Gaming Age's Scores

  • Games
For 4,898 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within
Lowest review score: 0 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Score distribution:
4898 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    I really want to like Castlevania, but I can’t. Konami made a truly complete quest by throwing in a very long section leading up to the Castle, but ultimately it becomes boring. Once you actually get into some of the architecture, the bad camera angles and less than perfect collision detection makes the game an exercise in frustration most of the time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It is fun, educational and entertaining. Yes, there are some flaws, but they are not serious enough to fail this game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Rather, everything does, and for that, Bloober deserves congratulations — more in the form of a subtle nod than a hearty pat on the back, mind you, but still: this is infinitely better than Basement Crawl ever was, and even if it's still not a must-own for your PS4, you won't find yourself wishing that Brawl had never even been created.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's not a great game, and it has some issues, but it gets enough right about the genre that fans shouldn't pass it over.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Once you have a few upgrades earned, the game becomes fun in quite a hurry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In the end, Rogue Trooper is a technically solid game. It's intuitive, looks and plays great…but it's really not all that compelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's entertaining enough, even for those who aren't major followers of the show, but despite all it has going for it, the short length and repetitive gameplay keep Fullmetal Alchemist 2 from being anything more noteworthy than a weekend rental.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    What is the most disappointing in 20-04 is the lack of real additions. Sure a fun HR derby was added, as well as a custom replay option, but what else? Oh yeah, a create-a-team! If that's what you want to call it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There is enough to please everyone, but don't expect to be wowed by anything new or revolutionary, yet it still doesn't take away from the fact this is a solid racing game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The biggest omission from Mario Party 8, and the one that kept it from achieving an even higher score, is online play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’s a fun title that boils down to good old-fashioned board game fun that just happens to be on a DVD.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It has all the charm and addictive qualities of its Sega-based brethren, with better graphics and more features, to boot.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Either shooter fans will hate the overworld exploration levels that the RPG segments offer, or the RPG fans will hate the difficult shooting elements, but it wouldn't hurt either gamer to step out of their element for once and try something new.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Overall this isn't the best Ace Combat experience, but it's a passable bit of portable fun.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Is it a deep, engaging experience? No, of course not. But on the flip side, Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo features giant robot battles. What more do you need?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's easily the best AI experience you'll find in a console poker title, so if you're dying to pick one up, definitely go with this one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    One of the most fantastic things about the multiplayer mode is the complete absence of any slowdown, even when things are getting insanely wild with all four players and the military mixing it up on the screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It is a bit on the short side, but the upside is a fantastic plot that has numerous side stories to it that cannot all be experienced in a single play.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you want to play an RPG that doesn’t pretend to be a dramatic tale or one that won’t require a lot of your time, Okage is a good choice.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Some of the gameplay feels a bit archaic, and there's some unneeded filler here and there, but those looking for a quality portable platforming action title should be satisfied with Jak & Daxter's latest adventure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The story has to be taken with a healthy helping of salt; it's unintentionally tongue and cheek. You could skip the cinematics and be no worse off - something I've never recommended before.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In strict gameplay terms, save for the multiple character options, Street Fighter EX 3 doesn't represent anything we haven't seen before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Even with the development delay and push into 2015, The Order: 1886 isn't exactly the action-packed, cinematic masterpiece we were hoping for. On the bright side, it's a mostly enjoyable ride while it lasts and is most certainly one of the best looking console games released thus far, so it’s worth a playthrough during the winter game release lull.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Aladdin isn't breaking any new video game ground, but it's a fun, colorful experience, even though it's several years old.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I managed to have quite a it of fun with Ms. Splosion Man, despite her pushing me away and at times downright annoying me.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    That doesn't mean the online play is perfect. In fact, many people have reported matchmaking issues and assorted glitches. Matchmaking shouldn't be a problem when playing with friends via invites (on either PSN or XBL), but when playing random players it's a mixed bag.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Start The Party! is a bright, colorful and well animated game. The visual style is a little on the wacky side, and there's plenty of comical voiceovers and sound effects all throughout.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While Zen Studios' ambition may be misplaced in what CastleStorm is, it's a welcome quality in delivering this "complete" version of their original game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A mixed bag—platforming and presentation are exceptional, making for one of the better games I’ve played on the DS. On the other hand, the combat and length detract so much from the overall package.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    All in all, I think Urban Trial Freestyle is worth a look. It won’t top something like Trials HD, but if you keep your expectations in check you’ll have some fun with it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The problem with the game itself is that after you have Deathmatched for hours on end in the same somewhat small sized, but well designed stages, there is not much more to do.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I don’t know that I’d put it above other established franchises in the genre just yet, but if you have some affinity for Marvel and its characters along with Diablo clones, there’s certainly worse ways to pass the time than this.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The gameplay and story aren’t completely original and short. The game does look great and the soundtrack is extraordinary.