Gaming Nexus' Scores

  • Games
For 2,636 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor
Lowest review score: 0 Postal III
Score distribution:
2636 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 76 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign is boring and ineffective, the action is dull, the level structure is bland and the overall game lacks the oomph and power of the original. HALO 2's multiplayer aspect fares a little better but it's marred by an ineffective matchmaking service and some poor judgment in the balance department.
    • 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
    • 85 Critic Score
    With far too many action segments and repetitive puzzles, this survival action game gets bogged down by filler. Thankfully the strong last act and great chemistry between leads makes this a must-play, warts and all.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 83 Critic Score
    Overall, I found Modern Warfare 2 to be fun but it's starting to lose the appeal it had for me after the fourth time around with Infinity Ward. The campaign is really short and the story's pretty weak. Also, there will be parts that offend people but at least you can skip the "one" mission. Multiplayer can be fun and addicting if you don't get frustrated easily.
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    From its engrossing world to its compelling narrative and characters, The Witcher 3 is one of the best games in years. The Witcher 3 is a must-own for role-playing genre fans—and gamers in general. The experience shouldn't be missed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite having an online mode that disappoints in nearly every respect, Smash Bros Brawl gets everything else right.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    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
    • 83 Critic Score
    Pick up this game and round up some friends—Gears of War 2 is this year’s multiplayer experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Rock Band 3 is a good, solid musical game and those with the past two along with some good amount of DLC will really enjoy it.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    Inside is an incredibly and thought provoking experience from start to finish and a game that I won't soon forget.
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    Journey is masterful. It's meaningful. You won't remember the details of every journey, but every journey is unforgettable. You'll have no choice but to play it again and again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the manner in which it will punish and abuse you, Bloodborne will have you crawling back to it and saying, "Thank you, sir, may I please have another." It's a gorgeous and dreadful world that sucks you in, and then kills you. Beautiful in every single aspect of the game and sense of the word, this progression of the Souls franchise is more accessible and addicting than ever.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    Regardless of whether you missed it the first time or not, Chrono Trigger is a must-own game!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's nothing revolutionary about the second game and it's more evolutionary but it's still a fun game to play with others.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As it’s done in the past, Out of the Park 17 shows why it’s the go-to simulation series for someone wanting to manage a baseball team, historical or present day.
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    Bayonetta 2 is a smashing success, and proves that the WiiU can be the home of some great core titles.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 3 brings an incredible diverse open world in the Australian Outback that begs to be discovered. With a great soundtrack, a plethora of vehicles to unlock, and plenty of challenges varying in difficulty, Horizon 3 proves to be a must buy for racing fans.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Out of the Park ’16 proves once again why it’s the go-to series for baseball management simulators. With the new license to use real MLB players and the other additions and improvements, there’s not much you can’t do in this year’s edition. If you’re looking for a great baseball management simulator, you’ll be hard pressed to find something better.
    • 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
    • 98 Critic Score
    Geralt goes out on a high note. Developer CD Projekt Red, once again, raises the bar for every other company making an expansion pack.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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
    This is a game that will still be talked about five years from now—even 10 years from now. Inside was pretty much three hours of me shaking my head, clutching my chest, and realizing every few minutes that my mouth was hanging wide open. It’s an analog science-fiction thriller, and so good that it’s impossible to improve upon. It’ll get right inside you.
    • 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.