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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Red Faction: Guerrilla
Lowest review score: 10 Dive to the Titanic
Score distribution:
4560 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want a novel little shooter with an interesting hook, this is definitely worth the price of entry.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clothing rippling in the wind is just one of the smooth graphic touches, and the aggressive punk/hardcore soundtrack matches Palmer’s bad-boy persona—but the sound effects aren’t terribly impressive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun mixture of high-speed racing with a tight balance of racing and tricks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game may not have the depth that some are looking for, but regardless, it'll still provide loads of fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing surprise—it puts back the “miracle” into the Miracle Boy’s reputation by being a top-notch freestylin’ cyclist for the PS2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But for a reasonably priced downloadable game where you're driving/flying around in tiny vehicles, Renegade Ops certainly doesn't feel small. In fact, it's genuinely one of the most entertaining and polished action titles I've played on a digital platform.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s no secret that the Xbox looks the best of the bunch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first, I found ModNation's uneven racing to be a letdown, but what I've realized is that the game is more interesting as an open-ended content creation game; it's more LittleBigPlanet than it is Mario Kart, and if you put some effort and time into the game, you'll be rewarded with a garage full of interesting creations that will invariably bring you back to the track.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you value gameplay over graphics, there's no just beating the standard Xbox version of Legend -- it's just much, much smoother than its Xbox 360 counterpart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After the completion of each level, the game further reveals its plot through storyboard-style cinemas that are usually very entertaining and funny. In fact, this is probably the game's strongest suit: it's brimming with personality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for rowdy, raucous action backed by unusual staying power and that familiar Midway gameplay, you’ll savor the smell of what Hitz is cooking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combat sequences are the undisputed highlight, and much of the game puts on a great show...just be prepared for stretches of frustration while sneaking around. [Feb 2005, p.74]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most WipeOut race fans will play Extreme G3, say, "wow, cool," and just drool over how potentially cool "WipeOut Fusion" is gonna be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes this Star Fox even more appealing besides frantically avoiding asteroids and out maneuvering opponents is the outstanding visual presentation. Space never looked so sharp.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Only Stephen Hawking and a few select Nobel Prize winners will ever unlock the 100% Brain Usage Achievement. Load mechanical pencils in your pocket protector and tape those glasses because Brain Challenge lives up to its name.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's simple and it's charming, which pretty much describes most Wii games that hit big with that audience
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I started to get bored with everything but the game's music after a while, but a good number of crazy power-ups kept things moving later into the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Touches gloves and starts swinging with terrific controls and deep, exciting gameplay. It's too bad that the lackluster graphics and sounds prevent it from becoming a truly memorable champion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A certifiably insane party game that is a must buy for any Wii owner and just further proves that the Wii is the must-have console for when you have friends over.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Your teammates at times don't respond to enemy fire and don't take cover when necessary. Enemies are just as brainless: They rush through doorways without even noticing you and your men, or run right past you unflinchingly as you're firing off rounds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But if you're looking for a good, simple RPG that you can pick up and play without chaining yourself down, you should definitely choose Dragon Quest IV this fall. [Oct 2008, p.91]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like Transformers, buy this game. Even if you don't (or you just hate Michael Bay), you should still give Optimus Prime a try.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a great side-quest-and-story-packed game underneath the not-so-luscious surface.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Miles better than "Kakuto Chojin," but it’s still a few short steps behind "Dead or Alive 3" and "Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance."
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the original Excitebike then chances are you'll certainly enjoy World Rally on the Wii. Its new look and refined gameplay offer a fresh take on a timeless classic, but be prepared to share a controller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, SvR 2009 has plenty of good points that encouraged me to overlook its sore spots.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An excellent set of unique-mini-games. [Jan 2006, p.99]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strong voice acting and sound effects (listen for the subtle heavy breathing when running), and a patriotic score set a believable mood, while the dark, detailed, war-torn streets of New York City are almost too tangible.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are some great innovations, like the lead pass from this year’s ESPN NBA game, that are sorely missed in the College version. This becomes a crucial factor considering rival March Madness bases its game engine on basically the same one as its newest NBA Live installment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though most of the songs are poppy club music, there’s a surprising amount of variety and the tunes serve their purpose perfectly. For the truly extreme, dancing across two pads offers the ultimate challenge for your skills.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The RTS genre's notoriously slower pace and complex controls can be a bit snooze-inducing to newcomers, but Red Alert 3's smooth interface, fast-paced action, crazy-ass weapons, and endlessly entertaining cheesy style should keep even the most short attention-spanned gamer engaged.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a few plays, though, the game becomes tiresome—mostly due to repetitive gameplay and lack of balance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To-Fu 2's difficulty can ramp up pretty quickly, but thanks to precise controls it's never a source of frustration.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DiRT is by no means for everyone. Most racing games are difficult at first, but you eventually master them. In DiRT, you are always on the verge of totaling your car. There's never a moment to screw around, because you will crash.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rise of Nations’ biggest weakness—lack of variety—becomes obvious. Every nation is the same, except for some bonus modifiers; there really aren’t that many units; and in the end, you wind up wielding them as a jumbled horde.