GamePro's Scores

  • Games
For 4,559 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 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4
Lowest review score: 10 NBA Unrivaled
Score distribution:
4,559 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An amazing PS 3 game that fully leverages the power of the console. It sets the bar high for not only the series but for all PS3 games to come. It is, without a doubt, reason enough to buy the system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Half of High Heat 2003's thrills come from its intuitive, playable controls. Fielding and baserunning are a snap (though manual slides would have rocked), and the pitching/batting setup is one of the best ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes Monolith's game such a stellar experience is the fact that everything it does dramatically improves and innovates the RPG genre. Xenoblade gives the player a whole world to interact with and explore, removing boundaries and convenient game design choices for the sake of fun and immersion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Takes off in a fresh new direction with riveting air combat that mixes thrilling missions with simple controls, solid multiplayer support, and an intriguing story line.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The extensive character techniques and engrossing story line will keep gamers glued to their controllers for hours.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there's a game on this week's list that I'm going to put the most time into revisiting and replaying, it's this one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A huge, fantastic, creative, and wickedly fun RPG that doesn't seem to care that it's "just" on a GBA. It's easily the best RPG available for the GBA-and may just be the best RPG for any console system this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA Sports has been doing fine work on this series for the last few years, but everything until now only seems like groundwork for this years version. Small problems aside this is the best game of hockey ever made.
    • 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]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Still, with such a wide selection of games to choose from with over 30 core mini-games, not to mention medals to win, "Perfect" ratings to earn, and incredibly simple yet insanely engaging Endless Games and Rhythm Toys to unlock (never thought I'd spend two hours digitally flicking a coin in tune with an ever-changing tempo), Rhythm Heaven is a must-own for handheld gamers everywhere, plain and simple, and a welcome breath of fresh air for the gaming scene in general.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No one's going to beat 2K5 on price, and the game's as tough as nails on the court. [Dec 2004, p.142]
    • GamePro
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beneath Land-a Panda's adorable exterior is a surprisingly solid physics-based puzzler that's an absolute steal at it's bottom-shelf price of $0.99.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay has just the right balance of challenging puzzles and finger-numbing battles to deliver an exceptional adventure whether you’re royalty or not.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rogue Galaxy is what every RPG should strive to be: an immersive experience that places you in a new world populated by intriguing characters. It's backed by an engaging and accessible story, possesses an intuitive control scheme and maintains a sense of depth will have you gladly coming back for more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The question isn't if it's worth your time. It clearly is. The real question is if -- for only ten dollars -- you're ready to spend every free second you have in front of your computer, dominated by Critical Mass. It might be a blasphemous comparison, but this is an obsession of mine that's nearing Tetris proportions.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The levels are not only more interactive, but they're also enormous - much larger than those from "THPS3." [Nov 2002, p.50]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Oblivion's more than just a game -- it's an entire world for the taking, the only single-player RPG that could possibly give a game like World of Warcraft a real run for its money.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Infinity Blade is a turning point for iOS gaming. Epic has proven that Apple's popular mobile devices are capable of much more than what we've previously seen, and since they're now licensing their engine out for other developers to use, we're going to start seeing a lot of other games with with Infinity Blade's level of polish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Throughout the action, the controls handle sweetly, combining the depth of a large number of moves with smooth playability.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is THPS at its best. More fun? Can’t have it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never before has a college football game been this fun or looked this good. The level of visual brilliance featured in NCAA 07 is unrivaled in any current sports game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If anything, character visuals look slightly sharper with brighter colors than the PS2 game's, and the post-play highlights are still cool.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I feel pretty confident in saying that it is the most enjoyable sports game I've ever played. It has the depth that diehard and sim fans require while also offering up the option for a simplistic experience that casual fans can enjoy, and with a ton of new goodies, FIFA Soccer 10 is surefire winner all around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You've never played a fighting game or wrestling title like this. UFC is the best man-to-man combat title ever, on any system.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Although its overzealous combat system takes some getting used to, Yggdra Union is a rare gem that manages to stay interesting after hours and hours of playtime. In my opinion, it's a must-have for PSP owners and it is, without a doubt, one of the best titles I've played this year.
