GameShark's Scores

  • Games
For 2,620 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Sid Meier's Civilization IV
Lowest review score: 0 Hell's Kitchen
Score distribution:
2620 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Napoleon: Total War is difficult to pin down. It asks me to overlook several significant problems that materially diminish the game, and I cannot recommend Napoleon without attaching a boatload of conditions and caveats.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For fans of the series, Samurai Warriors 2 is a sure bet, the best of the regular series since Dynasty Warriors 3. For newcomers, don’t be afraid to try this one out, it has a lot of new features and great replay value.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A surprisingly deep RTS experience in a portable format, with easy to learn controls and lovely visuals. I can’t help wishing it had been turned-based, though.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fact is, Elven Legacy doesn’t push any envelopes or try to add some fancy new twist to the genre. It’s generic in almost every conceivable way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You'll get a pretty solid singleplayer experience for your money, as well as the chance to experience that crazy "parkour" fad with the normal bone-breaking falls you would endure - but don't expect much beyond that.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is as solid the series has seen yet and is capable of carrying the game, but it is disappointing to see the single player campaign waste so much potential.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end Tales Of Phantasia does provide some entertaining classic RPG action, and takes some of the best features from other Tales titles to create a well rounded RPG experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Wet
    If you can look past the repetitiveness of the arena battles and the sometimes clunky controls of the acrobatics, WET is definitely worth giving a go even if just for its visual and gameplay uniqueness, not to mention its kick ass soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A perfect example of a game whose strengths far outweigh its minuses. The great visual style, graphics and voice acting, along with the head switching mechanic certainly makes up for the less than stellar platforming and slightly repetitive combat.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Silent Hill: Downpour is not for gamers who've gotten used to having the path pointed out to them over the last generation of survival horror games. Its moments of brilliance tend to shine through the fog of frustration. Having played through the game a single time, I feel like there were many, many things that I missed. Diehard Silent Hill fans shouldn't miss this one, and anyone else hurting for a new horror game could certainly do worse.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What we have with NHL 2k9 is a top shelf hockey game that still needs some tweaking to perfect the on-ice experience. That said, the impact on the authenticity of the game of having such unparalleled realism in the realm of puck physics cannot be overstated.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Ransom of the Seven Ships is a solid adventure, clever and entertaining.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It may be one of the few games that can be played by a child and parent together without insulting the intelligence of the adult or frying the brain of the youngster.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just like the big budget, small brained sci-fi action movies it emulates, it won't leave you with any lasting memories, but it will entertain you nonetheless.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In every game, I reach a point where I start to wonder why I am still playing. I literally have more money than I know what to do with. With a successfully, healthy business, it certainly feels like the main goal has been achieved. But ultimately, Patrician is less about money than it is about the convergence of wealth, power, and influence.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But it's going to take a lot more than gimmicky motion controllers and Sega's negligence and to undermine the basic greatness of Virtua Tennis. And with the new adrenaline meter, new party games, and especially the new single-player tennis RPG, Virtua Tennis 4 is plenty new enough to obsolete the older Virtua Tennis titles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, even with the short playing time, it's hard not to recommend Deadly Creatures. The level design is top notch, the animations of the various bugs are downright creepy and the combat is oddly satisfying. The game also hosts some interesting boss battles which take into account the fact that the bosses are usually much, much bigger than you, meaning that the best way to win is to simply survive.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ninja Blade does have its faults, like only being able to wall run up a wall where it is explicitly specified and not two feet to the left or right of the certain spot, and glitchy animations during some up close battles, but all in all, the game is an effective over the top action title that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even with its short length, lack of proper bosses, and unimpressive leaderboards, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 is the type of intense, man-tested Schwarzenegger-approved, dose of destruction that XBLA needs more of - it won’t replace AAA shooters like "Gears of War" or "Call of Duty 4," but it doesn’t have to. Sometimes a quick, callous display of military mayhem is all you need to feel like a hero.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Be careful though, rolling the marble is so addictive that 30 minutes will go by before you know it!
