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 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Lowest review score: 10 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Score distribution:
4,784 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's exciting, it's challenging, and it makes space action feel fresh.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's reawakened my passion for the world's most popular sport, and it's seized my attention more completely than any video game since "ICO." Konami receives my foot-funk-free Golden Boot for this amazing effort.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The soundtrack in particular won me over from the very start. But despite all the references to this beloved material, I also felt satisfied as a gamer, challenged by its unique blend of exploration, action and strategy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best old-school adventure gaming to hit the scene in years.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one game you won't put down until every technique, option and secret has been revealed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough content and replay value to keep you busy for hours -- even more if you hook up with friend. Factoring all the elements this title offers makes it a no-brainer for anyone who's wanted a fighter that's simple to play, entertaining, and offers long-term value.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the greatest praise I can heap upon Point Lookout is that it doesn't feel tacked-on but more like a natural extension of everything that makes the new Fallout what it is.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though I still don't know what a perfect game of DX looks like, the fact that I'm still glued to it (despite -- at this point -- finishing what I estimate to be maybe one actual five-minute game in any given hour) should give you a pretty clear idea of how I feel about it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We can't recommend Persona 3 highly enough, although a lack of even an option for controlling your whole party directly is a real shame.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the previous game may be more polished, this edition aims higher and achieves more regardless of a few missteps.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely the best puzzle game on the DS. Every time I play it, I find something new to appreciate and it makes me want to play more. And for the record, I like it more than "Lumines."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this latest effort has its share of missteps, it's still the best Madden in recent memory. Gameplay is king, and Madden NFL 10 is plain and simple a hell of a lot of fun to play. This is a must-have for football fans.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It still succeeds in providing the player great fun through dozens of brilliantly designed worlds, but some innate limitations of the GBA hardware prevent it from being at the very top of its form.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wonderfully imaginative, and, most importantly, a heck of a lot of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As is usually the case with Ubisoft's games on Xbox Live, the netcode is solid, so you shouldn't see much lag.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The odds of Sony dropping a first-party title better than this for the rest of the year are slimmer than a supermodel on the Atkins diet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is far more balanced than the previous two games, and the graphics are excellent for current-gen and have more detail than their predecessors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After four iterations, FIFA Soccer 08 feels like the first title to live up to the "next-gen" name.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Being able to dominate players with Shaq or throw cross-court, no-look passes with Tony Parker is a wonderful addition, and it actually makes you feel like you're playing the game with real NBA players, not just a bunch of identical players.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of the complexity of the level design, part of the game's appeal is in attempting to find as many solutions as possible. You can always replay a level to try a new strategy or see a new area.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're interested in taking on a captivating yet downright terrifying single player experience, F.E.A.R. comes highly recommended.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's totally new and different. There's nothing else like this on the market. And it's a PvP fan's dream. But the big thing that pushes Guild Wars into must-have territory is the fact that there's no monthly fee.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delivers an engrossing tale of identity, mortality and discovery in a bizarre, fantastic setting. Clearly, a great choice for those seeking to role-play and watch their character develop.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a complete package, then, Sims 2 University delivers in a big way. There's a staggering number of new things to do and new ways to interact with your Sims. While bugs occasionally crop up, they're not quite enough to spoil to party.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a bit shorter than Episode 1 (mostly due to slightly easier puzzles), but the script is much sharper and funnier this time around, which makes it a more than adequate trade-off. Telltale Games is finally hitting its stride with this series and we couldn't be happier.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this port isn't the significant enhancement that we'd all hoped for (to put it kindly), Prepare to Die Edition is still clearly the definitive version of Dark Souls. It plays smoother, multiplayer is improved, mods have enhanced the resolution and promise further improvements, and there's content not currently available on the consoles.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its kiddy facade hides some terrifically fun gameplay with a lot of meat on its bones.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza 3 is a brilliantly engineered, if somewhat cold, racing game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between its extraordinary collection of cerebral trials, its comprehensive menagerie of shape-shifting animal-tools, and its skilled use of almost instinctual motion control, Zack & Wiki reveals itself as an unexpected, must-own treasure.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That The Lord of the Rings Online could whether the storm of player expectations and its development troubles and still be a decent game is an achievement in itself. That it could go through all that and come out the other side as an exceptional entry into the genre is nothing short of miraculous.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another fantastic LEGO game. LEGO Batman is simple enough for kids to mash their way through, but addicting and deep enough to hold the interest of their parents, and the rare game perfect for them to play together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only the best ATV game available for the PSP, but it's also one of the best ATV racing games for any system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The resulting package is so good that not even the nightmarish presence of Bam Margera and his merry band of sociopathic masochists can bring it down.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the subject matter is no doubt controversial and far from being politically correct, it does make for an excellent game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A very good single-player game, and a brilliant online game; Ubisoft's streak of Xbox greatness continues.
