games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,496 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 7.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,496 game reviews
    • 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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    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ping-ponging from the sublime to the ridiculous with sass, style and a potty mouth, Bayonetta is a ten-hour journey into both the obscenely brilliant and the brilliantly obscene, but you'll still be playing it for its wealth of extras long beyond that. [Issue#91, p.102]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Rockstar San Diego may find some difficulty in filling its open expanses with interesting and emergent play, it does imbue it with a stark beauty and compelling narrative that makes Redemption more than just an allusion to cinema, but a piece of work that can confidently stand next to it. [Issue#96, p.94]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's tempting to brand this the watershed moment when we stop saddling narrative-driven games with blunt, inelegant descriptors like 'first-person shooter', 'platformer' or 'puzzler', and simply honour the mood. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is an action comedy - nothing else fits nearly as well. [Dec 2009, p.94]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 is 'just' a videogame, and a damn good one at that, in terms of sheer, heart-thumping spectacle it'll deliver in spades; just don't expect the Second Coming. [Christmas 2009, p.98]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequel to one of this generation's biggest disappointments has emerged as a strong contender for game of the year, and if you didn't see that coming, don't worry - neither did we. [Christmas 2009, p.122]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Executed with the utmost intelligence. [Issue#93, p.114]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rockstar North hasn't lost its grip on its capacity to take the GTA template and invent interesting twists on its design, ensuring that every mission is as amusing and explosive as the last, right up until the bombastic finale. [Dec 2009, p.122]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you're interacting with music in a way you never have before, you'll want to slap yourself for even giving the idea of emptying your wallet a second thought. [Christmas 2009, p.104]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BlazBlue is an outstanding fighter that we pray blossoms into the successful series it deserves. [Oct 2009, p.124]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little more could have been demanded of Harmonix, it has created a profoundly enriching way to experience the music of the world's most influential band. [Nov 2009, p.119]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A football game as good as - if not, somewhat controversially, better than - Pro Evo in its prime and as tight a sports title as you'll play this year. [Dec 2009, p.104]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heavy Rain isn't the ultimate narrative-driven videogame but the first, a template that should inspire other creators and open up a genre as limitless as imagination itself. And we can't wait to see what stories we get to play next. [Issue#93, p.104]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fine treat that succeeds on nearly every level. A genuine classic. [Dec 2009, p.110]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lazy find-three-item quests are nowhere to be seen in this episode, instead there's a wealth of context-based conundrums and mini-games that showcase LucasArts-style adventure design at its best. [Dec 2009, p.128]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it bluntly, if you own and loved SFIV, then SSFIV is as important to your mental wellbeing as the oxygen in our atmosphere. This is the ultimate love letter from Capcom, and the perfect fuel to keep the Street Fighter passion alight. [Issue#95, p.114]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remakes and IP revivals may be raking in the big bucks at the moment, but this artistically unique original is the game that really deserves your love and respect. [Nov 2009, p.106]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Trial And Execution Of Guybrush Threepwood has proved that Telltale has what it takes to equal LucasArts's best. [Christmas 2009, p.114]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are so many standout moments in Sin and Punishment 2 that it would be criminal to describe any more, as they're best experienced first-hand. [Issue#91, p.122]
    • 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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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A time-sink that can devour more life than Monster Hunter and Disgaea combined. [Issue#95, p.118]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A time-sink that can devour more life than Monster Hunter and Disgaea combined. [Issue#95, p.118]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sway system changes everything. Risk versus reward, knock out or be knocked out. Superb. [July 2010, p.110]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every step of the way, you'll feel the classic Nintendo touch. [Issue#96, p.98]
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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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX, above all else, is a fascinating merger of age-old design and modern sensibilities.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The majority of criticisms will be leveled at the new co-op element, but as we’ve already mentioned, neither control nor AI can ultimately mar such an intense and relentless action experience. [Apr 2009, p.98]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new gameplay types easily dispel the lack of variety that blighted previous games. [Aug 2010, p.116]
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    • 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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