GameSpot's Scores

  • Games
For 10,097 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 44% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Chrono Cross
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
10,097 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Strikes a perfect balance between new and old and renders the two previous entries in the series almost completely obsolete in the process.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The single-player game, which you can still play long after you complete the story, is the series' best by far, and the multiplayer features are good enough that you'll likely have no problem finding people to play with for many months to come.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game that you simply have to play. The single-player game, which you can still play long after you complete the story, is the series' best by far, and the multiplayer features are good enough that you'll likely have no problem finding people to play with for many months to come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For anyone who appreciates games that rise above the simple act of pushing a few buttons and pulling a few triggers, Metal Gear Solid 4 is a stimulating ride that you won't soon forget.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 is simply an outstanding game. It never rests on its laurels for a second, constantly presenting new objectives and mechanics to push you to never before seen places. Even the two-player mode offers new abilities and delights, making it even more fun to play with a friend by your side.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Graphically, "Chrono Cross" is nothing short of stunning.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game that can't be called anything other than flawless...This is the masterpiece that people will still be talking about ten years down the road.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For sheer adrenaline working in tandem with eye-melting graphics, nothing could touch it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is a masterclass in pure, unadulterated action-game design, where its insane eye-popping visuals meld effortlessly with some of the sharpest, most joyful combat to have ever graced a video game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The gameplay is identical to the arcade. Every move, combo, and character has been transferred over, and a couple of new characters have been added in as well.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The levels are bigger, the trick catalog is more plentiful, the number of goals per level has been doubled, and the already stunning gameplay has been honed even further.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The number of things that you can unlock in the game is simply staggering.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Dreamcast owners can enjoy what is easily the best version of the game to be released thus far.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The vastly improved running game makes all the difference in the world, since now you can truly mount an offensive attack that consists of a true-to-life air-and-ground assault.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The type of game N64 owners have been waiting for since they finished Mario 64. It has outstanding graphics and sound, and contains a certain depth in its gameplay that really entices you to finish it on all three difficulty levels.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A complete thrill ride from beginning to end, an experience perhaps best described as a 16-hour-plus version of the siege scene from the film "Terminator 2"...easily one of the best shooters ever, on any platform.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's not just one of the single most atmospheric games ever created, but it's also quite simply one of the best.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    With revamped animation, new zone defenses, and improved AI...the most true-to-life simulation of the National Basketball League to date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With its in-depth franchise mode, online play, excellent running and passing gameplay, and detailed graphics, NFL 2K3 is one of the best football games to date.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Graphically, the game has taken a very large leap, and the arcade version of the game looks downright ugly by comparison.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    While the violent nature of the game will surely turn some people off and kids simply shouldn't be allowed anywhere near it, GTA III is, quite simply, an incredible experience that shouldn't be missed by anyone mature enough to handle it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A title that combines the elegant simplicity of an action game and the addictive storyline of an adventure game with the personalization and exploratoration of an old-school RPG... The best game to come out in the past year, and you should own a copy. Period.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Provides just about everything you'd want in a follow-up to an outstanding game. It's bigger, badder, and better in almost every imaginable way.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Though you'll undoubtedly get swept up in the game's plot and be dazzled by its cinematics, it's the incredible story and the tense, enjoyable action at the heart of Metal Gear Solid 2 that make it so extraordinary.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With its strong story, well-written dialogue, terrific voice cast, impressive graphics, great in-game sound, and extremely entertaining and varied gameplay, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a stupendous thrill ride that shouldn't be missed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    "Morrowind" earned recognition for being one of the best role-playing games in years, but the immersive and long-lasting experience it provided wasn't for everyone. Oblivion is hands-down better, so much so that even those who'd normally have no interest in a role-playing game should find it hard to resist getting swept up in this big, beautiful, meticulously crafted world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A wicked game of hide-and-seek with high-powered future guns, which delivers one of the most heart-pounding and graphically thrilling experiences of the year. If its exciting campaign doesn't rope you in, chances are the team-based multiplayer will--either way, Gears of War is downright amazing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A melange of the action, adventure and RPG genres, Square has truly beaten all odds and produced an engaging, seamless epic unlike any other. Despite a few interface and complexity issues, Vagrant Story is a rare and nearly perfected game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Picks up where "Symphony of the Night" left off and stands out as one of the best portable adventures ever created.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you're an Xbox owner who either hasn't played these games or is looking to play them again, the Xbox versions of GTAIII and Vice City are the best ones available.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Any Xbox owner who doesn't already own another version of the game would be crazy to not pick this one up.