Gamervision's Scores

  • Games
For 749 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 NHL 11
Lowest review score: 13 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 749
749 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is fantastic, a true work of art, and should be owned by anyone who considers themselves a fan of video games. Grand Theft Auto does so many things right that calling it a "sandbox" title is doing it a harsh disservice. It does shooting better then many shooters, driving better then many racing games, and has a better, more involved story then half of the most popular RPGs.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never before has there been a game with more replayability then Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here's the only issue – if this game could be so masterfully re-created, so well crafted from a blend of original gameplay and much needed updates, all wrapped in a beautifully hand-drawn package that shines in high-definition wide-screen format – why can't every classic game be remade in such a way?
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioShock presents moral choices that haven’t been successfully achieved in gaming before. It takes risks, demolishes taboos, and is still one of the most impressive titles ever released. While the game is not perfect I cannot bring myself to give it any less than a perfect score. It is easily one of the best games ever made, and one of the most entertaining experiences ever created. The plot rivals great novels and the voice acting and animation trump some of the best movies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With barely a visual hitch, exceptional presentation, engaging online, improved controls and an unmatched level of realism, there’s almost nothing to prevent a full recommendation to any fan of hockey or sports games in general. Even if you aren’t a fan of sports games, the game is so good it could turn you into one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With barely a visual hitch, exceptional presentation, engaging online, improved controls and an unmatched level of realism, there’s almost nothing to prevent a full recommendation to any fan of hockey or sports games in general.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    "Rock Band" seemed like the definitive music game experience when it came out, and Rock Band 2 has taken it even further, fixing the few things that were wrong with the first and adding a little bit extra to boot.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An outstanding achievement in gaming. There’s no question that this is going to be one of my top games of the year, and any fan of JRPGs should be playing it when it’s released next week.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Braid is a game cut from the same cloth as "BioShock" and "Portal," erasing videogame norms and reimagining the way we look at the medium. It does things with gaming that are usually reserved for novels and films, while also adding elements that would be impossible in any other form. It’s is a game that makes you think about your own life as much as it does about gaming.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The words “cinematic experience” have been used to describe the game so often that they are probably cliché by now, but it’s something that simply must be said. I found myself saying “just one more chapter” for hours; I never wanted to stop playing, and I never wanted the game to end.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A nearly flawless title; only the most cynical and jaded gamers will take issue with any of the game’s extremely minor problems.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A nearly flawless title; only the most cynical and jaded gamers will take issue with any of the game’s extremely minor problems.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quantic Dream puts forth some truly incredible ideas and concepts as to what a game can be, but they’ll stay ideas and concepts until gamers are willing to accept that they deserve more than another GTA or Call of Duty clone. Heavy Rain is without a doubt one of the most impressive games of the last five years, and it shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an experience every gamer should enjoy, and is a game cut from the same cloth as BioShock and Portal, erasing videogame norms and reimagining the way we look at the medium. It does things with gaming that are usually reserved for novels and films, while also adding elements that would be impossible in any other form. It’s is a game that makes you think about your own life as much as it does about gaming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kratos is given a wonderfully epic farewell that would truly be a shame to miss, and every aspect of the game, from the controls, to the combat, to the presentation, is as close to perfect as perfect can be. Even if you've never played a single game in this series before, God of War III is a game you must play if you have the opportunity. You owe it to yourself, and the team at Santa Monica Studios, to play this game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you missed out on Persona 3 when it first came out, and skipped FES in 2008, then now is your chance to rectify that. Persona 3 Portable is one of the strongest games in the PSP catalogue, and a shining example of a role-playing game done right.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a blast to play from beginning to end, with plenty to do long after the game is completed. There is so little to complain about, and the few flaws barely detract from the experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the third year in a row, EA Canada has crafted a hockey experience that is seemingly flawless.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the third year in a row, EA Canada has crafted a hockey experience that is seemingly flawless. As great as last year's offering was, NHL 11 marks an evolution for the series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is easily one of the best games of the generation, blowing away its predecessor in just about every way, and removing the "flawed" attachment to the "masterpiece" title.