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Digimon and card battle fans will find a comprehensive game in DCB, but non-fans could be turned off by the digital world.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While this game is a little rough around the edges, what do you expect from an XBLA/PSN RPG game? If you like turn based, strategy type games and can overlook cartoony graphics, I suggest you pick this game up.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Old Time Hockey has all kinds of great ideas, and with a few more updates it might even get to a place where it lives up to what its creators intended to do. Right now, however, you're better off finding a way (legally or otherwise) of booting up Blades of Steel or NHL '94.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Give it a rental if you're thinking about picking it up, and try to play together with someone else to see what you really think about this one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted takes Underground’s control scheme and slaps it into the Hot Pursuit series, which in the end, does not work.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    With 20 characters, various training missions, and a surprisingly fun 2-player mode, there is a lot to be played in Kengo.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If for any reason, the whole online experience the game brings to the player is unparalleled, this is the reason to buy Fever over any of the competition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It can be funny and disturbing while being challenging and clever. It's just too bad more care wasn't taken in making it available on a new platform.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Another concern I have for this series, is besides the new songs, outfits, duet modes, and a few new characters, the game is virtually the same as the previous two. With too little additions each time around, I begin to wonder where my 40 bucks is going.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    One very beautiful, but very difficult, flight simulator. Real life physics are tough, even with a slider bar that allows a bit of control.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Some hits and misses, but for 20 dollars, you get more than your money's worth here. Especially since they are all arcade emulations, and not ports from other systems or consoles.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Boss! tries its best, but unless you dressing up monsters in seasonally-appropriate attire is your thing, you'll probably find it to be a little lacking.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    From a more objective viewpoint, however, there's no escaping the fact this is just a mediocre game that doesn't quite live up to its ideas.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While some of the gameplay concepts feel familiar, the theme, writing and setting really wraps it up well and makes it worthy of spending some free time with.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Some hits and misses, but for 20 dollars, you get more than your money's worth here. Especially since they are all arcade emulations, and not ports from other systems or consoles.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    But the multiplayer modes suffer from severely limited interaction and only three maps for play. The most promising new feature becomes routine very quickly, so before you know it the latest experiment in Raccoon city is over.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Essentially, Killzone: Shadow Fall will impress you from a technical standpoint, but not so much from the actual gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Still a high-quality brawler after all these years. Just don’t expect much that's new.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Ninja Reflex is another game for the party crowd, and if this is the big reason you own a Wii, then I can recommend the title for you. Otherwise you are looking at a rental until it hits the bargain bin.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While I'll admit that the track selection is lighter than I'd have liked, and that I really would have preferred to see a 60fps release, I still had a lot of fun with this game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you’re not a fan of those types of games, this won’t be the one to draw you in, unless you have some obscene love for source material. But as a DW fan, like me, you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of the face punching, body exploding ridiculousness that Ken’s Rage 2 delivers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The presentation is brilliant, there are more teams..., new modes, and the slowdown has been fixed. Top all of this off with fantastic and engaging gameplay and you have a great soccer title that should hold you off for another six months when EA releases '07.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The games' poor communication system and load times keep it from being a more workable online experience. But its unnerving combination of comradery and isolation is sociable, scary fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The battles should be more fluid and dungeons could be more unique, but ultimately the story and its characters carry .hack a notch above the standard RPG.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Despite how much I find myself enjoying the majority of the LEGO games, I find Harry Potter putting me pretty close to my breaking point. The series is incredibly formulaic at this point, and while I loved the magic and exploration aspects of the first Harry Potter adventure, this just feels like more of the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For the casual gamer, you may want to steer clear of this as the learning curve is nearly as frustrating as golfing in real life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's one of those games that will get old fast when played alone, but with a bunch of friends will stand the test of time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As you can imagine, this gets pretty infuriating pretty quickly. One of the trademarks of any good horror narrative is that the antagonists always play by certain rules; when they don't — as is the case here — it becomes an exercise in randomness. While that may be truer-to-life, as Knock-Knock shows, it makes for a much less satisfying gaming experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Although Dark Age doesn't innovate much, it's the best and most viable MMORPG out there right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A title that seems to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis this year. Unlike last year’s version, which was fully dedicated to being smash-mouth hockey fun, the tone in Hitz 20-03 is more serious and less consistent in its approach.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The number of options and unlockable goodies make it a very deep game, which will make it just the ticket for wrestling fans despite it’s shortcomings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    MLB
