games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,425 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 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2,425 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This latest title in Creative Assembly's Total War franchise revisits the second game if the series and gives it a new lease of life thanks to a host of tweaks and revisions. [Christmas 2006, p.108]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The conversion is spot on, the graphics, sound and control are superb, and short bursts of the single-player are a joy. It's such a shame, then, that the multi-player is a let down. [Sept 2006, p.108]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Compelling and rarely pretentious. [Issue#142, p.118]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For its few flaws, Fire Emblem rivals the "Advance Wars" duo in terms of addictiveness and style, only really falling short due to its straightforward approach and character mortality that will frustrate those used to more forgiving titles. [Feb 2004, p.102]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Blizzard deals best in the subtle, and there's never any doubt where the focus of Diablo III lies. Even after the final battle is completed and the credits roll, your warrior is still there, ready for the next difficulty level. As such, the balance between the classes, the skills, and the loot get the bulk of Blizzard's attention, which is for the best.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We'd struggle to think of a developer that does better-quality FMV than Oddworld Inhabitants; we've seen tangible, real-life things that don't look as convincing as some of the clips in this game. [Feb 2005, p.98]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pirates! Is a challenging and rewarding open-ended adventure... what better than a game that let’s you write your own pirate-filled legacy. [Jan 2005, p.118]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the accessible arcade action delivers thrill-a-minute multiplayer dogfights, over time the game's inherent lack of substance becomes increasingly evident. [Dec 2003, p.121]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually stunning, mechanically incredible and impossible to put down, Hot Pursuit is, quite frankly, the game we've always wanted Need For Speed to be. [Christmas 2010, p.103]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ridge Racers emerges as the consummate package as far as PSP launch titles go – true, it cribs from every other game in the series instead of offering real originality, but that’s a small price to pay for the amount of quality that’s packed into the game. [Feb 2005, p.116]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best realistic boxing title we’ve played, and few fight fans will be disappointed. [Apr 2005, p.114]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Represents the best version of Animal Crossing to date. [Issue#136, p.102]
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    • 88 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If we have to make a criticism, it's that The Witcher 2 leaves you wanting more than it offers. [Issue#110, p.110]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We learnt Paint it Black note-for-note in about an hour this morning; that definitely wouldn't have happened without Rocksmith. [Issue#142, p.111]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The question of how much an open city suits Burnout is soon replaced by how well Criterion makes the game work within one. And, thanks to a number of odd decisions on how players progress, the answer is: sloppily. [Feb 2008, p.114]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A confused game, veering from System Shock-style psychological horror to classic Doom mass slaughter via Resident Evil-esque jumpy frights... It’s not until your arsenal is about half full that this begins to feel like the new Doom game you wanted it to be. [Oct 2004, p.100]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The question many will ask, ultimately, is how Halo 4 stacks up against its predecessors, and in truth it's hard to answer at this time. It'll take multiple runs through the campaign, hours and hours more multiplayer, and swaths of Spartan Ops mission to truly understand how good Halo 4 is. There's one answer we can say with certainty, though: this is absolutely a Halo game. And that's all that most fans would ever need to hear.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Year Walk is also presented in a linear visual fashion that, though it is used effectively, creates a repetitive and – if you’re able to rush past its puzzles – rather short experience. But none of this should take away from what is a monumental and truly frightening game that packs more innovation and ideas into the horror genre than we’ve seen from ‘traditional’ games for some time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We can't help feel this game deserves better; that Sony should have better prepared its overachieving child for its second run at online domination. Sadly, it's still the average game that SOCOM was, and without any novelties to paper over the mundane gameplay it's hard to see this repeating the success of its predecessor. [Apr 2004, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BlazBlue is an outstanding fighter that we pray blossoms into the successful series it deserves. [Oct 2009, p.124]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the speed comes at the cost of realistic handling, allowing the player to rip around the tracks with maximum enjoyment and minimum frustration, making Rallisport 2 one of the few games that provides enjoyment even in defeat. [June 2004, p.104]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While die-hards might still prefer the more expert-friendly features of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the fresh approach and fiercely impressive visuals, draped over a tried and true frame of addictive, highly nuanced battle and customisation, make Pokémon Black/White the defacto catch-all solution to monster collecting on the venerable DS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest IX, above all else, is a fascinating merger of age-old design and modern sensibilities.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The core formula has had slow refinements enacted upon it for generations, but X/Y feel like a triumphant return to the central philosophy that made Red/Blue great – these are games about exploration, and getting in touch with that childish joy of the undiscovered. A game that prompts that in both adults and children can be considered nothing other than a success.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Patience is still a virtue, and fans of mindless action titles should still give Splinter Cell a wide berth. Unless you're partial to a little online gaming, that is. Put simply, Pandora Tommorrow's multiplayer takes your breath away. [Apr 2004, p.108]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This dripfeeding of improvements is starting to frustrate. [Dec 2008, p.106]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're hard-pressed to see how anything is going to come along and top this in the immediate future. [Sept 2014, p.108]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dirt 3 is different. [Issue#110, p.125]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solar Empire doesn’t force players to choose between giant locales, depth of gameplay, and explosive real-time space battles, it simultaneously provides them all. [May 2008, p.106]
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