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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Jeanne d'Arc
Lowest review score: 0 Space Siege
Score distribution:
2620 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s a nice tall bottle of liquid awesome. So grab a glass from the bar and give it a shot.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fighting game fans have been blessed with an embarrassment of riches over the past few years, and SFxT is definitely a top shelf example of the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From start to finish, the single player campaign of Bound in Blood definitely provides one of the most memorable FPS gaming experiences of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beyond that, Tropico 3 is a fantastically addictive single player game that will have you up until the wee hours of the morning — who knew a Castro sim could be so much fun?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With a ton of new features including The Solid Eye, improvements to the graphics, the huge improvement in the amount of cards you can have, all in all I think that Metal Gear Ac!d 2 will not only appeal to fans of Metal Gear Ac!d series, but anyone who enjoys tactical strategy games and doesn't mind the cartoonish graphics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Split Second's longevity isn't in its innumerable tracks. It's in finding new ways to better yourself in its smaller set of them.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Space is most frightening when you’re backed into a corner and fighting for your life in the darkness, and absolutely awe-inspiring during the quiet moments of solitude. From major elements like the HUD-less display and the believably intricate machinery to the simplicity of a forgotten magazine, the attention to detail is absolutely staggering.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This doesn't feel like a knock-off Lord of the Rings game, rather it comes off as a true labor of love from designers that have a very good understanding of the material from which they are working and the finished product is much better because of it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s this blend of casual pick up and play feel, deep, challenging gameplay and copious amounts of activities that makes this a very hard game to put down.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Before you run down to the store and get your copy, do yourself another favor, get the 4 meg. Ram upgrade as well. You will not regret it. The Hi-Resolution mode in this game is incredible. Awesome.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure the expansion could have been used to fix a few minor bugs, but Big Huge Games obviously focused on new features and campaigns, rather than building a "patch you have to pay for."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a final note, the menu looks amazing. I know it really doesn't matter that much, but it really does. And it's customize-able! And that's not a bad thing. It's a good thing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the Xbox's version, everything is silky smooth, while the PS2's is marred by jaggies...Aside from the annoying Xbox controller..., this is the version of the game to have for any true Tony Hawk fan.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the visuals, the sounds rock the house. Besides the incredibly great soundtrack, the sound effects are some of the best around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolutely fabulous game that is nothing but fun from start to finish. And as an extra bonus it is family friendly. No blood, not wound and no death.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has graphics that match, if not pass the PS2 version thanks to a lack of jaggies...Controller aside, it just felt better than the PS2 version.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is that fresh breath of air that the system needed so badly.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect game for people who like the "Resident Evil" look and feel, but find the slow moving story and action to be a little boring and tedious.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a real visual treat, pop it into a Nintendo DS and enjoy the game with true backlighting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every song has a Basic and Trick mode, so no matter what the age of the player, everyone should be able to shake a booty or two while playing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was the first game on the system, and regretfully, it was also the only great game for the system that could stand the test of time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the kind of game that makes you want to go out and buy a geeky t-shirt or a pocket protector with the logo Prominently displayed on to let the world know that you love this game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is funny. REALLY funny. It makes fun of itself, of typical Japanese RPG conventions, even of Heaven and Hell. Disgaea is the best game of its type to come along in a long while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a day of intense gaming with the Coagulation Cabal, it is clear the Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack is a welcome addition for the Halo 2 player and will help keep the multiplayer experience fresh for some time to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best parts of the graphics are all the taunts and celebrations the players do in between plays, and there are plenty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful new edition to the SmackDown! family, serving up slick graphics, vastly enhanced gameplay, and lots of other bells and whistles that make the whole package shine. Online play is a bit of a disappointment, but better than not having any online play at all.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the graphical presentation is more of the same in Vice City, the sound effects and music have been vastly improved.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly is the best N64 game ever. Forget "Golden Eye," "Perfect Dark," and "Zelda"...they don't even compare to Conker's.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While PlanetSide isn't a perfect experience, and will be in development for the life cycle of the product (as most decent online games tend to be), it is nonetheless and addictive, frantic and rewarding experience for gamers that enjoy action peppered with some "RPG lite" elements.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has some small flaws and is not quite the open, never-ending quest that the game's hype would have had us believe, but a play through is well worth the gamer's time. And perhaps at least two times through: once as the ultimate do-gooder and once as a tyrant that would make Hitler blush.