GamePro's Scores

  • Games
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 Dragon Age: Origins
Lowest review score: 10 NBA Unrivaled
Score distribution:
4,560 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Galaxy 2 is a constant deluge of fresh ideas that are successful -- not because of its place in a franchise -- but because it is wholly willing to reinvent itself on the fly.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game was meant to be played with four players instead of two, but considering how much fun you get for the price, you shouldn't be deterred from buying it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the series has strayed from its hardcore sim roots pioneered by Coach K College basketball way back in the Genesis’s heyday, it at least has defined an identity and found a fun formula as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When I wasn't thrashing foes along complex battle maps, I was laughing my ass off at the brilliant cutscene sequences.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its deftly meshed story lines, deep use of spellcasting, and innovative insanity system, Eternal Darkness is a unique and tasty addition to the survival/horror genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's plenty of bang for your buck, and attempting missions over again in harder difficulty modes can really prove themselves as addicting challenges. Throw in the extraordinary Crysis Wars multiplayer, and you've got yourself an absolute steal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, $15 is a small price for a remake of a game that I always considered to be better than Street Fighter IV. Many 2D fighting games have outright borrowed or stolen wholesale from the Street Fighter III series' formula, and for good reason -- there simply hasn't been a been a better 2D fighting game since. If you want to see how good at Street Fighter you really are, step up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We Rule plays like a combination of Sim City and Farmville. Aside from a large variety of crops (which can take up to a day in real time to grow) that can be cultivated on a limited number of farm spaces, money can be made.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beat the Heat games are the best part of this speedster, cleverly mixing a variety of cool driving techniques with engrossing competition.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To date, Wario Ware Touched is the only DS game that fully utilizes the DS's unique functions and is a must have for all DS owners.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Genji's appeal for hardcore and newbies alike is that it's an excellently crafted example of the good 'ole slice and dicer with just enough challenge to keep things interesting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfect sitting around the living room, talking smack with your buddies, everyone's involved party game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be the flashiest RPG of the year, but it's definitely one of the best, with its solid combination of terrific gameplay and a compelling story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Skills Stick alone make NHL 07 a completely different game and one worthy of the new NHL. [Oct. 2006, p.96]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I personally don't LOVE the overabundance of hard rock and metal songs, every track on the game is more than fun to play along with, and the classic rock tunes are savage, as usual...One of the best gaming experiences ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The feel of the driving is what earned the McRae series its reputation, and the controls remain impeccable in this PS2 edition.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The foot-tapping techno music tracks accompany each stage perfectly, and the sound effects shine with a plethora of explosions and other sounds of destruction.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like taking a trip through a modern art museum…except all of the paintings are moving, all the sculptures are breathing, and every display is shooting swarms of genetically enhanced laser missiles at the thoughts inside your head.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The character is easy to control, but learning the large quantity of combos makes for a highly rewarding game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thoughtful and varied designs of each mission are clearly linear, yet somehow avoid a stuck-on-rails feel, whether you're sneaking around in the dark, gathering photographic evidence, or tearing through the occasional action set-piece.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a more casual shooter, the game is an enormous improvement over its predecessor, fixing all the problems with lag, graphics, and shallow gameplay that kept that game from being the masterpiece it deserved to be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For one thing, it's 20% cheaper at $20 in comparison to the PC version's $25 price tag. When you factor in the Trophies that encourage you to tackle some of the game's puzzles and conversations in different ways, I offer the same level of recommendation for this iteration.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is certainly guilty of holding your hand a bit too much, especially in the trials, but the strength of the writing and character development makes it all worth it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of its shortcomings, FFX-2 is an engrossing RPG that’s worth the extensive time investment, although it may be a bit too awkward and saccharine for hardened FF vets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smart new theory kicks a dying genre in the butt and makes for a unique single-player and terrific two-player game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Stoked was an impressive if flawed debut, Big Air Edition is a superior semi-sequel that should cement the series as a successful snowboarding franchise. If you missed it the first time around, be sure to grab a lift ticket for Stoked's second run.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the shortcomings, ESPN NHL 2K4 is the Cup champ because it really plays and, aside from the rather sluggish-moving players, feels like a hockey simulation should. [Dec 2004, p.144]
    • GamePro
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It shows depth, talent, and imagination. Everything any winning team needs.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Siren’s ghouls not only search for you with flashlights and come at you with shovels, but they also skitter along telephone wires and snipe you from rooftops. They don’t die.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Instantly engaging and packed with an awesome four-player mode, F-Zero X delivers high-powered racing with that immaculate Nintendo touch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's as addictive as Puzzle Quest, but instead of utilizing an RPG element, EA married the puzzle concept to a platformer. The result is a fantastic title that should appeal to gamers of all stripes.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fighting world has a brand new and addictive style of gameplay. Kengo pays homage to an art form that's rarely seen, and plays as a well-crafted and fun experience that no fighting-game fan should miss.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the best instance of video game flipper mashing since "Pokémon Pinball" on the GBC.