games(TM)'s Scores

  • Games
For 2,829 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 22% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 74% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Demon's Souls
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2829 game reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To call Samurai Warriors one of the brownest games ever would be no word of a lie - the lack of colour is arguably the game's weakest area and this, coupled with the repetitive nature of this style of game, can make it feel that much more tedious at times. [July 2004, p.109]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not revolutionary by any means, nor is it particularly long, but thanks to some clever creative control the game delivers a funny, engrossing and downright weird experience unlike most other platform adventures. [July 2005, p.104]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gamers can see through inconsequential improvements in wind physics and engine noise-capturing techniques that in real terms bring little new to the table. [July 2007, p.124]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its condescending moments, Downhill Jam remains an impressive extreme racer that’s difficult to not recommend. [Jan 2007, p.114]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Osmos fits snugly into the Zen genre: the music is ambient, the visuals minimalist, and the risk/reward mechanic demands a measured approach. [Nov 2009, p.131]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given the constraints of the sport, SSX 3 does a great job of keeping the game as open as possible. If nothing else, the SSX series represents something of a benchmark for snowboarding games, a trend that continues with this instalment. No one title of this generation can claim obvious superiority. [Dec 2003, p.102]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a game of two halves: one a highly enjoyable series of extravagant shoot-outs and the other a tedious crawl through two genres that just weren’t made to work together. [Nov 2006, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a classic RPG with some of the best writing and purest example of D&D mechanics in a videogame you really need to play this, but as a ‘remake’ this needs more work to be worthy of the same praise as its older brother.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Carbon is bigger and prettier than its predecessors, but due to a lack of compelling new features it only feels marginally better. [Christmas 2006, p.128]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An unremarkable game, but enjoyable in its own quiet way. [Issue#138, p.106]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a steep learning curve within Soul Hackers. [Issue#141, p.111]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If this is what Square Enix can do when they outsource the Final Fantasy property (even spiritually) we hope to see the core series go down this route, too; it’s a damn sight better than the numbered entries’ recent efforts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Outside of the new animations, it's hard to see where NBA 2K14 has really advanced ahead of last year's outing. [Issue#141, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the core game is strong enough to hold its own in the Final Fantasy universe, the dress-up combat and whimsical approach could easily deter less patient or open-minded players. Even for the more easygoing gamer, there are times when the 'you go, girl' attitude can grate a little. [Jan 2004, p.102]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new game is stuck in the same artless quandary as far too many annual series updates. [Issue#141, p.113]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Digital Extremes should be reasonably proud of Pariah, even though it falls short of being the be all and end all of the genre that the developer claimed it would be. [May 2005, p.90]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The graphics are surprisingly impressive, movement is smooth and, despite the occasional feeling of repetition, the action is constantly fast-paced and compelling. [June 2006, p.118]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It ingeniously updates all the problems with the original without destroying the core concept. [Dec 2008, p.109]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If we're being brutally honest, Lost Planet 2 doesn't really have a single-player mode. [Issue#96, p.104]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The controls occasionally feel clunky. [Issue#141, p.117]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The almost endless number of weapon, item and location combinations created by its randomly generated environments means you’ll never quite know what lies ahead, while the quest-led action and multiplayer functionality - particularly online - are compelling enough to keep you hooked for hours. [Apr 2005, p.108]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a standalone DLC add-on, though, it's a great use of the engine. [Issue#162, p.98]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Quite easily one of the best Dynasty Warriors games for a long time. [Issue#138, p.112]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The title does offer features and functionality (for Xbox owners, at least) that can only otherwise be obtained through pricey PC software, and the fact that a console title can even approach this kind of professional software has left us particularly impressed. [Aug 2004, p.114]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s impossible to ignore the problems that detract from what could have been a fantastic seven hours of gameplay. [Sept 2008, p.118]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This year’s UFC feels like it improves in some key areas – overall quality, game modes and such – but not enough to really feel a great leap from the past.