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Made very well, however it requires 3 players or more to be some serious fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sadly it just misses true greatness because its benefit to cost ratio just does not balance. At half its price I'd give it the big five sharks without hesitation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you were a fan of the first game, you are sure to like the new installment.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ASB shines in every aspect, from its detailed, lifelike graphics to the in-depth stat tracking. All of the character animations are silky smooth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an addictive romp into a time long past that keeps many gamers begging for more.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true work of art.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PlayStation 2 owners that would rather pluck out their eyes than own an Xbox will want to get this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I just wish there were a melee attack so I could finally bludgeon an Ewok to death with the butt of my blaster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are top notch, the sounds and vocals are excellent. Mission planning, weapon details, multiplayer scenarios, everything is just rock solid.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Replay value is enormous, the game is a blast to play even though the main story mode is over relatively quick.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both Tribunal and Bloodmoon offer new lands to explore, new people to interact with, new items to acquire, new enemies to fight and new quests to undertake.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The one frustrating aspect of the title. The difficulty level. It starts out really easy and progresses to insanely difficult.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Damn these Pokémon! I was doing fine just thinking they were silly kid stuff. I now know I was wrong. Pokémon Leaf Green is a fun and addictive game that I'll want to take with me everywhere just to sneak in a few quick battles and further train my Pokémon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, this game has the power to rip families apart, it's that cool. With nice graphics, violence, swearing, and Matrix-style camera angles galore, this is a must-have for action game fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has all the makings of the great sleeper hit of 2002.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fun game for anyone that likes a good dungeon crawl, while fans of the arcade original will count this title among the best classic game updates ever.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are great, the sound is great, and gosh darn it if the game is just a blast to play with different quest challenges and various hidden characters to unlock.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The huge sprawling and very heavily detailed levels (which does lead to a loading issue that many people have been having) and a very ''Disney'' look accomplishes better graphics than any game that uses cel-shading.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a rock-solid and responsive fighting system, along with great audio/visual presentation to match and lots of modes to play with, Tekken 5 is the early contender for fighting game of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The save system is also a major weakness. Unlike so many games now that allow the gamer to save at any time, Echoes employs the save-point method that only allows saving at specified locations that must be reached.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the great GBA action games for 2004 and shows that handhelds have games equal to, and sometimes superior to, their big brothers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful graphics, huge lakes, multiple lures, multiple characters, weather effects, what else could you want in a fishing game?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it is unquestionably about fighting other guilds after you reach the cap, there is also a very solid PvE (player vs. environment) game as well.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may do what other games have already done, the important point is that it does it <I>better</I>.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best parts of this game are its controls and all of the added crap they threw in there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As much an experience as it is a game and is as close as you're likely to get to being in an Alien movie anytime soon.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can handle the C Button syndrome while mid-air, you'll be winning championships like you were the Hawk himself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's still not as good or creative as the original Super Mario 64, if there's one true claim to fame it can make, it's that you'll get your moneys worth if you really do try and complete the game 100%.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Max Payne will quickly rank as a favorite for most action gamers. This one's not for the kiddies though, as it is loaded with blood, killing, and dead babies. Enjoy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you're the evil kind of person who eats kittens and hates candy, I don't think you'll get anything but satisfaction out of Ace Combat 5.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge is not the most evilly addictive game I've played in years, I don't know what is. I just got up from a playing session almost five hours long and all I want to do is go back and play some more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it has cheesy voiceovers and story, it can still send chills down your spine. I'd definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes the other Resident Evil games or anyone who's looking for a fun, exciting game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems that Capcom does listen to its followers, because CVS2 is light year ahead of its predecessor, in game play, options, and presentation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The reason I like the Sidekick feature is that you can never be ‘left behind’ by your friends and teammates.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But Links 2004 on the Xbox is pure relaxation for the video gamer. No high-pressure, adrenaline-soaked gaming here, just the pure satisfaction of a perfectly executed swing and the resulting well-placed plop of the ball on the green.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A little "Tony Hawk," a little "SF Rush 2049," and a lot of "Wipeout" mixed together perfectly to form one of the best racers in a while.