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 Droplitz
Lowest review score: 0 Dragon Booster
Score distribution:
2,626 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'm glad to see Insomniac put a bit of effort into the game's multiplayer mode rather than just passing it off as a stale deathmatch, and I hope there's a strong enough userbase to keep the game popular for some time to come.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the sport – real or virtual – it's a must-buy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed 2 isn’t perfect – the controls continue to requite a bit more fine tuning but it’s also impossible to deny that the sequel improves upon the original in almost every conceivable way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Snake Eater’s few flaws, awkward camera and ludicrously long cut scenes, the new features added to this chapter of the series with the camouflage and the need to eat does give the game a little more depth to help make up for the shortcomings.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Wii edition of Resident Evil 4 is simply the best version that can be purchased on any platform. While other ports of the title have had their own share of nuances that made them not quite equal to the quality of the original, on the Wii the game simply works on a level that can easily make a newcomer think that it was always meant for that platform.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It is however obvious that the life cycle of the PS2 has just about reached its peak, and new hardware is desperately needed to avoid the kind of framerate and texture quality issues glaringly present in this title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beautiful, action-packed, and fully featured, Crysis is a shining example of how a first-person shooters ought to play.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sometimes, the simplest description of something is also the most apt. God of War: Chains of Olympus is God of War on a handheld. Every amazing combo, bloody finishing move, larger than life boss battle and sweeping environment is present here, just smaller but no less impressive.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most solid expansion packs I have ever seen for any game. While you may find a few bugs here and there, it's a thoroughly polished package. It simply delivers where many don't, and it's easy to see why its already having so much success.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you want to play a console baseball game this year and you have or intend to get a PS3 then, really, choosing MLB ’10: The Show is a no-brainer. It has been and it continues to be the best baseball game on the planet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The only problem I noticed was a very rare slowdown caused by too many sprites on the screen. While it can be annoying when it happens, the occurrence is so sporadic that it's barely noticeable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Halo is still a superlative multiplayer game, and with a group of friends, there's nothing quite like a well-tuned game mode or a white-knuckle finish to a Firefight. It's a shame that Halo: Reach couldn't add $60 worth of improvements to it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A nearly flawless expansion to an already great game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Mass Effect is a gorgeous, thought-provoking adventure that is as captivating as action-packed. While it hasn't undergone the polish it deserves, that doesn't prevent it from emerging as one of the best examples of the artistry to be achieved in the development of a game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 4 may not be perfect and there are still some things that last year's Gran Turismo 5 either does better or that Forza doesn't do at all. But for the core driving experience, technical achievement, and level of accessibility, Turn 10's effort is nothing short of superb.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battlefield 2 is a game that can offer tremendous amounts of online fun, but the effort required to actually get there is almost a turn-off in itself at times.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is a good game. It’s a really good game. It’s only failing is that it has a mark of greatness upon it and, ever so cruelly, fails to completely achieve it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is the best superhero game ever produced and it's a title well earned. It manages to capture the very essence of The Dark Knight and transform not just him, but his entire world into a playable experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    So many months, so many thousands of man hours of work, so many millions of dollars, such an extravagant marketing campaign, and this is what Epic has produced? The shooter equivalent of a roster update in a sports game?
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Because i[t] successfully brings together a compelling single player campaign and fully realized multiplayer experience, Killzone 2 emerges as a new benchmark for the shooter genre. This is a game that leverages an atmospheric presentation and superb game design for something memorable and lasting. To quibble about a lack of cooperative play through the campaign or the omission of some other feature is to miss the point: Killzone 2 is meant to be a carefully laid out epic. It is a must-have game, a brilliant start for the year, and among the best games of this generation.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Dragon Age: Origins is quite possibly the best game ever to come out of Bioware.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sheer number of options make this game outstanding.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed 2 isn’t perfect – the controls continue to requite a bit more fine tuning but it’s also impossible to deny that the sequel improves upon the original in almost every conceivable way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is a stunning orgy of sadistic mayhem that surpassed even my unreasonably high expectations, and proved that violence can be beautiful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ICO