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An amazing achievement in a variety of ways, especially in how its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works so well with its relentlessly exciting, white-knuckle action, all of which is wrapped up in a decidedly lengthy adventure chock-full of hidden secrets and bonus extras.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The challenging breadth of the adventure, the richly detailed graphics, varied gameplay, killer sound, and multiplayer mode all fuse into one amazingly fun experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is truly a game you will come back to day after day, week after week, aiming to unlock every car, break every record, and experience the excitement of the 24 Heures du Mans.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The game has crisper visuals, smoother textures, fluid animation, realistic and entertaining gameplay, and new modes of play such as franchise, street, and online.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only the best in the series, but it also manages to be the best car combat game ever created and one of the best PlayStation 2 games currently available.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Red Alert belongs in the same category as "Civilization II" and "Quake," games that followed legendary predecessors and immediately eclipsed them. One can only wonder where Westwood can take us from here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rises above the rest with its solid multiplayer performance, from its good weapon balance to its great level design...The most complete first-person shooter available.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anyone with even a remote interest in either the genre or the real-life sport should purchase this game as soon as possible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best [PS2 football game] of the bunch. With its responsive control, completely realistic graphics, and the best AI around, NFL 2K2 is the game football fans should own.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Part of what makes this game so remarkable is it doesn't assume that all you have to do in your busy life is play this one game, and so it delivers a high-quality experience regardless of how much or how little time you're able to invest...A stunning achievement that will make you feel privileged to be a game player.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if driving games aren't normally your thing, Burnout 3 is still right for you. It's <I>that</I> good. It ranks among the best racing games ever made...An amazing achievement that anyone with a pulse will probably love.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's the addition of the Forge level editor and the saved films that give the game an even longer set of legs, legs that will probably keep you running at full speed until Bungie figures out where, exactly, to go from here.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Crysis is visually stunning, packed with intelligent, thrilling gameplay, and easily one of the greatest shooters ever made.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The stellar presentation and fantastic level designs combine to make Super Mario Galaxy the Wii's game to beat and one of Mario's greatest adventures yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a bigger roster than ever, online multiplayer, and the ability to share screenshots, custom levels, and game replays with friends, Super Smash Bros. has never been better.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is an amazing role-playing game that should not be missed.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With three amazing new games and two classics all in one package, it's impossible to go wrong with The Orange Box.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With three amazing new games and two classics all in one package, it's impossible to go wrong with The Orange Box.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Developer Massive Entertainment has been making real-time strategy games for almost a decade now, but World in Conflict is undoubtedly the studio's masterwork. Everything about this game is top-notch, from the addicting gameplay to the amazing visuals. More importantly, World in Conflict offers up a refreshingly new approach to strategy gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A moving story, serene visuals, and brilliant puzzles make Braid an adventure that you absolutely should experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Incredible storytelling, great characters, and exciting battles are just a few of the things that make this fantasy role-playing game so extraordinary.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This isn't just a DS version of GTA; this is a fantastic game that advances the series by introducing a number of great new features.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is an outstanding game that tells a great story with memorable and occasionally laugh-out-loud-funny characters. Think about great moments that you remember from spaghetti Western movies, put them all into one 20- to 40-hour epic feature, and picture yourself in the starring role. Now you have some idea of what's waiting for you in Red Dead Redemption.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is an outstanding game that tells a great story with memorable and occasionally laugh-out-loud-funny characters. Think about great moments that you remember from spaghetti Western movies, put them all into one 20- to 40-hour epic feature, and picture yourself in the starring role. Now you have some idea of what's waiting for you in Red Dead Redemption.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With an exhilarating campaign, intense cooperative mode, and addictive multiplayer competition, Uncharted 2 is a complete game that is completely awesome.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This superb downloadable episode for GTAIV would be easy to recommend even if it were a full retail product selling for three times its actual price.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Turn 10 Studios' latest racer is bigger and better than its superb predecessor in every way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The PSP version of this fantastic GTA game is even better than the DS original.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A moving story, serene visuals, and brilliant puzzles make Braid an adventure that you absolutely should experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Traditional and fresh in all the right ways, this strategy sequel is an absolute joy for veterans and newcomers alike.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though its deep roots may not win over those who haven't enjoyed previous games in the series, Halo: Reach is a towering achievement that delivers an enormous amount of engaging content that players will no doubt be enjoying for years to come.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls, and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls, and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Never before have technology, playability, and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy VII.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Cast all fears aside: the latest Final Fantasy is the greatest game ever to bear the name.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2" used to be the must-own action sports game for the Game Boy Advance. Meet the new titleholder.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if driving games aren't normally your thing, Burnout 3 is still right for you. It's <I>that</I> good. It ranks among the best racing games ever made...An amazing achievement that anyone with a pulse will probably love.