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is easily one of the best games of the generation, blowing away its predecessor in just about every way, and removing the "flawed" attachment to the "masterpiece" title.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Forza 3 may split its focus between simulation, accessibility, customization, visual splendor, and commercialism, but none of those aspects suffers or feels underserved. It’s an incredibly realistic racer with options that make the game fun for just about anyone, sublime pacing, a massively deep customization suite, spectacular visual presentation, and a groundbreaking online storefront that makes the game almost infinitely replayable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is everything I'd hoped it would be. Every new inclusion improves the way the game plays tremendously, and with the ability to create more than just an endless array of side-scrolling levels, there's more reason than ever to learn the intricacies of level creation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s faster, more dynamic, and more fun than the previous offering, and it does a better job of emulating its sport than just about any other game out there.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A phenomenal achievement, and I can’t wait to see what Rocksteady has in store next—personally, I’m hoping for a sequel set in Gotham City. Arkham Asylum is the kind of game you can’t stop playing, yet don’t ever want to end; it was almost a shame to have to review it, because I really wanted to take my time and enjoy every inch of Arkham Island.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rockstar has done a downright amazing job of bringing one of gaming’s most ambitious, innovative and expansive franchises to a handheld console that seems like it simply shouldn’t be able to handle it. It looks great, plays great, and feels every bit like a fitting entry in the series.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The story is compelling, the multiplayer is addictive, and Special Ops mode comes out of the gate swinging, prepared to shock gamers with a feature most likely didn’t know existed. The package, on the whole, is spectacular, there’s no two ways about it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward has managed to outdo themselves with this sequel, a tremendous feat in its own right. If the games of 2009 were stacked up against each other, there’s no question that Modern Warfare 2 would be incredibly close to the apex, fighting viciously for the top spot and, for many people, getting there and continuing upward. This is what gaming is supposed to feel like.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward has managed to outdo themselves with this sequel, a tremendous feat in its own right. If the games of 2009 were stacked up against each other, there’s no question that Modern Warfare 2 would be incredibly close to the apex, fighting viciously for the top spot and, for many people, getting there and continuing upward. This is what gaming is supposed to feel like.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Despite its difficulty at points, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is as close to brilliance as you can get on the PSP.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is essentially an improved version of the DS release with a few new side missions, a couple of new characters, and a completely overhauled graphics engine. Despite the fact that the game was built specifically for the DS, porting it to Sony’s less popular, but more powerful handheld has actually improved its playability.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you weren’t a fan of the original IV, there’s really nothing here to sway you, but for fans of tight, accessible fighting action with a great deal of depth, it’s an excellent bargain, and a game that many are sure to be playing five years from now.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s honestly very little to complain about with The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom. It’s challenging, but never frustrating, and offers some of the most satisfying and addictive puzzle gameplay in recent memory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a brilliant take on classic conventions, and the way in which it's presented only adds to its genius.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is without a doubt the new frontrunner for downloadable game of the year. From top to bottom, the game is a near-perfect experience. There's a great deal of challenge, but it never feels unbeatable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    What Blizzard has excelled at is taking ideas from other places, refining and improving them, and making them their own. With Cataclysm they've done something that has never been done before on this scale: they took one of the most popular and successful games in history, and utterly changed it. I, for one, love them for it. If you already love WoW, chances are you own Cataclysm already and have reached 85.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Namco Bandai has done all this and more, crafting an utterly addictive Pac-Man experience that will thrill, challenge, and consume players of all ages, skill levels, and experience. It's the best Pac-Man game to date, and a must-play for anyone who has thumbs and likes playing video games. It's really that good.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Without the blu-ray disk drive and its ridiculous storage space, the textures couldn’t be as high-resolution and photorealistic as they are. Without the cell-processor and its amazing power, the game couldn’t support as many light sources as it does at once. Without the PlayStation 3, you cannot get the Killzone experience anywhere else. If that was the game’s goal, to prove that point to gamers, than they’ve done their job, and given PS3 owners one hell of a title in the process. The single player definitely hurts without cooperative play, but the multiplayer and overall stunning presentation should earn Killzone 2 a spot on any gamer’s shelf.