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 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Score distribution:
2,620 game reviews
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    But even the most generous, gameplay-not-graphics players will have a difficult time locating where the fun and value is in this title because it’s just so sloppily presented and at least ten years behind practically everything else on the market.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Steel Diver is a very odd choice as a launch game. It's a new IP, which is great, but it doesn't exactly scream mass appeal. The 3D is used effectively, making it look like you're peering into a fish tank, complete with beautifully done dynamic backgrounds, but you can also turn it off and not have the experience change much at all. Mostly though, the biggest problem is that it's short, dull and entirely too easy. While any one of those would cause the game to spring a leak, all three sinks it right to the bottom.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    X-Men: Destiny fails as a game and as an X-Men property and there isn't an X-Gene in the world that can fix it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's just a shame that the developers couldn't balance implementing authentic rules with playability.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    On an exclusively conceptual level it is possible Dead Block could have worked. However a thorough misunderstanding of what makes the zombie genre enjoyable leaves this feeling far more like work than it should. Tower defense fans are better off sticking to their tower defense games, and zombie killing fans are better off sticking to games that emphasize killing zombies.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Simply put: do not buy Virtua Tennis 2009. There is absolutely no reason to buy this over the superior (and cheaper) VT3.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    While it's true that this specific genre, namely the mature, police adventure genre is underrepresented on the DS there are plenty of other more worthwhile adventure games that focus on investigating crimes such as the excellent Hotel Dusk: Room 215 or the long standing Phoenix Wright series.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The only thing that Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles has going for it is a decent story, but everything else about the game makes it practically impossible to enjoy. It's dull, it's uninspired, and it's shallow in the extreme.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Naruto Uzumaki Chronicles 2 just isn't all that much fun and doesn't go out of its way to build upon the last iteration in this continuing series.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    As a public service, let me just state that I while I did have some fun playing Restricted Area, it is really not worth spending decent money on. For the same price you could get Painkiller Black, Doom 3, Bard’s Tale or Brother’s in Arms.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Rather than a careful exposition of Persian themes and stories we get a shambling mess of a game that fails to deliver on any front. What's most disappointing is that rather than making the classic text accessible, Garshasp's narrative just mires too deep in forgotten lore to be interesting to anyone who doesn't already know what it's about. This is definitely a game about Persians and by Persians but it lacks the fundamentals to be enjoyed by anyone, including Persians.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    I appreciate Team Ninja's attempts at revisionism and editorial design, but I think most Ninja Gaiden fans- myself included- would have been happier with an elaborate, over-the-top design like the first two games rather than such a pared down, over-simplified one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's enough to make a fellow pine for the innocent days of yore, when Activision's Blur may have been a vehicle for Facebook nags, but at least it had the courtesy to include an actual game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Moon Diver simply can't compete with recent entries like Outland, Vampire Smile, or Hard Corps: Uprising. Although fundamentally similar, those games offer much more variety and dynamic gameplay that combine retro and modern sensibilities to far greater effect. I would have loved to have seen Mr. Yotsui come forward with a game at least as good as Strider, which was one of the best action games of the 16-bit era, but this title feels more like one of the also-rans from that period that no one remembers or plays any longer. I suspect that it won't be very long before those descriptors can be applied to this miserable game.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    With outdated graphics, frustrating level design, and arduous controls, C.O.R.E. has only one positive quality: It isn't broken. It fits into your DS and, as a piece of software, functions smoothly. If you want more from a game, look elsewhere. C.O.R.E. isn't the only FPS on the block.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The game looks nice, albeit a little GameCube-y, but unfortunately, the pretty pictures and cute animations of the various course contraptions don't help what's really wrong with the game, namely the cruddy swing mechanics.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Say what you will about the 2005 Spielberg film adaptation turning the invasion literature into an explosive action romp, it probably would have been a better starting point for the game adaptation. Then again, maybe this is a project that should never have got off the ground to begin with; after all, some pages are better left unturned.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For the most part, Knights Contract is a monumental disappointment mainly because there are occasional glimpses at the fact that it could have been so much better. The frustrating combat, dull graphics, uneven acting, and insipid A.I. make it ultimately impossible to recommend even as a rental.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the simplicity went a notch too far, and instead of a fun, arcade-like romp through memories of wrestling yesteryear, we're left with a wrestling game that has the best roster in 10 years, but some of the least challenging and least fun gameplay.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    For the most part, Knights Contract is a monumental disappointment mainly because there are occasional glimpses at the fact that it could have been so much better. The frustrating combat, dull graphics, uneven acting, and insipid A.I. make it ultimately impossible to recommend even as a rental.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Simply put: do not buy Virtua Tennis 2009. There is absolutely no reason to buy this over the superior (and cheaper) VT3.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    This is a bad RTS and a bad bargain. Not only have things not improved from Ancient Wars: Sparta, things have barely changed at all. There are a few neat ideas in this template, but none are carried far enough to count as truly interesting and all are saddled by poor technique.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Bomberman: Act Zero is like new Coke.. sure it has the name, but it just doesn't taste as good as the original.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    I honestly don't know why anyone would buy Tekken Hybrid. If you love Tekken Tag Tournament, there's no reason to drop $40 on this head scratcher when there's a likely superior, current sequel in the cards that will offer the online play and other mod cons that this remaster doesn't. The "prologue" should have been a free download.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    "The Life" mode is intriguing, but unfulfilling, and although different, not worth the purchase price on its own. There are simply NBA games that look better, play better, and have more to offer fans than this game provides.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The night of fun has long passed for this underwhelming game and the morning heralds a test that it doesn't have the chops to really pass with flying colors.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Hyperdimension spends too much time engaging in fan service and in objectifying women and not enough time on making the core gameplay compelling enough.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    So go ahead, close your eyes and imagine a world where Wiimotes work flawlessly. Even in this paradise, Ready 2 Rumble Revolution would be nowhere near perfect. But at least everyone could enjoy a few relatively engaging rounds of boxing before tossing the controller out the window.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Even at a commendable budget price and with the developer's commitment to support the game, I can't recommend Sniper: Ghost Warrior. Even as a cheap stopgap, the game is sure to disappoint all but the least discerning fans of the genre.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    While the underlying game might be straightforward, nothing about it is simple, because the interface always wants more sacrifices.