GameSpot's Scores

  • Games
For 11,094 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Odyssey
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
11100 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    For sheer adrenaline working in tandem with eye-melting graphics, nothing could touch it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GTA V is an imperfect yet astounding game that has great characters and an innovative and exciting narrative structure, even if the story it uses that structure to tell is hobbled at times by inconsistent character behavior, muddled political messages and rampant misogyny. It also raises the bar for open-world mission design in a big way and has one of the most beautiful, lively, diverse and stimulating worlds ever seen in a game.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Breath of the Wild is a defining moment for The Legend of Zelda series, and the most impressive game Nintendo has ever delivered.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    The number of things that you can unlock in the game is simply staggering.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few mild frame rate issues that sometimes take the edge off its more dramatic moments, this is the definitive version of GTA V, and the bar by which all other open-world games, or indeed any game that aims for a cinematic feel, should be judged. It is beautiful, and thought-provoking, and thrilling throughout.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mario's latest outing is big, bold, and bursting with new ideas, and like Breath of the Wild, is another instance of Nintendo going above and beyond to redefine our expectations. It's a shining example of refined creativity, and another crown jewel for Switch that is without equal.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    While Half-Life 2 breaks little new ground, it's still a superb and engaging first-person shooter, as well as an amazing technological accomplishment.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its weak link is its unsatisfying no-skill-required combat, which might aim this one just over the head of the average Halo fan. But if you want to get a little fancy, there's a lot of fun to be had with some of the game's more indirect fighting methods. It builds an amazing atmosphere by using terrific graphics and sound to set a creepy mood. But BioShock's real strengths are as a compelling work of interactive fiction, and as a unique ride through a warped world with some great payoff built into its mysterious plot. If that description has you even the least bit interested, you won't be disappointed one bit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the speedy exhilaration of soaring high above the streets to the atmospheric thrill of discovering long-forgotten secrets in the tunnels below Gotham, this is an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you've seen the credits roll.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once this intense and action-packed role-playing game pulls you into its orbit, you won't want to escape.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess contains the same expertly designed puzzles and time-tested gameplay that you've come to expect from the series, though parts of its presentation feel stuck in the past.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're slashing a dragon's wings, raising the dead back to life, or experimenting at the alchemy table, Skyrim performs the most spectacular of enchantments: the one that causes huge chunks of time to vanish before you know it.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An amazing achievement in a variety of ways: Its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works extremely 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While some may be a little put off by the late-game item fetching and the game's easy puzzles and boss battles, The Wind Waker is nonetheless a strong achievement in every way, from its stunning graphical presentation to its tight control and interesting story line.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Before you can enter a given circuit, you must obtain certification in the form of a license. If you don't pass, you can't race. This is certainly the most controversial aspect of the game and the reason that Gran Turismo scores only an 8 in gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of some technical issues, BioShock creates an amazing world that you'll want to explore and a compelling mystery that slowly comes together as you play.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's a definitive role-playing experience, and the only reason it can't be called the best game in its class is because in a sense there's nothing available that compares to it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little Big Planet is a novel, imaginative, and highly customisable platform game.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A great handheld port of one of the greatest games ever released for Nintendo's 16-bit system.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Some will appreciate the game's differences, while others will find the game's focus on minigames and side quests tedious and slightly out of place.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the many small problems in combat, there's an undeniable tension. Vanquishing a horde of attackers is challenging, so you must fight intelligently.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Twilight Princess contains the same expertly designed puzzles and time-tested gameplay that you've come to expect from the series, though parts of its presentation feel stuck in the past.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Has online play, a robust franchise mode, and plenty of secondary modes to keep you busy, but the minor issues with the running and passing game really prevent it from being the absolute best representation of professional football that's available.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Nothing short of the best portable skateboarding game ever made.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last of Us is a great action game that you should play if you haven't already. And if you have played it before, the improvements here aren't so dramatic as to make the game feel like a new experience, but it is definitely one worth revisiting. In the world of The Last of Us, as in our own world, love might destroy you, but it's also one of the only things worth fighting for.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sense of novelty is diminished, but the thrill of exploration and puzzle-solving is still intoxicating, and it's amazing how Portal 2 manages to tell a better story with disembodied voices and spherical robots than most games can with full-on humans. Your return to Aperture Science is a joyful one in this immensely appealing, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoroughly satisfying sequel.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Your return to Aperture Science is a joyful one in this immensely appealing, laugh-out-loud funny, and thoroughly satisfying sequel.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is an accessible, clever, and downright hilarious adventure into the eccentric world of Aperture Science.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Innovative, addictive, and delightfully weird, World of Goo is a superb puzzle game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stupendous game, portraying a beautiful and broken city that will absorb your every waking thought.