Gaming Target's Scores

  • Games
For 898 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 27% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Final Fantasy XII
Lowest review score: 10 Target: Terror
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 898
898 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Non-linear, absolutely packed with things to do, entertaining radio stations, great missions, great story, great characters, enough diversions to keep you playing for months, so much diversity in the cities that you may never stop discovering new aspects of town.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of epic proportions. From the innovative battle system to new ways of leveling up; the game gets a hold of you and never lets go. With roughly 50-100 hours playtime, Final Fantasy XII is an experience that you’ll never forget.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The loftiest of production values married to one of a kind graphical fidelity, all wrapped up in astounding, innovative and exciting gameplay that shooter fans will die for make GoW a true AAA title that not only lives up to, but surpasses its massive hype.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With tracks ravaged and different for every lap and timed explosives akin to Mario Kart, Split/Second just overtook Burnout and sped through its burning wreckage.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With tracks ravaged and different for every lap and timed explosives akin to Mario Kart, Split/Second just overtook Burnout and sped through its burning wreckage.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    To give Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D anything other than a maximum score would be an insult.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you somehow never played RE4 on the GameCube or PS2 then you owe it to yourself to download this game right now. It doesn't matter if the graphics could have been a little, tiny bit better because the gameplay is something that cannot be improved. This is the epitome of game design and a truly awe-inspiring masterpiece.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy is the best game on the Wii, period.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Is Metal Gear Solid 3 the best game of the year? Yes. Is Metal Gear Solid 3 the best in its series? No.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The most stylish platform game of Sony’s big three and Sucker Punch Productions deserves a lot of credit for putting together an impeccable presentation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With a single player campaign so exciting it should be illegal, combined with an incredibly fun multiplayer, Call of Duty 2 is an absolute must-have for any gamer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Few games can revolutionize an entire genre of gaming, but ‘Company of Heroes’ is one of them. From the high-quality next-gen graphics to the unique style of RTS gameplay, Company of Heroes should be hailed as the definitive RTS game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    One solid game, and definitely one of, if not, the best music game this year. Mixing heavy metal riffs with the coolest American made controller yet, Guitar Hero is much deservedly rising to a cult status already.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Despite some flaws, Halo 3 is a crowning achievement on Master Chief's enormously popular trilogy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It comes to gameplay Disgaea 2 is far superior to any of NI’s previous works.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion pulls off a miracle – it's deep enough for the hardcore ES fan, but designed in a way that even the average player can get into it without too much intimidation, though it can be overwhelming at first until the basics are grasped.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If Persona 3 could be considered the Godfather of RPGs, then Persona 4 could be considered the Godfather II.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It is not only the best simulator on the market, it is the best racer period.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The most exciting and terrifying arcade racer in a good long while. The insane sense of speed, incredible depth, and constant feeling of accomplishment via unlocking stuff every time you turn around really adds to the addictive quality of Burnout 3: Takedown.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This game is overwhelming and overachieving in so many ways that Bethesda needs to take a bow.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Bioshock is one of those rare games that completely sucks you into its world.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The Orange Box is the best collection of video games ever to grace a console, and since you bothered to read this review, you know exactly why.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This is a gaming achievement, not only for its sharp gameplay and beautiful visuals, but for its vast create-a-level mode as well.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward hits another one out of the park with Modern Warfare 2.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Infinity Ward hits another one out of the park with Modern Warfare 2.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    From the opening title screen to the epic final battle, New Super Mario Bros. Wii has everything a fan of the franchise could ever want.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A fantastic example of pure artistic vision coupled with serious technological know-how.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's simply one of the most intense and exciting action/adventure games in years, regardless of hardware.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Exquisite, peerless, and redefining video games as we know it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With all the attention directed to the next-gen systems, here comes a game that shows that the PS2 is still the baddest boy on the block and probably will be for a good while.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is the kind of game you have to experience for yourself to understand just how great it really is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you like puzzle games, Mario games, Donkey Kong games, games you can pick up any time on the go and jump into without missing a beat, adorable games, or even if you just like a good brain-teasing challenge, you will absolutely love it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 5 is an enormous achievement; the product of an unrivaled passion that shows itself in every mode of play.