended. I also can't imagine how anyone at Microids couldn't see just what a fatal misstep this lack of an ending was.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    What is disappointing about Musashi is that I expect more from Square-Enix. The company seems to be mired in a bit of a rut as of late, and churning out average, if uninspired, games like this one doesn't seem to be a good way to get back on course.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    All of the elements that make up a decent survival horror game are on display here. The monsters, the violence, the simplistic, action-oriented storytelling... They're just so shoddily rendered and assembled that all they add up to is a mediocre experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's well presented and Brave's misshapen but personable face and tape-like hair make him an oddly likeable hero (that one wouldn't necessarily mind seeing again), but for the most part his showcase adventure ranks as an inescapably hollow and forgettable experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Humor and unusual storytelling can't save it from stiff controls and an awkward camera.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The Warrior's Code is a long slog that's guaranteed to kill some free time—and may even entertain newcomers to the genre—but there isn't anything rewarding or enjoyable about it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Plunder-by-panic and slippery experience points are intriguing, but these innovations fall flat without solid, bug-free foundations to support them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Given the subject matter, Kane & Lynch never had a chance of being a fun game, but it had every chance of being a good one. It's not.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    After Burner may be spiritually true to Sega's seminal 1987 hit, but game design has progressed by leaps and bounds since then. Cleaving so closely to its dusty, outdated forefather hurt more than it helped, I'd say.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Even if I couldn't set my love for the series aside for this review, I'm sure that Def Jam Icon's problems are so clear and inarguable that even if I'd never played any of the previous titles I would have rated it exactly the same.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's too bad that by over-complicating everything, Touch the Dead gets this simple formula so very wrong.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's inherited all the original game's problems—a major feat, since it's developed by a whole new company—and lost some of its charm in the process.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    In the end, Spectral Force 3 is more disappointing than bad.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Topatoi Episode 1 delays its payoff for too long, and in the end exists mostly as a suggestion of a game that might be good to play when (and if) it makes its way to the PSN store. Add the fact that the characters of Topatoi lack any of the charm or personality of your typical platformer cast—their in game models look a little revolting even—and it's a hard game to recommend.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Tron: Evolution has too much going for it to write it off as another inspiration-free paycheck game, but I can't help but feel that if the developers had had another six months and perhaps a little more freedom to stray from the film's narrative, the end result would have been much better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Hardcore item-management fetishists might find some joy here, there’s simply not enough balance or content for Phantom Crash to stand on its own, much less measure up to the competition (I’m looking at you, "Armored Core 3").
    • 62 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Sadly, the latest incarnation of that landmark effort doesn't have the personality, lush animation or blisteringly fast pace that made the original such a hit. What it does have is...not much.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Without marrying any substantial content or meaningful context to the visuals, this is the type of depth-free cheap titillation that we need to move past if we're ever to break away from the stereotypical gutter that society at large perceives current videogames to be in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The bland graphics, clunky controls, and atrocious load times (nearing 40 seconds in some instances) are nearly insurmountable shortcomings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's a shame that given such a potentially provocative issue as the premise of the game, Whiplash chooses to take it nowhere and instead falls back on ineffectual humor, cartoonish violence, and an unimaginative interface.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    From Dust is an interesting, original and creative project... unfortunately, it never capitalizes on its promise thanks to too many technical problems and a feeling of unpolished awkwardness. More frustrating and tedious than uplifting and deific, I'd love to see a revamped installment with the kinks ironed out. As it stands, I was all too ready to leave the islands behind and head back to the mainland at the first opportunity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, F.E.A.R. 3 is a prime example of a game that can't decide what it wants to be. In trying to be an intense horror campaign and an intricate co-op/multiplayer experience at the same time, it winds up being neither and pleasing no one. I see some good ideas in the story and multiplayer modes, but a distinct lack of focus brings it all down.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's still worth it to see what it brings to the genre, but don't expect to finish it without significant financial investment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    With its relatively small menu of uninspired puzzles and cast of irritants, One Against All fails in its attempt to capture the Layton magic.