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Playing the entire conflict in the role of the other side makes for twice the gameplay value, and I don't even want to think about what's going to happen when the six-player networkable version comes out. Highly, highly recommended.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As with Final Fantasy VII and VIII, the music arrangements are distinctly synthesized and sound 16-bit.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 nails the three pillars of play--campaign, cooperative, and multiplayer--to earn its place in the pantheon of modern shooters.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Perhaps for the first time in the 3D action genre, Devil May Cry has successfully captured the twitch-based, relentlessly free-flowing gameplay style of so many classic 2D action games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign is over in a flash, but the high quality of that campaign and its terrific multiplayer options make Call of Duty 4 a fantastic package.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is a bit disappointing. Even still, the game manages to one-up last year's Madden in most categories.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the speedy exhilaration of soaring high above the streets to the atmospheric thrill of discovering long-forgotten secrets in the tunnels below Gotham, this is an unforgettable adventure that will keep you coming back to the cape and cowl long after you've seen the credits roll.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're slashing a dragon's wings, raising the dead back to life, or experimenting at the alchemy table, Skyrim performs the most spectacular of enchantments: the one that causes huge chunks of time to vanish before you know it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once this intense and action-packed role-playing game pulls you into its orbit, you won't want to escape.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though its roots show through from time to time, the improved visuals remove any barrier of entry that age may have posed. The new elements enhance the core adventure to create the definitive version of this classic game, making Ocarina of Time 3D the best way to embark on (or relive) this landmark adventure.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Graphically, "Chrono Cross" is nothing short of stunning.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intriguing moral choices and a chilling story make BioShock a must-play adventure, even a year later.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This rich, action-packed space adventure is immensely entertaining on its new platform, though the transition isn't wholly smooth.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If by some chance you've put off playing Vice City up till now, don't wait any longer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Covers nearly every facet of professional football, but what makes this year's entry in the series so special is the fact that it ties all its components together seamlessly. Even the new gameplay features have been integrated incredibly well.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 92 Critic Score
    Microprose managed to add a score of new play elements that help the aging strategy classic evolve - without sacrificing the game’s addictive qualities.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you're into action games, and even if you're not, you should be playing Quake right now - it's as good as PC gaming gets.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign is over in a flash, but the high quality of that campaign and its terrific multiplayer options make Call of Duty 4 a fantastic package.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioShock Infinite isn't afraid to magnify the way religious and racial extremism inform our culture and change lives. It isn't afraid to depict a less-than-holy trinity diseased by power, deception, and manipulation. As the story circles back on itself, you're left wondering whether redemption cleanses us of our atrocities, or simply invites us to commit greater ones. Once the finale comes, you will want to play again, watching each event and image through the lens of information you can never un-know. BioShock Infinite is more than just a quality game: it's an important one.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazing presentation, intricate and enjoyable fighting gameplay, and long-term appeal with online play make this a must-have. Street Fighter IV is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of the fighting genre in this generation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In addition to being a very good adventure game, it features great writing and beautiful art direction.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the game surely has its share of problems, it must be said that the game presents itself extremely well and really is fun to play, even if it is almost completely devoid of challenge.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    SMB3 purists may be annoyed with some of the minor tweaks that have been made to the original game, but that shouldn't stop them from experiencing this incredible platformer all over again.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game full of redefinitions, forcing you to really rethink what you expect out of a game from an audio/visual standpoint while delivering some exciting, balanced gameplay at the same time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Chaos Theory sometimes has a designed-by-committee feel due to its many disparate parts, and despite the game's grittier new theme and its new "Mature" rating, it's going to offer a familiar experience to Splinter Cell veterans. But even if some of the changes are marginal, this is still the most entertaining, most well-rounded game in the series yet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid 3 returns with a vengeance in this special edition, which significantly improves an already great action adventure game while adding a solid new online mode and some great extras.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 nails the three pillars of play--campaign, cooperative, and multiplayer--to earn its place in the pantheon of modern shooters.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're a hard-core fan, you'll certainly enjoy the ability to play online, and all the other new features that help make an enjoyable game even better.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It's simply a marvelously executed experience that's fun from beginning to end, and anyone with a taste for mature content and the action adventure genre would be foolish to pass it up.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's one of the only Star Wars games to truly make you feel at times as though you're a key player in and a part of this unique and beloved sci-fi setting...The vast majority of Knights of the Old Republic is so exceptionally good.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The real beauty of it is definitely in the gameplay...You can't tell right off the bat, but Virtua Fighter 4 is the best fighting game in years.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Covers nearly every facet of professional football, but what makes this year's entry in the series so special is the fact that it ties all its components together seamlessly. Even the new gameplay features have been integrated incredibly well.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A game that rewards the curious, the original, and in some cases the bludgeoningly stubborn and tenacious.

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