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 Droplitz
Lowest review score: 0 Super Monkey Ball: Touch & Roll
Score distribution:
2620 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kingdoms breathes fresh life into the Total War franchise, just when it needs it most.
    • 85 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The vast number of improvements to gameplay and the addition of legendary characters, new modes like Elimination Chamber and Bra and Panties matches and a better season mode makes this game the king of the world.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If I could venture one bit of advice to Capcom, I would suggest that they not fall into the rut of offering a new Viewtiful Joe game every year and actually make the next installment a meaningful upgrade in 2006. Perhaps add in a cooperative mode for two players to tackle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just like with its predecessor, I found myself smiling and laughing constantly while playing this game, and I think that's a pretty darn good indicator that this one is a winner. Excelsior!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Aside from the lameness of the tutorial minigame and the occasional obtuse puzzle, this is indie gold. A fantastic, rewarding, deeply satisfying adventure with one of the most beautiful game worlds you'll see this side of a team Ico game; it's a rare must-play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I'm hardly a hardcore strategy nerd, so maybe it's the accessibility and surface-level depth I can get down with. I can't wait to dig deeper to see what else I'll enjoy about this topnotch turn-based masterpiece.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The learning curve is small, the action is plentiful and gameplay is awesome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, Guitar Hero 5 is technically a good game; it’s just a bit soulless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA Jam: On Fire Edition's online, downloadable release and lessened price point will make it an easier pill to swallow for budget gamers and make it a no-brainer for fans of the series. It's the defininitive version of NBA Jam.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game has lots of extras like "catch cards" and “recipes” to make new items, so it definitely has a high replayability factor.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I’m still a bit miffed at the lack of any Slaaneshi units for the Chaos side and that the campaign still has those annoying boss fights, but Chaos Rising is a worthy expansion to Dawn of War II all the same because, really, Warhammer without Chaos is sort of like Star Wars without the Emperor or Middle-earth without Sauron or the NFL without the Steelers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the finest debuts of a new IP in some time and does an incredible job of combining two areas the DS seems to have been made for: puzzles and adventure gaming. The addictive gameplay, twisting story, charming characters and beautifully drawn animation makes this a game that neither puzzle fans, nor adventure game fans should miss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the main game in Super Mario 64 DS does seem a bit dated to be a launch title for the Nintendo DS, it is still a fun action/adventure that will satisfy the handful of people that have always wished they could have Super Mario 64 on a handheld.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A total blast. Literally, there is so much to do in the game: heat up a frying pan and make it melt off zombie’s faces, put stuff in a blender and get a power up, use the microwave to warm up some food, use CD’s and throw them at the big building blocks guy to get 10,000 points, etc. It is amazing how much depth was put into this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A really good RPG, but only if you’re part of the lucky minority that can run the game with none of the huge technical problems everyone else is suffering from.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are so many things to love about this game. The unpredictable yet vastly improved gameplay, the slider adjustments that actually work (set the quarterback accuracy to zero in practice mode to see what I mean), the AI playcalling, the new recruiting model, the online dynasty tools, and so on; if all you want to do is play the occasional game with a buddy or play one season with your favorite team, or just relax against the AI and play exhibition games after work then NCAA 11 is an absolute must buy. However, if Dynasty Mode is your thing you are better off either waiting and hoping EA Sports patches the game or simply saving your money for next year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you like Metallica (a lot), and if you like the standard Guitar Hero gameplay formula, then this game is well worth the price of admission. If you don’t meet both those criteria, however, you really should move on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Really does nothing particularly better than its predecessors have done. It is a traditional strategy RPG in almost every way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The game itself just needs more depth; they should have put the Thunder Cards in like the PlayStation version.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a strong single player puzzler or a multiplayer party game—this should definitely be on your short list.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A game that while still fun, is nowhere near the level that it should be. A game this popular and that is this much of a money making machine should not have some of the problems that crop up every single year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the most amazing worlds in gaming and the fact that it's brimming with so much action and intrigue makes it that much better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mercurysteam had been developing the title before Konami proposed that Lords of Shadow would be the new Castlevania game. It really shows that this is very much their vision of Castlevania without fealty to fan expectations or demands, and I think it absolutely paid off given that the goal was to revitalize and modernize an aging brand.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    General Knoxx may suffer some as a result of all of the fiddling, but in the missteps you can see the start of something bigger than what Borderlands was originally intended to be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    THQ has, once again, put together a strong MMA fighting game with the UFC license. UFC 3: Undisputed will, ultimately, please MMA fans. Its attention to detail and inclusion of many likable fighters and big personalities from the sport will draw you in and the hefty fighting system will keep you coming back, despite its flaws.