GamerNode's Scores

  • Games
For 1,135 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Call of Duty: Black Ops
Lowest review score: 15 Yaris
Score distribution:
1135 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, Tales of the Abyss will most likely find a home on the shelves of Tales fans, but it doesn't seem like this will be the game that makes Tales a mainstream RPG brand in the US.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    With over 150 levels and boss stages, there's enough variety to keep things interesting, and old-school players will feel right at home with the familiar and mostly untouched format of the past.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It's cheap ($3.95), quirky, flashy, and relatively fun. But I wouldn't recommend it in long doses, especially with most of the replay value cut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A booster pack that adds just enough to satiate hunger before a proper expansion is released. All BF2142 owners should own this. Cheap price, too.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Ubersoldier falls prey to its own popular genre. Ubersoldier just doesn't contribute anything to FPS' as a whole, and many features of the game are indistinguishable from a title two years older.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    In the end, Rush for Berlin is still quite enjoyable despite its flaws and should be credited with making a good effort, especially since it could have easily been mislabeled as just another generic World War II title.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A deep and rewarding experience for players who are genuinely captivated by the title's unique approach and also have some interest in the UEFA itself, but a mediocre and oftentimes clunky game to those who fall below the category of aficionado.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The first installment to SiN Episodes is really a tossup between wanting to know what happens next or completely quitting right away, because the gameplay is getting too old.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A shiny port of a PC game marred by balance issues and a control scheme that is fun to use in the smaller battles, but becomes an obstacle in the larger ones.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A fun title that manages to overcome its shortcomings by simply being entertaining.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Ford Bold Moves Street Racing, in spite of its faults, will offer some good hours of racing fun.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Ford Bold Moves Street Racing, in spite of its faults, will offer some good hours of racing fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Red Steel is a good first try for Ubisoft in the arena of Wii shooting games, and the new, unique experience of actually being physically involved with the in-game action may be all that is needed to overcome some of the weaker aspects of the title for some gamers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The game bridges the gap between SimCity 4 and whatever comes next. It's a decent city simulation game but suffers from a poor tutorial, some shaky gameplay mechanics and little to no replayability.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Solid gameplay, which you'd expect at this point in the series' life, but it just doesn't bring enough new or innovative features to keep you interested, especially with a competitor as good as skate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great visuals, unique WWII-era storytelling, and explode-and-run fun made me love the game, but the shooting, driving, climbing, and stealth gameplay made me want to choke myself. The game improves with time and is enjoyable, overall.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Glory Days 2 is a fun game, but it’s not great. Like a lot of older arcade titles, this one is fun to play, but you wouldn’t name it a masterpiece, or even a great game. With a few friends to play with it definitely goes up a notch.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As an XBLA title, it is solid, but its lack of depth and variety prevents it from becoming a heavy hitter. The game needs more, just not more of the same old stuff.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game to play and you've got a friend who can sit on your couch and play it, then grab it. If you don't have a friend to play it with you, leave it alone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To view this package as a whole, it's not the most amazing thing in the world. A weak plot, been-there done-that cutscenes, semi-generic weapons, and a view perspective that has been rarely seen since 1990 make it sound worse than it really is.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're new to the land of Puzzle Fighter (or Buster Bros.) it's worth checking out, and if you've played them all before back in the day it's still worth checking out. As long as you enjoy the old-school puzzle games, you'll enjoy this one.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even for a tie-in game, SC does a pretty good job of being fun. Some of the game missions are repetitve, but kids will love it. Not recommended for experienced gamers or those who hate cutesy things.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it is in every way a simplistic take on often-recycled game concepts and mechanics, Where the Wild Things Are is still an enjoyable platform adventure that will keep many players - children and adults alike - interested until the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Truly a unique and enjoyable game. An interesting risk/reward system that permeates all facets of the gameplay breeds hectic, brawl-happy fun. With some polish and a better front-end experience, Plain Sight would approach must-buy status.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it is in every way a simplistic take on often-recycled game concepts and mechanics, Where the Wild Things Are is still an enjoyable platform adventure that will keep many players - children and adults alike - interested until the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Solid gameplay, which you'd expect at this point in the series' life, but it just doesn't bring enough new or innovative features to keep you interested, especially with a competitor as good as skate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The final product of Star Wars Republic Commando is one that tops any other Lucas Arts game in recent years. Although the meager campaign of ten hours is shorter than I would have liked, I still enjoyed the majority of the time I spent blasting battle droids.