GamesBeat's Scores

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For 555 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 60% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Maker
Lowest review score: 13 Defenders of Ardania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 555
557 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Firewatch is special and rare...It tackles mature subjects, but it isn’t just telling a story. It is using the medium of gaming to say something to the player. Maybe that was especially effective for me because I’ve avoided asking myself the questions that Firewatch poses. But I think it’s important that a developer can wield this kind of power, and I want more of it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The choices I’ve made are sticking with me way more than any scene that HBO has aired.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The gritty world and its many pitfalls create a realistic post-apocalyptic experience where every choice can mean the life or death of any or all of your friends and enemies. The responsive combat system and environment test the limits of video game problem solving, and the size of Wasteland 2’s quest bank allows for countless hours of enjoyment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A phenomenal game, and a must-play for any PlayStation 4 owner. If you don’t own a PS4, it’s worth buying one just to play Second Son — that’s how good it is. If you’re looking for an open-world game with lots of side quests, a satisfying story told through groundbreaking animation, and an arsenal of one-of-a-kind superpowers, Infamous: Second Son has it all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Bravely Default is the best JRPG you could play on the 3DS. If I were Square Enix, I would give this same team a Final Fantasy-sized budget and let them make a proper, numbered entry in the series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I’ll keep going back for more punishment because Kingdom Rush: Frontiers is just that damn good. It’s not only worthy of carrying the title of “sequel to Kingdom Rush,” it’s one of the finest tower-defense games you’ll find anywhere, regardless of platform.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Despite its many references and callbacks to the 1991 classic, A Link Between Worlds feels fresh. Not only does it feature some of the best dungeons and bosses in the series’ long history, but its stunning use of the system’s 3D effect should make anyone thinking about saving a few bucks by getting a Nintendo 2DS pause and reconsider.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening completely engaged me while I was playing it, whether I was connecting with its well-written characters or taxing my (limited) intellect as I tried to win a difficult battle while keeping everyone alive. It's hard to ask for much more from a strategy game, but Awakening goes beyond that by supporting its great mechanics with immersion and beautiful art.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Far Cry 4 is the furthest thing from a mere upgrade. As developers struggle to decide how much a sequel should be similar or different from its predecessor, Ubisoft shows immense skill in finding a happy medium in Far Cry 4.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Telltale has put together an incredible Game of Thrones story. I’ve said all along in my previous reviews that I am happier with this than the television show proper, and I stand by that. I still can’t wait for HBO’s next season to debut, but I’m far more interested in seeing what happens with this story.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    N++
    N++ is the new co-op game of choice in our house. And, if you like crazy, physics-based platform action and a decent challenge, it’ll likely find similar favor in yours. Even just played solo, N++ offers so much content and replayability — and is so obviously a labor of love — that it’ll stay on your PS4 home-screen for months to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I’ve spent around 50 hours playing between the console and PC versions, and I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near quitting...And that’s what we want from Fallout, right? A world we can dive into completely and spend days exploring. Well, if that’s what you come to Bethesda products for, you’re going to get it here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Amazing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare delivers a familiar Call of Duty gameplay in an innovative new setting that should satisfy gamers who are tired of playing the same old thing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even if you've never liked a stealth game, you shouldn't miss Mark of the Ninja. It redefines the silent assassin.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Old school gamers will love Shovel Knight’s retro sensibilities, but they’ll also appreciate its modern touches.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Being able to use my fingers to manage items onscreen in both story and creation environments is a significant upgrade in the playability of the title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the best open-world games available, portable or otherwise. The atmospheric world, likable cast, and clever, entertaining mechanics make it a title that you can easily sink many joyous hours into, even if you spend a lot of them just flying around the city and hunting for gems.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Antichamber is the film "Cube" sans horror, the threat of death, and poor acting. It's insanely hard and painfully simple, just like any expertly crafted puzzle. Bruce has created one of the finest and most challenging puzzle games I have ever experienced.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you ever enjoyed a Kirby game, you really should check this one out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops III is a big step forward on multiplayer play, the quality of the single-player story, the imaginative story paths, and the outstanding quality of the wide-open landscapes, and the wide variety of enemies. I suspect that Activision has a very good chance of restoring the series to record levels in comparison to the last couple of years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I really like Game of Thrones on HBO, but I’m enamored with this game. Something about having ownership of character decisions in a fantasy story that lives up to the legend of George R.R. Martin is incredible.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 is everything fans of the original could have hoped for. No, it doesn't mess with a formula that already proved itself. Instead it supports the framework for a great role-playing game with a bigger world, while offering more customization options for its players. It's also one of the funnier games you're likely to play this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Prison Architect is arguably one of the most important and disturbing games I’ve ever played.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I was not expecting to love Unity, but I do. Ubisoft nailed the big assassination missions and everything in between.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Octodad is a great example of a game that conveys a message through gameplay. In conjunction with its story, characters, and setting, the controls offer an empathetic look into the life of an extreme outsider trying to fit in and trying to do right by his family...I love that. Gaming is growing up, and Octodad is some of the best evidence of that.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rise of the Tomb Raider is an epic adventure, and it’s a story well told and well played.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Card game enthusiasts, in particular, will probably find a lot to like here. Tequila Games has a great creation here, and if it continues to update Earthcore and add new cards and challenges, I only see it getting better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Sheep’s Clothing continues on the brutal and downright insane path that Smoke and Mirrors began. It’s a little on the short side, but Telltale uses the time to maximum effect through heightened drama and expansion of the game’s world and society. It’ll leave you excited for the final episode and angry that you can’t play it immediately after finishing this one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this is a game about a gang of sociopaths killing thousands of enemies and collecting a bunch of stupid blue things that give them magical powers, it’s secretly about a gang of puckish rogues that care deeply for one another. It’s admirable that Volition even attempted something like that. It’s astounding that it succeeded.