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far the most fun game I have played on the PS2.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first console software package to offer these games since they originally appeared on the 2600, so in a way it represents history itself. The arcade games also offer some of the best play experiences from the days when arcades were king. It's a great package that should be in any serious gamer's collection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Control is dead on accurate, but for those FPS junkies, you'll need to get used to yet another slightly different set-up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After watching the characters dance and listening to the game's great music, I now find myself dancing around my house like an idiot.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most amazing thing about this game is that the controls are incredibly simple while the gameplay is quite detailed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    What truly set this game apart from the rest was its sense of actually being in another world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Is it the best fighter ever? No, but hey, it's light years better than "Tekken Tag" and a hell of a lot more fun than "Virtua Fighter 3."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Another thing that I found annoying was the fog effect. I do not know if it is hiding pop-up or setting the mood of the story (which it does an excellent job for since you cannot see 10 feet down the street). I just found it very annoying.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Finally, finally, FINALLY: someone got it right. Infogrames has produced one of the greatest 'Classic' discs in a long time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The graphics are flawless. Super-smooth, fast, seamless environments stretch on as far as the eye can see. While the GameCube should easily be able to do this, it's the frenetic pace that makes it most impressive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The only thing holding it back from being a perfect conversion are the sound effects, which seem muffled and slightly off key. Ignore them and play the game, the new text is so worth it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Characters are animated smoothly with uncanny lifelike emotion. Not to mention that extra attention has been given to ghosts in terms of clothing facial expressions and overall creepiness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The graphics, the sound, and the street games... Sega knows how to make a winner.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Even after you unlock everything you will still be down to take on your friends with the multitude of things you acquired; such as throwback jerseys, courts, legends and street ballers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The controls and general feel of the game are very shallow. At no point did I feel like I was in a truly 3D environment, and I never felt like I was actually cruising around in space.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game play will be familiar to veterans of the series and is easy enough for newcomers to pick up in a hurry.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The most extraordinary thing you'll find in this new game is a mode called Revenge. Revenge is the game's answer to story mode, and it is a story indeed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A great game whether you like football or not. You'll want this game if you liked the Dreamcast version or if you're just looking for an alternative to Madden.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There are so many things within NHL Hitz 20-02 to unlock and challenge you the game play is unmatched in any hockey game thus far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The crowd doesn't just scream the entire game, it cheers louder when the home team is winning on on a run and less if they are not.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Other than the odd time that the camera misbehaves on you, Ninja Gaiden is without a doubt going to be in the running for game of the year.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Holy first-party sports title, Batman! This game is actually good!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The down side is that the commentary has seemed to change from endless conversation and good jokes to dry, corny play by play.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While not as innovative and different as I had hoped it to be, there is no denying that Klonoa 2 kicks the same amount of butt that it's predecessor did.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A great, open-ended platforming playground with some amazing visual effects adapted to a slightly updated gameplay and art direction.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Possibly the best sports title for N64, and one of the best golf games to date. Most gamers and many non-gamers will find much to enjoy in this game if it is given a chance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The players look amazingly real with fluid human like movement. The close up celebration scenes are terrific and mimic actual celebrations in the real game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game looks great. Granted, it's not in hi-res mode like its PS2 counterpart, but DC players get on-line play, so nyah, nyah.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If it weren't for the shoddy visuals and sub-par controls, this would be a really good game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall the game has a more arcade style to it than past PGA Tour titles. And, though the graphics are borderline atrocious, this is a giant step in the right direction for golf videogames.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Game Cube controller, while receiving some criticism when it was first announced, provides perfect button usage with WR.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The control isn't the easiest to get the hang of, there were times I thought about snapping that little analog stick right off the controller!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's no loading time, ever, and you can always see some part of the map, fully animated, from where you currently are. It's a neat trick that isn't fully realized until you a few hours into playing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's sometimes the little details that are thrown in for the fun of it that really bring a game to the top of the stack, showing that those involved weren't just pumping out another game, but actually took the time to give it some personality.

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