Games Radar's Scores

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For 1,002 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Star Trek: Voyager Elite Force
Lowest review score: 0 Disney's Donald Duck Goin' Quackers
Score distribution:
1,002 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Polished to a piercing gleam, considered beyond mortally tangible thought, it's the best beat 'em up we've played in years.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More game play, more parks, more sounds and more options than you can shake a stick at - Tony Hawk's just got better.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The introduction of the revert is a handy addition to you stunt arsenal, but it doesn't have the same game-changing effect that the manual had in number two. Which is good, as it adds an extra touch but doesn't meddle with a beautifully balanced control system.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's still by far the finest crafted game of its ilk on the N64 and it positively oozes class from every pore.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Difficult to categorise but impossible not to love. Metroid Prime is simply a fabulous gaming experience and the best on the Cube. [GamesMaster]
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Almost immediately after your first play you'll realise that underneath the cloak of controversy that will forever shadow GTA3 sits a truly special, groundbreaking and brilliant game. You'll love it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An experience not to miss...Halo evolves first person combat to new highs. But it doesn't do anything shockingly new. [Xgamer Magazine]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A game of a higher order of magnitude than any of the previous pretenders to the throne. The polish and the stratospheric production values mean that Half-Life 2 is a magnificent, dramatic experience that has few peers. [PC Gamer UK, Dec 2004, p.66]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A phenomenally high standard for survival horror, Resident Evil 4 is an intensely satisfying game of quite astounding quality. [NGC]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's still the most cinematic, engrossing Zelda we've ever played, and as such, deserves nothing but the absolute highest recommendation. Flaws are present, sure, but we'll burn our entire library of games before we say Twilight Princess is anything but incredible.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Call in sick at work, unplug the phone, cancel all your plans, and prepare yourself for one of the most intense, exciting, and downright brilliant gaming experiences of your life.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    As close as a game has ever come to being flawless. A sublime exercise in action gaming that'll blow your mind. This is why you play videogames. [PSM2]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    By far the biggest fault with WW is that it has to end - see if you don't find yourself putting off the final boss for as long as possible by scouring the ocean for every last chest... An utter delight for both the mind and the senses to wallow in. [Import]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A bit plot heavy, but that's a tiny criticism of one of the most inventive, ambitious and downright fun games to play, well, <I>ever</I>.[GamesMaster Magazine]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA sells on the back of violence and lives through the unequalled freedom on offer. These are classic games for the best reason there is - they are just fantastic, almost unlimited fun. The Xbox versions are no great leap over the originals but who cares? Brilliant stuff. [Xbox Gamer]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best conventional RPG -- carefully side-stepping "Deus Ex's" entirely different brilliance -- in recent years.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Shudderingly comprehensive, divinely paced and - despite the million of words already written in feverish anticipation - it has the ability to surprise at every turn. This is PS2's defining masterpiece – a sunspot of rare polished magic from experienced developers working at the peak of their powers. [PSM2]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The gameplay, plot and soundtrack are all outstanding individually, but when blended together create an essential experience...What we're trying to say is this is simply the best videogame GamesMaster has played this century. [GamesMaster]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not the revolutionary title many had hoped, this is nonetheless as complete and professional a racer as you could wish for.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A gripping and epic single-player game that'll take you by surprise - and perhaps the finest multiplayer game ever devised. Evolutionary rather then revolutionary, perhaps, but any way you cut it this is a first-person tour-de-force.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A huge 30 hours-plus adventure but it never feels intimidatingly big. Whether you're a games novice or geriatric you'll be able to play it. [NGC]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Constantly surprising, always delightful, never less than utterly stunning, this journey through the looking glass into a new and perfectly formed world is escapism of the very highest order.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pushing the humble PSone to its absolute limits, Square have done the impossible and actually improved on FFVIII's visuals.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For all its undoubted good looks, proper names and neat tricks, the best footy game on PS2 is actually the humble PSone's ISS Pro Evolution.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Whether you're struggling to pop an ollie, or reverting your way to a 57-string combo - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 will keep you enthralled long into the winter. [GamesMaster]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every bit of Devil May Cry's been carefully orchestrated, and the effort pays off - there's rarely a dull moment.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The USA's going ape over this latest version, but over here in Britain few of us really care for this most American of sports, and although the latest Madden's the most accomplished yet, it lacks the emotional appeal of something like "Pro Evolution Soccer."