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An undeniably enjoyable game that mixes lighting-fast action and deeply satisfying combat with outrageous character design, inspired storytelling, and exceptional visual presentation.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While I do enjoy the game's score quite a bit, it doesn't pack the emotional punch that Ennio Morricone's once did.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s not quite perfect, and at times it can be repetitive, but the developers do so much right here, it’s easy to forgive the miscues. There is simply no excuse to miss out on a game this good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The story might not be as impressive as some hoped, failing to match the humor of the prequel, but the multiplayer goes above and beyond the call of duty, providing the best competitive gameplay in recent memory.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There’s little doubt that DICE has secured its game a spot as the best shooter of the first half 2010, hurdling the impressive MAG by a few dozen yards.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Battlefield: Bad Company 2 isn't good. It's so good. There’s little doubt that DICE has secured its game a spot as the best shooter of the first half 2010, hurdling the impressive MAG by a few dozen yards.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Despite a few flaws, this game is quite possibly the best baseball video game to ever grace a living room.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II isn’t just a step forward for the series, it’s a leap. The improvements are immediately obvious, and it isn’t a stretch to say that Assassin’s Creed II feels like a game two or three sequels away instead of one that was just two years from the original.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Just about every issue from the first game has not only been addressed, but almost entirely eliminated.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With five campaigns, more enemies, better weapons, and plenty of challenges, you will probably still be playing this game well into 2010. There are a few issues, but these are easy to overlook when the gameplay is so fun and satisfying. Once again, Valve has made the zombie apocalypse one of the best experiences of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With five campaigns, more enemies, better weapons, and plenty of challenges, you will probably still be playing this game well into 2010. There are a few issues, but these are easy to overlook when the gameplay is so fun and satisfying. Once again, Valve has made the zombie apocalypse one of the best experiences of the year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    NBA 2K10 maintains its dominance of basketball video games once again, and the developers are clearly not resting on their laurels.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Another year, another solid effort from 2K Sports. NBA 2K10 maintains its dominance of basketball video games once again, and the developers are clearly not resting on their laurels.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Not only is UFC Undisputed 2010 the best MMA video game made to date, it's also the most fun fighting game I've ever played.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Not only is UFC Undisputed 2010 the best MMA video game made to date, it’s also the most fun fighting game I’ve ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Though I thought Tiger Woods PGA Tour would never be better than it was last year, I was proven wrong once I spent some time with this year's version. The new swing types more than make the game worth the purchase, and all the game modes will provide hours upon hours of playtime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The multiplayer modes are a blast to play, and open up a world of possibilities for future installments.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With the exception of some overly long load screens and a bit of snapback computer AI, there's not much about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit that's hard to recommend.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The scope and scale of Spore is tremendous, bringing the story of life itself to gaming in a way that will not be replicated until a possible sequel.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like Kojima couldn’t figure out how he wanted to end the game, and decided instead to fulfill every possible outcome that fans could want. It seems sloppy, amateur, and almost satirical.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable II is a game that should be enjoyed by gamers, no matter when they get a chance to play it, and it shouldn’t be taken for granted. There’s plenty of content, and even though the actual story is only ten to twelve hours long, there are dozens of more hours of content in the game on each play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, it’s one of the best games on the PSP and possibly the best-looking.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When playing with friends, Left4Dead gives the best cooperative experience in gaming, hands down. Nothing compares. The game is lacking a bit in terms of content, and more weapons and locations would definitely add to the experience, but nothing can take away from the sheer enjoyment value. Valve’s newest might be one of their most masterfully crafted, and the attention to detail is impeccable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When playing with friends, Left4Dead gives the best cooperative experience in gaming, hands down. Nothing compares. The game is lacking a bit in terms of content, and more weapons and locations would definitely add to the experience, but nothing can take away from the sheer enjoyment value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably one of the best games ever made for the PSP. As a God of War title, it falls in third place, but that’s not a bad thing, those games are just really great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing game that blew away every expectation I had set for it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fantastic, fun, beautiful, creative, and unique—pretty much everything you would want from any game and everything you would expect from a game that came with so many months of hype and excitement. With unlimited replay value and potential, you will probably be playing it for months—if not years—to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Purists may argue that Forza Motorsport 2 and Dirt are more realistic and offer better customization, but when it comes to being the most complete package with the most polished gameplay; Paradise is a true revolution.