GameDaily's Scores

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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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 UFC Undisputed 2010
Lowest review score: 20 American McGee Presents Bad Day LA
Score distribution:
1233 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the desire to solve the next challenge, and not the ho-hum story, that makes Professor Layton interesting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music disappoints and the new characters lack that certain Sonic Team charm, but they don't slow down an otherwise very fulfilling adventure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PS3 version runs slower than its Xbox 360 counterpart, but it's still a heck of a fun time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a shame that Pandemic Studios isn't around to work on a sequel for The Saboteur, because this is clearly one of its best games. The difficulty could've been tougher and the dialogue needed more work, but overall, this is a splendid action/adventure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fast-paced and challenging gameplay is difficult to resist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The presentation is top-notch, with tight level design and no shortage of jump-out-of-your seat moments. Multiplayer is somewhat empty, with only a few modes that all feel the same. There's no reason you should avoid F.E.A.R. 2.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pitching, hitting and fielding mechanics work beautifully, and the presentation, while not stellar, captures the essence of major league baseball. Until the PlayStation 3 version comes along, this Show shouldn't be missed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the previous episode felt considerably shorter than most, this new one gets things back on track with more one-liners and some great political humor -- especially as Max becomes president of the United States.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've been waiting for a WiiWare game to download, Dr. Mario's got the cure – and it won't set your wallet back to Medicaid levels either.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like her previous two games, Underworld is a welcome, if slightly flawed, addition to the franchise.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A cute and fun title, perfect for young gamers, and fun for parents too.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it lacks a sweet presentation and plays the same as its predecessors, Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron is a must play for PSP owners everywhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though there's very little change, Rainbow Six Vegas 2 maintains a steady balance of tactical command and shooting; the presentation lives up to Ubisoft Montreal's standard; and the single and multiplayer options will keep you busy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nathan Hale's lack of personality makes him impossible to like, while trial by death game design forces you to learn the hard way. Enemies have a bad habit of zeroing in on you and ignoring your computer controlled teammates, and the inability to play the single player campaign alongside a friend makes no sense. Despite these flaws and omissions, however, Resistance 2 is still a fun ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield 1943 is exactly the kind of game we like during these hot months -- not deep enough to play for an entire year (and at $15 a pop, would you expect to?) but definitely entertaining enough to tide you and your friends over until the fall's A-list releases.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blur is a great effort from Bizarre Creations, one that will introduce a slew of kart-racing fans to the scene. While its visuals don't overwhelm like Split/Second's, it holds its own with cool weapons-based gameplay, making it a fun experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ODST covers a lot of familiar territory. Only two new weapons appear, and a majority of the missions feel similar to ones from previous Halos. Because of this, the game doesn't feel nearly as epic, but it still provides several hours of Covenant stomping fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's clothed in a generic fantasy package, the gameplay stands out, as you use the DS' stylus to guide your characters through a variety of terrain and inflict massive damage on scores of enemies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It takes a while to get started, and the story has some faults, but the game packs wall-to-wall action, realistic tactical maneuvers and a superb presentation that even outshines "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a fun Career Mode, online play and an incredibly addictive mini game (Homerun Pinball) round out this enjoyable package that, although it cannot compete against the much deeper MLB 2K franchise, deserves some playtime, if for nothing else than to rob someone of a game winning grand slam.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the lack of mission variety cost Red Faction a higher score, but it's still an explosively fun time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New character animations and game improvements make the world more entertaining and lively, kicking off a very strong start to the new season of games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a decent update featuring more the same.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The "cute" graphics and sound may be overkill (especially once you hear the "Sim-speak" gibberish), but kids and fans of the original game will heartily accept this quest.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An outstanding game for Xbox and PS2 last year, but the Wii version shines even brighter. The controls work great, with players able to shoot specific body parts or wave a chainsaw around by maneuvering the Wii remote.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the goodness from the PSP version is present and accounted for aside from the online play.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even without the flashy visuals, The Godfather: Blackhand Edition represents the best Godfather game yet, thanks to the wealth of new content and improved controls. W'd recommended the game to newcomers as well as Godfather veterans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sims 2 Pets add-on is the best yet, and breathes a fresh breath of air into the best-selling game as it enters its third year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario Strikers Charged features enough modes to keep players entertained, as well as a top-notch presentation that really shows off what the Wii can do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With thousands of questions across six categories, and the option to purchase downloadable packs on the cheap, this version of Trivial Pursuit won't get old anytime soon. You'll love the game's format, thanks to a multiple-choice set-up, jumping player pieces and single and multiplayer modes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Compared to the single player adventure, the multiplayer mode comes up short, but the 16 player firefights still offer some thrills.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unpolished targeting mechanics lead to unfortunate deaths, but leaping across buildings Matrix style while shooting heads gets the adrenaline flowing; a guilty pleasure indeed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the game is challenging, it's not so tough that winning seems completely out of reach for novice drivers, which makes this racing game worth having.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a decent update featuring more the same.