GamePen's Scores

  • Games
For 248 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Neverwinter Nights
Lowest review score: 10 Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 248
248 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From cover to cover this game was full of originality.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even though the game is more than three months old it still manages to retain a special part on my shelf, the part that never gathers dust. As it stands right now, we have an early contender for my vote of Game of the Year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I loved Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, as I've loved every other Castlevania game. The gameplay, which is the most important factor in a game, is right on.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its combination of easy controls, high replayability, and large depth, will keep players coming back for more for a long time to come.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are phenomenal making it the best-looking football game out there. Gameplay is pretty good and playing with up to eight others via the multi-tap is a blast.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best part of the whole thing is, you become so comfortable with the controls that the movements feel like a natural extension of your body. You’ll find your self ducking your head every time a bullet whizzes by you during a gunfight.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "NASCAR Heat" and "Project Gotham Racing" had their graphical moments, but they can't hold a candle to RalliSport Challenge. This game is incredible in how gorgeous it is.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    The courses are well designed, the control is fantastic, and the graphics will ruin your eyes for every other PS2 launch game. Mix all that in with a game that is just flat out fun to play and you've got a recipe for hours of drooling in front of your TV, PS2 controller in hand, wetnaps close by.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the graphics to the sound to the razor sharp control and even the international broadcast standards, this game has it all.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are amazing - as in better than what you've seen on a PC. They are just incredible to look at and you'll drool in awe.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the Next Big Thing that roleplaying fans have been waiting for.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sound is very disturbing in a Nine Inch Nails sort of way—very cool and very brooding, fitting in perfectly with the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ICO
    A game that just does everything right. Story, pacing, graphics, gameplay—all of these combine artfully to make a gaming experience that supercedes any other game I’ve come across this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You’ll be hard pressed to find another game that even comes close to matching the quality found in Kingdom Hearts. Games just don’t come as beautiful and well thought out as this, it’s a virtual masterpiece that excels in every way possible.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The voice acting is simply amazing. Unlike most video games, much of the voice acting is done by fairly famous names, including Joe Pantoliano, Michael Rapaport, Kyle MacLachlan... Each delivers some of the best voice acting found in anything animated, let alone video games.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The email system is the new way that an owner is given important breaking information, trade requests. The system is absolutely dynamite...The premiere text baseball sim on the market. Check it out.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Take the same awesome game play from the first two incarnations, pump up the frame rate to a blistering 60 frames per second, add larger more addictive levels that are full of life and imagination, and enhance the graphics.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything in the game just reeks of shine and polish and though it's flawed in some areas, it's still one of the best games to come down the line this year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Mario Kart Super Circuit takes the crown from "Advance GTA" as the top portable racing title, and has finally topped the SNES version in regards to overall fun factor.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gameplay is fast and furious-as it should be in a hockey game. If anything the gameplay is almost too fast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you liked the first three games in the series, you’re going to love Heroes of Might and Magic IV.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not going to look and run as well as it does on an Athlon 1Ghz with a GeForce 2 Ultra, but for PlayStation 2 owners, it's one of the best FPS games out there at launch.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid fighting gameplay coupled with some very good graphics.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Z-Axis and Acclaim have done something really special here in that they’ve turned an absolutely mundane sport, like rollerblading, and turned it into an exciting and exhilarating experience that you won’t soon want to put down.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a move that shows the team’s dedication to the project, the game sees a slew of updates, even though the game is nearly a year old...The game runs beautifully with the only negatives coming in the obvious lag issues that tend to plague online games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2002 does so many things right that it’s hard to imagine any golf game that existed before it, "Links" included.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll be given the pleasure of tricking and tearing your way through some of the most crazy and freakish settings that the sick minds at EA Sports BIG could conjure up in their conspicuously concealed laboratories.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A cool expansion, offering some great additions and gameplay tweaks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply amazing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whatever the designers' intentions, the music is well done and a perfect companion when you catch one of those vistas I told you about.