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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,496 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forza's driving physics are excellent - with the driving aids switched on the game offers something just on the right side of arcade-style racing. [June 2005, p.99]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the inclusion of new gadgets and stunning visuals, the series is starting to decompose; playing the same thing over and over is beginning to wear a little thin. It’s a good job the multiplayer experience continues to blossom. [Apr 2005, p.90]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like it or not, the Final Fantasy series has come of age and this new approach to the genre is a breath of fresh air. [JPN Import; June 2006, p.108]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect; online multiplayer still harbours some niggling issues, and it still has no answer to Melee’s brilliant Adventure mode. But if you love Super Smash Bros., fighting games or even just Nintendo as a whole, you should snap up this game without a second thought.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tactical battles are better than ever thanks to an improved engine and significantly smarter enemy AI. You can now take up to 400 units into battle, leading to some impressive large-scale scraps.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 3's most notable achievement, however, must be its unique ability to make simulation 'fun', not a word you'll often hear used to describe the likes of Race Pro or Gran Turismo. [Dec 2009, p.108]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given the constraints of the sport, SSX 3 does a great job of keeping the game as open as possible. If nothing else, the SSX series represents something of a benchmark for snowboarding games, a trend that continues with this instalment. No one title of this generation can claim obvious superiority. [Dec 2003, p.102]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is as good as anything Nintendo has produced in the last five years, and as such is very, very special indeed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sands of Time is very much a 21st century product - sumptuous visuals, intuitive control and many unique ideas. Buy it, play it, love it. [Dec 2003, p.92]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The final moments are phenomenally powerful. It would be criminal to spoil any of this stirring and heartwrenching story, but this is a heady combination of artful writing and innate knowledge of the power of videogames to draw players into a character. It achieves things that passive artforms cannot. Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman have established themselves as game writers at the height of their powers, and The Walking Dead is unquestionably one of the videogames of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Hero brought a guitar peripheral to the masses, and for that it was praised. This time, we hope it's the enhancements that sell the product - it truly deserves it. [Christmas 2006, p.112]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hopefully the innovation and effort that have been put into every area of this title will shine through, and the fact that the setup is worth every penny will become apparent to all. [Feb 2008, p.120]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Journey truly excels is in its top-of-the-range visuals, inventive world and its tonal breadth. One moment you will find yourself avoiding the spotlights of menacing, sentient war machines 20 times your size in a barely lit dungeon, and the next plodding through the harsh mountain peaks with almost no visibility, all accompanied by a genuine sense of dread as your character visibly starts to die and can barely walk anymore.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautiful, feature-packed and brimming with creative remedies for the ails of a stagnating genre, that NOA should overlook such a shining example of what a JRPG can be paints a very different company to the Nintendo that went out at E3 with a call to arms for the hardcore.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The whole drop-in drop-out nature of the world tour, both online and off, is outstanding. It’s also worryingly addictive. There never feels like a good enough reason to stop. [Jan 2009, p.98]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the style and playability of the first Prime title is here, while the new weapons, suits and combat system provide enough of a new experience to enjoy it all over again. Fair enough, it doesn't evoke the same reaction this time around... but that doesn't prevent it from being a damn fine game that should be played by all. [Christmas 2004, p.92]
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    • 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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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We can't wait to see what LittleBigPlanet 2 has evolved into in a month or three, when we can truly measure the impact that these tools will have had on an already ultra-creative community. We predict that it's going to be like setting off an atomic bomb.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The concept needed to evolve to stay relevant and Taito has achieved that by tailoring the gameplay around the strengths and weaknesses of Apple's hardware, creating a revolutionary Space Invaders in the process. [Oct 2009, p.127]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrath Of The Lich King has ensured that World Of Warcraft remains the pinnacle of the genre in its current form. [Feb 2009, p.124]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-perfect action game, then, and a irrefutable reason to own a Wii U.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might be derivative in many ways, but there's a certain charm to the low-rent Futurama antics of the Ratchet & Clank universe: it knows its audience and panders to it without shame, scooping up a disparate medley of platforming/shooting tasks and weaving them all into a quietly epic narrative framework. [Christmas 2004, p.106]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While certain recent games handle storytelling better than this, there remains a certain charm and magic about Snake Eater that just can't be found in titles without Kojima's Midas touch. It's a game that nobody else would dare make and that works for and against it.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It re-affirms that, when executed with care, games from the days before Nintendo Wii can benefit from being adapted for the remote. [Aug 2007, p.120]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s achingly beautiful, deeply involving and as breathtaking to watch as it is to play. [Christmas 2005, p.90]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exceptional game that will remain a pleasure even when the graphics begin to spoil. [Chrismas 2007, p.112]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A breathtaking romp that juxtaposes superbly implemented combat with intrusive CGI cut-scenes and the sort of archaic puzzles that would make the "Resident Evil" franchise proud. [May 2004, p.96]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chains Of Olympus carries all the hallmarks that make God Of War so great, but it still feels somewhat diluted. [May 2008, p.104]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With The Burning Crusade, Blizzard has yet again raised the standard by which all MMORPGs will be judged. [Mar 2007, p.112]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s debatable whether or not this is worth buying if you own last year’s game…it comes down to how rich you are and how much you like golf. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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