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    When all's said and done, Ragnarok Odyssey takes almost all of its major cues from the leader of its genre, and then flatly fails to deliver a commensurate level of depth in combat, quest design, and equipment tinkering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Cognition fails not from a lack of execution, but from a lack of imagination.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's tough to recommend Sacred Citadel when there are so many superior side scrolling fighters already on the market.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    With a lack of both polish and ambition, Dark will never be anything but an also-ran. As a budget title it's a passable entry-level stealth game, but there's not enough here to justify recommending it when there are so many superior games in the genre. When a game's best selling points are that the stealth is predictable and that the player is a vampire, something has gone terribly wrong.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It's a shame that Strider eventually grinds down into such life-sapping monotony because it starts off reasonably strong. The controls are sharp and responsive, and cutting enemies in half while dashing around at lightning speed feels damn good.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Hardcore Trials fans have probably already bought and completed this game, but for others who may be curious and haven't jumped in yet, I'd recommend either of the others before this one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    I was ready to forgive a couple of rough episodes as long as things got rolling by the midpoint, but with only two installments left, it seems unlikely that The Walking Dead, Season Two will be able to muster anything that season one didn't already do better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Although The Amazing Spider-man 2 isn't a catastrophic disaster by any means, there's also absolutely nothing to recommend it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    While Strike Suit Zero has a solid core, it needs more development time and enrichment in nearly every aspect apart from the combat mechanics. Players looking for a megadose of space shooting will find it, but those craving a well-rounded package offering more than just dogfighting should look elsewhere.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    In its current state, it's a relic with a coat of paint on top, and it's not likely to keep anyone's attention for very long.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    In its current state, Destiny feels unfinished and unfocused, but I imagine that things will be looking quite different in a year's time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Alluring pop divas…political rebels…musical party game...Unison spreads itself too thin trying to satisfy all of these criteria, and ultimately comes up short everywhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Far and away, Legacy of Kain: Defiance's most heinous offense is the way it shamelessly doles out its own sloppy seconds, thirds, and fourths in place of actually creating tasks and challenges that would be interesting or engaging.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The most monumental loss is style.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By the end of the first level, the player will have encountered every type of objective that the game has to offer, aside from the afore-mentioned "guard the thing" scenario. This depressing formula repeats itself throughout the game, with the "levels" distinguishing themselves solely through window-dressing and increasingly difficult enemies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Seen through a kid’s eye this game is very cool with its full compliment of squishing sounds and gun blasts. For adults, I suggest you look elsewhere for your entertainment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather from the bold, unique effort I hoped it would be, it's a weak, contrived bore that never gets off the ground. A four alarm blaze? More like a soggy day-old campfire.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But Van Helsing's missions are all means to an end, which is to rehash the film's plot in a videogame.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I honestly do think that Sir Daniel Fortesque is a good character with potential, but I would have much rather seen an all-new game with a nod towards current methodology than a rehash of something that honestly wasn't all that great in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimate Spider-Man is nothing more than a bargain-bin effort that would be over and forgotten in an hour or two except for the pointless required side missions artificially extending playtime.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even if the game falls apart fairly quickly, and has bugs and interface quirks that make the main story borderline unplayable, it still deserves a measure of attention and admiration.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In between the unsatisfying battles and the go-nowhere story, there's a lot of searching for the right area or person that will trigger the next cutscene, and a lot of wandering back and forth for the sake of extending the game's playtime.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The simple fact is that even with the elemental tweaks and team attacks, this game is sorely average in terms of the challenges and ideas presented to players.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's nothing juicy about a boring hero on a boring quest walking around aimlessly searching for the next area to continue a story that I had a hard time caring about.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From its incongruous RPG-style leveling up to its endless recycling of levels to its utterly ridiculous Arabian Nights-themed story, Sonic and the Secret Rings feels horribly padded from top to bottom.