GameDaily's Scores

  • Games
For 1,233 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 20 Jenga World Tour
Score distribution:
1233 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you get end up drug dealing, causing mayhem, taxiing city passengers around or simply completing the missions, it's likely that your only moment of disappointment will come when you realize how dangerously close you are to finishing the game -- at which point you should note that there are an additional set of missions to be unlocked by tracking down two (very well) hidden Golden Lions after the main storyline ends.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first-person shooter's great looking, has an engrossing storyline, a perfect balance of action and exploration and a totally customizable combat system that can be described as nothing less than video game rapture.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The visuals are spectacular and the in-game music and dialogue manage to suck you in even further.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 far exceeded our expectations and is without question one of the best games we've played. Use whatever positive description you'd like. System seller, potential game of the year, landmark achievement; just make sure you buy it immediately.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One thing is clear: God of War III is phenomenal. It succeeds for a plethora of reasons that go well beyond its beautiful graphics. Unlike the competition, it doesn't take several hours to get going, or burden the player with laborious upgrades.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The production values are incredible, with breathtaking worlds to explore, a huge cast of memorable characters (Wrex is awesome) and hours of missions and side quests to delve into. When it's all over, you'll go through it again and find something exciting and new. Mass Effect sets a new standard for sci-fi gaming.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto IV lives up to its grand expectations by weaving a Hollywood-ready "American Dream" plotline with a finely-tuned game experience -- taking the tried-and-true GTA formula and plugging it into a living, breathing version of Liberty City.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This shooter is so addictive, gorgeous (both visually and aurally) and unrivaled that it demands your immediate attention.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the finest sport recreations we've seen, as it nails the experience. The online fight camps and Create-a-Fighter modes will keep you busy well through the next several pay-per-view events, and the presentation is second-to-none.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV's most promising feature is Tournament mode, available as a free downloadable update June 15th. For the first time in the series, players will be able to host four or eight person competitions, either as a participant or the host.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best military shooters to date, with enough realism to make you feel like you're right on the battlefield. The visuals look amazingly life-like, unmatched by other PlayStation 3 efforts. The gameplay feels familiar, and at the same time refreshing and exciting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Combined with the single player campaign, Call of Duty's online play rounds out a very impressive package, one that throttles the senses and shakes the soul.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the finest sport recreations we've seen, as it nails the experience. The online fight camps and Create-a-Fighter modes will keep you busy well through the next several pay-per-view events, and the presentation is second-to-none.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 far exceeded our expectations and is without question one of the best games we've played. Use whatever positive description you'd like. System seller, potential game of the year, landmark achievement; just make sure you buy it immediately.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV's most promising feature is Tournament mode, available as a free downloadable update June 15th. For the first time in the series, players will be able to host four or eight person competitions, either as a participant or the host.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gaming bliss, the essential collection for gamers the world over and one of 2007's best deals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Lumines II comes out of the gate strong and never lets up in creating a perfect puzzle game, and it comes with our highest recommendation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gorgeous, irresistible and a must buy, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 epitomizes fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This extremely enjoyable action RPG contains fabulous visuals, plenty of options, and incredible gameplay. Neverwinter Nights 2 is truly one of the most epic adventures found on a PC, and it should be purchased without hesitation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The first-person shooter's great looking, has an engrossing storyline, a perfect balance of action and exploration and a totally customizable combat system that can be described as nothing less than video game rapture.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whoever made this game, did so with tremendous amounts of love. That's what ultimately makes Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story so incredible. It's one of those rare games that received enough time and attention to make it sensational, a real treat for DS/DSi owners.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sequel improves greatly on an already superb product with an in-depth training mode, a song list that holds up just as well as the original, and multiplayer that includes cooperative play. Everyone should rock out to Guitar Hero II -- it's one of the best games of 2006.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lumines Plus retains its predecessor's addictive play on the PlayStation 2; providing excellent replay value, featuring numerous unlockable skins and two-player action guaranteed to wear out the ol' Dual Shock 2 controllers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's undoubtedly hard, but looks, sounds and plays wonderfully, both alone and online through Xbox Live. Download this baby immediately.