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The action is fast and furious. [Issue#162, p.102]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite Virtua Tennis 3's crisp visuals and handful of new animations, it still feels like the original. [Apr 2007, p.127]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dramatic music, cut-scenes...it's all there. Odd, but strangely brilliant. [Apr 2007, p.131]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a straight-up FPS, Deus Ex: The Fall is an unequivocal failure. But as a stealth think-'em-up, it's a triumph of good first-person game design on a format that is, historically speaking, stubbornly ill-suited to similar fare. [Issue#138, p.114]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of content on offer is certain to please fans, as well as those who want to smash bricks or solve rudimentary puzzles, and to experience whatever amount of crossover there is between them. Lego LOTR's authenticity is matched only by the amount of content on offer, and is a must for those who love the films or play regularly with younger gamers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the shortcomings are obvious, this is a cut above most Wii-based mini game fare. [Christmas 2009, p.126]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    None of this is entirely new. [Issue#141, p.122]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Taking on the overcrowded puzzle genre is never easy, but Docomodake succeeds by being both original and charming. [Dec 2008, p.127]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it's still an essential part of any JRPG fan's collection, we recommend grabbing it on PS3/Vita instead. [Issue#162, p.104]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Highly entertaining and, above all, fun. Despite being filled with all manner of videogame cliches, Metal Arms somehow feels refreshingly new and not at all like the cobbled together title that it so undoubtedly is. [Christmas 2003, p.103]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can find a steady stream of people to play against, you'll discover Gun Monkeys to be tremendous, if rather basic, fun. [Issue#138, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might not be the most robust or laugh-out-loud funny game in Twisted Pixel's catalogue but based on entertainment value, ingenuity and the way the game works around Kinect's foibles rather than pushing its luck and falling down, it'd be downright criminal to deny the talented studio those few dollars more.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Without the option to deviate from the game’s strict and straight path at any point, and with mechanics repeated to the point of exhaustion, Rain certainly shows there’s room for artistically vibrant properties in games, but that aesthetic shouldn’t detract from a focus on engaging, consistent gameplay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only the hardcore fans will have to have it, and they’re the ones most likely to end up disappointed. [Feb 2005, p.116]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The new features ensure an involving - not to mention time-consuming - experience and the darker, more mature theme is a welcome change from the Technicolor characters that most games in the genre spew forth. [Aug 2005, p.102]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s cute, and a bit silly, and extremely easy to play and enjoy. It’s a relatively new sort of videogame, and one whose premise doesn’t have much to do with hours of play or complexity. [Nov 2005, p.122]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In an age when the surviving champions of the genre seem intent on sticking to the template of manic vertical scrollers with ludicrously baroque game design, Soldner-X 2 offers a fairly satisfying alternative: a horizontal scroller with a classic flavour that doesn't feel out of date. [Aug 2010, p.115]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Easily the best Sonic title for a long time...there's something here for everyone, no matter which era of Sonic you prefer. [July 2004, p.118]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If "God Of War" never happened, Spartan: Total Warrior would have been a great example of a simple, gratuitous action game. As it is, it’s merely a good one. [Nov 2005, p.124]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The whole thing smacks of laziness - of the 12 missions, we count a total of four completely new ones...the annoying thing is that Contracts is an enjoyable game; that IQ had the cheek to crib from its previous work almost doesn't matter when the result is still worth playing. [June 2004, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enjoyed for what it is, this is bold and compelling – it draws from the traditional and the contemporary to deliver a uniquely modern and elegantly told adventure. [July 2006, p.131]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You need to know before paying out for (and therefore committing to) Wii Fit that it has to become part of your daily life for it to mean anything. And if you are willing to commit to it then Wii Fit is a loyal and multitalented trainer. [Feb 2008, p.136]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very tight fighter, with tried-and-tested 2D mechanics cloaked in a 2.5D visual presentation. [Sept 2008, p.111]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Will it make you rethink how you see strategy games? Don’t be daft. Will you enjoy playing it? Almost certainly. [May 2005, p.88]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker may not be Nintendo Japan’s best work, then. But it’s testament to the consistently high bar that their platform developer’s internal teams have set over the past few years.