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Red Faction Guerrilla’s unabashed destruction is so much fun that the lengthy load screens gave me an unfamiliar feeling of anxiety. I desperately wanted to move on to the next area and come up with a cool, entertaining way to execute a mission.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game may not make use of all of the strengths of the Nintendo DS but it makes full use of the ones that really matter, bolstering an already impressive game for a new generation of as well as those who look forward to replaying through a classic staple of the role playing genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is not your father’s shooter, full of brain dead opposition that makes each level a carbon copy of the previous one. F.E.A.R. is a game that will keep you on your toes, keep you guessing, and keep you interested until the final credits roll. That’s worth a lot these days.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Graphically, the game is a masterpiece. It is, without hyperbole, the most gorgeous MMORPG I have ever played. Characters look richly detailed, and the environment seems alive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An old-school, level-oriented presentation with unrelenting difficulty, making it one of the most refreshing experiences to be had on the DS this holiday season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    General Knoxx may suffer some as a result of all of the fiddling, but in the missteps you can see the start of something bigger than what Borderlands was originally intended to be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a challenging platformer that will test your gamepad skill to its fullest – Prince of Persia isn’t that game. Still, despite its lack of overt difficulty, this game remains special, and while it didn’t take terribly long to finish, and replay value isn’t too high unless you get obsessed with seed collecting, it was definitely nine to ten hours well spent and is an adventure you should not miss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It gives you lots of reasons to pick it up again and again, chief among them being the extremely well-realized story and the amazing atmosphere of dread. Silent Hill 3 is a tense, powerful game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    For everything Infamous does well there’s a counter-balance of agitating design decisions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if you’ve never tried Space Invaders before, the title is totally worth it for the sheer bang for your buck factor. When $20 buys you one of the best-updated classic games of all time, you have no reason to complain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In creating such an enormous experience you'll need to devote a huge swath of your life to it, and yet it does remarkably little to make that moment to moment grind even moderately fresh. This is a must play for fans of Star Wars who want a traditional MMO experience with high production values and a lot of spoken dialogue. If you're looking for an innovative MMO set in the Star Wars universe, you will likely be disappointed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the most amazing worlds in gaming and the fact that it's brimming with so much action and intrigue makes it that much better.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The online play and interactive leagues are superb and the thrill of scoring a goal in the 90th minute online was a fist pumping "Heck Yeah!" experience which I haven't felt in a long time playing an online game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game delivers a level of destruction that will make grown men giggle like a child and it is this level of interactivity that makes it special.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You spend most of the game with dominant powers treating you as a pawn in their own game, when the reality is that no one can achieve their goals without your intervention. That's fertile ground for an RPG to harvest and New Vegas ultimately succeeds in doing that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The perfect game to port to the DS. Its addictive qualities will keep you staring at the small screen during your lunch break or while waiting for your flight.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It still blows my mind that the most hardcore golfing experience in video games today is found on the console universally decried as being too "kiddie" but that is the stone cold truth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A tremendously well done game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I don't mean to say that Crysis 2 isn't competent. It is. It's a perfectly bog-standard, uninspired, derivative, middle-of-the-road, ultimately incomprehensible, attractive enough, buy-it-used-if-you-must shooter that no one will remember by summer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The minigames are a blast although the replay value probably dies off once you have won the World Tour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    With some new gameplay, a ton of new loot, and lots more choices for character creation and advancement, Hordes of the Underdark is a must buy for fans of the original game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game is a lot of fun because it's not as tedious as games like Zoo Tycoon or as inane as raising a puppy on your Nintendo DS. The game strikes a good balance between managing your pets and making a buck and offers lots of fun activities along the way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero: World Tour is Activision’s answer to Rock Band, and while adding drums, bass, and vocals was necessary to keep up with the Joneses, a whole host of new problems are introduced with their inclusion.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    ‘Splosion Man is a game that does things right from beginning to end and even though it may have you cursing up a storm every now and then, it’s a game that you can get a sense of satisfaction from, either playing it for an hour or for five to ten minutes at a time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beyond Good & Evil was ahead of its time in 2003, and it fits 2011 like a glove. This is still a great game that's unquestionably deserving of your $10 – especially if you missed it the first time. Admittedly, it's showing its age, but it's less like a disgusting chunk of old cheese and more like a glass of fine wine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game delivers on overall superbly realistic racing experience, while still being able to maintain the sheer fun that keeps you going back for more action.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One of the biggest, and most appreciated, changes is the toning down of the training mini-games. In story mode, you hit the bag every great once in a while but you aren't required to lift weights and run laps in twitch-reaction style as you might expect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    DNA
