GameShark's Scores

  • Games
For 2,626 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Sword of the Stars: A Murder of Crows
Lowest review score: 0 Hour of Victory
Score distribution:
2,626 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    User-friendly controls combined with you-are-there graphics and sound – and a bunch of cool modes and extras – makes this one of the best baseball games you’re likely to play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But what really blew me away was the inclusion of a cool and intuitive (if limited) map editor and the online facilities for players to trade their works of art amongst one-another easily and efficiently.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Talk about your pick-up-and-play games, Metal Slug 3 is the best. The left stick to move, one button to shoot, one button to jump/leap in and out of vehicles, and a button to chuck explosives.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Riddick may not be the longest game on the market and the replay value is pretty much non-existent with only Live Aware and no multiplayer to be had, for doubters and non-believers alike, Chronicles of Riddick is absolutely one of the best Xbox games ever released.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the actual gameplay had shown more innovation and been as solid as the story script, this could have been a truly great game. As it is, it must settle for simply good.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The length of Second Sight is enough to satisfy the casual gamer looking for a great story to indulge themselves in, but after it is beaten once, it really has no reply value at all other than having fun tossing around enemies.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that truly is a playground for the arsonist-at-heart. The storyline is actually decent, the amount of background information is very impressive (the manual is actually handy for a change too), and the large number of weapons, vehicles, and gameplay styles available make for a significant amount of replayability and flexibility in choosing how to play - always a plus.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, it's a shame that the bugs in the game were not fixed prior to release; it is unimaginable that they weren't noticed by the design team. They're pretty blatant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I look forward to MX vs. ATV Unleashed returning on the next generation of consoles and showing us what a leap in technology can do for the franchise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Add to this already impressive pack some nice unlockables like the flipperless Play-Boy pinball table and the carnival favorites Xolten the fortune teller and the Love Meter and you have a very entertaining package for the whole family at the extremely reasonable price of $19.99.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fellas think about it, this might be a great way to get those non-gaming girlfriends to share in yet another one of your obsessions.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What's nice is the character animations, the huge environments, and the overall ominous feel. Great sound effects add to the atmosphere.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real appeal of Spy Hunter comes from the gameplay and the controls. The handling is exquisite.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like to look at other people who wear tight, tight and revealing (Did I say tight yet?) uniforms, then this game is for you because it is tightly revealing!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo fans will jump all over this but Treasure fans and casual game players may just want to rent this one out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some people won't enjoy the combat system where the greatest strategy is just to keep on grinding your level up. However, if you look past the flaws, there's really an amusing experience laying in wait.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best part of Custom Robo, and the only reason to play through single player, is the level of customization you get with your miniaturized death machine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real genius in Four Swords Adventure is that it creates the perfect blend of teamwork, competition, and sadism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat! releases next year, we'll see how good the DK Bongos really are ... or not.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it is not absolutely perfect, it comes awfully close.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more forgiving countering and less button mashing intensive game engine would have been preferable, but what's there is pretty solid.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect balance of exploration and game play. If you're a big fan of completing games 100%, you'll get every dime's worth out of this purchase.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I have never seen a land so desperately in need of a cemetery. A decent game. If you are a fan of the series, definitely pick this one up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a great game that's filled with memories of what used to be considered mind-blowing. Check it out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wetrix is one of those rare gems that has no big license, no familiar characters, and no big budget advertising, but if you search for it and find it, will provide you with a very enjoyable, and very original gaming experience. There's nothing watered down about this game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Superb graphics, challenging puzzles, morbid acts, and eerie noises will have you playing until the wee hours of the morning.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An all too familiar Sega story: a refreshing new take on an old genre, featuring great control, sharp graphics, but crippled by lack of depth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Controls are a cinch to learn and master, so the game becomes enjoyable in record time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The animation is fantastic especially considering this is a port coming off the decade old Neo Geo hardware.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all of the NCAA teams to choose from and six modes of play including Single Season, Single Game, Scrimmage, Tournament, Network, and Legacy, it's got tons of replay value.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that won't make the Classics list any time soon, but if you're looking for easy-to-play yet hard-to-beat game play, you'll be all over it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The game controls wonderfully, and there's plenty of areas to explore. However, as usual there are some severe camera issues.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    When the players walk back to the huddle in between plays they walk like robots or like they forgot to go to the bathroom before they went out on the field.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Oddly enough, the game could be considered the kid's version of "Metal Gear Solid." Replace the soldiers with Sam, and the weapons with blow dryers and lettuce heads and you get the idea.