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Aside from some minor annoyances (the announcer/DJ can get a tad tedious) Burnout 3: Takedown is an absolutely exceptional game and it's quite frankly hard to imagine how the next one could be much better.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It's hard to sum up a game like Portal 2. It doesn't have enough shooting to be a shooter, but it's not abstract enough to be a puzzle game. It's unique and challenging enough to attract the hardcore, but its offbeat humor and intuitive design will make it a hit with casual players.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    While the Gears of War 3 campaign will be better remembered for its variety and pacing than dramatic heft, it's the send off the Gears series deserves; one with enough content to keep it in our minds and disc trays for months to come. Whether you're craving some closure on the saga of planet Sera, or simply want as much multiplayer bang for your buck until Modern Warfare 3 arrives, you owe it to yourself to play Gears of War 3.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Gamers who experienced Nate's extraordinary journey to find Shangri-La in 2009 should recognize the familiar gameplay, but still welcome this new adventure with open arms and a Sully-sized hug.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    All in all, the multiplayer component of Mario Kart 7 is solid, addictive and fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The perfect successor to Ikaruga and the space shooter genre for this PS2/Cube/Xbox age. The action is intense. The control is smooth. The game is screamingly difficult.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The play is intense, they graphics are great, and the multiplayer is better than ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's better than Jak II in how it's simpler to move around from place to place. That's a plus. Its range of difficulty has diminished since Jak II. That's a bit of a plus and a minus. The game's more action-oriented than it is platform based. That's a bit more of a minus than it is a plus.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for Disney nostalgia and very linear action-RPG gameplay, it’s simply a joy to see, hear and interact with all of your Disney favorites.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's graphics are unconventional and don't play the max polycount/photorealism game, but they're truly beautiful.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A must-buy for every DS owner, whether you're a puzzle fan or not.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Honor Among Thieves isn’t especially challenging, but it ends up being crafty enough in its design so that you don’t feel too cheated if it steals a weekend of your time to complete.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Okami is a game that demands to be experienced. Amaterasu would wish it so.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rockstar just took numerous people to school on PSP development, showing you can take a huge game and put it on a UMD without sacrifice, and even add stuff to the mix.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Amazing graphics and sound coupled with tight, addictive gameplay – not to mention a plethora of amazing dream roadsters to earn and collect – means hours upon hours of fun for the discerning gamer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Super Smash Bros. Brawl does not offer very much in the way of innovation, it is one of those games that is so polished and so full of value that it is bound to sell well for quite some time.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The practice mode is surprisingly more than a throw-away experience and the track list is not surprisingly full of some of rock n’ roll’s best songs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For those eight hours, as long as you haven’t tired of playing as the Ghost of Sparta on your last-gen PS2, you’re going to entertained by this handheld epic and you’re going to really enjoy seeing what’s on the back cover of the game manual.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rock Band also doesn’t go where Neversoft took Guitar Hero III; namely, it doesn’t have any boss battles with celebrity rockers or frantic weapons-based multiplayer mechanics. Harmonix, however, outperforms its former franchise when it comes to the graphics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With HD graphics, a finely remixed soundtrack, and good online gameplay, your $15 is already netting you more fun than most full priced fighting games do.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s not much more to say than if you love shooters, you need Gears of War 2.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It takes the 8-bit inspiration of the original Mega Man games and crafts a new classic that is a must have for NES veterans and an interesting curiosity for those who first started to play with the crude 3D graphics of Sony's original PlayStation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    GTA: Chinatown Wars is a landmark for the DS. It pushes the system to new highs and is an absolute blast to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Overall, The Ballad of Gay Tony is an outstanding package offering tremendous value. As an “expansion pack” it offers more gameplay, features and fun than many full-sized retail titles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This well-crafted sequel takes everything from the original game, adds in some new features and additional variety, and refines the whole package into the new must-play cooperative title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    For those who have not yet experienced the Adventures of Kratos, the God of War Collection is a no-brainer, and probably the best overall value on PS3 this year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    God of War III, despite the final level's disappointing gameplay, felt immortal during every other hack-and-slash minute.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Problem-solving fans will find a lot to love about getting to the bottom or, often times, the top of P.B. Winterbottom’s elaborate puzzle designs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's arguable whether or not it's the ultimate version of the game, but if you want a great PSP RPG to last you more than a few weeks, Persona 3 Portable is your game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This makes the entire four hours seem like a 2D version of Portal, and that's a welcome experience on XBLA.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you love retro throw backs, this is one of the best collections I've ever played. Atari Anthology is cheap, it is loaded with bonus features, and it comes packed with some of the biggest video games of all time!
