Gamers' Temple's Scores

  • Games
For 1,986 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 God of War
Lowest review score: 0 Stalin vs. Martians
Score distribution:
1,986 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every once in a while a game comes along that pushes the boundaries, that takes risks and innovates without losing the qualities that make games so enjoyable – God of War is one of those games. It’s a “best of system” quality game, game of the year material, and more.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of action gaming. Story, production values, gameplay, ... it’s the whole package, and it runs just beautifully on the PS3 too in case you’re interested. Unless you absolutely hate action gamers, you’ll absolutely love God of War II.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the action-packed intro to its ultimate conclusion, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption is bursting at the seams with "win" material.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As I said before, THPS had a good run, but its time to grow up. SKATE is the game that will force us to do just that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Patapon's only drawback is that there aren't enough hours in a day to play as much as you'll want to, and we certainly can't blame Sony for that… or can we?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Patapon 2 is a bit different; the first was an excuse to break out the long dormant handheld, the second comes with marching orders - go buy this game. And if you don't have a PSP, make sure you pick one up while you're out… you'll need it to play Patapon 2.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is really a worthy successor to Portal, and is a great example of a very well-designed, well-implemented game. I recommend it highly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, it's perfect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Demon's Souls can do no wrong in my eyes. It reinvigorated my love of RPGs and video games as a hobby, not just a job. Its punishing difficulty is a throwback to the brutally unforgiving games of my NES childhood, and the feeling of accomplishment in the face of innumerable odds is truly unlike anything I've experienced with a controller in my hands.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Unless you have taken an oath to reject violence in your entertainment, there is no reason to skip Gears of War 3 – it has everything you could ask from a shooter and does them all with first class polish. If the Gears franchise has come to an end, it goes out on top of its game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    If you like video games, you will absolutely love Dishonored.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    No game puts you closer to being on a field of battle in World War II than Call of Duty.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It’s one of those rare games that is more of an experience than just a game and you’ll love being long for the ride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    When viewed as a whole, it is clear that Darksiders was made by skilled developers who truly love video games. If there ever was a game that could be all things to all people and tastes, Darksiders is it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Flower is as much an experience as it is a game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the original Punch-Out!!! you probably already have this game. If you're a causal gamer and want a more fully featured Wii Sports boxing-type game, give this a shot. If you're hardcore and starved for a true challenge, give this a shot. And last but not least, if you're as nonplussed with the Wii as I have been recently, give this a shot.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Making a return appearance is the very innovative Spies vs. Mercenaries multiplayer with its own set of improvements including a very cool active camouflage for the spies that makes them practically invisible.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    DiRT 3 is a crowning achievement in the potential fun that a racing game can offer. It just may be that perfect mix of hardcore realistic racing simulation and arcade simplicity with a pinch of that Fast and Furious flavor the kids love.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    LIMBO is a wonderfully dark experience with its only real flaw being its stunted length.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It is, hands down, the best RPG of this console generation, but that one minor control issue keeps it just shy of a perfect score.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    So back to the big question at hand: is Skyrim too much like Oblivion to the point where it loses credibility? In a word, no. If Skyrim had the exact same game engine and mechanics of Oblivion it would most likely be a contender for game of the year. But by addressing every issue from the last game and improving everything else, Skyrim leaves little room for error for the next game in the series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 looks great, plays great, and is a role-playing adventure for the ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    NHL '13 delivers a massive update to the series that has been long awaited by fans.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An instant classic that should be kept in a special place in every gamer's collection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A great game that does an incredible job of bringing the player into its world. Just don't play it alone late at night.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Incredible graphics, a compelling storyline, and an immersive experience. All of these features are expertly combined in Max Payne, creating a candidate for game of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Totally packed with new features that Sims fans will love, and if you like animals, you'll absolutely love it. It is always great to see an expansion pack that adds so much life to a game - quite literally in the case of The Sims Unleashed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Games like Killzone 2 don't come down the pike very often, but when they do it is your duty as a gamer to purchase, play and love them. When it comes to action and/or shooting, nothing else even comes close.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Aside from the “who the hell thought this was a good idea” boss battles, Guitar Hero III is a must-buy for vets and newbies alike.