GamePro's Scores

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For 4,560 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 35% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 NHL 09
Lowest review score: 10 Dive to the Titanic
Score distribution:
4560 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not for the meek, Splosion Man is terrific game and at a paltry 800MS Points, a great value. Not only is it funny and fun to play but with tons of content (50 single and 50 multiplayer levels; theme, gamer pics and Avatar clothing to earn; time trials to participate in) its a must add to your XBLA game library.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s supremely addictive, fun, and entrancing, and not just because of the flashing psychedelic tunnels of light. Plus, the feeling that you’re actually in control of a drum set or a base line is about as good as it gets.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One main feature that clearly separates Underground from other street racers is its visual presentation. The nighttime glow in the metropolis does take some time to get used to, but the evening air quickly adds to the stunning scenery and detailed avenues as you travel at high RPMs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than just a port of a PlayStation 2 fighting game—it’s a port of a very good PlayStation 2 fighting game... The GameCube version suffers a bit on a few fronts, most notably its controls and graphics.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strategy and board game fans alike should keep an eye on this one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best viewed as a refinement on an already phenomenal product.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby Mass Attack rewards you for replaying it many times over, with several impressively polished mini-games (my favorites being the RPG and pinball ones), big fruit bonuses, and very frequent references to past Kirby titles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV is just more of a good thing and fans of the original have plenty of reasons to invest in it. But seasoned players who didn't care for the original SFIV won't have any reason to like the update because, despite the improvements and additions, the fundamental gameplay hasn't changed. [Jun 2010, p.88]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're forced to choose, take this version over the more frustrating Xbox one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game provides an astonishing amount of playability, unique player interface, and covers nearly all of the 20 odd years of the Dragon Ball Saga. This game is a definite buy for both Wii gamers and DBZ fans alike. [Dec. 2006, p.113]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't a title for the casual gamer, but if you're a fan of the franchise or just really love throwing half-naked men off ladders and pinning them to the ground, then SvR 2008 is about as good as it gets. [Dec 2007, p.124]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A non-stop adrenaline rush, and as a multiplayer game, it is dangerously addictive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Global thermonuclear war has been a popular topic for decades, but few things have managed to capture the spirit of the subject and present in both a digestible and utterly unforgettable form as Defcon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But it's now clear that Dungeon Siege II is now undeniably one of the action RPG stars. It makes many, many welcome tweaks and improvements--far to many to list here--and is sure to thrill any action RPG fan.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's dynamic difficulty adjustment keeps frustration to a minimum, and Battle for Naboo is so much fun that it's possible that the Midi-chlorians were involved.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it would be nice to have more available characters, Capcom vs. SNK will keep you busy for a very long time, mastering the nuances of the fighting engine and unlocking the huge amount of hidden features.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s just one problem with The Sims Online: It’s almost not a game. The slow-paced activities rely so heavily on social interaction that in some ways it feels like a glorified chat room.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The nonsensical setup and steep difficulty makes this a game that wouldn't have felt out of place in an arcade 20 years ago, so it's a good thing that this is just a $0.99 App Store download; otherwise I'd be perpetually out of quarters.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Torment's graphics and sound are paradise. Gorgeous, hand-drawn backgrounds look sumptuous, even if they're overcome with dark, moody, colors.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tight, intuitive controls, thankfully, help you carve the curves with smooth precision in this year's Rally. [Nov 2004, p.108]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, it's not a real Angry Birds sequel, but it's more of a good thing for only $0.99.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Solid characters, cool environments, tight control, and a funny storyline, Fur Fighters comes highly recommended.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elements of Destruction can get a bit repetitive, mostly because you only have 3 elements at your disposal - a tsunami, flood, or avalanche wouldve been cool - but the enjoyment gamers get from laying waste to a wide variety of environments and EoD's oddball humor (Doc Herbert sending cows flying at a farm in Canada while singing the country's national anthem) more than makes up for its shortcomings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it doesn't change much from Layton's previous adventures, the small tweaks (and the generous extras) make this my favorite Layton game to-date. The series is one of the few remaining champions of the graphic adventure, and, fortunately, they're doing a damn fine job of keeping that genre relevant for a modern audience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An outstanding single-player game coupled with an innovative and addictive multiplayer mode makes Pandora Tomorrow one of the premier titles available today on any console. [Sept 2004, p.82]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If playing the divine hand to a house full of simulated people appeals to you, this is as good as it gets.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    This addictive side-scrolling shooter is a pitch-perfect port of an SNES classic, and works tremendously well on iOS devices.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After 12 years, Duke still kicks ass. He may not be as good looking as he used to be but he continues to prove that the adage - its not the graphics that make a game great, its the gameplay - will always be true.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An improvement on just about every aspect of the original game, with the exception of one tiny aspect; the very final battle. Mass Effect 2 sees BioWare's approach to the role playing genre evolve beyond anything they've worked on previously, and gives us a glimpse of how both RPGs and shooters will begin to merge in the years ahead.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fun, fresh and innovative, and much better than the predecessor, Magic Pengel. [June 2005, p.90]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Translates very well to the home. Boogie down!