GameShark's Scores

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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 3.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Score distribution:
2620 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly, the bugs I encountered during the game (especially with the way the graphics engine started chugging so severely in the later levels) really hurt my experience, and the action just eventually ended up being reduced to using the same strategy over and over again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the golf aficionado, the play mechanics are going to feel a little dated and the experience is probably going to be less than satisfying. So, for PS2 owners that have had a case of "Mario Golf" envy, this is the game for you.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don't like the idea of having to buy parts and designing your own warship then this game might not be your cup of tea, but if you like the challenge of building the most powerful warship on the high sea to play through numerous diverse missions then this is definitely a game for you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With cartoony controls, fast cars, and great multiplayer modes, Midtown Madness 3 is an excellent buy for any Xbox Live player. However, the game is not a shining beacon of single player goodness and racing game enthusiasts without Live support would be better off looking at other titles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In fact, what it really reminds me of is the pure, unadulterated, simplistic fun of "Tanarus." And if you know what "Tanarus" is, you’ll know exactly what I mean, and if you don’t go back to watching "Spongebob."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the controls and the inability to use the analog stick can be difficult, Bombastic is a solid puzzle game with a lot of different game modes and replay value for people who enjoy a challenge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It plays, looks and controls well. It is almost surely never going to have a big following in the USA and I don't think many players will consider it great, but at $20 it definitely delivers your money's worth.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    There are so many spoofs of classic martial arts characters and one-liners that I found myself laughing hysterically. Director Shao Ting seems to be filled with more stupid jokes then just about any character I've seen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    It's definitely the best translation of the traditional D&D game to the PC format. The incorporation of the D&D 3.5 Edition ruleset is great, and works a lot better that the severely lacking and awkward Ruins Of Myth Drannor, released earlier this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    I don't know where all the hype came from, but Wreckless doesn't live up to it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Rotastic is a good game that through a couple of poor choices limited its own potential. Its premise is simple but engaging and developer Dancing Dots builds effectively upon that premise throughout the first half of the game. Unfortunately, past that point, unforgiving level design combined with unwieldy controls make for a gaming experience that's ultimately So-So-tastic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end this is a by the numbers shooter with slick graphics, and ample opportunity to shoot supercharged Nazis. It's not going to win any awards but it's worth checking out if you’re looking for a weekend to pass the time shooting everyone's favorite bad guys.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end Singularity is a decidedly average shooter with a pretty novel storyline.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Despite a few new twists to the core gameplay, its middling graphics and its lacking features drag it down from what could have been a must buy for fans of ancient era city builders to yet another game that fails to advance the genre in any real and meaningful way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Really, it’s not a bad game, and is clearly targeted at the casual market and the younger generation, and considering that audience, it’s at the very least worth a rental.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk's Proving Ground is a game that is stuck in the rut of its predecessors.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All the flaws combined don't sink the game as much as they simply make it frustrating to play and for purists the physics will certainly cause eyebrows to raise. Moto GP10/11 is best suited for racing fans who simply want to hop on a bike and go while leaving believability at the door.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Other than the controls of the weapons and poor aiming model, the great graphics and fantastic voice over work help make Army of Two a solid if unspectacular outing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As a campaign inFamous 2 is a sub-par experience, but it makes up for that disappointment plenty with a rich and enjoyable sandbox. It's still recommended that you play through the story for context, but this is a game enjoyed most when you color outside the lines. The flaws in this game would kill any other, but the sense of freedom and strength that come with playing Cole MacGrath outweigh any complaints making this a more than competent experience for anyone looking for a power trip.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All the flaws combined don't sink the game as much as they simply make it frustrating to play and for purists the physics will certainly cause eyebrows to raise. Moto GP10/11 is best suited for racing fans who simply want to hop on a bike and go while leaving believability at the door.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Fallen Earth doesn’t exude the polish witnessed in recent MMOs. It’s barely adequate in terms of visuals, excruciating stretches of nothing are common, and I have never encountered so many bugs in a launch-product. And yet, it’s crawled beneath my skin.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game lacks the depth and flexibility available in other racing titles, but it captures the NASCAR experience expertly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All in all, with a price of $29.99, Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike has a few flaws and annoyances that can be over looked for the punch it packs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The Association mode is a very deep simulation experience that should satisfy most simulation fans. There's a wealth of information available and the ability to customize the league and determine how much control the owner has over the team.