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Graphically, Banjo-Kazooie takes it to another level. The game maintains the look and feel of Mario 64, but instead of flat, shaded polygons, BK uses a lot of textures.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With stunning graphics, excellent sound, and extremely solid gameplay, Paper Mario is a quality game on all fronts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While it may not be the most graphically impressive version of the game, it is faithful to the series and manages to be the best skateboarding game for the N64.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're looking to get back online and challenge people from all over the country or just your friends sitting across the room, NFL 2K2 is better than last year's game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the taut Versus competition to the two great cooperative modes, Gears of War 3 delivers immensely entertaining experiences on both sides of The Locust War. But the real triumph is the campaign, a masterpiece of exciting gameplay and emotional storytelling that stands head and shoulders above its predecessors.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is an extraordinary role-playing game that transports you to an awesome and menacing world you may never forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is an extraordinary role-playing game that transports you to an awesome and menacing world you may never forget.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's in the uncompromising way it throws conventional wisdom to the wind, dropping you into its dangerous world without guidance, making you fend for yourself, and teaching you to shrug off defeat time and time again to finally earn victory. That this vast and unforgettable masterpiece is now only $40 makes the decision to play it even easier.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Brave New World taps into some of the darkest chapters of the long and storied history of our species, but presents them with respect, reverence, and a distinct sense of optimism for our uncertain future. This expansion is a fantastic accomplishment, and one that finally fulfills all of the potential of this chapter of the series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With excellent writing and remarkable attention to period detail, Gone Home turns the process of exploring a house into a captivating and deeply poignant journey of discovery.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    SSX
    The graphics will make you shake your head in disbelief even after a month of playing it, the sound effects can actually convey a sense of texture, and the music will have you figuring out the best way to hook your PS2 up to your computer to record the soundtrack.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Its endless tuning options and many racing events will keep you engrossed in the game for many months, and it's accessible enough to be enjoyed by anyone who's the least bit interested in driving an exotic car.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best space sims ever made and is a solid candidate for game of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The closest thing to a revolutionary step the genre has ever taken. Through a series of subtle and artistic design decisions, Half-Life creates a reality that is self-contained, believable, and thoroughly engaging.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the multiplayer action game that offers something for everyone--even those who prefer playing offline, since the UT bots are better than ever and are still the best in the business...No other multiplayer-focused action game has this much to offer.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    More than just an upgrade of the original, SSX Tricky is the best snowboarding game ever made.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fundamentally, this is a much-improved version of the same Civ games we've all been playing and desperately trying to put down for years. And that's far from a bad thing. In fact, it's an awesome thing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    In Exoddus, you have an incredibly welcomed quick-save option that allows you to quickly save your progress, anywhere in the game as many times as you want.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The game holds up fabulously, and the slight modifications that Nintendo has made to the game for its handheld release make it even better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the best, most challenging action adventure games ever made. Not only does Ninja Gaiden feature bleeding-edge graphics and sound, it boasts simply the best pure action ever seen in such a game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A surprisingly disappointing story and a fairly short single-player portion are noticeable shortcomings, but there's just so much breadth of content in Halo 2, and the action itself is so outstanding, that there can be no denying its quality.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    But this new installment seems bent on achieving nothing less than perfection by using last year's game as a starting point and fine-tuning its few issues, while also adding lots of new options and content, such as a lengthy series of stand-alone missions that emphasize the game's unbelievably intense, brutal, lighting-fast combat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Making use of nearly every bell and whistle that the GameCube hardware has to offer, Rogue Leader is a jaw-droppingly gorgeous game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Featuring a gripping story that never lets up, inventive gameplay, sky-high production values, and an attention to detail that is seldom matched, it's an experience like no other.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A game that rewards the curious, the original, and in some cases the bludgeoningly stubborn and tenacious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    "Quake III Arena" on the Dreamcast may offer more visceral gameplay, but Unreal Tournament is the most complete package yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Like the great looking textures, the game's 3D models and special effects are very impressive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    EA Sports decided to key on gameplay this time around, and in the process it has successfully propelled the game dangerously close to reality. This should sit well with anyone who truly appreciates the nuances, subtlety, and pace of the real-world sport.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a fast-action basketball game that isn't afraid to tinker with Midway's stock formula will definitely find a lot to like in NBA Street.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A first-person shooter has finally arrived that's so stylish, so ingenious, so well written, so well acted, and otherwise so great that this review won't have to include the expression "it's no Half-Life" - except for right there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Deftly avoids the many pitfalls of AI squad tactics, and this, combined with great control, mission design, and presentation, makes for a truly fantastic game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While "Madden" is the most realistic-playing football game on the market, ESPN NFL Football is simply the most exciting football game on the planet.