GamePen's Scores

  • Games
For 251 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Lowest review score: 10 Earthworm Jim 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 251
251 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid fighting gameplay coupled with some very good graphics.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for longevity in a game, Tricky has it in spades.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From cover to cover this game was full of originality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enjoyable game, to be sure, but it could have been so much more.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The enemy AI is the most advanced enemy AI in a game yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the Next Big Thing that roleplaying fans have been waiting for.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the XBOX being the most powerful console, frame rate problems still plague the game...Still fun to play even with the AI problems and control scheme on the XBOX.