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The stylish graphics look fabulous and gamers will enjoy posting scores to the online leader boards.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 2009 stumbles, but manages to regain its composure long enough to stiff arm critics and dive into the endzone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We're glad that Shaun finally got an excellent snowboarding game worthy of his talents.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Think of it as a combination of "Deus Ex" and "Half-Life 2," wrapped within a fantasy feast for the eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real prize, though, are the game's unlockable goodies -- an improved version of the original Rondo of Blood and the best version of Symphony of the Night to date. For a $30 compilation bursting with content, Castlevania doesn't suck.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The proverbial breath of fresh air that the genre desperately needed. It's your standard issue racer, but with a genius character/level editor that holds an infinite number of possibilities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The two-character system is magnificent and very easy to get into, and the presentation makes proper use of the DS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A huge improvement over the below-average Bulletproof.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skate 2 is also an ideal choice for multiplayer action, thanks to enjoyable online skating sessions; solo players will also love the career mode.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just Cause 2 is a sequel that outdoes the original with gripping gameplay, exquisite visuals and a variety of missions that will keep you playing longer than you might expect. If you're an action fan, you need this.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sixth Man Advantage pumps the crowd up -- maybe too well. The unrivaled Legacy Mode is better than ever and the new Coaching Adjustments really make a difference, rather than being a cosmetic touch-up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The missions are terrific, action-packed stages where something is always happening. More multiplayer maps would've been nice, and the challenge might be too much for rookies. Otherwise, these Two wholeheartedly entertain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not the most challenging of games, but I think it's cute and very entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nothing has really been added to signify the arcade experience, aside from a few easily unlockable achievements and a live leaderboard. The upside? The game is still a delightful romp, filled with puzzling scenarios and a simplistic, colorful design.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Obviously, critics will obsessively compare Dante's Inferno to other games, or complain about the quick time events, but don't let those nitpicky issues prevent you from experiencing this imaginative and fun adventure. It's one Hell of a good time.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although you can beat both games in a matter of hours, their pick up and play nature makes them worth revisiting several times. Sega should have included the original, but for $29.99, we'll let it slide.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While EA did a poor job fleshing out the story, some of the sound-alikes aren't nearly as good as the film's cast (Snape doesn't even sound close) and a few facial animations look bizarre, but for the most part, Half-Blood Prince is one of the best Harry Potter games we've played.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all things taken into account, Rise of Kunark provides the most comprehensive EverQuest II experience and offers a great deal to both new and veteran players.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything you know and love from the classic NES Bionic game is back, including challenging level design, tons of shoot-em-up action and a bionic arm that requires some strategy to utilize.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's short on scares, but the well-written story, graphic dismemberment and drop-in co-op make it the Wii's best shooter.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The word hardcore works for and against the game. On the positive side, BlazBlue features complex stories for each of its 12 fighters, magnificent art, special moves mapped to the right analog stick and lag free online play with detailed stat tracking. If you love anime, this is an essential purchase. On the negative side, however, BlazBlue's narratives make little sense, characters talk over one another before fights, others have long-winded dialogue and a steep learning curve will frustrate a lot of casual fighting fans hoping to button mash their way to victory; you just can't walk into this game expecting to unleash insane combos ala Marvel Vs. Capcom 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game didn't make a smooth transition from the PlayStation 2, and suffers from frame rate hiccups and lots of load sequences, but it's one heck of a good time, whether you're sneaking through the girls dorm or dissecting a frog.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game has a fresh new angle to it, letting you throw batarangs and use different suits to reach otherwise inaccessible areas. Villains also have their own missions, which are just as entertaining as the hero ones.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With thousands of questions across six categories, and the option to purchase downloadable packs on the cheap, this version of Trivial Pursuit won't get old anytime soon. You'll love the game's format, thanks to a multiple-choice set-up, jumping player pieces and single and multiplayer modes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While we appreciate the new star power, the new too-difficult two-player Battle mode fails to impress and the new guitar, while sturdy and reliable, feels small in comparison to Rock Band's more realistic axe. Regardless, Guitar Hero still has that addictive quality. Combine that with an excellent soundtrack and online play, this mock rock simulator will have you jamming for months.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More tables would've been ideal, but this Pinball Hall of Fame is still worth multiple visits.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Factor in the terrible menu navigation, and 2K9 has more problems than the Charlotte Bobcats. However, its five-on-five online play, updated Association mode and enjoyable hoops action still makes it a slam dunk.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What The Warriors lacks in new content, it more than makes up for with intense brawling, decent multiplayer options and a presentation that matches the film's tone.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's certainly mind-bending at times, but also relaxing. With a level editor in tow, there's more than enough here to warrant a purchase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not groundbreaking, but it is highly entertaining, and for players willing to give it some time, it will suck them in for hours.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Developer Rebellion's done splendid work bringing the game to the PSP, though the controls suffer from the default PSP set-up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A marvelous addition to the PSP library. Gamers with an overflow of talent but a lack of funds and musical equipment should pick it up immediately and get to work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this is your first Guitar Hero experience, then indulge. If you've played these songs before, wait for new songs in the upcoming Guitar Hero 5.