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics are gorgeous, and it isn't an exaggeration to say that this is one of the best- looking Gamecube games ever. Quite possibly, this is one of the best-looking console games ever.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's plenty of exploration to be had in the cities built on top of each other (think: Futurama), challenging gameplay that requires thought-out strategy and 21 categories of game-defining augmentations. I love how augmentations are so well tied to Adam Jensen's multi-layered, sci-fi narrative as well as the gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's not often that monsters of many types can freak you out. It's not likely you'll find a plot as sickening or bent as the one in this game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Sure, taking out the fear of hitting some of the traffic makes the game less terrifying than past Burnout games, and the increased emphasis on taking out opposition rather than merely outracing them might be too much for some die-hards to handle, but as you get used to it, the magic is still there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    GRAW delivers an experience that is truly memorable because it innovates in presentation, control, visuals, and because it presents a solo and multiplayer package that is compelling on both fronts.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Dual Strike is proof that a game doesn't need to take advantage of every single unique feature of the DS to remain fun and garner rave reviews. Highly recommended.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A great single player campaign combined with a near inexhaustible well of multiplayer madness, PDZ should be in the library of every shooter fan with a 360.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The top shooter on the 360. It tops Gears of War in most multiplayer areas. You may enjoy the faster pace, futuristic weapons and setting of Gears of War more but for my money, ‘Vegas’ offers a more satisfying experience and infinitely better designed maps.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If it isn’t the ‘true’ definitive RPG of the PS2 generation, it’s certainly one of the top.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 4 is just as entertaining today as it was two years ago. It is one of those truly addicting games that one can play over and over again into the wee hours of the morning. The Wii edition is without a doubt the definitive version of this classic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    On the surface, the changes made to F1 2011 over its predecessor seem small, but once you start a career mode or get to grips with car setup, you'll find that the game really is the huge overhaul they claimed it would be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The amazing levels don't contribute to the game's magnificence alone. More so, it's the way in which the moving characters are all just right on the money.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s old-school and traditional, but has gameplay depth unique to it, and a wicked sense of humor that will keep you going without fear of falling into the melodrama trap.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A few minor camera flaws are easily overshadowed by the visceral combat experience that Dawn of War offers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Any game that can reference Contra, GodlenEye, Fargo, Mega Man, Tremors and include two Atari 2600-like mini games (Super Soviet Missile Mastar rules!) would already be alright in my book. But to do it like Alien Hominid does it is incredible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s a horror game that doesn’t rely on clunky controls and denying the player supplies to produce tension. It’s an action game with pages of novelized story to read. Yet every element of the game is cohesive and feels right as you play it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Civilization IV is exactly the sequel that fans of the series could have hoped for. This game is all about bringing more to the franchise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Never slowing down, never faltering: New Super Mario Bros. redoes the past with new action and some new surprises, once more in retro-materialized gold. Whether you're from the old school or a student of the new school, you're going to love New Super Mario Bros. no matter what.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Arguably the best current tactical shooter on the PC. It tops most other PC games in the multiplayer arena including levels of tension.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero III adds interesting elements like online multiplayer, boss battles and battle power, but the real innovation is in the new rock-themed setlist and the way you play it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Perhaps BioShock needed a sequel, and perhaps it didn't. Regardless, BioShock 2 is here and it's a great sequel that fixes the problems of the original and crafts another compelling tale within the walls of Rapture.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Perhaps BioShock needed a sequel, and perhaps it didn't. Regardless, BioShock 2 is here and it's a great sequel that fixes the problems of the original and crafts another compelling tale within the walls of Rapture.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game is successful in both drawing new players to the music game genre and exposing a new generation to the music of The Beatles.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Beatles: Rock Band is as much a documentary as it is a game. The Beatles’ venerable music catalog is a great compliment to the Rock Band formula. This game is successful in both drawing new players to the music game genre and exposing a new generation to the music of The Beatles.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Beatles: Rock Band is as much a documentary as it is a game. The Beatles’ venerable music catalog is a great compliment to the Rock Band formula.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    3D Dot Game Heroes is a must-have addition to any RPG-lover's video game library.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An excellent departure of this already great series and now you don't have to worry about going to prison for throwing innocent animals anymore.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game is so good that it is easily one of the best values you can find on the Xbox!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It is flashy and it is confident to the brink of arrogance, but it rides that reputation proudly and delights everyone who plays it along the way.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    On its own, the campaign is a bit short (though still excellent), and the multiplayer is a fun diversion but not as deep as a traditional online shooter, but combined, it's one of Sony's top online and offline games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's literally an achievement worth every penny. There's an abundance of strategic flavor in the battles, well articulated graphical feats, an apt cementing in sounds, and a nice collection of extras for the truest of role-playing fans -- deep enough to go overboard with more than 80 hours of gameplay.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Why is Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas such a great game? To put it simply, the game is huge. It has such a variety of things going on that almost everybody can find a part of it that they enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Is Winter Assault a worthy heir to Dawn of War's Game-of-the-Year status? Heck, yeah.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One of the best titles to come out for the DS yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    An amazing single-player experience is put together with a multiplayer section that doesn’t have the features it should, but the game’s quality still shines through, brightly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Intense speed, hordes of gametypes, a unique and in-depth online setup, and of course, next-generation visuals and high-definition presentation.