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Midnight Club: Los Angeles just might be the best racing game to come out this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is far from perfect, that is to be sure, and it does little to further the dwindling fighting game genre. That said, the additions that have been added work in the game’s favor and make it the best fighting game this generation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The additions that have been added work in the game’s favor and make it the best fighting game this generation. The customization, online play, and great game mechanics make this title a must-purchase for any fan of the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There hasn’t been a hockey game this impressive since the days of the Sega Genesis.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Civilization Revolution gives back as much as you put into it. It’s a wholly satisfying experience whether you play alone or online.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Prototype is the very definition of an action game. Getting through the arduous campaign requires quick reflexes, laser-like concentration, constant movement, nimble fingers, and a little memorization, but the game makes sure to make the player always feel like the baddest man on the block.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space is genuinely frightening, and should keep most gamers on the edge of their seat for at least eight to ten hours of gameplay time. After completing the game, a New Game + option is unlocked, allowing players to restart the game with all of their upgrades and equipment. This feature could be extremely fun, but the option to change the difficulty setting is absent, which makes it a little too easy, and misses the point of New Game +.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead Space is genuinely frightening, and should keep most gamers on the edge of their seat for at least eight to ten hours of gameplay time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes everything that works about the Phoenix Wright series and then adds more. Longtime fans of the lawyer series will not be disappointed with the newest installment, but there’s so much fresh content that newcomers can jump right in and not feel overwhelmed by the game’s history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Highly recommended for anyone even remotely interested in the sport, sports games in general, or even games in general. It’s that good.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must-have for any Tom Clancy fan. Although not a quantum leap forward from the original R6V, it still delivers enough of what made that first title great, while adding some elements that make it a more complete and robust gaming experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At a length of around 30 hours the game has more punch then the average adventure game of its kind, and while it feels a little long and can be frustrating at parts, I definitely place Okami near the top of the Wii releases, and possibly on the top of all adventure releases.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The World Ends With You is definitely not a game for everyone. It takes chances, it's bizarre, it's different, and it's difficult to even explain. However, it's also one of the best new RPG experiences I’ve had in the last few years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure offers a massive amount of content for the money, and the online multiplayer, which features up to sixteen players, is as intense as any other racing game’s this generation. I cannot recommend Pure highly enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure offers a massive amount of content for the money, and the online multiplayer, which features up to sixteen players, is as intense as any other racing game’s this generation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As any addicting game goes, you can lose hours in its flashy presentation or just play a few songs before going to bed at night. Either way you will get your moneys worth.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An immensely satisfying and infinitely fun racing title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Technically, Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword is an extremely impressive achievement, making the absolute most of the hardware on which it plays. No other DS game looks or plays like Dragon Sword.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's remarkable how well Red Faction: Guerrilla holds together. Even in the most hectic of battles, with buildings crumbling on all sides, dozens of characters engaged in combat, and massive explosions sending debris flying through the air, there's rarely a graphical hitch or frame-rate drop. It's an exemplary title, displaying the power of the current generation in ways no other game has yet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its story might be a little lacking, but that shouldn't be enough to deter anyone from picking up Red Faction: Guerrilla.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike some past episodes, I didn’t find myself lost or confused at any time. It appears that Telltale has found its stride and hopefully keeps everything moving well towards an inane and cataclysmic end.