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 Burnout Revenge
Lowest review score: 0 NFL Tour
Score distribution:
2,626 game reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is, without a doubt, one of the all-time greatest games made. 50 years from now people will still be playing and enjoying this game... thoroughly.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With three massive areas and your hundreds of square miles of your own personal urban jungle, this Liberty City, more than any other version, is yours to do with as you please. The possibility for creative anarchy is limited only by the expanse of your imagination.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With three massive areas and your hundreds of square miles of your own personal urban jungle, this Liberty City, more than any other version, is yours to do with as you please. The possibility for creative anarchy is limited only by the expanse of your imagination.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Underwhelming multiplayer is easily overlooked; however, issues with the camera are harder to forgive. Maintaining simple control over the view or providing a faultless automatic camera is a must for platform games and Super Mario Galaxy falls flat in this regard. Everything else works wonderfully.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Longtime Mario fans will gobble this up and love every nanosecond, while casual folks may find themselves letting the game play for them more often than not.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Third grind is the charm.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beyond the visual feast and a plethora of features and options, Perfect Dark is a soup of gameplay genius beefy enough to eat with a fork!
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So good I have no idea where to start. The graphics? Superb. The music/sounds? Perfect. Is it fun? Hell yes...To be quite honest, this is the most interesting and fun game I have ever played.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may do what other games have already done, the important point is that it does it <I>better</I>.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Anyone who's ever dreamed of running a professional team in some capacity, or anyone who enjoys fantasy baseball, baseball board games, or similar products, will absolutely love what OOTP 2007 offers. Any criticisms of the game are merely trivial; in the end it comes down to this: This is the best “fantasy” baseball gaming package ever created.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a tale of moral imperative, the nature of man, tragedy, betrayal, right, wrong, and the gray that lives in-between. And if you're not interested in the depth its story line explores, it's also an immaculate action game, with enough ways to bludgeon, maim, and blow stuff up to hold you over until "Halo 3" arrives.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 is easily one of the best games released on the PlayStation 3, but also finds itself as one of the best releases across any platform in recent memory.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Valve has put together an impressive package that demands your attention. Now you just need to clear your schedule until late March to fully enjoy it all.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Orange Box may not restore the reputation of the bargain box, but it is a bargain, and it is worth your time. The three titles may vary in quality, but a fan of the franchise can probably overlook the flaws in Episode 2, and everyone, without exception, needs to experience Portal.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a remarkable achievement that despite from a few niggling bugs is an undertaking unlike any other. This could quite easily be the only game you purchase for the next several months and still provide you with a complete sense of satisfaction. There are few titles that offer such an incredible level of value without resorting to multiplayer and for that I applaud Bethesda. Skyrim is a role-playing masterpiece.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is by far the best single player action experience you are going to find on the PS2 this year - and the best Resident Evil game since "Resident Evil 2."
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If BioShock ends up being yet another critically acclaimed game that the general public ignores then we’re all wasting our time writing reviews in the first place. Folks, this is just about as good as it gets.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you own a PS2 and you do not own and play through this game 100% you will forfeit your right to call yourself a game player and should trade in everything you own and become a monk.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    How can a rehash of the same basic formula prove so successful? As GTA:SA has taught me, one does so by taking the best parts of a given game, improving them, and then adding a ridiculous amount of new features and content.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the graphical presentation is more of the same in Vice City, the sound effects and music have been vastly improved.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Play. Create. Share. These three simple words make up developer Media Molecule’s little big blueprint for a charming and unique game that wonderfully brings out the creative side in people. Apparently there are already plans for a sequel, but I can’t imagine how the developers can possibly top this.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What Red Dead Redemption does best is allowing players to do whatever they want, whenever they want in a setting unlike any other.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    People fear the reality in modern videogame violence, but the way GT3 has changed my everyday driving style is much more frightening.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The combination of a great campaign mode along with a goldmine of multiplayer options makes for an unbeatable gaming experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    How did I enjoy "OOT," but not MM? Simple, I knew that "Ocarina Of Time" was based almost entirely around the ocarina and the shifting of time, Majora's Mask simply took the 1st idea and exploited the necessity of travel, thus leaving Majora's Mask nothing more than a rehash of the first.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess reminds you why you began playing games in the first place.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the biggest problem with Portal 2 is Portal 1, which was a lean mean meme machine driven by one of videogaming's most unforgettable characters. So when the sequel has a minor negative space problem, and closes with a credit sequence that I can't hum for the life of me, is Portal 2 ever so slightly disappointing, or was Portal 1 just flat-out ingenious? I suspect a little of both. But with this much awesome Stephen Merchant, and with my status as a frickin' genius puzzle solver reaffirmed, and with a unique co-op experience, it's like complaining that I was promised the moon and the stars, but I only got the moon.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, Red Dead Redemption is going to please a lot of gamers who are simply starved for a new world to explore and the Wild West, even though the game takes place at the end of that era, is ripe for the taking.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    World of Goo is a fantastic game, and without a doubt the best WiiWare title on the market. I’d even go as far as saying it’s one of the most enjoyable titles on the Wii, period.