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The potential is clearly here for another out-of-left-field cult hit, but the charm of sautéing, stewing, and sometimes scorching wears off too soon, and there's nothing to fall back on to bolster the experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I'm not exaggerating when I say that Jewel Summoner is at least half dialogue, if not three-quarters - a fatal mistake when the quality of such is so unappealing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I was really hoping that Tiger 08 would satisfy my desire to have a polished and refined golfing experience that uses the Wii remote. With its frustrating and inconsistent gameplay, however, Tiger 08 is (much as I hate to say it) way under par.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Comic books are excessively violent. Mortal Kombat is excessively violent. Yet somehow the combination of the two has been watered-down to the point of irrelevance, all in the hopes of increasing the number of people who would play it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But Clear Sky takes everything that I loved about Chernobyl—the mature storyline, the nerve-wracking underground laboratories and the rewarding combat—and muddies them with a litany of bugs and bad design to the point that it overwhelms its more redeeming qualities.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What little the game does add to the saga is forgotten by everyone at the end. Disney fans will be most disappointed of all: Disney's characters barely put in an appearance, and Disney's worlds are just window-dressing for a killzone.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The controls and interaction with the game world are suspect at best and downright awful at worst. And even looking past that I still come away disappointed. The script is weak, the characters' interactions/motivations are often left unexplained, and the voice acting is mediocre in some places and bad in others. The only thing Heavy Rain really has going for it is the composition of some of the individual scenes, and that's not nearly enough to carry the whole game on its own. So in the end we don't have much of anything except the spectre of what might have been.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It was pretty short, I forgot it had a story, and the interface needs some work. It wasn't bad, though. It was just Sudoku.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A larger budget might have saved the driving physics and improved the experience of the town, but no amount of money could repair the terrible writing and wrong-headed design that really sink Deadly Premonition.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ragnarok DS's problem is that decisions that are forgivable in a free MMO are really grating in a single-player game that costs money.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Although the controls were solidly implemented, the graphics were some of the best I've seen on the Wii, and I do believe the developers' hearts were in the right place, Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon is a tedious, trying experience that didn't offer enough reason for me to carry on in spite of its downsides.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A dating simulation combined with more traditional combat is certainly an interesting concept, but with Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love's inconsistent tone, exhausting battle system and poor story, it's trying to be too many things at once.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Quite honestly, I would recommend the first game over Crackdown 2 with no hesitation, and based on what's actually here, it seems to me that positioning the effort as a piece of $15 DLC would have been far more appropriate than trying to pass it off as a $60 retail release.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Singularity is the very definition of average, and the lack of subtitles knocks it just below. It is the gaming equivalent of white rice, the Ford Focus, and black coffee. Its taste is decidedly bland, but it'll do its job.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Ivy the Kiwi? is an incredibly cute character and makes a valiant attempt to bring back a style of game that few developers have attempted in recent years, the core concept never quite finds happy coexistence with the player interface. For project as simple and straightforward as this one, that particular barrier proves too great to overcome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For the most part the simplified controls work like a charm, allowing the player to zip around the map, easily locating their prey. It's the maps themselves that are the problem-they're far too small for the number of players that regularly compete on them.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In rudely flipping Gunblade NY & L.A. Machineguns onto store shelves for some quick cash, Sega has shown that they can't be bothered. If that's true, then why should anyone else?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As much as I may admire the concept, I really can't recommend Lost in Shadow to anyone except those who crave simplistic, repetitive gameplay and an unnecessarily bloated running time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When it comes down to it, stripping away the gameplay, all GTA2 brings to the table is foul language, gratuitous violence, and aging 2D graphics. Once my bloodlust was quenched, GTA became a monotonous and painfully shallow game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game does offer a 4-way link for both singles and doubles matches, though finding four people with a copy of Davis Cup Tennis is likely to be the biggest challenge.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Strikes me as a good idea, but in its current state it falls obscenely short of the fun and playability that usually comes with a Mario game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mazes of Fate might have had a slim chance a few years ago, but arriving alongside infinitely more capable competition renders rough, mediocre and annoying content immediately, undesirably obsolete.