games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,635 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 7.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Fallout 3
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,635 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Atlus believed that it could push the series that little bit further, however, and discover something special within the Etrian Odyssey formula. In The Drowned City, it has found it. [Christmas 2010, p.122]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lot like difficult classics like Mega Man or Ghouls 'N Ghosts in that the trials themselves are half the fun. [Issue#108, p.127]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The highest compliment that you can pay Creative Assembly’s uncompromising, nerve-plucking and lengthy entry in the Alien canon is that even without any prior knowledge of its source material, Alien: Isolation is superb.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Xbox gamers have been granted superior versions of two of the best mainstream games of this generation. [Christmas 2003, p.124]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Battlefield 2 represents a far better understanding of what war actually entails; an effort to put the player in the heart of a battle where advancement is more strategic than just running around looking for a target. [Aug 2005, p.90]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly in-depth RPG that should result in no two players having a similar run-through. [Issue#156, p.122]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sports Interactive made the hardest job in football better than ever. [Issue#142, p.120]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s an obvious luxury to riffing on a masterpiece that other games simply can’t enjoy, but that doesn’t make the choice to blow the city wide-open any less brave. [Apr 2009, p.110]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's little to take away from the fact that GT5 is a full, accomplished and insanely deep racing sim of the highest calibre. [Issue#104, p.104]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a rocky couple of years for rhythm-action, in which Guitar Hero came to an end and Rock Band 3 failed to repeat the retail success of its predecessors, it's fantastic to see Harmonix back on top with a game that reinvigorates the genre in new and interesting ways. But, more than that, it's just great to have an extremely playable reason to return to some old favourite songs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everyday Shooter has personality, but it has one more thing besides, something all but lost to the chilly technicalities of modern gaming. Soul. [Feb 2008, p.133]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could argue that the crashes don't match the drama of the chase, the camera angles often failing to relay the complete destruction of your vehicle. The handling might feel a little too forced towards the arcade side of things and perhaps some players will feel that they've played this game already thanks to the many hours they put into Burnout Paradise. But there's no denying that Criterion is the master of its craft, and Most Wanted is its biggest and best effort yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a victory for the FMV, for mobile/PC games, and for the concept of interactive narrative as a whole.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So good that the old adage of "quality, not quantity" has never felt more appropriate. [Issue#91, p.111]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spellbinding, dramatic and absolutely epic in both the world it paints and the story it tells, Zelda: Skyward Sword is a hugely important event for the Wii, for Nintendo, and for anyone with even a passing love for the venerable series it celebrates.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bungie has managed to whittle away many of the elements we felt uncomfortable with in the original game (specifically some dull level design and unappealing multiplayer), as well as adding enough polish to make Halo 2's gameplay shine... As a sequel that's good enough to convert even those who didn't enjoy the original title, we doubt anyone could have asked for anything more. [Christmas 2004, p.122]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-perfect action game, then, and a irrefutable reason to own a Wii U.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Sony so laser-focused on the multiplayer component since Ascension was announced, we were understandably worried that the single-player side of things may end up a rote retread of old ground. But we’ve never been so happy to be proven wrong, and from its gorgeous visual and evolved combat to its lavish presentation and tight pacing, this is arguably the best God Of War yet.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World might not be a “game changer” like Super Mario 64, but it’ll always be remembered as the one that let the cats out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is an intimidating prospect for the casual PS2 gamer, but a worthwhile purchase for anyone who derived any pleasure from any tactical RPG on any platform. [Oct 2006, p.122]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These additional modes are a lot of fun, providing as they do bite-size portions of Pikmin action that you can enjoy with a friend, and definitely give you a reason to keep coming back to the game. But honestly, the campaign has so many nooks and crannies to explore and hidden fruit and data files to find that once you’ve reached the end of the story you’ll want to jump back in straight away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We can only hope that the team at Infinity Ward has the humility to learn from and implement the features Treyarch has introduced here when it comes to the next Call Of Duty, particularly with regards to multiplayer. [Christmas 2010, p.84]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a traditional Rock Band experience has the definitive one before them, packaged here with an optional and extensive set of educational devices that offer further reading for anyone who feels their virtual musicianship is ready to blossom and evolve into the real deal. [Christmas 2010, p.88]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exceptional game that will remain a pleasure even when the graphics begin to spoil. [Chrismas 2007, p.112]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intelligent Systems has come good for Advance Wars fans and made its latest title arguably the best reason to own a DS so far. [Sept 2005, p.98]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    It's a crazed urgency that you'll embrace until completion, threading your way round Polytron's crazily idiosyncratic open-world masterpiece until every corner has been reached and, more importantly, understood.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A picture-perfect playground designed to engender pure love in those willing to lose themselves within it. [Christmas 2011, p.90]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most ambitious, fun, and stimulating pieces of software for the last decade and, frankly, what does it matter whether its 100 percent videogame or not. [Nov 2008, p.94]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most refreshing and damn near-essential games of the year, and an inspirational figurehead for independent developers everywhere. [Dec 2006, p.122]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clear Sky chiefly succeeds because it transforms grim fantasy into a startlingly real-world experience. [Oct 2008, p.108]
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