Gaming Nexus' Scores

  • Games
For 2,134 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
Lowest review score: 0 House M.D.
Score distribution:
2,134 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an event game, the kind of thing you simply need to own ... even if you don't consider yourself a Grand Theft Auto fan.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is an event game, the kind of thing you simply need to own ... even if you don't consider yourself a Grand Theft Auto fan.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rockstar Games has managed to exceed my expectations and create one of the best games of this generation.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rain falling and bouncing off your gun, a blast of steam fogs your visor and leaves condensation on it, a bright flash of light lets you see your own reflection in the visor. These are just a few of the many effects that make Metroid Prime stand out above its peers. I nearly wet myself the first time I fired my weapon rapidly and noticed that heat waves came out of the barrel.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A crowning achievement for Valve and one game that I thoroughly enjoyed. A few problems do exist such as the crashing and minor engine quirks. All in all, a wonderful PC game and one that fans of the original will love.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The first-person perspective manages to make a year-old game feel new again, and the changes made to the graphics, gameplay and online mode are substantial. One of 2013's best games is made even better on the PlayStation 4.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The level of polish is near perfect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An area that kind of let me down was the audio; it features support for Dolby Pro Logic II decoders but it doesn't take full advantage of the hardware. Yes, there's mulit-channel support and the sound does come at you from all sides, but it's not done all that well.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you liked Mass Effect 1 to any degree whatsoever, you’ll definitely love Mass Effect 2 with its improved combat and AI, and cinematics and storyline – sans the glitches we all know and hate from ME1.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best the series has to offer up to this point.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There is a substantial amount of content in Skyrim and while it's easy to nitpick on all the flaws present, Bethesda has still delivered a product that even a jaded gamer like myself can still be awestruck by.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The animation is also top-notch. When you watch Link engage in a sword duel, the fluidity of it is remarkable, and unparalleled. There are just so many times where it blew me away.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What you have here is the most polished, feature-laden, action-packed Grand Theft Auto title to-date. I've had my qualms with the franchise in the past but this is the first time that I was able to sit back, shut off my brain and enjoy the experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Media Molecule has created an amazingly fun and deep game that will allow people to create their own games and explore the creations of others.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Red Dead Redemption feels like a new breed of sandbox style gameplay. In the place of flashy cars, provocative women and crazy weaponry is the historically accurate and enthralling realm of the Wild West.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like the fungus that infected its deformed inhabitants, The Last of Us is not an enjoyable thing to experience. It’s depressing, exhausting and even disturbing. But , contrary to everything I tell myself, it’s something I won’t soon forget.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best the series has to offer up to this point. It gives a tantalizing taste of the Wii’s potential and an experience so big, only hardcore RPG’s can compare in depth and breadth.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Red Dead Redemption is more than a great western, it's the first time this type of game has been successfully recreated for a home game console.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Portal 2 is a masterful execution of one of the key components of gaming, fun. Valve has really outdone themselves this time, and managed to make me say, "What's episode 3?"
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City is not just one of the best games of the year, but also one of the greatest comic book games of all time!
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Last year’s spectacular action/shooter/RPG-lite finally makes its way to the PS3. If you haven’t already tried this on a different platform, do yourself a favor and pick it up.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 was an incredible game on the Xbox 360 and is just as incredible a year later on the PlayStation 3.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best game of the year. Gears of War has raised the bar of what gamers should expect in future next generation games.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Oblivion has the audio to match the graphics. Outside of the orchestral score Bethesda Softworks went all out with the voice over talent bringing Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, and Terrance Stamp to give voices to their characters.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioShock Infinite is such a fun game with an incredible atmosphere. The long wait has been worth it and Irrational Games has done an incredible job at bringing Booker, Elizabeth, and Columbia to life.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What it comes down to is that Halo 3 is still a great playing first-person shooter that manages to get just about everything right.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's definitely one of the premier titles right now on the PlayStation 3.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    All of the dialogue is easy to understand, the imagery is excellent and the entire storyline comes together nicely thanks to a masterful piece of storytelling.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The missions themselves are excellent and the writing behind the game is remarkable (even surpassing most of the movies).