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It could've used additional multiplayer options and the overused rock music gets old. Past that, the game play, graphics, customization features and humorous touches from Planet Moon (like a flying cow) make this a game PSP owners should gun for.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It suffers from a few issues (sloppy lip-syncing, repetitive music, unbalanced difficulty), but Ghostbusters: The Video Game is a must play for fans as well as gamers in search of a new shooter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    Although it lacks the convenient dual-screen set-up of the DS version, N+ is almost A+ caliber stuff, especially considering the $20 bargain basement price.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another classic series is reborn on Wii with impressive results.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both games offer plenty of action and the inclusion of Butcher Bay makes this a potential must buy, depending on how much you love the character.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Borderlands surprised us. We went into the experience expecting a pulse-pounding shooter with fancy cut scenes and lots of drama (no surprise, since we play more FPS on consoles than RPGs), and instead found a slower-moving and tough (but immensely rewarding) slog through a beautiful fantasy world populated by imaginative monsters and more weapons than we know what to do with.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's also a challenging award system to work through, with over fifty unlockable Atari 2600 games once you earn them all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The multiplayer games are great, along with the new Bounty and Challenge stages for those desiring a bigger challenge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The presentation is mostly excellent and the gameplay effectively blends puzzle solving with action. While there are no scenarios from the latest Indy film, these Adventures still provide a worthwhile Jones fix.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This episode has all the humor we've come to expect from a Sam & Max game and some challenging puzzles. Unfortunately, there are a few pacing snags, and we spent some time running back and forth trying to figure out what to do, even with the hint system set to maximum.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More tables would've been ideal, but this Pinball Hall of Fame is still worth multiple visits.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With thousands of questions across six categories, and the option to purchase downloadable packs on the cheap, this version of Trivial Pursuit won't get old anytime soon. You'll love the game's format, thanks to a multiple-choice set-up, jumping player pieces and single and multiplayer modes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blur is a great effort from Bizarre Creations, one that will introduce a slew of kart-racing fans to the scene. While its visuals don't overwhelm like Split/Second's, it holds its own with cool weapons-based gameplay, making it a fun experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything you know and love from the classic NES Bionic game is back, including challenging level design, tons of shoot-em-up action and a bionic arm that requires some strategy to utilize.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game just has a smooth, arcade flow that I really appreciate. The action's fast paced, it's really easy to score, but at the same time, the defense is smart enough to pick off bad passes and swat horrible shots.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of flaws cheapen the single player experience and the shallow eight person multiplayer modes don't extend the replay value more than a few hours, but The Darkness does an excellent job at making players feel good about doing horrible things. To that we say, bravo.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's by no means perfect, but with an enchanting story, a fairly unique combat system that is both real-time, turn-based, and gorgeously colorful landscapes to traipse through, most players will find more than enough in the roughly 30 hours of play time to justify the $60 purchase.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't push the horror genre forward, as most of its features pop up in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises, but Dementium still offers up a few genuine frights, and stands out as one of the DS' most under hyped but entertaining video games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    3-D environments look terrific, although the character sprites lack the same flair, and the soundtrack is classic Final Fantasy. Fans of the franchise or RTS games should definitely pick this up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of rumble and Xbox specific achievements blows, but overall, PS3 owners will have fun with this intense and attractive shooter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like her previous two games, Underworld is a welcome, if slightly flawed, addition to the franchise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's strictly a deep-sea diving simulator with heavy emphasis on exploration, treasure finding and aquatic discovery. With that said, it's a mesmerizing experience. Nintendo produces a vivid, wondrous underwater abyss to explore, complete with plenty of missions to fulfill.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combine the fighting with the grand presentation, visuals that include sweaty characters, large breasted ring girls and detailed arenas, and UFC 2009 Undisputed has the teeth rattling brutality fans crave.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In comparing Smooth Moves to the rest of the WarioWare video games, the Game Boy Advance edition, "Twisted!," remains Nintendo's greatest achievement, thanks to spot on controls as well as a host of unlockable content. Despite this, Smooth Moves stands out as a fine addition to the series as well as a must play for all Wii owners.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cars lack weight and the multiplayer mode needs more content, but overall, players should enjoy this attractive and intense racing experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stands out as one of the PS3's best sports games, and [though] EA failed to capitalize on the PS3's processing power, this first attempt serves as a solid foundation to build from.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There aren't too many multiplayer options, and the single player game could be longer, but Condemned 2 is still a terrifying sequel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atlus plucked another gem from Japan and brought it to the U.S.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a few blemishes, MLB 10: The Show can't obtain the baseball perfection that it did in previous years. However, you definitely shouldn't miss it. The gameplay is still superb (especially with the new catcher and pick-off controls), the visuals are eye-popping and the options, online or off, are enticing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a quintessential PS3 action game, even with its weak multiplayer option.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best horror games to come out this fall, with horrifically imaginative creatures and dark, blood-covered environments.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Video Editor will keep you busy for hours and the mixture of old and new gameplay components are more than enough to keep it from losing speed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole street racer theme is getting worn into the ground as well. But with a high-class presentation to its credit and numerous online options available via Xbox Live, Need For Speed Carbon is quite an alluring ride.

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