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The consistent mental challenge of tackling each mission is what makes it so captivating, relying on strategy over spectacle. That's not what everyone is looking for in their games, but those who are will find it in droves in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But the moral of the story here is, well-written scripts and addictive story modes never spell a bad time. The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is impressive, hilarious and downright worth your money.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Wii version of Geometry Wars is a great port and the developers overcame the one potential hurdle--the controls.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But expert scribblers will no doubt find Super Scribblenauts' enhanced approach a major net positive over simply receiving a larger batch of levels, while the rest of us finally have a user-friendly way to experience this immensely creative idea.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No real levels have been added to the original arcade version, so the game ends just when you’re revving up.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The consistent mental challenge of tackling each mission is what makes it so captivating, relying on strategy over spectacle. That's not what everyone is looking for in their games, but those who are will find it in droves in Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite these imperfections, though, UFC: Tapout still reigns victorious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing multiplayer showing overshadows the humdrum single-player game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of trying to retell the story of the movie, Cars 2 evokes the experience of the film through gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Art students, old-school gamers, and people with wild imaginations (and lots of free time) are going to love making their own masterpieces in WarioWare D.I.Y.., but if you have trouble drawing stick figures, you'll at least be able to enjoy a sizable new crop of fun, quick mini-games with tons of personality.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We praise the designers' decision to make Adol a speedy little devil, so darting around towns and inevitably retreading terrain isn't such a tedious chore.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fun little title that will prove especially pleasing to those who can't wrap their heads around Rock Band or Guitar Hero. It doesn't have the addictive staying power of those two heavyweight franchises but it's an accessible rhythm game that's perfect for the casual gamer and younger rock-god wannabes alike.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sports the best lighting effects you’ll ever see on the Dreamcast. The overall graphic quality is topnotch with sharp prerendered environments and good-looking characters.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To be sure, it's not a must-buy if you own last year's edition. (Well, unless you're a hardcore Masters fanboy. Do such things exist?) But it's another step in the right direction for the series, and an easy recommendation if you've missed a year or two.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of trying to retell the story of the movie, Cars 2 evokes the experience of the film through gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dynasty Tactics makes the sometimes slow and daunting challenge of launching grid-based military campaigns fun and entertaining.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s puzzling that this game could look better on the Dreamcast than on the PS2, but it does.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GGX2’s stunning anime-inspired graphics more than compensate for the lack of a Z-axis.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm quite taken with this roguelike; it feels like a game that came out of nowhere and hits all of the dungeon-crawl buttons -- steep challenge, lots of loots, and a ton of monsters. Throw in its humor and soundtrack and you've got a roguelike that should appeal to anyone who likes a good dungeon-crawl.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But as pretty as the game is, and as great as the soundtrack might be, the game's real draw lies in the eight amazingly detailed rumble locations. [Apr 2007, p.83]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get a game going with friends or online fodder, though, On Fire Edition shows its best side, and could easily turn "one more match" into hours spent cracking jokes and laughing at every comment the announcer makes. And for a b-ball know-nothing like me, that's more than enough justification to find yourself playing a sports game. Just don't take it too seriously.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the biggest surprises in Orcs and Elves is the clever game design, which keeps the game engaging and fresh.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But if you've got a choice, spring for the darker, freakier Xbox version.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's obviously aimed squarely at the hardcore DS gamer; and while the intense action and high difficulty will probably turn off the casual crowd, it's a solid shooter for anyone who's looking for a challenge. [Sept 2008, p.84]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The learning curve is steep and takes time, but the replay value in MHF is very high as there is easily 40+ hours of fun things to do.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I expect many fans will be disappointed thanks to all of the hype that's built up around the game, but the inevitable complaints about the control scheme will be warranted. [Sep 2007, p.79]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    However, don't expect too much more content than new tests and more Sudoku grids. [Sep 2007, p.80]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it is initially daunting, Culdcept Saga is a game whose potential grows the more you play it. [May 2008, p.84]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of the Conan books will likely be disappointed by the disjointed narrative and surprisingly dispassionate vocal performances, and most gamers will see the button-tapping mini-games and bare-breasted maidens as the hollow window-dressing they are, but Conan is still an agreeable diversion despite its obvious faults.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hotel Dusk probably won't appeal to every DS gamer, as it requires a degree of patience and thoughtfulness that only the aged (and insane) are capable of. But anyone looking for a cerebral and deliberate challenge should definitely check out this cool and unique title; just be patient with it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But despite all of the control issues, for my money, this is one of the most fun games I've played in a while.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As fun as hurling dozens of rockets at a time into a swarm of giant alien ants is, it will get boring after a few hours. If you're up for a shallow yet addictive and gratuitously violent shooter, you can't go wrong with Earth Defense Force. Just take a break every few hours and read a book to rebuild some of the higher brain function you just lost.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fairly simple racing game with tons of extra content and options that keep the game fresh and challenging.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The cool platforming elements make this one worth at least a rental--if only so one can revisit the days when "Cowabunga" was a socially acceptable thing to say.