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An incredibly fun and addictive addition to the Civilization franchise. Civilization IV brings back everything that makes this series great, and adds enough innovation to keep things fresh and approachable for both veteran and newcomer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Simply an awesome game that really takes the WWII RTS to a new standard. Just make sure you have a nice machine to run the game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game does suffer from too many touch screen mini-games and a slightly outdated look, but those problems are easy to overlook when the product turns out to be this good!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is an incredible game, from top to bottom.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t hesitate to say that it’s the best pure online FPS ever made.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World takes the excellent gameplay from its 3DS predecessor and expands upon it with 4-player co-op, new gameplay and even more creative levels. Mario's first 3D, HD adventure is bar none the best game on Wii U right now and the console's undisputed killer app. Whether played solo or with friends, it is a master class of platformer design and more importantly, one hell of a good time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Braid is an absolute masterpiece, from beginning to end.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War II manages to improve on nearly every element of the original game, something that seems unbelievable given the quality of the first title.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A triumphant return to the StarCraft universe, Wings of Liberty offers up old-school RTS goodness in one of the most solid RTS titles in years.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's updated graphics, awesome animation, and great fighting makes Street Fighter IV a great pick up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Persona 4 Golden has easily justified the purchase of the Vita. It may be a rerelease of a game from 2008, but with the amount of additional content thrown in, it feels like a fresh new game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    AI is very hit or miss but because this game is more dependant on your actions rather than your enemies, it becomes serviceable in the end.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Simply one of the best games to come out.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There's a tremendous amount of replay value here as well so you'll really want to play it over and over again. Fallout 3 is worth the wait and it's not surprising that Bethesda has done it again.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Get this game at the earliest opportunity and gather your friends—Smash Bros on Wii U is now the undisputed king of party games.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the end of Shepard's story. What does that mean to you? For me, it means the end of one of the best video game and science fiction franchises ever. The final scenes take a decidedly classic sci-fi turn that surely won't make everyone happy, but that was never a real option. Instead it maintains BioWare's unique vision and approach toward game development. Regardless of the rest of it, that makes Mass Effect 3 a rousing success.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    And best of all, in this time of graphical resource-hogging, you don’t need a machine built by God to enjoy it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 4 is a complete package that does everything well. From the intense single player campaign to the fun multiplayer options, the game's got it all.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fans of the God of War series will eat this up. It's violent, visceral, and truly an epic game in both presentation and action.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Downloadable content, cleaned up graphics, and new songs makes this a nice buy for Xbox 360 owners.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Even with some control and difficulty issues, Uncharted 3 tells a fantastic story and has graphics and gameplay to match. You can do no wrong in picking up Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While not as solid as a single-player game, the game's multi-player experience is better than just about anything else released this year. You must buy Rock Band ... and then you must rock!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza is quite likely to be the pinnacle of racing sims available on today's Xbox, and certainly demonstrates the level of quality and realism that we can expect from the next generation of consoles.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell is such a departure from the humdrum that I can’t help but get sucked into it. It’s a meaty game with a LOT of content, and all of it has a sense of realism that is unmatched.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Delivers everything you could possibly want in a role-playing game; it has a deep story, a ton of quests, great graphics and a brand new combat system. It's one of the few games where you can actually say that it's well worth the wait!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In a move that shows that the designers had far too much free time on their hands, each of the bobble head dolls can be manipulated and bobbled, just like in real life. Hell, I'd pay $20 for this aspect alone.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A constantly impressive element is the rousing speech your general hollers before a battle.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Seriously this is the best racing game of the current console generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There is so much in this package that any sane gamer should not even think twice about passing it up. Everything in the game just reeks of shine and polish and though it's flawed in some areas, it's still one of the best games to come down the line this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening if by far one of the best games on the 3DS. Whether you’re a long-time Fire Emblem fan or a newcomer to tactical RPGs, this is a game that anyone can get into and enjoy. If you don’t have a 3DS yet, this could be the game to change that.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor is one of the best expansions I have ever experienced in my many years of gaming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It adds a few new features and has the great gameplay from the first. Fans of the first will love the second one and new to the series will enjoy the features that help them get into the game.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Regardless of whether you missed it the first time or not, Chrono Trigger is a must-own game!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you're willing to take a chance I'd say that you should bench Madden and take "NFL2K5" for a spin. In our opinion, it's the better football game this year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    At $40, it's definitely worth your money even if you bought the previous game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is an incredible game, from top to bottom.
    • 91 Metascore
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    LittleBigPlanet 2 is an incredible package assuming you know what you are getting into. This is a game where you are going to get more out of by putting more into. If you are going to put the work into it though, you won't regret it as the possibilities are endless. If you have even the smallest creative bone in your body, you should definitely give this game a try.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    After spending 20+ hours with this game I have no qualms calling it the best action platformer of 2004. It’s just so insanely polished, beautifully designed and amazingly addictive that it’s a wonder that it took me this long to review it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is a smashing success, and proves that the WiiU can be the home of some great core titles.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition is an even better game than the original release. Any graphical wrinkles are outweighed by the smooth new Wii controls, which put other sloppy “Wii-makes” to shame.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The game takes a powerful machine but it does offer some great visuals and some fun gameplay for the first half. Once the aliens come it goes a little bit downhill.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Aside from the camera issues I'd say that Ninja Gaiden is everything that I could have hoped for in an action game. It's got intense action, a deep and varied combat system, lush visuals and the overall challenge that I had been waiting for.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chains of Olympus is one of the best games for the PSP and another great addition to the God of War series.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The guilty-pleasure, fast-food champion of MMO gaming has expanded their menu, upgraded their sides, and supersized everything on your tray. Eat up.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    MLB 10: The Show is a well made game. I recommend this title if you love baseball; everyone else can find something different to play. The initial difficulty can be frustrating but a complex and rewarding game can be found just beneath the surface.