    Ultimately, for the $20 price D.N.A. isn’t a bad experience at all, and the official website offers several demo options to learn more about the game before splurging, so it’s definitely worth a look for casual gamers on the go.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just a very playable version of Tetris on your DS. The additional modes are fun for a little while, but I still found myself drawn back the standard mode that started it all.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Battlefield 3's multiplayer earns top marks because it is almost exactly what any fan of that series would want-a new edition of a classic game that brings forward its best assets while introducing meaningful new elements. If the single player game were at least competent, this would easily be a no-brainer solid "A" game and one that I would recommend to any shooter fan.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    No matter how you slice it, though, UFC Undisputed 2010 is another blissful, brilliant recreation of the sport.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of those games that creates gamers and is easily one of the best Wii games to date.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It oozes style and has enough heart n' soul to clearly illustrate how much the developers really loved their baby.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Outland is an outstanding game, easily one of the best examples of its genre to emerge on the console download services. I think it's a far better, more dynamic game than something more single-minded style-over-substance games such as Limbo or Braid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite a few frustrations, this is a fantastic basketball game with enough variety to keep each game fresh and enough replay value to keep it in the rotation for many months to come.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It should be an instant classic, but the bugs and design oversights keep it from reaching its lofty potential.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even with its repetitiveness and awkward camera angles, Devil May Cry 4 provides a solid addition to the series and even towards the end, with its descent into a puddle of annoyance, the game features some exceptional gameplay and cinematics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The control of the Hulk is a love/hate relationship.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you like Metallica (a lot), and if you like the standard Guitar Hero gameplay formula, then this game is well worth the price of admission. If you don’t meet both those criteria, however, you really should move on.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In a way, Desperate Struggle is the definitive example of a gamer's game – a work of self-gratifying passion that is absolutely engorged with style and intensity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you want a deep strategy game, this is certainly not what you want to play. Spore is more diversion than obsession.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are reasons to choose this game over others in the field-namely the heavier-feeling physics, the visual design, and more thoughtful multiplayer options, but I question if it has a distinct enough identity to hold its own without reference or comparison to other titles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's as immediately accessible and likeable as Costume Quest, and even more rewarding towards diligent players who aren't satisfied with simply finding easy solutions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What makes this game interesting is the speed of play and the sheer, as mentioned before, chaos of it all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game is just plain unapproachable to the average gamer... Is it possible that whoever play-balanced Devil May Cry 3 is a bitter person who loathes humanity and is working actively for the death of joy in the world?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gameplay is the perfect mix of adventure staples and brain twisting puzzle devilry. Professor Layton's world is one you are happy to spend time in and hesitant to leave.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Just Cause 2 combines over the top action, a cheesy plot and voice acting, and an open sandbox world in all the right ways.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fighting fit and ready to rip off your head, it's definitely the best Mortal Kombat game released to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The pacing is accelerated in comparison to the original game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even with its repetitiveness and awkward camera angles, Devil May Cry 4 provides a solid addition to the series and even towards the end, with its descent into a puddle of annoyance, the game features some exceptional gameplay and cinematics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game isn’t flawless, but it is solid where it counts and does drive the series forward if only by a small margin.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Just about everything in the Hulk can be destroyed and just about everything you can find can be used as a weapon.
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    DJ Hero will only give you a glimpse into the realities of mixing and scratching, with some of the coolest mash-ups I’ve ever heard to entertain along the way.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bulletstorm is violence distilled into a bombshell of unbridled mayhem that tries to be so over the top and brutal that it often struggles to live up to its own posturing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What EA has done here is reinvent a bloated franchise, and turned it into a product that the hardcore and the more casual among us can enjoy equally.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Volition has done an excellent job of giving you a place to play and toys to play with, so grab a partner, an SMG, and start making your own stories.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As a pure driving game with neat car collecting and modifying elements, it's simply amazing and the level of passion for the subject on display makes calling it "cold" or "sterile" almost laughable- Forza Motorport 3 is much drier and far less human.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game isn’t flawless, but it is solid where it counts and does drive the series forward if only by a small margin.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One of the best games this year for the PSP and one of the only solid RPG experiences out there right now.