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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Skate
Lowest review score: 10 Infestation: Survivor Stories (The War Z)
Score distribution:
4784 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fantastic version of an astonishing game. Although you miss out on the sumptuous bonuses of the original release, you will get substantially more content at a great price.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes carnage, Rune doesn't skimp. The game ships with the disclaimer that it's "not a game for the meek, slow or anyone under 17 years old." This is not an understatement.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simple enough to pick up and play for a couple of minutes, but engaging enough to keep you enthralled through a long commute or on a cross-country flight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a real-time strategy game, EndWar is an intimate and deeply nuanced experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bully is a game that transcends the technical limitations of its programming, achieving despite its flaws in ways that few games have dared to try.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I've never played anything quite like it, and I think I'm ready to retire my DDR dance pads permanently, because this is the real revolution.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With high frame rates that won't quit, 52 stages set across eight different countries, an impressive array of environmental effects, multiplayer options in every mode, and all of the strengths of past installments of this series, Colin McRae Rally 04 is a worthwhile pick for any avid Xbox racing enthusiast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amazingly, this rally racer also happens to be the best-looking game on the Xbox. The car models are bleeding-edge realistic, with licensed decals and aftermarket streamlining. The collection of tracks is wildly diverse, with feet in nearly every continent.
    • 88 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you aren't interested in the story, Extraction is still one of the best-looking and most fun action games on the Wii.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best platformers the system has seen, mostly thanks to its amazing visuals and downright hilarious dialogue.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minor complaints aside, Uncharted 2 is the single best PS3-exclusive title to date. I love the voice acting and characters, and I can honestly say that the multiplayer is something I see myself returning to again and again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love, like, or are even lukewarm on the band, grab it. 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The developers at Ubisoft have taken a great game and made it better, from the single player mode all the way through the multiplayer action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Metroid Prime series was pretty fantastic on its own, and now that all three titles have been brought together with some much-appreciated control improvements, it's one of the best titles (and certainly one of the best values) on the Wii. The new controls really do provide a good excuse for fans to double-dip.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a near-perfect port of a killer game. In fact, I'd go on a limb and say that The Warriors is that console generation's best pure brawler.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like in real life, Tiger continues to impress.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Very fun and very funny; it deftly satirizes "Grand Theft Auto" while being almost as entertaining -- and it even bests GTA with its instant mission restarts, superior in-game navigation, and more easily accessible collection of vehicles.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diehards will love the reduced emphasis on checking, while more casual fans should enjoy the new skill stick moves and the ability to place your shot wherever you please. Best of all, every rule change has made it into the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of action games, then Ninja Gaiden II is an absolute must-have. The gameplay mechanics are phenomenally satisfying, and mastering Ryu's diverse weapon sets can easily entertain you through multiple play-throughs, giving this strictly single-player experience an extended life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's painful to see that the ultra-cool face-mapping and online eight-player multiplayer game is absent from the final Xbox package. However, THUG for the Xbox remains one of the best games you'll play this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you've never played any of the DOOM titles, if you like first-person shooters and you own a Game Boy Advance, DOOM II is an absolute must-have game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ine of the most unique, funny and satisfying games of 2007, and we can't wait until Valve produces more of it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's at once entirely expected and a crying shame that this game won't catch on in the same way that, say, Street Fighter IV did, as BlazBlue packs what may be the best online play ever seen in a 2D fighting game (it is -- at worst -- neck-and-neck with the amazing Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix in this category, though the option to replay ranked matches certainly gives it a tantalizing edge).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    About my only complaint is that it's over too soon -- just an hour, without mistakes...It's unmisssable for anyone who wants to take a space-age vacation from the typical.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crysis 2's shiny graphics are nice and all, but the Nanosuit is the true star of the show. Offering a true sense of power rarely seen in modern shooters, it helps to make this one of the most exciting games of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sporting slightly more impressive graphics than either the 360 or PS3 versions (mostly due to the superior definition of higher-end LCD displays combined with flashy video cards), the PC version of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 could be the best version of the game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The controls feel a bit antiquated now that we've been acclimated to the Skill Stick, but it's an excellent way to introduce your non-sports game loving friends to one of the best sports titles in years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crysis 2's shiny graphics are nice and all, but the Nanosuit is the true star of the show. Offering a true sense of power rarely seen in modern shooters, it helps to make this one of the most exciting games of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a huge improvement over the first title in nearly every area. In fact, it nearly makes the first game obsolete.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new title combines strong platforming fundamentals, Assassin's Creed's open-world structure, and some of Okami's wonderful aesthetic flourishes. What it introduces to action games is something truly wonderful. Since the Prince can't die, the pace and rhythm of gameplay is never lost, yet it still offers a challenge even for hardcore gamers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A massive improvement over the original in pretty much every way imaginable: music, graphics, interface, customization options, and difficulty level. It's also a fantastic strategy game, and probably one of the last great GBA titles that will be released in the West.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even without a high level of graphics pleasure, Forza is still better than "Gran Turismo 4." Why? How about incredible online play, solid AI and a realistic damage model? That's in addition to hundreds of cars, impeccable control and a career mode deep enough to rival your local bottomless well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the coolest things about this game is the fact that it doesn't take itself very seriously. The sense of humor manifests in a bunch of ways, not the least of which are the whacked-out in-game TV shows that play out in parallel to the game's own story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its kiddy facade hides some terrifically fun gameplay with a lot of meat on its bones.