GameSpy's Scores

  • Games
For 4,784 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Resident Evil 4
Lowest review score: 10 Rogue Warrior
Score distribution:
4784 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero World Tour is often both exhilarating and frustrating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lone Survivor, then, made me feel a lot of things. Frustration, rage, stress, exhaustion, fear, joy, hope, pride, sadness, wonder. Four hours and twenty-six minutes – plus some trial-and-error-based change. But this game's going to stick with me much, much longer than that, and there are few higher forms of praise I can offer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who played Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly on the PS2 know that it's a great psychological creep-fest, and now the game has arrived for the Xbox bigger, badder, and more beautiful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kirby's Epic Yarn is, at its quilted heart, an enjoyable 2D platformer that anyone who understands the language of fun can pick up and play, and it has an aesthetic that you can marvel at -- stress-free -- from beginning to end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never play MC3 before, or if you're the best MC3 player in the world, you owe it to yourself to snag Remix, pimp out some rides, earn some phat cash and experience one of the best racers for the Xbox. It's really quite that simple.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most notable disappointment is the lack of any online content. Yep, only PS2 THUGers have the ability to map their own face into the game and play multiplayer sessions online. But still, THUG for the 'Cube remains one of the best games you'll play this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The enhanced visuals and online functionality alone make them more enjoyable than any of the previous games, and you don't want to be the last trainer on the block to get with the times.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Mines of Moria proves that while innovation is nice, it plays second fiddle to vision.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capture and Hold and Raindance are strong additions to an already-strong free shooter, and it makes Tribes: Ascend an even more addictive "just one more match" FPS that's unlike any other shooter on the market. In the age of me-too shooters, that's not just a good thing, that's a great thing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A rare and generous package of new visuals, new gameplay, and absolutely crucial improvements to the core game. If you weren't an Age III fan before Asian Dynasties, get ready to be one now.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shooters are a dime-a-dozen these days, with many different variations to choose from. Killzone 2 manages to stand out from the pack thanks to its superb graphics, its unique setting, and its robust multiplayer offerings.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like a good horror movie, there are plenty of jump-out-of-your-seat scares, but the game is just as effective when you're imagining what could happen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The interface works a whole lot better on the PC, and if your machine is up to running it all maxed out, then it will look that much cleaner. All this aside, however, the game itself is intense and utterly engrossing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This was my favorite version of Bustin' Out. Although the graphics are sharper on the Xbox version and the PS2 version boasts online multiplay, the GCN-to-GBA connectivity feature gives this one a notable edge.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's an awful lot to do in Picross DS, but given the addictive nature of the puzzles, don't be surprised if you plow though the puzzles in a couple of weeks. The downloadable puzzles and custom puzzles will keep you busy for a while longer, but the fact is, you'll want more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only do you get a fairly rich role-playing experience, but you also get the jumping and exploring bonus of "Crackdown" and a thoroughly awesome fighting game as well.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The joy is in figuring out what kind of ninja you want to be. Mark of the Ninja gives you the tools to get the job done, and lets you run wild through levels with diverging paths, tons of secrets, and ways of slaughtering guards. As a result, that feeling of badassery I get upon pulling off a perfectly executed symphony of violence is a well-earned one.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crysis pushes the envelope in the graphics department and experiments with some freewheeling gameplay. The end result may not be a perfectly polished game experience, and it might require a monster system to really appreciate, but it's hard to fault a game for pushing so far past the bleeding edge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best flight simulations on the market today.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full of caring touches and a microscope-like attention to detail, F1 Challenge '99-'02 is the ultimate thinking person's open-wheel racing sim.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After logging over a hundred hours on Dragon Age: Origins, I still want to continue playing. I want to unearth more of its secrets, to better know its characters, to see how the decisions I make can impact its world, and yes, to see more of its endings. I can't think of a better recommendation than that.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The nonexistent load times, unlimited draw distance, and non-linear level design go far to establish Jak & Daxter as a classic, but there could have been more innovation to cement its position.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thing that immediately struck me when playing the game was the amazing amount of minutiae that's been included for eagle-eyed fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not even a terrible introductory sequence can take away from what is otherwise a fantastic game. Sure, the story is goofy, and at times the fighting is offensively clunky. The world isn't as colossal as the first Witcher's, and the ending is a bit of a tease. But in a time when I rarely bother to finish single-player games, I'm happy (and slightly embarrassed) to say that I'm already several hours into a second playthrough of Assassins of Kings. And I can't think of a better compliment than that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With more than 13 hours' worth of fun, hilarious, and classic Fallout content, Fallout: new Vegas -- Old World Blues is a must for any New Vegas owner.