games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,534 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 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Dead Space 2
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,534 game reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dedicated genre fans, meanwhile, will find that the concessions in the gameplay – pre-highlighted hot spots and rumble hints – are both insulting to their intelligence and at odds with the entire point of the adventure genre. [June 2008, p.123]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    The fact that, in harking back to earlier days, the game feels stuck in the past, the fact the fighting system really isn't deep compared to other modern-day brawlers, the fact the gore is little more than a sideshow and the fact that most of the fan service appeals to fans who have grown up a great deal since the Nineties throws up numerous reasons to criticise, however.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Trioncube manages to remain inoffensive at best and is a title we can add to a growing list of Nintendo DS puzzle games that are enjoyable but far from essential. [Aug 2007, p.125]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At its best, it's an inferior retread of some of the first game's finer moments, but at worst, it's dangerously forgettable. [Issue#107, p.112]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Another predictably mediocre basketball game. [Feb 2008, p.130]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A title solely for those who really want to relive the 2014 F1 season. [Issue#154, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's considerably better than last year's sorry attempt but there's still plenty of room for improvement. [Christmas 2003, p.127]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Mindless fun and little else. [Nov 2007, p.106]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    Let’s just hope that if the team release a second shoot-‘em-up they look for inspiration from current Japanese shooters and not an ageing Amiga blaster that wasn’t particularly impressive in the first place. [Feb 2008, p.128]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Halts under its own weight. [Issue#111, p.114]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Maybe it's the rather lacklustre music, the numerous side-quests that feel more bolted on than they should, or the forehead-slappingly stupid AI of the enemies and your companion, but the whole experience feels decidedly flat at times; not a good sign for a game that's supposed to absorb you into its world. [Jan 2004, p.117]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the difference between what Crystal Dynamics wanted to do with Snowblind and the finished product is a crevasse that good intentions fall well short of bridging, leaving the game lying in a Wile E. Coyote-style could of dust at the bottom. [March 2005, p.110]
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    • 63 Metascore
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    We can’t imagine that general Rock Band players could justify buying a whole disc just for 18 songs from one band. [Feb 2009, p.123]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    L.A. Rush isn't so much bad as uninspiring. Driving round the city is fun for a bit but after that nothing but the mediocre races, ill-conceived stunt sections and the meandering extra missions remain. [Nov 2005, p.110]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For or five mindless hours stretched to more than double that. [Issue#154, p.127]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The cosmetics and style that FaceBreaker offers in spades fail to raise the mechanics and gameplay above average. [Oct 2008, p.125]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even if Xbox Live does prove Chromehounds’ saviour, there’s no denying that the single-player mode will be relegated to little more than a tactical playground to warm up for the online battle because it’s just a little too one-note, a little too slow, a little too lifeless to truly engage. [Aug 2006, p.112]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This sounds like Batman, but it's more like a knock-off of Punch Out. Competent middle-tier filler, and little more. [Issue#154, p.128]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Most of the game's levels end up feeling like never-ending drudgery. [Issue#154, p.129]
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    • 65 Metascore
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    The resource management and skill chasing on offer is sound, but everything else is repetitive, undemanding, and forgettable. [Oct 2008, p.110]
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    • 59 Metascore
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    On a next-gen console, Strikeforce is a far more humdrum expenditure of time that could be better spent elsewhere. [Issue#93, p.130]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even though each puzzle is explained before it gets tough a few stages down the line, there are still a few that are a little too complex for their own good (as if the game wasn’t frustrating enough already.) [Aug 2005, p.96]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    Like many of the revivalist action films we've seen in recent years, it is little more than a slick homage that lacks the bite of the real thing. [July 2008, p.123]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    Essentially it's the same five minutes of entertainment repeated over and over again and it quickly becomes wearing and repetitious. [Sept 2006, p.118]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Many of the puzzles are somewhat straightforward in design, and while ensuring players are less likely to hit those infuriating brick walls typically found in the genre's great titles, your input into the proceedings once again tends to feel slightly shallow and less rewarding than before. [Christmas 2003, p.108]
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    • 64 Metascore
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    Not broken, just woefully mediocre... No doubt someone will like it… we just don’t know who. [March 2005, p.102]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    One of the most frustrating aspects is the unbalanced difficulty curve. You're thrust into some tough and often unfair opening levels, only to find the challenge dropping dramatically as you progress deeper into the admittedly enjoyable storyline. [Sept 2004, p.116]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you have high levels of patience then there are some excellent moments that are worth staying around for, but we’d wager that most will hang up their controllers by the second or third forced Werehog mission. [Jan 2009, p.102]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The action is a little too samey, and things become just too repetitive. Aside from scenery variations, FMV cut-scenes and the odd boss fight, the game is practically the same from start to finish. [Jan 2004, p.125]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game's tagline speaks volumes; calling Battlecry III "The original role-playing strategy game" is a fine way of declaring the game's legacy, but at the same time it highlights just how little has really changed since the first title was released. [Aug 2004, p.108]
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