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 Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution
Lowest review score: 10 NBA Unrivaled
Score distribution:
4,571 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few minor frustrations, this game is definitely one you should put some time into.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually, Tony and friends have never looked better. The frame rate runs super fast, even when you're busting out multiple combos.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything racing fans could want: solid graphics, tight controls, expansive courses, unlockable secret vehicles, and (of course) the multiplayer option.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a genre bending title that straddles the divisions between action, fantasy, adventure and puzzle games, Shadow of the Colossus pulls off a titanic feat by creating an immersive and highly entertaining experience that doesn't collapse under the significant weight of its own lofty ambitions.
    • 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]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of electronic music and softly psychedelic colors is spellbinding. It's like holding a mini rave in your hand. Turn it on--it's delicious.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether through it's trademark music or unique take on the film's plot, The Godfather does something that licensed video games have tried and failed to accomplish in the past - give gamers a good time and an experience worthy of the film it's emulating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are breathtaking, and the electronica soundtrack is well-done... The controls are impeccable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game was number three in a field of three last year, but this season it looks great and has dramatic gameplay improvements for all skill levels. [Apr 2005, p.97]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fun, fresh and innovative, and much better than the predecessor, Magic Pengel. [June 2005, p.90]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best version yet of a game that doesn't redefine the genre but surely reinvigorates it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no shortage of modern racers, but most of the current crop seem obsessed with the attitude of tuner culture than racing itself. Toca Racer Driver 3 has no truck with that: It's all about the driving experience. [Mar 2006, p.80]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you don't mind missing out on cooperative play, and if the 3D dogfight addition appeals to you, it's certainly worth the extra ten bucks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer-wise, Call of Duty 2 supports a whopping 32 online players with general FPS game types, including deathmatch, team deathmatch, and CTF, and Call of Duty 2's own brand of Headquarters and Search and Destroy--all wonderfully smooth via online.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are beautiful, the sound effects forceful, and the between-challenge sports anchor schtick light and amusing, but the way these elements mesh forges a rich consistency greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed has its game down to a science at this point. [Jan 2006, p.82]
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The voice acting is downright hideous, but Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones wraps up in a tight PS2 package that is, quite possibly, the best game in the series.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game successfuly builds on accomplishments of the series' earlier installments without becoming stale and outdated (thanks mostly to the awesome new play modes.) [Sept 2005, p.84]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Criterion pumps max performance out of the PSP and succeeds in delivering every last ounce of console chaos from the Burnout series in a handheld package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where the game really shines is in its story, which offers class-based warfare amid jocks, nerds, bullies, greasers, and preppies. As Bully progresses and Jimmy finds himself enmeshed in his struggle to survive, the game blossoms, and players will find themselves desperate to see what happens next.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A butter smooth online FPS experience with finely balanced gameplay.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So here's the real question: Does UT3 live up to high bar set by its prestigious predecessors? On a gameplay level, absolutely but on a visual level, it doesn't leave as lasting an impression. If you were a fan of the previous games, particularly the first Unreal Tournament, then UT3 is a definite must-buy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being the mother of rhythm games, Beatmania has been around before Dance Dance Revolution ever got popular. It took a long time, but it's finally here, and rhythm game fans everywhere should be rejoicing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if needles make you squeamish or you feel faint at the sight of blood, Trauma Center is a cure for what has been a spell of mediocrity on the DS. [Nov 2005, p.131]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some screen layout flaws, Nintendogs is infectiously cute, and pretty addictive. It's really easy to form an emotional bond with your puppies--they're so life like. Who knew rubbing a pixilated sprite could be so enjoyable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some screen layout flaws, Nintendogs is infectiously cute, and pretty addictive. It's really easy to form an emotional bond with your puppies--they're so life like. Who knew rubbing a pixilated sprite could be so enjoyable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some screen layout flaws, Nintendogs is infectiously cute, and pretty addictive. It's really easy to form an emotional bond with your puppies--they're so life like. Who knew rubbing a pixilated sprite could be so enjoyable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new real-time battle mode seems abortive at best, and the AI can sometimes seem a little too easy to manipulate, but the core turn-based gameplay can't be beat.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A technological treat, with virtually zero loading, crisp colors, and a pleasingly quirky little soundtrack. There's no multiplayer, though Tokobot's single-player is engrossing enough to soak up your valuable attention for a good eight hours.