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game remains true to the series in catering more toward the hardcore element despite good attempts at making the game accessible; Armored Core 4 easily offers up the hottest mech-on-mech action yet in this next generation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Disgaea DS throws the title onto a new platform, but it loses none of what made it so excellent in the first place. The gameplay is still deep and addicting, the story and subsequent writing are still fantastic, and the characters are some of the most memorable in recent RPGs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The controls are the big draw here, but they are also the biggest hindrance. Given a good amount of time with the game you will get the controls down, but it is hard to guess how long it will take to master. This is not a casual gamer’s game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s still an enjoyable experience, but multiplayer is the absolute reason to pick up RE5. It’s the feature that we’ve been wishing for since day one (Outbreak didn’t count), and Capcom delivers a fine show.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Given a little time, Tropico 4 proves itself an excellent strategy title, which makes it a rare gem on the 360. It's not the perfect port of a PC game to the console, but if you can slog your way through clunky controls and a somewhat steep learning curve, it provides an incredibly deep, rewarding experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For me, Burnout Revenge is more of the same – new tracks, new cars, new events, but same basic gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's a lot of hidden extras in this game, and despite a few slight omissions, this collection delivers what it promises on the box. If you're still in love with the Street Fighter Alpha series then this collection is a required purchase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's still not the serious no frills golf sim a lot of fans want – but it's getting there.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    That all being said though, Blacklight: Tango Down is a quite solid shooter that combines entertaining gameplay with some unique features and throws it all together into a commendable multiplayer package.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A gorgeous graphical update and two new characters are more than enough to satiate the appetites of ardent followers; however, there really isn’t much here that significantly sets this fifth installment apart from previous efforts. This, along with the glaring lack of online features, makes Virtua Fighter 5 limited in its appeal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Starfy can’t compare to the king of the genre, he certainly has a place in Nintendo’s court.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Offers 4 - 6 more hours of the kinetic single-player close quarters combat that made the original game such a stellar hit. While we wish the storyline was a little deeper and the game was a little longer, Extraction Point still delivers what it promises on the box.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Conflict: Denied Ops offers many of the best features that you’ll find in today’s first person shooters, and combines it with an excellent co-op mode and a nice variety of online game modes.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you get past the inevitable Pokémon comparisons and let Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 serve up its own brand of monster hunting mayhem, there's an enjoyable combat model and monster synthesis system to be had here.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall WEPES 2007 is a fun game, but I was expecting more – new additions, a graphical makeover, better audio etc. The ability to link to the PSP version of the game is nice, but I doubt many people will use it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As with all the four games before it, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth takes the usual adventure gaming tropes and surrounds them with delightfully complex cases and a healthy dollop of character whackines.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It doesn't reach the same heights as some of the truly great JRPG's available on the DS but it still provides plenty of solid role playing action and introduces a new generation of handheld gamers to the world of Golden Sun.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The audio leaves a little to be desired. It’s your standard generic racing soundtrack.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even though, at it's core, the game is just about killing bugs, saying so doesn't quite do it justice.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The strategy elements fall short and are only as important as you choose to make them, but the combination of brutal action and customizable crews is reason enough to warrant a play-through.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Opportunities to get RBIs were very few, 80% of the time when the character was batting it was with the bases empty.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    De Blob 2 is not a hard game, not by any stretch of the imagination, and people that were raised on Mario may find the game entirely too easy but the game offers the right level of challenge for kids and people new to platformers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    L.A. Noire is a game you should play, if for no other reason than to experience how one game can be both brilliant and yet relentlessly tedious.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It may feel a bit different from the Final Fantasy you're used to, but Final Fantasy XIII deserves the chance to branch out and develop on its own.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Rabbids have established themselves as veritable gaming icons in the casual sphere. Their frenzied faces, catchphrases, and ridiculous adventures may grate on the nerves for some, but for a formidable collection of simple-to-learn and difficult to mater mini-games, you could do a lot worse.
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    • 75 Critic Score
    There are not as many games like this as there used to be, and hardly any that have the kind scope on display in War in the East. It is a good, very detailed example of the classic hex-based operational wargame.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance does what few do – it actually improves on the two original games and adds something new to the series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Does it accurately register your dancing? Heck no. Does it provide the impetus to cut loose and just, well, dance? Absolutely-and your party will be the better for it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those looking for a mindless, fun romp through some of the creepiest environments you'll come across, killing everything in sight with some great tunes and distinctive weapons, Painkiller could be just what you're looking for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the game provides beautiful graphics and (with the controller) an intensely immersive experience, but just keeps tripping over itself in its attempt to excel or provide new and interesting features.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As an end cap, the game does its job beautifully, wrapping up the Phoenix Wright series, yet at the same time allowing for characters to, hopefully, make an appearance in Capcom’s upcoming Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The fact that Midway has pared down the number of games from previous offerings does not worry me nearly as much as how much they pared down the historical extras.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, if you can look past the utterly stupid story and just enjoy the game for what it is, a fast paced, high scoring, arcade shooter, you'll probably find yourself having a lot of fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Jolly Rover is a funny, well made adventure game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What we have with NHL 2k9 is a top shelf hockey game that still needs some tweaking to perfect the on-ice experience. That said, the impact on the authenticity of the game of having such unparalleled realism in the realm of puck physics cannot be overstated.