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Additions fix some of the notorious flaws of the game, while others solved problems that most likely didn't even know it had. It's charming, simple, deep, and addictive, just like all of the games in the series before.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s enough content to consider it a true sequel, and not an incremental upgrade, and it’s an overall better game. The expanded story and new multiplayer modes confirm the purchase, and for fans there’s no way to avoid something this good during the holiday season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the exhilarating single player campaign to the frantic multiplayer offerings, Relic has again achieved greatness, and it came from blending the ideals of traditionalist real-time strategy with the rapidly changing shooter market.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks great, there are a ton of little nuances football fans everywhere will love, and most of all, it’s fun to play. Despite some issues with the AI, I think this is the first must-buy Madden for next-gen consoles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles is an absolute gem that owners of the system are lucky to have. Even in this crowded holiday season of triple-A titles, this one somehow snuck in and stole my heart, and I found myself putting other games on the back burner to spend more time with Valkyria Chronicles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 gives an incredibly bleak outlook on our future and humanity, all the while roping me in closer than just about any title has in the past few years, despite it’s faults. It’s a game everyone should play, if not just to find out who they really are, and to learn what life would be like if we finally had to duck and cover.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some people might be surprised by the high score given to this game. However, when you look at the whole package, you have a second game in a series that brings improved gameplay, better graphics, and many additional features—all for a lovely $39.99 retail price point.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this game, and there are so many things to love about it. Excellent visuals and sound aside, the gameplay is just as great as any Castlevania has been in the last ten years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few setbacks and no huge gameplay advancements, Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 is exactly what a good handheld game should be. It’s good for long sessions at home or short games on the go, but once you start playing, you will not want to stop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Warhead continues this tradition, bur has a slightly more coherent and focused story, even better gameplay and even more impressive graphics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best horror games on any next-gen console thus far. Never mind the fact it’s easily one of the best downloadable games on any console period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Challenging, intelligent, whimsical - Little King's Story is a wonderful game, and one that should be mentioned in the same breath as nearly any other game of quality on the Wii.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA Live 09 is a massive step forward for the franchise, and, in some ways, for sports games in general. It looks better than 2K’s excellent hoops game, and plays just as well, too. The massive gap in quality between the Live and 2K series has finally shrunken to the point where either option will give you a solid basketball experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA Live 09 is a massive step forward for the franchise, and, in some ways, for sports games in general. It looks better than 2K’s excellent hoops game, and plays just as well, too.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chrono Trigger DS is a remake done right, and both longtime fans and new players should pick it up.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are solid, the game plays incredibly well, and the story is reminiscent of the best summer action flicks. Add in robust online options and you have a title that belongs in anyone’s library.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a ton of new additions in this sequel making it more than worth the 800 MS Points, but somehow the game still felt like an add-on, and not a new game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absolute bliss for fans of the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is tighter, the franchise is deeper, and the online and Be a Pro modes more than match anything Pro Evo puts on the table.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2’s gameplay is solid, and it works as both an open world game and a shooter. Its plot is light, but dense, and will make you rethink the way you look at real world conflicts like the ones represented in the game. As with most sandbox titles, there is a huge amount of content, and there is at least twenty hours of gameplay in the single player alone.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2’s gameplay is solid, and it works as both an open world game and a shooter. Its plot is light, but deep, and will make you rethink the way you look at real world conflicts like the ones represented in the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even taking the shortcomings into account, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better game than Yakuza 2 on the PS2 this year. I’m impressed with Sega being able to churn out a game of this quality, and wish they would do it more often.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skate 2 may not have the jaw-dropping impact of its predecessor. It can’t. It is, however, a far more polished, robust and fulfilling experience than the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may not be the game of the year, it arrives just in time to at least contend for it. Who would’ve thought a fresh start on a new console was what this series needed?