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a veteran of the series and you want something new, there are a few new options and some sprucing up compared to past games, but this isn't the end-all-be-all for the franchise, and the customization really isn't implemented as well as it could be.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid turn-based strategy game a notch above similar titles due to the game's presentation and the difficulty. Doesn't hurt that the visuals are nice and the gameplay is approachable too.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With frame rate issues and graphics that don't come close to the visual splendor of the Xbox 360's on one side, and all the bonus content plus a fun multiplayer mode on the other, Lost Planet PS3 might just be for you.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While leaning heavily on traditional J-horror conventions to deliver scares and suspense, Calling creates a captivating, dark atmosphere and manages to connect with gamers' psyches in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    1942: Joint Strike is a sweet, albeit short gaming experience for fans of classic top-down shooters. Those who have friends to play with will obviously have the most fun with the game, but even solo pilots will find plenty to enjoy here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kane's Wrath is as good an adaptation of classic RTS action to a home console as I've seen, but still makes it painfully obvious that there are far better ways to control the construction and command of complex virtual armies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Good for junkies, but for the less fanatical RPG players out there, or anyone who seeks a more complete and refined gameplay experience, there are most certainly better ways to spend your time and money.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    DBZ games took a big step forward with Burst Limit's visuals, animation, and true-to-show presentation style. Unfortunately, the other aspects seem to have taken two steps back.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Metroid Prime Pinball fills the void for a portable pinball machine. If you are looking for a pinball game that is fun and challenging, MPP would be a good addition to your DS game library.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a veteran of the series and you want something new, there are a few new options and some sprucing up compared to past games, but this isn't the end-all-be-all for the franchise, and the customization really isn't implemented as well as it could be.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself is pretty useless left on its own, but coupled with the customization options, limitless potential awaits.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander 2 feels like Gas Powered Games was trying to make a game that appeals to all audiences, but pleases none.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like the idea of driving while firing machine guns and rocket launchers from your mobile death machine in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a fully-destructible environment, this is the place to do it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're dying for a new GTA game, then VCS is worth picking up for a mere $20. But be aware that this is just more of the same GTA that we've played for years, with nothing much new in the way of gameplay elements.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Order of the Phoenix is the first movie game of the year that would be considered solid for a game, period. For a movie tie-in, it's spectacular.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Streets of Rage 2 is still an enjoyable experience to this day, but like other traditional beat-em ups, the game shows its age with its limited gameplay that gets old far too quickly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Eye of Judgment is a game made for a very specific crowd, and may bring in a few new gamers. Just don't go in expecting anything too revolutionary or complex.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Advent is a solid entry in one of gaming's longest running franchises, but it doesn't do anything to bring the series to a new generation of gamers.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fun is still alive, but it's the same fun you've had before. If you're a diehard Worms fan, you've probably got this. If you aren't, you'd do just as well buying an older (and cheaper) Worms game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    DBZ games took a big step forward with Burst Limit's visuals, animation, and true-to-show presentation style. Unfortunately, the other aspects seem to have taken two steps back.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself is pretty useless left on its own, but coupled with the customization options, limitless potential awaits.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When compared to the Sims titles we're used to, MySims contains only a fraction of what made the franchise great. Then again, the Sims formula obviously hasn't been doing so hot on consoles... Maybe more emphasis on creating items and less emphasis on social micromanagement is just what the casual console gamers needed to join the multitude of Simians.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Last Guy is certainly a unique game. Unfortunately, it's hampered by repetitiveness and a few issues which are sure to lead to frustration in most gamers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This isn't a bad game, it's just trying to accomplish too much with too little, and ends up being a letdown. If you're into RPGs and you can stand generic, overrepetitive gameplay, then you will enjoy this. If not, then steer clear.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Is ProStreet a change from the NFS formula? Yes. Is it a welcome change? Not really. The removal of the NFS staples and little new additions make this a rather generic racer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Order of the Phoenix is the first movie game of the year that would be considered solid for a game, period. For a movie tie-in, it's spectacular.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battle Tournament is a decent action-adventure game that is held back by the grinding repetition of its missions and quests. However, customizing your Trot and fighting others is addictive and fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Elebits is a great idea for a game, but the weak level design and somewhat boring gameplay brings it down. But for young kids, it may prove to be a hit.