    • 86 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's for the wrestling fan who skips the ring entrances in their wrestling games and just wants a solid grappling and fighting experience. It's for the devotee of games with deep editing tools, who would love the chance to make hundreds of complex, satisfying characters. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns may not be the best-looking wrestling game available today, but it is in fact the best.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls are varied in style; thankfully there's something for everyone in play, although sometimes the touch screen jumps feel strange in stylus mode.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not flashy, but it more than gets the job done -- the Jim Thome of baseball games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's kind of like DICE has trained for a game development biathlon, resulting in its first game where the single-player mode is just as good as the multiplayer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you cut your teeth on, say, Telltale's various Sam & Max or Strong Bad series, you're about to find out exactly what a hardcore adventure game plays like.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Nemesis of the Roman Empire truly stand out, however, is the artificial intelligence. On the easy mode, it's a breeze and presents very little challenge. On the tougher levels, it's a real bear that is sure to give veteran real-time strategy gamers a tough test.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tour-de-force of imagination, an electronic window into a fantastic world that exists in only our consoles and a creative French guy's mind. I greatly enjoyed my time in that world, and my only real regret is that it was over so soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no gimmicks, no frills, and ten times more enjoyable than yet another warmed-over SNES port.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there's a better swan song for a game studio than creating an important console title in the Halo universe, I'm at a loss to think of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Here's to Nintendo for finally removing its blinders and giving us the chance to make our own decisions.
    • 87 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be politically correct, it may even be offensive to some, but when you come right down to it, Hitman 2 is an excellent game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Incredibly original and thoroughly entertaining.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very fun and very funny; it deftly satirizes Grand Theft Auto while being almost as entertaining, and it even improves on several aspects of GTA's gameplay (instant mission restarts, a superior guidance system, and an easily accessible collection of vehicles).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's good to see the company broaden its horizons more and more; L.A. Noire plays its tropes well, and it's a fine exploration of the crime-adventure genre's flip side.
    • 81 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stellar title, and it's mainly the inherent differences with the GameCube controller that make me hesitate from giving it a full recommendation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA's latest in the fledgeling spin-off series is another solid entry, even if it's not quite as polished as its predecessor.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has great graphics, exciting gameplay, and a solid online mode. If you can skip over the slightly gimmicky modes and stick to the excellent Franchise mode, you'll be happy that you whipped Mr. Jackson out at the game store.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic piece of video gaming entertainment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Elegantly designed, challenging, beautiful, and one of the best games released this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That's what LEGO Star Wars is all about: a great time. Whether it's the nostalgia or the cuteness that hooks you in, the gameplay makes it worth sticking around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new races and game balance changes have revitalized the multiplayer game, and the new campaign gives plenty of gameplay for single-player fans to sink their teeth into.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truthfully, LBP is a game rooted in production and consumption. The experience is hinged upon consuming and collecting in order to expand your depth and range when it's time to move into conceiving and concocting. Not everyone is going to offer a vision for others to experience, but the revolutionary nature of LittleBigPlanet ensures that gamers worldwide will be enriched a little more each time they turn on their PS3s.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neversoft has done an admirable job of recreating Guitar Hero's gameplay, and the new guitars, fantastic setlist and challenging note charts push the series forward, even if some players may not be quite ready to rock that hard. Features like the boss battles, online play and co-op could have made Guitar Hero III a legend itself but end up feeling unpolished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strikingly similar to CoD4 in many ways, while offering enough variety to recommend it to anyone who might be growing tired of last year's game. Although the campaign storyline isn't nearly as engaging as the one seen in CoD4, there should be enough memorable set pieces and intense sequences to keep you riveted throughout.