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The only hitch the game has is a major pet peeve of mine. When you die, regardless of when you die in a level, you have to start it all over again, from scratch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only real problem that I had with FFX-2 was that the game seems to flow at a very leisurely pace and not a rush to hurry and stop the villain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Definitely something that is not for the faint-hearted. It can be a tough to keep your attention from wavering onto another game. Believe me; with all the other games being released now, it was a challenge. But if you stick with it, you will be pleasantly surprised.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Delivers a great graphical and audio punch as well as retaining good gameplay. While new players may feel a little lost, those who have followed the series will likely enjoy the level of customization and the great environments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Not quite as fresh as it would have been if "Splinter Cell" were not already out there, but it is a very solid game in the stealth genre and a really outstanding use of a movie license that just begged for this kind of game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It combines a sort of Tetris feel with a platform shooter that is good with kids. If it doesn't teach kids shapes and how to aim a controller, I am not sure what will.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There are so many things that are combined to make this game as good as it is such as the storyline, voice acting, animation and the final ending scene is the cherry on top.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Despite the deep game play, the game life suffers a bit due to the fact that it's a rail-shooter. The tracks are always the same, and your course is always the same. More tracks than the 7 provided would have added some game play length.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The bottom line is this game rocks; if you want a challenging game that is funny, pick this game up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    What small scratches dot the surface are allowable, because as an overall package this becomes one of the most worthy and required purchases you could ever make. Whatever you do, don't pass it up.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The game is pretty fun, but with its sort of linear game play (considering you're always moving down), and sometimes confusing objective layout, it doesn't quite sit as high on the throne as "Tony Hawk 3" does.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The realistic gameplay and sound makes NCAA March Madness 2002 not just a playable basketball game but a fun basketball game as well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A fun, solid game that's worth picking up...My one complaint is that the game only has two environments to drive through. As I said, they're huge, but the original had three, and the absence of one is noticeable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Incredibly addictive and loads of fun...Sadly, the game only takes a few hours to beat on easy, and is ridiculously hard on the higher difficulty setting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The Live enabled play is a big plus. The rest is not on par with Rivals' rivals (sorry, bad pun) like EA, ESPN and Sega.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    As great a game as the original, but like the first one, the ride only lasts for so long before it gets repetitious.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Has a great story that looks greats and has more than enough action that will keep you entertained if you will take the time to learn the control and get past the swarm of bugs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Superb graphics and tons of game play make this title more than worthy of a rental at the very least.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The levels are linear, the enemy AI is not very smart, and the game world feels weak even with the background chatter of your teammates and the constant radio contact with your superiors. Overall, SWAT: Global Strike Team is a good but imperfect game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Coupling that with inconsistent plot coherency and questionable physics, it seems important to stress that while this is a very shiny game demonstrating a very robust engine, there is more beauty than guts here, and many players may find the colorful candy shell does not deliver as delicious a gaming experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    With a healthy mission-based storyline and tons of collectables, this is a game with a good lifespan, and one that is easy to introduce non-gamers to.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    This game looks marvelous. Playing it honestly feels like you are in an interactive episode of the cartoon.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The only real problem that stood out, other than the horrible speeder bike level, is that the visuals were still the same old graphics and being a year and a half after JO was released, it shows how dated the graphics are.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    With the lack of Xbox Live support, the limited split screen multiplayer modes, 2 player co-op, Scramble, Race and Arena are not quite as interesting as the Multiplayer should have been but the single player aspect more than makes up for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The sound effects, music, and voiceovers are near perfect. All of the voiceovers in Batman Vengeance are provided by the same actors who perform them in the cartoon series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A complete and pleasant surprise for me. It's not a thinking-man's game, but mindless fun has its appeal. The multiplayer aspect is good, too.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    A very decent, albeit short fighting game that brings the spirit of the animated TV show to life and delivers a game system that works very well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    With an incredible sense of style and some great old fashioned shooter gameplay, P.N. 03 overcomes its weaknesses and delivers a solid, entertaining experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 2002 and "Madden NFL 2001" are basically the same games, with new rosters, new modes of play, and a new name.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You'll be grinding your teeth every few minutes as you realize the difficulty that Acclaim has sunk into this thing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With the reload option assigned to the bottom button, you can constantly reload as you shoot without moving the gun from the screen. This adds a whole new level of sweetness to the boss battles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not great, but it's solid. The insane Create A Superstar mode alone is worth the purchase, but WWF fans will find plenty of other features to enjoy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A tough love of a game. You won't get into it right away, and for the first few hours you'll be finding yourself swearing more than playing. But with a little patience, and a few grains of salt, it becomes a rather fun RPG.