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While kids will love the cheerful graphics and cute characters, adults can marvel at the simple but polished 3D levels-such as the reflective floors in Monkey Bowling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every once in a while there comes a game that truly defines creativity. Destroy All Humans is indeed one such game; it has all the right elements to make it a smart, intuitive, and hilarious experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Monsters Joker 2 really does best is to create a bright, vibrant world that does a great job of paying homage to the Dragon Quest franchise while also giving it a different spin. It's a bit slow to start -- monster synthesis takes a bit to unlock -- but it's an overall rewarding experience and one of the best Nintendo DS games to be released this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The utterly perfect soundtrack delivers exactly the mood you want, from the smooth coolness of the Predator’s snarl to the eerie silence of the Marine’s pinging motion tracker.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Instead of just slapping together a string of mayhem-filled events, Monster created an absorbing and surprisingly unique Career mode that makes the game worth playing for a good while. [Oct 2004, p.78]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The crisp 2D art in Zombie Smash gives it a high-grade feel, but the music (composed by Chris Hülsbeck, who did the scores for the Star Wars: Rogue Squadron series) is the real highlight of the show.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This highly entertaining, visceral experience that pretty much blows away every FPS I've recently played on anything resembling a handheld is cheaper than a big-brand cuppa joe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not everyone's going to love the transplanted platform puzzler elements, and RPG purists might be turned off by the wafer-thin town exploration, but just discovering the way your different options fit together is so endlessly absorbing that even wildly divergent tastes will agree that Valkyrie Profile 2 is yummy indeed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Filled with enough chaos and wicked humor to forgive the slight reliance on platform clichés, Whiplash really is a hell of a game. With a little more polish before release, this game could have been a true masterpiece.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with these few select caveats, Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams is a stellar addition to the series and a new beginning for Capcom's fourth largest franchise. One has to wonder with all the multiplayer RPG aspects, will there be an online Onimusha title on the horizon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deep, addictive gameplay; worthy sequel to the original Puzzle Quest.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where the wheat gets separated from the chaff, however, is the A.I.; and Sega’s game is all whole-grain goodness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may just be the best comic book–based game ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No More Heroes easily ranks among the Wii's finest titles, busting a bunch of myths along the way. You say sword-based combat peaked with Twilight Princess? Wait until you slice a suit-wearing crony in half. The Wii can't do mature games? This game does it without the dark dreariness of just about every other violence-laden M-rated title. It could use a bit less filler, but No More Heroes is still a fine fight from the first blow to the last strike.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of SH's coolest features is its excellent Dual Shock support: The controller beats like a heart, thumping harder when you're close to death, and its responsiveness keeps you in command.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incredible cooperative and competitive multiplayer is brilliantly designed around the new maps, modes and enemies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shatter adds a lot of flavor to a traditional block breaker game. With definite influence from Geometry Wars and other HD remakes, Shatter is a must buy for almost anyone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deserves attention because of its captivating feel and deep features.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent graphics, superb story, addictive gameplay, and a simple interface combine to blast 3D real-time strategy into the vastness of space.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is a blast and gave me a nasty blister on my left thumb, which to me is always a good, albeit painful sign, of a solid and addictive gaming experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to fresh physics challenges, ample combo lines, and trick-filled locales, Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX is the game to get.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's perfect for quick sessions and there's enough content to keep you satisfied for a long while. If you take your DS with you everywhere you go, you definitely should put this on your shopping list.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's really been most surprising to me is that the gaming experience as a whole is so fully developed for a startup MMO.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most people will be reluctant to fork over that much coin for an XBLA title but considering the game's box feel and content both Penny Arcade and non-Penny Arcade fans will enjoy, you should get over that concern and play this game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The control feels natural and responsive, but the Xbox 360 version features somewhat larger players on the feild than the PS2 - something gamers without big screens may wish to consider.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Renegade has its assorted other problems, like Gump-level enemy A.I. and somewhat silly mechanics (destroying a building’s master terminal disables the entire building), but the sheer fun of blasting your way through Nod's defenses and just being a badass makes up for a lot.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In between some breakneck driving and intense gunplay, you get plenty of tough guy angst, wicked doublecrosses, and excruciatingly brutal thuggery.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By delightfully melding combat and puzzle solving with solid pinball physics, Mario Pinball is not only the first pinball action/adventure game, but it's also a damn good one at that. [Nov 2004, p.130]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great little game that instantly sucks you into a deep fantasy world of conflict and combat. The learning curve is average for an RPG game, but the rewards are well worth the study time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a quality tennis title and an impressive showcase of Nintendo's new tech, EA's ambitious first effort easily takes the cup.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While business minutia often drags down world-building sims, Operation Genesis offers enough variety and a bit of real action to not only set it apart but also keep players very satisfied.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gun
