GamingXP's Scores

  • Games
For 1,954 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 78% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 16% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 99 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 20 Skiing Resort Simulator 2012
Score distribution:
1,954 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    With a swan song to the aging console generation Rockstar once again shows us what Open World really means. The Developer takes a sandbox, blows it up to the size of a football field, fills it with the most beautiful sand and all the toys we really want to play with.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is a milestone in the history of video games. It is an absolutely fantastic end to an amazing SciFi saga and tells an absolutely enthralling story. The characters are authentic and the synchronization is great. The gameplay stayed mostly the same, though there are a few improvements in Shepard's sprinting and the cover system. The complexity of the Mass Effect universe and the variety of scenes in the game are simply stunning. This is a must-buy for everyone who loves video games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Even if there is no multiplayer mode in the game, it is a great one! The game offers not many, but excellent features.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Flawless in its ambition and almost perfect in its execution. A brave and remarkable game quite unlike any other.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I just ran out of words to describe this open-world gameplay, being completely alive and realistic without ever getting boring. There's so much you can do, embedded in nearly perfect graphics and an overwhelming sound, plus you'll get a story with really great characters. Wow.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The extremely cool story and an embracing atmosphere will absorb you completely, and even though there are some small weaknesses, Red Dead Redemption knows how to tell a story. And after the single-player mode, the multiplayer still awaits you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Though the campaign is short and not too demanding, Battlefield 3 is without a doubt the best shooter of the year 2011. The multiplayer mode with its huge maps, brilliant 64 player battles, and the return of the jets is the best thing going.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is by far the best RPG experience of the year and even better on PC. The huge and wonderful province of Skyrim serves as a great setting for an even greater story evolving around a mystical hero.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fez
    Fez is a breath of fresh air. A real Masterpiece!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everybody who has the dream, and I am not sure if there is someone out there, to be a small particle, should live his dream within this game!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    My former favorite in this genre Dante's Inferno is defeated. The amazing story and the awesome graphics in God of War III make this game to an epic experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Portal 2? Simply awesome. Period.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the best PS3 games around, no action-adventure could stand up to it by comparison – until now! Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception combines the good elements of its predecessor with some new, fresh features like the enhanced multiplayer in a stunning setting. The atmosphere and the story really capture the player's interest and will have them lost track of time. A great game – thanks, Naughty Dog.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Of course, Skyrim isn't perfect, but if you can overlook its few shortcomings, Skyrim is enormously rewarding. Great storytelling meets a fine plot, and your hero is key to all of that. Compelling narration, strong graphics, astonishing sound – you'll have to see it to believe it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 combines the good old gameplay elements from the previous installments with some new fresh features like the multiplayer mode. The game is purely stunning and offers captivating gameplay, freedom, an oppressive atmosphere and enough content for 40+ hours. It's a masterpiece of galactic proportions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is the first contender for game of the year 2012. BioWare once again delivers a masterpiece.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A love letter to creativity and the PS Vita, Tearaway is a game you shouldn't miss and it is a real system seller.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With 27 courses, an entire army of game modes, create a player, PGA Tour Season, online head to head play, online tournaments, Play the Pros, frisbee golf, party modes, improved graphics, and the icing on the cake, Wii Motion Plus controls, there is no doubt that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 is the best version of the game available on any console.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Overall, I can only recommend the game to all Wii gamers. It's a perfect game with nice graphics and sound effects, a cute atmosphere and perfect controls.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    I am stunned. The long time waiting between "StarCraft" and StarCraft II has not been wasted. Flawless gameplay, great graphics and a bombastic atmosphere result in one of the best real-time strategy games in the world.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim might not be perfect, but it is by far the best RPG experience of the year. The huge and wonderful province of Skyrim serves as a great setting for an even greater story evolving around a mystical hero.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Diablo III is a perfectly done hack 'n' slay game that captures the spirit of its predecessors. Great cinematics, a well-done talent system and large maps are just a few of Diablo III's strengths.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This game makes it hard not to use praises and superlatives all the time. To make it short: Killzone 2 is the new king of the genre!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is an outstanding game. The main story claims a small part of the whole post-apocalyptic world, which can be explored totally free.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    FIFA 11 pulls it off: Every fan of soccer will enjoy this game. Great gameplay and lots of licensed teams do their share to make the player happy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The world of dreams has been expanded, no, it has been reinvented. Feedback from the community has been implemented, no more hassle with the handling, the mightiest level editor you've ever seen, useful enhancements like the grapplehook and much more make this a worthy successor to LittleBigPlanet. And it's a reason to buy a PS3, too.