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    For eight dollars, you simply can't do any better than Shatter. It, in all honesty, is about as perfect a game as you'll see anywhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Marvel VS Capcom 3 is definitely the sequel that you have waited all those years for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Not much else can be said about Black and White that is any different from what I made clear in the first paragraph; these are the two best Pokemon games yet, and by extension, two of the very best Nintendo DS games ever released.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Not much else can be said about Black and White that is any different from what I made clear in the first paragraph; these are the two best Pokemon games yet, and by extension, two of the very best Nintendo DS games ever released.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The story is engrossing, complete with plot turns and surprises, and although it starts slowly you'll soon be complete caught up in it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    With 12 new fighters and tons of extras along with several tweaks to existing fighters Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3 is quite a value for $40!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    In a world where some game franchises seem to just be releasing uninspired updates, MLB 13 The Show shows what happens when the developers really care about their game, both the video game and real world variety.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It packs plenty of punch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The yardstick that will be used to measure strategy games for some time to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One of those rare games that is not overly complex, but provides a challenging and fun gaming experience. It never seems to get old or boring.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The sound in the game is also phenomenal. The sound is so well done that you can sit still and listen, and you'll be able to tell the direction that guards' footsteps are coming from and whether or not they are coming towards you.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An even better storyline and a city with a lot more character.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Simply a terrific RPG that is so well polished you might need sunglasses to play.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    World War II finally gets the epic strategy game it deserves.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Brawl is fun, both alone and with friends, and if you’re a completist like me (completist: a gamer who refuses to stop playing a game until they have unlocked all the secrets and done everything there is to do), you’ll be looking at literally hundreds of hours of fun before you get even close to finishing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4 easily earns its place among the elite shooters available for the Xbox 360.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Come for the engrossing single player campaign, stay for the addicting multiplayer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you were around for the glory days of the NES and SNES or you simply disagree with the notion that all modern games need online play and 3D graphics, then Wario is the game for you.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Chinatown Wars proves that it's not only possible to fit an open world Grand Theft Auto game on the DS, it's possible to make a very good Grand Theft Auto game for the DS.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption is a fantastic game and arguably the finest Rockstar has ever produced. The production values are amazingly high, the gameplay is varied, challenging and nearly always a blast and the old West is as alive as any video game world yet seen.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Classic RTS gameplay that's as good as it gets.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 only stumbles a bit with its added multiplayer, but when it comes to single player, if this game could scream out in space, its voice would be heard.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of adventure gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The game's developers have done an outstanding job of pushing the Xbox to its full potential and the result is a game with incredible atmosphere and a fully immersive environment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One of the coolest menu systems ever to be seen a video game. If I'm mentioning a game's menus in a review, then you know that they have to be pretty darn cool.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Does for the World War II first person shooter what "Saving Private Ryan" did for the war movie. Brothers in Arms is the definitive World War II action game and should be experienced by everyone who enjoys a quality shooter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Having not played a tennis video game, real tennis match, or watched much of professional tennis, I was able to pick up the mechanics quickly thanks to the training and became addicted to the career mode. But as is the case with all sports games, the longevity relies entirely upon your own interest in the sport. By using basic RPG elements, streamlined gameplay, and having robust options to choose from, Top Spin 4 is an easy choice for tennis fans and non-fans alike.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City sets the standard against which future superhero games will be judged.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With this HD update, the Pro Skater franchise is back on top. Check this out as soon as humanly possible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Being a fan of almost every genre this game has smashed together into one has made it highly enjoyable, and the ending had me hoping that the next installment (should they choose to make it) gets in the development queue soon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Our heroes from the Trine universe are back at it again, whether they want to be or not.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    NHL 14 delivers a solid lineup of improvements and much appreciated tweaks to the franchise. It's not without some lingering issues, but luckily most of those are contained to the off-ice portions of the game and are trumped by impressive amounts of polish.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    GTA V continues the game series' tradition of raising the bar for open world action games.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Even more amazing, and difficult, than Dark Souls.