games(TM)'s Scores

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For 2,800 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 Burnout 3: Takedown
Lowest review score: 10 Darkstar: The Interactive Movie
Score distribution:
2800 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game had enough potential to be one of the sleeper hits of the year. Sadly, that’s not going to happen. On the plus side, Overdose delivers what you’d expect. [Sept 2005, p.118]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We were disappointed when "Frontline" failed to take advantage of its World War II settings, but it's galling to see that EA still hasn't got it right with Rising Sun. If there's ever a case against World War III, then surely this is it. [Christmas 2003, p.100]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Family Ski comes highly recommended – even if only to soothe the pain of yet another blue-shell-related defeat. [May 2008, p.118]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The more you play, the more it becomes obvious that this is more than a case of shattered hopes. There are some serious issues concerning gameplay and enjoyment that leave this Star Fox game a fair way short of its predecessors. [Apr 2005, p.92]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, the promising squad-based interface is put to incredibly uninspiring use. Despite the impressive scope, this lacklustre playing experience offers little incentive to persevere and explore the strategic depth on offer. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Shattered Union is just too frustrating to be enjoyable. Its accessibility problems are crippling and even after you've got to grips with how the game works, it still feels unbalanced and confusing. [Dec 2005, p.127]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it lasts, Cave's genre breakout does a great job of making you feel like a nimble little paper ninja. [Issue#110, p.128]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Impressive visuals aside, Maiden Of Black Water is unashamedly last-gen in design. It’s creepy enough to give you sleepless nights and the story’s better than that of previous games, but you’ll have to put up with occasionally clunky controls if you want to enjoy this tale. It’s just about worth it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The most inadequate of games: a platformer that struggles in its platforming. [Issue#110, p.122]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mario & Sonic brings with it the return of the dreaded ‘Nintendonitis’. Play for more than an hour, aiming to break the world record on each event and it’s likely that your arms won’t forgive you for the rest of the day. [Chrismas 2007, p.128]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With such base-level functional inadequacies, this retro rehash comes labelled predictably with a 'for fans only' tag. [Issue#140, p.117]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Successfully plays on the strategy roots of the Socom series with impressive results. [Issue#109, p.96]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nier is so burdened with poor design choices and outdated mechanics that some won't be able to see the ingenuity through the fit of technical hiccups. [Issue#96, p.124]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Feels like a familiar proposition from the get-go. [Issue#106, p.114]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the sequel doesn’t exactly surpass the original, it’s at least a fair crack at the boxing genre…Shame it’s still not as good as EA’s "Fight Night." [Nov 2004, p.119]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A tense and intimidating shooter. [Issue#102, p.118]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nights of Azure has potential, but unfortunately falls into too many tropes of the JRPG world.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Cursed Mountain admirably recreates the tension of the established survival-horror template, but too infrequently for it to sit alongside the genre greats. [Oct 2009, p.119]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An enjoyable if obvious knock-off, then, and a refreshing new direction for a stagnant franchise, but hardly the kind of revolution that would worry the Templars.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Still Life 2 tries too hard to change the genre when it should have built upon its own strengths instead. [Aug 2009, p.120]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To anyone who knows their Kitty Ns from their Knittys, Technic Beat is a simplistic delight that constantly surprises with quality and entertainment far beyond what its budget price would suggest. [Sept 2005, p.116]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A licensed game that lives up to its heritage, and a music game that holds its own against the seasoned pros. [Aug 2008, p.109]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Between the variety, the playability and the great feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing one of the many tasks, FMX is really quite good fun. Overly ambitious but fun nonetheless. [Oct 2003, p.115]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Diluted, disjointed and uninspiring. Feeling more like a staggered set of obstacles than a wholesome game, the action sadly boils down to little more than a tediously dull showcase for your equipment and abilities, which are put into use against some questionable AI stooges. [Jan 2004, p.118]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A dull, short-lived grind. [May 2008, p.123]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fly about, shoot planes, and go home. It’s all you could ask for, and not a lot else. [Apr 2007, p.131]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Various publishing houses have pushed and pulled the direction of the game and the resulting product dazzles with its incoherence and dated nature. [June 2004, p.114]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The slightly clumsy controls and overly enthusiastic (read: nearly unbeatable) AI, plus with a new Hot Spot system that feels very random, makes the whole game feel rather lopsided and not much fun. [Dec 2003, p.125]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Its attempt at being a jack-of-all-trades could seem quite appealing to gamers who casually approach the driving genre. Connoisseurs, on the other hand, will own the highest quality examples of each trade that do the job better, leaving R: Racing Evolution feeling mostly redundant. [Mar 2004, p.98]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Forts Under Siege might have enough reward on offer but the series is still relying on gamers to meet it halfway by investing ample time and patience in learning its demanding intricacies. [Dec 2004, p.112]
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