Gamestyle's Scores

  • Games
For 1,443 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 61% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 10 Ninjabread Man
Score distribution:
1,443 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
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    An utterly superb game.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Halo 3 isn't perfect, but it's so close it's unnerving. There's very little to fault with this game, and the flaws that are there are almost completely overshadowed by the overall quality and incredible amount of content and features.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For Xbox Live users Rez HD is the chance to relive a classic, experience something as fresh today, as it was six years ago.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 is, simply put, an improvement in every aspect.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an astonishing achievement for a handheld that nobody thought could hold this much content, or present it in such an effective way.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's truly an adventure from start to finish, and something that every gamer should experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is fair to say that on the current generation we have a perfect racing package.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a rare occasion when the hype can actually be justified; Super Mario Galaxy 2 is, quite simply, a masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dark and disturbing is something that is a running theme throughout Limbo, it isn't a nice game, it isn't one that will leave a smile on your face but it is engrossing and it will have you suckered in from start to finish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA Sports' NHL 11 is not only the best hockey game ever made, it is quite simply the best and most accurate sports game ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Super Meat Boy is unlikely to touch the sales records of the powerhouse physical releases. However it may well find itself as a surprise entry to may game of the year lists. What it does, it does to absolute perfection. Super Meat Boy is a game made by sadists, for masochists.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is literally full of those 'classic' moments that are all too rare these days. Whether it's the first time your footprints are discovered, the first time you perform a stealth kill, finding out the identity of the 'Ninja', solving the method of defeating Psycho Mantis, obtaining the camera and seeking out your first 'ghost'... there are so many classic memories.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's just about perfect. The multiple play modes will keep you going long after "Tekken" has slid back to the trade in shop. The graphics are out of this world, and I still cannot work out how a game that came out in 1995 can have an introduction that looks so jaw droopingly fantastic. It plays amazing, it looks amazing, it’s quite simply amazing.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When you finally set down the controller the first time, and eventually hunger or exhaustion do force all of us to take a break, Halo has pulled you completely into its world and started one of the best sci-fi gaming adventures of all time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Just remember, Fable is not "Project Ego." What it is, though, is a redefinition for RPG's. It takes out all the frustrating elements of the genre, and instead puts in a heap of fun options and possibilities. This is why; despite its disappointing conclusion, Fable is one of the most gripping and enjoyable games that has come to grace the console scene.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a luminous use of an indelible vehicle, and it deserves to be held aloft; suitably accorded the very best nomenclature in Gamestyle's vocabulary. A Ten, then.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Halo 2 Online's best features - if not the best - is the statistics tracking system. [Online review]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Real 'bullet-time' isn't ballet; it's no-holds carnage that ends with a radio-transmitted flatline. It's one man making a difference; it's one game making a noise. Half-Life 2 is all that - and more.
    • 87 Metascore
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    The benchmark that other Xbox titles should strive for: a solid combination of gameplay, graphics and variety.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Racing games have now changed forever, and entirely for the better - for that there can be no higher recommendation. It's that good.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    How can Rockstar follow this? San Andreas is a masterpiece; the outstanding gameplay from the first two games has been extended, tweaked and applied to a fresh, original and fascinating setting. There's more than enough meat to keep you going for months, and the sheer variety of gameplay is bewildering.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you're negotiating platforms (made simple thanks to a camera that pans down) or involved in the final climatic battle with Metroid Prime, you always feel as if you're at one with the game. And surely that's what gaming's all about, isn't it?