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether through it's trademark music or unique take on the film's plot, The Godfather does something that licensed video games have tried and failed to accomplish in the past - give gamers a good time and an experience worthy of the film it's emulating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most complete multiplayer console package to date--an absurd, wild, and wickedly fun game with lots of variety, unbelievable visuals, and more longevity than most of the gods of Olympus.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Approximately as big as Metroid Prime on the GameCube, it's hard to imagine how Nintendo squeezed Hunters into a tiny DS cartridge. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a very polished game, suffering more from small quirks than actual flaws.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even after suffering through the grueling battles, the repeated deaths, the campy dialogue and the head-numbingly bad plot, I still had a hell of time thanks to the immensely satisfying combat, the inspired level design and the memorable boss encounters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prerendered scenery would be stunningly beautiful if it wasn’t so darn creepy—it’s some of the best scenery on the PlayStation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dual Shock organizes controls logically and offers the sharp response, especially considering the cool Bullet Time and Shootdodge aspects, which slow down time for Matrix-style gunfights.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An enticing blend of action and RPG adventure. The game mixes the best elements of both genres, resulting in a title that is just a hair away from greatness. Musashi may not be Zelda's equal, but it sure is close. [Apr 2005, p.84]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an incredibly cool turn of events, you'll also be flipping your DS upside-down and side-ways, as some of the mini-games flip the top and bottom screens around in some innovative ways.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing but a journey full of wild discoveries, intense battles, and fun gameplay. To date, this is the best Dreamcast RPG that no one should miss.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're the kind of hardcore NASCAR fans that will revel in the challenge of Career mode, you'll have an absolute blast with Thunder, particularly now that Tiburon has included a ton of in-game help and redesigned the interface to be massively more usable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The e-Reader functions (new levels, cheats, gameplay elements like capes and hurlable veggies from other Mario titles) are very promising and help make up for the fact that this is a bit of a baby step back from "Super Mario World" and "Yoshi’s Island."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute blast from start to finish with plenty of trademark Liberty City locales ripe for exploration, not to mention a cast of incredibly memory characters (Chan Jaoming, I hardly knew ya.) If you're looking for a good action adventure experience that harkens back to the more cartoony Grand Theft Auto days, then Chinatown Wars is certainly worth the investment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    a solid simulation of the sport that offers more teams and unique options not available in its main and only competitor on the PS2, "Winning Eleven." Some minor control issues remain and the depth is still not where it needs to be, but it delivers a highly worthwhile experience nonetheless.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a great variety of levels, tons of things to smash and collect, and a loveable cast of iconic heroes and villains, LEGO Batman is a fun and enjoyable title that will appeal not only to younger gamers but to Batman fans alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a well-made physics puzzler that only costs $.99. This rock-bottom price and the sheer fun that you'll derive from knocking down pins makes this absolutely worth it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its slick style, amazing graphics, and dark atmosphere really make it stand out.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The briskly moving plot and the unique battle system adds up yet another winner for Square Enix. [May 2008, p.82]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a genre bending title that straddles the divisions between action, fantasy, adventure and puzzle games, Shadow of the Colossus pulls off a titanic feat by creating an immersive and highly entertaining experience that doesn't collapse under the significant weight of its own lofty ambitions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The control feels tight and fairly responsive on the analogue pad, making passing and scoring easy feats. Your teammate's friendly A.I. is also mostly reliable, save for the occasional hiccups that leave your buddies staring stupidly at rebounds and loose balls.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of those games that I shouldn't play on the toilet, because I wind up squatting on the throne for far longer than necessary. Yes, Donut Games, that is a compliment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Fable II so thoroughly absorbing, despite a few notable shortcomings, is the heady illusion that every choice you make sends ripples through the world, its people, and your own simulated heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But when you step back and consider the entire package, you start to appreciate Dark Athena for what it truly is. Instead, look at Dark Athena as a flawed yet enjoyable way to extend the thrill ride that is Escape from Butcher Bay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    May not have the best control scheme or huge production values, but it does have heart - this one pays like a labor love. Crazy, wacky, weird, mad love. [Oct 2004, p.110]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At $3, you're getting a near perfect port of a PSP Mini game that was originally six dollars.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sector3 seems dedicated to supporting Fumes post-launch, so fans of physics-driven racers shouldn't hesitate to pick this one up.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Wii advantage is that even with just one remote, you can invite a pile of people over to party and have a really good time together.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great game, minor faults, a lot of fun to be had, terrible story but the gameplay holds up despite it. Maybe this "sleeping on it" thing has some merit, after all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The real star of this game is the gameplay, which alternates between great and brilliant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nicely executed adventure worth fighting for, just be prepared to suffer inglorious defeats until you get used to the game cam.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe the option that tips the scales for you is Madness's all-mascot teams. [Jan 2005, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Astronut's developers clearly understand how to design for a touch-screen device. All the menus are well-organized and easy on the eyes, as is the actual in-game art. I particularly liked the collection mechanic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Granted, it’s a very short game that certainly won’t mesmerize you for weeks, but the value of its multiplayer side as a killer party game makes it a very worthy addition to your PS2 library.