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new race and the gameplay changes have evened out the playfield for a while, offering a chance for new players to get into the game if they missed it the first time around.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's RPG trappings are just the sugarcoating for an incredibly deep and enjoyable strategic experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Suffice it to say that if you enjoyed the first Rainbow Six: Vegas, then you will undoubtedly find considerable value in Vegas 2.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row 2 offers up a shooting and driving experience that is plenty of fun. Its story isn't as engrossing as that of Grand Theft Auto IV, but it's not that kind of game. It's self-consciously funny in its irreverence, and its low-brow humor will definitely appeal to much of its audience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great add-on that gives AoM fans plenty of new toys to play with that are not only fun in their own right, but make the game they're attached to much, much better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it was first announced, I thought Left 4 Dead 2 was nothing more than a glorified expansion. After having spent hours with it -- and many more to come -- I appreciate the sequel's major and subtle differences.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With intuitive controls, tons of strategic depth, and lots of worthwhile single-player game modes, this is a seriously enjoyable game with serious legs.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To Guild Wars 2's credit, its issues do little detract from the immensely rewarding experience of the whole. It doesn't overthrow the conventions of the MMORPG, but it presents them in fresher and livelier packaging than its competitors.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one game that's worth the price of admission. Not only is it a great action title, it may very well be the best superhero game for current-gen consoles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Let's not mince words. Supreme Commander is "Total Annihilation" on steroids...An incredibly fun RTS. The massive tactical scale, the zoom function, the mega units and even the nostalgic resemblance to "Total Annihilation" make this game a must-have for RTS fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If your PC has the horsepower, Battlefield: 1942 is an online action experience no gamer should miss.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning title... Sure, it might be a little complex for the casual gamer, and it might be a little rough in places, but Rome is as deep and as satisfying as they come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A combination of solid Zelda-style gameplay and cinematic excellence push Beyond Good & Evil into the upper echelons of action / adventure games. This is what an interactive movie should be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter IV is Street Fighter at its best. It's not the obtuse canvas for virtuosity that Street Fighter III was, nor are its subtleties bogged down by anything like Alpha 3's alphabet soup of "isms." All the stuff that makes it go is more or less plain to see, and more importantly, easy to execute (comparatively speaking -- if double-quarter-circle motions give you cramps, expect no quarter from even this game).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When one considers the lackluster quality of many console-to-PC ports these days, it's truly refreshing to see an experience that comes jam-packed with so many bells and whistles and such exceptional visuals. If you're a PC gamer who's never burned out, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box serves as a fine introduction to the series.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DoA2: Hardcore's innovative style of play, coupled with blazing fast graphics makes this a title to own - even if you already have "Tekken Tag Tournament."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very fun and very funny; it deftly satirizes "Grand Theft Auto" while being almost as entertaining, and even improves on several gameplay aspects of GTA (instant mission restarts, a superior guidance system, and an easily accessible collection of vehicles).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Speaking of online, MLB 2K5 is one step closer to what we dreamed about for online sports games. You can play a full 162 game season in an online league, or stick to tournaments or single-game contests.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the clever level design and variety of traversal techniques (burrowing, web-grappling and wall-crawling) present both a great challenge and a nice diversity in activities that held my interest and kept me playing much longer than I probably expected to. Despite its frightening, creepy-crawly protagonists, I found Deadly Creatures to be both charming and endearing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best skating game ever made, and while it isn't nearly as groundbreaking as the previous game, it takes everything that made it great and adds some new tricks and a dash of juvenile potty humor, leaving you with the best time you'll have at a skate park this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By the time I reached the end, Mass Effect 3 had secured the trilogy's spot amongst my favorite science-fiction stories in any medium.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, the game features enough choices and entertaining kills to have you playing some missions more than once, striving for that elusive Silent Assassin rating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After four iterations, FIFA Soccer 08 feels like the first title to live up to the "next-gen" name.