games(TM)'s Scores

  • Games
For 2,937 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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2937 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heartily recommended to anyone yet to spend time in Puma's company. [Sept 2006, p.114]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sands of Time is very much a 21st century product - sumptuous visuals, intuitive control and many unique ideas. Buy it, play it, love it. [Dec 2003, p.92]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between a clever mixture of single-player only score-chasing, fun co-op modes, light karaoke functionality, and a levelling-up system that’s incremental and actually pushes you out of your comfort zone, this is a game that repairs all the wrongs the peripheral-based rhythm action genre fell foul to last gen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is only Act 1, of course, as an agonising cliffhanger reminds us, and as such this can only be regarded as a very promising start.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The rebirth of true role-playing in games. [Issue#105, p.84]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Warp lacks (or, perhaps, borrows) in personality it more than makes up for with gameplay that's so finely honed, it proves impossible to put down until every corner of its cutesy horror has been uncovered. [Issue#120, p.109]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s definitely a special vibe about Microsoft’s next first-party racing game, and it’s taken a solid leap over the inaugural Forza title. [July 2007, p.100]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A real tour-de-force for both a developer best known for comic mischief and a franchise that seemed doomed to eternal mediocrity. [Issue#114, p.92]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything about it feels lovingly crafted. [Issue#168, p.88]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone 2 is a gamer’s game. And although it fails to go beyond the confines of the genre, we wouldn’t criticise it for being anything other than a wonderful example of what can be achieved within them. [Mar 2009, p.108]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Electronic Arts has managed to fire yet another positive shot in the football sim battle. [May 2008, p.117]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A very good rhythm-action game, and a confusing but compelling RPG. But, above all else, it is a nostalgic anniversary package that will be adored by Final Fantasy fans and sets a new benchmark for interactive celebrations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PES 2016 is inconsistently superb, but it can no longer be ignored. Football fans have a difficult choice to make this year. You can follow the money and glamour of FIFA or embrace the grassroots love of the game in PES 2016. Neither choice seems wrong to us, but neither is perfect yet either. What we do have finally though, after a decade or so of waiting, is a real contest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Small, affordable, and utterly absorbing. [Oct 2008, p.121]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A genuine triumph as a team experience, mind, Splash Damage has proved that it has a serious knack for creating videogames that require so much more than becoming skilled with a trigger finger. Smart, robust, exciting and always ready to play with the original template, Brink is a welcome surprise in a genre that has started to become very close-minded.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online play, pleasingly, holds up its end of the bargain. [Issue#135, p.118]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For now, Hearthstone is very much a triumph, and with a mobile client rolling out there’s a sense that we’re at the beginning of a phenomenon rather than in the midst of one. Yet again, Blizzard seems to have played its cards absolutely right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the greatest achievement of Pokémon Conquest, however, is that it made us want to go back and play one of Koei's earlier, duller and more convoluted Nobunaga games. And any game that can make us feel that way is worthy of high praise indeed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another unmissable release from Relic Entertainment. [Issue#137, p.110]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DICE offers a brief taste of a Battlefield game driven by story and characters, where the completion of objectives signifies more than reaching a dot on the radar without dying, but delivers a product that leaves you feeling much the same as any of its ancestors. [Aug 2008, p.94]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minor flaws, but still a contender for JRPG royalty. [Issue#168, p.92]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It could be argued that Pandemic's extra-terrestrial effort is a little on the simple side, but in terms of sheer playability, scale and freedom - albeit within fairly limited areas - Destroy All Humans! is a class act indeed. [July 2005, p.96]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You’ll see and hear a lot of things your senses weren’t prepared for and revisiting a more traditional RPG afterwards is like walking out after an all-night party and going straight to the local library... A wonderfully pleasant and refreshing surprise. [March 2005, p.112]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A simple setup that gives way to complexity the more you experiment with the game’s higher levels of play. [Apr 2009, p.120]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a genuinely interesting story to try and wrap your head around, and a perfect game for the Vita, to boot.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We've sworn at the screen more times while playing Spelunky than practically any other game. So we wouldn't recommend this to anyone with anger management issues or a heart condition. But, by the same token, it's also afflicted us with chronic one-more-go syndrome. So we would recommend it to anyone who loves videogames. Which is surely all of you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full of humor and charm. [Issue#137, p.112]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition definitely belongs in that upper tier; its campaign no longer carries the industry-shaping impact it once had but it remains tremendous fun, while its multiplayer is still dramatic, unique and engaging, perhaps even more so now given the final touches The Coalition has added. As was the case back in 2006, come for the campaign and stay for the multiplayer – you’ll be glad you did.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For fans of the series, this is an essential purchase, and for first timers, this is a great opportunity to get hooked. [Issue#167, p.83]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The important thing, of course, is the racing, and the Codies tinkering permeates that with force, adding and subtracting features with gusto. Most alterations in this area, however, are welcome and inherently sensible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One the one hand what’s already here is enjoyable and compelling, for the comparatively short amount of time it’ll take you to play through it, but the promise of more makes me feel like Shadowrun Returns is only going to grow in value as time goes on. If the players really latch onto the capabilities of the editor, it’s going to be an incredible rich offering, and one that could theoretically never stop giving.