Gaming Age's Scores

  • Games
For 4,252 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Panzer Dragoon Orta
Lowest review score: 0 Asphalt 3D
Score distribution:
4,252 game reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Featuring unparalleled 3D environments, a deep and involved quest, brilliant and intuitive play controls, and a well-developed cinematic quality that enhances rather than overwhelms the whole game experience, Miyamoto's latest soon-to-be-classic title deserves to be played by each and every person who might deign to consider themselves a fan of great games.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't wait any longer if you don't have this game -- THPS 2 is the most fun and solid purchase any Playstation owner can make.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is one thing that did stand out at all times: the story, which is undeniably one of the most fun rides you'll ever have in gaming, and one of the most compelling cast of characters to go along with it.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With increased detail running at a higher resolution and maintaining the same frame rate, it quite literally leaves the arcade version for dead. That's 640x480 at a constant 60fps.
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is one thing that did stand out at all times: the story, which is undeniably one of the most fun rides you'll ever have in gaming, and one of the most compelling cast of characters to go along with it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy is an out of this world experience that is spectacularly amazing in every imaginable aspect. It creates a constant sense of wonder that manages to permanently transplant a grin on my face while playing. Even when I died I was smiling. No game has ever done that to me before and it's truly a testament to how perfectly fine-tuned it is.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may look, sound, and play like the previous game, but it offers up pure, unadulterated fun like so few games can ever hope to achieve.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All in all, Grand Theft Auto V is one of those majorly hyped titles that actually delivers.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Nose/tailslides, nose/bluntslides, varial flips, a multitude of new grabs, expanded inverts, lip tricks, manuals, and more realistic switch skating are all included.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You can combo off of everything in this game. Seriously I mean everything! Cars, people, sidewalks, buildings, rails, ramps, stop signs... The list goes on and on. The funny thing about all this is Neversoft's Highest Score screen shows a high score of 9.4 million. Yes, my jaw dropped too.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are some nasty frame rate problems at times, which is mostly the factor that keep this from an A grade, but don't let that stop you from picking up Rare's latest.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best game to hit any system in the past few years. No game has captivated me more or been more fun than Metroid Prime in a very long time.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Silent Hill 2, ICO, Devil May Cry, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 are all must have titles in their own right, but with that said, I've had the most pure, unadulterated fun with Grand Theft Auto III than any other title this year.
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    • 100 Critic Score
    Nights is a bargain at only five smackers.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game most easily comparable would be "Half-Life," but even that just pales to the overall scope and vision of Halo.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is in my opinion the best football game ever.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Where it goes beyond a typical first person shooter is in its story telling. The graphics engine is so realistic that you feel like you are participating in a movie. The character's facial animation is incredible. It's done so well, you can get a sense of how the characters are feeling.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everyone will play it differently, and have a different experience. Some like myself will find it drenched in tension and atmosphere, having run into many a situation where the poop was scared out of me. Others, like a friend of mine, will claim that its intuitiveness, combative freedom, and creativity puts it above the spiritual predecessor "System Shock 2," and wonder at how convincing the whole affair can be.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overall, GoldenEye, while being a good corridor shooter, is a corridor shooter, nonetheless. I have no problem with Nintendo releasing quality games, but I think it's time they expand the horizons of the system a little.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is everything you could ask for in a videogame: immensely satisfying and challenging gameplay, a great story with likable characters, a stunning audio-visual experience, plenty of replayability, and by the time the game ends, the feeling that every dollar spent on buying the game was well worth it. [Grade = A+]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If first person shooters and other action games leave too much to be desired when it comes to story, pace and atmosphere, RE4 will be refreshing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You get 5 outstanding games that give you a little bit of everything, action, story, puzzles, multiplayer, and just flat out addictive content. If you own a decent PC, a 360 or a PS3...you would be doing yourself, gamers, and the wonderful developers a great injustice by not buying The Orange Box. Not only is it possibly the best bargain in gaming history, but arguably the best FPS experience of all time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You get 5 outstanding games that give you a little bit of everything, action, story, puzzles, multiplayer, and just flat out addictive content. If you own a decent PC, a 360 or a PS3...you would be doing yourself, gamers, and the wonderful developers a great injustice by not buying The Orange Box. Not only is it possibly the best bargain in gaming history, but arguably the best FPS experience of all time.