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it lacks large amount of modes and options, the ones provided will keep you punching for hours. In addition, online play is excellent, with very little lag.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 is largely more of the same, and that helps make it a phenomenal experience. Nintendo didn't reinvent the formula. Instead, it took what fans loved about the prequel and then jazzed everything up with never before seen galaxies, planets and a more streamlined user interface.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Beatles are worth every penny, especially for fans of the Fab Four. This game delivers one of the most phenomenal music experiences, outside of hopping into a time machine and watching them perform live, we're likely to see during this phase of our digital age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After two disappointing efforts the last two seasons -- disappointing by the high standard that EA's football franchise set for itself over the years -- Madden NFL 08 redeems the franchise as one of the best-playing football games in recent memory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This 2-D brawling game has classic fighting gameplay, visuals and sound that stay true to the show. The four-player bouts justify the price of admission, either online against others via Wi-Fi Connection or playing locally with friends.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero is without question Activision's coolest rhythm game. The turntable has its drawbacks (it's a bit small for larger folks), but that soundtrack will give you a new appreciation for music and perhaps satisfy your DJ fantasy. Just don't pass this off as another game with a useless peripheral. It's one of the sweetest, most original games we've played in a long time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay works wonderfully, even with the limited PSP control set-up. Executing Kratos' vicious attacks and other special moves are easy and enjoyable to perform. Best of all, it's just fun to play, as long as you don't mind the carnage.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to the strong attention to detail, the world of Ivalice feels less like a video game and more like an actual place. Not only are the actions and motivations of the various characters believable, but the characters themselves are often quite memorable to boot.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some attack controls aren't smoothly read, but otherwise, this is a masterpiece you'll want to add to your personal collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as sweet as the original. The new Challenge mode, Battle of the Bands and tweaks to the World Tour mode will keep you playing for months.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a lackluster performance from last year, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 excels in every area imaginable. The addition of Woods' personal coach, Hank Haney, introduces a significant new skill improvement system with a series of practice drills and advice.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeah, the graphics don't really go too far forward, the online options could've been less strenuous, and the load time could've been cut back. Regardless, there's still far greater good here than we could've ever expected from the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We dare you to find a better baseball video game than Sony's MLB 09: The Show. Instead of resting on its laurels, the company took an already excellent sports game and make it sweeter than the New York Yankees' starting lineup.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Split/Second, Black Rock Studio has clearly blown the doors off. This is fast-paced racing at its finest, the best of its kind since Burnout 3: Takedown hit the open road years ago. It'll take a lot to top this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Online play and additional challengers (Disco Kid is the only new character) would've made this even better, but Punch-Out!! is still a fun and nostalgia driven arcade style boxing game that every Wii owner should play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An enjoyable cinematic experience complemented by the fast-paced fighting and Tomb Raider-inspired platform jumping.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The inability to pause cutscenes is a bummer, but that's no reason to avoid one of the most unique role-playing titles on the PlayStation 2.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is so good that we're declaring it an easy 'Best of' contender for 2009.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N+
    The multiplayer options are sweet, too, but you'll probably spend more time with the single player game. N+ rocks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation creates a genuine survival/horror ambience that's hard to shake (without the need for excessive gore) and the gameplay shines (no pun intended).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The adventure ends sooner than expected (10-12 hours), but it's worth every breathtaking moment. This is one of 2008's best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Series veterans will recognize the familiar play style of the previous installments and jump right into the story, as a tutorial helps newcomers learn the basics. Because of these changes, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is the gem of the series and a must play for DS owners.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sony did an excellent job porting two phenomenal games to PS3, and we strongly suggest you replay them in all their glory. Of course, if you never experienced the God of War franchise, you're in for a wonderful treat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The throttling gameplay, gorgeous presentation and sweet multiplayer options make it a ride you cannot miss.