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Beatdown is a solid fighting themed action role-playing game brought down a notch by too much area transition loading and some limited promised features (like the ability to interrogate every character in the game).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Yuke's has done a decent job of improving the GameCube franchise, but it is still playing catch-up with the "SmackDown" series.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, with the issues the game has in its short singleplayer campaign and the lack of originality in the multiplayer, Medal of Honor is a decent enough shooter and reboot of the franchise, but isn't the blockbuster that EA was aiming to deliver.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    With an increase in the level cap and a lot of new high-end content, Kingdom of Sky is a necessity for any hardcore EQII gamer who is encroaching upon level 60.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Given the game's low price point and the extras that Meridan4 has released in support of the game like the level editor, there's no reason not to pick this game up.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Fans of simulation racers are going to crap a brick when they see this game: the physics are incredibly implausible. Arcade-racing fans will be more forgiving.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Gun
    While the game is impressive in many ways, it ultimately comes up a little short.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is certainly fun, but is also seems hamstrung as a turn-based strategy game due to its overly linear nature and lack of any true sense of story cohesion or character progression.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Despite its uneven difficulty, Fracture excels in innovating with its dynamic terrain deforming combat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There is certainly a level of monotony here and the level design runs from clever to painfully linear and stale, but I got exactly what I wanted out of Hunted. I didn't expect a game of the year candidate but I desired, and received an old school hack and slash adventure where I could play with a friend and discuss the proper way to handle a battle situation. If you felt burned by the recent release of Daggerdale and want a better rpg combat alternative, you could do much worse then Hunted: The Demon's Forge.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    DDR SuperNOVA is the most solid iteration in the series to date, and with all the new modes, tunes, EyeToy support and improved graphics, it's a must buy for hardcore fans of this series as well as new players looking to give the game a run for the money.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Patient newcomers will likely have a good time, warts and all, but if you already have the Xbox 360 version Sigma 2 doesn’t really add enough to the experience to warrant a second purchase.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game may not win any awards for length, or variety, but the game play it does offer is lots of fun, well acted and presented with a high level of quality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The excellent platforming still remains, but this Prince seems to have lost a little of himself in coming back to his roots.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its console counterpart, but if you need a portable NASCAR fix, this game will do.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's unfortunate that the story you're controlling the character through is so uninspired and vanilla, but the multiplayer, simple yet effective combat and cool item fusion makes the game worth a look for fans of the genre.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I’d confidently recommend this game to anyone with a computer and some free time.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As a whole Revenge of the Fallen is a solid package. Though the melee combat is practically counterproductive and the odd accidental transforms will nag at you here and there ultimately the game delivers an entertaining go of things.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It does a fabulous job of translating the Harry Potter universe into the LEGO vernacular, with all the frolicsome fun that implies; however, by implementing too many kinds of interactive prompt and by failing to provide enough player feedback, it sets the stage for an interactive experience that's equal parts fun and befuddlement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end Singularity is a decidedly average shooter with a pretty novel storyline.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Project Sylpheed is trying to do a bit more than it is capable of – not only due to the occasional graphical slowdown, but also because the gameplay is a bit repetitive and parts of the campaign feel a little rushed or misplaced.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It lacks pace, but makes up for it with skills and basic soccer strategy. What it lacks is teams and depth in its gameplay modes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    What I like best about this entire game is the music. It is perfect for this game, as recent artists like Death Cab for Cutie, Cake, and the Flaming Lips, remix and redo old songs. Oranger redid the song called Mr. Sandman, and with the punk rock style, makes it seems like an instant classic all over again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Onimusha definitely has what it takes to be a fun game, but I think the developers dropped the ball in a couple of areas - especially with the absence of any kind of multiplayer, and the lack of graphical enhancements.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you don't care about the quality of the covers, then you'll get more out of the game, but even the most serious of audiophiles will find some fun rocking their way to headliner status.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Viva Media's first release in the series is a good value and will certainly get you started on the path to adventure, but for those wanting to start off slow you can also buy and download each episode separately directly from Private Moon. Either way, the first chapters in this 14 episode adventure series are pretty solid and entertaining.