GamePro's Scores

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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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Burnout 3: Takedown
Lowest review score: 10 NBA Unrivaled
Score distribution:
4,559 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s repetitive and, at times, stupidly frustrating, but overall the insanely awesome outweighs the bad. You won’t find more intense action on PC, and no game will make you feel like more of a badass.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The slam dunk matchup is a slick game within the game, but let's not forget what got you to the gym in the first place. NBA Live 2005 is an all-pro caliber b-ball game that continues to show improvements. [Dec 2004, p.140]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, it's a simple situation. If you only care about the single-player portion of Halo 2, don't waste your cash. But if you're a Halo 2 multiplayer nut, you have no choice: you simply must invest in the Multiplayer Map Pack.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By any measure, Kingdom Hearts II is an outstanding adventure made all the more spectacular by its uncanny ability to weave disparate strands of fiction into a single, engaging conglomeration of iconic characters and settings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weirdly enough, although the console version of Dark Void was supposed to be the main focus for Capcom, this little side project turned out to be an arguably better game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Until we see how well EA Sports’ "NASCAR Thunder 2002" turns out, NASCAR Heat is the stock-car game to beat.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The keyboard, joystick, and gamepad all work, but this game was designed with a wheel in mind. You’re cheating yourself if you play without one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has a few hours of enjoyment and despite maybe being a little too short; you will want to go back over and over again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of the previous MotorStorm title or off-road racing in general will definitely enjoy this follow-up. But the easy learning curve and fast-paced action might be enough to keep gamers who don't normally play racing games entertained.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put simply, if you own Fallout: New Vegas, this one's, well, a no-brainer.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All-Star Baseball was always one of the best console baseball series when it was on the Nintendo 64, but it's amazing how much the PS2 and Acclaim Sports' two years of development have added to the series. Most impressive are the excellent player models and faces.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fortunately, the simple yet dead-on controls react perfectly and never make the game unintentionally frustrating.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it would be nice if the old school version were included with this new download, “Space Invaders Extreme” is exactly what gamers want in an arcade title – its hard to put down, inexpensive, and a blast to play.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SMB's insane worlds, which beg exploration and conceptual absurdities, are anchored by intuitive controls and an innovative use of jump and slide physics, and midleap bending, culminating in a pinnacle of game design that redefined how video games were played. [July 2004, p.88]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quake III Revolution’s frantic combat is wicked fast and packed with addictive, exciting action that heavily favors quick reflexes and itchy trigger fingers over deep strategies.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For an intense night of absolute terror, this game will give you a gaming experience that you won't soon forget.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Age of Zombies doesn't play that differently from any other shooter on the App Store, but it has enough personality to easily warrant my recommendation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are a Wii fanatic or are just looking for to play a game that entertains as much as it innovates, then Wii Fit is right up your alley.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC version is still preferable if you have the choice, but The Sims is an insanely addictive game no matter what platform it’s on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you don't consider yourself to be a big poker fanatic, you should give this game a shot; the RPG elements will suck you in and change your opinion of what a card game can be.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A scoring system that completely alters the visual style of the game adds to the unique flavor of Pix'n Love Rush, and the fast gameplay makes it a perfect "pick-up-and-play" sort of game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A good story, engaging characters, a vast array of magic elements and weapons, and a beautiful world that can be explored in two dimensions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But whether you venture out with a pal or on your own, Guardian of Light is like a breath of fresh air in a corpse-cluttered tomb, and it signals a triumphant return for one of gaming's most iconic heroines.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As I said in last week's roundup, this is one of my favorite games ever, and I hope that more people -- perhaps some from the younger generation of iPhone owners -- will discover one of Sega's best now that it's available on such a popular and accessible format.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game motocross wannabes have been craving for years—and it’s just what you’d expect from EA’s Big series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its otherworldly sets... are done up in such bewildering detail that you'll want to wipeout P.O.ed spacemen if only to have a more leisurely look-see at all their busy, mind-bending contraptions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story, though, is the best part—Vyse and crew are the most extroverted RPG heroes ever, and there's none of that Final Fantasy–style self-abhorrence present.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually, the game’s a stunner—cars look great thanks to a high polygon count, and when they crash, parts fly absolutely everywhere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection is an extremely solid assemblage of some of the Genesis' greatest hits, and with extras and achievements, hidden interviews and an entire museum of concept art thrown in for good measure, it's definitely worth a look from old school gamers looking to re-live the glory days when a hedgehog didn't need a lame Werehog gimmick to prove that he was the baddest mascot around.
