GMR Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 924 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal
Lowest review score: 0 Postal 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 924
924 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the field, Sega falls short of the more immediate action, tighter controls, and more powerful on-field flexibility of "Madden 2004." [Sept 2003, p.73]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The highest compliment we can give EA's portrayal of JK Rowling's magic-infused faux sport is that it's so much fun (for fans and nonfans alike) that it makes us wish Quidditch were actually real.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Particularly thrilling is the motorcycle chase on the narrow freeway, evoking strong visions of what EA could have done had it been blessed with The Matrix license. The cohesion between 007's on-foot missions and driving excursions further adds to the cinematic feel, which is Everything or Nothing's strongest trait.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These battles, they feel real. More important, they seem dangerous.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wrath's only problems are small but important: Loading unfortunately breaks up the game's pacing, the fighting engine could be deeper, and there's no online mode. [Feb 2004, p.90]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun and impressive, but neither the drama nor the realism will convert anyone who isn't already planning on naming their first-born "Dale." [Nov 2003, p.88]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most socially relevant videogame in recent memory and should be played not just by fans of the genre, but by anyone desiring a deeper understanding of what it must be like to participate in urban warfare. [Aug 2004, p.98]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What could've been crap on a DVD turns out to be a game that's easy to pick up and damn fun to play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Practice mode could've been more intuitive, like "Madden 2004's" minicamp mode. It was not only difficult to figure out, but also, ultimately, not even that helpful. [Dec 2003, p.86]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Bob himself, this game holds its water and is, in fact, remarkably fun. [Jan 2004, p.86]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The emulation is solid, delivering sound and gameplay that's up to par. [Jan 2004, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing missing is a simple pro season mode. But things like online play and the inclusion of some classic players (Walter Payton, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, etc.) more than make up for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solidly designed, solidly programmed, very pretty, and about as close to "Zelda" as PS2 and Xbox will ever get. This one deserves to be a sleeper hit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's "Star Wars" with a proven and well-executed game concept. And if that's not enough to persuade you, you're able to murder Ewoks. Enjoy. [Nov 2004, p.120]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not exactly cutting edge. What it is, though, is incredibly sold fun. [Oct 2004, p.110]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's ironic, then, that one of the most striking things you will find on Xbox today is stellar throwback to the halcyon days of 2D gaming. [July 2004, p.87]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you found "RalliSport 2" addictive, think of Colin 2005 as the same game with the difficulty switched over to "realistic." [Jan 2005, p.100]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of gaming's most horrific experiences. [Feb 2005, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lacking modes, the new songs and Xbox Live make Karaoke Revolution on Xbox incredibly versatile. [Dec 2004, p.115]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Does an admirable job of re-creating the feel of the films. [Feb 2003, p.95]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flight-sim purists will be horrified by SWON's simplicity, but everyone else will be too busy having fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real star of NBA Live 2004, however, is the superb visual quality and the newfound ease with which players can call set plays and change defenses. [Dec 2003, p.84]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deception is excellent, and its online play and hundreds of unlockable secrets give it more longevity than most fighters. [Dec 2004, p.112]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The physics, camera, and controls are great: Everything feels perfect, and there's an awesome sense of speed (helped out by the rock-solid 60 fps). [June 2004, p.81]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This one is actually a brand new game, with significant changes. [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ratings have cooled and Stone Cold had some run-ins with John Law. This is irrelevant, as wrestling games always sell. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Miyamoto got the idea for this quirky strategy game from observing his personal garden. What kind of garden? [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exceptional game based on a simple concept; some of the later levels will eat you for lunch. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An enhanced version of "Smuggler's Run 2," with new vehicles and an expanded multiplayer mode with support for four players. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MPT may not reinvent the game, but it definitely whacks it up enough to warrant a revisit. [Jan 2005, p.120]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easy to pick up and easy to play, a la "Virtua Tennis." [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extra game modes add quite a bit to the simple concept. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's not just about kicking ass, though. It's also about gorgeous graphics. [Aug 2004, p.99]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few racers match the sheer excitement of unleashing the boost on a straightaway to the accompaniment of wailing guitars. [June 2003, p.68]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the repetition of farm life is soothing, the repetition in the human interactions is just annoying...Still, with all the chores, you'll probably spend little time carousing about town, anyhow. [Apr 2004, p.81]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Character upgrades, including a useless superpunch for Olimar and Louie, highlight Pikmin 2's greatest flaw: it relies too heavily on the collection of stuff. [Oct 2004, p.104]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Solidly designed, solidly programmed, very pretty, and about as close to "Zelda" as PS2 and Xbox will ever get. This one deserves to be a sleeper hit.