    • 91 Metascore
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    For Batman fans, this game is a long time coming. Taking the Unreal engine, Rocksteady has gone and made a truly fun superhero game and it looks incredible on the PC.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    As much as Bungie wanted to sell Halo: Reach as a story-driven first person shooter rife with the familiar golden gameplay methods fans have come to expect from a Halo title, Halo: Reach doesn't answer to this standard. The game ultimately shines in its ridiculously fun and addictive gameplay that sees its mastery in the various multiplayer modes available.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Dark Avatar is a great expansion to a fantastic franchise. This is the highest score I’ve given, and Dark Avatar earns every point. This is 4X strategy at its finest.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Role-players, put your lighters up in the air. This is every bit the sci-fi rock concert it was meant to be, with an unbeatable cast, an impenetrable storyline, and an undeniable gravity making Mass Effect impossible to escape.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s one of the few games where I’ve had a ton of fun even when I m losing a match. I’ve had many cool experiences playing it and a lot of “did I just see that” moments but all of that is crapped on by the bugs and quirks in the game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The single player campaign finishes up the story nicely and there's a ton of replay value in mutiplayer mode. I'm in love with the new Beast mode and still thoroughly enjoy Horde mode with the new additions. Not much has changed up from the previous two games though in terms of gameplay and presentation, but it's still a fun game.
    • 91 Metascore
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    The PS3 finally gets a new signature title with a game that will have wide spread appeal. Killzone 2 sets new standards for graphics while providing a solid story with interesting characters. Co-op would have been nice addition but it's still the most fun I've had with a FPS game in a long time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Classic gameplay, infused with fresh concepts and graced with stellar graphics and sound, make A Link Between Worlds one of the best games in the Zelda series and a must-own title this holiday.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC port is just as good, if not better than it's console counterpart, but you're going to want to use a gamepad. Using a keyboard is possible, and there's even a few mods out there to make it more functional and ergonomic, but it's still clunky and unintuitive compared to using a controller.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Drawing from open-world standard-bearers like Red Dead Redemption, Just Cause 2, and Skyrim have allowed Ubisoft to craft an open-world FPS that really follows the classic open-world template, and is easily the best Far Cry-branded game I've ever played.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II carries on the Souls series' trend of being one of the most unique, well made, and difficult Action RPGs on the market. Its a strong sequel that shows Dark Souls wasn't just a fluke, and that this series is here to stay.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s also one of the few first person shooters that made me jump from ambushing Nazis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Just watch out though because once the game digs its claws into you it’ll own your life. If you want to buy the game give your friends an early notice, because they won’t be seeing you for a long while.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without a doubt in my mind, this is the best version of Diablo 3 that is available on consoles. The campaign itself is a solid and enjoyable adventure, but the Adventure Mode, Nephalem Rifts, and nearly endless loot is what will keep you coming back for more time and time again. Make sure to bring friends to maximize the fun.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Lost and Damned gives you everything you could possibly want in a Grand Theft Auto expansion pack.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Wii U is now home to the definitive version of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It may be the least hyped part of the Orange Box but Portal is a strong addition to the lineup and really stands out on its own.
    • 90 Metascore
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    If you enjoy RPGs even in the slightest, you must own Persona 4. It is quite possibly, the greatest PS2 title ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The lack of plot may turn some people off but the excellent puzzles and mood make this a must have for hard core gamers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Think there are already too many ninja games on the market? Think again, because Mark of the Ninja is one of this year's best games. With a lengthy campaign, stylish graphics, responsive gameplay and a surprise ending, Klei's newest action game is a must-own. Even if you're normally not into stealth games, Mark of the Ninja is well worth your time!
    • 90 Metascore
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    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars shines bright on Sony's handheld, bringing everything that made the original so much fun with it.
    • 90 Metascore
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    I was expecting Dead Space 2 to be a great game, but it exceeded my expectations with beautiful, creative environments and a large array of both enemies and weapons with which to kill them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The HD-ification of Okami is a stunning success. The improved visuals alone make the cheap price of admission worth it. And if you missed this game in 2006, now's the perfect time to make up for it.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Maintaining the beloved "Civilization" feel while adding some delicious "boardgame" goodness, Civilization V is a solid addition to any strategy library.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Metroid Prime 3: Corruption overcomes its small flaws with an adventure that will keep any gamer captivated from start to finish.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Guild Wars 2 surpasses the original in every aspect, from its massive and atmospheric world to its addictive and engrossing gameplay.