games(TM)'s Scores

  • Games
For 3,007 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 23% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 73% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.5 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:
3007 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One of the most frustrating things about OV is the fact that there's very little feeling of control. But what seems at first to be a truly pathetic attempt at a sports game does take shape (of sorts) once you put some time into learning exactly how it plays. [Nov 2003, p.125]
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Declassified is a sorry way to end 14 years of coding history at Nihilistic. The kindest thing you can say about it is that it's a reasonably authentic facsimile of the Call Of Duty blueprint, yet it feels like the work of an artist who is painstakingly tracing a masterpiece but lacks the craft to replicate the magical that made the original so attractive in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Worms 3D essentially delivers what it says on the tin, in surrendering its intuitive interface the concept has evolved into a far less attractive proposition. A shame. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 65 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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    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As an exercise in flexing evil, it's far more tiresome than it is enjoyable and as an advert for the freedom of evil, it may as well be Hitler's screaming head in a vacuum-sealed bell jar. [Aug 2009, p.126]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game is so immensely frustrating and linear that moments of fun are few and far between. [Apr 2006, p.124]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's not a horror experience. There are attempts to slap on some kind of Silent Hill-esque story to everything, but it's utterly worthless. Silent Hill: Book Of Memories is a shallow dungeon-crawler, with even the likes of Dungeon Hunter: Alliance providing more fun. It is, in short, a failure; not the sort of thing we want from Silent Hill, nor the sort of thing we want for the Vita.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From a player's perspective, feels sadly misjudged. [Issue#147, p.123]
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    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    We Rock: Drum King proves that drumming simply doesn't satisfy without the acknowledging thwack and rebound of stick meeting skin. [June 2009, p.118]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As you do your first turn and notice your character eerily rotating through space in a box, no apparent bodily movement guiding the trick, the realisation dawns that there's almost no fun to be gleaned from satisfactorily pulling off a stunt in Stoked. [Nov 2009, p.112]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What would make it better? If it had wheels. [Issue#91, p.118]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    No amount of sentiment can raise this game above the average. [Sept 2007, p.120]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The combat ideas are awfully implemented. [Issue#141, p.108]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The non-existent friendly AI combined with the relentless assault of dull attackers makes The Simpsons an almost depressing experience. It doesn’t feel quite right to be laughing when you’re not enjoying yourself. [Chrismas 2007, p.120]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Clichéd, generic, bland, boring and infuriating. [Mar 2008, p.120]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game is so immensely frustrating and linear that moments of fun are few and far between. [Apr 2006, p.124]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Boasts little to enthral any but the most diehard of fans. [Issue#162, p.100]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's not that this is a bad game, but to ignore the more important elements of gameplay in order to add more gratuitous elements to the cauldron is unforgivable, and in that sense The Suffering is most similar to Soldier of Fortune II and the like. [June 2004, p.123]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Kinect Star Wars is a hodgepodge of ideas that, either through the Kinect's limited functionality or slipshod execution, simply aren't cohesive enough to deliver the Star Wars experience that fans demand. Our advice? Go outside and pick up a stick.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Contrived shooter with little to no depth... This is as generic as they come. [July 2005, p.122]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Full credit to Vicarious Visions for creating a whole new game instead of porting the GameBoy Advance version to the DS but, unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what it achieved by doing so. [Jan 2005, p.121]
