GamePro's Scores

  • Games
For 4,571 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Geometry Wars: Galaxies
Lowest review score: 10 Dive to the Titanic
Score distribution:
4,571 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
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    The graphics are among the best to ever grace the Game Boy screen, a vibrant canvas decorated in brilliant crayon and eye-popping pastels-Yoshi's Island is a veritable work of art.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Boktai couldn't have been done on any other system; it is uniquely Game Boy Advance, yet not at all like any of its other titles. A paradox, a conundrum, and creativity incarnate.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Rarely does a game (much less a GBA one) keep the player so constantly surprised. [Mar 2004, p.75]
    • 81 Metascore
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    The gameplay area is huge.
    • 81 Metascore
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    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.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Must-own material.
    • 97 Metascore
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    This immersive sci-fi epic delivers both an expansive story and electrifying first-person combat, making it one of 2001's best games.
    • 67 Metascore
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    A no-holds-barred chariot racer full of originality and pee-in-your-pants combat.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Minor audio issues aside, DoA3 nails its Xbox debut and firmly establishes itself as the best home console fighting game of 2001.
    • 88 Metascore
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    A breathtaking experience. From the inimitable graphics to the hypnotically addictive gameplay, it’s captivating on every level.
    • 84 Metascore
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    With cinematic camera angles, a grime-infested aesthetic, and gruesomely glistening monsters, Silent Hill 2 improves on the original in every way.
    • 93 Metascore
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    It's the same brilliant game all over again with some new bits. Buy it and be happy.
    • 87 Metascore
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    An ungodly huge, ambitious, daunting, free time–consuming vortex of RPG goodness.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Turns in a superstar performance with its addictive gameplay, authentic hockey feel, and exhaustive features.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Payne’s finest feature on the Xbox, however, may be its controls...Every function in the game is perfectly placed for intuitive control.
    • 90 Metascore
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    If anything, character visuals look slightly sharper with brighter colors than the PS2 game's, and the post-play highlights are still cool.
    • 87 Metascore
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    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.
    • 90 Metascore
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    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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    The gameplay is on-the-money with great baseball that ought to attract Xbox sports gamers and just plain baseball fans alike.
    • 88 Metascore
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    The swelling chase music, idealized world, larger-than-life story, and easy-to-master controls combine to cut through the clutter of some more pretentious games and deliver a sense of majesty and bravery straight to your heart.
    • 88 Metascore
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    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.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Realistic scenarios in realistic environments add to Splinter Cell’s tantalizing world of covert operations. With a strong overall package of incredible features, the stealth/action genre has a new hero.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The graphics are the main differentiator with the Xbox version looking sharpest, the PS2 version sprouting typical jaggies, and the GameCube version appearing slightly soft.
    • 89 Metascore
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    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.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A deeply rewarding simulation experience... Once again, the Xbox version has the best overall effects and looks the sexiest.
    • 72 Metascore
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    Offers a smooth ramp of power, fast-but-strategic combat, and a real variety of gameplay. Alone, it's cool. With friends, it's a blast.
    • 84 Metascore
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    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.
    • 90 Metascore
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    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.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Offers an addictively eclectic mix of item collecting, gambling, and relationship building; tantalizing eye candy; and one outstanding game of volleyball.
    • 74 Metascore
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    The epitome of an addictive multiplayer game that has just the right amount of action and team strategy to make it worth every cent to play online.
    • 91 Metascore
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    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.
    • 95 Metascore
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    The multiplayer promises to elevate Halo 2 online gameplay to "Counter-Strike" status with the added attraction of Xbox Live full voice support.
    • 83 Metascore
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    Other baseball games might have a more unique feature or two, and several absolutely have better graphics, but only High Heat delivers such consistently riveting gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Whether you want to build a major league franchise or just play two with your favorite team, competing in a complete game of Xbox baseball couldn't be easier or more fun.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Totally revamped from the ground up, and it shows. Great graphics and the best gameplay the series has seen in years.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
    • 91 Metascore
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    A masterful effort. It literally redefines itself within the span of one videogame football season and is a worthy preseason Pro Bowl pick.
