games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,424 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: 65
Highest review score: 100 Burnout 3: Takedown
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,424 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A near-constant flow of hardcore platforming, visual gags and references that span indie and retro gaming's rich histories makes Super Meat Boy a tireless entertainer. [Christmas 2010, p.119]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Reinvents a genre and unequivocally defines it in one fell swoop. [Issue#106, p.96]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's not much more you could ask from a sequel. Almost everything that you might have thought the first game was lacking has been provided. Our one minor complaint we have is that it's maybe not as much of a challenge as the first game was and it's not going to take long to see everything the game has to offer. [Nov 2004, p.114]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Does exactly what a good sequel should, retaining the core appeal of the first game but with enough twists added to make it feel as altogether new and exciting as a completely original title. [Oct 2008, p.118]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We're just a little bit disappointed that this Civ evolution isn't as polished as we'd expected. [Issue#102, p.108]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Super Mario 3D Land does get right is what every Mario game gets right: a high benchmark for quality that virtually no other platform game series seems capable of matching. There's a level of humour, invention and a sheer sense of joy that you only find in a Mario game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Metroid series is in need of an overhaul before it steps out onto the Wii again. But for now, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption represents a triumphant last hurrah for what has been a consistently excellent series. [Nov 2007, p.116]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most refined take on the genre yet. [Issue#138, p.98]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's very slick, enormous fun, continually dynamic, and more than any other MMO it brings the genre closer to the ideal of a fantasy world filled with hundreds of players in which just about anyone can lose themselves. That sentiment, as much as anything else, makes it well worth playing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s definitely a special vibe about Microsoft’s next first-party racing game, and it’s taken a solid leap over the inaugural Forza title. [July 2007, p.100]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is without doubt one of Capcom's finest offerings for the Sony console…A sublime clash of old-school action and devious design, Joe on PS2 is more Viewtiful than ever. [Nov 2004, p.120]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GTR 2 is a serious driver’s utopia and an experience unrivalled by any other PC racing game to date. [Nov 2006, p.118]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply refines the challenging gameplay armchair tacticians have come to associate with the Total War franchise. [Issue#107, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refinement of what has gone before, and what has gone before still stands as one of the finest exercises in strategic entertainment available. [Apr 2009, p.108]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gorgeous looking game. We’ve said it before, but it’s one of the few games where the promotional imagery doesn’t do it justice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We also take some issue with Borderlands 2's sense of humour. While it's welcome, it draws so frequently on up-to-the-minute memes that it becomes hard to remain immersed in an experience supposedly taking place in the distant future, on a remote planet, and among people who have no reason to understand the significance of an arrow in the knee. Most of it's just not that funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Magnificent. [Issue#110, p.133]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of mortality, tension and sheer scale makes for a truly stunning experience. [Christmas 2005, p.110]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By far the biggest step up lies in the course design, offering dozens of alternative routes and short-cuts on each map and making far more use of vertical travel than Burnout ever did. [Nov 2005, p.90]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the first time in the series’ beleaguered overseas history, the game is going to hook westerners long enough to draw them in past the insane difficulty and into one of the most rewarding, player-loving games of the last decade. [JPN Import; Feb 2005, p.86]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As much as we enjoy Zero Mission, we can't help feel disappointed with the many boss encounters you'll face throughout Samus' adventure. ... It's all very well filling Zero Mission with an array of huge, well-animated bosses but they're crippled by extremely poor attack patterns and being incredibly easy to dispose of. [Apr 2004, p.104]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Imitating a swing with the analogue stick is still as satisfying as ever, and the balance between control and room for error is nigh-on perfect. However, it would have been nice to see a few more changes to keep the experience fresh. [Oct 2003, p.122]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never have we played a game that punishes so much while constantly providing a reason to keep pushing on and see what brilliance lies beyond the next hurdle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Immerse yourself in its choices and the peerless beauty of the world that supports them, and it reveals a quality that cannot be detected through objective distance. This is a game you can love, and that’s at least as rare as perfection. [Dec 2008, p.122]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hitting the mark in just about every area, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a stunningly considered improvement on its predecessor. Essential for fans of the series, it's also an adventure of tremendous substance and beauty in its own right.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you do already own and have played to death (excuse the pun) the original Left 4 Dead, the feeling that you've just purchased the same product again doesn't take very long to start tugging at your coat-tails. [Christmas 2009, p.110]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Games like these succeed because they suck the player into a virtual world of their own creation and never let them go. Football manager does so in spectacular style. [Christmas 2004, p.104]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valve has put together a wonderfully unconventional game – a taut FPS multiplayer that retains the same unease felt in the likes of Resident Evil. [Jan 2009, p.114]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BioWare has managed to create a new franchise that will grow to become the cornerstone of the developer's flourishing portfolio. [June 2005, p.94]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Year on year, the main modes in the THPS games have moved further away from traditional over-the-top skating to encompass more and more 'crazy' goals, something we're not entirely sure we approve of. One thing we are sure of, though, is that the core skating engine makes for by far the best extreme sports game of this generation. [Christmas 2003, p.98]
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