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The expansive main campaign runs at a native 1080p/60fp, giving every ship, nebula and hyperspace jump a captivating presentation. The control scheme maps well to the Xbox controller too, providing access to every facet of your vessel. Elite: Dangerous offers an experience like no other, it’s just a shame the sins of the past still sting as painfully as they did on PC.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may lack an ambitious single-player campaign but this value for money proposition serves to highlight that sometimes less really can be more. [Sept 2014, p.98]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With slightly more content and slightly improved visuals, it would have been essential. As it is, if you want a brief and thoroughly entertaining alternative to Banana Blitz, roll with this. [Feb 2007, p.124]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In relation to the more arcade-based titles available at the moment this game is the leader of the pack, as it manages to deliver everything that makes street racing enjoyable at a high standard, in one neat package. [June 2005, p.106]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dewy’s Adventure feels like a full-blown game rather than a collection of brief remote-based tasks that have seemingly become the Wii norm lately. [Oct 2007, p.125]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The one thing gamers quite reasonably demand from a sequel is a sense of progress, and for the most part that's strangely absent. If Crackdown's mix of free-form structure, grinding and exploration was enough to pull you in, then Crackdown 2 will almost certainly do the same. But when all's said and done, you might be left ruminating over the same question as us: Is that it?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game’s innate charm and mixture of overbearing tension and fear still works as well today as it did back in 1996. [May 2006, p.117]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What’s the eventual goal here – watching an entire 90 minutes from the dugout? Clearly, a compromise must be struck, somewhere along the line. [Jan 2009, p.124]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Side missions and hidden blocks are suitably distracting, although the use of a difficult-to-read radar over a mini-map displays a certain level of open world naivety that should probably be expected from a developer that has just been going through the motions for so long.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Disappointing after such a long wait then, even if Twisted Metal is still immensely good fun at its core.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a satisfyingly realistic and detailed simulation, and if you have the motivation to get accustomed to its ruthlessly realistic controls it will last you a very long time. [July 2006, p.122]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amazing highs marred by a few missed opportunities. [Christmas 2009, p.102]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Electronic Arts' decision to free the series from simply being one man on a very direct mission by creating a virtual battlefield is a wise one but one that hasn't quite reached as far as it could. [July 2005, p.106]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like the recently released Street Fighter V, Pokkén Tournament is a fighting game that only really comes into its own if you plan on playing it in local or online multiplayer. Solo gameplay is fun in short bursts, but to get the most out of this one you’re going to need a partner to duke it out with.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You often die for reasons beyond your control. [Issue#91, p.126]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So compelling are the first seven or so hours that the filthy tricks of the finale can't even sour them. [Issue#166, p.96]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The mish-mash of styles and derivative elements on show make the whole game seem like a whistle-stop tour of the last generation’s classic action titles. [Mar 2007, p.116]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When we say that Red Dead is a great little game, the emphasis is as much on the 'little' as it is on the 'great'. [June 2004, p.102]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Essentially, what we have here is a further improved and expanded version of Xbox 360’s Ridge Racer 6. And that in itself makes Ridge Racer 7 notable as a great sequel. [Jan 2007, p.109]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Worthy, but better if you're new to the series. If it's just nostalgia you're after … you could probably pick up the original …- it won't be pretty, but it will be a similar experience. [Apr 2004, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It turns out that, so befuddled is Star Wars Battlefront, that simply celebrating it for what it is feels dishonest. It’s an extraordinary mess of brilliant ideas melded with utterly harebrained ones; of thoughtful and charming fan service doing battle against a piledriving Palpatine and idiotic dialogue that sounds like it was recorded in a toilet.