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 Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
Lowest review score: 0 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Score distribution:
2,620 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tabula Rasa has some flaws, but ultimately the deep and engaging combat is what makes the title shine.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tropico 3, while problematic, still manages to dig its hooks in deep.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The lack of innovation isn't what causes the game to suffer; instead, it's a bunch of minor nagging flaws that prevent it from being perfect. Still, in the end the thrilling ship combat and deep economic model thrusts the game into the upper tier of current MMOs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is disappointing due to the sloppy netcode, making the game primarily a single player or co-op campaign experience (two players only this time, though.) However, the solid gameplay mechanics and control scheme backed by impressive visuals and audio make the campaign game shine and is one of the best tactical shooters in recent memory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA Live 10 can easily stand toe to toe with NBA 2K10, a franchise that now no longer holds complete sway over the genre. The flow of the games, the resourcefulness of the AI, and the immersion factor provided from the fantastically dynamic crowd, all serve to make this an absolutely worthwhile pickup.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords is not a hard game to recommend and you should really run out and get it if you have a PS2 and no other system. This game has been through a whirlwind of praise and this version is no different.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Then again, strategy games don't require a good narrative to be enjoyable, and for $10 Anomaly is definitely worth your time. Whether you're a tower defense fan looking for something new or someone intimidated by the world of real time strategy, this game has a lot to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Minor additions and amazingly details visuals keep the experience fresh enough to justify a new game, but they aren't great enough to provide an evolutionary leap forward.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In taking away the screens and screens of dialog and the need to manage an overcrowded inventory or complex skill point system it boils itself down into the essence of what a good action RPG and portable title should be: tight controls, a well told story and the ability to get in, smack some monsters around and get out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's unclear whether there will be more to Lume later (as the closing credits hint at a continuation of the story and a possible "part two"), but I'll be first in line if there is. This is a very light, charming little game that deserves an hour or two of your time. Just be sure to have a walkthrough ready for when you get to the crazy combination lock puzzle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Puzzle Dimension is one of those puzzle games that is perfect for fans of the genre. It's full of charm and challenge, and some levels are so difficult that it's an incredible rush when they're successfully solved. This is not a game for those looking for a casual mind teaser, but it's just about perfect for those who prefer the difficulty level turned all the way up to eleven.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The gameplay mixes up peddle-to-the-metal action with enough thinking stealth elements to provide a fun challenge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A success despite a few frustrations that pop up along the way and is a must buy for both fans of the Creative Assembly’s previous efforts as well as strategy fans in general.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While the game doesn’t deviate too much from the tried and true formula that has made the series such a hit in Japan, it still delivers a game experience worth playing.
    • 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
    No matter how you slice it, though, UFC Undisputed 2010 is another blissful, brilliant recreation of the sport.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you have been itching to play a game that lets you delve into the classic gangster life in a GTA playing style, the Godfather is worth checking out, whether you have seen the movie a hundred times or not at all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In all, FIFA 11 accomplishes exactly what it set out to do in that it's a much better game than FIFA 10.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    MAG
    Outside of a few gripes, Massive Action Game is a fantastic experience that gets the blood pumping.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Theresia: Dear Emile does a great job of providing old school adventure elements with striking visuals, great sound and a breadcrumb approach to storytelling that will have you up far longer at night than you had planned, as you work to uncover more memories, or just see what's in the next room.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s unfair to criticize the game too much for being just a Souped Up World Cup version of FIFA 10. It’s really more than that. Yes, you can make the argument that dropping 120 bucks for two similar soccer games in a six month stretch is asking a tad much, but when the actual World Cup starts play in June and you want to get in on the act you’re going to want a copy of this game—and EA Sports knows it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One of the better games based on a licensed property that I've played this year on the Xbox and while I wish there were more characters and some kind of sand box battle mode, I really can't complain about what the game does offer because there's a lot of game to be played even after going through it multiple times on several different difficulty levels.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game isn’t completely mind blowing, but it does very few things wrong and is easily the best release of the series on the DS platform to date.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's wonderful that console players of The Sims can finally enjoy the game in nearly the exact same way as their PC gamer counterparts.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The handheld format suits the Bit.Trip beats well, and although these games are available elsewhere the 3DS package is definitely one of the better and most concise ways to experience them regardless of a couple of omissions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is in the weird limbo land between update and full release. There's plenty of content here, but most of it isn't new.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I defy any gamer with even a modicum of affection for Star Wars or LEGO to play this game and not have a good time with a big grin on his face.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite some minor issues (and a couple that aren't so minor), Max Payne 3 still manages to be a first-class third-person shooter and is thus one of the better games of the year. More importantly, it's a welcome return for one of the shooter genre's better series. The years may not have been kind of Max, but it seems he hasn't missed a beat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The character models themselves are largely devoid of character. There’s not a ton of detail to faces and the models themselves often come off rigid and too similar to each other.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Both “x-treme” racing fans and racing aficionados alike will find something to enjoy, making it the possible Great Uniter of racing videogames.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A niche title geared towards fans of fantasy themed turn-based strategy games looking for something light and fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Regardless of its hang-ups, Catherine is unquestionably a recommended game, a completely unique experience that is destined to be a cult favorite.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Surely, if you already have a version of the game, two or three new boards won’t sway you into a re-purchase, but this is the definitive classic pinball sim on consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    King Kong offers solid gameplay and production values that will appeal to almost every gamer.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As much as I want Team Madden to tighten the screws on its franchise modes and ship the game in a state that plays more like real football before altering in-game settings, it's impossible to deny that Madden NFL 11 simply plays a better game of football than its predecessor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Most of the game is fantastic. Even with its hiccups, this is a game that is hard not to give a blanket recommendation to because as far as NBA games go, this is still the king of the virtual court.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The mechanics are solid, the quest is meaty, the graphics and animation are beautiful, and the world is a pure pleasure to spend time in. Plus, we're talking about a game based on the voyage of discovery of a badass little girl with an octopus for an arm – what's not to like?