    • 96 Metascore
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    It's not just an achievement in technical design and visual prowess; it's an entire masterpiece of game engineering. This is one of the finest videogame experiences ever crafted.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To match such thrill-a-minute environments, the level design, puzzles, and boss fights are all insanely original.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is - or was - bleeding edge technology; the 'Sole Calibre' of Dreamcast's Distinction, and it shall remain so... until Namco's elite inevitably trump themselves.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no such thing as perfection, no matter how much we strive for it, therefore a couple of minor niggles do not distract from a top score. Portal 2 is the Game of the Year so far, it will take something special for it not to take that accolade. Sometimes the anticipation of a games release can leave the final thing feeling a little flat. That is not the case here as Portal 2 lives up to all expectations and then some.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It all adds to a package that is much much more than could ever have been dreamed of. Arcade perfect conversion that supports wheels and pad. If it was just the arcade mode alone it would have been a wonderful, adding the extra modes makes it a must have. However at a very small 800 Microsoft Points, if this isn't added to the collection, then put the controller down, step away from the console and retire.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim, an absolute masterpiece, the more you invest in the game, the more you get out of it. A truly epic game that deserves all of the plaudits. It is more than a just game, it is an experience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beautiful graphics, that wonderful soundtrack, the enthralling story and that damn annoying fairy, the 3DS version has it all and is easily the best port to ever be made of the legend.
    • 89 Metascore
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    If you're looking for a game to show off the power of your new purchase, but also get value for money then you can't go far wrong with Infinity Blade 2. Even at its launch price of £4.99 it represents great value for money, especially with developers Chair due to release updates in a similar way to IB1, adding new locations, weapons and enemies to fight all set to be free DLC at the time of writing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It improves on the original in every way and shows just how a sequel should be done and is as close to a perfect sequel you will get. You owe it to yourself to buy this
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fez
    For those with any kind of an inclination to the days where games put more effort into enjoyment than just looking good, this is an absolute must play.
    • 87 Metascore
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    Velocity is an exceptional and in many ways ground breaking game. To call it the best mini out there is doing it a disservice. In truth, Velocity is a must have game on whatever system you can get it on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is no element of Dust: An Elysian Tail that has a negative, from the jaw dropping visuals, to the excellent writing, through to the seamless combat and action. This is a stand out title in more ways than one. In a year that has Trials Evolution, Spelunky, Minecraft and Fez, this is the standalone best game on XBLA. If you only buy one game this year buy Dust: An Elysian Tail, there simply isn't enough superlatives to describe just how good it is.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is DLC that adds more to an already amazing package and the fact RedLynx continue to add more themselves, as well as more to allow users to build the ever increasing library is simply refreshing to see. At just 400 Microsoft Points this is one of the best value DLC bundles you can get. If you own Trials Evolution, you must get this now. If you don't own Trials Evolution, buy that and get this now.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Quite simply, one of the greatest stories of this gaming generation has just released its greatest chapter.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Far Cry 3 is not only one of the games of this year, it is one of the games of this generation. There was nothing about it that ever came close to ruining the fun, it is a true sandbox experience and all the faults from the previous games have been ironed out. Simply put, you must buy this now!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona 4 Golden isn’t just one of the best games on the Vita to date… Actually scratch that. It is THE best game on the Vita and it is one of the finest games you will ever play. It is a lesson in craftsmanship, there is no weakness at all, at no point is there a moment where your interest falls away. Persona 4 Golden is a system seller, you must own this, even if you need to still buy a Vita to do so.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A game you can lose yourself in for hours, only looking away to wonder where the time has gone. It is one of this generations great games, as simple as that.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There was no violence for violence sake, everything felt like it was done with perfect context. The writers and those that acted in the game all deserve a lot of credit, it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had with a controller in my hands.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It isn’t a game that will appeal to everyone, as it is an open world, violent game without a moral compass. But boy can you have fun without worrying about morals.
    • 84 Metascore
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    A return to gaming's roots. The best launch title for PS4 bar none.
    • 93 Metascore
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    A mastery of games design, Super Mario 3D World shows that Nintendo are still on top of their game. Blending the old and the new into platforming gold, this is everything we could’ve wanted and more. The reason to own a Wii U has arrived.
