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 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 LIMBO
Lowest review score: 15 Yaris
Score distribution:
1,135 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The nature of the open-ended gameplay still makes for memorable random and not-so-random occurrences you'll repetitiously be reciting to friends, but for the most part it's nothing we haven't seen before.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The nature of the open-ended gameplay still makes for memorable random and not-so-random occurrences you'll repetitiously be reciting to friends, but for the most part it's nothing we haven't seen before.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily the best game on the Wii, and arguably the best Mario adventure to date.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's just a ton of content that has been packed into SMG2, and almost every single minute of it feels fun, fresh, and true to its roots. Another check in the "win" column for Nintendo.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're looking for another run 'n gun game to play while you chug down a few Cokes, you'll probably be better off not picking BioShock up. If you want a good game you can play in the dark, immerse yourself in, and love well-crafted plots and great writing, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't go get BioShock tomorrow morning.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best games to come out this year. An extremely immersive story, solid gameplay, great sound, addictive multiplayer, and one of the best-looking games of all time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best deal in terms of bang-for-the-buck since "Mario All Stars."
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Orange Box is the best deal in terms of bang-for-the-buck since Mario All Stars. Not only that, but every game in it is a winner. Three classic games and two great games for this low price? You're an idiot not to get it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rocksteady Studios has done it again. It may not be perfect, but it has taken it's predecessor's place as the best superhero game of all time. One of the best that this year has to offer.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a captivating experience that begs to be played and replayed. Phenomenal presentation is augmented by enjoyable combat, deep characters, and epic narrative; only minor quibbles exist in these areas.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're looking for another run 'n gun game to play while you chug down a few Cokes, you'll probably be better off not picking BioShock up. If you want a good game you can play in the dark, immerse yourself in, and love well-crafted plots and great writing, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't go get BioShock tomorrow morning.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    RDR is a phenomenal game that stands out as one of the year's best. The utmost attention to detail is apparent in every aspect, and is something that no gamer should miss.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    We've played it forever, but it still has that Zelda magic.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    RDR is a phenomenal game that stands out as one of the year's best. The utmost attention to detail is apparent in every aspect, and is something that no gamer should miss.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. Play Portal 2 as soon as you can.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hard to overstate my satisfaction. Play Portal 2 as soon as you can.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2's emotional and intense single-player game is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of exciting moments, while the multiplayer is truly a definitive experience for online FPS players everywhere. This game lives up to the hype.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A serious contender for Game of the Year with it's exceptional single player experience and solid multiplayer backbone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rocksteady Studios has done it again. It may not be perfect, but it has taken it's predecessor's place as the best superhero game of all time. One of the best that this year has to offer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's difficult to really describe what exonerates the game from being considered a lifeless, average game. Maybe it's the stunning visuals, or the satisfaction from chainsawing your opponents into chunks of flesh or the unparalleled sense of realism. It has its problems just like any game, but the experience of playing Gears of War is undeniably incredible.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A serious contender for Game of the Year with it's exceptional single player experience and solid multiplayer backbone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Halo 3 takes every positive aspect from the first two Halo games, perfects them, puts them in a shinier and better looking package, tosses in wonderful community-driven content for a console game, establishes some awesome environments, and does it so damn well it's impossible to not have fun while playing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is one game that should not be missed. Oblivion offers up an overwhelming amount of content, coupled with one of the largest and most realistic environments ever seen in a RPG.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall this is a jam packed game that I would recommend to any PlayStation 2 owner. The retail price of only $29.99 is a complete steal. Even if you're not able to get online, the new camera angle along with the insane amount of extras is worth the price tag alone.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2's emotional and intense single-player game is a thrilling rollercoaster ride of exciting moments, while the multiplayer is truly a definitive experience for online FPS players everywhere. This game lives up to the hype.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The unconventional approach to delivering a triple-A game by centering the single-player game around more non-interactive elements than interactive is sure to ruffle a few feathers; the viability of different play styles might lead people to believe it's a second-rate third-person shooter; and the emphasis on nanomachines and PMCs, without being preachy, might be too topical for some. Regardless, right now it's one of the best-looking, engaging, and emotionally driven experiences, with the gameplay to match, on the PS3 or any console.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I have never seen more effort put into a video game than what has been shown in Brawl. With unbelievable multiplayer fighting, an enormous single player mode, and collectibles that will last for years, there's no reason why you shouldn't buy it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The gameplay is widely addictive and chaotic in Company of Heroes, and that's something you don't see very often in RTS titles these days. Relic continues to redefine themselves as a top RTS developer, and with two solid franchises under their belt, they're up there with Blizzard as the masters of the genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Braid is the only true gaming classic on XBLA. It's a masterpiece--an "art" game and a fun-to-play puzzle/platformer. There aren't enough nice things to say about it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The first God of War was never about deep, involving combat -- it was about solving puzzles, having an entertaining classical setting and hacking your way through hordes of enemies. God of War II continues the tradition, but improves in just about every area.