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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 10 NBA Unrivaled
Score distribution:
4,560 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Continues to deliver well-balanced pigskin fun with awesome graphics, intuitive controls, numerous options, and lightning-fast onscreen action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay area is huge.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This charming and challenging side-scroller impresses with its varied gameplay and colorful aesthetic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Black & White miraculously pulls you in and doesn't let go until you've sacrificed many hours.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Few RPGs provide so deft a balance between the wandering monster-slaying and the NPC interaction phases of role-playing.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Like a new year’s line of automobiles, Onimusha 2 has a sleeker look, more bells and whistles, and improved standard features over its predecessor model, "Warlords."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Turok has more fire power more control over its environment, and more gruesome graphics than other corridor shooters. The rest are Doomed to failure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is rare that a game this difficult can be this entertaining, but Ecco delivers the goods with a huge splash.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A very strong contender for PlayStation game of the year. Its "rowdy rowdy" gameplay will keep your head spinning for days.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Packs the power to astonish with its next-level A.I., absorbing mission design, and mesmerizing presentation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s basically a port of the PS2 version, but on the Xbox, its graphics are so much sharper and—despite the beating the Xbox controller seems to be taking—the joystick-dependent interface feels just right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s still vastly better than 99.9% of the other games out there today, and with properly calibrated expectations, you’ll find that Invisible War is a brilliant game that will captivate you like few others can.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On the field, player controls are as smooth as a 6-4-3 double play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Totally revamped from the ground up, and it shows. Great graphics and the best gameplay the series has seen in years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Between the hot cars and tracks, in-depth Tournament mode, and thrilling cop chases, this excellent racer's got depth and style to spare. It's worth every cent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are so many courses, cars and race types in DiRT 2 that it's almost overwhelming to look at your world map. At one point I had almost 30 unlocked, un-played events just waiting to be tackled. It's a dense game with a lot to do, and you'll want to do it all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Incredibly difficult and insanely enjoyable, Gradius V is one of those magical games that you can pick up and play instantly, but spend weeks mastering. [Nov 2004, p.104]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Granted, Gears 2 isn't the smartest shooter on the market, but for now, it is probably the must-own title of this holiday season for Xbox 360 gamers.
    • 86 Metascore
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    If you want a game that's more tailored to individual play rather than team cooperation, then NBA Live is a great choice.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the best version of one of the best 3D platform games ever made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An emotionally engaging thrill-ride from start to finish, Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain is a superbly crafted interactive experience, told expertly through it's stunning visuals and believable characters.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The satisfying story mode is a big improvement on THPS’s structure. The story ramps up the difficulty gradually, so you build skills as you go, but there are now four difficulty levels, making THUG totally accessible to newbies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best basketball games ever on any console…period.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is sweet music to all of your senses, combining visual and audio splendor to a degree that few adventures have achieved. This is one classic for the Dreamcast library that no one will forget.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Simultaneously increasing the realism of the experience of big mountain boarding and tearing the throat out of board-physics as we know it, SSX 3 completely revolutionizes the snowboardercross concept.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Excellent controls deliver a highly responsive feel and a huge roster of cool moves, including a new defensive ball swat.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Quite simply the best arcade racing game ever made. Everything that you loved about the last game is still here and kicking, but with added modes, more action, a faster sense of speed, and some truly addictive multiplayer modes, this game will undoubtedly go down in history as being the epitome of action racing this generation and possibly even the next.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Dead Space is the most pleasantly surprising iOS release in a long time, and it's a game-changer as far as 3D action games go on iOS platforms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Why Sam has stepped out of the shadows and is on full out attack makes complete sense in context with the story, so if you can accept it for what it is and not dwell on the fact that it isn't what you've come to expect in a Splinter Cell title, you'll no doubt agree that Conviction rivals Chaos Theory as the best title in the franchise's history. [Jun 2010, p.78]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kudos to EA Sports for not being afraid to juice the complexity factor of an already complex game. Rookies will have to pay their dues, but veterans get treated to a brand-new challenge. [Sept 2005, p.82]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With improvements made over the already incredible "NFL 2K," this year's NFL game on the Dreamcast is all a football fan could wish for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While the PS2's levels are noticeably shorter than those of the Xbox version, their design hasn't changed and the overall gameplay remains completely intact, making this game a wonderful adventure within the Tom Clancy universe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With an onslaught of brawlers, multiple play modes, and a solid create-a-wrestler feature, No Mercy will have you grappling for days on end. It's a definite must-have for wrestling fans.