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NBA 2K16 is masterful at providing a re-creation of what we expect to see from a TV broadcast. [Issue#167, p.84]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Media Molecule's sense of pure creation sits perfectly with the karting genre and we'd even go as far to say that players will find it easier to be both player and creator here than they would in the previous games. Just don't expect to find Mario looking over his shoulder anytime soon.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hidden depths of the franchise remain mind-boggling, battles taking the form of a super-complex, multi-layered version of Rock Paper Scissors driven by more hidden and adjustable values than even the most hardcore MMO can boast. [June 2009, p.110]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’ve never played a God Of War game before, this is arguably the perfect place to start.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fact that we're willing to consider this a genuine canon entry into the series (as was Konami - the game was originally called Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker, after all) is as sincere a compliment as can be afforded a handheld game. [July 2010, p.108]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most rewarding experiences on the PS4. [Issue#168, p.97]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Addictive, fully-featured and far more sure of itself than ever before, Infinity Blade II is as slick an offering as iOS currently offers. [Issue#118, p.100]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy Tactics A2 takes all of the divisive elements of its predecessor and runs with them. [Sept 2008, p.119]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a lean game. [Issue#137, p.117]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must-play title - as much a part of videogaming as it is anything else. [Issue#118, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The creative skating and dexterity demanded keep Skate 2 from ever feeling dull. [Feb 2009, p.116]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of lines of dialogue can often be all you’re given before being plunged into whatever mundane task is expected of you; rare are the significant characters and even rarer are the ones you care about. It just doesn’t maintain the same depth of exploration or profundity that the series is known for, leading to a much quicker-paced Elder Scrolls experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brothers is exactly the length you want it to be, showing just enough of its hand when it comes to the tale of these two siblings for it to live long in the memory. [Issue#137, p.118]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gears Of War 4 is a success, then, even if it does take The Coalition a little too long to find its feet in its single-player campaign.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Niggles aside, LostWinds is still relevant, and remains a genuine threat to the Wii's stagnating physical releases. [Christmas 2009, p.129]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another superb feat of strategy gaming...and while the depth of "Disgaea" simply isn't present, there's more than enough here to please the more cerebral gamer. [July 2004, p.121]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a slow starter, then, but you'll struggle to find a game this year that offers quite so much as Terraria. [Issue#135, p.122]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Microsoft finally has the kind of property it has always sorely lacked – a game with a truly cross-generational appeal and striking originality. Buy it for the kids, and then don’t let them get near it. [Jan 2007, p.92]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most replayable Civ yet, but the AI is a drawback. [Issue#181, p.77]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s unabashedly repetitive, cartoony and not as pretty as many would like, but it’s still the most beautiful journey yet. [Mar 2006, p.96]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unique. [Issue#137, p.120]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The series' high point so far. [Nov 2011, p.114]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A welcome outlier in the genre. [Issue#167, p.91]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An unpretentious, sharp-edged thrill of a skill-based shooter. And we haven't said that in quite some time. [Issue#135, p.123]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A superb Battlefield game, then, and an unmistakable sign that downloadable games are ready to give retail a run for its money. [Sept 2009, p.121]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply refines the challenging gameplay armchair tacticians have come to associate with the Total War franchise. [Issue#107, p.92]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's room for much improvement in The Secret World, as there often is with any new MMO launch, but this has far more promise than anything Blizzard or EA have had to offer recently.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here's hoping that when the Wii U picks up steam, The Wonderful 101 is still around. [Issue#139, p.94]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may sound strange but, where FIFA might be the better football game this year, there's an argument for PES being the better videogame. [Nov 2011, p.115]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A serious contender to the Voxel throne. [Issue#181, p.80]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may well be beautiful to look at, but the fighting engine, although improved, is so similar to that of Fight Night Round 2 that series veterans may feel somewhat aggrieved when faced with essentially the same videogame. [Apr 2006, p.112]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the set pieces set within the present day offer an intense gameplay experience and an interesting twist on The Last Of Us’ combat, there’s a sense of obligation rather than the cohesiveness we’ve come to expect from the developer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Changes are few. [Nov 2011, p.117]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A deep, rewarding and addictive experience. [Issue#181, p.81]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s rare that a strategy game should possess so many levels of complexity and that they should all be so rewarding...Variety is JTF’s strength and it flows to every corner of the game. [Nov 2006, p.122]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply said, Sorcery! is a wonderful release that should light a fire in the heart of any fan of an era long-gone; this is a welcome addition to any iOS library. [Issue#137, p.123]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quite