    Freaking Phenomenal...the closest thing to perfection yet.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is the package that shows gameplay that can only be accomplished with next-generation hardware. Coupled with the immersive graphical and audio experience made possible with the system, the combination makes it a must-buy for Xbox 360 owners seeking a great gaming experience and a way to show off their new toy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    And, for you PC gamers, World of Goo is without a doubt one of the best indie titles on Steam (or for other forms of digital distribution). The game features charming animate balls of goo, a refreshingly fun gameplay concept, and some of the best puzzling available on either platform.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rockstar has set the bar for what downloadable content can be and I for one can’t wait to see what the next adventure holds in store.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    FIFA 12 isn't perfect; the franchise still has some work to do in the AI department and the new physics model, which is a significant leap forward, needs its kinks worked out. However, this is the future of the series and you can see how it's taking shape. Despite its shortcomings it's absolutely worth the upgrade if you are coming in from FIFA 11.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the sport – real or virtual – it's a must-buy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The main quest is an enthralling tale that will thrust you into the battlefield of D.C., side-by-side with the Brotherhood of Steel, face to face with the illustrious DJ of Galaxy News Radio (my favorite station of the wastes), and aboard a reclaimed aircraft carrier. It's an epic journey, but when it's done, it's done. The only option after that is to start all over again with a brand new face. No complaints here.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An early Christmas present from Monolith and it is some violent and vicious online action that looks absolutely gorgeous, although players will need a pretty hefty gaming rig to experience it in all its glory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s not often that a game comes about to justify the purchase, or even the existence of a particular console, but with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Nintendo has delivered a game that every DS owner should experience.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Show remains the most realistic baseball game on the consoles, and continues its tradition in trying to address what the core user base demands. There are directions I'd like to see Sony take the franchise, but it remains about as safe a bet as you can get in this industry.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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%.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Provided you have no problem affording the 4GB footprint, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is definitely worth taking for a spin.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    P4 is constantly enveloped by an aura of dire urgency.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A sports game must, above all else, stay unpredictable. If things start to get stale or if you start losing faith in the design because you’ve seen everything there is to see then a game can quickly lose its appeal. And that‘s what makes The Show special. Things happen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Everything is there right down to players talking on the field, including the most important thing of all, a crowd that is into the game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Regardless of its brevity, price, or minor frustrations, this is one of the best games currently available on Xbox Live Arcade. It's also one of the most essential must-play experiences this generation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It amazes me that a game of this caliber – that is to say, a game that is ridiculously good in spite of its missteps – comes just one year after its predecessor. It improves a lot, adds even more, and changes nothing I already adored. It's a shorter game than Assassin's Creed 2, if that matters, but aside from the storyline it's better in almost every way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you prefer two smaller screens or one bigger one, analog stick or d-pad, DS or PSP, you can't go wrong with Chinatown Wars.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is without question a better game than the original despite the fact that the gameplay remains nearly unchanged.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    [It] blow chunks. It's bland, it's repetitive, it's looked the same since it went to PS2 the first time around.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Civilization 5 remains a threat to my productivity and household happiness. Though not quite the complete triumph it could be, Firaxis has shown how a twenty year old design can still be tweaked and improved in the hands of a team unafraid to break things in the interest of progress.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no question – if you own a 3DS, this is the best game on the platform, and instantly worthy of a purchase. It's one of the best portable platformers I've ever played (and I've had my fair share), and an almost shockingly good Mario title on any platform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The campaign in itself offers a good deal of play time, but in a flash of brilliance, the developers also added unlockables, which can only be purchased by completing certain goals in the game (scanning objects, etc) and getting currency. These range from simple art books, to playback options for the game’s epic musical score, or even cool little novelties like bumper stickers for Samus’ ship (which I’m still working up to try and purchase).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a PS2 shooter it's the best I've ever played - I can't emphasize that point enough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Regardless of your level of familiarity with the nuts and bolts of real world racing, this is a game that not only captures the competitive spirit of wheel to wheel racing but does so in a way that is genuinely fun and somehow skirts the mundane feeling that plagues other games in the genre. Forza Motorsport 2 has officially set the bar.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is precisely the sort of game I'll bust out every time I find myself on a long flight: it's addictive, challenging without even a whiff of frustration, and packed to the brim with content. I honestly have no complaints about Pushmo, and fully believe that unless you are deeply offended by baby-rescuing sumo wrestlers or block puzzles somehow killed your firstborn, you should download it immediately.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wonderfully animated backdrops, inventive enemies, and difficult boss battles set Viewtiful Joe apart from the pack as a truly incredible game and a must have.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Either playing solo, with friends or against them, Shogun 2 is the pinnacle of the Total War series. This is how you pay homage to a brilliant game that started a franchise, and I wouldn't be upset after seeing what the developer has done here if we saw remakes of Rome or even another Medieval Total War.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    My baby, my sweet, precious little FF8. How I love thee, let me tell the ways; Triple Triad, Rinoa, the incrediblly sweet and fresh magic system and Junction, the beyond jaw-dropping FMV's, Rinoa, the biggest surprise Air Ship yet in any FF..
