Gaming Nexus' Scores

  • Games
For 2,259 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 Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds
Lowest review score: 0 Postal III
Score distribution:
2,259 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Chariots of the Dogs is great on so many levels, from its fantastic time traveling plotline to all of its great pop-culture references.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    SFxT is the fighting game to have at the moment. Its deep gameplay and a huge variety of modes will keep fighting fans busy both online and off for a long, long time. If Capcom could have addressed some of the sound problems that exist online and supplement the inability to see the various endings and movies you experience, this could have been the perfect fighting game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Peter Molyneux has earned a standing ovation for realizing his magnum opus, with Fable II serving as the pinnacle of his body of work, and a high-water mark for player-concocted storytelling in a role-playing game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A solid puzzle/adventure hybrid that is a lot more complex and difficult than it appears. This is a great alternative to the brain games and a must have for those who like to use their heard for more than a hat rack.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are some control and camera problems that occasionally pop up, but they don't spoil the overall experience. The levels are huge and diverse, the boss encounters are imaginative and larger-than-life, and the presentation is solid. I had a blast and don't see a reason why anyone would want to miss it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The next iteration of Activision's Call of Duty series, Call of Duty 3 for the Xbox, wrings the last dregs of capability from the Xbox aging console and satisfyingly delivers on the promise of an upgraded "Call of Duty 2."
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you're looking for classic FPS action it doesn't get better than Perfect Dark. This game is already bursting with content and the addition of new graphics, controls and online play make it better than ever before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you like baseball and a challenge, Out of the Park Baseball 10 will be your game of choice. Getting past the initial difficulty rewards the player in a way that few other games can.
    • 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.
    • 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.
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    • 91 Critic Score
    Buy two. If you buy one for the casual gamer in your life you will just end up fighting over it. For the sake of your friends and loved ones, I beg you, buy two.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You may think I'm crazy, but Pinball Hall of Fame: The William Collection is easily one of the best games on the Wii.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you already have GTR 2 and Race '07, there won't be much to compel to you pick up GTR Evolution. If you have neither of those, though, GTR Evolution is a must-have for anyone that has a yearning to race.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    You can look at the pictures, read my review, and watch videos, but not until you actually go through the game and see what it has to offer will you ever understand what everybody is so excited about.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of classic Castlevania games and are looking for a good (but fair) challenge, look no further than BloodRayne: Betrayal.
    • 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!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I had considerable doubt that MadWorld would be more than an exploitation game, but it’s been done so smartly that I can’t help but love it
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Muramasa: The Demon Blade is already destined to garner a cult following, and I feel it deserves better. This title should be embraced by all Wii owners, don't let this one pass you by.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A solid, well written, well executed game. If you're looking for something new and original, Darksiders is your game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4 is still an unsurpassed masterpiece on the 360, but the only reason you should still buy it is if you don't already own it on another console, or if you really want to see the game in HD. If you don't have it or have never played it, though, go get RE4 now--you owe it to yourself as a gamer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a two-way center, fourth line brawler, or an offensive defenseman with a nose for the net, NHL 09 is the hockey game for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A unique gaming experience that owners of the 360 and PS3 should be jealous of. Sakura Wars: So Long My Love offers Wii owners and fun and polished title with memorable characters, great music, and stellar gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is a similar gameplay experience to the sequel title, but with an even more intriguing plot than reuniting with your daughter was. While gameplay won't feel original, the engineered and technology-run world will.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An incredibly robust and enjoyable take on the tower defense genre. Tight controls, a plethora of options, and a general fun factor that keeps you coming back again, and again, and again. It is hard not to love this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is a fantastic game:. The gameplay's great, the environmental execution is near-flawless, but a couple glaring mistakes keep it just shy of perfect.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Saboteur is a fun, if not fairly short game with a solid storyline in tandem with its WWII theme.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition is a welcome addition to one of the best fighters available today and something Street Fighter fans will undoubtedly eat up.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Civilization fans have yet another great addition to their addiction in Beyond the Sword.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is one of the best-looking XBLA games out there. The visuals really are a wonder to behold. Its gameplay is solid and fun by yourself or with friends; unfortunately, there are a handful of annoyances that hold Trine 2 back from true greatness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can see that this game is a labor of love, which these days feels all too rare.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Darkness baptizes you in its unholy immersive waters, lingering in your memory well after you've shut down the console -- and well after you've shut off the lights. Its psychological horror, plus its polished performances, minus any mind-numbing pace of pre-packaged FPS meals-ready-to-eat, equals a nuanced and pendulous journey down one man's dark, downward spiral.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polyphony Digital delivers the most comprehensive and realistic simulation racing experience that the market has ever seen, it’s just a shame that the same boat and RV show has begun to run its course.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Both Sims veterans and newcomers should find plenty to enjoy in the final expansion for The Sims 3 series. The Sims 3 Into the Future is highly recommended for any Sims fan.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to find too many faults with a game like Crush; the concept is original and the whole game is expertly done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Having never played a Persona RPG, I enjoyed Persona Q: Shadow of the Layrinth. The fact that it resembles the Etrian Odyssey series in terms of gameplay is a plus and as a person new to the Persona series, I feel that this is another solid RPG from Atlus.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Olli Olli 2 may be incredibly difficult at times but it is also non stop fun. It takes everything that made the first game great and made it even better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Based on one of the best PSP games ever made, OMG HD Zombies is yet another stellar update for Sony's PS Vita.