    • 91 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portable and pure, Namco Museum is an old-school must-own.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The intuitive controls have been retained, but to enhance the original's sim-like feel, a slice button has been added and the serves are a little more difficult to perfect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its unique modern-day setting along with terrific characters and a dark story make Persona 2 an engaging game from start to finish. It's truly a must for serious RPG fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no question that Dawn of War will turn even the meekest, mildest players into bloodthirsty battle addicts.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    offers enough challenge and replay value to be a good party game for younger Star Wars fans.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What if a game's narrative was as intricate and as immersive as its graphics? What if as much attention went into dialogue and atmosphere as went into pixel shaders and high-resolution textures? What then? Ladies and gentlemen, the answer is BioShock, one of the most playable, thought-provoking, and just downright impressive games to emerge on a home console since, well, ever.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Furious flying, controller-melting action, gorgeous graphics, and weird adversaries launch StarFox 64 into the stratosphere.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its powerful story, great cast of characters, gorgeous graphics, and one of the most inventive battle systems in a long time all work together to create an instant classic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Blazing fast speeds with sharp graphics, pulsating sounds and good controls.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a must-have for the Game Boy Advance, and proof positive that great game design transcends technology and time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game is a great value considering everything you get for only $10. A funny and fun title with tons of personality, Twisted Pixel has yet again shown its skill at being able to develop interesting characters and addictive gameplay in downloadable form.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Episode 2 is so well written, funny and enjoyable you'll gladly submit to the domineering, steel toed boot of your new red masked overlord.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The definitive football game to buy this season.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gamers who are used to contemporary titles may find this one a little too simplistic and old for their tastes but if you can look beyond that, you'll be treated to an amazing rendition of a classic console RPG. [July 2007, p.86]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The refined gameplay, the super slick presentation and the flexible controls all add up to one of the finest racing experiences ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics in GT5: Prologue are even better than "Crysis."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Final Fantasy IV remains the same epic experience it was 17 years ago, and improvements on the DS are a welcome treat for fans of the series and newcomers to the franchise. [Aug 2008, p.80]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everything just screams high production values, which is pretty awesome. The song list is also impressive and features a good mix of the old and the new.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The title's greatest strength is the way it completely wraps you in the main protagonist's skin, which is something more RPG games should strive to do. The game's staggering depth and complexity is also impressive, as is its accessibility.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All in all, Phantom Hourglass is a successful sequel that improves on everything that its predecessor did right. [Nov 2007, p.92]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But, the added level of depth and infinite replay value through Xbox 360 Achievements and loads of downloadable content make GHII Xbox 360 the ultimate version to own. [Apr 2007, p.80]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that Worms has always been a fantastic game so it all comes down to how complete a given installment is, and Worms Open Warfare 2 is easily the defining title in the series. [Oct 2007, p.87]
    • GamePro
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game glows in a revelatory way we haven't seen since "God of War" and "Resident Evil 4." If nothing else, it's infinitely more engaging and suspenseful than this year's crop of by-the-books FPS games.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even without the picture-perfect graphics and spectacular technological prowess, Crysis is a great action game that can stand up against any great FPS. The acting and story aren't spectacular, but using the Nanosuit makes this open-ended adventure one that is fun from start to finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game that "Doom 3" and "Quake 4" wished they could be. It's ruthlessly violent and action-packed, yet consistently subversive and innovative -- not unlike "Duke Nukem 3D," another 3D Realms-produced game. It's also one of the least frustrating games we've ever played.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assuredly, a great majority of RPGers have already beaten Final Fantasy VI multiple times, and while this game is pretty much a direct port, I still recommend it highly just for sweet nostalgia's sake.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Put simply, Company of Heroes is a masterpiece. Its dedication to realistic battle concepts and tactical warfare is enough to make it a high watermark for the RTS genre but its excellent graphics and physics, along with an intensely enjoyable single-player campaign and multiplayer options, help make this an instant classic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The transition from the politics in episode 2 to the completely different slant of rock and roll in episode 3 never feels forced, out of place, or nonsensical. It just works because the writing is so damn good, and leads me to believe the creators of this series could cover any topic and still make a funny game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma is the best version released so far and that's saying a lot considering how awesome the other versions were.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game that "Doom 3" and "Quake 4" wished they could be. It's ruthlessly violent and action-packed, yet consistently subversive and innovative -- not unlike "Duke Nukem 3D," another 3D Realms-produced game. It's also one of the least frustrating games we've ever played.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The transition from the politics in episode 2 to the completely different slant of rock and roll in episode 3 never feels forced, out of place, or nonsensical. It just works because the writing is so damn good, and leads me to believe the creators of this series could cover any topic and still make a funny game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Marrying an innovative control scheme to the best survival action game ever and presenting at a bargain price is something even the most brain-dead zombie can get behind.