Gaming Nexus' Scores

  • Games
For 2,665 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Super Stardust Delta
Lowest review score: 0 Duke Nukem Forever
Score distribution:
2665 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Overall, The Wolf Among Us has been an amazing experience. While the gameplay and layout are nearly identical to The Walking Dead; the tone, story, and artwork take The Wolf Among Us out of its predecessor's shadow and give it a permanent place at its side as a prime example of expert storytelling in gaming- with the side effect of the two games being cursed to forever being mentioned in tandem.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Nier: Automata the best game from Platinum Games yet. It's an action packed game that also has an incredibly engaging story and tons of fantastic characters. This is the best action game I have played in years and one of the best games I have ever played in my life. It's gonna take a lot to take my personal Game of the Year award from Nier: Automata as its currently sitting in the top spot.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Rockstar Games has managed to exceed my expectations and create one of the best games of this generation.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    TxK
    TxK is essential to every PS Vita library.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I got on the hype train early for this one, and I must say that Guerrilla Games delivers a nearly flawless gem of a game. Horizon: Zero Dawn is an exceptional title from start to finish and is an absolute must for any gamer, old or new.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An absolutely amazing experience from start to finish, I couldn't put my Vita down without going through withdrawal a short time later. Zero's Escape: Virtue's Last Reward has a fantastic balance between story and gameplay that is somewhat rare these days.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Bravely Default is one of those games that we knew was going to be something special when the first previews started showing up in Japan. The final product is nothing short of Game of the Year material. It may be too early to call it, but for now, it's definitely a front-runner for such distinction.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 was seven years ago. Fallout 4 is one you can play, off and on, for the next seven. Congratulations, Bethesda: You’ve outdone yourselves again. You’ve made the Wasteland more beautiful, ugly, open ended, funneled down, thoughtful, and frantic than ever.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The sheer number of things to do and modes to play is epic, an honor previously reserved only for top-tier console titles and never even considered on a handheld.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best the series has to offer up to this point.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Simply the greatest military game ever released to the public... Brothers in Arms will teach you that war is anything but glorious, it is about doing what you have to do to get back home to your family, and it is about doing what you have to do to keep your brothers in the war with you alive.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tales from the Borderlands is killing it in just about every capacity. The writers, the aesthetic, the voice actors, the gameplay, everything is living up to what I would want out of a non-FPS Borderlands game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Frostbite engine has allowed FIFA to take the next step in gameplay, with better mechanics and smarter AI to create a bigger challenge. The Journey mode will suck in those wanting a new single player experience while Ultimate Team and Pro Clubs will give all the online players the fix they want. This is a must have for fans of the beautiful game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Quantum Break is a great game from start to finish, and playing it with all the benefits of being on PC just make it that much better. Given that this game is coming out at a lower price point on PC as well, there's just not excuse not to get it.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an expertly crafted strategy game that improves on the original in every way. It's a cinematic treat that is accessible enough for gamers of all experience. Best of all, it's not a bore. With more than 70 missions and a competitive two-player mode, XCOM is a high water mark for 2012!
    • 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!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, Out of the Park '13 made a few improvements over its predecessor, but the meat of the game is pretty much the same game, which is actually a good thing. If you already have Out of the Park '12, $39.99 might be too much for a few visual and AI improvements. If you don't have a prior OOTP game, OOTP13, much like last year's game, is an excellent baseball management simulator.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The new episodic Hitman is one of Agent 47's greatest adventures to date and is one of the best stealth games to be released in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hi Rez studios has a game changer on their hands here. SMITE is an incredibly fun and addicting MOBA that is perfect for those who are looking from a change of pace from your typical MOBA.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best expansion packs in a long while, They Shall Not Pass delivers excellent gameplay, and captures the spirit of World War I better than anything thus far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It’s all there: high fidelity track and car models, intelligent and aggressive AI opponents, and a game structure that allows you full latitude in how, when, where, and what you want to race. It’s hard to find anything to complain about in Viva Media’s new GTR 2.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An example of what a good expansion can be. Adds depth and breadth to the original. Worth the 20 bucks, and more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Zen Studios has done it again! Not only is the Plants vs. Zombies table as addicting and fun as the original game, but its design and feature set make it an instant classic on the Zen Pinball platform.