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unlike current RPGs that seem to be basking in the straight forwardness and over doing the story elements, Wizardry instead gives you one of the longest and biggest dungeons you will ever face.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Le Mans fans who don't have a Dreamcast should by all means pick it up.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game would be the same if you were racing on a snowboard, a sled, or a greased up fat guy. Okay the greased up fat guy would probably raise the fun factor, but you get the idea.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What's disappointing is how little sense of immersion there is. Most of the time you feel like the pod is sitting still and the background is moving by.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tinges of monotony near the end of the game aside, there is plenty here to love, and if you’ve been searching for a good, solid real-time strategy game for consoles that succeeds in spirit where PC-to-console ports have failed, this is a rather smart buy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some may find it a little sub-par in presentation, but it still is a very entertaining outing for the Ghosts.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In small doses Drakengard is quite fun. The best way to play it might be like the novel you read on the subway on the way to and from work. Read a little bit each day as you ride and you eventually get the whole story while being entertained during the mundane task of getting to work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It keeps the tension high as you gun your way through the game, but the adrenaline begins to taste sour long before the game is finished.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun ride that is sure to please old-school RPG fans who want to play a classic party-based adventure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Heroes of Annihilated Empires is a full package that does have its short comings such as not being able to skip over some of the atrociously slow voice acting but over all is a pretty interesting mixture of the elements that make RPG and RTS games fun to play.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    FMA 2 does a grand job of portraying the boys as they are in the show and improves on the weaker elements of the first game to create an action adventure that is fun and easy to play. It's a real shame that it's so short.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, Age of Empires III truly feels like a continuation of the 1999 classic. If that's good enough for you, then you'll definitely want to check it out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So while Soulcalibur III is a fighting game that measures up in every way to its predecessors, its failure to truly evolve in gameplay or online support – coupled with its under-developed single-player modes – makes it a lesser game than its elder outings.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game does continue on in the Tales style, but the bulk of the content is only average.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Audio is superb – from the excellent EA Trax to the sounds of metal crashing into medal, you want to make sure you hook up the headphones for this game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is yet another Reynolds strategy game that aims to please the hardcore gamer while being accessible enough for new players to learn the ropes if they are willing to put the time in thanks to the amazingly intuitive interface and striking game balance.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Congratulations to Capcom for creating something fun and exciting. The bottom line is that this game is worthy of your attention.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While there is not much new to offer to the genre, it is something to pick up if you enjoy the rest of the series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anybody who was a major fan of the original Sin should pick this up unquestionably, as while the lack of the usable computer terminals (another beef of mine) is disappointing, everything else that made the original Sin feel like a cool and unique title for it’s time is still present in Emergence.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game has a 100 percent pure Tony Hawk pedigree. For gamers looking for more innovative experiences for their innovative little system, it probably should be a rental-before-purchase situation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you got wrapped up in the original game’s story, you’ll almost surely want to see how it comes out, but there is nothing so unique about the game as an RPG that you’ll want to pick it up in the middle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This isn’t the turn-based strategy RPG you remember from those consoles. If you like the idea of an RPG that is really mostly an action game, you’ll probably like it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There simply is no comparison between the Endangered Species expansion pack and any other product that claims to be an expansion. Zooty fans should pick this up immediately.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall The Rub Rabbits is a very nice diversion well suited to a handheld. Just don’t let the young ones play it, otherwise they may truly believe babies come out of cakes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With the storyline mode alone, it adds many hours to the game play. You will not just sit down and play it through on a single sitting rather you will be drawn back over and over to play it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end the game has some content, but it is too easy. If they were trying to re-revolutionize this type of game, they fell dramatically short of that goal.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I would pick True Swing Golf over Tiger just due to it’s innovative stylus swinging system.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So for the same old good game with a new way to control it, Bust-a-Move DS earns an above-average "B" score.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the grand scheme of things, this collection of X is quite good, though I prefer the original series for its curtailed story and straightforward gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The improvements are marginal at best (which may be a tribute to just how well FCI was executed on the Xbox) and the game is really not offering anything new in gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A quality console RTS game. There are still times that I’d prefer playing this type of game on a PC, but overall I found the controls easy to work with and although I was frustrated at my lack of ability I didn’t think it was the fault of the controls at all.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The first five levels of the six that make up the single player campaign are some of the best that the genre has seen thus far with gameplay that not only fully embraces the open map and vertical gameplay mechanics but also stay at an aggressive yet not overbearing difficulty level.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately the Gradius Collection is a must have for anyone that wiled away countless hours with these wonderful shooters in the 80's and 90's.