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is a series that deserves its own place in gaming history and while there will always be comparisons of where it originated from. It's nice to know that there can be a story told in space that is so epic, so intelligent, and so rewarding, that doesn't have to have the word "Star" in its title.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you're looking for just one RPG to pass the time with this year (and probably next), Skyrim is definitely it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As a whole, ["Separate Ways" is] an excellent bonus that features far too much content and gameplay to be considered gimmicky or tacked on.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One aspect that has been improved upon greatly in Wind Waker is its story.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everyone will play it differently, and have a different experience. Some like myself will find it drenched in tension and atmosphere, having run into many a situation where the poop was scared out of me. Others, like a friend of mine, will claim that its intuitiveness, combative freedom, and creativity puts it above the spiritual predecessor "System Shock 2," and wonder at how convincing the whole affair can be.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A great game from a gameplay standpoint but fails pretty badly when it comes to the story. As a result, even though I've given it an A-, it turns out to be one of my biggest disappointments of the year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's no new content here, but you still have two absolutely fantastic games that have seriously impacted the future of gaming. You can't go wrong.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I usually complain that many single player games these days do not have much in the way of "replayability". That is one aspect where San Andreas sets the bar so ridiculously high, that I can't imagine any non-GTA games coming anywhere near it for years to come.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Puts the word sequel to shame. Rockstar Games has really taken the time to put together a game that not only fits in perfectly in the GTA universe, but ups the ante for itself and others as well.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet is a beautiful, happy, extremely eye-pleasing game that will put a smile on anyone's face who plays or merely watches it. Like Sackboy himself, it's impossible to not find the game both attractive and aesthetically pleasing.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They've grown up again, giving players a more mature role to play as a man fighting to save his family rather than for more selfish reasons, and layer the story with a bit of human condition which hasn't been well-reflected up until just recently in video games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    GT3 doesn't disappoint. The AI could be better, but everything else kicks too much ass to worry about it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The problem is that the ending feels more like a mission briefing than a conclusion. Secrets are revealed, the final battle is set, the music swells and then bam, credits.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    As for recommending the game to PS4 owners, it's pretty obviously worth checking out — most definitely for those who skipped out on the PS3 version for whatever reason.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's easily the best game I've played so far this year on the N64 (although Banjo-Tooie might be a strong contender) and will remain one of my favorite games for a long time to come.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game hits all the right notes and proves that Naughty Dog really knows how to design interesting, gorgeous and enjoyable games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece and a AAA launch title for the Wii. The dungeons are fun and the puzzles, while sometimes difficult, always make sense. The scope of adventure and exploration cannot be matched by any other game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They've grown up again, giving players a more mature role to play as a man fighting to save his family rather than for more selfish reasons, and layer the story with a bit of human condition which hasn't been well-reflected up until just recently in video games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Portal 2 has enough appeal to welcome any gamer no matter what type they claim themselves to be. The end result is a gaming experience you will not soon forget.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It just does everything in the most solid way possible. An intriguing storyline, characters you actually care about, tried and true FF gameplay, a memorable soundtrack, beautiful, polished graphics, and not many crazy "systems" to learn and master.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's well worth picking up, and even if you missed out on the original, there's no reason you couldn't pick this one up and enjoy it just as much as the rest of the fans, making it one of the more accessible "hardcore" FPS experiences out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if you aren't interested in the online portion, Activision and Neversoft have still nailed down another extremely solid sequel to the Tony Hawk franchise.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Incredible amounts of detail and animation fill Devil May Cry, and even some of the simplest effects (such as the humble lens flare) are put to jaw-dropping use. The frame rate is constant and solid 60 fps, with almost non-existent slowdown.