    • 87 Metascore
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    A basketball technician’s dream. Games against the CPU realistically mimic a real game, while scrimmages against friends received a boost of energy thanks to sped-up gameplay and better shot blocking. ESPN NBA Basketball 2K4 retains the top slot by just a hair.
    • 92 Metascore
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    On the field is where Madden is money. All the player models have received another megadose of polygons. The PS2 looks even better than last year's version, but the Xbox and the GameCube really shine.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Without a doubt, this game shows that originality in gaming is very much alive and kicking, even if it is wrapped inside a sensitive subject. If you want a true military experience without going through boot camp, Full Spectrum Warrior is it.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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
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    More than just a solid sequel. Large levels with well-placed save points (a feature lacking in the first Splinter Cell) make the flow of the game seem much smoother.
    • 88 Metascore
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    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.
    • 78 Metascore
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    In this captivating outing, 47 revisits the past while modernizing the nagging flaws of his previous games, making for his best trail of assassinations yet.
    • 85 Metascore
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    Fight Night's Career mode should be the model that other boxing games should follow...Hands down, Fight Night 2004 is the victor in all weight classes this year. [May 2004, p.84]
    • 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]
    • 94 Metascore
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    To say that this game is "fast" is an understatement - it absolutely blazes, so much so that blinking becomes a liability. [Nov 2004, p.96]
    • 89 Metascore
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    Enormously high production value adds to the pleasure of playing this game. It's no exaggeration to say that these graphics are the best you've ever seen in a console game...A masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
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    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]
    • 92 Metascore
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    This year, the design guys as Visual Concepts have turned ESPN NFL 2K5 into the most entertaining show in video-game football. [Sept 2004, p.98]
    • 89 Metascore
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    When playing in a loud stadium, visiting teams face a rowdily vibrating controller, shaking screen, and players whose lack of composure causes bad plays. If you think you can handle it, you're in for a surpise - the overall effect is huge, really adding to the challenge in key moments like kicking a field goal. [Aug 2004, p.90]
    • 77 Metascore
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    Simply put, Underground 2 is 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.
    • 85 Metascore
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    No one's going to beat 2K5 on price, and the game's as tough as nails on the court. [Dec 2004, p.142]
    • 92 Metascore
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    Forza is easily the best driving game ever made. Loyal "GT4" fans ought to strap into the seat of this hot rod and take it for a spin--you won't look back.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
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    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]
    • 94 Metascore
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    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.
    • 74 Metascore
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    A truly dazzling, inspired game that mixes a riveting story with a stylish look and absorbing gameplay.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The speed has also been cranked, so that skaters fly through the levels at an insane velocity. [Nov 2002, p.50]
    • 92 Metascore
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    Spawn's struggles with the forces of good and evil in the comic actually make him the best fit, story wise, of the exclusive console characters. His powerful strikes and air-based attacks also make him an extremely tough character to beat.
    • 96 Metascore
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    A brilliant, dazzling wonder, no matter how you feel about Link's new pants... If this game doesn't make you happy, then it's impossible for you to be happy. [Apr 2003, p.94]
    • 91 Metascore
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    It delivers all the clever, addictive gameplay that a THPS game should, and in higher resolution than ever before.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Exciting missions, unbelievable visuals and sound, and, like the first Rogue and Naboo, a replay factor through the roof.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Every minute that you play, you constantly feel as if you’re discovering something new and different, and the game’s puzzles feel very organic, intelligent, and open-ended, forcing you to think and rethink your strategy as you make new realizations about your place in the world.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The gameplay remains fast and furious, and the simple controls do a masterful job of literally keeping you on track. The interplay between the characters in two-player mode is particularly impressive.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Street’s sensational gameplay deftly combines competitive hoops and slick moves and dunks without delving into the realm of Jam’s absurd acrobatics.
    • 92 Metascore
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    A masterpiece of superior game design, infinite gameplay variety, creativity, and life-and it's got a water cannon…and a damn brilliant one at that.