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drawing its strength from such greats as Thief, BioShock, Batman: Arkham City, and Portal, Arkane Studios' latest manages to deliver that magical formula of intimately familiar and refreshingly new. It doesn't shine as brightly as it should on PC, and it might not offer the challenge stealth-action fans are used to, but it's an impressive accomplishment that immediately stands out as one of the best things we've seen this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The overall "feel" of the multiplayer game is terrific and the basic gameplay paradigm works to create a game that's deep, rich and thoroughly satisfying. Combined with a fun and very different-playing single-player component, this is a game that's well worth a look by any strategy fan looking for something fun that breaks the RTS genre's straitjacket.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The people that made the game really want you to feel like you're chosen by destiny, fated to be a hero; and they've put a lot of effort into it. Being completely solid doesn't hurt, of course.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although Oblivion's playability hasn't been improved, Shivering Isles storytelling and artistry simply soar beyond anything else the Elder Scrolls team has done.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But for $40, you're getting much, much more than your money's worth. Any PSP gamer with even a passing interest in music creation should absolutely take Traxxpad for a spin.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On a very meaningful level, it gives complete newcomers access to the most exciting aspect of the game right out of the box. And should those players decide to sample everything that it has to offer, they will not be disappointed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoy your stories ripping and your RTSs simple but smart, Codename: Panzers Phase Two is probably for you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game delivers where it needs to, offering the most realistic NBA experience to date. Heck, even free-throw shooting means memorizing the shooting styles of different NBA players (a feature we really like, by the way).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's certainly not the bar-raiser that "Modern Combat" was, especially in the solo campaigns. But with the new co-op play and the rest of the multiplayer content, World of War turns out to be an extremely entertaining and faithful addition to the Call of Duty family.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's simultaneously innovative and derivative, and it's a game, I suspect, that gamers will either love or hate, with little space in between.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While EA's series definitely has its strong points, ESPN NBA 2K5 has better graphics, AI, and that highly addictive 24-7 mode.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's telling of how ravenously the most devoted WoW players inhale content that level 80 Death Knights fishing for instance runs are commonplace at this point, less than two weeks after Wrath's launch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game isn't a construction of godly perfection, it is pure, raw fun that may eclipse the first two, depending on whether you'll miss the adventure elements or the less ostentatious presentation of the first game. I, for one, did not.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It gives you tasty side dishes of RPG and adventure gaming to go along with the action genre. Add on top of all that the excellent production values, impressive voice acting, tight script, bonuses like Commentary Mode, and a reduced price.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Represents the very pinnacle of PS2 racing games and lord only knows how long we'll have to wait for the next installment. Get it, race it and love it... One of the most comprehensive games of the last four years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from minor framerate niggles, DUB is one of the finest racers to hit the market in recent memory, and it's certainly the king of the tuner racer scene, without a doubt.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something very satisfying about playing Taiko Drum Master. That something is spending the entire game hitting things. And creating sweet, sweet music, of course, but the feeling of bringing those plastic drumsticks down on the taiko controller is something that you don't normally get from a home video game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtua Tennis 3 is fine fun for even the uninitiated. Not only did I have a good time playing through the cornucopia of kooky minigames, but I also came out with a firmer knowledge and appreciation for tennis itself.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To play America's Army is like slipping into a fascinating experiment. As players come and go, you're witness to riveting displays of heroism and cowardice, brilliant tactical bluffs, and awesomely awful blunders.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Agents of Change delivers, giving Brink fans more of what they want, while adding abilities that offer fresh gameplay strategies -- no matter what the map. Bethesda apologized for Brink's launch issues with this robust, free add-on. Apology accepted!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's harder than most, but the feeling of elation when you finally work those punk-ass CPU roadsters into submission is legendary. Rockstar's latest above-the-law offering is excellent.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While EA's series definitely has its strong points, ESPN NBA 2K5 has better graphics, AI, and that highly addictive 24-7 mode.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is it the most attractive golf game ever to be released, it also features some revolutionary gameplay ideas that will likely be copied for years to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the EA game is solid, it just doesn't stack up with 2K6.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's endlessly addictive, and thanks to its design, it'll be a long time before you run out of things to do in it. Thanks to the brilliant translation, it's also one of the funniest games that I've playing in some time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its intuitive, intense gameplay and rich atmosphere, Secret Weapons Over Normandy is the best flight-action game for the PlayStation 2.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A startlingly modern experience, one that marries unparalleled aesthetic design with motion controls that actually matter, resulting in a one-of-a-kind trip that promises to stick with you long after you've liberated Lumi.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's all about balance, you see. And pacing. And A Crack in Time does as good a job of maintaining both as any Ratchet game we've seen in years.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't help but admire the beauty and power crammed into this game. Aside from a few minor online quibbles, you'd be hard pressed to find a better, enjoyable racing game to dig into this holiday season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole rival presentation really gets your blood boiling for revenge, and this is where Revenge on 360 really shines through.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If "wacky," "quirky," or "freaking bizarre" turn you off, you may not pick up what this game is laying down, but unless you have something against having fun, you really ought to try.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to get into, the combat rocks, and it's a blast to play with friends.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One excellent thing about the single-player campaign is that there is no penalty for death. You just get set back at the nearest checkpoint.