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may seem like the game is being too lenient at the outset, you’ll be thankful for this method of play after a few hours. Nothing kills momentum like having to reload a save, and this feature prevents exactly that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no two ways about it, Muramasa: The Demon Blade is the most rewarding game to hit the Wii this year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is nearly perfect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ninjatown’s gameplay is solid and addictive, its style is wonderful and adorable, and its faults are negligible. It’s obvious that a lot of heart went into this game, and it shows by being one of the best titles on the Nintendo DS. That’s right, you didn’t misread that, Ninjatown is one of the best titles on the Nintendo DS. It’s perfectly suited for the system, the controls are impeccable, and it’s loaded with enough content to justify a purchase for anyone who owns the handheld.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LocoRoco 2 is a pleasure. It lacks the depth of some of its contemporaries, to be sure, but in terms of sheer enjoyment value few games come close. It’s euphoric, and there’s more than enough content and unlockables to justify the $19.99 price tag.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an extremely tight, well-paced fighter that allows for widely varied fighting styles, but also serves as a fair and definitive test of skills for long-time fighters. Seth, the game’s biggest drawback, along with some long load times and a lack of variety in the Super and Ultra Combos are the only things keeping the game from receiving a perfect score.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In terms of new content, Lost & Damned is bursting at the seams.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2 – Raidou Kuzunoha vs King Abbadon may not bring very much new to the RPG fold, but it’s still an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 isn’t the first perfect golf game, but it’s the closest anyone’s come yet. Despite some of the graphical hang-ups, and thanks to the immersive gameplay, EA has set a new bar for everyone to follow. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m late for my tee time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Luckily, the plethora of new additions makes the nagging issues less offensive. It just misses being the football messiah many Maddenites are claiming it to be, but Tiburon has found a way to take their successful formula to the next level, creating a football experience that’s not only incredibly satisfying now, but has me looking forward to where they go from here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It just misses being the football messiah many Maddenites are claiming it to be, but Tiburon has found a way to take their successful formula to the next level, creating a football experience that’s not only incredibly satisfying now, but has me looking forward to where they go from here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Sports Active has not jumped on any bandwagons; instead, it has set a new bar for what exercise games should be. After one week, I can already see and feel results, and I have every intention of finishing out my 30-day challenge, as well as sticking with it beyond the initial 30-day period.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a glamorous, larger-than life finale to a wonderful trilogy, taking the lessons Rockstar learned with the previous two games and expanding upon them to create something fabulous.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even when compared to other titles in the Summer of Arcade line-up, it’s more than worth the money, proving, once again, how much is possible within the limitations of digital distribution. It’s a must-buy for fans of the genre, and still worth investing time in for anyone else.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no doubt that it is on the short side, and even though plenty of downloadable content is on the way, I really think there should have been more songs on the disc. Also, despite the additions and changes, this isn’t quite the “built from the ground up” gaming experience that was originally described. The Beatles: Rock Band is exactly what the title says: Rock Band infused by the music of The Beatles. In the end, it is a terrific game that Beatles fans, regardless of gaming experience, will want to play ceaselessly.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Beatles: Rock Band is definitely a fantastic journey through the career of what is possibly the world’s most beloved music group of all time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as EA Canada remains in charge of this title, I don’t think there’s a chance any other game can knock FIFA from the top spot.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 10 also comes complete with an overhauled AI for the rest of the computer players, making them more reflexive and aggressive.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though there’s not much different or new about this sequel when compared to the last game, Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time manages to be one of the most enjoyable titles released this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A dream come true for many gamers of the 1990s, this is a remake done right, with the care and attention this property deserves. In fact, if other adventure games get the same treatment, I would likely re-buy all of them just to experience the new graphics and sounds.