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Traveller's Tales have sure struck a gold mine with the LEGO series. Their earlier block-themed games have been charmingly cute and amusing, and Harry Potter is no exception. You can't blame them for sticking to a winning formula, as Potter and LEGO fans will likely flock to play this game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's a straightforward, classic sidescroller that anyone can pick up and start playing immediately.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If EA Sports wants Fight Night to capture the attention of boxing fans, it needs to dramatically improve the single player game. Online play only goes so far.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Having hopes of a grandiose, multifaceted sci-fi adventure will leave you extremely disappointed in Earth Defense Force 2017. If you embrace its narrowly-focused action gameplay you’ll have a blast saving the planet one dead alien at a time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Moments of blissfully smooth combat are followed by awkward bouts of running away. Just when you start to get bored by doing the same "go slurp us that scientist" mission for the fifth time, it throws you a curve ball. Which means that anyone who thought the original fell short, or was dull, or got trumped by inFamous, Hulk, or any number of Spider-Man games, is not going to be swayed by this. But for those who enjoyed the original, this sequel does not disappoint.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    One thing is for sure though: If you’re a fan of Mercenaries, and can tolerate archaic matchmaking, Versus is worth every cent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you consider yourself a sim aficionado and caring for different types of animals makes you all warm and fuzzy inside, this is something you might want to try your hand at. Unfortunately, some people may find the slow pace a little too slow and at times downright boring.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Throw in the hilarity that is a constant throughout the entire game and God Hand is a game that will keep you entertained for a long while.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A fun romp mimicking the action of the movies; it looks good and captures the essence of the films – but it's just too easy for seasoned gamers and the lack of co-op multiplayer is a real bummer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At 1200 MS Points ($15), it's a tough one to completely recommend given its faults but in its favor it is probably the best looking game in Xbox Live Arcade and there really isn't anything else quite like it as a whole.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The campaign weaves a weak story that’s as incomprehensible as it is uninteresting, but it delivers on satisfying shooting and alien genocide enough to make it an entertaining venture that’s better off being experienced online with some buddies and a headset.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Nano Assault is shallow, pretty, kind of fun but repetitive. It's the kind of game that I tend to play intensely for a couple of days and then put away, never to touch it again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All the heroics of harder games without any of the fuss, and set in a place you've made your own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Playing The Outfit through in the single-player campaign was a bit of a letdown. There are enough problems in the games execution to not fully endorse it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is best played in small chunks, which, given the attention span of most puppies, is appropriate, but those looking for a deep gameplay experience may be put off.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end, Railroads is more like a really neat toy train game with lovely graphics than the deep strategy/business offering many were hoping for, and the comparisons to past games wouldn’t even be as much of an issue if the game’s box didn’t reference the fact that Meier started the entire Tycoon genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’s an accessible, fun, card clasher and young gamers will want to take full advantage of the Wi-fi features.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is best played in small chunks, which, given the attention span of most puppies, is appropriate, but those looking for a deep gameplay experience may be put off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There's no question that Diplomacy makes the Sins of a Solar Empire series just 'that' much more fun, but if you couldn't find a good reason to get into the game prior to now, it's doubtful you'll find anything here to change your mind.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is best played in small chunks, which, given the attention span of most puppies, is appropriate, but those looking for a deep gameplay experience may be put off.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There is a very specific audience for Tekken 6 that will eat it up. Everyone else will see it as more of the same, but with a garbage new game mode and long load times.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Despite its uneven difficulty, Fracture excels in innovating with its dynamic terrain deforming combat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that Dragon Sword is such an uneven game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All and all it is a satisfying game, but it could have been a lot better, especially when it comes to those nasty time limits.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Dewy’s Adventure is too simple for experienced gamers, placing far more emphasis on its “hey, neato!” motion sensitive controls than on actual gameplay.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Offers a wide variety of things to do, but no real direction in a lot of important areas. Romancing SaGa is ultimately a role-playing game with a lot of gameplay substance but no cohesive storyline to back it up.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The length is quite satisfactory, the inclusion of co-op play is a very good bonus, and I just found this to be a really fun RPG romp all around – which, ultimately, is the most important thing.
