games(TM)'s Scores

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For 3,057 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 7.4 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:
3057 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great tennis game lineage now has a new addition. It's subtle and complex without losing the pick-up-and-play appeal that all tennis games need. It is, in short, the best tennis game ever made. [Dec 2003, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a single-player game it is very enjoyable, but as a multi-player Xbox Live game it raises the bar for all others to follow. [Apr 2006, p.100]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Burning Crusade, Blizzard has yet again raised the standard by which all MMORPGs will be judged. [Mar 2007, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The stuttering and freezing issues that have always plagued the console versions are entirely absent from the Steam game, and the game looks gorgeous at a crisp 1080p – its expressive faces and soft colours doing wonders to mask a presumably modest budget.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a new experience then there are few multiplayer games as well balanced and enthralling as Rocket League. This could well be a contender for one of the best games of the year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it's not a total triumph, the core of what Mass Effect 3 achieves is an engrossing, fabulously put together piece of work, regardless of an ending that will delight as many as it dumbfounds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From Spring to Summer, to Fall and Winter, season changes will render certain crops dead. You have to plan ahead – farming doesn’t even occur in winter – and your jobs remain engrossing day-in, day-out. That’s Stardew Valley’s greatest strength – it gives you a load of interesting things to do in your new life, rewards you whichever you choose to do, and it always feels like more than just a farming game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best combo of ideas and execution the NFL has seen. [Issue#179, p.79]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is actually better suited to handhelds than consoles nowadays, and the team at Nintendo has kept this at the forefront of its design philosophy throughout – this is a more accessible, more fluid experience than before, and that was all we could have asked for from this remaster.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 is without doubt the series' finest hour...By playing around with character traits, you're able to create all kinds of people, and just watching them interact is a joy in itself. [July 2009, p.102]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the original is free to download on PC, Cave Story still feels like a steal at 8.40. [Issue#96, p.121]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When it comes to quality Sine Mora has practically zero peers this generation. If you've been craving a true modern classic since the days of Gradius V and R-Type Final then Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality have provided the best possible reason we can imagine to return.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A triumph in artistry and gameplay, overcoming the frequently problematic process of reviving an old franchise. So many studios get it dead wrong, but Project Sora has shown that it has respect for the IP, as well as the talent to deliver the world of Kid Icarus to a modern audience and make it relevant to a new generation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A yarn is only as good a s the characters knitting it. This is perhaps the most valuable lesson Level-5 has learned from "Dragon Quest VIII." Progressing the game just to see the characters talking has never felt more fun. [JPN Import; Mar 2006, p.124]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is as good as anything Nintendo has produced in the last five years, and as such is very, very special indeed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a fantastic game; an echo of the past that simultaneously feels (in the most part) contemporary, and a game made with such a clear love, passion and vision behind it that you can’t help but feel its 26-year gestation period actually helped.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anarchic, baffling, sometimes downright silly, and often inspired, Jazzpunk works tirelessly to make you laugh and gasp. The frequency with which you’ll do both is a testament to a bold new talent, and Necrophone Games deserves all the plaudits that will be thrown its way in the coming weeks.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From gloriously glib opening to predictably musical finale, Portal 2 is a genuine delight and a game of rare quality. A well-judged sense of humour meets with some truly ingenious puzzle design to create a gaming experience that will linger long in the memory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX, above all else, is a fascinating merger of age-old design and modern sensibilities.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The puzzles are refreshingly taut, the design and scope bewildering and its conclusion a triumphant crescendo of storytelling. It's completely iterative, derivative and formulaic, holding few surprises during its eight-hour campaign, yet Naughty Dog twists these familiar tropes into an invigorating rush of agile gameplay and seamless cinematic spectacle, proving once again that Nathan Drake is without equal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have the patience, the perseverance and the inquisitiveness, then, The Witness can be hugely rewarding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With all those map layouts and bosses to hunt down, you'll still spend hours in the Gungeon pushing yourself with a stupid, maniacal grin on your face. [Issue#174, p.72]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series is no longer revolutionising the strategy genre, it is raising the bar with every effort – which, if the first game was a masterpiece such as Shogun: Total War, is not a feat to be scoffed at. [Nov 2007, p.112]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect; online multiplayer still harbours some niggling issues, and it still has no answer to Melee’s brilliant Adventure mode. But if you love Super Smash Bros., fighting games or even just Nintendo as a whole, you should snap up this game without a second thought.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you can't find at least one thing you love about this deceptively deep arcade game then you're probably not a gamer at all. [Aug 2010, p.118]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a depth of content here that matches the game’s undoubted class, and ensures Playground Games is a genuine powerhouse in the world of digital racing. Forza Horizon 2 is a gorgeous, confident and relentlessly gratifying drive, and easily the best first-party exclusive on Xbox One.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's heavily steeped in RPG tradition, however, its appeal stretches far beyond the hardcore RPG demographic thanks to its ease of play, boundless ambition and focused attention to detail. [May 2006, p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playful proof that the classic RPG isn't dead. [Issue#174, p.76]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Does exactly what a good sequel should, retaining the core appeal of the first game but with enough twists added to make it feel as altogether new and exciting as a completely original title. [Oct 2008, p.118]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrath Of The Lich King has ensured that World Of Warcraft remains the pinnacle of the genre in its current form. [Feb 2009, p.124]
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