games(TM)'s Scores

  • Games
For 2,926 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 23% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 73% 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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2926 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Definitely worth a look, but for anyone familiar with the rest of Nippon Ichi's output, Atelier Iris 2 will dazzle and at times almost insult with its simplicity. [Sept 2006, p.124]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this ‘puzzle’ system doesn’t have as much depth as you’d want – especially during later levels, with things finishing before they’ve really gotten started. There’s a good idea here, presented in a way that is silly enough to be charming, but not dim-witted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Limited gameplay appeal. [Issue#102, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you put any value in the game mechanics that have arrived over the last 20 years with a mind to prevent tantrum-inducing frustration, you might want to steer clear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the card and strategy elements work surprisingly well, they don’t really fit the stealth side of the game for which the series is so highly regarded. [June 2005, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wii has plenty of other titles that offer a few hours of undemanding fun. The abandoned potential of Road Trip is proof of what a wasteful approach that can be. [Christmas 2008, p.103]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a mile-long love letter to the fans. [Issue#148, p.120]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Between the reworked note charts that often don't feel quite right, and the barebones structure of Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, a full-price release seems optimistic. [Aug 2009, p.119]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The series still doesn't quite work in 3D; you'd need a lot of patience and considerable tolerance to truly enjoy this game. [Aug 2005, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is RPG lite, Animal Crossing plus questing, and for some people that's absolutely fine. [Issue#153, p.124]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The downside of Boogie Bunnies comes only from the vast number of titles it’s up against. [Apr 2008, p.117]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In order to get any challenge or satisfaction from Rebellion’s dustbowl shooter, it must be tackled on the hardest difficulty setting right away; only then will Black Hawk Down demonstrate any of the depth or well-implemented tactical elements it has to offer. [Sept 2005, p.110]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is strong when it comes to emulating cricket, and gameplay mechanics are better than anything we've seen from cricket games over the last few years. However, the so-called "budget" feel that permeates the title detracts from an otherwise decent effort. [Issue#148, p.125]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is a run-of-the-mill dating sim that, while fun, is a hard game to love. [Issue#153, p.125]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun, but too annoying and limited to be anything more. It's technically impressive, but that's not all you pay for and, sadly, the gameplay can't cash the cheques that the visuals write. [May 2004, p.100]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's fair to say that Deception remains true to the series in that it delivers much of what you'd want from it, though this only means it's a reasonable fighting game with plenty of blood and some grisly deaths... Kould have been much better. [Dec 2004, p.110]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All three groups will merely be content, not delighted. [Issue#160, p.96]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only Ubisoft Montreal had felt more confident in its wild gambit – if only it had gone further with the Stone Age concept – and we could have been looking at something special. Instead, we have a Far Cry game that feels fun in its familiarity, but is sadly lacking in many integral ways.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lack of interactivity makes playing Flower, Sun, And Rain an experience not unlike listening to a favourite album, letting images wash through the mind for their own worth. [Dec 2008, p.119]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that this is a fine hockey-management game; the question is, how much fun can a hockey-management game really be? [Aug 2004, p.115]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you like your games to tell an engaging story or to break new ground, Prototype 2 will probably make you vomit up your own pelvis through sheer outrage. If you're looking for powerful messages or the advancement of a medium, you'll likely be left with little but a sour taste in your mouth and the desire to write a strongly worded letter to Radical expressing your dissatisfaction with the whole experience. But if, on the flipside, you're someone that goes into a game armed with nothing more than a desire to be entertained, you'll struggle to find a more accommodating host than Prototype 2.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a standalone adventure, The Lost Future can't help but disappoint once its bite-sized, unimaginative nature begins to show through. [Issue#102, p.120]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    World Of Warplanes is a neat addition to Wargaming’s repertoire, but it all just feels a little too shallow to really make waves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Diversity in the playable cast doesn't equal diversity in gameplay, though. [Issue#160, p.104]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Very much feels like a game of two parts; that of profound identity and beauty in its artistic style, profound story and meticulous audio design, but also one of bleakness and emptiness in how it seriously meanders in play. [Issue#109, p.100]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just hard to shake the feeling that Islands of Wakfu is, at its heart, something of a promotional item for its bigger brother. [Issue#109, p.103]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bomberman’s raison d’etre, Battle mode, is once again its saving grace. [Aug 2005, p.110]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, it’s only eye candy that distinguishes Enchanted Arms from the wealth of tactical RPGs on PS2. [Oct 2006, p.130]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Charmed by the stellar cast and King's saccharin smile and greying 'fro, we were almost blinkered to the fact that a goldfish could still play this game nearly as effectively as us. [May 2009, p.106]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Great toy, great community, but not a great game. [Sept 2008, p.122]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A promising work in progress. [Issue#175, p.72]