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're pleased that this new add-on experience doesn't stray far from the source material. At the same time, there is a certain been-there, done-that feeling, and Johnny's ongoing clashes with biker gang boss Billy are so telegraphed that they fall flat compared to the (by comparison) subtle nuances of Niko's story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the game's a brain splattering good time, we still don't understand why Valve refuses to allow users to aim down the sights of a weapon, instead of always shooting from the hip. It gets the job done most of the time, but we feel everyone's accuracy would improve if they could line up their shots.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The retouched graphics shine, thanks to cute animated characters and explosive effects. The gameplay is the real attention getter, however, with addictive combo-building gameplay that works both off and online.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Charming and addictive.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Custom set lists and a new No Fail mode means you can play however and as long as you want. Buy Rock Band 2 and rock through the house.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Twists, such as the ability to play with different attributes thanks to Baby Mario, Baby Princess Peach, Baby DK, and more add variety to an extremely fun adventure. Through 40-plus levels, vibrant graphics and lively environments make things feel fresh and unique.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The voice acting continues the Grand Theft Auto trend of excellence, even with weirder characters like Yusuf. ("I seem to have forgotten my pants.") The dialogue is excellent, even if it is laced with enough slurs and profanity to make a senator cringe.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 2-D graphics are wonderfully drawn, the soundtrack is epic and the bosses are among the best we've seen. We don't like the boring two-player races and item trading, but overall, this is one of the best Castlevanias to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Classic beat-em-up bliss, backed by a wonderful upgrade system, several new characters and weapons (like Alien Hominid bashing people's heads in with a lollipop) and memorable gameplay.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    None of the modes - Arcade, Time Attack, Versus - scream innovation, and confusing anime-style cut scenes had us scratching our heads, but the wealth of hidden content, online play and addictive combat make Street Fighter IV one of 2009's most exciting video games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Several new modes and weapons add tremendously to the game, including an entertaining new Puzzle mode that really puts wormy minds to work.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous and feature packed, it's the new benchmark of open world adventures and a must play for gamers with itchy trigger fingers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero's fifth installment is easily the most accessible.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battlefield 2142 delivers a sci-fi themed experience using the familiar Battlefield style. While the setting may have changed a bit, the overall gameplay hasn't.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sporting a robust real-time combat system, the most beautiful cel-shaded graphics we've seen (even topping Eternal Sonata) and a compelling story that will keep you coming back until you finish this lengthy quest, Tales is one of the best games of the year and it'll appeal to RPG fans of all kinds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has something for everyone, including new players and those who simply want to raise their characters to the new level cap.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a lackluster performance from last year, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 excels in every area imaginable. The addition of Woods' personal coach, Hank Haney, introduces a significant new skill improvement system with a series of practice drills and advice.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although its simplistic set-up and weird rectangular-shaped animals appear decidedly kitschy, Boom Blox is one of the Nintendo Wii's best third-party games, a work of genius from the collaborative efforts of EA and Steven Spielberg.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation hasn't changed much and the gameplay still revolves around the same note hitting formula, but if you love music (and who doesn't), you can't afford to miss this latest jam.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is sparkling with life, and picks up even more once Dante enters the fray. The visuals and sound are excellent, even with slightly bothersome camera hitches.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a whacky, off-the-wall cartoon style, Team Fortress 2 provides excellent class based multiplayer action. TF2's classes are unique from each other and stand out to fulfill specific roles, but flexible enough to adapt to changing situations.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals are absolutely astounding, like a fine painting brought to life, and the gameplay has touches of sheer genius, including the introduction of the "celestial brush" and an efficient, if simple, combat engine. Okami is one of the best games of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without the Wii's motion controls and an orchestrated soundtrack, Zelda succeeds with an ambitious quest that rivals "Ocarina of Time" and a control scheme that players will love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this combines to form a wonderful racing experience that Colin McRae would be proud of, so pick up Dirt 2, rev some engines and enjoy one of 2009's best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These simple mechanics greatly enhance an already phenomenal product.. Furthermore, the inclusion of three very addictive mini games -- 2 on 2, Kicking Combine, and Y.A.C. Attack -- provides gamers with experiences they won't find anyplace else.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much of it looks and feels familiar, but 2K Games proved that there is a whole other side of Rapture worth exploring, as well as new and interesting stories to tell. Gripping, wondrous and at times horrifying, it's a superb effort that opens the door for perhaps another game, but don't worry about that. For now, put on that Big Daddy helmet and pay this phenomenal city a visit.