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid expansion to better the original. [Apr 2008, p.119]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fine curtain raiser as we await Persona 5. [Issue#176, p.82]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite high quality, Trauma Center: Second Opinion was outdone by itself earlier in the year. The Wii control method, however adequate, can’t live up to what was achieved with the DS game. [Jan 2007, p.90]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the strength of the stories that helps carry what would otherwise be a fairly linear and uninteresting concept. A niche title, then, but one that those looking for something unique should enjoy with relish. [Dec 2005, p.118]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s no denying its flaws – it can feel rushed, glitchy and rough around the edges, but when it does flow, it’s a magnificent spectacle. [Christmas 2005, p.118]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Both refines and expands on the ideas introduced in Mark Healey's adventurous pet project. [June 2009, p.121]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a certain atmosphere to the hotel itself, augmented by the three-dimensional exploration and sketch-realistic characters, which creates a sense of actually existing in this mysterious building full of secrets to discover. [Mar 2007, p.118]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A hugely impressive game overall. [Issue#95, p.108]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A handful of minor niggles, like the inability to pause outside the start of your own turn, and the rather cautious approach of CPU competitors, detract little from an uncommonly smart and genuinely tactical game. It might have fared even better without its primary-coloured fripperies but Boom Street remains good enough to turn a blind eye to its rather untimely celebration of capitalism.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Fun that's over way too fast. [Tested with HTC Vive; Issue#176, p.84]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A rich, deep and insanely customisable world of strategy action awaits those brave enough to take on its steep learning curve and string of battles where a single mistake can lead to defeat. [May 2009, p.131]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A rare gem that takes the time to commemorate a tragedy, exploring its human cost in a way that's both meaningful and moving, and relying upon core interactions that are mostly about helping others rather than harming them. [Sept 2014, p.114]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The single-player element is distinctly average, so play Frontlines: Fuel Of War for its online mode, as that’s what it will be remembered for. [Mar 2008, p.118]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite sharing a name, Galaxies is a very different experience from Retro Evolved and in its own more considered way, it is every bit as appealing. [Jan 2008, p.118]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Played as intended, though – in short, brain-intensive bursts – this is a very challenging and inventive PSP title, worthy of attention. [Apr 2006, p.120]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat is very well implemented, taking place all round, over large distances and constantly second-guessing the player as to which direction to turn next. [Aug 2004, p.102]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This represents an unusual and attention-grabbing way for Sonic Team and Sega to make their entrances on a new platform and will succeed among the initial batch of launch games. [Jan 2005, p.121]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game itself is fast, reasonably original and a great deal of fun. Trozei’s disadvantage is its complete lack of modes. [May 2006, p.126]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Very ambitious, but we’d urge them to concentrate on the game; with poor matchmaking, few maps, overly simple game modes and a limited free game, players might not stick around. And that would be a shame.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact that 1942 was such an enjoyable title means the gameplay's already a proven factor, but combine this with all the other new goodness you get for your money... and you get a game that really entertains, albeit in a fashion that some of us might well have seen before. [Apr 2004, p.102]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A more solid, playable and visually splendid grappler than this will be hard to come by... If it weren’t for the fact that you can easily clock Story mode and unlock everything in a weekend, we’d have a much easier job recommending Fight For New York. [Nov 2004, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Handheld gaming is designed for brief sessions and, in bite-sized chunks, Daxter is a very tasty proposition. [May 2006, p.116]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Singularity contains the sort of smart, fun gameplay ideas we assumed first-person shooters had given up on. [Issue#99, p.120]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More of the same with some nice extra touches that don’t quite fulfil their potential. [Feb 2008, p.118]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the hulking great monsters that steal the show. [Issue#106, p.108]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The whole thing smacks of laziness - of the 12 missions, we count a total of four completely new ones...the annoying thing is that Contracts is an enjoyable game; that IQ had the cheek to crib from its previous work almost doesn't matter when the result is still worth playing. [June 2004, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The percentage of actual game in Front Mission 4 is the best piece of mech strategy that you will play on the PS2. If only it was built just as a game and not to tell a story mimed by blathering idiots, we’d be looking at something very special indeed. [Sept 2004, p.108]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a couple of interface problems that mar this otherwise solid and entertaining DS title. [Aug 2007, p.117]
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