Gamestyle's Scores

  • Games
For 1,583 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 SteamWorld Dig
Lowest review score: 10 Tomb Raider: The Prophecy
Score distribution:
1,583 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's truly an adventure from start to finish, and something that every gamer should experience.
    • 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
    The bar has been raised...Good luck reaching it, let alone clearing it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Futurlab made a bold claim that Velocity 2X is the game of the year 2014… They are not wrong.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those games that just blows your mind at how good it actually is.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of Halo 2 Online's best features - if not the best - is the statistics tracking system. [Online review]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Telltale have saved the best for last. Now the long wait for Season 3 begins.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An utterly superb game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Quite simply, one of the greatest stories of this gaming generation has just released its greatest chapter.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 is, simply put, an improvement in every aspect.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A return to gaming's roots. The best launch title for PS4 bar none.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The core of Steamworld Dig is a simple one, yet with the charm & wit it possesses really hooks you in.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    It's an astonishing achievement for a handheld that nobody thought could hold this much content, or present it in such an effective way.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is fair to say that on the current generation we have a perfect racing package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The benchmark that other Xbox titles should strive for: a solid combination of gameplay, graphics and variety.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Swapper is a wonderful example of how a puzzle platformer should be done, challenging, but without any of the frustration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Full Spectrum Warrior ultimately delivers the most realistic console experience of war.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When a perfectly crafted game like this does come along, regardless of the era or art style, just enjoy it. It’s a truly magnificent creation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironcast is a wonderous puzzle game that blends perfectly with other genres to create a stunning experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It seems pretty clear to us that Machinarium is destined to end up being viewed as a timeless classic and added to all those lists and recaps of classic point and click games. It’s just so staggeringly lovely that we can only recommend you get it as soon as possible.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At 800 Microsoft points, you are getting great value per table. Pinball Arcade is by far the most accurate representation of pinball there is and short of buying up the real things, you will not get a better option.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the kind of game that makes Gamestyle thumb its nose at the third dimension... collectively question the latter-day wisdom for 'bigger and better' experiences. Metroid: Zero Mission may be relatively small, but it's perfectly formed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With only five levels one could argue that there isn’t much to Ikaruga. Yet what it lacks in size it more than up for in terms of playability and challenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like it has been made with a lot more care and attention than most big budget titles from last year and it has found a deserving home on current gen consoles.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put in enough time and you will find you are able to block, sidestep, counter, throw and special move your way to an impressive amount of “perfects”, without ever reaching the ridiculous heights of some games whereby a newcomer has no chance whatsoever.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What you do have here though is a game that doesn't hide what it is. It is pure unadulterated violence and it makes sure you are having fun with it, you come out the other end covered in blood and loving the feeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An endlessly entertaining and meticulously crafted modern roguelike.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tower defence games have been done to death, yet here Anomaly adds an excellent twist to the genre. If you have the PC or mobile version, then this may not be an instant purchase, but if not, then you just need to pick it up.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band 2 really is the game Rock Band should have been in the first place, but it's nothing more than that.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game design and detail is far beyond what other games offer, in fact it puts almost everything to shame.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TxK
    One of the best score attack games on any system anywhere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 14: The Show will not be for everyone, it isn’t a game for the casual gamer. It is a game for fans of the sport and for those it is the perfect game to have, especially with the cross-save features that mean you are never away from the action for any longer than you need to be. As good a sports simulation as you can get.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    F2P done right. But not just that, a game that is truly worthy of your money.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the finest RPGs to appear on any format. Though bettered by latter incarnations of the series, the original remains both innovative and a pure joy to play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must buy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is enough on offer in single-player to keep you busy for weeks, and the lifespan is stretched even further thanks to the Time Trial mode.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Graphically, the game is - for lack of a better expression - gorgeous.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee isn’t the second coming of anything like that. It takes a tried and tested formula and just delivers. It gets the basics right and makes sure fun is at the forefront of what it does. Great platforming, wonderful adventure, silky smooth combat and the perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not only the best of the Mario and Luigi series (in fact, we’d be perfectly happy if the series ended on such a high note), but it also ranks as one of our games of the year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best of Lara, whether played on your own, or shared with others.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hydro Thunder Hurricane will not be the stand out title of the 'Summer of Arcade', but for fans of the original and newcomers alike, it is a wonderful experience that deserves your attention.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Darkness II easily has one of the best narratives you'll find in a game, from how it is told, to how it looks. Along with some excellent gameplay, you would be an utter fool not to add this to your collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Transformers: War for Cybertron is a good, fun game.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Splatters is a game that from first view feels like it should have been made for iOS rather than XBLA, but from the moment you start playing you will not regret your purchase. Game play is challenging but without ever become dull or too complex. It is only 800 Microsoft Points too and very much worth every penny you will pay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful game that plays on the best ideas from Roguelikes and creates something a bit special.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a shame that the original game never found it's way to XBLA, the sequel is one that should be played by everyone, it looks amazing, it has challenging, yet not frustrating puzzle element and is so satisfying to play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To be able to seek out rogue Tie Fighters amongst the laser blasts from their sound position from a five speaker set up is a joy to behold in itself.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much on offer again, that there is easily something for everyone. It's not the finished article, but as each year passes, we get closer to perfect virtual recreations of the sport.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's not much here to renew interest for old fans (save the most dedicated), but for everyone else prepare to be amazed - Solid Snake is back!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Neves’ strength is its central concept, which is compelling, elegant and creative. It’s a must for any puzzle fan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the third in the series Trials and Tribulations remains the high point in the Phoenix Wright saga, Dual Destinies comes up as a very close second. Managing to wash out the bad taste the Edgeworth spin-off left, this is an incredible return to form for the series. With each case being as intriguing as the last it’s a game that is hard to put down till you’ve reached the games dramatic conclusion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing could well have been a disaster for Sega, it could of seen them laughed at from all sides, with what looked every bit like a cash in on Nintendo's success with Mario Kart. What we got though was not only a fine casual racing game, we have what is possibly the one of finest kart racing games since 1992.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is hard to hide from the fact though, that this is more of the same, a retread of previous games in the series, just with improved visuals. Now at this time that isn’t a bad thing, it is still a fantastic experience but at the same time this also feels like this should be it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the finest puzzlers on the Vita and we simply cannot recommend it enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all the improvements make this game a very enjoyable all round experience. Whether you want to pick up and play, or get into the nitty gritty, this game has something for every gaming sports fan out there.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LEGO Harry Potter: Year 5-7 is one of the best co-op experiences that you will have all year, matched only by the co-op levels in Portal 2. It is more of the same, but sometimes more of the same is just what is needed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Luftrausers has been a long time coming, but it doesn’t disappoint one little bit. The title is cross-buy, and whilst it is great on the PS3 and the big screen, it is yet another Indie title that has found a home on the Vita and it really is the perfect fit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story is fantastic, the gameplay is spot on, visuals and sound are perfect, multiplayer is fine. It is however a lot more of the same, it doesn't really improve overall on the original.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the combat can get repetitive, and Darksiders has adopted a tried and tested format, the story, style, and atmosphere make playing through Armageddon a unique and involving experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sure fire system seller that everyone who owns the console should buy, and if you don’t, now’s the perfect time to buy one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey IV is an example of just how engaging a JRPG can be, but also doesn’t stick exclusively to the traditional roots. It is accessible, but the difficulty remains, as it blends what the genre does best with modern elements making sure it finds a wider audience. Whether you are a series veteran or coming in fresh, this is a wonderful game to get stuck in to.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful entrant in the series that has gotten better with age.