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a PSN title, it is solid, but its lack of depth and variety prevents it from becoming a heavy hitter. The game needs more, just not more of the same old stuff.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You should be happy to play We Love Golf! It's not phenomenal, but it's not awful, either, and it does provide a measure of fun. If you're looking for a Wii golf game without the PGA frills, WLG will do just fine.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Excite Truck lives up to its name--the only problem may come in how long you find it exciting.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, this game suffers from a shoddy port job along with general problems still not addressed. There are problems with the AI, general mechanics and short gaming time. Still, it's a decent action game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lack of character selection throughout most of the game, the limit of two-players, and a few frustrating moments when special attacks decide not to work take away from what could have been a stellar superhero title.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blood Bath and Beyond is a fun shooter, perfect for wasting away a boring afternoon. Side-scrolling action and hilarious levels will keep you entertained, and bringing a friend along adds to the fun. Just don't expect depth beyond its core concept.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Decent as far as fighting games go, but one of the better Naruto-based titles. Certainly better than the last outing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Is ProStreet a change from the NFS formula? Yes. Is it a welcome change? Not really. The removal of the NFS staples and little new additions make this a rather generic racer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't love One Piece, you won't like this game. If you love One Piece, you will. It's really that simple. For fans of the series, this is the best One Piece game yet. For others, it's decent, but nothing great.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A generally gratifying gameplay experience. Makes good use of the DS hardware and offers players a unique and functional method of controlling the action. It stumbles in the exploration surrounding that, and in its largely derivative storyline.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Prism is a refreshing puzzle game on the DS, and a nice break from the various block-based puzzlers we've been playing the last few years. Sadly, there's just something about it that doesn't make most people want to keep going.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So, while The Movies: Stunts & Effects Expansion Pack offers plenty for the hardcore moviemakers who compose the original release's main fanbase, more casual players will gain little from the expansion pack.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MLB 2K8 is an acceptable baseball sim, but is nothing to write home about. 2K works Wiimote functionality into the game pretty well, with a few hiccups here and there. There is plenty of room for improvement next year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game may be a port of a three year-old PSP game, but even so, it remains fun. The bonus content is a great addition, and a nice little bit of fan service.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There isn't anything particularly stunning or ground breaking about this game. It's just your everyday racer with a truckload of Ferraris. But if you like sim racing games, this may be one to add to your collection.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Blood Bath and Beyond is a fun shooter, perfect for wasting away a boring afternoon. Side-scrolling action and hilarious levels will keep you entertained, and bringing a friend along adds to the fun. Just don't expect depth beyond its core concept.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Think of this like a Madden game. If you are an extreme fan of the series, you are going to buy it, but if you bought the last game, it is probably not worth it. Of course, if you do not have any of the series, this is a great one to start out on.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a game to play and you've got a friend who can sit on your couch and play it, then grab it. If you don't have a friend to play it with you, leave it alone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great visuals, unique WWII-era storytelling, and explode-and-run fun made me love the game, but the shooting, driving, climbing, and stealth gameplay made me want to choke myself. The game improves with time and is enjoyable, overall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, fans of the genre will appreciate the added commands and improved AI of the game. Whether these improvements are enough to purchase the second title in the Full Spectrum Warrior series will most likely be decided by a game rental first.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The storyline is the main attraction here, with more character and plot development than you've seen since Final Fantasy X. However, the less-than-superior battle system, quirky music score, bad voice acting, and simplistic fighting action may bring the enjoyment level of Tales of Lengendia, for some, down to a more pedestrian level.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For hardcore baseball fans, this is possibly the perfect baseball game. For the more casual crowd, though, you may want to try the cheaper PS2 version.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Movies takes elements of all our favorite simulation games, most noticeably The Sims and the various Tycoon games, and combines them successfully with simple, user-friendly controls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's some good strategy fun to be had here, but the good is offset by some problematic areas. Star Trek fans and old-school strategy fans will enjoy it the most.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Certainly a game for the younger crowd, but has enough wheels turning at once to offer a fairly diverse gaming experience that draws the player through a number of generally unique and interesting levels.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deadliest Catch makes a fine companion to the TV show, but it has some serious bugs throughout the game. Only hard core DC fans will like this game. Everyone else will go, "huh?"