    • 79 Metascore
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    You will be frustrated, you will swear more than you have at any point in your life before, but you will have one amazing sense of accomplishment when you complete goals and levels. OlliOlli is one amazing game, it is an instant classic. If you own a Vita, you need to pick this up right away.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Telltale have saved the best for last. Now the long wait for Season 3 begins.
    • 86 Metascore
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    Futurlab made a bold claim that Velocity 2X is the game of the year 2014… They are not wrong.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A change for the better - and much better than anyone could have imagined. It has the right feel, the right look, and the combat system has yet to be bettered in this genre.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the finest 3D games ever produced; nay crafted. At last, this is the 'third place'... this truly is the third dimension. History has just been rewritten.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Where Substance really comes alive is the various VR modes and alternative missions.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The defining aspect of FFXI is the huge amount of time that is required to play the game. Couple that with the fact it is dangerously addictive and soon enough you will find yourself firmly ensconced in your chair not wanting to leave to do anything else.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The handling is excellent whether you are driving or on foot, the dual shock controller and control system sit nicely in your hands and the whole thing feels natural.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sound of GTA Vice City is glorious.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning game with great graphics, sound and outstanding gameplay that adds up a top class fighting game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Composer Yoko Shimomura (his first Square title since Legend of Mana) creates a very impressive score that alternates between filling you with excitement as you start your next battle to pulling at the heartstrings when some of the game’s more poignant scenes are onscreen.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly astounding. Not tarnished at all by all the hype, and truly worth the wait.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ICO
    The visuals are stunning but not for full-blown 3D acceleration or the resolution, rather the epic and believable world that has been created for you to discover. It won’t take you long to complete ICO if you are semi-intelligent but you won’t feel cheated because it is very much a case of quality over quantity.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without question, Ratchet & Clank 2: Locked and Loaded surpasses "Mario Sunshine" as the best 'platform genre-specific' offering of the current generation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Double bastard-woo with hot custard on top (and those who allege otherwise are suffering from cranio-rectal inversions).
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't miss out on this at any cost. If you need a bit more convincing, just remember: you get to have a threesome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet again the Shadow Hearts series delivers, and really you’d be a fool not to try out this original and captivating series. As for now this is the finest RPG on the Playstation 2.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yet the beauty of Katamari Damacy comes not from fighting, exploration or trading, but from rolling a ball (known as a katamari) that captures anything within its path. A brilliantly simple idea, and one that's perfectly executed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quibbles aside, Gamestyle would be hard-pressed to name a better RPG it has experienced on the current crop of consoles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    However it's all about balance, and Insomniac know how to keep players busy long after the main story has been completed, which is good, as it does feel a little short.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it’s not the best fighter ever, Tekken 5 is truly something special. It has the style, sound and longevity you want from a fighting game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the game we all fell in love with when the N64 launched - and it's looking extremely likely to happen again this holiday season. Unmissable.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphically, the game is - for lack of a better expression - gorgeous.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It manages to enlarge its scope from being something which entertains on a functional level to becoming something that emits enchantment and appreciation on a purely 'emotional' level.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the most original PSP release to date, it's a great way to start your love affair with Sony's handheld system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's innovate, it's fun and it shows real determination from Nintendo to show exactly what makes the DS stand out from the rest, and for that reason alone you should show your support. DS game of the year? No doubt. Electroplankton is simply an essential DS title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ingenious and designed with the sort of wild creative flair that most developers can only dream of possessing, Gamestyle loves Katamari.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most accomplished racing game on the PSP by a mile, and it might just be the second best game on the system across all the genres.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly a showpiece for the PSP, Virtua Tennis: World Tour offers something for everyone - and, despite the laborious loading times, it's a tried-and-true SEGA title that everyone should have in their collection.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When started, you’ll rarely look at another game for weeks if not months (thanks to the downloadable content) to come and beyond. Oblivion is without question a strong contender for the best game of 2006.