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Bugs and roster issues aside, for $20 this is a no-brainer for hockey fans – it's one of the best, if not the best, hockey games of all time and no fan of the sport should miss it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Take any thoughts of how the game is based on a movie out of your head, as The Bourne Conspiracy is a compelling action game built on mostly solid gameplay ideas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The perfect example of how to do games right on the Wii. Sure, you can't model every individual snowflake, but you can still provide a great looking, stylish game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A significant step up for this series. There are still holes that need to be filled such as the Legacy mode results and some on the floor AI gaffes, but on the whole this is the best college hoops game around and it will take a Herculean effort for EA's March Madness to be able to compete with it.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is a big surprise and not just because there's a music game reference out of nowhere or an unexpected nod to ancient text-based adventure games. This is a very nicely put-together package of quality content with plenty to differentiate itself from other XBLA offerings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite a non-existent story and poor characterization, Vanquish manages to breathe life into an otherwise stagnating genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Plants vs Zombies is no exception with all of the charming and addictive tower defense strategy excellence ported over to the DS with great results. Sure the frame rate may chug a little, but if it happens, it's because your overstocked lawn is on its way towards raining chlrophyll tinged death on slavering, undead hordes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though Battlestations: Pacific doesn’t have a slew of new features from its predecessor, it does have the same solid gameplay that put the series on the map.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The interface is slick and easy to maneuver, the graphics solid, and the gameplay familiar and yet open enough to allow you to breathe a bit. Sure, the Diablo formula gets stale after a while, and this is no exception, but if the game does nothing else it proves that this genre fits in perfectly on the console—a pretty big achievement, really.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Surely, if you already have a version of the game, two or three new boards won’t sway you into a re-purchase, but this is the definitive classic pinball sim on consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Along with the fantastic storyline which gets more intricate and complex as the game progresses, and the hack and slash style gameplay that many action RPG gamers will recognize and feel comfortable with, Dungeon Siege 2 is definitely worth checking out for some hectic sword swinging action.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If the first two games left you wanting more, more is exactly what the third game in the series offers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s just enormously cool that this title exists, despite the fact that the only other title in the series is a 22-year old NES game. It’s stylish, fun, and offers a very solid retro experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately, ZHP is a great little game for the PSP that doesn't take itself too seriously. In other words – it's what people have come to expect from a NIS America.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    And while it is clearly geared for a younger crowd, it nonetheless shows off well the DS experience – something that no other system currently has a prayer of duplicating.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Both “x-treme” racing fans and racing aficionados alike will find something to enjoy, making it the possible Great Uniter of racing videogames.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Unique, challenging, and a ton of fun. The game proves that baseball is baseball and when it's done right it doesn't matter if you're using Pedro or a young freshman from Kansas. It's still the National Pastime.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    N+
    Its multiplayer is disappointing, but the single player experience which is the real meat of the game is as solid as it ever has been and marks a great entry for the franchise onto the DS.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Darksiders has set 2010 off to a running start. With gory hack-and-slash action, challenging dungeon puzzles, an intriguing (albeit sometimes annoying) guardian demon, gorgeous scenery and a story that begins with killing mankind, you get a little bit of everything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It also ends up being around twenty hours, so there is plenty of fun to be had in it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s an “A” game saddled with “C” game issues, but it’s still an addicting experience. I routinely found myself playing into the wee hours of the night, butchering gnomes with glee; camera issues (and all sense of morality) be damned.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Any decent-minded gamer looking for a creative twist on the standard "terrorist hunt" theme should definitely look into grabbing Ten Hammers, be it for singleplayer or multiplayer reasons – even though I hopped on the impulse buy almost purely on the promise of co-op, I was surprised and impressed to find that the rest of the game was very satisfactory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    All in all, ODST is a solid addition to the Halo franchise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a single player game, it provides quite a bit of arcade action and the power ups make it a challenge and if you love to play online, this will keep you busy for quite some time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It is seriously fun and I found myself playing this game late into the night just trying to beat "one more mission."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end NCAA 12 is a success on the field where it counts, and I strongly suggest playing in an online league with some friends as this is the best way to enjoy the game's dynasty mode. That said, we are at a point where NCAA has hit its ceiling. Yes, it's a good game and better than last year, and I suspect that most fans will have a grand old time with it, but hopefully NCAA 13 can finally be the complete and total package.