    • 85 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The minigames, which could have filled out the shortcomings of its multiplayer and single player components, were a major let down.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy – Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates is a great game if you plan on purchasing it with the intent on playing it primarily with other people.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Because of the relative simplicity of the puzzles, the game plays more like an interactive movie or novel than it does a true game, but its story is so compelling that you may not mind too much.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I've mentioned adventure style gameplay but truthfully there is not a lot of it going on in Folklore.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There is clearly an audience for this sort game, and the base design certainly has its share of interesting (and fun) concepts, but it was clearly not ready for public consumption.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As a whole Revenge of the Fallen is a solid package. Though the melee combat is practically counterproductive and the odd accidental transforms will nag at you here and there ultimately the game delivers an entertaining go of things.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It lacks pace, but makes up for it with skills and basic soccer strategy. What it lacks is teams and depth in its gameplay modes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Sports Mix is tailor-made for parties and other casual multiplayer experiences. The controls are easy to learn, the mechanics of each game are immediately familiar to anyone who's ever heard of the four sports on offer, and the interface is friendly as can be.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    UBO makes for a great Hot Stove League game and I’m looking forward to playing it all winter long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While the dark spooky woods environment can get a little tedious - as can the combat, the story telling is compelling enough to keep you moving forward and just when you finally think you know what is going on, the game will turn it upside down, flip you the bird, and have you rethinking everything all over again - right up until the credits roll.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For all its flaws, Heavenly Sword is still somewhat satisfying. Perhaps its short length (just ten hours or so) keeps the button-mashing from becoming overwhelmingly repetitious. Perhaps Nariko’s sexily smoky voice and gorgeous hair is just distracting enough to take your mind off the annoying camera?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While the game is a fast and furious stylized shooter, one of the biggest faults the title has is with how muddy the controls feel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There’s just not a lot of “wow” here and it feels like a Vectrex game: it’s the same gameplay as any other on-rails FPS, but you’ve just changed the overlay on the screen to a Western.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of mindless violence and are willing to be satisfied just pulling a trigger on some very neat technology, Resistance 3 could tickle your fancy. With stunning visuals that once again push the Playstation 3 to its edge, there's plenty to be satisfied if you're looking for a Bruckheimer-esque production. Walk in looking for anything else though and you'll find a six to seven hour campaign that fails to spark anything more than basal satisfaction throughout.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end, it’s easy to see that 2K Sports is getting ever so close to producing an elite level, top quality baseball game. But there’s still an ample amount of work to do – and not just in the department of adding new features to the marketing list.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It is a fun game, and by jingo when it's at its best it's totally the updated Choplifter that I wanted to play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Kane’s Wrath on the 360 isn’t quite a delight, but it’s not a disaster either. The very simple C&C economy is suited to the platform, and since the game is all about beating the stuffing out of other things, there isn’t a lot of tactical nuance to worry about.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There is nothing new here in gameplay, but you’ll probably enjoy the new missions.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For being developed by four people and with a purchase price of around the same amount in dollars, Foreign Legion is a worthwhile investment for some mindless fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Whether or not you enjoy BattleForge depends largely on how much of a purist you are. It has the cunning and diverse combos of a CCG, but not the pacing for patient maneuvers. It has the tactics and resource-management of RTS, but not the stability in foes to plan for every possibility.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The music was sub-par, and the menus seemed too cumbersome.

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