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most mesmerising and consistently entertaining games on any platform, ever. [PC Gamer UK]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Another sprawling, complex, but absurdly playable chapter in the Madden saga - but now online sexiness. What's not to love? [PSM2]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you own a Dreamcast, you really would be an unadulterated fool not to purchase this game. For JSR, quite simply, rocks.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Chaos Theory leaves the player stunned, excited and thoroughly satisfied. A landmark achievement in stealth gaming. [Xbox World]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most epic videogame experiences in recent years, and probably the second absolute killer Xbox title. And it's made me love Star Wars again. I really can't believe it. [GamesMaster]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's the best strategy game released this year, and if you don't like it, there's something wrong with you.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Ignore the vapid thrills promised by shinier, shallower games, and enjoy mastering one of the most challenging fighters for ages. [PSM2 Magazine]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In single player this is more an expansion than a whole new game, although fans will be happy. Online is what really steals the show. [GamesMaster]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    Combine full-on racing with a track design that should have "Wipeout's" makers hurrying back to the drawing board and then chuck in "Tony Hawk's" stupendously addictive tricks and you have PS2's finest moment to date.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It is a work of staggering genius, delicate like a snowflake, yet rugged like a prizefighter's face. SSX3 doesn't just demand your attention, but commands it, turning heads like a Hollywood celeb mozeying through Rochester Tesco's.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To its very core, the game always goes for realism in a way that leaves "Metal Gear Solid" feeling extremely arcade like in comparison. [XGamer]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't expect depth, merely an ongoing rush of a pure gaming high. Bliss!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's one of the best looking games you'll ever have seen, it's fast, punchy, boasts simple, accessible controls - the Gamecube pad's never seemed quite so complementary to a beat-'em-up - and offers rich depths for those who go looking. [NGC]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The thing that makes Mario Kart such a replayable racer is the gorgeous handling of the vehicles. Forget things like Crash Team Racing and Diddy Kong - Mario Kart Super Circuit drives so well it feels like the GBA is hotwired into your brain. [GamesMaster Magazine]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a ridiculous name, of course, but it manages to sum up how absurdly joyful the game is, a riot of technicolour chopsocky fun that'll immediately have you punching the air in glee. [GamesMaster]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It would be churlish to criticise the game for a bit of net slowdown because, whether you're playing online or offline, this is without doubt the best basketball game ever. Nothing but nylon!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An amazingly intricate fighter, that will doubtless give VF fans sleepless nights to come. But in the shadow of the superb "Soul Calibur 2" (which offers not only depth, but accessibility and longevity in a beautifully presented package) it's hard to recommend to anyone other than those who already know they want it. [Import - GamesMaster]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No matter what your tastes are, after just an hour in Mario's new world, we can guarantee that you?ll not want to move from your chair. Ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What does make it great is that it actually delivers on nearly everything it promises while still being fun to just pick up and play.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There's an unbelievable amount of variety to be discovered, from dusty deserts to lush grassland and spooky forests. The cartoon-like presentation ties everything together nicely - you'll never look at something and think it looks stupid. [GamesMaster]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What really pushes this soulful number to the top of the charts is the fact that it's great fun to play. Easy to pick up, difficult to master - that's the story of a great fighting game. [PSM2]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's SSX's cooler, meaner, smarter brother - and still the most exhilarating game on PS2.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Astounding, involving, creepy, atmospheric.[NGC]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gripping story, the inventive mission design, the perfect pacing, the interesting races and the redolent atmosphere. [PC Gamer UK]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What saves "The Sims" from becoming an unmanageable and nightmarish mess is the incredibly intuitive and easy to use interface.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great sim but not a perfect game. It suffers from too few tracks and a complete lack of soul, but the basics are spot on - and it's massive too. [Xbox World]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Frighteningly addictive.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A mind-meddlingly varied game that throws new ideas at you every ten paces. [NGC]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's a long way from the Tekkens of this world, with no complicated combos or tricky special moves to pull off, but under the surface there's a fighting game that requires almost as much skill in its own way, as any of the 'serious' martial arts sims - and is a lot more fun. [NGC]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The only downsides are that there are no female players (come on Sega!) and in Exhibition mode you can only set up one set matches - there are no full-on grand slams.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's huge, thrilling, epic stuff. Give yourself unto Caesar. [PC Gamer UK]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sunshine isn't the leap forward from Mario 64 that Mario 64 was from the previous Marios. But of all the titles that are available right now, on viable platforms, this is as good as videogaming gets. [Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sequential software that labels itself next-gen should provide next-gen opportunities, not just exaggerate the mistakes it made on the last version. [Edge Magazine]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Think what you like about the exploding cows, obsession with poo and constant profanity, but this is witty with it, and there's not one point where you'll find the game's programmers being rude without a sense of humour.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not quite as blinding as the original but still a glaringly brilliant and consuming piece of first-person adventuring. [GamesMaster]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A little short but you'll love every minute of it. Deserves a place alongside "Advance Wars" and "Yoshi's Island." [NGC]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A well-made game that's better than most RPGs that we've seen released these past few years, and all of the new additions in this version only help make it even more awesome.