GamePro's Scores

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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 2.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Terraria
Lowest review score: 10 Dive to the Titanic
Score distribution:
4560 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 embodies everything that's good about PC development, and everything that makes it, in my mind, the best platform out there. It tells a mature tale full of intrigue, mystery, and frustrating but satisfying combat, and while it is difficult (remember, there is no shame in playing on easy if you're having trouble; no one's going to take your gamer cred away from you for doing so), it's bound to please any RPG player who gives it a try.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly zany yet infectiously fun study of what happens when an irresistible force meets an an army of unmovable flesh-eating objects, Plants vs. Zombies proves that the masterminds at PopCap know how to take an original idea and run with it, producing addictive, and oftentimes hilarious results.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Give it a chance and you may find yourself having the most fun you've ever had in a virtual car. [Feb 2008, p.70]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the visual depiction of the demons is easily Doom 3's strong point, the A.I. driving them is perhaps its weakest -- and the one thing that keeps the game from becoming a true masterpiece. In short, these guys are dumb.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as bite-sized as the rest of the iOS puzzle elite, but the patient are aptly rewarded with a satisfying challenging experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't think of a better way to spend your online dollars -- Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is the best version of SFII yet, if not the best Street Fighter game in 15 years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s easier to communicate between teammates on and off the battlefield using the headset. There isn’t as much breakup or static when you talk, plus you can now identify who’s actually talking.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An absolutely massive game with all of the features you've come to expect from a Lego title, whether that be an impressive selection of playable characters, collectible goodies galore, or the trademark silent Lego-ized cinema scenes that provide summarized version of a franchise's plot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But if you're looking for a unique fighting experience with tons of charm and wit then look no further than BlazBlue. [Aug 2009, p.80]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not a jaw-dropper in any way, but it is just lots of fun to drive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a smaller world than HeartGold and SoulSilver's Kanto and Johto, but it's a new world that should be explored by any Pokemon fan, young or old.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX is like a classic car that's been recently restored: There might be some new stuff under the hood and additional bells and whistles, but it's still the same vehicle from years ago. That's not entirely a bad thing. Dragon Quest's appeal lies in its sense of warm, welcoming familiarity.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visuals are flat out gorgeous with environments that are both intricately detailed and quite enormous...[though] it’s short for an RPG (about 11 Hours) even if its main focus is action.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Levels are admirably large, but the draw-in distance is pretty dreadful, and sometimes the camera can’t keep up. The new revert move enables massive vert-to-street-to-vert combos, but the controls don’t seem super-precise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a solid Dreamcast racer, but advancing to the next level can be frustrating. Access to more cars in the beginning, customizing, and level advancement should have been tweaked.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom has managed to amaze, astound, and confuse with this new entry into the console party/fighting game genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    However, what it does right it does well, and it doesn't weigh you down with some of the more cumbersome aspects it shares with other titles in the strategy RPG genre. [Sep 2007, p.86]
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, while Critter Crunch might not be the most unique puzzler available on PSN, the game's charming characters, stunning animation, and variety-packed gameplay makes it well worth the paltry asking price. Just don’t ask Biggs for food…you won’t like what he gives you.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins easily takes the crown as the most intricate, in-depth real-time strategy game to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you're a diehard shooter fan it'll give you a beating worse than the one Shane Falco took in the '96 Sugar Bowl, but if you have the skills and are up to the challenge this is a must own.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An emotionally engaging thrill-ride from start to finish, Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain is a superbly crafted interactive experience, told expertly through it's stunning visuals and believable characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Groove Coaster is a textbook example of how to make an iOS game correctly. Simple one-finger controls and quick play sessions belie a game with a considerable amount of depth and replay value.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Furious battles between fifty ton robots never looked or played so good, and Mechwarrior fans will love this latest chapter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very entertaining "thinking person's shooter" that provides more of the same to fans of the original release. It's tough to learn, but rewards you with an immersive, fun experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More like an expansion pack than a full-blown sequel…but so what? There’s no way that more monkeys in plastic balls could possibly be a bad thing.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you were hoping that Episode One would shed more light on Half-Life 2's cryptic storyline, keep on dreaming. Taking a cue from "Lost," Episode One dances around key plot mysteries while giving very little in the way of new information.