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Morrowind is truly a game of epic proportions and will most likely only be finished by the most hardcore of gamers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll be glad to know that the flamethrower isn’t the only great weapon at your disposal. The venom, which is a devastatingly powerful chain-gun, is one of the most amazing guns I’ve ever had the pleasure to handle in a video game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is it very realistic in it’s approach to the game, it is, hands down, the most fun and funniest golf game I have played.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although there are still more titles to be released, I’m not quite sure that any of them will be able to compete with the high standard that EA has set with their latest offering, the bar has been raised.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is also a rare case where a console-to-PC port actually turned out for the better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is the perfect combination of action and strategy-you do have to push buttons, but you have to push the right buttons at the right time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll have fun, and you’ll get a portable taste of gaming history that will remind you of why we’re doing all this fiddling around with these plastic doohickeys in the first place.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What started out as a 10-minute compatibility check turned into an all-night rampage, after I got past all the bugs that is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes this game look and feel so different from the competition is its amazing ability to render realistic looking environments.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Usually a person will hate a game when they lose at it on a consistent basis, the case is completely different here. This is just a testament of how fun and gripping this game is to play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can’t tell you how much fun it is to check your best friend over the boards and into the stands. That alone is worth the price of admission for me.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking advantage of the space on that the DVD allows you to have, there’s a lot of information that can be viewed in terms of the making of the game. You’ll see some famous stars such as Oliver Platt and David Arquette talk about lending their voices to the game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The AI, for one thing, needs some work. The computer drive cars don’t have any personality meaning that they follow a specific path and just bump their way around. It’s like watching the guys in the movie "Swingers" driving, but at a higher speed and a little more violent.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You wouldn’t think stats would be such a big deal in an arcade over the top game, but they’re here – by player and by team. Pretty impressive – I wasn’t expecting that at all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Highly addictive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tecmo may not be offering the most beautiful or technically advanced soccer game on the market but whatever it is, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m not sure what it is but this game is just so much fun, maybe it’s the lack of shooting games available nowadays or the inclusion of the foot pedal, but this game is just so much fun.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want to tackle all the seemingly endless sidequests and mini-games, get everyone’s Ultimate Weapon and find every last Aeon, expect to put a great deal more time in, easily 100-150 hours.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As I allowed the game to grow on me I began to realize just how completely awesome this game is.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far, it is the best racing game I've seen on the PlayStation 2.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best F1 sim to date. Featuring true to life physics and tight gripping gameplay, it’s only weakness lies in the insanely astronomical system requirements.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What differentiates Hunter from the other titles is the creativity in the weapons and monsters and something I like to call the 'oh (expletive)' factor. The 'oh (expletive)' factor is that 'oh my god' feeling when you see the amazing monsters scare the crap out of you in the game--and believe me they will.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps most impressive are the stellar animations. I don’t want to exaggerate, but the animation is perhaps the best of any sports game currently on the PS2.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With stunning graphics and superb gameplay, Starfighter succeeds in rescuing the franchise from movie license purgatory.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The enemy AI is the most advanced enemy AI in a game yet.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game isn’t perfect, however, I found that the running game was a little too stingy for my tastes. I had a hard time breaking a run for more than 10 yards and more often than not, the gaps in the defense would close far too fast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Never before have I played a game as compelling as The Sims. This game will provide you with emotional experiences that you could never imagine from a video game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Believe me, if you play baseball or enjoy watching it, you’ll love this game—it has that certain something that makes you play ‘just one more’ time and time again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combine excellent gameplay and some of the most in-depth gaming modes with the vocal talents of the legendary Vin Scully and what do you get? You get one hell of a baseball title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A highly engrossing story told by a set of very unique characters that come to life with witty and intriguing dialogue. If you're looking for a game that doesn't focus too much on pretty cinematics, but rather, interesting plot development and engrossing gameplay then look no further.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The true first gem of the year 2002 and depriving yourself of the privilege of playing this game is a crime punishable by death in some third world countries (not really).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I am very impressed at the level of depth this game provides. If there’s anything to complain about, it’s the fact that you can't 'manage-only' – you must race your horse.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for longevity in a game, Tricky has it in spades.