GameStar's Scores

  • Games
For 864 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 94 Crysis
Lowest review score: 23 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 29 out of 864
864 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Top-class graphics, sound and atmosphere - with due modesty: this is the the world's best first-person shooter so far. A game which combines all the virtues of its predecessors: a thrilling story, an open game world, physics simulation and graphics to marvel at.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fallout 3, a successful reanimation of a classic role-playing game, is one of the best modern RPGs and one of the greatest games of 2008. With up to date 3D graphics, good game design and adequate playing time, it's one of those rare pleasant surprises one doesn't dare to hope for anymore. For some it's almost video game art, but it's definitely very good entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The basics are still the same, but GTA 4 is a masterpiece. The game world created by Rockstar North is simply amazing. The shootings, radio, TV, the story and the characters create more than just a sandbox game. It's almost a parallel world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Finally there’s a multi-player mode and it’s excellent, too. There are 15 different settings for single players and much more. Whether you like to play all alone or you prefer to play with or against others, you’ll enjoy Anno 1404: Venice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As far as games are concerned, this year is over. Farewell, real-life, hello virtual battlefields. Battlefield 3 is going to be our second home for the next few months.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is the best game by Bioware since Baldur's Gate 2. It's a highly motivating and excitingly told adventure for adult gamers. You'll experience rage, anxiety, inner conflict, loss, sympathy, bafflement and joy in this epic drama. Probably the role-playing game of the year.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Crysis 3 got almost everything right. Graphics? Terrific! Level Design? Great, just great.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare may be relatively short with just six to seven hours playing time, but thanks to the brilliant staging those hours are the most impressive ones we've experienced with any action game yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No pit stops, no car tuning. Race Driver: Grid is all about driving, having fun and running a racing team. The game drops you right into the race without training laps or qualifying. AI opponents with almost humanlike behaviour, physically correct damage modelling, up to 40,000 spectators in 3D, bloom effects, smoke and force feedback create an amazingly intense feeling of being right smack in the middle. Need for Speed feels like bobbycar racing in comparison.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    100 hours of gameplay without being bored for a second. The developers managed to replace routine with variety and long lasting motivation. Despite all the complexity, Anno 1404 never feels like work, but like one of the best games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A must-have for every games looking for a clever, funny and original challenge. Portal 2 offers lots of surprises and twists and has been tuned just right to be challenging, but not frustrating. The level design is fair and keeps the motivation high until the end.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Maybe Pro Evolution Soccer is more realistic, but FIFA 12 offers spectacular scenes and goals close to perfection. Every match is quite an experience, so if you prefer drama over realim, get this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is one of the best sports games of all time, even better than the predecessor. Improvements like the new physics make the game even more authentic than before.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Yes, it's disappointing that PC gamers don't get the new Ignite engine, but it's still a fantastic and improved simulation, becoming more and more realistic.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No character classes, no terrorists, no Second World-War, no AK-47 and no rewards. Do we want to play that? Oh yes! Once you launch the game and join a match, you simply can't stop playing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Empire: Total War still has some teething problems, but the latest installment of the Total War series is its best one nonetheless. The game takes place in the 18th century with eleven playable countries. As usual, you govern you country and move your armies on the strategy map, while battles are fought in real-time, including sea battles. If you like strategy games, you need to play Empire: Total War.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series has sold 100 million copies and this version should add another 100 million, because everything has been done right. If you liked The Sims, you will love this new version with all its love for details. It's a real masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter 4 turns out to be as good as we hoped. If you've never played a Street Fighter game or even one of the other games of the genre, this is your chance to do so. Countless modes and characters promise fun for several months. Similar games will have a hard time trying to be any better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new single-player mode isn’t that interesting, but the multi-player part is fantastic. With new destructable environments and new game modes Bad Company 2 is the best Battlefield game so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sam Fisher is back. Conviction is faster, harder and offers more action than the predecessors, but it’s still a Splinter Cell game at heart. And for the first time, Sam Fisher is a real human character.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Funcom turned on the afterburner and if you don’t join now, you’ll miss a wild ride. If you didn’t know what to do after reaching level 80, you are in for a treat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't played this game when it first came out a long time ago , you should go and buy it right now. And if you have, you should go and buy it right now. It's the best adventure game of all time, period.