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If only more multiplayer modes had been created, Gears of War would be regarded as the perfect Xbox Live game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Longish load times aside, Project Gotham Racing 3 strikes an excellent balance between arcade and sim gameplay without alienating fans of either, and everyone - from Sunday drivers to Autobahn veterans - will find something to love here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is unpretentious and makes no apologies for being exactly what it wants to be - and that is a game with a beautifully crafted storyline, intriguing characters, plenty of humour, and everything you want from an RPG. Forget the naysayers, this is really a class act.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A solid test of the player's reflexes mixed with eye-melting visuals make this a title worth more than its weight in Marketplace points.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The classic single player and the revolutionary multiplayer makes this a great little package.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Once Viva Pinata grabs you then there is no way you can escape. A bright and vibrant world surrounds a game that is an essential purchase for everyone.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rainbow Six: Vegas is almost perfect and easily the best iteration in the series. The compelling co-op play, the online multiplayer and everything associated with the single player campaign is completely worth the asking price.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And all this carnage is rendered beautifully through the game's graphics and sound. It's hard to deny that God of War II is one of the greatest looking and most epic games on the Playstation 2, but it wouldn't be much of a stretch to call it one of the best looking games on any console.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Insomniac certainly knows how to deliver a release that caters for all players of differing abilities.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Twilight Princess is a triumph. Every dungeon reveals something new whether it is weapons, environments, brilliantly designed puzzles or bosses.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's something here for everyone, presented in a familiar and friendly way, and offering big challenges for those willing to give it their attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EBA performs admirably, making improvements where needed and retaining the same charm, humour and enthusiasm as its imported cousin. It's a more accessible entry into the franchise, but there's nothing to stop anyone from picking up both.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best bits of the best games have been stuck together in one wonderful Castlevania cake.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all that, though, Guns Of The Patriots is a magnificently entertaining game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's important, though, is that Fable is an amazingly well-crafted and polished world that has traded the typical sandbox route of western RPGs for attention to detail and true character development.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DiRT is very much an offline game, so if you're looking for online thrills, look elsewhere, it does not deliver. What it does deliver, however, is a single player treat that is nothing short of fantastic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Putting an estimate on how many hours you would need to devote to the game to complete everything is both pointless and a little scary to imagine, but we dare say that someone out there in a very dimly lit room will be attempting it. Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories is a joy to behold, you can dip into it for a short time or lose several years of your life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Control of the players feels very responsive, and every charge and slapshot feels suitably weighty, despite the fact the controller didn’t rumble on Gamestyle‘s first play (even though we thought it did).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as this game is, it's tough to recommend it to everyone. It makes little attempt to broaden its appeal outside of simulation fans; but as far as they are concerned, we couldn't recommend it more.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rapture is a beautifully stylised city that provides plenty of mystery and intrigue. Definitely a game of the year contender.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply by moving the controls from the face-buttons to the analogue sticks – an idea so simple it’s amazing no-one though of it before – EA have created the best skateboarding title in years and in doing so have redefined the rules of the entire genre. A joy to play and a game which the inevitable sequel will have to go some way to top.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Casual players will notice very little difference and probably resent the soundtrack, favouring the more varied original. Experts will savour the focus of the new tracks and find the tweaked mechanics to be an absolute godsend, placing this high above the original.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A major factor in the addictive and fun nature of Guitar Hero II is the excellent learning curve.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An update is what they've got; graphical upgrades, new characters, new moves, but with the same classic gameplay. Whether this is your first Pokémon game or your fifth, this formula still works like magic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An update is what they've got; graphical upgrades, new characters, new moves, but with the same classic gameplay. Whether this is your first Pokémon game or your fifth, this formula still works like magic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War: Chains of Olympus is a fantastic game and a worthy addition to any PSP owner’s collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RE4 is still a fantastic game and one of the best games of the last generation, but a few extra play modes wouldn't have gone amiss. Still, if you missed out on the horror the first time then this is the perfect way to catch up.