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Soccer diehards will love the action on the pitch and the faithfulness to the pageantry of the UEFA Euro competition. However, given the limited scope of this title, it’s hard to justify paying nearly full price unless you’re a soccer junkie.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A game with a different and effective spin on an old idea.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    About the only crowd-favorite we seem to have gotten is "Boom Boom Dollar," but that's not to say the other songs stink, because they don't.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As good as the game is - aside from the targeting issues and the falling to your death over and over - the story that unfolds is the definite high point.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gamers looking for a super hero fix and think the DC Comics universe of heroes is "all that" should really give this game a shot.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, for its budget price ($19.99), Metal Slug XX more than delivers on its promise of old-school mayhem.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A pretty clear example of why budget titles can be just as worthwhile if not more so than standard retail games. At its core the game is an entertaining fast food simulation, while at the same time the peppy, joyful theme and strange mini-games are a welcome change of pace from the norm.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 isn't a bad game, there's plenty of visual style and action to be seen, the characters are likeable, and there are a few puzzles that will make you think. The problem is that Uncharted 3 sometimes doesn't feel like a game at all, but a movie I'm watching play out without my participation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Now that some of the kinks have been worked out SOCOM Confrontation is worth the time and effort. I’m a big fan of the series and even with the lack of single player, the ancient match making system, and the launch server I am still playing the heck out of it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With a colorful graphic update, five game modes and 150 maps to choose from, it's a good entertainment value...that is, if you're patient enough to accept the old school standards of difficulty and level replay.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With gameplay totaling in the neighborhood of 10 to 12 hours, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey is not exactly epic in length, but its intriguing and well-crafted story and setting will probably make it a favorite of science fiction fans.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's nothing in here that transforms the LEGO experience for the better or worse, but it may be the best Pirates of the Caribbean game produced thus far.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even after performing the same attack for the hundredth time, Super Robot remains easy, and sometimes, entrancing on the eyes.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimate Ninja 2 is more of the same but with a fresh coat of paint. In my opinion it's got enough meat on its bones to recommend to fans of the original and beat 'em up fans in general. But while the action is pretty easy to get into, the game's victory conditions might prove frustrating to some.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game itself is an enjoyable experience for fans of the series – it’s tweaked just enough to warrant a purchase and the soundtrack is phenomenal. The lack of online and the new guitar controller are a bit of a disappointment, but the game still rocks and is recommended for those that have yet to take the next-gen console plunge.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Imagine the L.A. skyline during rush hour, condensed into the perimeter of a city block, and you have a good idea of how thick the trademark fog has become.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's an amazing amount of depth in Fire Pro Wrestling Returns but if you can't get by the way the game mechanics work, the way it looks or its archaic menu system then you should just keep walking because there's nothing to see here.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Don't get me wrong. Starcraft II is a fine game. It's just not great.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whether it's finding new types of resources to enhance your town or waiting to see what types of new visitors might turn up, a lot of the fun factor derives from finding out what’s in the game for you to discover.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There’s more than enough story, combat, and customization to keep you Blue Dragon for a long, long time; the game stretches out over three discs, an impressive enough feat back in the days of the PlayStation, but truly staggering on the 360.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Platforming veterans will find the game entirely too easy but as an entry point for younger gamers looking to start playing platformers, or learning about Batman, it's a good, if entirely too brief start.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If I may put my series-wide disappointments aside, Animal Crossing: City Folk is still a superb title that should be picked up by everyone who has yet to play an Animal Crossing game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Evil Dead Regeneration is all in all a fun and funny game to play, definitely the best Evil Dead game to date, and even with the very apparent bugs and rather short game play time, there is only one word to describe this game. Groovy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can get past the presentation and can stomach Road to WrestleMania's 3D adventure, then you are likely to enjoy what Yuke's has done this year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance does what few do – it actually improves on the two original games and adds something new to the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've never played the original game, it's well worth your time to pick it up and while Dark Athena doesn't compare, it's still fun—up to a point.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The large variety of fighters, the deep fighting model, and the compelling story that unfolds throughout the game play modes makes this one worth a look.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's clearly room for improvement, including a more aggressive AI, but over 30 hours later and I'm still playing it. Not bad for a simple take on Civ with some dragons thrown in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end buying the Metal Gear Solid Digital Graphic Novel is like buying the $70 dollar collector's edition of game when you could get it for 49.95. Sure the extras don't really matter but they are cool guilty pleasures that you just have to own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you missed out on the last game, or if you are a big old Space Invaders fan, you can’t go wrong with this puppy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game experience isn’t all that far removed from the Xbox 360 version (to be fair there is a lot of new content that isn’t available anywhere but on the PS3), but it’s as good a game as any to pick up for PS3 owners starving for some valuable entertainment beyond SCEA’s first-party titles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With such basic visuals and a story that is heavy on dialogue and light on exploration, Devil Survivor doesn’t strain to appeal to a new audience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, Mario Party 9 remains what each game in the series has been: a party game. Part of me wants to berate Nintendo for making nine Mario Party games in little more than a decade, but I've got to applaud them in this case. There's no flashy new control scheme or extraneous microphone peripheral in Mario Party 9. No, in lieu of any fancy new hardware, Nintendo simply gave the old gang the keys to the company car and actually changed the rules of the game for once-and it works surprisingly well.