    While I still prefer MLB’s game play, the wealth of options and visual flare that "MVP" is bringing makes Sony’s game a bit stale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    I'd expect a little better from the Persona Team, as I absolutely love that series, but I'm a little let down by what Catherine had to offer.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games is a lot of fun to play when you get a full group together, as long as you can get everyone over the initial learning curve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    At the very least, you have to rent this one just to experience the 50’s B-movie hilarity.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A solid, if standard platformer if you have some appreciation for Scooby-Doo or if you're looking for a game for the kids.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Like many games before this one, moving from 2D into 3D can be a tricky proposition. For every successful endeavor there are countless failures. Luckily, Picross 3D manages to come into its own as a fun puzzle game, even if it shares very few game play traits with its older brother.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a good DS title to fit the bill until the next big thing hits store shelves, then Pac-Pix isn’t the worst decision you could make, providing you know what you are buying in the first place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The Arcade mode and local 2P action is great, just what I expected from the game, and while the visuals could do with a little sprucing up in comparison to the arcade stuff I've seen, it's not that awful. Not quite as stylized as recent console fighters, but not bad enough that it put me off of having fun with the game. However, if you're going in for story/scenario mode and online play, neither is worth picking the game up for at the moment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A must buy for fans of the "Fast and The Furious" movie.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The single player game doesn’t last all that long unfortunately, and some camera issues can definitely become an annoyance, but the game is still fun for a while.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Unfortunately the training sequence in the very beginning wastes no time introducing you to the biggest problem with Dawn of Fate: the controls.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is very linear and hopefully one day the EA team will expand this title with a bit more freedom.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Personally, I enjoy the idea and most of the execution, but it doesn't live up to the previous titles (except maybe Rock the 80's), and it still has a way to go before it completely impresses me.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Is it a little rough around the edges right now? You bet. But with a virtually non-existent entry cost and some solid foundation to back it up, Dust 514 is worth checking out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If puzzle games are your thing, this collection is worth it just for Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. It’s an excellent variation on a proven formula.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you want to reclaim some precious nostalgia from your past, in High Def, then this is the definitive version of Dragon’s Lair...bar none.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It may be disappointing to some that Battlefield 4’s single player doesn’t live up to a hill of beans, but what they did accomplish with the impressive multiplayer mode is something special that cannot be duplicated even by Activision’s mighty series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There's a lot of content here if you enjoy the standard games and want to unlock everything, but not enough of a change here to sway non DW fans into checking this out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Singstar '90s plays the same as the others before it, but it will come down to the track list preference whether or not you'll want to spend the money on it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Area 51 is the antithesis of what first person shooter fans want. It is actually a better offline title than it is online.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While Scribblenauts Unmasked has all the elements of a Scribblenauts title, it doesn't have the same room for creativity — and that's probably what makes the whole thing feel a little off. Without room for imagination, all that's left is a game that tells you what to do. Admittedly, it's frequently superheroes doing the telling (and that may be more than enough for some people), but that doesn't make it any more fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    While it is an improvement in almost every aspect from controls to options, it still isn't close to what fans of stock cars want to see from their beloved franchise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    In all of this, of course, I should emphasize that Letter Quest's core gameplay isn't all that bad. If you're like me, you'll get excessive amounts of joy out of playing a round or two and seeing all the crazy words you can come up with. It's easy enough to figure out, and the controls are a breeze.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It’s not a must-have ticket...[but] there’s enough new to keep fans interested.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It is a fantastic ride, to be sure, but a shallow, all-too-brief and ultimately unfulfilling one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you only own a PS2, Max Payne 2 is a worthy pickup, but those of you with a decent PC should buy that version instead. Trust me - it's easier on the eyes and the hands.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A good handheld shooter, but it's also a step back for the Gradius series as a whole. While the graphics are definitely a cut above the SNES Gradius III, the lack of difficulty and a weapon edit mode really knock the replayability down.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There aren’t many extras in each title and the two titles feel dated. But hardcore fight fans get a lot substance for a little cash.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    There's enough content on disc to justify the purchase, but don't expect any massive gameplay improvements over what WWE '12 had to offer. But from a presentation or story mode angle, this is a huge step up from the previous game, despite the graphical and audio issues.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The title feels a bit dated and offers standard RPG fare that’s as basic as it gets.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    An intuitive lobby system and latency-free online play are the only missing ingredients that keep Need for Speed: Carbon from being recognized as an excellent gaming package.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Saw
    The game should take you anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to complete, depending on your willingness to see every nook and cranny of the game. You also are privy to two endings in the game, and thankfully the game saves right before your final decision so you can witness both endings without necessarily taking another trip through the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    If you have time and patience to balance Sim-caring and magic, this expansion is a keeper.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Overall War World is a reasonably fun, good looking XBLA title. The biggest problem is mech balance, which hopefully can be fixed in a later patch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's obviously not a system-seller or anything, but if you're in the mood for a fun little time-waster, then Sparkle will definitely scratch that particular itch.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The game is basically one long war between the Winged Crusade and the Landians, and it doesn't get much deeper than "these two sides are at war with each other."