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Skyward Sword may not be the big first step into a new era from what Ocarina of Time was, but it's a strong close to the first 25 years, making the most of the dated Wii. The controls aren't just good, they actually do their part in making the game appealing. The entertaining story offers some surpises – Zelda not being a princess even risks offending purists! – and by virtue of that really feels fresh. Yes, Skyward Sword is a good reason to dust off the old Wii one more time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City saves the DC and Marvel universes from a dire gaming year 2011. I can only utter my fulsome praise to Bruce Wayne, Warner Brothers and Rocksteady for a furious game. Chapeau!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A fantastic world, good gamepaly particularly in multiplayer and fitting sounds – Trine 2 has it all. The Collector's Edition with artbook and download code for the original is a half-price game to boot. If you hate skill games or thinking, skip it. Otherwise, there's no excuse to pass this one – one of the hidden gems 2011.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Guild Wars 2 sets a new standard for all upcoming MMORPGs. It may be too early to state that this game will dethrone World of Warcraft but it does a great job in trying. Nice graphics, an abundance of content and new takes on many MMO aspects ensure a great gameplay experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    FIFA 13 proves once more why EA's soccer franchise is on top of the mountain. You won't find a more complete gaming experience in any other sports title and the improvements made this year are a thrill for every soccer enthusiast.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    BioShock Infinite is simply gorgeous. When we made our first steps into the world of Columbia we were completely overwhelmed. It's a game which is only slightly let down by its very low difficulty level. The absorbing and twisting story puts BioShock Infinite on the throne of shooter gaming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A really fantastic game that will be able to fascinate old fans and also newcomers in the genre! Go on Relic!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dragon Age Origins will keep you in front of your computer for hours! Graphics, sounds and the controls couldn’t be much better!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The IL2 series is known for its high realism, also the latest part Birds of Prey. Easy to learn, but hard to handle. Good that there is also an arcade mode.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    To make it short: Armed Assault 2 is a fantastic game which contains elements of flight simulators, tactic-shooters and strategy- games. This title rocks!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The new part of the Fifa family makes everything right! The graphic effects, the controller configuration, the licenses and the great atmosphere! Enjoy it!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    For many people Heavy Rain won’t be more than a progression of quick-time-events, but for me this game has everything a great game needs. The thrilling story, the beautiful graphics and the innovative controls will let you play on and on, till you just can’t look any longer into your TV.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There isn’t any better puzzle game out there. You have to buy it, if you want a great masterpiece.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sid Meier's Civilization V is definitely a great sequel of the last Civilization games. It comes up with cool graphics, nice background music, and some really awesome gameplay with the well known Sid Meier's addictiveness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    FIFA 11 has taken a step forward to a better football simulation on PC: It comes up with better graphics, better gameplay, and again with a lot of licenses from different players and football clubs.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    When it's all said and done, L.A. Noire is the game Heavy Rain wanted to be. Both games tell a tremendous story, guide the player, are entertaining for a broad audience as well, and at the very end, both games are milestones that move the video game world forward.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Epic climax to a legendary saga. Awesome cinematics, cool battles, plenty of variety, great handling, near-to-perfect mechanics: Great, greater, Gears of War.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 4 offers great racing action for controller users, in addition to a weak, thus pointless, Kinect racing mode. Autovista on the other hand is a brilliant Kinect bonus feature highlighting the sensor's potential. Brilliant physics engine, great looks and an incredible selection of cars make Forza Motorsport 4 a must-buy for Xbox 360 racing fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    WWE '12 offers fans an incredibly intense experience. The Predator technology, the great camera work and presentation, the Wake-Up Taunts and the huge roster are just a few of the many awesome improvements.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The year 2012 just started and with Resident Evil: Revelations, we already have a candidate for the title 3DS game of the year. The graphics, sound and atmosphere are simply stunning and the gameplay will thrill the player for hours.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon in many aspects orients itself towards the predecessor. But the open world and the festival the game revolves around is incredibly entertaining. Brilliant graphics and the sound of roaring engines round out a great racing game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    NBA 2K13 again delivers by far the best presentation of all sports games. The realistic animations let you think one could really see a live NBA game. The commentators and the great audience are also a big part of the game's atmosphere. The change from the shot-stick to a dribble- and shot-stick is amazing and gives the player the chance to play like a real NBA pro. 2K Games and Visual Concepts again deliver the sports game of the year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Halo 4 had the potential to be one of the best games of all time. The graphics are amazing and full of details, the soundtrack is outstanding and the story is epic and breathtaking till the last minute. The problem is that the game is just way too short. I mean it really is done in less than 10 hours. It's still worth every penny and is probably the best part of the series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    WWE '13 is awesome and that's the bottom line cause the editor said so. Even if Yukes still didn't managed to create handsome faces, the positive sides definitely outweigh the negative sides of the World Wrestling Entertainment. All in all, there is more content, more wrestlers and especially a brilliant history lesson regarding the "Attitude Era" instead of a lame Road to Wrestlemania.