simply, there’s no alternative. [Dec 2006, p.118]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The battle mechanic is intuitive, but hides a tactical edge. [Nov 2011, p.118]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet further proof that real-time strategy isn’t a genre with nowhere left to go. [Dec 2007, p.120]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those used to the drama of Pro Evo may well be put off by some often dull matches, but as a simulation, FIFA 08 stands as another EA Sports success story. [Dec 2007, p.121]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Within minutes you’ll be up to your old tricks, throwing drivers onto the pavement, beating up shoppers, jumping off buildings on motorbikes... the possibilities are once again limited only by player imagination. [Christmas 2005, p.120]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the looks of things the formula is still going strong and is in no real danger of becoming stale any time in the near future. [Feb 2009, p.113]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s intuitive to the extent that you’ll quickly stop looking at the touch screen and instead play from instinct. It feels perfect. [Oct 2006, p.114]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is by far the finest Hitman yet. The level design is superb, the enemy AI is decent, and the story is suitably entertaining, which all captures the feeling of being a cold-blooded killer wonderfully. [July 2006, p.120]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet more evidence that no one makes them better than Capcom. [JPN Import; Feb 2009, p.126]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This was the episode that made us fall back in love with Telltale. [Issue#161, p.88]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sandbox silliness at its best. [Apr 2009, p.123]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A genuinely feel-good example of what adventure games could be if only they'd think outside the box a little more. [Issue#167, p.97]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What we’re left with is a wonderfully polished sequel that you will enjoy every minute of and then wonder why all you can think about is how it felt to play its predecessor. [Mar 2009, p.112]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its world isn't as evocatively rich as Skyrim, it's action-oriented combat doesn't have the killer appeal of Dark Souls, and it's single-player focus is completely at odds with the co-op-centric Monster Hunter. However, as Capcom's first foray into the open-world RPG this is a worthy achievement, and further proof that the East-West divide should be breached more often. And not just by dragons. [Issue#122, p.94]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Many will no doubt dismiss Catch!’s simplistic gameplay mechanics, but to do so would be to miss the point entirely. The DS’s raison d’etre is to give gamers exciting new ways to play games, and in this respect Catch! succeeds admirably. [Apr 2005, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the better multiplayer shooters to have been released in the last year or so. [Nov 2007, p.134]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Morally bankrupt but creatively rich beyond the wildest dreams of most games. [Issue#107, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like illustrious forebears in the score attack/total frustration genre, Joe Danger: The Movie will annoy as much as it delights. Don't be fooled by the cutesy graphics and sound; Hello Games wants you dead and the levels it built are happy to oblige.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The switch to consoles has weakened the presentation of the game. [Issue#139, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's this fine balance between freedom and linearity that will keep you playing. [Issue#118, p.111]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The N64 predecessors are, whether we like it or not, relics of a time when everyone seemed happy just to riff on Super Mario 64, but Nuts & Bolts is a long-overdue move away from that style and a great one at that. [Christmas 2008, p.84]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Glowing reflection of the past. [Issue#107, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We can't help but be wary of the fact that the game requires direct sunlight in certain situations, as it restricts when and where you can play. However, a skilful player can negotiate much of the game without the need for sunlight so we can't be too negative. [Nov 2003, p.115]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best-made golf game on the system. [Aug 2008, p.106]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its complexity, this is a game that remains virtually open-armed in its inviting accessibility.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We'd happily champion Shift as the game to fill the gap that's been left by the absence of Project Gotham Racing. [Nov 2009, p.128]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While die-hards might still prefer the more expert-friendly features of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the fresh approach and fiercely impressive visuals, draped over a tried and true frame of addictive, highly nuanced battle and customisation, make Pokémon Black/White the defacto catch-all solution to monster collecting on the venerable DS.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With so many ways to customise your experience, and the addictive allure of the online high-score tables, Ghost Squad is a game you’ll return to long after more epic adventures have been and gone. [Feb 2008, p.124]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On a straight fighting level, SoulCalibur has never been better and although it might be a little anorexic for lone warriors, the multiplayer side offers more than any Soul title since the original Calibur made the Dreamcast a must-have. Which, in and of itself, provides irrefutable proof that Namco Bandai has given SoulCalibur a clearly defined genre once more. Welcome back, Stage Of History.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While die-hards might still prefer the more expert-friendly features of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the fresh approach and fiercely impressive visuals, draped over a tried and true frame of addictive, highly nuanced battle and customisation, make Pokémon Black/White the defacto catch-all solution to monster collecting on the venerable DS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Swing Golf offers the best of both worlds - the fantastical setting for those who loathe real sports, but the physical demands of a game that continually pushes you to improve. [Mar 2007, p.124]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capcom’s writer-translators have crafted a cast of believable characters to root for, two utterly detestable villains, and a script so dramatic and humorous that you’ll wish every game had this much care poured into it. [Dec 2007, p.116]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offline play is especially satisfying. [Issue#154, p.113]
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