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's epic, very difficult at higher levels and offers stunning visuals. Online, the ranking system is just as, if not more addictive than Halo 3's, and custom classes and abilities add another layer to each match.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's Madden's inherently deep replay value that makes the game a real value for the dollar. Couple that with excellent pass execution, solid football strategies and integration with rosters from the graduates of NCAA 2002 and you have very deep, solid, although somewhat aged game of professional football.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City is huge, filled with secrets, and if you're a big Batman fan you'll love all the appearances tossed in, both for the good and bad guys. The addition of a New Game Plus mode also provides an astounding amount of replay value, and if you're any kind of completionist, you'll spend dozens of hours exploring the city for every little secret it contains. It's easily one of the best titles I've played all year.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's like nothing you've ever played before, and should be considered an instant classic by anyone with an appreciation for good RPG's.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game plays wonderfully -almost to a literal pick-up-and-play extent.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With airtight controls, improved defensive and offensive AI, more animations, a deep and rewarding franchise that allows you to actually own a team this season, John Madden football looks to big in a great position to continue their reign as the undisputed champs of video football.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But every once in a while you have a game so mindblowingly good-looking that the gameplay, good, bad, or somewhere in between, just doesn't matter. Say "Hi" to Gears of War.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game will provide you with more content than you can possibly handle, and is one of the few games on the market today that’s actually worth the full $60 price tag.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's epic, very difficult at higher levels and offers stunning visuals. Online, the ranking system is just as, if not more addictive than Halo 3's, and custom classes and abilities add another layer to each match.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a fight worth finishing so if you haven't already, get out there and do just that.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I consider it one of the best games to be released in the past 3 years.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the best the stealth genre can offer... One of the best games I have ever played.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The visuals are cleaner, more vibrant, and oozing with a slick presentation. The audio is, to coin a phrase from Good Times, "Dy-no-mite!"
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's well worth picking up, and even if you missed out on the original, there's no reason you couldn't pick this one up and enjoy it just as much as the rest of the fans, making it one of the more accessible "hardcore" FPS experiences out there.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kojima wrapped everything up in a nice little bow and gave it to us as a parting gift. Your questions get answered, your heartstrings get pulled, your mind gets blown, and you finally get the closure you've spent the last two decades earning.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The real reason to pick up this version over last year's are the presentation upgrades.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The complete package, and I believe it’s the best game on the PS2. The gameplay is gripping and the story is so good, my wife wouldn’t let me play through the end of the game without her present.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most amazing aspects of this game is how the world responds to your actions. It is very open ended, and the decisions that you make during the course of your adventures directly affect the outcome of the entire game... One of the greatest RPGs that I have played thus far.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game looks amazing. The character models and animation are clearly the cream of the crop...If you're not completely sold by now, then the Kumite will definitely put you over the top.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With airtight controls, improved defensive and offensive AI, more animations, a deep and rewarding franchise that allows you to actually own a team this season, John Madden football looks to big in a great position to continue their reign as the undisputed champs of video football.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Damn near flawless in almost every way shape and form. Brilliant visuals, ear pleasing audio, highly addictive game play, and enough modes and tracks to keep you busy for months on end.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In a game where the amount of content is similar to the overwhelming amount of stuff in Japan on one's first visit, and that already managed to waste away hours on end before online play was included, it's safe to say that Super Smash Bros. Brawl has one heck of a lifespan.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Basically the developers took everything that was right about GT and multiplied it by a factor of ten in GT2.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best way to enjoy this game online is to forgo rank matches, find a few real life friends that have the game and a few online people that share your interests and play with them.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A great GTA game that culls as much from the older titles as it does from the new ones.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it, and it's definitely in the contender for Game of the Year.