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not for everyone, Dragon Age: Origins is absolute bliss for fans of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just as was the case with the episode before it, Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay's puzzles represent excellence on Telltale's part. Not only are they consistently intuitive and well developed, but are generally accompanied with hilarious dialogue that should make any fan of Monkey Island chuckle from beginning to end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So far, the story is great, the puzzles are wonderful, and the script represents some of the best writing in the industry.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a step in the right direction for the series and the point-and-click adventure, and a method of development that I'd like to see Telltale continue with the two remaining episodes. Best episode yet? I'm not too sure about that, but there's no doubt that each new story is more polished than the last, something that will hopefully continue throughout the year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a great game, toppling Puzzle Quest and Gyromancer for king of the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than the lack of online multiplayer, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is exactly what you want it to be. It’s a great mix of new and old, and though it’s not exactly innovative, playing though the game is just sheer fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The few complaints I had were pretty nitpicky, and the issues are outweighed by the number of good qualities. Obviously, fans of point-and-click games check this out, but even if you weren't a fan of the genre in the past, this might help to change your mind. Machinarium may not have gotten the attention it deserved earlier in the year, but it's never too late to play a fantastic game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not the best of the chapters, The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood's story progression and cliffhanger ending have me more excited for the next episode than I have been for any of the previous ones.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those willing to give it a chance, it will take no time at all to realize that there's a remarkable gem of a game inside the box, and one that should be experienced by every Wii owner. For fans of the series, it's a brilliant sequel, more fantastic than they likely ever expected to see.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strange Journey is easily one of the best RPGs to come out this year, which should come as no surprise to the SMT faithful.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the absolute pinnacle of baseball video gaming, and I dare someone to do better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few frustrations, this is easily one of the most addictive role-playing games on the DS, and catching, battling, raising, and breeding Pokémon could keep you occupied for months. There has never been a better time to catch them all.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few frustrations, this is easily one of the most addictive role-playing games on the DS, and catching, battling, raising, and breeding Pokémon could keep you occupied for months. There has never been a better time to catch them all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s presentation, mixed with the absurd amount of polish makes it a must own. Resident Evil 5 is a great conclusion to the series, and an experience that shouldn’t be missed.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cooperative gameplay might not be what some expected or anticipated, but it’s hard to deny that it adds something unique to the series. The fear is gone. Entirely.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though I finished the game in less than a week, it was the first game in long time that I couldn't get out of my head when I wasn't playing it, and didn't move from my chair when I was playing it. Simply fantastic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game has nearly everything you could ask for in a world conquest simulator, and if you plan to dive in it may be best if you let your loved ones know you are going to start writing a novel. Or training for a triathlon. Just pick something that takes a really long time and sounds hard. You're going to be busy for a while.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Is it still awesome? Is it still the best racing sim ever? Absolutely and absolutely. For many that ends the conversation. But taking a step back and just looking at it as a game, I have to say that in many ways it falls short.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is DJ Hero 2 a better game, but it also has better music, better graphics, and is somehow even more addictive than the first.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A unique, refreshing, and strategic battle system unlike any other; it just takes too long to gain total control.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    To put it plainly, UFC 2009 Undisputed is not only the game that fans have been waiting for, but it’s also the game that the sport deserves. UFC 2009 is intense, addictive, and acts as a great showcase of how MMA is much more than the brutal bloodsport many detractors claim it to be.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is without a doubt one of the year’s finest games, and is another example of a well made third-party game for the Wii.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 may not be BioShock, but it doesn’t have to be. The world of Rapture is one I could revisit again and again, as long as there is some new wrinkle to the story to uncover.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 had a huge mountain of unrealistic expectations to overcome the moment it was announced. Even though it's not quite as excellent as the first game was, BioShock 2 is one of the most enjoyable games I've played in a long time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a casual button masher who wants to kill a weekend on the couch with a buddy, or a hardcore twitch-warrior looking to spend the next year and a half digging into the guts of a fighter, Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom doesn’t disappoint.