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A thoroughly enjoyable game and it also feels sort of good to be able to succeed in a first person shooter without having to kill every person that you come across.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A well-designed, well-executed paragon of strategy gaming, although mouse-click maniacs may be disappointed that the game requires more thought than the typical RTS.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A benchmark game that future games will both try to imitate and be judged against as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What do you get when you put together solid controls, a fun story, great action, beautiful graphics, and a game oozing with character? Jak II, one of the best PS2 games of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s a far cry from anything that you’ve played before that will simply blow you away.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A cinematic game that plays like an interactive movie, a stylish film noir experience that no gamer should miss.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bon Appetite!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best platform game available on the PS2.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A strategy game for the ages.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A completely engrossing ride on the Spanish Main. All that’s missing is the smell of rum and powder.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The online mode is not something for the casual player, but if you take the time to learn to play the game right and to study the layout of the maps it can be an exciting experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The biggest extra you’ll find, though, will come after you’ve completed the game. You can then re-enter the game and as you play through the second time you’ll notice the addition of some floating icons. Clicking on these pauses the game and plays designer commentary about the design and development of the level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Revenge is a dish that Burnout serves up hot, and you'll savor every bite.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The grandmaster series of strategy gaming spawns another game for the ages.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burnout Revenge is the best arcade racer to date. Welcome to next-gen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Put simply, Daxter is not only a great game for the PSP, it would make a great game on any platform.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All in all, Mass Effect is every bit a great as we were promised. The story is fantastic, the graphics are unbelievable, sound is fairly good and the music is wonderful, but weird difficulty changes, ridiculous length and a failed ‘run and gun’ battle system keep Mass Effect from its almost perfect score.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Stardock has managed to make a great game even better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What once was old is now new again and it still maintains that same classic gameplay that helped it to achieve its legendary status.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What once was old is now new again and it still maintains that same classic gameplay that helped it to achieve its legendary status.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Darksiders is a complete game experience, and if you have even the remotest of fondness for action games you should make a point to play it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Lich King is an impressive addition to an already compelling game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are plenty of other touches at work in this game that make it something special in the worlds of survival horror and shooter games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 is a complete package and one of those games you'll be playing for a long time to come. It's not only one of the best shooters of the year; it's one of the top shooters ever to appear on a console.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Let yourself get the itch, and you'll be constantly amazed as the game's hour count ticks higher and higher with no end in sight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Let yourself get the itch, and you'll be constantly amazed as the game's hour count ticks higher and higher with no end in sight.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combat in this game may have achieved a perfect balance of what is possible when two un-armed humans engage in combat. Throw in an addicting career mode and you have a new standard in fighting games.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Limbo shows that there is salvation for an industry stuck in sequel hell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Project Overlord is a fantastic piece of DLC that either extends Mass Effect 2 for those still playing it or reignites the fire in those of us who loved it but have moved on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 digs deep into the series' origins with its overall story and slightly enhances the overall addicting gameplay that left its mark with Resident Evil 4.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 digs deep into the series' origins with its overall story and slightly enhances the overall addicting gameplay that left its mark with Resident Evil 4
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In addition to the single player story mode, which, by the way, runs longer than the story mode in many full-priced games these days, let alone DLC expansions, there's a new multiplayer mode included in Undead Nightmare.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Rock Band 3 does a great job of refining the music game experience while at the same time pushing it forward by blurring the line between playing a music game and actually playing music.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So much fun to play that you probably wouldn’t be too disappointed if it didn’t support Xbox Live. Oh but it does, and playing Crimson Skies against up to 15 other players is an absolute blast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    PGR2 just doesn't make sure that you meet a race's goal – it will watch how you race and reward good moves.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Sets the standard that all future stealth action games on the GameCube will be measured against.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is still Patapon at its best, but it doesn't measure up to the first two. Regardless, don't expect me to play much else besides this game for quite some time.