games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,723 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 Dead Space 2
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2723 game reviews
    • 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
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    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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    • 43 Metascore
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    Combat is surprisingly basic given that this is from the man behind the Ninja Gaiden games. [Issue#165, p.86]
    • 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
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    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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    • 66 Metascore
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    Nice enough, but not exactly groundbreaking. [Issue#159, p.110]
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    • 66 Metascore
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    While boredom can set in as you perform the same handful of actions time and time again, there is just enough variety to keep you entertained. [Issue#165, p.98]
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    • 61 Metascore
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    • 77 Metascore
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    The problem of a distinct lack of variety persists, of course, and the lack of an arena-based dogfight mode feels a wasted opportunity. [Issue#115, p.108]
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    • 84 Metascore
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    With just as many levels where you'll pray for it to be over than where you're actually having fun, the game turns out to be a mixture of styles that don't meld together as solidly as they should, as well as having several frustrating joypad-throwing moments and often demanding extraordinary feats of memory from the player. [Mar 2004, p.114]
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    • 79 Metascore
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    There's just not enough to do besides the main tasks to justify stealing the GTA concept ... the distinct lack of content reduces the amount of enjoyment you'll get out of it. Better than you'd think, but still very basic. [Nov 2003, p.118]
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    • 55 Metascore
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    We can't fault the solid feel of firing a weapon; there is a degree of variety spread across the chapters; and the game’s engine is reliably stable, but none of this stops the game from qualifying as a major letdown. [July 2008, p.110]
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    • 78 Metascore
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    Players now react quicker and more like their real-life counterparts when handling the first touch of the ball. And first touches are generally smoother now, with players being able to flick on, trap or kick straight away on receipt. In practice, however, it’s not such a massive advancement and the player movement and control is still fairly sluggish. [Nov 2004, p.121]
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    • 58 Metascore
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    The lack of a cover mechanic, limited controls, an awkward camera and some questionable AI result in a peculiar package. [Issue#102, p.110]
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    • 56 Metascore
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    The main problem is that the dungeon creation is constantly interrupted by tedious tasks. [Nov 2008, p.122]
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    • 45 Metascore
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    Gameplay is standard stuff, and very little imagination seems to have been given over to making the mini-games feel engaging. [Nov 2009, p.120]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    Even regular space travel proves trying; rescued from the unconvincing hands-on control by an efficient autopilot system, your journeys become a case of merely clicking on where you want to go and fast-forwarding time until you get there. This reduces the game to a dirge of menu surfing and loses all the sense of adventure on which the genre was built. [Feb 2004, p.119]
    • 68 Metascore
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    When the average game of Trivial Pursuit comes packed with thousands of unique questions for around the same price, this kind of wafer-thin package is hardly going to impress Mr and Mrs Non-Gamer. [Sept 2007, p.113]
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    • 72 Metascore
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    While your average consumer may struggle to justify another investment of time and money in such an incredibly generic adventure, we genuinely found a lot to like in Sony's latest RPG and we feel a sense of injustice that this enjoyable little game is in danger of being overlooked completely ... the game still delivers an enchanting experience. [Feb 2004, p.122]
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    • 60 Metascore
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    You will finish the game having experienced sporadic moments of fun, but your money would be far better spent elsewhere. [June 2008, p.114]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    It's hard not to like Cold Fear for what it's trying to do, but it's also hard not to see the glaring errors that it makes along the way. [Apr 2005, p.119]
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    • 71 Metascore
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    An engaging game for kids, but no more than that. [Issue#149, p.121]
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    • 64 Metascore
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    Dead Souls isn't a bad game by any stretch; it's just extremely by-the-book on every level. [Issue#121, p.114]
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    • 77 Metascore
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    When it comes down to flat-out value for money? The 3DS store has plenty of other games to hold your attention. [Issue#139, p.120]
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    • 75 Metascore
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    In a perfect world all budget games would be of kill.switch's quality - that's where it would soar, that's where it would be ideal. As it is, it's almost exactly six hours of gung-ho entertainment from the moment you switch on your machine. But that's still just six hours. [Feb 2004, p.104]
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