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It has the modes, the weapons, and the attitude to have hardcore FPS maniacs swimming in puddles of their own drool.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Far more than the original, this truly is a game that can be enjoyed by anyone, and should be tried by everyone.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With all the gadgets and alternative goals thrown in, "Perfect Dark" is more than just a straight-up blastfest; It's a futuristic spy-thriller that also happens to be the best multiplayer shooter on the console market.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An action-packed espionage thriller, Syphon Filter’s intense gameplay combines with tight control and a slick style to deliver the PlayStation’s best third-person action game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For fighting enthusiasts, DOA2 Hardcore is the first must have game for the PlayStation 2. End of story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hard to put the sheer size and brilliance of Assassin's Creed into words. It is an epic game that you have to experience for yourself. I will caution that the game is not for the impatient or the faint of heart. While you can plow through the main storyline in under 20 hours, to truly get every single last shred of gaming goodness, you will probably have to put in twice that number.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give it a chance and you may find yourself having the most fun you've ever had in a virtual car. [Feb 2008, p.70]
    • 90 Metascore
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    Never before has a sports game improved so much and added so many new features in a single season. It may not be the league-leader in every category, but excellent performances across the board make it the best baseball game of the year. [May 2004, p.86]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With sharp new features, graphics, and controls, Knockout Kings 2001 owns the PlayStation boxing ring.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of epic proportions, the "Saving Private Ryan" of first-person shooters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A visual masterpiece.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Control is also nearly-perfect... The transparent controls allow you to concentrate on racing and blasting your opponents, and so the races are faster, more fluid and more fun.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game looks fantastic and the touch controls are quicker and more precise than its PC counterpart's mouse. Its glorious mix of tactics and action is both instantly accessible and deceptively deep. An anomaly indeed.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re looking to play hockey of the NHL variety, to tackle pro challenges and use real-life strategies, NHL 2K3 will thrill you as much as watching your team heroically survive a five-on-three penalty kill.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With an impressive variety of modes, cars, and customization options, this realistic and stunningly rendered racer is one of the best driving games on the App Store.
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    Plenty of modes and surprisingly funny writing make this a weirdly enjoyable piece of unexpected "edutainment."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The updated controls and interfaces enable easy, intuitive access to the game's magic and combat systems. Bethesda has created not just a game but also a benchmark by which future RPGs will be measured.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While Hot Shots 3 doesn’t revolutionize the series by any stretch of the imagination, it delivers sweet PS2 graphics and loads of slick refinements that make it another must-play game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA's "NBA Live" has better character models and Microsoft's "Inside Drive" has the best-looking arenas, but Segas NBA 2K2 is the complete package for basketball on the Xbox.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Riveting first-person combat set across a mesmerizing WWII landscape. A game this good is practically a recruitment poster for the PS2.
    • 89 Metascore
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    "Final Fantasy IV" is an outstanding and epic work that impresses despite its advanced age...Although the visual and audio aspects have aged poorly, "Chrono Trigger" is nevertheless an invaluable offering to its genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    PS2 people, you have your first must-own title. With gameplay that takes the best bits of all the games which have come before it, SSX practically redefines snowboarding excitement.
    • 74 Metascore
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    Clearly, the power of the PS3 has been successfully harnessed because the game's speedy gameplay does not come with any sacrifice to graphical quality. The cars, environments, and race tracks all look close to photorealistic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Between its ripping sense of speed, edge-of-the-seat gameplay, and impressively original and deep features, [its] glorious PS2 debut just smokes.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of quality it has maintained is remarkable. In terms of gameplay and depth, there's no question that Winning Eleven 7 is the soccer game to own. [Mar 2004, p.82]
    • 89 Metascore
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    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's a bold, cinematic step forward in a genre that's dying for innovation, and its implementation of the MotionScan technology is truly a game-changer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolutely massive game with all of the features you've come to expect from a Lego title, whether that be an impressive selection of playable characters, collectible goodies galore, or the trademark silent Lego-ized cinema scenes that provide summarized version of a franchise's plot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While most of Ninja Gaiden: Black is the same as before, the little additions that have been added make a world of difference, especially for those hardcore gamers looking for more punishment. And if all that content isn't enough, you even get the old school arcade Ninja Gaiden, too.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's solid gameplay, immense replayability, online functionality and incredible production values will ensure its place in video game history, and it is, without a doubt, a satisfying and fulfilling close to the beloved trilogy[?].