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    In the end, Okami is a truly great game, and one people have rightfully anticipated for a long time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The PS3 version may look and run slightly better, and it may include Knights of the Nine from the get-go, but the status of the expansion is something you have to consider, and the fact that there's really nothing new should convince you to stick with what you have.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is a complete package and quite possibly the definitive music game. Once again, Harmonix defines and sets the bar for what the music genre can achieve. It will be hard pressed for anyone, Harmonix included, to top this game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4 offers an excellent gaming package with a thrilling campaign and addicting multiplayer action. It contains everything you would want in a FPS, and the game doesn't lack any polish, either.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but it's a satisfying experience from start to finish. Amazing to look at, fun to play and a great ending.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best way to play air guitar ever conceived. It's only a coincidence that it just so happens to be the most fun rhythm game ever made, to boot.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 isn't quite as memorable as its predecessor, but that doesn't mean it isn't one of the best games to come out this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rock Band is a must-have game. It's fun for even the most musically challenged, and it's a great game to play with friends and family. It may have a steep price tag, but you get more than your money's worth.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Capcom has done much more than slap on a few new characters and push the game out the door. They've taken the original title, reconstructed it, and produced a game that surpasses the original Street Fighter IV in every way possible.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The action is fast-paced and furious, the game's presentation is hilarious and exciting and the gameplay is very easily approachable. Experiment with a few classes or stick with one, but do anything to get your hands on TF2. It'll be an online experience you won't forget.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As the last Final Fantasy of the current-gen, it delivers as the best of the bunch. An epic story, incredible characters, slightly-innovated battle system and some of the best graphics seen on the PS2 add up for an incredible journey any RPG fan shouldn't miss out on.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the must-have Batman game of all-time and a great third-person action game. Whether you're a fan or just looking for a solid game, you should pick this up. You will not be dissappointed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In the end, Guitar Hero II is basically the same game as Guitar Hero, but with a much higher difficulty and a completely revamped multiplayer mode.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rock Band is a must-have game. It's fun for even the most musically challenged, and it's a great game to play with friends and family. It may have a steep price tag, but you get more than your money's worth.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't drastically shake up the formula, but it does come one step closer to perfecting it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Team Ico has set the bar for many aspects of this industry, and it now can claim a new title: the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection is the gold standard in game collections. This is the way to bring classics back to life.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Capcom has done much more than slap on a few new characters and push the game out the door. They've taken the original title, reconstructed it, and produced a game that surpasses the original Street Fighter IV in every way possible.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Media Molecule has practically perfected user-generated content for consoles. An improved story mode, increase in creation tools, and focus on community features make this a must-have for PlayStation 3 owners.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a year of gaming filled with sequels and formulaic games, Guitar Hero raises the bar on innovation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is a complete package and quite possibly the definitive music game. Once again, Harmonix defines and sets the bar for what the music genre can achieve. It will be hard pressed for anyone, Harmonix included, to top this game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 10 is an all-around winner, and one of the greatest virtual translations of association football to ever grace videogame consoles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ACII so satisfyingly delivers upon every aspect first laid out in its prequel, as well as many new gameplay elements and non-gameplay additions that transcend the medium, that it is difficult to offer anything but praise for this superb title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best version of RE4 yet. It may not be worth the price for longtime RE4 players, but it's a blast for newcomers, or people who didn't play the other versions to death.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Shadow of the Colossus is equal parts puzzle and action. Figuring out how to defeat each Colossus is as rewarding, if not more rewarding, than actually defeating the beast itself. This is a gaming masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As cool as it can get, Crysis has some issues and bugs that should have been stamped out or fixed on the drawing board. At times you'll be amazed, and at other times you'll wonder, "How did this make it through?"
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Is it as good as the two PS2 God of War games? Not quite, but it's close. The fact that a PSP port of God of War can be this close to the legendary originals is amazing.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    High production values, attention to detail, and an incredible number of features and options jam-packed into the shiny package. With adjustments to pitching and hitting, MLB 11 could be perfect, but for now, MLB 10 is just the best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the arcade/arena/vehicle/sci-fi shooter of this generation, no doubt. Any Halo fan without Reach misses out on what's sure to be a great addition to their library. A game changer, however, it is not.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don't pass on this one. It's more of an experience than a game, and if you own an Xbox 360 it's an experience that absolutely cannot be missed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some of Forza Motorsport 4 feels like retread ground, but there are enough improvements to classify this entry as the best in the franchise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For $40 you get an HD version of two of the best action-adventure games ever made. There's almost nothing to complain about here, so just go buy it and enjoy yourself.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game is a must-have for fans of the series, but keep away if you haven't been fond of the first two. While new features are lacking, overall refinement and polish make this game great in almost every respect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single player campaign may be on the short(er) side, but the entire journey is action-packed and adrenaline pumping without any noticeable downtime. And the multiplayer may not offer all of the different modes some gamers are used to, but Warzone's unique customization capabilities offset that nicely.