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent adventure that is meant to get you quickly into the action and give you all of the amenities you would expect sitting at home in front of the big screen. The only modifications made to this adventure have been to ensure that it is all-action-all-the-time, and that is much appreciated when gaming on the go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Welcome to the new king of fantasy turn-based 4X strategy. While not perfect, this game has achieved many of its lofty goals. A must-buy for any fan of TBS games, Endless Legends could put a dent in the sales of that other big game coming out soon. It is that good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is an excellent addition to the series. I do feel it’s a little too easy at times since you can save anywhere and restart from battles when you die, so that may turn away some gamers. Still, the Luigianary Works mechanic shakes things up a bit in a good way to keep things from being too monotonous.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hyrule Warriors is a different kind of Zelda game. That doesn't mean it's any less fun. Amazing production values, addictive gameplay, a rich story and an overall sense of extreme quality, polish and confidence make Hyrule Warriors much more than a mere spinoff.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those that already have invested heavily in Skylanders, this is a no-brainer and must have. For anyone new to the franchise, the games charm and ability to satisfy gamers of all ages and skill set make this something you should look into.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first time I heard about No More Heroes I was figuring I would get something similar to Killer 7 and that I would absolutely love it. Turns out I was right, I do love No More Heroes, despite the flaws it exhibits it still gets key things right, a strong story, memorable characters, style, and fun combat that doesn’t get boring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Injustice looks great, plays great, and feels like a breath of fresh air for the fighting game genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to see a quality console-to-portable translation, but Vicarious Visions pulls it off with flying colors. A fresh new art style, mildly intriguing story, rock-solid classic modes and a stellar multiplayer component launch American Sk8land to superstardom on the DS.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without being weird and unrecognizable as a video game, Transistor turns many video game tropes on their heads—subtley.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stick It to the Man is the funniest adventure game you'll play this year!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darksiders 2 is the kind of game gamers deserve. It cuts no unreasonable corners, it's not dumbed down, and it doesn't have a tacked-on multiplayer or co-op mode.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The original game is a classic. The "Enhanced Edition" is a near-clone, with some additional content and different bugs. If you haven't played it before, or would like a deep RPG to put on your tablet, this is a good buy. Veterans of the original will find the added material hard to justify for the price.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But for us mature gamers out there a game like this is akin to seeing a great rated R flick. Don't miss Killer 7, with all the critical reviews putting it down as a waste of time, it would really be a shame if you miss out on this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darksiders II is an excellent launch game to test your Wii U. Its mixture of gameplay styles puts the console through its places and proves that the Wii U is well adapted to traditional games. Besides that, Darksiders II is an enormous adventure and the Wii U version even includes the first round of DLC on the disc, so if you've been holding out on Darksiders II, the Wii U version is the one to get.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An enjoyable game from start to finish, it's impressive how much more fleshed out this release feels compared to last year's title. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f 2nd is the encore that I had hoped it would be and is as fun as it is technically impressive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A year-and-a-half later and Castlestorm is still a complete blast to play. The added content and updated visuals round out an already stellar package. As long as you can get used to the controls, this is one that will keep you entertained time and time again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale continues to be faithful to the source material while adding characters and plot twists that surprise you. Even though the controls threw a roadblock into my immersion in a couple places, I'm still heavily invested in The Wolf Among Us, and can't wait to see what happens to Sherif Bigby and Snow next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best fighting game on the market today. MK X takes all of the lessons learned with the 2011 release and turns it up to 11: content, gameplay, and overall fun. If the developers can improve the netcode a little bit, this could be a major contender on the fighting game scene for years to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft on the Xbox Live Arcade is an addicting and rewarding experience, assuming you are willing to put the time into the experience. This is one of those games where you will truly get out whatever you put into the game, and that can be both good and bad. If you put in the time and dedication though, you will discover one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're not into puzzlers or role-playing games, this is definitely one game you can't let slip by.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you let yourself become engulfed in the world and take your imagination for the ride, you'll dive into one of the deepest and richest experiences ever. If you ask too much from the game you'll find yourself sorely disappointed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall though, with the excellent gameplay, somewhat higher difficulty and challenge, and the excellent dialogue and narrative by characters both old and new, fans of Borderlands 2 will likely get the same amount of enjoyment out of The Pre-Sequel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have a simple premise, but this PlayStation 4 title is one of the most exciting space shooters of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Memoria is as intelligently spellbinding as it is beautiful. It's a tapestry of truth versus lies, of storytelling grappling with the fallacy of memory, and of the interesting idea that the past can be as malleable as the future.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its relatively short length, Guacamelee! Gold Edition is definitely worth your money. You'll enjoy every second of its cartoony style and sense of humor.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Limbo is an instant classic regardless of the platform you choose. The vita version in particular suits the portable aspect of the system well and it looks and plays amazing on the gorgeous OLED screen. Do yourself a favor and pick it up and don’t forget to bring along a good pair of headphones.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some expansion packs in the past might have been lacking in content, The Sims 3 Seasons truly expands the game beyond its base experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've been looking for an MMO to check out that's not World of Warcraft, definitely give The Secret World a shot. While it's not perfect (it'd be nice if the in-game browser could remember your last visited page during the same game session), it's still a fun game with a unique way to improve your character, truly making him or her whatever you want them to be.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flying Wild Hog has topped their previous game, Hard Reset, in nearly every respect with Shadow Warrior. A myriad of beautiful environments, crazy but balanced and innovative combat, and a smoother difficulty curve prove that the Polish studio has graphical, level and gameplay design talent to spare. Don’t miss this one.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band Blitz works as not only an extension of the Harmonix brand, but also as a stand-alone action game full of cool power-ups and competitive leaderboards. Plus, it's a set of mostly great songs that can be played in Rock Band 3. It doesn't matter if you shred with a fake plastic guitar, retired from the road long ago or are playing for the first time; Rock Band Blitz has a little something for everybody!
