GamingExcellence's Scores

  • Games
For 1,018 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 12 American McGee Presents Bad Day LA
Score distribution:
1,018 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA IV is the kind of title every gamer must have in their collection to justify their title as said gamer. It's near perfection in all areas, and in all honesty, I won't be reaching for my copy of GTA III anymore whenever I need my fix.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    GTA IV is the kind of title every gamer must have in their collection to justify their title as said gamer. It's near perfection in all areas, and in all honesty, I won't be reaching for my copy of GTA III anymore whenever I need my fix.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's rare to find a game that encompasses a teaching tool as effective as Rocksmith, with virtually no negatives to observe, while still being enjoyable to play. Though for the first day or two you'll feel some pain in the tips of your fingers as your new guitarist callous' begin to form, it's a small trade for the skills, abilities, and pride you'll feel as you level-up as a genuine musician. Nothing beats learning useful and fun real-life skills, especially when it's with something as cool as an electric guitar.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's rare to find a game that encompasses a teaching tool as effective as Rocksmith, with virtually no negatives to observe, while still being enjoyable to play. Though for the first day or two you'll feel some pain in the tips of your fingers as your new guitarist callous' begin to form, it's a small trade for the skills, abilities, and pride you'll feel as you level-up as a genuine musician. Nothing beats learning useful and fun real-life skills, especially when it's with something as cool as an electric guitar.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It has not only a fun and engaging single player mode but also a robust multiplayer mode that can keep you busy long after you've played the game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, BioShock is a masterpiece, as pure a gaming experience as exists today.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's very hard to describe a Civilization game in great detail without starting to ramble. If you take nothing else from this review, know that Civilization V is more inviting, fun, and engrossing than any lengthy description can truly convey.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    As great as "Morrowind" was (and it was difficult to imagine better), Oblivion is a game that does everything ten times better. It also makes playing any other game out there seem trivial.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    As great as "Morrowind" was (and it was difficult at the time to imagine better), Oblivion is a game that does everything ten times better. It also makes playing any other game out there seem trivial. Oblivion is not just a game, it's an experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The amount of polish, dedication, and heart put into this game by Blizzard shows why they are one of the best developers out there today. No matter who you are, if you consider yourself a gamer, you need to play StarCraft 2.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    In closing, if you have a Wii, you should have Super Mario Galaxy 2. It's one of the best games on the system, and is likely the best game in the series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, BioShock is a masterpiece, as pure a gaming experience as exists today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    While many of the features that Forza Motorsport 3 brings to bear are nothing new to the racing genre they all come together in a fantastic package.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The game is just as fun as the original if not more so, and rocking the guitar is really addictive. The addition of Widescreen/Progressive scan for those with HDTV also makes the game look better than ever.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    But overall this is an incredible package that is without a doubt already a contender for game of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is one of those few games that manage to be both intimate and epic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A new twist on the shooter genre, amazing graphics and a top-notch presentation are only the starting points for a game that stands, bar-none, as the next-gen title to beat in the future.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    But overall this is an incredible package that is without a doubt already a contender for game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed II is one of those few games that manage to be both intimate and epic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Heavy Rain is an amazing title, flat out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Overall Space Marine is an awesome experience. The game lasts for about 12 to 15 hours which is just long enough. Due to the well paced story and well handled upgrades to your equipment this running time gives you just long enough to mess around with all of the goodies before it's time to move on to the multiplayer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Overall Space Marine is an awesome experience. The game lasts for about 12 to 15 hours which is just long enough. Due to the well paced story and well handled upgrades to your equipment this running time gives you just long enough to mess around with all of the goodies before it's time to move on to the multiplayer.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Although the sequel suffers a little from being the middle game of the trilogy and the stepping stone of the (hopefully) grand finale, Mass Effect 2 is extremely well polished and improved from its predecessor in almost every respect.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Now, what did I say before…ah right: Orange Box is a great package, filled with excellent games that are instant classics, and is a must-play for any gamer that enjoys a solid story, polished gameplay, and a great deal.