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty is as good as expected, but you'll need to be patient with it. The game takes some time to get going and behind all the upgraded technologies it's still the same StarCraft we've been knowing for 12 years. It's the best real-time strategy game of the last years and while not perfect, StarCraft 2 is a real masterpiece of PC gaming and even better as a multi-player game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A step in the right direction: more realism and challange. The missing official licenses and wrong squads and the sometimes buggy AI are the only downsides.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Dead Space was a stress test, this is a real game where you can stop, recover and play around with different weapons- and it's still extremly thrilling.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The open world of Crysis is no more and players are confined to long levels, but Crysis 2 offers more speed and more action and still more freedom than the whole Call of Duty series combined. The nanosuit much more important now and a lot easier to use.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once again Codemasters delivers a great racing game, a worthy sequel and a sensible expansion of the game. Just the rain and snow races alone are reason enough to buy the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The small changed could have been sold as a DLC or add-on for F1 2010, but on its own F1 2011 is a first class racing game, challenging in higher levels and very entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Konami has improved the AI a lot and everything just feels smoother and more direct. It's not a revolution, but a more polished and improved version of the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wow, what a game!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to the already great predecessor Chaos on Deponia is even more complex, exciting, diverse and even funnier. It's perfect for Monkey Island fans, duckbills haters and Monty Phython disciples who like those subtle tones in dialogues and stories that will make adult gamers roar with laughter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My conclusion after eleven hours: Bioshock Infinite is one of the best games I've ever been able to experience. My conclusion after twelve hours: What the hell? Whoever calls the finale "unusual" could denote the Atlantic Ocean as a "wet". Infinite makes me simultaneously gobsmacked, amazed and very pleased - and even after two weeks, I cannot tell you exactly which emotion prevails.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    He who does not sweat through at least a T-shirt in an online game of Company of Heroes 2 has already lost or has a downright frosty soul.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great playable, fun and always challenging football simulation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sports game is full of subtleties and nuances.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It combines a terrific single-player campaign with brilliant multi-player battles. The result: the best tatical strategy game of the year with well designed missions and great handling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Wrath of the Lich King doesn’t offer much for new players, it’s made for experienced players. It increases the scale of the game, adds a few new bits and improves the game while still using the same well known and polished game mechanics. This may sound boring, but it’s absolutely not.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This game is a very intense experience, no doubt at all. It mixes fast action with slow passages and perfectly done scripts. But it could have been much better had someone with talent written the story. It’s full of logical errors and gaps the size of the Grand Canyon… and the massacre on the airport only serves to show the missing tactfulness of the developer. But it’s a brilliant game, nonetheless.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rockstar has managed to make Max as a character so compelling that the guy alone bears the full story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Darksiders 2 is larger, more varied and more motivating than the first game, and all game elements - be it story, battle, puzzle or skill pad - engage almost perfectly. I would have preferred a slightly more modern technology backbone and more fine-tuned mouse and keyboard controls. But these are small things that I forgive in such a captivating game as this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A huge, interesting era of ancient Europe come to life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Telling the story of Psycho, who appeared in Crysis, too, the game feels a bit like playing deleted scenes from the first game. But lots of things are improved, there are more scripts, even better graphics and the cut-scenes are better, too. If you like fast action and couldn't care less about the story then Crysis Warhead is for you. If you haven't played Crysis and don't know what's going on, you may feel a bit lost, though.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the first great game of 2010. It’s a worthy successor to the first game and a fast paced science fiction drama. Maybe no one except Bioware really knows how to tell stories and create believeable characters. It’s more than just a role playing game and also technically advanced.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    That’s how a sequel should be done. There’s a better story and a much more charming hero. Even the few flaws of the game can’t hurt the great overall impression.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    On the one hand, this could have been a less expensive DLC for Left 4 Dead, just like it was done for Team Fortress 2. On the other hand, we don’t really care, once we’ve chocked someone to death as a Smoker or hit someone with our fist as a Charger. That’s only possible in Left 4 Dead 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a complete make-over of the series. It’s faster, more diverse, more flexible and because of these changes it’s extremely thrilling, too. There are a lot of ways to win, so trying out new strategies is very entertaining.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is the best WoW so far and that's true in every aspect of the game. It's a bit too easy, but it has the most original quests of every other MMORPG.