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Vertical Drop Heroes is a really solid game. While there are a couple of things I could (and did) nitpick, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it. If you're looking for a fun and slightly different type of RPG that you can easily play in spurts, definitely give this one a go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3 capitalizes on everything that made its predecessors great, and expertly executes everything new. It has the psychological scares and claustrophobic environments of the first two games, but proves they aren’t the only ingredients for a tense experience, adding vast expanses that alter both the mood and gameplay.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Smoke and Mirrors is a little on the short side, The Wolf Among Us continues to impress with its story-driven gameplay that adapts to your previous decisions in unexpected ways.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you want to just jump right into a game or season, or want to create a league from scratch, Out of the Park ’15 has the ability to do it and once again raises the bar for baseball management simulators. While the 3D effects to need some work, there’s no doubt that this is an awesome simulator for those who want to customize any and every aspect of the game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    They really don't make 'em like this any more. The Witness is an amazing game that you'll love to hate for its challenge, cursing it, wondering why you made the purchase, and then something will click for you, and it'll become one of the best games you've ever played.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the sport and have always wanted to manage your own team, definitely give this one a shot.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is a smashing success, and proves that the WiiU can be the home of some great core titles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredible 4X space-based strategy title, sure to cause sleepless nights and groggy mornings. For those with “one-more-turn syndrome”, this one will consume your world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its stellar gameplay and presentation, Euro Truck Simulator 2 set a new standard for the simulation genre.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Knytt Underground is sure to be one of the most controversial games of the year. It's daring in all the right ways, poking at hot topics and digging into the origins of religion. Even if you ignore the deeply personal narrative, you'll find that Knytt Underground offers one of the most elaborate game worlds ever created. It's a marvel that will keep you going for dozens of hours!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You can't go wrong in picking up Kirby Triple Deluxe. This is a fantastic game that is a showcase piece for the franchise. 3DS owners need to have this one in their library.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I haven’t played an RPG this good since "Dark Cloud 2." It’s so polished and ingenious that it’s a wonder that Midway hasn’t put more marketing muscle behind it. Make no mistake, this is the best RPG to come out this year and may very well be the best RPG to come out for quite some time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Downwell is pretty much the best mobile game on the go for the Vita. If the iOS controls were better, I wouldn't have felt the need to make the platform jump. But it plays so well on the Vita, it's practically perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 2 is just about everything you would expect from an already superb game upgraded and moved to a stronger platform.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Smash Bros for 3DS is a solid polish of everything that made Brawl great, but faster, tighter and with even more content.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Diverse factions and units, continually evolving gameplay, and authentic-feeling maps make for a must-own game for RTS enthusiasts and newcomers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Zen Studios has done wonders for the pinball genre over the past couple of years. The Xbox One version of their digital pinball platform is a big improvement over the previous releases, and the lineup of available (and upcoming) tables are easily some of the best experiences you can get on the platform.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    DmC Devil May Cry is a great action title and a worthy modernizing of a classic franchise that was a little too “of its generation” for modern gamers to embrace. However, no one should have any problem embracing DmC Devil May Cry.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a refined gameplay that requires a more tactical approach to achieve success, fine tuning of numerous details, and deeper options for both online and offline play, FIFA 16 has proven yet again to be the quintessential title for fans of the beautiful game.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tried and true mechanics combine with flexible customization and an interesting asymmetric challenge to create a fun, challenging game. Worth playing for both newcomers and fantasy TBS veterans alike. A dash of humor and sense of progress make the time fly by.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Sleeping Dogs provides players with an engrossing narrative set to the atmospheric and richly-detailed backdrop of Hong Kong. An extensive array of additional missions and activities ensure there are always opportunities for further adventure and action to discover while roaming the streets. Along with an impressive presentation for both the visuals and music, Sleeping Dogs is without doubt the sleeper hit of this year for open world action games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best tables that Zen has produced to date. Every aspect of this table captures the essence and spirit of Tell Tale’s adventures. This is a must buy for fans of Zen’s pinball platforms.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Persona 3 is one of the most polished and enjoyable PS2 titles I have ever had the joy of playing and reviewing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Metro Redux is the perfect entry point for series newcomers as it combines two of the best shooters in recent times in a remastered collection. In addition, series fans are in for a huge treat with the remastered Metro 2033 and Last Light games for replaying their favorite moments with improved gameplay and visuals. Metro Redux is far more than a high definition update, it's a truly remastered and definite experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Halo Wars 2 is an absolute masterstroke, taking console RTS limitations and somehow not only bypassing them, but making them unmissable features. This is one of the most well-made and cleverly designed games I have played in a long time. I hope it sets a precedent for other games to follow.