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Lara Croft's comeback is simply stunning. The cinematic gameplay, its atmosphere and the "LOST resembling" environments are great, while the multiplayer is a nice-to-have goodie. The game is let down just a little by its German localization and Lara's redundant squad members. Nevertheless, in my opinion it's the best game in 2013 so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This prequel isn't just a visual delicacy. Gameplay-wise it reaches heaven-like levels. We especially enjoyed the Declassified missions. And although the single-player suffers from some minor AI issues, the co-op mode manages to satisfy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Rock Band provides long-term motivation and fun for up to four players, provided that you don’t get caught in the pile of cables, which are necessary to play the game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The idea around the Sackboy is great - and the gameplay also - easy and intuitive. A game for the young and the old, which can also be a competitor for the Wii.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Space was worth the wait. The atmosphere is great, the action nice and tiny mistakes can be discovered only at third sight. Fans of the horror genre will sit in the dark and play all night long.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Let‘s bring up the facts: Brütal Legend is unique, has great music, is fun as hell and stars Jack Black! Aside from that, a great story about heavy metal, dreams and love awaits you - but don‘t forget to kick some ass. Simply brütal!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    One can absolutely say that at the moment FIFA 09 is the best soccer game of all time. EA has learned from the negative criticism of last year. Adding many minor, but also major innovations, the title has once again taken over the scepter.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The huge story full of emotional moments, profound characters, unexpected turnarounds in combination with the amazingly beautiful graphic will entertain you for hours and hours.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Role-play at its best. Interactive communications, movie-like staging and visual effects bring down some fireworks on your TV-screen. Who is behind these Collectors and will Shepard be able to encounter the real enemy. You just wanna know.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare has no need to fear the comparison with a Hollywood blockbuster. You wouldn't find a game that keeps so in touch and never let’s you go. You just have to go on like you were pulled by a rope.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    I don’t know what to say … simply brilliant!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It’s very difficult again to say which game, PES 10 or FIFA 10, is better. My personal winner is PES 10 because the AI and the ball physic work just great!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Even if you already have all three parts of the story, you should think about a re-buy. This is one of the best action games for the Wii.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This ballad is a love song to Liberty City and you return with Gay Tony to this amazing town once again. You might see its intense lifestyle from a new angle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A really entertaining title, and even more entertaining and funny if you play it together with friends.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Welcome in Liberty City, this title is a must-have for everyone who ever caught himself playing any Grand Theft Auto and enjoying it. No big weak points, a tremendous storyline, immersive depth and limitless options – go get it!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. Wii adds a new chaotic, yet fun multiplayer experience to the franchise. That’s Mario how we love him!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game is definitely a simulation that motivates for a long time, so fans won’t something similar with the gameplay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Medal of Honor is, simply put, a fine shooter which catapults you right into the action you're searching for. The story is good enough to keep you playing, so it's definitely worth a look.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Paying homage to His Airness alongside top teams from his days and today make this game a true gem for real basketball aficionados, as long as you are willing to bite the difficulty bullet – because it's hard, really hard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a really good role playing game, that keeps up with a straight but good story, you will find it in Two Worlds II. Your character can live through a lot of customization and the world is rich of 70 hours of action-role playing with more than 300 quests.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The Pac-Man recipe strikes again. It's a must-buy for true fans of wokka-wokka-wokka.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops is an awesome game with an incredible action-packed singleplayer and a great multiplayer. Although there have been no groundbreaking innovations compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, it is still recommendable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a really good racing game with great graphics and gameplay. The only flaw is that there is no opportunity to tune your car like in Need for Speed Underground 2.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Killzone 3: Definitely a must-have, boasting its great graphics, messing with your perception, and a pretty nice storyline. Aside from that, there's still some issues in the handling sector, sometimes there's just too little time to react appropriately. While the singleplayer mode on its own is good, multiplayer's simply awesome.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What can I say, finally the prettiest shooter arrives on consoles. Although you haven't all the opportunities from the first Crysis in terms of exploring a whole island, New York seems to be the right choice for action. The Pretty Apple gets all my attention and makes me forget the straight-forward gameplay. Not quite an innovation, but a really great shooter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With Total War: Shogun 2, Creative Assembly has gone back all the way to its Japanese roots, and as you can see it was not a mistake.