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If there’s a complaint, it’s just that we’re left wanting more – where’s Comet and Cyclone and High Speed? Let’s just hope that Crave is saving them for Pinball Hall of Fame Volume 2. Until that game is released, this is definitely one game that I’ll keep playing – it’s highly recommended.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Soul Nomad is an awesome game if you get it. Fans looking for an experience similar to Disgaea may be turned off by its simplicity, but for this game has a lot going for it. The focus on strategy is refreshing, the voice acting is superb and the characters are compelling.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While Rift still has some things to iron out in terms of balance, bugs and lag, that's par for the course for any new MMO and since launch, the Rift team has been actively talking to the community and addressing their concerns. Although many of the quests could use a heavier dose of originality, the game as a whole offers a large amount of interest and fun; so much in fact, it just might lure more than a few players away from that other MMO.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    But as a single player game, there’s nothing quite like Europa Universalis III. Not even Europa Universalis II offers this much replayable wide-open history.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    While not every change has been positive, the series was in desperate need of a fresh start, and now, in its sixth major iteration, it has one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Add in the frustration-free design (dying brings about a tiny penalty in studs and sets you back exactly where you were) and the full-on charm of exploring a super cute, living version of the Harry Potter universe and you have an experience that even muggles will enjoy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There is a lot of game here for $15. Sure the controls could be a tad tighter (I do love the hoverbikes, though) and the graphics aren't in the same realm of other games in its class, even though this does lower the system requirements quite a bit, but Section 8: Prejudice is an excellent value and hopefully Timegate takes the revenue from this one and develops a new Kohan game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Easily the best college basketball game of the year and one that every college hoop fan needs to own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end, the biggest strike against Continuum Shift is that it remains in the shadow of Super Street Fighter IV, much as its predecessor did last year in relation to that game's initial release.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The action in SDB is slower than I would have expected from a sequel over a decade in the making. Still, the expansive character creation, crazy Supershots, and the nods to River City Ransom make all the flaws seem like the needless nitpicking of an obsessed fanboy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    N+
    Idiotic menu issues aside, N+ still provides a great value and tons of fun for anyone who picks it up. With over 40 different levels and a near-endless supply of downloadable user-generated content, it's hard to not see the value in such a simple and fun game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In the end does the Suikoden series proud, as it had seemed to be drowning, this puppy has been brought back to shore, and resuscitated.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Though Battlestations: Pacific doesn’t have a slew of new features from its predecessor, it does have the same solid gameplay that put the series on the map.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Delivers what it promises - 15 arcade ports for around 30 bucks. These arcade classics work well on the DS and the bonus features certainly round out the collection's overall appeal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If there’s anything I’m not a huge fan of it’s the constant trek through the dungeons, which is akin to a first person shooter with crates, but Bethesda seems to be pretty creative with their dungeons so there’s not as much of a sense of been there done that as there is with many other RPGs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NHL 09 is not a simulation of professional hockey. It’s a game. A fun game, no doubt, but it’s more like an entertaining movie based on a good book which was based on actual events.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If you own a Kinect, want to work out, and are interested in combining those two pursuits, this is a solid bet. Mixing proven routines, tons of boxing/MMA moves, and a macho, no-nonsense look and feel, this has serious potential to upend EA Active for many. EA's game still has the edge in terms of trainer feedback and the sheer variety of activities, but the focus on kicking ass (or, at least training like a real ass-kicker) here is incredibly appealing. Just be sure not to over-extend or bang your joints!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There are a few niggling problems and annoyances on and off the field that keep the game from being picture perfect, but by and large, MLB The Show 08 for the PS2 offers a very realistic and entertaining brand of baseball.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Those looking for a deeper fighting engine will be happy, as will those who didn't want their strategic fighter over-done.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With the new additions of online play and downloadable content, Sony has created a quiz game which will not only stay fresh and new, but will also make it easier than ever for friends and families to play with one another no matter where they are.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game combines colorful artwork, character animations, adult themed language, and a very mature storyline that gives the game a nice overall feel that fans of the genre will appreciate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The game is by no means an "American Idol simulator” and probably won't help you score a trip to Hollywood at the next NY audition (if you can't sing now this game won't be the silver bullet for your shortcomings in that department), but it is certainly a lot of fun to play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Take any thoughts of how the game is based on a movie out of your head, as The Bourne Conspiracy is a compelling action game built on mostly solid gameplay ideas.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The interface is slick and easy to maneuver, the graphics solid, and the gameplay familiar and yet open enough to allow you to breathe a bit. Sure, the Diablo formula gets stale after a while, and this is no exception, but if the game does nothing else it proves that this genre fits in perfectly on the console—a pretty big achievement, really.