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We’d find it hard to recommend this due to the dubious controls, but with the game being so fleshed out so well with extras it becomes a decent little package. [Oct 2006, p.128]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Shadowrun has stacks of good ideas; it just fails to rest them on a bed of good value and substance. [Aug 2007, p.104]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A competent shooter marred by bad writing. [Issue#175, p.76]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When played with real humans, and mainly in singles matches, Smackdown! Vs RAW 2008 is the closest a Western wrestling game has come to greatness since the Asmik AKI efforts on Nintendo 64. [Dec 2007, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The choice and number of tracks are our major gripes with the game. But play it as intended - with lots of people who are not necessarily fully aware of what's going on - and it'll no doubt be popping in and out of your PS2 tray for a while. [Dec 2003, p.122]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Charming but leaves you feeling underwhelmed. [Issue#184, p.82]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not a bad game, but it is a polarising one. [Issue#119, p.99]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    King Kong is perhaps a redefinition of the cinematic videogame – entirely based on peaks and troughs of excitement, and devoid of any sense of choice. Just like a movie, but interactive. [Christmas 2005, p.98]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sega may need to up its game before the next iteration. [Issue#109, p.116]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's almost "ha-ha" buggy in the same way that Fallout 3 was, but at times can cause a great deal of grief. [Issue#93, p.108]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps if there was something more interactive about the exploratory portion of Rhythm Thief, the low frequency of rhythm-action action wouldn't be so galling, but plodding through the streets of Paris, no matter how amusing the dialogue of its citizens, feels like a cheap way of stretching out the game length. Which was actually an unnecessary trick if you ask us.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a download release, it has exactly the same flaws. [Issue#109, p.118]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a whole different ball (well, frog) game when a human player sneaks in a huge round or even a Frog-In-One rather than watch the AI do it time and time again in the main game – when the playing field is obviously even, there’s much more fun to be had. [Oct 2004, p.107]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Wheelman is great fun in a vehicle, on foot it becomes decidedly average. [May 2009, p.122]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Considering the scope of its predecessors and how far the genre has come since the series’ inception a decade ago, that’s as unnecessary as it is unwelcome. Still, there’s potential here and approached with the right mindset and a group of friends there’s some fun to be had. Streamline your expectations, in other words, and you’re more likely to view Sacred 3 as slick rather than shallow.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A fantastic proof of concept... it's just not as engaging or game-changing as the other cinematic episodes Telltale has been putting out over the last three years. [Issue#157, p.122]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is a solid start for IO, but it still needs to do a lot to convince us that this release model has more worth to the player than the traditional ‘release a finished game’ method we’ve grown to love and appreciate.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A beautiful but flawed farewell. [Issue#91, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As its own beast though, it's simply okay. [Issue#140, p.98]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the great entries to the Sim City series, the Civilizations of the world, even Ubisoft’s Anno series and Galactic Civilizations II all give more back the more you put into it, Tropico 5 is unable to do that. And a lack of longevity in a game that should last so very long is just, ultimately, disappointing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The frantic and smooth combat translates to multiplayer far better than the plodding solo campaign, and ultimately save Insomniac’s effort from irrelevance. [Jan 2007, p.96]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Always Sometimes Monsters again shows up that ‘game’ is a word whose time is done. There is nothing playful about this experience – it’s a mixture of repetitive tasks that riddle your fingers with despair and increasingly-depressing plots. This then is a ‘life failure’ simulator, like Cliff Harris’s sandbox Kudos 2. Like that, it’s compelling, enlightening and moving – but hard to call ‘fun’.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lost Planet 3's mere existence? It's a mystery. [Issue#140, p.102]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a quick thrill – a little bit of fiery eye-candy and raw destruction to pass the time – but as its explosions grow more tiring, there's little else to see among the streets of Shatter Bay, and its focus is clearly muddled. While Unbounded is no doubt a step in the right direction for the franchise, perhaps it was a little early to leave the safety of Ridge City behind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lacks polish, but worth a try. [Issue#175, p.83]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Loud and silly, but a little hollow. [Issue#182, p.76]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not quite as well-rounded overall as last year. [Issue#140, p.106]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This situation isn’t helped by an array of dreary technical problems either: scenery is flat and lifeless, dirt and dust effects are disappointing, while the sound effects will leave you wanting. This, combined with a frequently erratic frame-rate, produces a game that desperately needed more time and money for the developers to fully realise its vision. It’s a shame, because Rally Evo boasts such an attractive feature set – and from a studio we know is capable of mastering simulation mechanics – but this year it just couldn’t compete with Codemasters’ stellar return to the scene.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Konami has made a concerted effort to make the game more accessible, but by speeding up and simplifying much of the action it risks alienating the fans of the series who are used to the ebb and flow of the real thing. [Christmas 2008, p.113]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's plenty to do and see (within the golf spectrum, naturally) but at the end of the day, there's just not enough real magic to keep you coming back for more. [Christmas 2003, p.125]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a more substantial or skill-based party game will be better served elsewhere. [Issue#143, p.107]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Underbaked. [Issue#146, p.114]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We'd expect a new KOF to offer more depth. [Oct 2009, p.118]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That lack of consistency is sadly pervasive. [Issue#140, p.112]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    High on spectacle, low on substance. [Issue#182, p.83]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even though you might feel short-changed by this visually basic follow-up, charm and adventurous character design count for more than you might think. [June 2006, p.128]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A game that succeeds in being like no other but falls short of realising its potential.