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 has stepped up its game and it has been well worth the wait.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect game for people who like the "Resident Evil" look and feel, but find the slow moving story and action to be a little boring and tedious.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The overall movements of the players are much more fluid and they don't look as stiff as in 2001.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City, on the other hand, is a game about saving a city, Gotham City, and the experience is all the better for it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s rare for a single developer to put out two large budget-AAA games in the span of a few months. It’s rarer still that both games be so incredibly good, but with Mass Effect 2 Bioware has again re-affirmed its status as the premiere developer of games whose main assets have little to do with swords or assault rifles, but the stories and characters that bring games to life.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If the thought of playing Ocarina of Time anywhere and anytime thrills you, or if you haven't experienced it before, this is the title that's worth buying a 3DS for. However, if you've bought it three times before, or you've had your fill of Ocarina, there's not enough new here to warrant a purchase. No matter what camp you fall into, this is the definitive version of a truly classic game, and a blast to play, 13 years on.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You don't need to buy again if you've already played it, but for newcomers, it's essential gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A lot of Gears is derivative, from the Pitch Black light gimmick to the sassy black sidekick to the "Saving Private Ryan cam" to the way the score apes James Horner's Aliens soundtrack. But Gears of War feels like a game built out of homages rather than creative bankruptcy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What really makes it different is the level of immersion that is offered. It was so easy to start playing and only come up out of the game when the body’s demand to expel waste and take on more fluids became an urgent scream.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward may have taken a chance by modernizing the franchise, but the gamble paid off in spades. The game is one of the most gorgeous available for the 360 to date and the gameplay is absolutely fantastic, although it can be frustratingly difficult at times.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is truly the perfect way for Bungie to close out the trilogy. With its fun, if a bit short single player story, four-player online cooperative support, tight multiplayer gameplay and unmatched customization options, Halo 3 lives up to the unprecedented hype.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The pacing in Oblivion is better; things get interesting much quicker which leads to a faster sense of accomplishment.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This blend of familiar gameplay and contemporary aesthetic lends incredibly well to the game, giving you the sense that it’s something wholly new, with plenty of nods to a bygone era.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With all the extra features including multiplayer, new additions to the camera and the classic MGS games, Metal Gear Solid 3: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence is a must buy for the MGS series faithful.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 has stepped up its game and it has been well worth the wait.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To be certain, this is the penultimate hardcore game. While it introduces a number of innovations, its core remains in tune with classic console gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is my firm belief that almost every mature gamer out there will find a lot to love in God of War. It never talks down to the player and the presentation is near flawless.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This really is strategy gaming at its very best and you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you skipped it. It's that good.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a final note, the menu looks amazing. I know it really doesn't matter that much, but it really does. And it's customize-able! And that's not a bad thing. It's a good thing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was the first game on the system, and regretfully, it was also the only great game for the system that could stand the test of time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don’t buy this one and you’re probably passing up the most fun you’re going to have on your PS2 this season.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s hard to find a game out there for the Wii that provides more value for the money, or has more to see and do. The huge roster of well done, interesting characters combined with the wackiness of the in game items and the interactivity and challenges of the various stages packs the game full of memorable moments regardless of which portion of the game you decide to spend time with.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't pass on this one; it's the definition of the phrase instant classic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game play will be familiar to veterans of the series and is easy enough for newcomers to pick up in a hurry.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can only hope that soon you can come here and take part in the fun. I will warn you though, that once you do, you won't want to leave.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the Xbox's version, everything is silky smooth, while the PS2's is marred by jaggies...Aside from the annoying Xbox controller..., this is the version of the game to have for any true Tony Hawk fan.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With the famed versatility of the game engine, the amazing potential for quality third-party content has already begun to manifest itself, making it well worth the purchase and hefty investment in hard drive space.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautifully crafted and wonderfully realized, it is a shining example of the intersection between art and technology, love and loss, desire and despondence. It is, in one word, beautiful.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    God of War 2 brings back all the things that made the first game such a huge hit, including an incredible battle right at the start of the game to set the pace for the rest of the way.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Don't get me wrong. Starcraft II is a fine game. It's just not great.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This blend of familiar gameplay and contemporary aesthetic lends incredibly well to the game, giving you the sense that it’s something wholly new, with plenty of nods to a bygone era.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an epic quest of rejuvenation, elemental and ornate, in the context of an extended action/RPG/platformer. It’s built from artwork that upstages anything you've seen on a next-gen console. Not since Shadow of the Colossus has a game world been presented so lovingly and evocatively.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is an almost flawless role-playing game experience with hundreds of hours' worth of content.