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best real-time strategy games on the market to date. With a heavy emphasis on tactics, cover, and unit management, playing means thinking strategically and not just sending in units to perish.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Everything in this game is perfect, including the excellent characters and graphics, and the realistic sound effects. Half-Life is not a game, it is an adventure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to discover or rediscover one of the scariest and flat-out best games ever made.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    As far as first-person shooters go, this is one of the best on the market, and is something anyone that’s sure to interest anyone who has dabbled in the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Minor quibbles aside, we here at GamingExcellence have never been so happy to be so enraged. It's a great day for gaming when we can welcome id Software back into our living rooms and computer desks. RAGE is an easy candidate for the best game of the year, and was well worth the wait. Don't miss it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Minor quibbles aside, we here at GamingExcellence have never been so happy to be so enraged. It's a great day for gaming when we can welcome id Software back into our living rooms and computer desks. RAGE is an easy candidate for the best game of the year, and was well worth the wait. Don't miss it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Although the sequel suffers a little from being the middle game of the trilogy and the stepping stone of the (hopefully) grand finale, Mass Effect 2 is extremely well polished and improved from its predecessor in almost every respect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you own a Wii, then you need to own the Metroid Prime Trilogy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is an experience in itself, and while it may not offer as much replay value as Oblivion, it’s so much more then an “Oblivion with guns”.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The number of side quests offered makes leveling up fun instead of boring. FFXII also happens to be one of the most challenging Final Fantasy games I’ve played.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The end of Kratos' vengeance was more than worth the long three-year wait. It's sure to win awards, and settle in to future "greatest games" countdown lists for years to come.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Honestly if not for some minor complaints Red Faction Armageddon would be a damn near perfect game. As it is, this is a strong contender for best game of the year for its fantastic mix of intense action, fun character customization that changes how you play the game, great graphics and all around fantastic gameplay experience. Even the minor flaws are easily ignored and most will likely not even notice them, as wrapped up in the game as they will be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Honestly if not for some minor complaints Red Faction Armageddon would be a damn near perfect game. As it is, this is a strong contender for best game of the year for its fantastic mix of intense action, fun character customization that changes how you play the game, great graphics and all around fantastic gameplay experience. Even the minor flaws are easily ignored and most will likely not even notice them, as wrapped up in the game as they will be.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Honestly if not for some minor complaints Red Faction Armageddon would be a damn near perfect game. As it is, this is a strong contender for best game of the year for its fantastic mix of intense action, fun character customization that changes how you play the game, great graphics and all around fantastic gameplay experience. Even the minor flaws are easily ignored and most will likely not even notice them, as wrapped up in the game as they will be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Enslaved: Journey to the West is definitely a contender for game of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In short, it certainly looks like one of the best games this year, so pick it up if you get a chance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In short, it certainly looks like one of the best games this year, so pick it up if you get a chance.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In short, it certainly looks like one of the best games this year, so pick it up if you get a chance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Enslaved: Journey to the West is definitely a contender for game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead is a fantastic experience so long as you can get yourself into games with good players.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There has never been a sports video game that has combined such silky smooth playability, technical excellence, fantastic AI, and respect for the game as presented here.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Don’t waste another second hanging on the fence about it. Buy this game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    That said, Demon's Souls is a terrific game. It sets such a high standard for dungeon crawling titles that can only be matched by the best of them.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead is a fantastic experience so long as you can get yourself into games with good players.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is an experience in itself, and while it may not offer as much replay value as Oblivion, it’s so much more then an “Oblivion with guns”.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Regardless though, with this game you've got a fun solo and party game that is more than worth the asking price. I mean, if you're a party pooper then you probably won't enjoy it as much when you're losing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Regardless though, with this game you've got a fun solo and party game that is more than worth the asking price. I mean, if you're a party pooper then you probably won't enjoy it as much when you're losing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Regardless though, with this game you've got a fun solo and party game that is more than worth the asking price. I mean, if you're a party pooper then you probably won't enjoy it as much when you're losing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Stacking is a fantastic game with some actual content, challenge (so long as you avoid the hint system) and it has a whole lot of charm.