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The repetitive nature of the majority of missions soon takes its toll, and the primary motivation for progressing soon becomes the desire to see how nice the next level looks, not the love of playing the game. [Apr 2006, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We can't help feel this game deserves better; that Sony should have better prepared its overachieving child for its second run at online domination. Sadly, it's still the average game that SOCOM was, and without any novelties to paper over the mundane gameplay it's hard to see this repeating the success of its predecessor. [Apr 2004, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even with its overly ambitious new 'Off The Ball' interface the FIFA series is still a long way from capturing the true essence of the beautiful game. [Dec 2003, p.127]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hurtling through dark tunnels to suddenly find yourself bathed in glorious sunshine as you emerge the other side is a breathtaking experience that is only superceded by the ridiculously fast speeds your Blades can reach. [June 2004, p.110]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It succeeds at providing enough of a compelling reason to try it out, but in failing to do anything else new it just feels like a rehash of once-standard ideas.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The good does outweigh the bad, because as a horror game it successfully horrifies. It’s also one of the darkest games we’ve played since the original "Silent Hill." [Apr 2007, p.106]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Exactly the same as every other instalment of the series but with a glossy next-gen finish. [Aug 2008, p.115]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a videogame equivalent of a 1950s pulp science fiction short story, The Assembly works. But it’s nowhere near as good a morality tale, or a virtual reality experience, as it needs to be in order to truly stand out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What hurts most about Liberation Maiden, however, is that just when it feels like it's getting interesting, with a stage that's basically one epic, shifting boss battle, it unexpectedly screeches to a halt, reminding you that you've bought what was originally one quarter of a bigger game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the extras and vehicle customisation can't change the fact that the actual racing feels very average. The tracks seem to be more winding than the last game, which detracts from the feeling of speed, and the handling feels very sloppy when compared to other recent games in the genre. [Christmas 2004, p.117]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Intriguing game held back by a faltering script. [Issue#172, p.92]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When only a couple of challenges require you to break the million point barrier, only the weakest players will have trouble acing the game in hours. [Christmas 2005, p.107]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It may be light years behind even the original Metal Gear Solid, but as a standalone handheld effort it contains enough character and charisma to see it through...A fun videogame, but certainly not a great Metal gear game. [Feb 2007, p.112]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eidos Montreal needed to build on the success of Human Revolution, instead of merely trying to replicate it wrapped in difficult politics. Instead of being the revolution we so hoped it would be, it’s simply left us divided.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    PES returns with an edition that finally begins to set it back on the straight and narrow. But only begins to do so. [Issue#101, p.123]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The biggest problem with Colosseum is that you'll find it not only filed under 'mixed bag' but practically stapled to the sign itself... It seems that one man's inter-console collectathon finale is another's last ditch attempt to save the over-flogged horses of connectivity and Pokemon. [May 2004, p.116]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On the occasions when the game flows it’s possible to produce some breathtaking football, but all too often the game slows to a crawl and it’s extremely difficult to produce anything like a constructive passing move. [Nov 2005, p.116]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A great concept that doesn't realize its potential. [Issue#179, p.84]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For fans of the franchise it’s got everything you’d expect on a basic level – outlandish characters, a well-told story and a selection of mini-games and extras – but with little effort to break new ground or extend its appeal outside a crowd familiar with names like Pahn, Gremmio and Viktor, Suikoden IV simply doesn’t seem like a 2005 release. [March 2005, p.100]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    No map allows you to pinpoint a building and tell your men to take cover, so you have to swap from one view to another, suffer losses in the time wasted, and wonder why an army so obsessed with the technology of uplinks is so dire at basic orienteering. [Christmas 2008, p.104]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    EA has grasped a marginal victory from the jaws of defeat here, and it’s nearly all thanks to the brand-new Arcade mode; a setting that picks up the solo campaign’s corpse and resurrects it as an enjoyable on-rails shooter. [Apr 2008, p.124]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Genuine creative potential, but lacks polish. [Issue#172, p.96]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It isn’t the PSP debut we had hoped for. With a short lifespan and old missions, let’s hope this is the beginning of the end for what has been a strong franchise. [Apr 2006, p.114]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fetch quests interrupted by relentless, contrived fight sequences may have worked once, but in the altered landscape of 2008 Yakuza 2 really feels like it should be offering more. [Nov 2008, p.123]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though the pace of the game is appreciated, it would have been nice to see more than a simple sequence of questions with little in between. [Chrismas 2007, p.133]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game taper[s] off into mediocrity after a few hours. [Issue#152, p.118]
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