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the best PS3 game available on launch day, and a highly playable action game that will satisfy even the most demanding FPS junkies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The arcade gameplay retains the Ace Combat trademarks: tons of firepower and a simple control scheme.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And while you must have a mind for strategy and business to really enjoy it, you do get to see dinos bleed now and then—and that’s worth something.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Melodramatic monologues and clunky controls aside, there isn't a whole lot else I can say about the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection outside of this: if you loved these three gruff, gravel-voiced games on their original releases, or missed them the first time around, they're certainly worth adding (or re-adding, or, if you're like me, re-re-adding) to your library.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delivers the goods for a perfect arcade-to-home port, while the game’s console-exclusive features deserve a gaming medal of honor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But as a rhythm game, Unplugged is a wonderful portable title. [July 2009, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Serious Sam has some of the most exciting and addictive shooting action in years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In short, it's one of the best value PC games you'll ever buy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply the best air combat action the PC has to offer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game lives up to its lofty goals, providing a tight, smart tactical game along the lines of the combat in Baldur’s Gate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game wisely fights the urge to simply build upon the thick feature set of its predecessor, and by focusing on striking a fresh tone and delivering some of the most intensely memorable encounters in recent memory, it's transformed a pretty great system exclusive into an essential genre experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its visceral intensity is off the charts—other shooters seem frail and timid in comparison.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's not an instant classic, it is a cathartic and chaotic speed-based wreck-em-up, and motor-mayhem fans will love it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Developer Treyarch did a fantastic job of not reinventing the wheel with World at War. Rather, they took the best elements of Modern Warfare and expanded upon them. The end product is a thrilling experience that injects some of the visceral punch back into World War II.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark, brutal and hilarious in just the right way, MadWorld is a title that has rocketed to the top of every staff member's must buy list. Don't let the fact that it's on a "kiddie console" fool you-this is one title every "hardcore" gamer needs to play, provided you're over eighteen years old, of course.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay may be a little convulsive but Yakuza more than makes up for that through engrossing story and attention to details.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you're not a Pokéfan, this game won't change your mind…but if you don't mind the adorable monsters, there's lots of unusually satisfying gameplay here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there are some noticeable blemishes in the game such as graphical pop-in and broken cut scenes, Destroy All Humans succeeds where many have failed. This is truly a refreshing way to experience an adventure that you wish would never end.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few minor frustrations, this game is definitely one you should put some time into.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm normally not so hot on stat-based simulation games like this, but Game Dev Story grabbed me and refused to let go. The game strikes a perfect balance between offering a large enough variety of things to manage while simultaneously avoiding a situation in which there's just too much going on at once.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its sad, slightly twisted tale probably isn't everyone's cup of tea either. But how often do players get a chance to be immersed in an engrossing story in a downloadable title, especially one that looks like a painting and has haunting music straight out of an art museum?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Parasite Eve will leave you thrilled, chilled, and a little hungry, but it’s well worth the price of admission.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gives serious golf fans a deep sim while offering casual fans an approachable, gorgeous game with tons of play modes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complete with a unique visual scheme, engrossing story, and vibrant characters, the effect of Retro Helix will be felt for quite some time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, DDRMAX2 is the DDR that players know and love, but slightly flashier. Fans won’t be disappointed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiberium Wars does what the series has always done best; providing the most enjoyable RTS experience around via excellent storytelling, enjoyable campaigns and a lasting multiplayer experience.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike a lot of the shovelware on the App Store, Gesundheit! feels like its developers were very passionate about their idea, which, married with its overall level of polish make it a must own title.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New races and units aside, the unexpectedly impressive campaign mode is perhaps the best surprise put forward by Relic. Distancing themselves from the linear structure of the previous campaigns, Relic has instead outdone itself once again, putting together a turn-based strategic level campaign that brings to mind the dynamic feel of Rise of Legends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Patapon 2 is as graphically stylish and addictive as the first game. It retains the core gameplay that you love while adding a ton of new features and concepts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It delivers more of what made Oblivion great: creative quests, a huge land to explore, and tons of things to do there, making this expansion is a solid purchase for anyone who was a fan of the core game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of true physics, newbie approachability, gameplay depth, and even a sly sense of humor makes Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alundra's off-the-hook action and challenging gameplay elevate it to must-have RPG status. Wake up and buy the game... missing out may cause you to have nightmares.[Feb 1998]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kairosoft's follow-up to the ultra-addictive Game Dev Story retains its predecessor's innovative gameplay and sees the introduction of some nifty new flourishes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but it's a polished, exciting ride.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a gamer who isn't' into twitch action, but you want something a little more intense than an RPG, step into Tenchu's dojo.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's done a great job of balancing fun animation and serious gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The depth and design of each stage, in fact, is what makes this game addicting to play—there’s so much to see and do in each level.

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