    • 93 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you want arcade style racing complete with high-speed corner bending, annoyingly foppish announcers and the most fun driving you can have without smashing the other guy off the road... then you want to pick up Ridge Racer 6.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Out of the Park Baseball 4 is such a great online game that I can't stop singing its praises to anyone who will listen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply the best action football game available for any system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Dawn of War doesn't break any new ground for the RTS genre, it is, nonetheless, a supremely polished and well-balanced example of it, a credit to both the development team, and a laurel wreath for the license it bears.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rogue Galaxy's greatest triumph, the brightest gleam in its eye, is that at sixty hours of play I've got another sixty I could easily pour in.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unquestionably, one of the best shooters of 2005. The advanced graphics and physics create a string of firefights that are amazing to watch, and creative level design and advanced AI make them equally engrossing to play.
    • 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 -- and that says DICE has what it takes to be among the best in the business.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its epic storylines, hundreds of combat scenarios, and open-ended structure, Gladius is one of the deepest games of the year. If you play strategy/RPGs because you're an anime fan, Gladius will bore you; if you play them because they're fun, Gladius will obsess you.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's only one major new technique, which might be disappointing to some fans of the series.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lack of an Elimination mode constricts the variety of gameplay and no additional skin-editing functions is irksome, but these issues don't prevent WipEout HD from doing what the franchise does best: go really, really fast.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THAW for Xbox 360 is a phenomenal game...if you haven't picked it up already.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undisputed includes all the main MMA disciplines and fighters, along with a career mode that I can't stop playing. That's enough to keep even the most critical fans happy.
    • 88 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like peanut butter and chocolate, the combination of classic puzzle gameplay and RPG game mechanics results in something greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's very little in Bowser's Inside Story to not like. It's great to look at, the interaction between the "inside" and "outside" worlds is well thought-out, the mini-games and interactive battles are always a treat to play, and it's probably the funniest Mario & Luigi game yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have friends who enjoy videogames, this is one to play together. It's made specifically for that -- and yeah, it's got all the painstaking collectibles and supplemental multiplayer challenges you already assumed it did, so you're going to play it for quite a while. And if you just want a serious challenge, play alone and revel in the pure joy of death. Either way, it's a damn fine Mario game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That these additions make the experience deeper and richer and way more fun can be considered nothing less than a "Wonder."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy games released this year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher simply works -- its refreshing setting, engaging combat and potion system, and long, well-conceived campaign is a recipe for single-player greatness. It's the kind of game that actually makes you want to track down some of Sapkowski's stories to learn more about this refreshingly bleak world.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the year's best, because it diverts from "GTA's" hyper-violent barrage of social satire and genital jokes to be something more subtle, but equally meaningful. Young people might not appreciate it as much because they're still living it. For that reason, don't buy Bully for your younger relatives. Buy it for yourself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its kiddy facade hides some terrifically fun gameplay with a lot of meat on its bones.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't remember the last time I played a game in which I wondered whether something could be done, and nine times out of ten it actually could be, whether it's calling in an airstrike on a lone soldier or jacking a helicopter from the sky. Blowing stuff has never been this fun, or this satisfying.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, whether or not you enjoy Fallout: New Vegas depends on your tolerance for handling bugs. Personally, I didn't find them distracting enough to ruin the experience for me, and a few crashes over the course of 80+ hours felt like a small price to pay for one of my favorite games of the year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With levels that build on each other in terms of complexity (and, thusly, difficulty), the game inspires that kind of "just one more level" feeling of addiction that may result in you freeing Dan from his insomnia but earning yourself a nasty case in return.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cataclysm effortlessly mixes the casual focus of Wrath of the Lich King with the decidedly more challenging endgame prospects of classic WoW.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a deep racing Sim with a community of opponents ready to go 24 hours a day, this is your game. It's easy on the eyes and a blast to play.
    • 91 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels funny to say this about a 13-year-old developer with a portfolio of work that includes Half-Life and Counter-Strike expansions, stellar squad-based WWII shooter franchise Brothers in Arms, and the original Borderlands, but with Borderlands 2, Gearbox has arrived as a real blockbuster studio. Right from the toe-tapping "Short Change Hero" opening cinematic, Borderlands 2 stands out as Gearbox's magnum opus, and one of the most memorable and fun gaming rides I've ever been on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game delivers where it needs to, offering the most realistic NBA experience to date. Heck, even free-throw shooting means memorizing the shooting styles of different NBA players (a feature we really like, by the way).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some serious camera and less serious interface problems keep it from perfection, Snake Eater is both an exciting return to form and the most successful fusion yet of video games with Hollywood-style storytelling.

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