    A skillfully crafted work of art that delivers a high level of entertainment from start to finish, especially in high-definition and Dolby Digital audio (highlighted by great western music). But Gun won't jump out at you as a next-gen technological masterpiece--it's just too early for that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I still hold "Super Mario World" as the best 2D Mario game, with "Super Mario Bros. 3" as the runner up, New Super Mario hits a close third. But it does have much more replay value than the other two, as you could easily play this one a few times though without the risk of it getting stale.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mud, the jumps, the skids, and fun track designs make Colin McRae Rally 2.0 one very enjoyable racing title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But EA Sports Active has a great core--it will motivate you to work out and have you doing it the right way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an incredible amount of fun that comes from filing the shoes of some of the most inspiring musicians ever to walk the earth, and Harmonix captures this experience with same sense of magic that the Beatles were known for. It's well worth the price of admission, even if you forgo the replica instruments and stick to your stock Rock Band gear. [Nov 2009, p.74]
    • GamePro
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtually everything you come into contact with during your time spent with this game is laden with a truly warped sense of humor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Presentation wise, the wide range of characters and vast courts look great and feature a high level of detail. Animation can be a bit stiff looking, but this is still one of the best-looking volleyball games ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the offensive and defensive balance were just a bit more fine-tuned..., NBA Live 2004 would have the legs for multiple plays through the Dynasty mode and a clear shot as the top hoops game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its shortcomings, Outbreak’s hefty replay, intense action, and clever scenario designs make for an engaging play—on- and offline, and a must for any Resident fan. Here, success ultimately depends on how helpful everyone’s willing to be.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm going to recommend Gay Tony but only to GTA-fanatics who are willing to gloss over the still persistent faults; it's with them in mind that I award the game a high score. But gamers who've already given up on GTA won't find anything here to change their minds, so save your MS points for something else.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequel doesn’t stray far from the original, but SSX Tricky has far more personality and the ultimate tricks wired—rewarding gameplay and a high replay value.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, while it doesn't eclipse the greatness of the original title that inspired it, Heavenly Sword is still a fun, engaging, and most importantly, exclusive PS3 title that Sony fanboys can brag to 360 fanboys about.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blazing graphics and excellent controls, as well as a variety of play modes for a repeatedly enjoyable experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What little it lacks in gameplay sits UT a close second to Eidos' excellent "TimeSplitters."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most striking change is in the innovative control scheme--where you use the right analog stick to throw jabs, hooks, and uppercuts--which has now been slightly altered to enable you to fight more like a professional pug in the ring.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than any other launch title Feel the Magic was conceived and constructed to fully express the unique technological potential of the DS, and its Wario-inspired mini-games require quick reflexes, pinpoint accuracy, a steady hand, strong lungs, and a healthy sense of the absurd to successfully complete.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Be warned, some parts will frustrate you to the point of anger, but there's no shame in infinite continues.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, I can't recommend Left 4 Dead highly enough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Button spacing on the GameCube controller is the only real liability as it takes some time to learn not to hit X and A at the same time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that it's yet another improvement on the concept. The game rocks...and so will you. [Dec 2004, p.118]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are some awkward moments, but it shouldn't come as much of a shock that Dawn of Sorrow is otherwise wonderfully refined and enjoyable. [Nov 2005, p.132]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You don't need to be a fan of modern art to appreciate Proun, but don't be surprised if it turns you into one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best weapons to date, crystal clear sound, easier control than previous Worms games.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No, there ain’t much of a story...and, a’ight, there ain’t a whole lotta depth...but if variety, challenge, off-color humor, and plain stupid fun is what your soul craves, then your soul craves the flava of ToeJam & Earl.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While CNK may not break new ground, it does a quality job of delivering another kart racer in Crash’s universe. It will put gamers' mettle to the test and offer hours of "wait, one more time..." gameplay.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delivers a burly extreme experience that doesn’t feel like it was cloned.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a well-crafted, brilliantly designed, and lovingly developed space adventure that’s every bit as gripping as "EverQuest" ever was.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're an action-shooter fan, looking for a pleasant distraction, the game delivers a quality experience, considering the $20 price tag. However, if you're a fan of the comics and were hoping for some of the glorious art style and heavy plot twists, you might just wish that XS Games had left The Red Star on the shelves to rot.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most balanced version, combining the best qualities of the PC and PS2 games into one well-rounded offering. [Sept 2005, p.53]
    • GamePro
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic title that suffers graphically on the console, but still retains everything else that made it so special.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though a bit rough around the edges in places, The Outfit's fearless fusion of action and strategy pays off in a big way. It's engaging, it's addictive, and it's ferociously one-of-a-kind. [Apr 2006, p.74]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The saccharine score is standard Nintendo fare; it will creep into your psyche and have you humming at random intervals throughout the day.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually, the game doesn’t disappoint—lots of shiny cars, detailed environments, and lighting effects that prove crucial during these after-hours races.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Maybe the option that tips the scales for you is Madness's all-mascot teams. [Jan 2005, p.106]
    • GamePro
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid, riveting story combined with refined gameplay set this game firmly in the outstanding (or should that be "uncanny"?) category.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game plays great with the standard Dreamcast control pad as long as you switch the "fire" button to the Left shift button and of course you can use the DC keyboard and Mouse for PC-perfect play.