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Generals has a rock-solid single-player game and the most addictive multiplayer skirmishes of the year... A gaming masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Madden remains the best in the business at presenting football plays. The playbook and playcalling interface in this year's game are clean, easy to read, and snap to use. [Sept 2004, p.96]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GT3’s razor-sharp handling means you’re always battling your opponents, not the controls. The force feedback and analog responsiveness are particularly impressive.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The way things fly, catch fire, and fall not only carries consequences that add weight to your war of the worlds, but also creates situations that reward guile, guts, and instinct... Everything about Half-Life 2 is remarkable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Involving and exciting characters, storylines, and battles keep you glued to your seat - and keep you from noticing the many hours you spend playing this amazing game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The majority of folks will clock in for a 20-plus-hour thrill ride. Few games are this good, for so long, and still keep you coming back for more. Ninja Gaiden is truly outstanding.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The potential replay value for the game is enormous. Of course, until ESPN has had a full season under its belt, the jury’s out as to whether first-person view is major revolution or a nifty diversion...but it’s very cool.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Offers a ton of new elements to keep you glued to your screen for hours. Whether playing against the computer or online, "The Conquerors" improves an already fantastic game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With smart A.I., great controls, and a take-no-prisoners approach to football, it should earn All-Pro status again...a straight-ahead, hard-as-knuckles football game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding sequel in all aspects. It offers a lot of new and fun features, yet the game doesn't move away from the core gameplay that made the first Underground so popular, which is pure adrenaline street racing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's got great graphics, superb dialogue, and unforgettable characters, but the genre-bending story will keep graphic adventure fans glued to the screen.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A spectacular experience from beginning to end, and with an enormous amount of choices to make, cities to visit, dungeons to crawl, NPCs to interact with, treasure to find, quests to complete and crafts to master, I feel pretty confident in saying that Dragon Age: Origins is, without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable and immersive RPG experiences I've had since my Infinity Engine days. [Jan 2010, p.66]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pokémon LeafGreen and Pokémon FireRed draw you into the mesmerizing world of strange little creatures no matter how many times you've been there before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re looking to play hockey of the NHL variety, to tackle pro challenges and use real-life strategies, NHL 2K3 will thrill you as much as watching your team heroically survive a five-on-three penalty kill.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wipeout 64 has everything a futuristic racer needs: A healthy variety of tracks, slickly designed craft, weapons, numerous game modes, hidden goodies, and speed, speed, SPEED! This is a must-have for every N64 gamer's library!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easily the most gorgeous and immersive game in the genre. Huge cities, vibrant wildernesses, and highly detailed player character models help nail home the sheer Star-Warsiness of the game, while the Star Wars sound suite does its usual awesome job of grounding you in the world of the films.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    TS2 is no "Halo," but it’s really, really close. For fast-paced and light-hearted FPS action, it takes a "Halo" to beat TimeSplitters 2.
    • 89 Metascore
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    It's easily the best survival horror game since the masterful "Resident Evil 4" and it sets the bar high for graphics, sound, and scares in its respective genre. Dead Space is an artistic nightmare clearly designed for survival horror fans by a passionate and dedicated team of like-minded gamers. Just be sure to play it with the lights on.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stellar recreation of the PC version. I've encountered absolutely no slowdown (or any other issues) during my time with the iPad edition.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In order to outshine Tekken 3, a game will need to have a ton of moves (T3 has over 100 per character), multi-hit combos (all T3 fighters can pull off 10-hitters), outstanding graphics (T3 has no breakup on the fighters, no "blind spots" where clipping occurs, and no slowdown), and seamless gameplay that includes juggles, counters, and linking moves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's really nothing I can say other than this: if you own a PS3 and you don't buy LittleBigPlanet, you are robbing yourself of one of the most unique gaming experiences ever designed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the game has a few faults, such as some occasional background pop-in and a few minor AI issues, the whole experience is a blast (literally), and you'd be missing a great action experience by not checking this one out.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Rez strikes a very distinctive look by way of combining a virtual reality viewpoint with themes relating to ancient mythology - and if that sounds as intriguing to you as it did to me you'll undoubtedly have a blast.
    • 88 Metascore
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    It's the moment-to-moment excitement of each mission, helped along by the cool and unique objectives, that gives BFBC2's campaign an unforgettable edge.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Compared to D2D, "Thunder's" cars don't handle as smoothly and its Career mode is heavy on complexity and short on fun. [Dec 2002, p.194]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The kind of inexplicable game that you have to own.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is clearly made by a professional, and I can't recommend it enough.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A steal. Seriously, this game is worth far more than a single dollar.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Puzzle modes are also fun, and a great way to learn how to minimize the number of moves it takes for you to create lengthy combinations, which lead to exponentially higher scores.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This impressive "one-button" App Store entry is simple by design, but deep and engaging enough to make it more than worth its $0.99 price point.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The three versions of NCAA are virtually identical... The main points involve graphics, and the Xbox version clearly looks the best, sporting the crispest details, richest colors, and best lighting.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A thoughtful, huge, rewarding classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Of course, the game feels best when played with the PS2 controller. The Xbox and the GameCube are fine, too, but their button layouts force sometimes awkward finger stretching.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy raises the bar in terms of what can be achieved on the Wii. Galaxy is the kind of game that you're going to want to take your time with because there is just so much to do in the game. This is the first game in a long time that I've actually gone back and replayed levels just for fun. It's everything you loved about Mario 64 and nothing you hated about "Super Mario Sunshine."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A memorable, fantastic adventure that falls short in key areas that could have benefited from fine-tuning—namely control tweaks and unpolished graphics...The last must-have title of 2001.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The multiplayer promises to elevate Halo 2 online gameplay to "Counter-Strike" status with the added attraction of Xbox Live full voice support.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The lighting is gorgeous, the textures are detailed, and the way your vehicle interacts with the environment is all too realistic.