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid title that boasts some amazing production values. It's single-player campaign tends towards mindless hack-and-slash gameplay and there are some noticeable slowdown flaws, but it's still offers up a good dose of fun, especially if you're looking for a dungeon crawler with a bit Final Fantasy flavor.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Turok is a solid enough shooter that won't wow you the way triple-A titles like "Call of Duty 4" or "Bioshock" will. [Mar 2008, p.85]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is a pretty short game and it's not terribly challenging, but for those who appreciate the humor of the series it's likely to be an enjoyable romp. [Apr 2008, p.84]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A lot of people may be turned of by the childish themes and plot, but anyone who puts real time in with the game won't be disappointed with how it plays nor with the unexpected amount of depth there is to be found.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tremendously fun. The subtle nuances and sheer competitiveness still make it the best realistic golf experience out there. There are nagging issues that continue to get overlooked, but whether or not you've been playing the game in years past, Tiger 07 is a must-buy for cyber golfers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But the real fun lies in the mini-games. It's just a tad unfortunate, though, that the game really doesn't have much depth besides that. Granted, it's fun to play with another person and it's cool to play through the unique Brain Massage mode. But, if you're looking for a DS game that's going to provide hours of entertainment, you'll have better luck elsewhere.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those looking for a nostalgic adventure game experience, you'll be pleasantly surprised, at least in function. For anyone else, Touch Detective offers a quirky and off-kilter, albeit short and at times frustrating, adventure.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Battlefield, in its best moments, is one of the most perfect and pure online experiences around. It's too bad 2142 isn't a major evolution over the titles that came before it but it's entertaining enough, and as the old saying goes, you shouldn't look a gift hovertank in the mouth.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Mario Party DS is actually a pretty good Mario Party installment, but it's ultimately meant for gamers who regularly get together with their friends for some DS gaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, it's a fun title and one worth getting for the little Star Wars fanatic in your life. [Dec 2007, p.127]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    2K Sports is relegated to a distant second-place, plagued by overly complicated controls, a badly designed interface, and subpar gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Phoenix Wright fans who loved the past games and want nothing more than another docket of crazy cases to tackle will no doubt love Apollo Justice. It's a solid distillation of the franchise formula and if you haven't yet had your fill, I wholly recommend the game, because you will no doubt enjoy it. But I personally couldn't get over how derivative the game felt.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The sound becomes annoying because the same track plays on loop. Trash Panic's graphics are impressive for a pretty simple downloadable game. Maybe that's why the game is more than 1GB!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    New tools and enemies are introduced throughout the adventure mode's more than 80 levels, which helps keep things interesting. [Apr 2008, p.84]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is also rather short, but when every outrageous environment is so chock full of goodies, and the atmosphere so relentlessly positive, it's still hard to resist playing just one more time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Enjoyable enough that it warrants a look but it just doesn't play to its strengths well enough to stand toe-to-toe with the current champions of the next-generation racing world.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's quick to pick up and easy to put down which is everything a portable game should be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The saving grace in this title is the level design. A living breathing world has never looked so good.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the tapping for some reason can occasionally be imprecise, leaving the gameplay feeling a little less tight than it could've been, Mister Slime is definitely solid enough (despite being...yeah, slimy) to warrant a look for the puzzle adventure set.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a good first step but the graphics need to be improved upon, the control scheme needs to be tightened up, and little things like the character creation system and the mission types need to be expanded upon.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Stuntman: Ignition isn't for everyone, and even enthusiastic wannabe performers will occasionally cry out in frustration if they play for too long at a stretch, but it's still as good an execution of this offbeat concept as you're ever likely to see, and a welcome online departure from straight-laced racing purism.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is gritty and dull to a fault and it doesn't have the same sense of humor that made the past titles so entertaining. What humor there is tends to be painfully blunt - the first four hours are like one long un-funny redneck joke, for example.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For what it is, with voiceovers from the actors, what I imagine is probably movie soundtrack, and some excellent-looking, swift racing with seriously fun combat stunts, Speed Racer: The Videogame is awesome.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    No online multiplayer! Not like we generally expect that from Wii games, but we should be able to by now.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game's youngster charm ultimately ends up as its greatest strength and weakness. Off the Rails does a great job in appealing to a younger crowd, which is encouraging for those looking for a good holiday gift; however, its cheesy style is lost on anyone over the age of 12.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While it lasts, though, the game is a fun and enjoyable way to blow off some steam; light-gun junkies should definitely take a look at this one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    However, Liberation is a worthy new chapter in the Killzone series and does more right than it does wrong. [Dec. 2006, p.122]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What works about Excite Truck? Simply put, its use of the Wii Remote provides a more tactile feel to an otherwise straightforward destruction derby racer. Without the Wii's controller, Excite Truck would barely be worth a glance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The time travel themed story is ineffectively told and the enemy AI is rather brain-dead. You'll also face overwhelming numbers during most battles but the good thing is that your time powers provide a nice edge.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Thankfully, one of the earlier problems with the game - the lack of tables - has been somewhat resolved with the release of two new tables since Pinball FX came out several months ago, though players will undoubtedly take issue with the rather tardy release of new tables.