games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,604 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,604 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
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    The throwaway fun of the first game is sadly lost due to the prevalence of microtransactions. [Issue#142, p.117]
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    • 54 Metascore
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    Rather than feeling like a mastermind escapologist, your actual role resembles that of an errand boy collecting the pieces of a pre-scripted plan. Yet while nothing here really shines, the overall package is solid enough to counter our gripes. [Oct 2003, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
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    Horror muted by brevity and flat atmosphere... Imitating teen-horror movies is a novel idea, but duplicating their running time and feeble horror leaves the game wanting. [Nov 2004, p.106]
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    • 73 Metascore
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    To have this checklist of all the genre's flaws step up in place of the ambitious and promising title we were promised is wildly disappointing. [Issue#104, p.106]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    Don’t be fooled into thinking this adventure makes any kind of departure from the model arrangement of any of the series. [June 2006, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    There are moments when player adrenaline levels will rise above the base level, but they are so few and far between that in the end most will decide that slogging through the copious average sections simply isn’t worth the effort. [June 2005, p.116]
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    • 83 Metascore
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    In a world of cynical indie games and pretentious mainstream shooters, that kind of levity is appreciable. [Issue#156, p.120]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    With more variety and strategic depth than any of the previous AOW titles, there are plenty of reasons for fans and beginners alike to immerse themselves in Shadow Magic's world of adventure. [Oct 2003, p.119]
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    • 61 Metascore
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    Most of the time Ninety-Nine Nights does look like a game which befits the ‘next-gen’ tag, and yet periodically it embarrasses itself with ‘previous-gen’ foibles. Playing N3 is a frustrating experience. [July 2006, p.124]
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    • 55 Metascore
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    In truth, it's an average game, with the music and the presentation proposing a more dramatic and meaningful experience than is actually manifested in the gameplay. [Issue#150, p.118]
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    • 58 Metascore
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    Its silly approach to fitness is amusing, but there isn't enough here to hold attention for an extended period of time, let alone train you up for a marathon. [Issue#156, p.121]
    • 77 Metascore
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    A play-for-a-week fad. [Issue#108, p.131]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    Batman could probably take Captain America to pieces with one hand tied behind his back. [Issue#113, p.118]
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    • 62 Metascore
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    The action never inspires. [Issue#142, p.124]
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    • 61 Metascore
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    There are so many cheaper, better versions in existence that it’s very hard to recommend. [Sept 2008, p.125]
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    • 82 Metascore
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    Boy racers will love Underground's edgy urban chic, otherwise you should stick with the less fashionable but ultimately more enjoyable "Burnout 2." [Christmas 2003, p.125]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    The license really deserves a little more care and attention than this. [Christmas 2010, p.108]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Worth experiencing, but there are better-made horror games around. [Issue#150, p.127]
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    • 69 Metascore
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    No matter how hard you search, there's little here that wasn't done by StarCraft, Age of Empires or any other recent RTS... There's no worthy inovation here to raise this above any other title. [Jan 2005, p.114]
    • 64 Metascore
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    There's every chance White Knight Chronicles will start to shine in co-op. As a single-player experience, however, which is surely the main reason for anyone to invest, it's distinctly average, suffering from problems that are genuinely a surprise considering the brains behind it. [Apr 2010, p.124]
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    • 74 Metascore
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    At its core, this is the same game we've played before. [Issue#135, p.112]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    The bones are here for a stunning adventure, but the imagination simply isn't. Our disappointment is palpable. [Sept 2009, p.116]
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    • 59 Metascore
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    While an enjoyable story awaits the dedicated, many will struggle to move past the uninspired design, repetitive puzzles and simplified combat that makes up the bulk of the game's content. [Issue#135, p.113]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Updates are tricky; they need to be handled with the utmost love and dedication. We're not suggesting Rocket Knight hasn't been, but whatever made its ancestor appealing isn't as appreciable here. [July 2010, p.118]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Horror muted by brevity and flat atmosphere... Imitating teen-horror movies is a novel idea, but duplicating their running time and feeble horror leaves the game wanting. [Nov 2004, p.106]
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    • 61 Metascore
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    TFUII feels like a series of unfulfilled and broken promises that could kill the franchise, even for Star Wars fans. [Christmas 2010, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
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    The 'new' simplicity makes for a fun and fast game that, courtesy of the excellent passing system and decent AI, finds a firm balance between real football and the arcade fun of a five-minute kick about. [June 2004, p.120]
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    • 68 Metascore
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    It’s one thing to put out a punishing game, but quite another to punish players for no good reason.
    • 64 Metascore
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    We'll be waiting for Phantasy Star Zero to see if that instead can re-awaken the RPG magic the series once held above all others. [June 2009, p.116]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    A package with some technical issues and a generally very shallow feel. [Christmas 2011, p.108]
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