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, it's about the basketball on the court and that's where NBA 2k12 truly shines. It doesn't make any huge leaps from last year's version to this year's -some of the carryover problems are frustrating and it does need more precise control- but that doesn't stop it from being one of the best sports games on the market and a must buy for any NBA fan.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona 3 is everything you want a PSP port to be: just as good as the original and customized to make PSP owners feel like thy need the new game even if they played the original for weeks on end.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As you play the game you just can’t help dropping your jaw in amazement at what you’re seeing and getting to do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For me, Burnout Revenge is more of the same – new tracks, new cars, new events, but same basic gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The ease of play and deep gaming experience are a perfect blend for whiling away far too many hours, and marathon sessions with this game are going to be commonplace. It is just really hard to put down.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is unyielding and relentlessly unmerciful. A single stage will take hours of repetitious practice and cautious progression to complete. The reward is pride.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is an engrossing, attractive, dramatic, and entertaining game and one that you simply shouldn't miss.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Once again the developers at Harmonix have shown the gaming industry how it’s done.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It amazes me that a game of this caliber – that is to say, a game that is ridiculously good in spite of its missteps – comes just one year after its predecessor. It improves a lot, adds even more, and changes nothing I already adored. It's a shorter game than Assassin's Creed 2, if that matters, but aside from the storyline it's better in almost every way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is the Empire Strikes Back of zombie games. The momentum has clearly swung in favor of the bad guys. But also much like Empire, this is clearly the best of the bunch and is a required purchase for fans of the genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The online-focus and lack of plot are sure to rub some people the wrong way, but FPS-fans and zombie aficionados have never played anything quite like Left 4 Dead. It is a near-perfect mixture of decayed ambiance and relentless pacing that pushes the boundaries of sanity to the breaking point.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The online-focus and lack of plot are sure to rub some people the wrong way, but FPS-fans and zombie aficionados have never played anything quite like Left 4 Dead. It is a near-perfect mixture of decayed ambiance and relentless pacing that pushes the boundaries of sanity to the breaking point.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is the Empire Strikes Back of zombie games. The momentum has clearly swung in favor of the bad guys. But also much like Empire, this is clearly the best of the bunch and is a required purchase for fans of the genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granted, the lack of indepth stat-management or extensive character customization may offset hardcore RPG fans, but those looking for an action game that offers much, much more than simple "action" will definitely want to check this out.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While it may not offer the complexity of the old Baldur's Gate games, at its core, it's still an RPG fan's RPG.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    That's Dark Souls in a nutshell. The stakes being as high as they are adds a level of excitement all too rare in the hold your hand games of this generation. Without the punishment, there's no real fear, and without the fear there's no thrill. And in Dark Souls, much like Demon's Souls before it, you will most definitely fear.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I’ve always been fond of GTA for the story, as ludicrous as it may be, because it closely resembles all the great combat and intrigue of a summer blockbuster. What’s different about this is that, while full of gun, porn and explosions, there’s a complex and mature story beneath it all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a real visual treat, pop it into a Nintendo DS and enjoy the game with true backlighting.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Simplistic and intuitive controls are what make the game fun to play. The analog controls are dead on, and very precise.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    World in Conflict is a game very much worth purchasing. You don’t even need to be a Ground Control buff to truly enjoy it, as the helpful tutorials and gradual difficulty curve will help ramp you right into the campaign, just in time to get deep into the thick of things in the versatile multiplayer engine. This one is a certified winner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Well "Project Gotham Racing 3" is still king of the hill in the simulation category, but for overall racing fun, you cannot beat Burnout Revenge. In a smiles-per-mile analysis, it comes in first place every time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I love the music, the graphics, and the gameplay. If you did not have enough reasons to buy a Nintendo DS, this would be it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    There's nothing that really gets you going. There's nothing addictive about it, save for a few rare moments when you hit that double loop or speed ramp. Otherwise, Sonic just gets blurred with every other platform/adventure game out there.
    • 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.
    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The way a sequel should be: stuffed full of new features, better graphics, improved game play, and be so damn addicting that you can not put it down, even to go to the bathroom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a complete package Battlefield 3 absolutely delivers and if you don't have some angry agenda against Origin it's a must-play. The PC version in particular ushers in a new era of graphical magnificence and the disparity between the consoles begs Sony and Microsoft to up the ante. Shooters don't come much better than this and it's a great way to kick off this year's holiday game rush.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an addictive romp into a time long past that keeps many gamers begging for more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is without question a better game than the original despite the fact that the gameplay remains nearly unchanged.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With deep, involving ethical questions, and systems that test players beyond their ability to pick the right gun, Deus Ex: Human Revolution is – in many, many ways – a game for thoughtful players.
    • 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.