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Most importantly and most powerfully, however: The completely open-ended nature of this experience creates a very real sense of infinite possibilities.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Blue Dragon might not be sheer perfection, but it still delivers a truly exemplary console RPG experience by thoughtfully executing and expanding on longtime genre traditions.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Persona 3 is an engaging title that truly pushes genre conventions in an exciting way. [Sep 2007, p.82]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Saints Row's Xbox Live presentation is a colossal step in the right direction for the genre, with its live-action lobby, imaginative game modes, and an MMO-inspired element that allows you to amass and spend the money you win online.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rainbow Six: Vegas's gorgeous graphics, professional presentation, well-executed cover mechanic, and highly customizable multiplayer make it one the best first-person shooters on the Xbox 360. Heck, why beat around the bush: it's got my vote for Game of the Year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Long time Homestar Runner fans will be pleased to see that all the major characters they've come to know (Marzipan, The Cheat, Coach Z, Pom Pom, etc.) are included along with many inside jokes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anyone with even a passing interest in puzzle or role-playing games should take a long hard look at this endlessly addictive gem. Chances are that within an hour of downloading the trial version you'll be looking to purchase it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you own a PSP, there is no excuse for you to not own this title. [Nov 2007, p.95]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Long time Homestar Runner fans will be pleased to see that all the major characters they've come to know (Marzipan, The Cheat, Coach Z, Pom Pom, etc.) are included along with many inside jokes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As Obi-Wan Kenobi once told me, "Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." Good advice when thinking your way through Echochrome's frequently mind stumping, addictive I-think-my-IQ-just-went-up-10-points, levels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's so hard not to like Crisis Core because it does so many things right. [Apr 2008, p.76]
    • GamePro
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Combining the old-school feel with new-gen intensity, Pac-Man World Championship is the best Xbox Live Arcade game since Geometry Wars.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not often that you run across a good XBLA with flair all its own, but Undertow has it in spades.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the better games to come out on XBLA in the last few months.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Carbon almost always manages to feel as finely tuned as any of its high performance sleds, and with downloadable content on the way, it seems safe to think that it'll be an adrenaline generating favorite for a good long while.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best PSP title I've ever played.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Episode 2 is so well written, funny and enjoyable you'll gladly submit to the domineering, steel toed boot of your new red masked overlord.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is nothing new, but the engrossing story and intense action will keep you playing for hours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The hook of the Xbox version is that the multiplayer missions are playable from the beginning, and new games like Tag and Detonator Drop have been added.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to sports games, the GameCube’s controller always seems to suffer in points due to its unconventional button arrangement, but surprisingly it's not an issue this year. The default setting has been specialized for the GameCube, and it works wonders.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is a visual feast. If it controlled a little better this would be a perfect score, but as is, this game is still a hell of a good time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Straddles the line between arcade and simulation nicely. Players move, look, and behave in a realistic fashion, but fatigue, substitutions, and playcalling don’t interrupt the fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything from the story line to the sword-slashing gameplay is both fun and captivating, launching Musashi into the realm of outstanding PlayStation RPGs with "Final Fantasy VII" and "Breath of Fire III."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This year's version of Tiger Woods PGA Tour is as sweet as a 350 yard tee shot down the middle of the fairway. It will challenge experienced players while still providing enough teaching and lessons to acclimate even the newest of players.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A superior GBA adventure in every respect and a marked improvement on "Harmony of Dissonance." Still, it is another "Symphony of the Night" clone—if you’re feeling a little sick of the same ol’ thing, this game may be the breaking point.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game isn't flawless, nor is it technically finished - a good many quests fall into a "kill 20 of enemy X and collect 9 of item Y" pattern, a lot of promised end-game content still isn't in, and there are still bugs being squashed - but it's easily the closest MMORPGs have yet come to perfection. If this one doesn't hook you, nothing will.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    San Andreas's chief advantage over "Vice City" is size. And for many players, that's good enough. But another group of fans will come to quietly understand that, at least for the time being, "Vice City" remains the high point of the GTA series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't expect a re-invention of the wheel and you'll be provided for; otherwise here's hoping that the hinted-at third installment will be a bit more inventive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As always with the McRae series, the sublime handling of your car is what makes this game so appealing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 2005 has a great tactile feel - in your first trip to the plate, you'll notice right away how much the ball moves like it should coming off the bat...Will have strong appeal to diehard baseball fans. [May 2004, p.88]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Head-and-shoulders above other EA Sports Xbox 360 launch games, and is the first game in the sports genre to evolve beyond the current generation, and is worth a splurge, even if just for a few hard hits.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minor niggles aside, Champion stands alone as the most polished and playable boxing simulation ever released, with the new adjustments and additions easily prolonging Fight Night's relatively uncontested reign over the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a refreshing RPG that will satisfy all but the most blowhard dungeon hacks, take a trip to Evil Islands.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most importantly—and this will make Dark Cloud fans very happy—Level-5 has fixed nearly everything wrong with the first game.