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're far from disappointed. It's difficult to say whether or not Skate 2 is better than the original -- it lacks that game's moxie and swagger. It's no longer that up and coming superstar that demands your attention. This time out, it's more comfortable with what it's doing, and it achieves its goal of reproducing the feel and culture of skateboarding exceptionally well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Leaves its predecessor looking rather simple and boring in comparison. And the online opportunities offered in the new package are some of the most compelling available on any console - at the moment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 09 is jam-packed with new content, from clan-based player support to real-world stat updates. Although it feels more like an incremental update than a revolutionary overhaul, EA doesn't need to reinvent the wheel so much as smooth out its edges.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is exceptional fun, tests the mettle of even the most hardened platform junkie, remains completely true to its roots, and delivers spectacularly in the graphics, combat, design, music, and most importantly, gameplay departments.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable II presents you with difficult, meaningful decisions that shape the development of the world around you. You'll experience life from a young age and see your character grow up to become a powerful force in Albion. Whether or not you become a force for good or for evil is completely up to you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX is special. And the reason for that is the incredible replayability and the pure game design it offers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It manages to exhaustively deliver everything that made "Burnout 3" so fantastic while adding small tweaks that make its predecessor an immediate item for trade-in at your local game store.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As shocking as it may sound, the combat in the GBA version of TMNT is even deeper than it is in any of the other versions. On the surface, it's a mash-the-attack-button affair, but after a few minutes of play I began to see little contextual nuances that provided a wealth of variety.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just about every aspect of the production is top-notch, from the stunning graphics to the realistic, graphic dialogue.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful rebirth of a classic franchise.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spirit Tracks features some of the best labyrinths and inventive bosses in Zelda history.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This DLC doesn't bring the much-anticipated level cap increase (Gearbox says that's on the way soon), but otherwise, this is the adventure that Borderlands 2 veterans have been waiting for. Go on the Big Game Hunt for the continued story, but stay in Aegrus for the challenge.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing through the songs you've likely heard for your entire life gives you a new appreciation for the level of musicianship and songwriting on display. Somehow, Harmonix found a way to make the greatest band of all time even better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best and most enjoyable rhythm / music games ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the poor online modes, the rest of the game is nothing short of stellar. With all of the new tweaks and gameplay options, NHL 08 is worth the time of any hockey fan. Not only has EA managed to prove that this is indeed the coolest game on Earth, it's also one of the best sports titles of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's definitely not a serious look in to the franchise, but this game has been marinating in fun for months, and the goodness has soaked all the way in.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer additions elevate the expansion to a must-own. Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs has managed to re-invent and reinvigorate the game. I'm sorry guys. I'll never doubt you again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though it's a text simulation without flashy graphics, realistic ball physics, or signature batting stances, it's approachable, accessible, and downright fun. If you have never tried a text sim, OOTP6 is an ideal starting point.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though some may be disappointed by the linear gameplay, most will take comfort in the fact that the scripting is well done and helps make for a well-crafted experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks gorgeous (come on, what did you expect?), runs very smoothly, and features some cool new additions to the series. Sure, the single-player mode is hackneyed and contrived, but the multiplayer action is as good as ever. This is the best console Unreal game to date.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's not without its flaws, Fight Night Round 4 is still one of the most entertaining games of the year, no matter what gaming category you think it belongs in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The kind of shooter that can live only on the PC. It's far deeper than console shooters, and makes no concessions to accessibility to appeal to a casual audience. This is as hardcore as first person shooters get, and if you're prepared to put the time in to learn how to play it well, you'll be rewarded with a level of satisfaction that team deathmatch will never deliver.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PS2 version isn't as pretty, but it controls better, while the Xbox version is substantially more beautiful to look at. Either way, though, it's a solid game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easily one of the best looking games we've played this year, but thankfully there's plenty of strategic depth and engrossing gameplay to back it up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still not the prettiest game on the block, and frankly, the lack of the German league is a huge peeve, but the core gameplay is very much intact, and razor sharp as ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you don't break into a big, dopey grin while running around shattering LEGO Battle Droids into their component parts, then you should just put videogames down for good -- you've outgrown them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It delivers a portable rush of addictive high-speed action. And you can't really ask for more than that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining a haunting story with astounding visuals and sound, Syberia is the best adventure game since "The Longest Journey."