    • 82 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The comfortable control scheme adapts well to the myriad of mission types (thanks to a forgiving targeting system), and makes switching between standard first-person shooting and the ultra-cool vehicular combat sequences a cinch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals are the sickest they've ever been in a Hawk game, but that should come as no surprise--this is the 360. The player skins and massive environments are polished beyond belief, while the moves look exceptionally lifelike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to a wealth of sim-style features and topnotch gameplay, it narrowly establishes itself as this year's must-have hockey title.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The control feels tight and fairly responsive on the analogue pad, making passing and scoring easy feats. Your teammate's friendly A.I. is also mostly reliable, save for the occasional hiccups that leave your buddies staring stupidly at rebounds and loose balls.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Besides the enormous song library, you get an incredibly fun controller that helps make you feel like you're really rocking the Casbah to a sold-out audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If playing the divine hand to a house full of simulated people appeals to you, this is as good as it gets.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are still some strange sticking points--buried icons or inexplicable quirks--that leave room for improvement, and a more complete tutorial would also be helpful. But in the end, this is the tightest Civ yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a veritable buffet of racers, courses, modes, and multiplayer options, Mario Kart DS is a must play for any Nintendo fan and a requisite for any DS owner.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eclectic mix of rock and hip-hop tunes resonate well, but it's the authentic (and sometimes funny) banter between the dispatcher and other cops that really shifts your driving experience into high gear.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Car models are incredibly more detailed than they were on the PS2 and Xbox, which results in not only better looking cars as they zip around tracks, but also jaw-dropping particle and debris effects when they crash.
    • 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]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In an incredibly cool turn of events, you'll also be flipping your DS upside-down and side-ways, as some of the mini-games flip the top and bottom screens around in some innovative ways.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improves upon the original in several fundamental ways. Most importantly, it allows you to build your fortresses and buildings anywhere on the map, rather than pre-set building zones, opening your strategy up and allowing for a lot more variation in gameplay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exit's gameplay - you're a slick wannabe superhero rescuing innocents from dangerous situations - is deceptively simple in that it has a relatively low learning curve, but once you get further into it, it proves to be far from simple.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 3 doesn't do a hell of a lot to earn its Special Edition label as a new playable character and boss encounter aren't enough to justify a repurchase. [Feb 2006, p.68]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best viewed as a refinement on an already phenomenal product.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay may be a little convulsive but Yakuza more than makes up for that through engrossing story and attention to details.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Approximately as big as Metroid Prime on the GameCube, it's hard to imagine how Nintendo squeezed Hunters into a tiny DS cartridge. Metroid Prime: Hunters is a very polished game, suffering more from small quirks than actual flaws.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tekken: Dark Resurrection is proof that the PSP is powerful enough to handle a super-speedy, high-resolution 3D fighter without breaking a sweat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But as good as the action is it's the replay value of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon that makes it unbelievable. There's so much to do outside the main arcade mode that you'll feel almost overwhelmed with choices.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In all, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a no-brainer buy for soccer fans and is at least worth a rental for everyone else. [Jun 2006, p.82]
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add in the eye-catching, and retina burning graphics, the clever use of audio cues to alert you to events and problems, the elegant control and menu interface and a design philosophy that doesn't unfairly penalize you for mistakes, and you've got a recipe for fun that's simple and enchanting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiberium Wars does what the series has always done best; providing the most enjoyable RTS experience around via excellent storytelling, enjoyable campaigns and a lasting multiplayer experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not all the missions are wildly inventive, but the majority are satisfing and entertaining, and each is more fun than the original title's simplistic collection quests.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We wish good luck to anyone looking to pry any comic collector they know away from this game long enough to complete a sentence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What might be most impressive about The Club is that despite the many disparate elements that it cherry-picks from genres as diverse as racing, skateboarding, and first-person shooters, the whole never bears the disjointed feel of a Frankenstein creation, instead ebbing and flowing with a satisfying smoothness that's accessible without being overly simplistic, and action-packed without being nerve-deadening.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Virtua Fighter 4" was easily the best in the series, and also one of the best hardcore fighting games ever released. While it doesn't represent as huge a step up as say, "VF4" did over "VF3," it can still claim the crown as the best Virtua Fighter to date. It's a rousing success on all fronts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden 07 PS3 is lightning-fast and silkily fluid. In fact, after playing the two versions back-to-back, we're inclined to say that the PS3 version feels a smidge faster and more responsive than the Xbox 360 version.