games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,926 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2926 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Definitely worth a look, but for anyone familiar with the rest of Nippon Ichi's output, Atelier Iris 2 will dazzle and at times almost insult with its simplicity. [Sept 2006, p.124]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this ‘puzzle’ system doesn’t have as much depth as you’d want – especially during later levels, with things finishing before they’ve really gotten started. There’s a good idea here, presented in a way that is silly enough to be charming, but not dim-witted.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Limited gameplay appeal. [Issue#102, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you put any value in the game mechanics that have arrived over the last 20 years with a mind to prevent tantrum-inducing frustration, you might want to steer clear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the card and strategy elements work surprisingly well, they don’t really fit the stealth side of the game for which the series is so highly regarded. [June 2005, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wii has plenty of other titles that offer a few hours of undemanding fun. The abandoned potential of Road Trip is proof of what a wasteful approach that can be. [Christmas 2008, p.103]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a mile-long love letter to the fans. [Issue#148, p.120]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Between the reworked note charts that often don't feel quite right, and the barebones structure of Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits, a full-price release seems optimistic. [Aug 2009, p.119]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The series still doesn't quite work in 3D; you'd need a lot of patience and considerable tolerance to truly enjoy this game. [Aug 2005, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is RPG lite, Animal Crossing plus questing, and for some people that's absolutely fine. [Issue#153, p.124]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The downside of Boogie Bunnies comes only from the vast number of titles it’s up against. [Apr 2008, p.117]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In order to get any challenge or satisfaction from Rebellion’s dustbowl shooter, it must be tackled on the hardest difficulty setting right away; only then will Black Hawk Down demonstrate any of the depth or well-implemented tactical elements it has to offer. [Sept 2005, p.110]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is strong when it comes to emulating cricket, and gameplay mechanics are better than anything we've seen from cricket games over the last few years. However, the so-called "budget" feel that permeates the title detracts from an otherwise decent effort. [Issue#148, p.125]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this is a run-of-the-mill dating sim that, while fun, is a hard game to love. [Issue#153, p.125]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fun, but too annoying and limited to be anything more. It's technically impressive, but that's not all you pay for and, sadly, the gameplay can't cash the cheques that the visuals write. [May 2004, p.100]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's fair to say that Deception remains true to the series in that it delivers much of what you'd want from it, though this only means it's a reasonable fighting game with plenty of blood and some grisly deaths... Kould have been much better. [Dec 2004, p.110]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All three groups will merely be content, not delighted. [Issue#160, p.96]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only Ubisoft Montreal had felt more confident in its wild gambit – if only it had gone further with the Stone Age concept – and we could have been looking at something special. Instead, we have a Far Cry game that feels fun in its familiarity, but is sadly lacking in many integral ways.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A lack of interactivity makes playing Flower, Sun, And Rain an experience not unlike listening to a favourite album, letting images wash through the mind for their own worth. [Dec 2008, p.119]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that this is a fine hockey-management game; the question is, how much fun can a hockey-management game really be? [Aug 2004, p.115]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you like your games to tell an engaging story or to break new ground, Prototype 2 will probably make you vomit up your own pelvis through sheer outrage. If you're looking for powerful messages or the advancement of a medium, you'll likely be left with little but a sour taste in your mouth and the desire to write a strongly worded letter to Radical expressing your dissatisfaction with the whole experience. But if, on the flipside, you're someone that goes into a game armed with nothing more than a desire to be entertained, you'll struggle to find a more accommodating host than Prototype 2.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a standalone adventure, The Lost Future can't help but disappoint once its bite-sized, unimaginative nature begins to show through. [Issue#102, p.120]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    World Of Warplanes is a neat addition to Wargaming’s repertoire, but it all just feels a little too shallow to really make waves.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Diversity in the playable cast doesn't equal diversity in gameplay, though. [Issue#160, p.104]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Very much feels like a game of two parts; that of profound identity and beauty in its artistic style, profound story and meticulous audio design, but also one of bleakness and emptiness in how it seriously meanders in play. [Issue#109, p.100]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just hard to shake the feeling that Islands of Wakfu is, at its heart, something of a promotional item for its bigger brother. [Issue#109, p.103]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While Sphinx's adventures are rather average and play very similarly to "Starfox Adventures" and the Zelda games, the Mummy levels are a different matter - stealth and laughs abound in equal measures and there are some extremely clever puzzles that fully exploit the Mummy's undead status. [Mar 2004, p.119]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a nice, clean package that delivers enough hi-octane chases and enjoyment to warrant a purchase. [Christmas 2005, p.121]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bomberman’s raison d’etre, Battle mode, is once again its saving grace. [Aug 2005, p.110]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As it stands, it’s only eye candy that distinguishes Enchanted Arms from the wealth of tactical RPGs on PS2. [Oct 2006, p.130]
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