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sony's masterpiece, God of War II, not only trumps its prequel, but also redefines the action adventure genre...Not only does it cement the PS2's amazing legacy, it delivers one of the best gaming experiences in the video game history.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The throttling gameplay, gorgeous presentation and sweet multiplayer options make it a ride you cannot miss.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The result is so good that we're declaring it an easy 'Best of' contender for 2009.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest features in this game are the Kreate-A-Fighter, Kreate-A-Fatality, and Online modes. It's about time Midway included stuff like this! So yeah, go buy MK Armageddon ASAP! It's one of the major reasons why the PS2 still has plenty of life residing within its dusty innards.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has more than enough guns, modes and "oh-my-god" moments to propel it to the very top of your must have list, with astounding visuals, crystal-clear (and at times, frightening) audio and enough plot twists to make you second guess everything, so gear up, hop onto your snowmobile and haul ass to the nearest store.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DJ Hero is without question Activision's coolest rhythm game. The turntable has its drawbacks (it's a bit small for larger folks), but that soundtrack will give you a new appreciation for music and perhaps satisfy your DJ fantasy. Just don't pass this off as another game with a useless peripheral. It's one of the sweetest, most original games we've played in a long time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lack of an online multiplayer experience and wireless controller were slightly disappointing, but it's hard to complain when new content, online leaderboards and enhanced visuals add so much to an already vivid gaming experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers looking for the most technologically sophisticated game of the year should head directly for Crysis. The artificial intelligence can be quirky, but the open-ended gameplay, spectacular graphics and incredible nanosuit powers more than make up for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although Prophecies players will benefit the most from playing the expansion, plenty of challenges await other gamers, including deep multilevel Dungeons providing near Master Quest level difficulties.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love music/rhythm games and looking for a new challenge or you just love Metallica, you need to buy this video game. More downloadable content would've made this the best Guitar Hero yet, but as it stands, it still rocks. Snag it and obey your master.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seeing as how most military first-person shooters take themselves dead seriously, it's refreshing to see Battlefield: Bad Company's dark sense of humor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Shift is a wonderful re-imaging of Electronic Arts' classic series and one of 2009's best racing games. The combination of exquisite graphics and hardcore crashing delivers an adrenaline shot to players who drool over squealing tires, burnt rubber and exotic muscle machines.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The campaign is over much too quickly and multiplayer isn't nearly as deep as some other games, but this isn't about playing Gears of War ten, fifteen years down the road. It's all about partaking in this mass, shared experience, one that'll no doubt keep Xbox 360s running for a long time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With loads of challenge, stylistic visuals and a catchy if not minimalist soundtrack, Patapon succeeds in creating something wonderful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is very tight and easy to get into, whether you're going solo through Campaign or Racebox or challenging others through AdHoc and Infrastructure. The downloadable content is hot, too. It may not be easy, but this Pulse definitely rates high.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's far from innovative as other games feature superior narratives and better multiplayer modes, but it's still an edge of your seat and bullet riddled extravaganza that begs to be experienced by anyone with a PS3.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Irresistibly charming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the game's a brain splattering good time, we still don't understand why Valve refuses to allow users to aim down the sights of a weapon, instead of always shooting from the hip. It gets the job done most of the time, but we feel everyone's accuracy would improve if they could line up their shots.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who want a quality game consisting of innocent fun should look no further than Noddy: A Day in Toyland.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that features numerous upgrades guaranteed to please hoops fans who love rainbow threes and rim rattling dunks. On top of that, it has one of the most impressive sounding crowds this side of FIFA 10, and those 20,000 screaming maniacs make all the difference.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals are wonderful, the music is happy and the multiplayer modes are as fun as the single-player campaign. No matter how old you are, this game will paint a smile on your face.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the addition of PS3 trophies, all of the Xbox 360 version's downloadable content and a bonus Survivor Mode (which makes enemies tougher and ammo harder to come by), BioShock is a must play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is a fulfilling, involving adventure that is worth picking up. The choices you make for your character, along with the twists and turns that follow, will keep you engaged. Furthermore, the controls are well done, even without the standard PC and mouse combination. This is one adventure you'll keep coming back to for months to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from online registration issues and the way-too-simplified Wii remote control set-up, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom is easily one of the best beat-em-ups we've played. Bring on a sequel.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's tough to choose between this and NBA Live 10, but in this reviewer's opinion, NBA 2K10 wins at the buzzer.