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It shows depth, talent, and imagination. Everything any winning team needs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not surprisingly, NCAA Football 07 is a no-brainer buy for the college football fans and is well worth a look from even the most casual of sports gamers. [Aug 2006, p.84]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Using tilt is unbelievably awkward. It's hard enough to land high-point combos in Project 8 that require the utmost concentration, let alone have to do it by jerking the Sixaxis controller like an idiot to land the simplest of grinds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Project 8 is ridiculously pretty. The overall graphics received a significant upgrade, but we were especially impressed with the character animations. The virtual skaters look and move just like their real-life counterparts... The best Tony Hawk game since "THPS2."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily the best PS3 game available on launch day, and a highly playable action game that will satisfy even the most demanding FPS junkies.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter what your age, LEGO Star Wars II will keep your inner child happy. [Oct. 2006, p.84]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that not only reaffirms the series' greatness, but is easily once of the best handheld games released this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crackdown is ridiculously fun, and that "Halo 3" beta code may go unused for longer than you think. [Mar 2007, p.88]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, Silent Hill Origins succeeds on so many levels that it will not disappoint fans of the series. [Dec 2007, p.128]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Fable II so thoroughly absorbing, despite a few notable shortcomings, is the heady illusion that every choice you make sends ripples through the world, its people, and your own simulated heart.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The learning curve is gradual but the action starts from your first race and never lets up. Fans of racing games will like this title especially ones who want a little something more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it has its glitches, Gitaroo Man Lives is a great gaming experience that will keep you rocking from sunrise to sunset.
    • 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]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is where Super DBZ truly shines. From the first time you load up and play Super DBZ, you'll notice the game religiously pays homage to the Akira Toriyama Dragon Ball universe.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K7 may not look as good as EA's "NBA Live 07," but the intuitive controls, silky-smooth animation, and fun gameplay makes NBA 2K7 the Xbox 360's basketball game of preference.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    College is all about learning to be creative, and College Hoops 2K7 opens up a world possibilities both on and off the court.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics might not be the mind-blowing spectacle some were expecting, and the damage model sometimes seems to vary between subtle and extreme with no middle ground, but between the pleasurable addiction of the long career mode, and the undeniable pull of bottomless online play, Forza Motorsport 2 isn't just money well-spent, it's the best Xbox 360 racer you can buy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who loved the original should at least try the game to experience how having the Wii-mote has changed the feel of the operations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07's allure is hard to deny, making this game a sure-fire rental for seasoned vets and a must have for new soccer fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Homecourt has the flashy moves of a superstar but it needs to work on its fundamentals. Maybe then it'll elevate its game to true legend status.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One could possibly spend hours on end playing this game, as they obsessively upgrade their shops to unlock more things to buy, until eventually you monopolizing businesses the entire Tamagotchi Mall.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dynamic action, tons of features, and highly-detailed visuals come together for the first significant step forward of console first-person shooters since "Halo: Combat Evolved." While there are a few minor quibbles, you're assured to become addicted to Bad Company's twitch gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dynamic action, tons of features, and highly-detailed visuals come together for the first significant step forward of console first-person shooters since "Halo: Combat Evolved." While there are a few minor quibbles, you're assured to become addicted to Bad Company's twitch gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it covers the same ground, there has been enough of a shift from the old roots to ensure the experience stays fresh while maintaining the features that have made the series the premier example of grand strategy on the PC today.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Global thermonuclear war has been a popular topic for decades, but few things have managed to capture the spirit of the subject and present in both a digestible and utterly unforgettable form as Defcon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New races and units aside, the unexpectedly impressive campaign mode is perhaps the best surprise put forward by Relic. Distancing themselves from the linear structure of the previous campaigns, Relic has instead outdone itself once again, putting together a turn-based strategic level campaign that brings to mind the dynamic feel of Rise of Legends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins easily takes the crown as the most intricate, in-depth real-time strategy game to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game provides an astonishing amount of playability, unique player interface, and covers nearly all of the 20 odd years of the Dragon Ball Saga. This game is a definite buy for both Wii gamers and DBZ fans alike. [Dec. 2006, p.113]