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the must-have Batman game of all-time and a great third-person action game. Whether you're a fan or just looking for a solid game, you should pick this up. You will not be dissappointed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    People who want a light hearted racing game will love MarioKart DS. The more hardened racing fan may think it is too simple, but MarioKart DS makes up for this with its entertaining game play and different game modes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ACII so satisfyingly delivers upon every aspect first laid out in its prequel, as well as many new gameplay elements and non-gameplay additions that transcend the medium, that it is difficult to offer anything but praise for this superb title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Developer Visual Concepts chose to focus on minor tweaks and adjustments, resulting in the best basketball simulation on the market.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is a fantastic game. Aside from a difficult late game and a wacky, confusing narrative, it manages introduce a deep, fun combat system that is silky smooth and easy to learn.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From standard Exhibitions to the Ultimate Team card game, everything about FIFA 12 is superb. This is sports gaming excellence personified.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best games released this year, World of Goo is a game you should not miss.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More Stone Cold than Easy Rider, and filled with enough pseudo-biker machismo to prove it, TLAD can't escape the vice-like grasp of GTAIV's juvenile form. TLAD consists of minor tweaks, but it's all essentially just more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From standard Exhibitions to the Ultimate Team card game, everything about FIFA 12 is superb. This is sports gaming excellence personified.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 10 is an all-around winner, and one of the greatest virtual translations of association football to ever grace videogame consoles.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    As a free download this game is definitely a can't-miss for FPS lovers, and definitely worth a look even for those who might not otherwise take the plunge and pick up a copy of F.E.A.R.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From beginning to end, it's hard to find something not to like about Portal. Everything from the gameplay to the presentation are top-notch.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Baseball fans are obsessed with details and the development team behind MLB 11: The Show knows this. No complaint can be made about a lack of depth. Oh, and it's a lot of fun, too!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The emotion, presentation, story and overall action-packed gameplay cements Episode 2 as an excellent addition in the Half-Life 2 series and PC gaming in general. While playing Episode 2, I never felt detached or alienated from the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LIMBO keeps you sucked into its bleak, grim universe with unique puzzles, simple controls, and an approach to game design Playdead calls "trial and death" gaming for long enough to be effective, but certainly leaves some length to be desired.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood brings to the table so much more than was ever expected. Not only is it perhaps the best in the franchise, but is also an easy Game of the Year candidate.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The definitive version of Okami despite its combat flaws. The improved Celestial Brush is enough to warrant a purchase.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy's difficulty will likely turn off some gamers. But if you like your 2D platformers challenging and rewarding then you'll be hard pressed to find a better game out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Take the multiplayer for what it is -- a fun digression from the enthralling action on The Sprawl -- and DS2 comfortably sits waiting for the other Game of the Year nominees for 2011.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are plenty of open-ended games out there, but few really emphasize player choice like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The result is the follow-up Deus Ex fans have been waiting for and one of the year's best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An amazing game. It's almost perfect, and while a few things do pull it back from being that, it's still everything we've been waiting for from the Wii, wrapped in a nice fifty dollar package.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Simply put, Forza 2 is much more than just another racing simulation on the console; it’s the closest thing to the realization of a racing fan’s dream game that we have ever seen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LIMBO keeps you sucked into its bleak, grim universe with unique puzzles, simple controls, and an approach to game design Playdead calls "trial and death" gaming for long enough to be effective, but certainly leaves some length to be desired.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    GTR 2 is the best installment thus far in the series, which, for many gamers, will make this the best racing game ever seen on the PC-if not of all time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Developer Visual Concepts chose to focus on minor tweaks and adjustments, resulting in the best basketball simulation on the market.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona 3 Portable takes the already massive console version of Persona 3 and translates it successfully to the PSP platform, streamlining most of the experience to make a game that is the definitive PSP RPG.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The brilliance of Rez isn't in some singular quality like graphics, but in the way everything comes together to create an audio and visual interactive experience that is uniquely its own.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Demon's Souls uses sprawling, atmospheric worlds, haunting game concepts and mechanics, an unconventional control scheme, and formidable difficulty to envelop players in an experience that is easily one of the best of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In terms of actual gameplay, Beatles: Rock Band does nothing revolutionary. Where the revolution occurs, instead, is in the game's presentation, which brings new life -- and a new type of life -- to the static genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood brings to the table so much more than was ever expected. Not only is it perhaps the best in the franchise, but is also an easy Game of the Year candidate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A triumph over the first in every way, Left 4 Dead 2 is not to be missed (or boycotted) if you loved the first one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The move to PC allowed the developers to focus on enhancing the visuals for the game with sharper textures and higher resolution support. Along with the crisper graphics, plenty of attention was given to the game's performance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is one of the best action-RPGs this generation, as it pulls of the combination of both elements perfectly. It may only be suited for hardcore gamers, but they are given heaven.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are plenty of open-ended games out there, but few really emphasize player choice like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The result is the follow-up Deus Ex fans have been waiting for and one of the year's best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some technical hiccups and a slow story, L.A. Noire challenges the way you think about how great games can and perhaps should be made. It is undeniably interesting and shouldn't be passed up.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing Dead Space is an experience which shouldn't be missed, and one which won't soon be forgotten.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona 3 FES is a lesson to game makers and movie directors on what a repackaging should look like. New features, a much better ending and enough tweaks to fill a Starbucks makes FES a steal at its price.