    • 81 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although its campaign has some plot twists that are mind-boggling, and there's no pretense that the ending is a bonafide cliffhanger, it's engaging, even if the narrative fails to explain some of the big story hooks. Competitive multiplayer is bigger and more brutal than its predecessor. Most importantly, co-op multiplayer is an absolute joy to play. Ultimately, however, it's the role-playing elements, such as experience points, that really enrich the experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This title feels like well-executed design by committee. It's got visuals that scream next-gen, and some cool weapons, but the overall lack of extensive environmental interactivity makes the title feel a bit like a "PS2.5" game more than a PS3 game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year, Take-Two won the Stanley Cup of NHL games hands down. With NHL 2k6, Take-Two is on its way to win the championship one more time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The franchise's signature elements are all here: driving, flying, action, stealth, and style, all done consistently well.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best in the series so far and a harbinger of great things to come. Honest.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chariot of the Dogs may be missing the satirical edge of earlier Sam & Max episodes, but the funny certainly won't disappoint long-time fans of the Freelance Police.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My highest recommendation: Though I'm done with my review, I'm far from done playing. In spite of my early kneejerk dismissal, I can't get enough of this crazy little unregulated dystopia where you can get heavy assault weapons delivered to your doorstep.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're interested a day-by-day re-creation of what is arguably the most dramatic decade the world has ever known, presented in a staggering amount of detail using a complex and sophisticated simulation that affords all sorts of freedom for hypothetical situations, then you won't want to miss Hearts of Iron II.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those of you who haven't gotten into the Balance Board yet but still want a taste of the carefree life of the world's preeminent pro snowboarder, Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip won't disappoint.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Guitar Hero 5 Neversoft has finally found its "confidence." An assured nature to the game's new visual direction contrasts with the see-what-sticks "extreme" visual stylings of its predecessors, and with several new game modes Guitar Hero finally bests its direct competitor in ease of use and friendliness, in many respects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great compilation of two fantastic games made even better with online multiplayer. Toss in a bargain price tag and fighting fans get one heck of a deal.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It tries really hard to please both jaded vets and exuberant fanboys, and for the most part, it succeeds, even if the story mode's a little short and on the easy side.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some will take Urban Chaos at face value and feel good inside with the game's many nods at the every day heroes of Americatown, USA. Others will take in the game's blatant sensationalism and wonder if it's not-so-subtle satire. Regardless, Urban Chaos: Riot Response is lots of fun, and merits a look from anyone who enjoys shooters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tetris DS does a remarkable job of reminding us why Tetris was so great in the first place, and it gives us tons of extra reasons to love it as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sprinkled with humor and nods to gaming's past, The Binding of Isaac is a ballsy game that revels in its absurd moments. Shock value aside, you'll want to play this indie gem over and over again. It's imaginative, utterly absorbing, and the best five dollars I've spent all year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the most original game this year, but it's one of the best you'll play on GameCube.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After finally learning and understanding the nuances of the game, I was hooked on one of the deepest GBA titles available. The game has its flaws, but the plusses clearly outweigh the minuses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All about the thrill. Whether you're immersed in a tense, low-speed cat and mouse standoff, praying you don't nail a spike strip at 200 MPH, or simply drinking in the carnage you hath wrought, you'll find little else like it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DDR freaks have bemoaned the removal of the ultra-difficult Oni mode, but the inclusion of user-editable nonstop courses of up to 20 songs each, which can also be used in the Workout mode (yes!), more than makes up for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer more than covers the bases, though, as Strikers will join Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Super Monkey Ball series, and the Mario Party games as one of the 'Cube's best titles for armchair warfare.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While NCAA Football 2005 could still use a bit of a graphical overhaul, and the running game still needs some help, the additions of Homefield Advantage and the Matchup Stick really add a lot to the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, though the mini-games may have their flaws, the true beauty of Space Rangers 2: Rise of the Dominators is how all of these disparate elements fit together into an almost seamless whole. The more the player gets into the Space Rangers universe, the more enjoyable the whole thing becomes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The hero's newfound voice adds an emotional impact and resonance that the original game sorely lacked, and I genuinely wanted to see Isaac conquer his inner demons nearly as much as the outer variety. In such an intense game (one of the most intense I've ever played), it's funny that the quiet moments were the one that really stood out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fact, the entire game seems to be pushing the GBA to its limits. This is arguably the best looking GBA game around, with all sorts of scaling, rotation, parallax scrolling, and all sorts of neat, SNES-caliber effects.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's many layers reveal themselves in a steady, satisfying progression that keep the game fresh, interesting, and most of all, flat-out-fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The hero's newfound voice adds an emotional impact and resonance that the original game sorely lacked, and I genuinely wanted to see Isaac conquer his inner demons nearly as much as the outer variety. In such an intense game (one of the most intense I've ever played), it's funny that the quiet moments were the one that really stood out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the trophy-style attributes, some great little secrets to unlock, and the highly amusing two-player stuff, it's pretty hard not to fall in love with those cute little Pikmin.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough action so that it doesn't really feel like an RPG, and the humor makes it all the sweeter.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An outstanding game that successfully combines two genres while never feeling as though it's neglecting either of them. The missions are well thought out and fun to play, with the bizarre weapons only adding to that fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest FPSs ever created. Thanks to a combination of sharp visuals, teeth-rattling sound effects, and tricky enemy AI, you'll be on the edge of your seat from the moment you're dropped into combat until your dying breath.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is what space games should be about: lush scenery, freedom, and room to roam. "Elite" is dead. Long live X2.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the new Trick Stick system to the amazingly deep career mode, nearly everything added to NBA Street V3 works perfectly... [T]his may very well be the greatest basketball game ever made, arcade or otherwise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of the specialized generals, however, pushes this expansion set over the top. If you've already got Generals, you cannot go wrong with getting Zero Hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its incredibly diverse control system is implemented into a truly enjoyable game that has enough simulation elements to please boxing fans and strong gameplay that can be appreciated by a diverse crowd.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its lackluster storytelling, Red Faction: Guerrilla is a whole lot of fun to play, thanks to its meaty campaign and well-rounded multiplayer offerings.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sims 3 is exceedingly adaptable to any character you'd ever dream of making.