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a solid FPS, but its failure to provide a truly original take on an ever-tiring genre or something even vaguely resembling half-decent AI means that it could never be considered anything better than plain average. [Aug 2007, p.114]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When you reach a dead end, it's usually just a case of retrieving a generic puzzle item from a conveniently inconvenient hiding place before continuing. Cue several minutes of primitive platforming and beating up the undead with a functional combat system before the next 'mash the Triangle button until you find something interactive' session begins. [Nov 2003, p.126]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For all or its attractive locations and pleasant similarities to the films, it’s simply not an engaging game. [July 2007, p.117]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s a fun story to be experienced here, but it’s constantly halted by the lack of progression. Any notion of pace, suspension of disbelief or immersion is constantly shattered by obtuse puzzling, aimless wandering and wooden, static performances. [Nov 2006, p.104]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's almost as though Jam can't decide what kind of fighting game it wants to be, thanks to a dramatic clash of styles in terms of both combat and visuals. [March 2005, p.118]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It may be a technical marvel, a beautiful game of staggering scope and scale, but its gameplay is narrow, linear and never changes. [Chrismas 2007, p.122]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Yes, it’s bright and character-filled, but with such bewildering mechanics and erratic difficulty, there won’t be many youngsters that will tolerate it for any great length of time. [Mar 2008, p.135]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that you'll find a lot of praise for Episode II out there, since it addresses the physics issues with the first episode so well, but games™ can't honestly recommend a game so under-developed on quality controls alone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Invasion's innocent looks and gameplay do have some cohesion and its very simplicity is its one saving grace. It's bubblegum for your mind and never offensive. If it had appeared five years ago at the same price it would come recommended for the younger gamer. [Feb 2005, p.108]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s harmless mass-market entertainment; the kind that any discerning gamer should already know to leave well alone. [Christmas 2005, p.116]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The design of the islands, which seem to have been put together with a random level generator, adds to the sensation that Wing Island is more of a tech demo than a carefully planned game. [Apr 2007, p.119]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Still thinking of buying this? You must be out of your mind. [Issue#106, p.106]
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    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Things On Wheels is too pedestrian to catch on in the demanding Live Marketplace, and too frustrating to be fun. [Feb 2009, p.121]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Perhaps the biggest letdown of all is that Wario’s mischievous side is never allowed to flourish with few opportunities to create havoc in Kaitou Wario The Seven’s sprawling levels. [JPN Import; Apr 2007, p.108]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Feels like a trip back to the last generation. [Issue#99, p.122]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Certainly, many of Colonial Marines’ flaws could have been excusable back in the early days of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but now, when every title is polished to a near excruciating level of quality, it just doesn’t cut it.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite glaring issues with aliasing and shaders, Sniper is a technically adept game. [Issue#99, p.126]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed couldn’t afford another step in the wrong direction, and yet, here we are again. ACC: Russia is still a few weeks away, but Climax will seriously need to re-evaluate its core systems and mechanics to give it a chance to succeed. Chronicles was a leap of faith for Ubisoft; this time there isn’t a bail of hay there to break the fall.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a trudge of a game, and while it performs its chosen task moderately well, it's about as ambitious and captivating as a drizzle-soaked walk to the local shop.
    • 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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    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Half the game it should have been. Whoever came up with the inventive level structuring or spent months mapping LA has every reason to be furious with the lacklustre implementation of their ideas. [Christmas 2003, p.106]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This being Pro Evo it’s still possible to knock the ball about with reasonable proficiency and score the occasional memorable goal, but if it’s handheld football you’re after, then this is simply not the right console. [Mar 2007, p.110]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The genre has moved on, and after over two years in the making we expected more than a basic continuation of the PSone game complete with all the trappings of that generation's first clutch of action titles. [July 2004, p.120]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Simply a bit boring. [Issue#142, p.92]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Another unfortunate example of a classic game that has been marred by a shoddy modern redux. [Issue#106, p.124]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A woeful misstep into the pantheon of disposable first-person shooters, and a balsa wood ghost town of a game that no amount of support patching could possibly shore up. [Issue#113, p.96]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The 3D effect itself, cheerfully rotating its wheels in the background, does absolutely nothing. [Issue#108, p.116]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Another Code R commits all the same crimes a bad novel would: the dialogue is uninteresting, the characters unlikeable, the pace slow and the premise so uninspiring that you soon lose the motivation to see what happens next. [Sept 2009, p.122]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The animation is clunky and below par, but the art direction is quite good, in a lowbrow, pulp comic book kind of a way. The script is trite, and music and voice acting both well below par, but you still couldn't accuse it of being a technical shambles. Design wise, though, it's formulaic, tedious and messy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Calling's biggest failing is that you never ever feel scared. [Issue#95, p.124]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Creation options also feel somewhat limited, particularly as you can't create a female wrestler. [Issue#156, p.116]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It quickly turns into a daily act of attrition rather than anything that promotes mental or physical growth, and a game that is unlikely to hold the attention of anyone - of any age - for very long. [Issue#108, p.125]