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dirt 3 doesn't disappoint anywhere else, and it's easily one of the most interesting "simulation" racing games to come out in the last couple of years. Play this game if you're a racing fan, or just play it if you want a change of pace -- the bumps in the road are worth it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An ungodly huge, ambitious, daunting, free time–consuming vortex of RPG goodness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add in the ingenious PokeWalker, and it's clear that this is a perfect experience for both old-school trainers and the newest generation of Pokemon fans.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You'll likely beat the game in a matter of hours, and while there are some cool unlockable modes to explore afterwards, the low challenge factor is really kinda disappointing if you're a diehard fan of the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If stealthy, strategic action intrigues you, Hitman 2 is a blast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Minor audio issues aside, DoA3 nails its Xbox debut and firmly establishes itself as the best home console fighting game of 2001.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A platformer only by heritage, Naughty Dog’s latest is an enormously entertaining, surprisingly dark, and enduring shrine to what makes games fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who are into strategy/RPGs will find this to be one of the finest, forged in the genre's most perfect (i.e. portable) form. The pacing's right, the world is full of opportunity, and - surprise - the story is actually pretty remarkable!
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, it's not a real Angry Birds sequel, but it's more of a good thing for only $0.99.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That sense of cohesiveness isn't always present in New Super Mario Bros. and it makes for an uneven experience that's difficult to score.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it's true some of the quirkiness of the humor is better conveyed in the Japanese counterpart, Elite Beat Agents is no slouch, and is an overall very fun game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good, but it never really lives up to its title - a vision that could have benefited from a little more focus... Jack-of-all-trades, master of none. [Jan 2004, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Classic RPG elements (like turn-based battles, item stores, and a rich plotline) flesh out classic Mario elements (like star/coin collecting, pipe travel, and jumping on things' heads as a means of violent retribution) to create a thoroughly enjoyable gaming experience (as long as you can tolerate the cuuute!).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay remains fast and furious, and the simple controls do a masterful job of literally keeping you on track. The interplay between the characters in two-player mode is particularly impressive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a classic AD&D gaming experience to hold them over until "Baldur's Gate II" arrives should definitely check out Icewind Dale.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the PS2 game comes some three months after the Xbox release, this version is the better of the two—mostly because of its superior controls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On the field, player controls are as smooth as a 6-4-3 double play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only downer to this solid racer is the cumbersome controls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Where the original sold itself at least partially on the "wow" factor of its then-impressive pre-rendered visuals, Donkey Kong Country Returns is all about what matters most in a high-quality platformer: Inspired, challenging, and inventive level design, backed up by a delightful, cartoon-like atmosphere.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The good news is that the game is absolutely worth the investment, and even if you find yourself disagreeing with some of the changes Treyarch instituted or you run into a bunch of morons who are hell bent on ruining a particular mode for you, you have plenty of other options to keep you engaged for a good long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Portable Ops still has a way to go- it still sucks being gang-stomped for the tiniest of sneaking missteps- but it's encouraging to see that Konami is willing to take chances with one of its main franchises. With luck, they'll take things even further in the future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I'd like to see new control options in an update, but otherwise this is a great platformer.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What seems like the perfect game for kids is actually a challenging game for adults. Who knew? Still, Zack & Wiki is a terrific game that will stick with you for a long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s basically a port of the PS2 version, but on the Xbox, its graphics are so much sharper and—despite the beating the Xbox controller seems to be taking—the joystick-dependent interface feels just right.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The word "charming" never described a game more aptly. You could play Animal Crossing 30 minutes a day, every day for a year, and still not discover everything the game has to offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fight Night Round 4 lacks some of the wow factor of its predecessor, but it builds upon the strengths of Round 3 and corrects most of its weaknesses.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it isn't perfect, Spirit Tracks does enough things right that you won't regret persevering through the initial sluggishness. Once the game picks up momentum and speed, it packs a locomotive sized punch, one that doesn't reinvent the wheel but still manages to do the storied franchise proud.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are so many courses, cars and race types in DiRT 2 that it's almost overwhelming to look at your world map. At one point I had almost 30 unlocked, un-played events just waiting to be tackled. It's a dense game with a lot to do, and you'll want to do it all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Add in the ingenious PokeWalker, and it's clear that this is a perfect experience for both old-school trainers and the newest generation of Pokemon fans.
