GameStar's Scores

  • Games
For 740 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 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: 26 out of 740
740 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Fez
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    This independent game is a creative jewel, so motivating and full of love for details, that it puts multi-million-dollar-games to shame. Braid shows how to create an amazing game using the right ideas.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Human Revolution is a typical sneak & shoot game, everything else is just eye candy. But that's quite nice for a change, too.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The abundance of details about politics, technology, planets and the different alien races create an unparalleled depth for a role-playing game. The story is captivating right until the impressive and dramatic finale. If it wasn't for the more or less necessary but repetitive side quests, the game would be exceptional. There is room for improvement, but as far as story telling is concerned, Mass Effect wipes the floor with the competition.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wow, what a game!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The soundtrack is 100 percent tuned into the environment, which is terrific!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This jump & run is a must-buy for every fan of the genre. Even beginners should take a look because Limbo shows that you don't need DirectX 11 or a huge story - just two colors and a lot of love.
    • 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
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    On the one hand it’s like the first game, on the other hand it isn’t. The philosophical background and the shocking moments are gone. But the new game still offers lots of weapons, interesting fights and great environments.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a very hard game, but also extremly motivating and fun. The puzzles are cleverly designed and the retro style very charming. If you like the genre, you have to buy this game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Rockstar has managed to make Max as a character so compelling that the guy alone bears the full story.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Action fans who are not bothered by the bloody presentation should definitely get the game. If you can find a friend to play the ingenious Co-Op mode with, Gears of War is a must-have.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    I have been annoyed by the sometimes extreme random factor.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Battle system, diversity, soundtrack, graphics, size... all on a very high level. Bastion shows that small development teams with a small budget can deliver large, diverse and polished ganmes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Worthwhile improvements and additional content - CD Projekt has put great effort into The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. With new animations, new voices, better combat, better controls and two new side quests the game is finally the great adventure the first version should have been. Buyers of the original game can download the additional content free of charge.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It represents a genre that I can not praise too often: the parody games! Just the Mass Effect allusions are worth gold.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is not only a Need for Speed how it should be, it's also a nod to the best part of the series. What a car park! Those car chases! And the rush of speed. And online it's even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Tribes: Ascend has become for me a true love-hate relationship.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There's currently not a better real-time campaign anywhere.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This new version with polished graphics manages to beat the competition easily. Monkey Island is still one of the best adventures around, maybe still not a 100 percent up to date, but once you're in the Caribbean, you won't care anymore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    After playing hundreds of hours there is one thing we can say for sure: this is a good MMO, a very good one, maybe even the best. It offers great quests and great PvP and the fact that both help to gain levels is very motivating. Technically, the graphics are not that good, but landscapes and other places are full of details.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A lot of the usual equipment is missing, which doesn't matter too much because of the great atmosphere. But in the long run after getting all the gold medals, we'll go back to the main game.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The brute battles, the use of role-playing elements and the fast multi-play mode are exciting, but as far as mission design, story and balance are concerned, Dawn of War 2 doesn't live up to its potential. Relic created a novel strategy game, but the discrepancy between the more technical parts of the game and its mission design and story is obvious. Still, it's not a bad game at all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    I would have liked a bit more variety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Hotline Miami has managed to captivate me from the beginning to the end.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Sauron is getting closer! The first add-on increases the scale of the game, adds new classes and items and moves the action a bit more to the east. There a few annoyances regarding game balance and small bugs, but they hardly matter because looking for new quests and leveling up is a lot of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Capcom has done an excellent implementation for the PC.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Machinarium is the most unusual adventure of 2009. It's part of the game to find out how everything works and what you have to do. What happens if you turn this machine on or pull that lever? Bit by bit everything makes sense and only at the end of the game you'll understand it. This game is a step in the right direction to evolve video games.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you win, it's because you planned your moves right and not because you've been lucky. And if you lose, then just because of your bad planning. This makes Frozen Synapse different and so motivating.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The interesting characters and the thrilling story were worth the wait. Now let's hope the second episode can keep up this kind of quality.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Chaos Rising is great addition to Dawn of War 2 and manages to impress with speed, thrilling battles and a motivating story – at the cost of less complexity and strategy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 scores right in the core area of first-person-shooters: action. Players who like some logic and a good story even in a first-person-shooter will have their problems with Far Cry 2. Ubisoft's Africa is beautiful, but life in all its glory is missing most of the time. Travelling takes a long time and you are forced to make absurd detours because of mountains and valleys. Far Cry 2 can be reproached with a lot of things, but once the Savannah is burning they are forgotten, at least temporarily, because fighting the APF and UFLL is so much fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Bikes, speed and fat explosions - one thing is clear: Trials Evolution: Gold Edition had me from the first second.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It shouldn't be fun to be a small cog wheel in a huge dictatorial gear box but it's fun to find out where your personal limits are, where the fun ends and when it's time for reflection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Old Republic gives me exactly what I expect as a fan: Star Wars atmosphere till the cow comes home. I can flail around with lightsabers, fight spectacular space battles and roam around on the famous planets from the template. And indeed, the quests comply with genre standards. And well, the combat system is not particularly innovative. But on the other hand I get a customised story for myself, which drives me with the aid of the the dialogue, really cool AI companions and the freedom of choice into the game in an outstanding wise – this is something that I never witnessed in an online role-playing game in this way. I can already see myself levelling up all eight classes to level 50, just to experience the terrific story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.