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ten years later, Twilight Princess is still a tale masterfully told and designed. The gameplay and story hold up remarkably well, and the HD visuals, updated textures, and a handful of improved mechanics make the HD version the definitive edition of the game. In a word, it is a masterpiece, then and now.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Crypt of the Necrodancer is an awesome rhythm game you don’t want to pass up if you’re into the genre.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The most fun I have had with a videogame in 2015 so far. I think the idea of this game is brilliant, and it is absolutely addicting to play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even better than presenting its dangers, Firewatch presents the threat of danger. This is no feel-good summer beach read; this is a brutally beautiful and fragile story of people running from their problems—and problems running away from any tidy conclusions. This is the video game equivalent of a page turner, and adventure games have rarely been in finer form.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's a lot in The Wolf Among Us for Fables fans to get excited about. And if you're new to the series, it's just as good an introduction as reading the first tradeback. I enjoyed 'Faith' so much that I did two run-throughs in one sitting, and I can't wait to see where my decisions lead in the next episode.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The easiest way to summarize Luftrausers is to call it the Hotline Miami of dogfighting games. It's incredibly difficult, but it's really good at sinking it's claws into you to keep you launching your planes onto the battlefield.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you played the first Dragon Quest Heroes, know that this sequel improves in just about every single facet. I'm impressed that Koei Tecmo didn't just phone this one in, but made some great changes that really enhance the overall experience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A robust tutorial. Classless character builds. Overwhelmingly open-ended gameplay. Ship designs you’ll need to wear a bib for. And a breed of PvP that’ll make adrenaline junkies sign up for rehab. Sci-fi worshipers: This is your Mecca.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Aside from the sea battles, Anno 2205 is, without a doubt, the best entry in the series yet. The combination of finely tuned city-building and economy-management gameplay make for an addictive experience that is impossible to put down.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It might have taken them a few months but Sony has finally found a title to sell their new handheld system. LittleBigPlanet is more than just the best game available for the Vita, it is the best entry in the LBP series to date. It should be mandatory to have this game if you own a Vita!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Crown is a masterpiece. The gameplay is simple enough for casual play but offers deep components to compliment it for those who want more from their games on both single and multiplayer levels.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Cities: Skylines brings the city building genre back after its near demise from other series' flawed game releases. The inclusion of large game maps, natural resources management, addictive progression system, and all of it running at a near-flawless technical performance make Cities: Skylines the new standard in city building games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if you've never played a tower defense game before or are looking to get into the genre, this is a good one to start out on.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Ziggurat is Milkstone Studios' first game of this scope, and I both hope and believe it will be their breakout game. It is everything a roguelike game should be, and so much more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the series, this is one you definitely don’t want to overlook.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 takes the franchises's successful formula of tons of guns and absurd humor combined with enough bells and whistles to make you drool like a dog at feeding time and simply updates it instead of changing it completely.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just like when Resident Evil 4 reinvented the series, Resident Evil 7 has done just the same. Resident Evil 7 is an absolutely terrifying and thrilling survival horror game that starts off strong and never lets up until the final credits start rolling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Much like last year, Out of the Park 2014 shows why it's one of the best baseball management simulators out there. Whether you want to take control of a pre-made team, play through any past season from as far back as 1871, or create your own league and rules, OOTP 14 gives you practically endless possibilities and options to manage a baseball team.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is an enjoyable game despite a few changes to the gameplay. While some strategic elements were eliminated, the game still maintains a lot of what made the series enjoyable in the past, plus throws in some new elements such as the third-person dungeon exploring. If you don't mind the strategy being dumbed down a bit, Fire Emblem Echoes is still a great game worth checking out for fans and first-timers alike.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With absolute minimal issues with gameplay, the deepest roster in any title to date, updated career and pro modes, and some of the most accurate player models, FIFA 13 is the best soccer game to date. If this were the World Cup, FIFA 13 would be hoisting the trophy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With solid controls, simple gameplay, and somewhat catchy music, this is a great addition to your gaming library whether you’re a fan of the series or if this is your first outing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the deepest football game to ever be released on the planet. From players transferring because of a lack of playing time, from your star quarterback cheating on his exams, if you want the most true to life, exciting football game available, NCAA Football 2005 is definitely your choice.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t hesitate to say that it’s the best pure online FPS ever made.