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from its unfortunate lack of two-player options, this is a complete package that controls beautifully and has production values that could easily rival that of the Wii version's. Even if you're not a huge NBA fan, this is a basketball game that can stand on its own based purely on the fun offered by its mechanics.
    • 87 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. [Jan 2010, p.66]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good, but it never really lives up to its title - a vision that could have benefited from a little more focus... Jack-of-all-trades, master of none. [Jan 2004, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An intriguing blend of real time strategy, life development and role playing action, Little King's Story proves itself as a fun-filled and wholly engaging experience for even the most jaded gamer, all wrapped up in a deceptively cute package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capcom really did a great job of walking the fine line between paying homage to the classic and moving in a new direction. Of course, Rearmed isn't perfect: the controls take some getting used to, the hacking mini-game's sort of lame, and the game is still brutally tough--curse you spiked floors!--but it's a great update that I heartily recommend to old school NES fans and new gamers alike.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Serious Sam has some of the most exciting and addictive shooting action in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A pack that responds to each race's events is an outstanding concept that should elevate the gameplay, but NASCAR 2005's execution of it is too unbalanced to create the hoped-for effect. [Nov 2004, p.142]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A deeply rewarding simulation experience... Once again, the Xbox version has the best overall effects and looks the sexiest.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those expecting a true sequel here will be disappointed: Substance strictly builds on the success of existing material.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MVP retains the Gold Glove for controls, but the competition has made up ground. [Apr 2005, p.97]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is crafted with so much love, so much humor, and does so many things right, that it's impossible not to have a blast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a smaller world than HeartGold and SoulSilver's Kanto and Johto, but it's a new world that should be explored by any Pokemon fan, young or old.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: United Offensive's white-knuckle WWII scenarios will blow away even jaded FPS veterans. And that's no small achievement, especially for a mere expansion pack. [Dec 2004, p.126]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some flaws WipEout HD is an enjoyable, eye-popping title. But its $20 price point for content that's 1-3 years old takes some of the fun out of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few expansion packs come loaded with as many new features as Relic has seen fit to put in - two entirely new sides, an equal number of expansive campaigns, and enough potential multiplayer action to keep any player occupied for months.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are so many courses, cars and race types in DiRT 2 that it's almost overwhelming to look at your world map. At one point I had almost 30 unlocked, un-played events just waiting to be tackled. It's a dense game with a lot to do, and you'll want to do it all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is a worthy successor to the N64 classic, and probably the best shoot 'em up on the Wii period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's so super about SMB? The added multiplayer games that turn this enhanced arcade port into one of the the best party games ever.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bigger, badder and better than the first, Resistance 2 improves upon the formula set by its predecessor in almost every way. Unfortunately, a handful of minor issues, such as less than stellar graphics, keep this game from reaching the high bar set by competing titles like "Call of Duty 4" and "Gears of War 2."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A unique, beautiful title that tells a story without uttering a word - Flower is a quality game that deserves your time and attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It delivers more great city building action with enough twists on the genre to keep fans playing for hours on end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its cool story line, kick-ass muscle cars, and high-speed action make it a ride you won't want to miss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But even as a solo-only experience, LittleBigPlanet is a brilliant fit for Sony's portable, maintaining nearly every bit of the charm and wide-eyed wonder of the console game while introducing PSP owners to this wonderfully unique series.
    • 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
    Most importantly—and this will make Dark Cloud fans very happy—Level-5 has fixed nearly everything wrong with the first game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its rather basic approach, GRID does deliver an intense model of racing that is as enjoyable as it is plain. The lack of vehicle tuning and the dearth of available cars leaves one corner of this square missing, but that doesn't keep it from rolling along.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best and most substantial addition, however, is the new Jungle mission in which Fisher must maneuver through a beautifully rendered Indonesian forest of death.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most distinguishing difference between Half-Life and its PC counterpart is the sharper visual presentation.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GGX2’s stunning anime-inspired graphics more than compensate for the lack of a Z-axis.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time has just enough new content to justify its existence as a standalone title, and the fact that it looks, sounds, and plays like a dream only helps its case.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a gamer who isn't' into twitch action, but you want something a little more intense than an RPG, step into Tenchu's dojo.
    • 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.

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