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Opponents cannot be forced off balance, pressured, or intercepted. Kaktuo Chojin rarely forces players to think, react, or adapt to their opponents. Worse still is the absence of a deep grappling system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all its advertising about a virtual world governed by cause and effect, Fable is really just a terribly unambitious hack and slash game in a bad marriage with a personality simulator. The hack and slash works fairly well-everything else, not so much.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I'd much rather play as a horny male chauvinist in an engrossing game than as a strong woman in a bad one. Playing the part of a warrior queen should be fun, but my enthusiasm was gone by the time I beat the game's final boss. "I never have to play this again," I thought. "Thank God(dess)."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Everything from the graphics to the storyline feels half-baked.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For a piece of DLC that offers so little, $7.00 seems steep. Save some hard-earned money and watch the videos of it on YouTube instead… the most relevant bits can be seen in a minute or two, and those Microsoft points can instead be spent on something more substantial.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though short, Swarm lasts a bit too long, if you ask me, being that it fails to expand upon its novel concept. It's a shame, too, because when you get back to what I brought up before, Hothead's marketing is enjoyably irreverent and funny. Take a look at the promotional videos on their website, and it's clear that they really love this concept, and that they're attempting to inject their products with a very particular sense of humor. If only the game matched their ads in its pizzazz and charm.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Brink works fine, yes, and can deliver a competent multiplayer game of shoot-shoot, but as a full-priced retail title it leaves a lot to be desired. A simple, story-less downloadable game would have made much more sense.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Red Faction: Armageddon is a perfectly functional third-person shooter, but there's nothing at all to recommend it. The design is incoherent on its own merits, even more so in the context of the series, and the narrative fares even worse.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In short, Dungeon Siege III is a morass of flat characters, a story as dull as dishwater, and combat that manages to be both frustrating and boring.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While girlfriend-friendly and action-ready, Crimson Alliance needs some beefing up to be a memorable experience. Booting up the similar Torchlight for just a few minutes is enough to show that while simple is good, elegant is better.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even with all these problems, however, I found the plot interesting enough that I'm definitely hooked. If by some miracle there is a The Cursed Crusade 2, I'd be interested in seeing the story wrapped up as long as this title's wealth of problems are fixed.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I still count myself as a huge fan of Dead Island, but Ryder White takes too many wrong turns and strays from what made the original game what it was. Completists will surely want to see the twist ending, but more casual fans of the game don't have much reason to take this brutal, frustrating trip.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I might have had less aggravation if I had a dedicated group of other players to go through the game with from beginning to end, but I wouldn't ask any of my friends to pay full price for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North. Thankfully, since War in the North was released after Dark Souls, before Skyrim, and on the same day as Uncharted 3, there's a good chance the game is already in the bargain bin for a fraction of the MSRP.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The characters, the story, the controls, the difficulty, and even the central premise... all of it seems to be on the right track, but none of it hits the mark. I still think there's a lot of potential here, but like any other game, the basics have to be nailed before it can start reaching for greatness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In closing, as said before, it's nice for a game to be simple and get right to it, but only the very few combo-obsessed high-score junkies will follow The Splatters all the way to the end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's been about a week since I finished Inversion, and I've already forgotten most of what happened in it. There were two plot twists that were mildly interesting and a couple of cool uses of the gravity powers, but as a whole the game is strangely lifeless. Most of the time, Inversion was boring me, and when it wasn't doing that, it was frustrating me.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fractured Soul is not a bad game by any means, but its keen concept is played out again and again with a taskmaster's sternness, and little else.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On a mobile platform like this one, a title has to look good, feel good, and be comfortable to play. This one strikes out in all three areas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fans of the Giana Sisters likely Kickstarted this game, thus earning a copy of it in the process. However, for those who don't already own a copy, there's no way that I can recommend it without it weighing on my conscience. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is simply not worth the time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, Arkedo has shown up to the party to share with us a huge ball of digital cotton candy; as soon as we get a taste of its ultra-sweetness, it's already evaporating. Fans of the game might counter that there's nothing automatically bad about a trifle of a game, but there's also nothing automatically good about one, either.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather than a game created to hook people with strong gameplay or a novel idea, Noble Nutlings feels like it's all about the Benjamins. Pass.