    • 70 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that finally does the Western action genre some tough justice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Dawn of Discovery unique is its art style, which makes gameplay look like a moving painting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's tons of fun to play whether you're working to actively advance the story or just spending a few hours goofing off and running errands for others.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The A.I. could use more brainpower, but the controls handle beautifully, and the graphics and sounds are stellar.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This speedster is definitely much better [than "Metropolis Street Racer" for the Dreamcast] in every respect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic platformer with a long and challenging adventure that also packs a healthy amount of replay value. However, it is highly recommended that you check out the first game before tackling the Zin.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An art style similar to the one found in ngmoco's Rolando gives Plunderland an aesthetically pleasing visual style, and a dynamic physics system makes ship battles on stormy seas a ton of fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A blitzkrieg of metal-mauling combat and strategy, purely for stick jockeys. It’s no sim, but it’s not simple either.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm usually not the biggest fan of shmups because of their often ridiculous difficulty, but AirAttack is pretty forgiving, and I feel that it'll appeal to a wider audience because of that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With satisfaction always within reach, Battlefield 1943 makes for an addictive online experience. [Aug 2009, p.79]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drawn to Life is a must-have for every DS owner's library. [Oct 2007, p.87]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stay for the story, characters, and the sights of Symphonia...but be wary of the action-heavy, automated battle system. The fate of the world may feel a little bit out of your hands. [Aug 2004, p.98]
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best thing about this release is the promise of continued support from Halfbrick, who have done an excellent job updating the iPhone version with free added content so far. Just admit it: going all kung-fu on some fruit is fun, so if you own an iPad, don't skip out on this HD re-release.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it only takes about ten hours to complete Max Payne, it will be ten of the best hours you’ve spent on a computer in a long time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of true physics, newbie approachability, gameplay depth, and even a sly sense of humor makes Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 thoroughly enjoyable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As fun as these excursions into petty theft and extortion might be, the essence of The Warriors is combat, and it's the first game in ages to truly nail it.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll get an unforgettable experience of different military tactics, plus you’ll have a better idea of what the Army went through in Somalia.
    • 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]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [It] offers giddily satisfying gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A retro game that combines classic Pac Man game mechanics with shooting... in a truly authentic old-school style.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are just enough rough edges--erratic frame rates, astronomically long load times, and the aforementioned camera problems--to suggest that Jade Empire may have benefited from a few extra months of development polish. But no matter. In the end, the game is still hopelessly engrossing and thoroughly replayable.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The character designs are awesome, the soundtrack is solid, and the controls are perfect... It strikes the right balance between pick-up-and-play and in-depth strategy.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Considering everything you get with this title -- a solid single player campaign, a diverse multiplayer suite, and just plain fun shooter gameplay -- Section 8: Prejudice is a steal at $15.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins easily takes the crown as the most intricate, in-depth real-time strategy game to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Xbox version varies from the PS2 edition in several key ways—different challenge structure, no look-ahead mode, more police chatter, darker colors, and a points-based system for unlocking cars and tracks—but it’s no less fun.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the PlayStation 2 and GameCube versions of the sequel have been available for some time, the Xbox version nudges ahead of the other two as the best looking of the bunch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I never got bored with the shooting mechanics, mostly because leveling up to earn new skills and new guns is inherently fun. It goes without saying that fans of the first game are going to want to pick this one up, but I'd recommend anyone who likes shooters give it a spin.