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The awesome character designs by Japanese artist Mitsuru Nakamura (who is primarily known as simply "326") certainly add to the game's appeal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So many play styles can only translate into one thing -- boundless replay value.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's true that the QB Vision system changes the game dramatically, it's not always for the better, especially when you're still trying to learn how to use it properly. If you can get over the steep learning curve (and trust me, it's a doozy), you'll probably learn to love it, as it makes the game feel much more realistic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few other games feature such effortless charm, refreshing originality, or just plain sharp character design. Sly 2 is a feast for the character-action connoisseur.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it offers some nice additions to an already winning franchise, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 is the first game in the series that doesn't fully deliver the goods. One can't help but feel like the series needs a shot in the arm to get players excited again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single-player game features some welcome additions (pipe bombs are a lot of noisy, nasty fun), while the multiplayer is even more fun than it was the last time out. This is undoubtedly one of the Xbox 360's best titles.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not a flawless package; some of Paradise City's terrain could be easier to navigate with do-it-yourself waypoints, and the inability to restart a race is irritating. However, there's so much to do and wreck that you'll invest tens of hours in single-player before you even tap the d-pad to jump into the online experience. Paradise is undoubtedly the first must-own racing game of 2008.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can buy into the idea that the ending you get is your ending, and that your characters are really your characters, then you just might find yourself feeling moved by a videogame.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PlanetSide 2 shows the PC off. From the gorgeous lighting and huge draw distances, to the intense, multiplayer battles. It's based on something old, but that was so far ahead of its time that even now the template feels new. Exciting. It feels like the next generation has just landed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its kiddy facade hides some terrifically fun gameplay with a lot of meat on its bones.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Since just about every trail is unlocked from the beginning, you won't get to feel the satisfaction of making your way to a new mountain (one of the best parts of "SSX 3") and exploring it for the first time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A deep Dynasty Mode and some cool new gameplay additions ensure that you'll be playing the game for months to come, and while we can't say yet if the game will be able to gain ground on its biggest rival, we can say this: NBA Live 2005 is the best EA Sports basketball game ever.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you don't break into a big, dopey grin while running around shattering LEGO Battle Droids into their component parts, then you should just put videogames down for good -- you've outgrown them.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the combat's a bit bland and the challenge could stand to be higher, the fact remains that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a wonderful rebirth of a classic franchise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most uniquely imaginative horror games ever created... Despite the fact that there are some frustrating elements (namely the save system and AI), Dead Rising is a straight-up blast from start to finish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The formula it's created may be multiple years old, but DICE isn't just cashing in here; it's distilling its concept down to the core of what's important: fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It strikes a near-perfect balance between painstaking realism and flat-out fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest difference between 2K3 and its competition, though, is the game's physics. Players move like they're actually on ice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Splosion Man will probably prove too difficult for a lot of people to want to play through in its entirety, but I urge you to at least try.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best skating game ever made, and while it isn't nearly as groundbreaking as the previous game, it takes everything that made it great and adds some new tricks and a dash of juvenile potty humor, leaving you with the best time you'll have at a skate park this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One could easily say that Bad Company expands the genre itself with its combination of great story, destructible environment and surprisingly deep single-mode multiplayer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the finest crossover titles I've ever played; mainstream gamers will enjoy it for its excellent use of the movie license, sharp visuals, and easy-to-pickup gameplay, but it also has enough challenge and variety for hardcore players to soak up.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the game's multiple endings and its awesome character creation, it's definitely worth playing this 20-plus hour game again just to get a different feel for its compelling story and tight gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent package that redefines value for a handheld game. It'll probably become a permanent fixture in your DS carrying case, as it has become in mine.

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