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Already it’s better than both the Wallace & Gromit and Strongbad series, and makes a move on some episodes of Sam & Max.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Already it’s better than both the Wallace & Gromit and Strongbad series, and makes a move on some episodes of Sam & Max.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Trials HD manages to seamlessly combine elements from racing, puzzle, and platform games to make one of the most surprising gaming experiences of the summer. It’s everything you would want in a downloadable title: fun, challenge, replayability, and though it’s at the high end of the XBLA pricing spectrum at $15, it still feels like a great deal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just when you think you’ve seen it all, World Adventures adds an almost overwhelming amount of new content, which justifies the $40 price tag, though that still seems a tad high for an expansion pack.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    New additions like the park editor, item dropper (which lets players add any of hundreds of ramps, rails, etc. to the environment with the press of a button), skate teams, trick analyzer, and a beefed up Hall of Meat mode flesh out the skating experience, while the new difficulty settings allow almost anyone with thumbs to enjoy the sublime satisfaction that comes from nailing a 540 Double Heelflip over a 15-stair gap.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A fantastic expansion to an already wonderful game. It shares all of the things that made the original great, and while it doesn't work towards fixing the problems in the formula, it isn't really that big of an issue.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Half-Minute Hero is, simply put, brilliant.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Despite having one less episode than the previous season, Sam & Max Beyond Time and Space seemed to improve upon Save the World in almost every aspect. The storytelling in the game is top notch, and Telltale has really delivered a unique gaming experience with their episodic model.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet PSP may have taken the ambitious title and scaled it down, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have just as much fun playing it. It may not look as gorgeous as the PS3 version, and you might miss playing with your friends, but before long you will find yourself replaying level after level, trying to collect every last item.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While not my favorite in the season, is wonderful in its own right, and does not, by any means, disappoint. It's a hilarious, outrageous conclusion, and one that any fan of the series will appreciate completely.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When it comes down to it, there's no denying that Shooter is over too soon. Far too soon. Even for completionists, there's likely less than five hours' worth of play in the singleplayer, with the only real replayability in the local co-op. If there was online multiplayer this wouldn't be an issue, but it is. Not a huge issue, not a deal breaking issue, not something worth complaining about too much, but an issue.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Another great entry in one of gaming’s most prolific series. It’s not without flaws, but it also offers some of the most fun handheld gameplay this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's faithful to its source material, sometimes to a fault, but it also adds enough depth and playablity to make it a worthwhile title in its own right.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This tenth entry in the core series stands toe-to-toe with its predecessors in terms of gameplay and charm, and provides more content than pretty much any of them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When it comes to the core gameplay, however, there's no question: it's the best in its class, dethroning Mario Kart in every technical way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Joe Danger is everything I hoped it was. The game's incredibly fun, highly addictive, and offers a decent amount of replay value to those who wish to complete every last challenge, and stay number one amongst their friends on the leaderboards.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Probably the best entry in the series in the last five years. All the changes made to the way the game is played are big improvements, and even though it can be a bit too easy at times, NCAA Football 11 is still incredibly fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    At only $40, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift offers an astonishingly deep fighting experience and a huge amount of content.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    "Undead Nightmare" follows in the tradition of "The Lost and Damned" and "Ballad of Gay Tony" giving gamers more than their money's worth when it comes to things to do. There's about five or six hours of story content, in addition to the wealth of hours you'll spend with the new multiplayer modes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With a decent, if predictable, story, and an incredible amount of online customization, Black Ops is a can't miss shooter that fires on almost all cylinders.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Fortunately, those familiar concepts have been augmented with some innovative new ones, and while they aren't all successful, the overall package is an impressive, if imperfect RPG experience.