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ravaged delivers some of this year's best online vehicular carnage that's set perfectly to the backdrop of an engrossing and atmospheric post-apocalyptic world.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautifully crafted RPG that provides the boost that the GameCube so desperately needed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The missions themselves are excellent and the writing behind the game is remarkable (even surpassing most of the movies).
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Downloadable content, cleaned up graphics, and new songs makes this a nice buy for Xbox 360 owners.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The big questions are if the game can hold up against the cheaters and what cool mods will be created once Gearbox released the development kit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is the type of DLC I’d place up there with the likes of Undead Nightmare and Old World Blues in that it gives something completely different while still having it feel like the original game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re like me, and the PS2 is your only game system, you will still be amazed by the graphics, gameplay, and overall amount of fun you’ll have playing Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you hate sadness and heartache, then Long Road Ahead is not for you. This is a journey fraught with triumphs and setbacks, often happening simultaneously. This is yet another strong episode that reinforces my opinion that The Walking Dead is one of the best games of the year!
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    How To Survive is more than just a solid zombie role-playing game, it's also one of the best games of the year. With its mix of Diablo-esque hack and slash and dual-stick shooter action, 505 Games' newest Xbox Live Arcade game is a real surprise. It has a deep crafting system and a world you can't help but want to explore. How To Survive rewrites the book on zombie RPGs!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not the grand reinvention of the dungeon crawler, but Torchlight 2 is a great deal of fun in a nice cheap package.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I would liked to have had a bit more variety (the ability to carry a fight inside a building, for example), it is a very impressive first effort for this new genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has got to be one of the year's best first person shooters. It's got enough to give every kind of gamer more than enough to keep them happy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it succinctly, the camera system is awful.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead or Alive 5 Plus is another stellar fighting option for the Vita.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be a full 3D Skateboarding game like we used to have, but for those who want their extreme skateboarding fix should look no further than OlliOlli. Its fast, fun and incredibly addicting and I think I will be returning to this game many more times in the future.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Train Simulator 2014 introduces new features and improvements for both beginner and veteran players of the series.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tracks are an example of quality over quantity, and one could assume that a future DLC solution will address this anyway. The new Drivatar system is basically a crowd-sourced AI training system and results in a more realistic (and, at times, frustrating) racing experience. Multiple configuration options allow the challenge to be finely calibrated to any skill level. If nothing else, the visuals alone are worth the upgrade.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The newest installment in the “Europa Universalis” franchise is yet another evolutionary step forward. If you liked EU1 – EU3, you will want to pick this one up. If you are interested in grand strategy and you have not played it, you should pick up a copy. If only they could fix the combat system.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's still as violent as ever before and best of all, it's still incredibly fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A second shot of adrenaline that complements the original game, Legends II improves upon all the things that made the first Legends great. Voice work is a tad on the corny side, but the cooperative mode and RPG depth just below the beat-em-up surface make this game a real winner.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may look like a kid's game, but Viva Piñata features more than enough action and strategy to keep even the biggest action gamer addicted for hours on end. Don't feel embarrassed buying it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Like hidden treasure, Captain Toad Treasure Tracker packs a lot of value into an unassuming package. With a supremely addictive set of charming, brain-teasing levels, stellar production values and a budget price, Captain Toad is the perfect way for Wii U owners to wrap up 2014 after indulging in Smash Bros.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The epic scale of space battles and awe-inspiring backdrops they take place in make the Homeworld Remastered Collection a must own for real-time strategy fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Muramasa: Rebirth was a great game on the Wii but on the Vita, it is a masterpiece. Excellent and engaging gameplay, enjoyable stories (yes, multiple), and one of the most visually appealing art styles ever used in a video game combine for an adventure that every Vita owner should take.