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is for hardcore freaks who like their games deep and complex, and who don't mind spending most of their time in the garage perfecting their death machines before they actually do any killing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game kicks ass, some SERIOUS ASS!!...A perfect game for the gamer who really don’t care too much about solving a bunch of puzzles and would rather mow down literally hundreds of enemies per level.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You won't hear complaints about the graphics, which are absolutely gorgeous. For one, there is a certain style to the artwork; it's not quite anime, but it does have a hint of it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best 2D side scrolling games on any portable. It will have you searching its 96 levels for quite a while, and even past the end.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 2002 gives players amazing control, and pin point accuracy, while still leaving enough of a learning curve to make you come back for more than just a few games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I personally believe all of these problems stem from the fact that there is no "save anywhere", because the single player campaign is more or less easy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are just so many features and things to unlock, you'll be playing this one for a long long time – it's almost too difficult.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Really good...The game-play is where Spiderman really shines.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not only does AvP2 send chills down the spine, it also fuels the adrenaline with hyperkinetic action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the best Trek game out there, but it really manages to capture the feel of commanding one of the most powerful vessels in the Federation, and it’s a blast to boot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What’s great about this game is that it includes vehicles to suit the tastes of every type of motorhead out there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics in Trainz are top notch. I was blown away with the detail of the engines and carriages, not to mention the environment. Everything looks gorgeous.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the tourism aspect of the original game then this add-on is a definite must for you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of a two player option and any sort of battery save really hurt this game. Otherwise, the whole of Pac-Man Collection is much more than the sum of its parts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even the early missions start out fairly difficult, and it only gets harder from there. These campaigns are not written for the novice player.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay of WTS however, is superb. Never have I felt so close to real soccer action than with this game. It’s that good.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you feel a sense of purpose, then it’s only natural that suspense will follow. Ecks vs. Sever’s creators understand that and have offered a fun, if sometimes confusing, story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Escape from Monkey Island is a wonderful romp filled with memorable characters, excellent voice acting, and clever puzzles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is without a doubt the single best looking and playing hovercraft racing game on any next generation platform.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game is so simple and easy to play that you’ll have a great golf course up and running in no time. In fact, crafting holes is the easy part; making them challenging and entertaining is where the difficulty arises.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game for those in the market for a solid dungeon crawl. What the game lacks in plot, it makes up for in good old-fashioned hack-n-slash fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best Sonic game in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can personally verify that multiplayer is much much smoother than before – not that it was awful before, but I haven’t been getting as many disconnects as I did before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Excellent game balance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The one category where this game stands above others is the physics and controls.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the first time in a video game, I actually felt that I could relate to the character. I didn’t feel like I was controlling some generic on-screen persona, I felt that I was James Bond.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's got great track variety, quality graphics, and a bevy of options.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's certainly pretty, its basic strengths and weaknesses still come through, just like other surgical enhancements in southern California.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Replay value and game length should not and can not be interpreted from how many times it takes you to get through a mission because of the insane difficulty level. By the last few missions you are literally ready to tear your hair out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This ain't no Final Fantasy where you are told who to be and where to go, this is real role playing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If a game’s success is measured by 4 am mornings with Red Bull leaking from your mouth, then Dark Summit is a keeper.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When I do click play, I find it very hard to stop.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I wasn’t wowed with the graphics or blown away with the gameplay, but it kept me in front of the monitor. If you enjoyed the first you’ll enjoy this one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has some great fighting elements as well as some of the elements from the Thief series and finally some adventure elements. Add that to a pretty good graphics engine and sound, and you have yourself a darn good game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you think back to the days when you plunked quarter after quarter into the SM series of games (or played them on the NES) with fondness, you'll have a ball reliving it with a fresh coat of paint.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Control is very easy and intuitive. For the coolest dunk you’ll have to press no less than five buttons at one time plus the d-pad, but it is definitely worth it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Driving the Interceptor is really easy so even those who aren’t into driving games can pick this up easily. The graphics are nicely done and it runs pretty smoothly.