    • 58 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only thing preventing an even higher score is the "Wipeout analogy"—Quantum Redshift matches that standard, but doesn’t deliver something beyond it in terms of gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "MDK2"'s style of gameplay doesn't lend itself well to multiplay, so the replay value is slim, but the single-player experience is guaranteed to suck hours away from your life.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The slam dunk matchup is a slick game within the game, but let's not forget what got you to the gym in the first place. NBA Live 2005 is an all-pro caliber b-ball game that continues to show improvements. [Dec 2004, p.140]
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    • 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]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game works on both the iPhone and iPad, but I found myself accidentally touching the wrong block on more than one occasion on my iPod Touch, so the iPad has a bony leg up over its small-screen compadre.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nearly flawless visuals and truly immersive sound make sure you’re having fun even when you’re not shooting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there is one Classic NES cart to throw your nickel to, it's this one. Trust us on this. [Sept 2004, p.93]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It exhibits the same sense of polish and depth that made the original Tiberium Wars such a classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Excellent track design, sweet graphics, and big replay value make Rush 2049 the best arcade racer for the Dreamcast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I have to admit that for nearly the entire time I played Super Mega Worm I had a smile on my face, and that's the best recommendation this reviewer can give.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid may seem like the closest contemporary to Winterbottom, as time manipulation is key to each game's platform challenges, but World of Goo is a near-equal counterpart in my mind. Both offer devious challenges complemented by fantastically clever aesthetics, but regardless of which game makes the most sense as an existing touchstone, simply mentioning The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom in their company should say a lot about how worthwhile and refined a game The Odd Gentlemen have created.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve got the warm bodies, Mario Party 4 will bring great gameplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gauntlet attempts to exercise the PS2’s graphical muscles, but because of the locked overhead-camera angle, there’s only so much detail and special effects to see amidst the tiny characters scurrying about.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It lacks pizzazz and will quickly become wearisome to shooting fans. Still, first-timers and action addicts won't want to miss out on its tight combat and horrific fun.
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'll be honest -- this is not a game for people looking for a lightweight, pick-up-and-play baseball game. Despite its cutesy appearance, Superstars is about as hardcore of a simulation game as you can get.
    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 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]
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So yes, Tactics Ogre, I'm very, very sorry I've ignored you until now. You really are a classic that every fan of this genre should play and love.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls for all versions do a masterful job of managing the fierce action. Even in battle so pitched that you literally lose sight of your character amid the multitudinous combatants, you still feel you’re the master of your fate.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you were disenfranchised by the first Galaga Legions, definitely give DX a try. What was once a questionable reboot of Galaga is now one of the franchise's best installments. And if you liked it before, you're sure to love it now.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A remarkable game: immersive, challenging, beautifully designed. Unlike a lot of the other eye-candy out there, it has both steak and sizzle. The level designs contain some of the most breathtaking sights ever seen in a computer game and they are filled with cunning enemies just waiting to sink their steel claws into your smoking carcass.
    • 87 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
    It proves that you don’t need hyper detailed, synapse-sizzling graphics to deliver a great game when ingenuity and solid mechanics will do.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Story mode also has one of the best golf tutorials around as characters in the Practice Area give you challenges in exchange for experience points. [July 2004, p.86]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Contra ReBirth is no doubt one of the best, if not the best, titles to hit WiiWare this year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is likely no other game with this combination of strategy, competition, planning, and fast-paced action out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The inconsistent camera (that destroyer of other games) takes its toll as it makes seemingly simple tasks like navigating lengthy catwalks more perilous than it should be, and some of the puzzles rely excessively on split-second timing and result in repetitive trial-and-error.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best version yet of a game that doesn't redefine the genre but surely reinvigorates it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's amazing what a little touch up in graphics and sound can do for a tower defense gameplay-based title. And Hidden Path Entertainment's Defense Grid: The Awakening is a prime example of that sudden transformation of taking a unoriginal. well-known style of video game and turning it into a masterpiece for your PC.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And even in its diminutive form, the game feels exactly the same as it always has—pros, cons, and all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nicely executed adventure worth fighting for, just be prepared to suffer inglorious defeats until you get used to the game cam.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Developer Treyarch did a fantastic job of not reinventing the wheel with World at War. Rather, they took the best elements of Modern Warfare and expanded upon them. The end product is a thrilling experience that injects some of the visceral punch back into World War II.