    • 93 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 takes the formula established by the original and polishes it to great effect. Everything from the pacing of the campaign, tuned difficulty, added weapons and enemies, and slew of multiplayer options demonstrates mastery in design that all action games aspire, yet precious few achieve. Not everything is rosy--chalk the poor story and lame characters as being yet another victim of cheesy game writing. That's excusable, though.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In the end, though, none of this simplification really matters all that much. Sure, this smaller scope may diminish the game's scale, but it doesn't diminish its impact, as Mass Effect 3 is ultimately only slightly - and not always that noticeably - less fun than Mass Effect 2 (and is still a slight bit better than the original).
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's excruciating, mostly because Skyward Sword is such a rare, utterly wonderful game. It fully deserves to be thought of as a modern classic and a masterpiece, and it's so good that even controller frustrations couldn't keep me from sinking a completely crazy amount of time into it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While the difficulty of some battles may have you ready to smash your controller at times, the rewards for getting past the hard battles are more than worth the frustration. Viewtiful Joe is one of those rare must-play games that people will still be talking about 10 years down the road.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true work of art.
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    • 100 Critic Score
    Argos Naval Yard represents the definitive culmination of all of the hard work that Kerberos has put into the series up to this point.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    What makes the game so visually stunning is the multitude of graphical styles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A tremendous product. Wonderfully fun and thrilling, inspiring and energiz[ing], just a great amount of fun.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I honestly cannot give Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas a decent score in good conscience just because this could have easily been so much better as a PC title Let’s hope some patches roll around quickly to resolve the worst of the damage.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There are so many things that are combined to make this game as good as it is such as the storyline, voice acting, animation and the final ending scene is the cherry on top.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is how you do an action game. This is how you do a sequel. This is how you finish off a franchise.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Simply incredible.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s like playing air guitar, rocking out to your favorite music, but actually having a guitar.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3 isn't a bad game, there's plenty of visual style and action to be seen, the characters are likeable, and there are a few puzzles that will make you think. The problem is that Uncharted 3 sometimes doesn't feel like a game at all, but a movie I'm watching play out without my participation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An unparalleled, one-of-a-kind experience that represents the very best that gaming has to offer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The perfect balance of exploration and game play. If you're a big fan of completing games 100%, you'll get every dime's worth out of this purchase.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It handily out Gran Turismos even Gran Turismo itself in almost every way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV is more than a basic expansion pack.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only are the characters well designed, but once you step out into the huge world, you'll be amazed by the wide array of creatures and landscapes the game has. This is a PS2 game, but it's really pushed to the limits.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are great, the sound is great, and gosh darn it if the game is just a blast to play with different quest challenges and various hidden characters to unlock.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A great, open-ended platforming playground with some amazing visual effects adapted to a slightly updated gameplay and art direction.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the single most graphically impressive console game to date, hands-down.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A marvelous addition to an already stellar turn-based strategy series and if you have even the slightest interest in this type of game, you need to own the entire series. This is the type of game, particularly with this final add-on, that will stay on your hard drive for a long, long time. We simply cannot make it any more plain than that.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The replay value is immense, the multiplayer superb and the game has that “just one more game” quality because you know you want to master Expert mode. It just would have been nice to be able to see some sort of online rankings to see how you rate with the rest of the gamers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Every aspect of the game is virtually flawless, from its movie inspired soundtrack, to the incredibly life-like FMV, to the detailed battle and Materia systems, to the boatload of simplistic and addictive mini-games. This is what RPG fans have been waiting for.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It prides itself on being undyingly faithful to its source material; opting to create the ultimate edition of this must-own title with additions that never distract from the innovations that made the game a classic in the first place.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite possibly is the best N64 game ever. Forget "Golden Eye," "Perfect Dark," and "Zelda"...they don't even compare to Conker's.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    On paper, the new features of the game may not seem like much, but the resulting effort makes it one of the greatest music games available today and destroys any need, or desire, to play the original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The save system is also a major weakness. Unlike so many games now that allow the gamer to save at any time, Echoes employs the save-point method that only allows saving at specified locations that must be reached.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easily THE Game of 2002 in my book.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV is more than a basic expansion pack.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No matter what camp you belong in, LittleBigPlanet 2 is phenomenal. It's the first big game of 2011, and it may very well turn out to be one of the best experiences of the whole year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you were thinking about getting into playing a guitar, this would be an awesome game to start off with. Kids and adults will enjoy this game together, so it is extremely family orientated.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Truly, every Wii gamer should take a look at this package. Each game is good enough to stand alone for the asking price – packaging all three together was a rare and wonderful move on Nintendo’s part.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While not as innovative and different as I had hoped it to be, there is no denying that Klonoa 2 kicks the same amount of butt that it's predecessor did.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sound on this game is rad, it has that THX thing going on, too bad the music itself is cheesy (there is just something about symphony music that makes me itch).