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Stacking is a fantastic game with some actual content, challenge (so long as you avoid the hint system) and it has a whole lot of charm.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fantastic writing, excellent gameplay, and a level of polish and playtesting so high that you know it's got to be a Valve title, Portal 2 is simply a game that can not be missed.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fantastic writing, excellent gameplay, and a level of polish and playtesting so high that you know it's got to be a Valve title, Portal 2 is simply a game that can not be missed.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fantastic writing, excellent gameplay, and a level of polish and playtesting so high that you know it's got to be a Valve title, Portal 2 is simply a game that can not be missed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    That Cliff Bleszinski and his crew have taken one of the most beloved Xbox 360 titles and managed to improve on it in every discernable way is nothing short of remarkable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    So while Gears of War 3 might not be the ending every player was hoping for, I believe it's the right ending in many ways. Many questions are answered, but there is enough story left to tell for a prequel series to be made down the road. You'll definitely laugh, you might cry, you'll spill a lot of blood, and you'll have a hell of a good time unless you're actively trying not to. No game is going to please everyone, but Gears 3 pleased me.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The overall quality of The Burning Crusade is simply astounding.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With improved graphics, audio, and the return of the Warcraft lore that made the series so popular all those years ago, Wrath of the Lich King doesn’t disappoint, and shows everyone that when it comes to MMOs, Blizzard is still the king.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's always nice to see a game developer breaking from the mold and Catherine does that in a huge way. Unfortunately the difficulty is going to alienate a very large amount of people. Tacked on with those who were alienated already when they found out this wasn't an RPG and it's not looking good. We only hope that this game will find the crowd that enjoys both the aggravation of the challenge and the developing storyline that forms the core of Catherine. There is a hell of an experience here if you only have the patience for it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's always nice to see a game developer breaking from the mold and Catherine does that in a huge way. Unfortunately the difficulty is going to alienate a very large amount of people. Tacked on with those who were alienated already when they found out this wasn't an RPG and it's not looking good. We only hope that this game will find the crowd that enjoys both the aggravation of the challenge and the developing storyline that forms the core of Catherine. There is a hell of an experience here if you only have the patience for it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you've been looking for a good platformer that actually holds up and lasts for more than a few hours then this is the game for you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Dead Space is a scary, intense, engrossing, and invigorating adventure into the heart of deep space.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Regardless of how the story ends the experience itself is worth the price of admission.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is an experience in itself, and while it may not offer as much replay value as Oblivion, it's so much more then an "Oblivion with guns".
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you've ever liked fighting games and have a strong stomach, you simply need to check this game out. Everything that a Mortal Kombat fan has ever wanted out of the series is present and accounted for here. This title has trimmed all the fat, in the most gleefully gruesome ways possible. Fighting games simply don't come any more fun and exhilarating than this. It's a flawless victory.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Regardless of how the story ends the experience itself is worth the price of admission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you've ever liked fighting games and have a strong stomach, you simply need to check this game out. Everything that a Mortal Kombat fan has ever wanted out of the series is present and accounted for here. This title has trimmed all the fat, in the most gleefully gruesome ways possible. Fighting games simply don't come any more fun and exhilarating than this. It's a flawless victory.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Regardless of the size of the screen, the sometimes awkward combo controls or the shape of the console in your hands, Dark Resurrection simply transcends its medium and creates a magical experience where action, depth and skill supersede everything else.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The depth of combat rivals a fighting game, while the story will keep players glued to the screen. Couple that with the high production values that God of War 2 has and you get what is perhaps the last great jewel in the PS2 crown.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    While the GHTunes music creator is still entirely uninteresting the rest of the package is of such high quality that it’s easy to recommend.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Dead Space is a scary, intense, engrossing, and invigorating adventure into the heart of deep space.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A truly excellent and innovative adventure game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game is simply unadulterated fun. Through its fantastic storytelling, charming visuals, catchy music, and brilliant melding of classic conventions with new ideas, Super Paper Mario is a game that plays like a dream.