    • 93 Metascore
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    If you purposely waited those extra months in hope that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for the Xbox would be the definitive version, you made the right choice.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s a well-crafted experience that’s certainly more than the sum of its parts, even if those parts are by and large pretty damn good. It’s a satisfying and intriguing experience from top to bottom, and something that’s well worth checking out.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World is a master class in platforming fun, and deserves every bit of praise heaped upon it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The story of Braid is definitely open for interpretation, and there's subtext aplenty for players who want to debate what the story could possibly mean. It's definitely ahead of the curve for most videogame plots, but it's not integral to actually enjoying the game either.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    SSX
    Every course and environment in SSX is stunning.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So if you've had the pleasure of playing the game previously, rest assured you'll have an equally hard time putting it down on the Vita, much like the original on PS2. And for new players, I envy the ability to go into this game fresh again, because it's really one of the best RPG experiences of the past two console generations. For either or, previous Persona 4 players or newcomers, this is one Vita game that can't be missed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From the huge open mountain to the convincing radio station to the numerous events, this is one cool experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not only has control of this environment been handled well, but the smoothness of overall presentation and gameplay seem to reflect an excellence from RTS titles that we should all be looking forward to in the future.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The painstaking detail in the architecture is a huge draw in making the game as believable as it is. Everything looks exactly how you would envision it in real life, with hallways, open areas, offices, courtyards, everything modeled correctly.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With over 30 warriors to choose from, and over 30 maps, this game will take a while to get old. No matter how you play this game though, you're sure to have a blast.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But this one offers more than eastern art for the sake of pleasing those who prefer it. It's a compelling, unique experience that can be appreciated by just about anyone.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    My issues with the game lie within the fact that whilst playing it, I wished I were playing something else. I wanted to play Bioshock for its heavy atmosphere and compelling story, or Mass Effect because I finally appreciate the dialog trees and voice acting. In Fallout 3, most of my decisions could be argued for the inconsequential feeling I associated with them. That's never a good thing, so it either means Fallout 3 wasn't my particular cup of tea or that it is actually that boring at times.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you're hoping for something epic or monumental (like, for example, MGS4 or Mass Effect; two games that still managed to blow my insanely high expectations out of the water), you may be slightly disappointed. That said, it's important to note that the only reason I'm saying this is to keep your standards in check - Gears 2 is by all measure a must-have title for the Xbox 360.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This might not be the year that Sega's series tops Madden in the sales charts, but we might look back at 2003 as the year Sega's NFL 2k3 became the better game.
    • 93 Metascore
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    The game looks great, sounds better, and has more depth than 3 fighting games put together.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Mass Effect trilogy will undoubtedly go down as not only some of the greatest games ever made, but may go down as one of the best trilogies ever to exist in any form of media, and for that Bioware, we thank you.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Combat is certainly more difficult, but every fight you get into feels like an event. And the game does a great job of pacing out its enemy encounters so the player doesn't get battle fatigue.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You simply must listen to the game via headphones to truly appreciate the audio. This game in particular makes great use of stereo separation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 continues to delight my gaming senses and eardrums, and I look forward in watching my wallet deplete of funds with new DLC songs and instrument options on down the line.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A stunning example of how creativity can blend seamlessly with gameplay without sacrificing one or the other. The top-notch gameplay coupled with out of this world superhero stunts is the freshest take on a classic side-scrolling action seen in years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Graphically this is one of the prettiest damn racing titles, not only on the DC, but any platform.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All in all, this game has really stepped up and maybe outshines its football equivalent. It didn't have to sacrifice much on graphics to add the new features, which is nice...oh so nice.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brilliant.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Not only is Paper Mario a superb RPG, but it's also another quality N64 game that simply shouldn't be missed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In regards to the gameplay, I'd have to give the overall advantage to the Xbox version, again, mostly due to the better framerate. Being able to smoothly spin around the camera, in the vehicles and on foot, makes a big difference in how the game plays.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A fantastically beautiful and exceedingly friendly MMORPG. It's also nice to finally have a good-looking 3d RPG that doesn't suffer from terrible lag and massive server load-times.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tallying things up, that’s three points (improved graphics, load times, custom music) that put the PC version above the PS2 for everyone and one (mods) that appeal to some, with two slight negatives (gamepad glitches and lack of multiplayer missions) that bring it down a bit, but only affect a small chunk of users.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This IS soccer in it’s raw and truest form. The game offers many more features, including a newly improved career mode to keep you busy for months on end.