GamesBeat's Scores

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For 436 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 98 Persona 4 Golden
Lowest review score: 13 Defenders of Ardania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 20 out of 436
436 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most of what this adventure does is refreshing and just plain charming — especially for its take-my-money-please $39.99 price. The title made me smile with its top-notch production value, radiant world, and phenomenal music.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thanks to Episode 5: No Time Left, I spent nearly three hours sitting at my computer with a knot in my stomach and a few unshed tears in my eyes. It's rare to play a game that moves you emotionally, makes you care about its characters, and causes you to gasp out loud as it shocks and disgusts you.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions brings the series’ gorgeous, twin-stick action successfully to iOS. The graphics and music are as good as ever, the variety and options are staggering, and the controls work. It’s a game that absolutely must be on your iOS device.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you strip away the Rauser parts and the catchy soundtrack, Luftrausers would still stand on its own because of its excellent gameplay. But those features add so much depth and excitement that they actually pushed me to become a better player.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This may be one of the most memorable handheld titles you’ll play this year. And what a special year it is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ve got to be in the mood for Talos. It’s demanding of your time and attention, especially if you’re the type that wants to finish most things you start. And you’ve got to have a love affair with words...But if that describes you … this game can be magical. The result is a little melancholy, a little melodramatic, but one of the better puzzle game presentations I’ve ever played.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game offers a potential for endless hours of fun...We all expected a knock-off, but this fighter has an identity that's completely unique.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devil Survivor 2 was already an enormous game, but Record Breaker nearly doubles up on that with a new epilogue...It’s not easy, and it’s certainly not short, but Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is one of the best strategy role-playing experiences available for the 3DS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who know what they’re doing, the seasoned grand strategy player, they’re going to find more of what they love — and better ways to exploit what they love and determine their destiny.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's unfortunate that 343 didn't stretch past the standard Halo playbook instead of falling back to so many recognizable gameplay beats (and I do wonder if that was a conscious decision meant to counter the "Will it be Halo?" doubters), but the gameplay itself offsets those issues. The level design is a precision instrument. Above and beyond that, Halo 4 expertly folds an intimate story into an epic scope, taking risks with iconic characters and sticking the landing every time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crypt of the NecroDancer has reminded me how creative, original, and fun video games can be. I’ve switched it off at 2 a.m. more than once this week, forcing myself to break from a dangerously addictive “one more go” loop as I tried in vain to beat the damn thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is one of the biggest and best games available for any handheld game system, and it still stands as one of the best role-playing games in recent years, handheld or otherwise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Children deserve massive, explorable worlds just as much as adults. It’s wonderful that TT Fusion took that concept and made a fully functioning and largely non-violent world without sacrificing action. You won’t miss firing guns or swinging lightsabers in Lego City — not when you’re scouring the landscape for super builds and smashing everything in sight.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Enough defining design elements of the Elder Scrolls single-player RPGs have been successfully grafted onto the traditional MMO template to make The Elder Scrolls Online feel like what an Elder Scrolls massively multiplayer online game ought to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disney Infinity 3.0 is an improvement over its predecessors in nearly every conceivable way. While it is still features a cartoony style that doesn’t quite push the limits of modern consoles, it is an enjoyable game (especially if you have children to share it with) with as much content as the Death Star has destructive power.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a rare title that all generations or genders of players can enjoy. I heartily recommend it, as there are no rotten vegetables in this game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Golem Arcana bills itself as a “digitally enhanced miniatures war game,” and it certainly excels at what it sets out to do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix offers old fans a great excuse to play some of the series’ older installments while also giving curious newcomers the best way to get their first fix.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Act 1 was just an appetizer. Act 2 is the meaty main course that defines Broken Age — and not just because it finishes the story. It’s where Double Fine let loose and went crazy with the puzzles (and the complex train of thought you need to solve them).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Smashing baddies, exploring dungeons, and scrounging for as much money and items as you can find is a satisfying departure from many strategy-heavy games coming out these days. Dragon’s Crown is a nostalgic return to classic side-scrolling brawlers found in arcades in the early ’90s, complete with flashing “go” arrows and food that falls out of villains and chests.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s even more remarkable that all of this exists in a browser-based game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can get past that stereotype and your usual reaction to Hollywood horror, you’ll find that Until Dawn is one of the most original and polished games in the interactive horror genre...The game really lives up to its promise and vision, and that’s a rarity in an age of hype.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a joy to see SimCity return in a better form than it has ever been. It is wonderfully complex, but very easy to play. The title is a massive undertaking and it has come together beautifully overall.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tomodachi Life reminds me what I love about Nintendo. Another developer might try an experience like this on iOS or Android, but it’s unlikely they would leave it unsullied by in-game purchases. I also doubt that many other studios could nail the effortless humor that makes this so refreshing to play.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It brings real innovation to a genre that’s seen little significant deviation from 1989’s Populous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some core players might find the puzzle elements and on-rails battle sequences too easy, but I'm definitely not one of them. As a story-focused motion control offering, Fable: The Journey shows off the Kinect's potential while still existing as far more than a technology demo; this is a true Fable in all senses of the word.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game evokes an incredible amount of emotion from you, and it is the kind of game that its fans will play over and over.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its addition of 45 more tracks and routines to the franchise's repertoire, and its suite of new multiplayer modes that push the genre in new and interesting ways, the series is stronger than ever.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After the ever-so-slightly lackluster Smoke and Mirrors, A Crooked Mile brings the series back up to its promising beginnings. The plot is increasingly dire and bleak, but it’s also one of the most sharply written games in recent memory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The common thread of all of the subgames is that they are very hard to master. Most of them are easy to pick up and start playing, with the exception of Strike Force. But you'll want to play them over and over again until you finally conquer a mission. Once you get that mastery, you'll feel great.