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It can be a bit of a grind and won't wow players with its originality, but Matrix Software's Crimson Gem Saga is a fine traditional RPG experience that's easy to play and features an excellent user interface and attractive presentation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those not seeking a deep, engaging experience, the game will provide a small and simple sandbox to play in, along with solid usage of the Wii's motion controls and the console's newest input device, the Balance Board.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very playable tennis game if you don't already own "World Tour."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You won't be disappointed about how great it looks or how much fun and full-on the game can be. If you frequent LAN's or enjoy slaughtering your mates (or strangers), online multiplayer is just as entertaining as the original and furthers longevity to the game once you've finished the single player campaign.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you get Draglade expecting a nice mix of rhythm and fighting, you're in for some disappointment. Get it expecting a decent brawler with some simple controls, and you'll like it much more.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good effort to be innovative, trying out some new twists on existing gameplay mechanics. The game delivers a somewhat enjoyable experience. A couple of tweaks, and this game could've been very solid.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the final chapter in the .hack//G.U. series. If you're a BIG fan, you won't be disappointed. But if you are new to the series, vol. 3 will leave you stranded in what you're supposed to do in the game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Secret Agent Clank would be a solid title if it were a new IP. Unfortunately, by using the Ratchet & Clank framing, instead we're left with a game which only disappoints, and makes us wonder where it went wrong.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The move towards the slower paced boxing style of Fight Night was an interesting concept, but everything else in the game screams wrestler. The combination just doesn't work well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    To wrap everything together for you, Metal Saga is definitely not your average RPG. The game features a cliché storyline, a nameless youngling as a main character, horrible graphics, an overused soundtrack and a nasty stream of currency.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Fun, but fuzzy. If you've already played the big version of Legend, skip this DS title. If you are a fan of TR, check it out. You may like it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Gamers who want a real challenge in a strategy RPG will find it here. That's good. But part of the challenge is fighting the game itself in order to understand the play mechanics. That's not so good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The game isn't a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Fans get everything they're looking for, with a fresh look and new options. Newcomers will find a slow, tedious experience with inexplicit detailing of progress and overwhelming information and menus.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Stacked offers some of the most realistic poker gameplay out there. The game isn't a fast game, and this will bring down the enjoyment level for the majority of gamers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The game is surprisingly fun for a non-tennis fan, but it's overly simple at times. It's worth a try for most gamers, though, as it provides at least a few hours of entertainment.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The move towards the slower paced boxing style of Fight Night was an interesting concept, but everything else in the game screams wrestler. The combination just doesn't work well.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Order of the Phoenix is the first movie game of the year that would be considered solid for a game, period. For a movie tie-in, it's spectacular.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A creepy independent title that succeeds in its focus on refining established gameplay elements rather than defining its own.

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