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s as simple as this; if you own a PS3, you need to get Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Accepting Borderlands on its own terms is key to enjoying the experience. It may be a late comer but this is definitely one of the better games released in 2009.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    In the end, it's a little hard for Dead Space 2 to live up to the breath of fresh air that was the original game, but it manages to follow the same path exceptionally well. Sure, it's not as groundbreaking and shocking as the original was upon release, but the sequel is a tighter, more focused, and scarier excursion into the unknown void of space.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Another satisfying title, The Phantom Hourglass is sure to please anyone who enjoys a Zelda adventure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The real enjoyment of playing this game came from wanting to explore the detailed and often mysterious world and to get to a new cut-scene and be introduced to another unique character.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The combination of fast gameplay, perks, a nice variety of maps and gametypes, and an excellent matchmaking system means CoD4 easily offers enough outstanding fragging fun to tear gamers away from Halo 3.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes was definitely a brilliant title, and Opposing Fronts does well in adding to it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of Red Faction: Guerrilla's biggest strengths is that it's simply a lot of fun to play. Smart design decisions such as the minimal impact of death (which will happen) are of great benefit in achieving this goal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of Red Faction: Guerrilla's biggest strengths is that it's simply a lot of fun to play. Smart design decisions such as the minimal impact of death (which will happen) are of great benefit in achieving this goal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fat Princess presents a captivating world, an absurd premise and classic gameplay in a very well balanced and original game that is both amazingly funny and fun to play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns reminds me a lot of classic N64 platformers like Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie in the best of ways. By mixing a dark reimagining of a literary classic with stylish combat and rock-solid platforming, EA and Spicy Horse have created a gaming experience quite unlike any other. At any rate, its miles better than the lacklustre Tim Burton movie released last year. This is one rabbit hole worth tumbling down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns reminds me a lot of classic N64 platformers like Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie in the best of ways. By mixing a dark reimagining of a literary classic with stylish combat and rock-solid platforming, EA and Spicy Horse have created a gaming experience quite unlike any other. At any rate, its miles better than the lacklustre Tim Burton movie released last year. This is one rabbit hole worth tumbling down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns reminds me a lot of classic N64 platformers like Mario 64 and Banjo Kazooie in the best of ways. By mixing a dark reimagining of a literary classic with stylish combat and rock-solid platforming, EA and Spicy Horse have created a gaming experience quite unlike any other. At any rate, its miles better than the lacklustre Tim Burton movie released last year. This is one rabbit hole worth tumbling down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Torchlight doesn't really do anything new, per se. It's taken the dungeon-crawling genre and refined it to its best elements.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To be honest, I'm usually in the camp that skips every second NHL title because it's hard to justify what seems like a few enhancements and a roster update for the price of a AAA game, but this time they've done a fantastic job with improvements that are very hard to resist. Damn fine way to celebrate your 20th title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To be honest, I'm usually in the camp that skips every second NHL title because it's hard to justify what seems like a few enhancements and a roster update for the price of a AAA game, but this time they've done a fantastic job with improvements that are very hard to resist. Damn fine way to celebrate your 20th title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Simply put, it is an experience, and one that everyone needs to try.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    GoldenEye 007 proves that excellent game design and superb action can overcome limitations of hardware or dated graphical presentation and is the rare Wii game that is just as compelling and addictive online or off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With superlative controls, a fun and deep single player experience and enough online options to keep you entertained for a long time, Dark Mirror is a strong contender for best game on the PSP.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A few minor quibbles and frustrations aside, Patapon 2 is every bit the worthy successor to its superlative forefather.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It looks better, it plays better, the story is more intense and the multiplayer is more inviting. And with the inclusion of SpecOps, the longevity of this game is sure to have increased as well.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    FIFA 12 is arguably the best soccer game released by any developer to date. The authenticity of the gameplay, the quality of the presentation and the large selection of modes make for an extremely rich and satisfying experience. What FIFA lacks in new single player modes is easily made up for in the overall quality and satisfaction of the experience on the pitch. The question then comes to you the gamer. Are you a huge soccer fan, who needs your fix every year for the latest and greatest soccer game? If so, don't even hesitate, FIFA 12 is the game for you.

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