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Lucasarts has found a worthy heir: Daedalic from Germany. The game may deal with rubbish, dirt and crap, but there is only one word to describe Deponia: terrific!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Tropico 5 isn't just the best of the series, but simply one of the best games of its kind. The Settlers and Anno series should take note.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Only in one aspect I would have expected more from Fifa 15, namely in the game modes.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A world full of heroes, dangers and adventures with a story deeply embedded onto the lore of Warcraft. The best add-on so far.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Bioshock looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, has more vending machines than all other action games put together and dares not to tell the whole story to inspire your own fantasy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway offers the best gameplay and narrative of all three parts of the series. It's a thrilling shooter, tells a haunting story that shouldn't leave anyone untouched and the cut scenes are fantastic. The AI has a few bugs, but most of the time the other soldiers act convincingly intelligent. The best "Brothers in Arms" so far.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's a playable zombie movie. Would you like to hunt down the infected or rather rip human flesh to shreds? What may look like a simple shooter turns out to be very challenging, scary and a lot of fun. The game may be short, but with great replay value and different ways to play like versus mode or co-op mode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Playing cards is just something for the elderly? Not Battleforge. The game combines card collecting with fast real-time strategy. After the good tutorial you have to digest a lot of information. Just imagine starting a strategy game with the last mission. But it's worth hanging on, there are a lot of possibilities. The game even looks good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Dead Space is great entertainments for adults, not only because of the amount of gore and horror, but also because of the enthralling story with some nice twists. It's impressive how well pictures, dialogues and sound work together to form a cinema-like atmosphere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Three Brothers, one woman, one destiny: the tragic story of the McCalls in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood is one of the best ever told in an action game. If you're looking for a diverse (albeit linear) shooter with a great story, duels and chases, this is the game for you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    What a great obituary for Colin McRae. If you ever need to show someone how today’s game can look like, get Dirt 2. It’s a joy for the eyes and it’s a great racing game, full of action, with great presentation and easy to get into. A few more tracks would have been nice, though. But playing over network alone is worth buying the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Piranha Bytes stayed true to old virtues and delivered the role-playing game one would expect: very old-fashioned, very German and very good. But this game requires you to be very active, to explore a lot. If you need to taken by the hand by a good story, then Risen is not for you. The game isn't fun because of the story, but despite it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    FIFA Manager 10 brings a new visuals with a powerful 3D engine for the matches. We can be a football player, a coach or the president offering many options perfect for the soccer fans. Sadly It has several problems in the matches engine but the game is more focused to the spectacular way than realistic. The best addition is the multiplayer online mode. The best FIFA Manager untill now.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A classic adventure game masterpiece with great puzzles that never leaves the player alone or clueless what to do next. If you like the classic adventure games, go and buy it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's a great game with a good story and presentation, but maybe it could have been even better with a bit more of development time. Nontheless, Dragon Age 2 is a new masterpiece from Bioware.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    RIFT doesn't repeat the mistakes of Age of Conan or Warhammer Online, where high-level players had nothing to do except being bored. Lots of quests, PVP, exploring, crafting and instances – there's a lot to do right from the start and even after level 50.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Shogun 2 takes the series back to its roots and got rid of a lot of complicated and confusing details. Now it's possible to concentrate on the really important tasks again: battles, ruling the country and cursing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Same hero, same era, same game mechanics – but surprisingly huge, with well designed missions and a great atmosphere. But you should have played Assassins's Creed 2 to know what's going on.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The sheer power of storytelling is amazing and shows the way for other games. There are some bugs which could have been ironed out in a few more weeks of development time. But it's still a great game that feels like playing a fantasy novel.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    8 point more than the nearly identical predecessor? Yes, because Tropico 4 is a lot more polished and easier to unterstand. And there is a story with surprises and funny radio moderators.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There's currently not a better real-time campaign anywhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Lords of Shadow is the best action-adventure game in recent years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Thrilling old-school role playing game with total freedom and challenging battles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Great atmosphere and story as before, but visually it's a great step forward and recommended for new players.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As far as gameplay is concerned it's a huge step forward - and a step back for AI and graphics.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
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