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    [from PC Gamer UK]: This is the most realistic AI yet seen in a first-person shooter: enemies are utterly convincing in the acquisition of intelligent cover, the picking up of fixed gun posts from dead comrades and in the decisions they make to hang back and throw grenades and intelligently split and circle rather than hide on the spot or just come running.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 2001 pushes the mighty "ISS Evolution" into a two-way fight to be the greatest sports game on any system. Ever.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The quality and individuality of presently pilotable planes and the extraordinary variety of AI airpower should satisfy all but the most hard-hearted hangar habitues.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But don't take it that lightly: it's cute good- looks and sense of humour don't detract at all from what is an exquisitely crafted game of tennis.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best platformer on PS2? Possibly. Fun, beautiful to look at, challenging and rife with glorious detail? You bet your ass it is. An essential purchase. [PSM2]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    [Biohazzard] This is GC's real killer game. It's worth getting the console for and surpasses all that you could hope for from a remake.We crave the UK release like zombies crave brains. [GamesMaster Magazine]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The best of the bunch yet. If you've never indulged in tactical espionage action before, you really have no excuse to let this pass you by. Absolutely vital. [PSM2]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not as perfect as Ico, but one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking and imaginative experiences on PS2 which deserves to be played by everyone who loves games. [PSM2]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Stunningly fast chop-socky, sumptuous looks, scenery interaction to drop your jaw - a fight fan's dream. Plus you get to ogle those ladies and who can resist all that? Not us.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Better than the original. [GamesMaster]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most rewarding and downright fun games on the PC. It's gripping, addictive and quick. What more could you ask?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every second drips with absolute cool and there's literally not a boring moment in the entire game, bar the over-lengthy but disposable cut-scenes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An incredibly addictive experience that will see you tying your fingers into great fangled knots of joy. Essential. [GamesMaster Magazine]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few minor design issues, Neverwinter Nights is a flagship for the platfrom - a worthy successor to the BG series and a game no one should be embarrassed to hold in high regard. [Edge]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best action-adventure game if you're looking for something more to get your teeth into once Metroid Fusion is done and dusted. [NGC]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Like a good book that you won't want to put down. Golden Sun is portable role-playing at its purest. Totally absorbing. [Advance]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Never before has Mario Kart offered so much content, that's so easily accessible and can be enjoyed by so many people. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics, albeit at a lower resolution (and with the occasional low frame rate) than the PC version, still make City 17 feel like a real place - not just a collection of videogame levels. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    ICO
    If you are looking for something soft, slow and slightly soppy, there are few finer, moodier adventures around. [GamesMaster Magazine]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A real surprise - if you liked "Paper Mario" on N64 you'll love this. It's funny, enjoyable and capable of eating up hours on end. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's derivative, yet brilliant; intrinsically flawed, but fantastically playable.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With over 40 characters taken from the Marvel comics and Capcom's past games, there's no shortage of variation either.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The balance between doing combos and pulling trick moves still isn't weighted enough in favour of the latter, so when things get tight it's tempting to go back to being dull. [PSM2]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Believe the hype. The new Best Game Ever just rode into town, and it's going to be sticking around for a long time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Oozes the same rare quality of its predecessor, and every element of the game is superbly executed. [PSM2]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With any high-speed sports game, the real bonus is in the game play and NHL 2001 oozes it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's Tony's finest handheld outing yet. The new levels, improved graphics and hassle-free multi-player mode make Hawk a half-pipe hero. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With amazing tactical possibilities and very simple rules and controls, Advance Wars is a fast, satisfying and brain-teasing epic that you won't be able to put down. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If a game like "Devil May Cry"'s a double espresso, heavy on the sugar, then Jak and Daxter's a nice soothing cup of tea. One offers non-stop thrills, but is over almost before it starts; the other's everything you'd expect, and it won't get you especially worked up, but lasts much longer.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Rogue Leader can be a little simplistic and the learning curve is insane - some levels are frighteningly difficult and unfair.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Near-perfect in every conceivable way, "Deus Ex" is pure gaming ambrosia. As in food of the gods, not tinned rice pudding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's little chance to get bored, too, simply because of the volume of stuff to do in every race. Even a Bronze unlocks new stuff, but more obscure cars require specific goals like finishing a race unscathed or getting signature takedowns... Burnout's utterly, utterly brilliant. [GamesMaster]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most lamentable of all is the fact that the game's final boss is entirely nondescript. [Edge]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest, deepest, most spectacular strategy game ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastically comprehensive and playable wrestling sim - if it's actually possible to simulate something that isn't 'real' in the first place.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Devastatingly deep, each level a Russian doll of gameplay, the layers of which are gradually revealed as you obtain different types of Pikmin. [GamesMaster]