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    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The first great sniper-themed shooter still hasn’t arrived.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s something strangely likeable about it all – the ambition and passion of the development team is actually oddly appealing. It’s just all so misguided. [Mar 2009, p.124]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Reliance on simple motion controls is bound to put off the more serious sports fans. [Issue#142, p.119]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While Worms 3D essentially delivers what it says on the tin, in surrendering its intuitive interface the concept has evolved into a far less attractive proposition. A shame. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A relentless conveyor belt of cannon fodder ensures the carnage is kept at a suitably frantic rate, yet with every wave of cookie-cutter thrown to the mercy of your crosshair, repetition becomes an increasingly prevalent factor. [Mar 2004, p.116]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The inclusion of the original Splatterhouse titles as unlockables, along with its many old-school sensibilities - such as side-scrolling stages with arranged music from the old arcade soundtrack - just about tip this into guilty pleasure territory. [Issue#104, p.108]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Three games in one it may be, but the sum total of Razing Storm is disappointment, and a reminder that the Time Crisis franchise lost its way a long time ago. [Christmas 2010, p.111]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Somewhere buried within The Sky Soldier is the kernel of an idea that defies gravity, as well as our expectations. Sadly, despite Naka’s best intentions, Rodea never hits those heights.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    TV Superstars is a deeply cynical product that manages to bring together the worst of modern culture with the most vapid shovelware the Wii has suffered. [Christmas 2010, p.112]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Trinity Universe's combat lacks the depth that Nippon Ichi and Gust have shown in the past. It too often feels repetitive, clunky, and lacking the strategy we've come to expect. [Aug 2010, p.124]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's clear that considerable effort has gone into Shred, but for those with fond memories of the Birdman's glory days, this could be the final insult. [Issue#104, p.118]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's with some remorse that we bestow upon it a fairly low score, but don't let it fool you... anyone with the means to play Lifeline shouldn't let a chance to sample this unique title pass them by. [July 2004, p.114]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The driving mechanic in itself is an interesting display of ever-increasing possibilities of the kit, and we look forward to seeing its like implemented in more compulsive, sophisticated titles further down the line. [Issue#104, p.127]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are better examples of the genre for sure, it's just a shame they're not on any console. We'll say one thing for it - it's miles better than "Final Fantasy XI." But then, that's not saying much, is it? [Christmas 2006, p.130]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    An insipid and trite game that struggles with plot, consistency and character, settling instead for a mindless headlong charge. [Mar 2009, p.118]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's only with extended play that Retribution's meaningless sadism, over-the-top machismo, mish-mash of gameplay elements and backdrop of futile storytelling destroy any possible reason not to put down the controller. [Issue#96, p.126]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Technical issues aside, the main problem is that each set of games is not a random selection from a larger bunch but the same set of five every time. As such, you'll experience all the game has to offer in less than five minutes. [June 2009, p.129]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While the deviant design maintains the unsympathetic difficulty, here it feels cheap and archaic within the context of such plodding action. [Christmas 2011, p.107]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The huge, sprawling levels, multiple routes and breadth of choice on offer may be countered by awkward controls and uninspired vehicle sections, but there's a modicum of entertainment beneath the obvious design flaws if you look hard enough. [Aug 2009, p.114]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For hardware nuts, Final Fantasy obsessives and PS3 owners, FFXIV does offer a fairly distinctive MMO experience. [Christmas 2010, p.94]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Neo Contra sees the series willing to move into a brave new world, but on this evidence it hasn’t put it’s best foot forward. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The core gameplay is somewhat lacking. 'But it's for kids,' we hear you cry. Maybe so, but even kids - or those who are just young at heart - will no doubt want a challenge that lasts longer than it would take to watch the original trilogy. [May 2005, p.109]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For games so wholly focused on delivering key emotional beats and complex narratives, the presentation and optimisation leaves a lot to be desired.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Nowhere near the level of 2K's NBA productions. [Issue#168, p.90]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s no getting around the fact that it’s often more tempting to run past the majority of enemies and complete the game in a couple of hours, than it is to actually brawl your way through. [Apr 2009, p.113]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bland gameplay and weak narrative implementation. [Nov 2011, p.106]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the most competitive genre in gaming Bodycount just doesn't measure up, and certainly doesn't get anywhere near the brutal brilliance of Epic and People Can Fly's Bulletstorm. [Nov 2011, p.108]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's the hollow shell of a game. [Issue#137, p.116]
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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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    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While SFII itself is obviously still brilliant, there's nothing about this bare-bones package that even nearly does Capcom's classic justice. [Issue#189, p.83]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Capcom may well have delivered a game that can offer an online experience like nothing else currently available, but it's presented in such a haphazard fashion that many gamers will grow frustrated with the connection problems and simply go back to their other online titles. [May 2004, p.106]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It should have been a cause for celebration that an EA Sports game review has forced us to abandon the well-worn ‘It’s like last year but slightly better!’ template, yet Rory McIlroy PGA Tour is like two years ago but significantly worse. Not nearly good enough, especially for a game whose slogan is ‘golf without limits’.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You’ll likely find that the motions are easily confused and unresponsive, with some situational moves, such as weaving, next to impossible to pull off with the degree of consistency that would make their inclusion worthwhile. [Apr 2009, p.122]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A poor script and worse voice-acting. [Issue#107, p.94]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Switching from an open threat such as the desert to the enclosed dangers of the Vietnamese jungle has caused Conflict: Vietnam to effectively cut out much of the need for having a squad in the first place; instead of having more freedom and creativity in taking down your enemies, your team become more like fish trapped in a jungle-shaped barrel. [Oct 2004, p.108]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What's truly disappointing is that there are seeds of greatness here. [Issue#161, p.94]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Sixaxis presents both a problem and joy for Toy Home. On one hand it’s a hindrance as you’ll never go in a straight line. On the other, successfully boosting and drifting around corners is great fun. [Feb 2008, p.135]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is without a point. It fires its Uzi rounds aimlessly and manages to hit nothing. It’s not bad, it’s not horrific, it’s not reprehensible and it’s not memorable either.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    You'll have a few hours of fun but by the time its YouTuber-friendly novelty factor wears off you'll have decided it's far from the best thing since sliced bread. [Issue#161, p.104]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hasn't soured our memories of the original completely. [Issue#139, p.114]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a shame the buggy controls make fighting through it a chore. [Issue#139, p.115]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A gutless turn for a franchise that prides itself on being the exact opposite. [Issue#118, p.115]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fundamental control niggles mean very few players will persevere to unlock everything DP has to offer. [Issue#122, p.104]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When you reach a dead end, it's usually just a case of retrieving a generic puzzle item from a conveniently inconvenient hiding place before continuing. Cue several minutes of primitive platforming and beating up the undead with a functional combat system before the next 'mash the Triangle button until you find something interactive' session begins. [Nov 2003, p.126]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Shoddy combat racing. [Issue#122, p.105]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    More like a clinically insane uncle; you'll spend time with it because it's family, but it will confuse and embarrass you with every opportunity it gets. [Issue#107, p.114]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Consistently, SAO:LS made us feel frustrated and a little ashamed with ourselves for actually sitting through it. Die-hard fans of the franchise may find something to enjoy thanks to the relentless fan-service but others would do better to go and actually play an MMORPG.

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