    • 92 Metascore
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    As far as the three main game systems go, the Xbox graphics—as usual—look the sharpest...NFL 2K3 is a straight-ahead, hard-as-knuckles football game.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Even beyond the football gameplay, you have to appreciate the wealth of extras and activities that make Madden NFL 2003 such an entertaining and complete package.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Unmatched in its field thanks to major improvements in every category combined with a deeply rewarding simulation experience.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The three versions of NCAA are virtually identical... The GameCube version doesn’t control quite as comfortably, but that’s mainly because the controller layout isn’t as suitable for sports games.
    • 85 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]
    • 86 Metascore
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    Totally revamped from the ground up, and it shows. Great graphics and the best gameplay the series has seen in years.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Viewtiful Joe is immediate, extremely challenging, and grows progressively deeper as you advance. It is frantic, exhilarating, and addictive. In short, it is a classic and everything a game should be.
    • 90 Metascore
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    While Pikmin 2 may be more of a hybrid remake/expansion pack than a sequel, it's still funny, fun, brilliant, and more daringly weird than what comes out of 95 percent of most major game studios. It's two of a kind. [Oct 2004, p.76]
    • 92 Metascore
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    Visually, MP 2's dazzling, organic-looking environments represent a quantum leap for console-based shooters.
    • 94 Metascore
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    This 2004 edition maintains the traditional love affair with the NFL that football gamers have come to expect from the series while adding some dynamite new features.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The GameCube controller doesn't quite offer the potential of the Wii remote, so slicing down enemies and firing arrows isn't quite as engaging.
    • 76 Metascore
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    It's easily the Mario Kart of soccer games and that should tell you a lot. Even if you think you're a confirmed soccer hater, Super Mario Strikers just might rock your world.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Of the three console-exclusive characters, Link requires the most finesse to stay competitive but not so much that younger players will get frustrated.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Donkey Kong stands tall over other similar-minded action titles. It's one of those Rare games that makes you remember why you liked video games so much in the first place.
    • 92 Metascore
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    A more complex, more fluid, and more attractive game than its plumber predecessor ["Super Mario 64"]. It’s sure to have even the staunchest N64 critics raising their eyebrows.
    • 90 Metascore
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    An intensely addictive combo of wild arcade racing and fun platform-style exploration … the joy of exploring all its cool tracks will make you feel like a kid in a candy store.
    • 90 Metascore
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    When it comes to video game destruction for brains and brawn, Blast is definitely the master.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's a brilliantly bizarre, insanely fun 3D-platformer extraordinaire, and a wonderfully ironic swan song for the N64.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Take Diddy for a test drive and you'll be hooked. It's the smoothest ride you can buy this holiday season.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Play GoldenEye one time and you’ll be jonesin’ for James harder than Grace Jones on a lonely night. It’s one of the best movie-to-game translations ever.
    • 99 Metascore
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    This is Zelda supreme. It's fun. One hitch, however, is that the skill level gets progressively harder - so hard that casual gamers might give up rather quickly.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Enormously fun golfing with a variety of modes to satisfy everyone from the weekend golfer to the maniacal miniature-putthead. You couldn't ask for a better tee time than Mario Golf.
    • 83 Metascore
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    If you’ve experienced Super Mario Kart on the SNES, this game will feel like a grand homecoming. New players of all skill levels will instantly pick up on the fun.
    • 79 Metascore
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    Even the single-player mode is fun, but the Party really starts when the players interact with each other while competing in this hilarious game.
    • 97 Metascore
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    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
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    Regardless of whether Rayman is climbing, swinging, or hovering like a helicopter, the control never once loses its smooth, seamless feel. Rayman 2 brings the same kind of fun that you will find in other great games of the genre, while at the same time creating its own identity and following.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Furious flying, controller-melting action, gorgeous graphics, and weird adversaries launch StarFox 64 into the stratosphere.
    • 85 Metascore
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    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
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    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!
    • 74 Metascore
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    Don’t get rid of your N64 yet—Mario Party is one of the last and best games you can play on the system with up to three buddies.
    • 89 Metascore
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    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.