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It's not only a worthy successor, it's more like a game that sets standards once more. A must-have puzzler for every platform, not only the PS3, and this will leap off the victory march of GLaDOS.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    In a world where darkness reigns and the street are engulfed with blood it needs a tough guy like Garcia Hotspur to survive and rescue his loved one. Shadows of the damned is an amazing survival-horror-game with an unique atmosphere and an amazing gameplay. Though the levels are a bit linear the strange and dark scenery make the game a must have, not just for horror fans. Not to forget about Johnson, your loyal companion, who guides you through the underworld, always having a good joke on his lips, ensuring a lot of funny moments.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Bastion is a lesson for game development. It's a paragon that it's possible to achieve an excellent result with a small, but creative team. It proves that little, but crucial things can have a big impact. It's a symbol that one can outdo big-budget games with style and a both humorous and mature story-line. Of course, Bastion is not perfect: But it's worthy to be called one of the best Xbox games to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A worthy sequel to FIFA 11 and more. Fans of authentic football simulation can't go wrong with this one.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Taking control of the ultimate soldier has never been more entertaining. The gameplay and controls of Crysis 2 are outstanding and rate among the best in the genre. Graphics and sound are incredible, the post-apocalyptic atmosphere hasn't been this good since Fallout 3. The unique Crysis 2 is much more than a typical shooter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A stunning reworked presentation, be it in NBA's Greatest mode, Association mode or a career with your own player, meets great gameplay with a lot of depth. To me, this is definitely the sports game of the year 2011.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Great sequel to a already great game. Lots of variety, all of the tools Batman has to offer, great graphics, and a stunning atmosphere transform this into a must-have title for Batman fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Technically unparalleled. The single player campaign isn't quite as great as Black Ops's story, but the multiplayer mode is outright stunning. That said, Battlefield 3 is the cosole shooter to get this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dungeon Defenders merges RPG elements with tower defense and action aspects, and that's a good recipe. You'll rarely get so many hours of gaming fun fur such a low price.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Despite some shortcomings in the graphics department and an occasionally questionable AI, Saints Row: The Third is a great game with an amazing open word experience and loads of crazy funny action.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D Land is a great mix of all mario games. Nintendo managed to combine some well-known elements with new features and the result is great. It is the best 3DS game on the market so far.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    L.A. Noire offers a film-like play experience, with you the male detective lead. You should really want that, because the easy action parts are mostly there as a diversion – detective work is at the core. There's minor flaws like the weak AI, but hobby criminologists surely can live with that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A great 2011 edition needed only small improvements to become the best football manager game in 2012. A combination of great emotion and an incredible in depth management experience makes the Football Manager 2012 a must have for all soccer fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The new game mechanics bring a new level of depth to fighting games. With the addition of two player tag battles and scramble mode, fighting game fans of all skill levels will be able to find ways to have fun with this new fighting game installment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an atmospheric RPG for your Wii, you can't go wrong with The Last Story.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    We all waited for years and now Pit is finally back. The long wait was worth it, because the comeback is pretty awesome. The game is bigger then most console games and offers AR card support, multiplayer modes, combinable weapons, epic boss fights and many more. It's not just a game, it's the rebirth of the legend.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Railroads, black powder weapons, no more food shortages, but more turns: much is new in Fall of the Samurai. It takes a close look at the fall of the noble, traditional warrior caste, allowing players to change history. More extensive naval battles make things more exciting and the many new options let the game shine anew.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A milestone for retro-revival-fans – innovative retro-looking gameplay, hour-long action fun for just a few bucks guaranteed!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    NHL has reached its peak with number 13. Realistic physics, brilliant ice control, a lot of scoring options, tougher opponents and goalkeepers and many different game modes. NHL 13 also has its negative sides. EA could have put new legends in the Be a Legend mode or a bit more balanced NHL moments in the game. There's no way that there are 26 challenges and certain teams are not in this mode. But with its True Skating Performance and its whole atmosphere NHL 13, and maybe NBA 2K13, are going to be my sports games of the year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Chaos on Deponia continues the beautiful story of Deponia. The game brings nothing new to the genre, however it has great and funny characters, nice riddles and a fantastic atmosphere. Chaos on Deponia shows how an adventure game should be made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Well done alterations, an extensive track list and the trusted base frame prove once more that the Dance Central franchise is on top of the Xbox dancing world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Storm Legion is a great add-on. It extends the strengths of Rift and has some groundbreaking new ideas like the awesome new housing system. Also the new souls are tactical and fit perfectly in the gameplay concept.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable II opens a realistic world to the gamer, which offers besides the main story many elements of life-simulation, fun and variety (jobs, quests etc.). A fantasy epic, which is unique on the Xbox 360.