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The insanity effects are clever [the first time] and the scenery is downright creepy. [Feb 2003, p.96]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The level of satisfaction you derive from Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles correlates directly to whether you look at it as a poor man's Final Fantasy or as the best damn game of "Gauntlet" you've ever laid eyes on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Makes no mistakes, and while it lacks Sonic's flash, it's a better game. [Oct 2003, p.73]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The highest compliment we can give EA's portrayal of JK Rowling's magic-infused faux sport is that it's so much fun (for fans and nonfans alike) that it makes us wish Quidditch were actually real.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Particularly thrilling is the motorcycle chase on the narrow freeway, evoking strong visions of what EA could have done had it been blessed with "The Matrix" license.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is quality gaming that's both fresh and exciting. [May 2004, p.92]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minigames, as always, tread a fine line between clever and stupid. [Jan 2004, p.87]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another slight issues is that while the world seems fully realized, and the interface is standard Pokemon issue, the game isn't nearly as massive or deep as something like "Ruby." [Apr 2004, p.83]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo has put together a fantastic cooperative quest, but compared to most single-player games, it's short, and compared to most multiplayer games, there's little reason to go back once you've played through it. [July 2004, p.83]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great realization of Nintendo's much-vaunted connectivity strategy.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    Tons of tracks, 100 cars, 100 parts, and a dozen cool minigames deliver endless customization options. [Jan 2004, p.86]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Bob himself, this game holds its water and is, in fact, remarkably fun. [Jan 2004, p.86]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing missing is a simple pro season mode. But things like online play and the inclusion of some classic players (Walter Payton, Howie Long, Ronnie Lott, etc.) more than make up for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the SAT of videogames, a rapid-fire test of standard videogame skills. From the ability to process onscreen information on the fly to punching the A button like mad, you're drilled on speed, timing, control, stamina, and even intelligence in a couple hundred 5-second games.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as polished as the rest of the series, striking just the right balance between familiar and fresh material. [Feb 2005, p.99]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But POP's only really significant flaw lies in its adventure/action ratio: Both aspects are thoroughly fleshed-out but rarely intertwined.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real star of NBA Live 2004, however, is the superb visual quality and the newfound ease with which players can call set plays and change defenses. [Dec 2003, p.84]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The emulation is solid, delivering sound and gameplay that's up to par. [Jan 2004, p.86]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It isn't exactly groundbreaking, but Whiteout plays well and offers a good-looking experience. [Feb 2003, p.73]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid title, but not what it could have been. [Oct 2003, p.76]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the fastest, most insane combat-racing games ever devised... If the tracks were a little bit less ambitious or the trick system streamlined for human hands, DD would easily be one of the best games of its type. [Aug 2003, p.78]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By upping the number of creatures in a stable, Tecmo has dramatically quickened the game's pace, with only a minimal trade-off in terms of the number of menus a trainer must plod through. [Jan 2004, p.60]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The hand-to-hand combat is, despite a handful of unlockable combos, pure button-mashing chaos.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The trouble comes when Defiance pads its levels with repetitive encounters and identical areas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The turn-based combat is fast paced, precise, and brutal—they throw the whole freaking Monster Manual at you, and the numbers these monsters roll are crazy deep.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Casual gamers will be able to tear through Tak quickly, but younger children might find some of the puzzles frustrating. [Dec 2003, p.67]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Instead of cramming three divergent threads into one game, the developers should have split them up. The Russian campaign could have stood on its own, but it feels like an afterthought.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You will get enough to satisfy your battlefield cravings, but these extras could have - and maybe should have - been offered as a free download, not a $17.99 purchase. [May 2003, p.69]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With the exception of battling other Jedi, you'll be slicing your way through this game in no time. [Dec 2003, p.80]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's enough here to warrant purchase for diehard AoM fans, but it doesn't change gameplay significantly enough to draw in audiences outside the original fanbase. [Dec 2003, p.97]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Graphical shortcomings aside, hardcore fans shouldn't fret. AE is easily one of the most full-fledged flight sims available on any console. [Apr 2003, p.71]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Packed with gameplay depth, replay value, mordant humor, and vampire killing - the four basic food groups of the videogame diet. [Oct 2003, p.70]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like most strategy-RPGs, it's a lot to bite off at once, but it's a fine game for players who know what they're getting into. [Dec 2003, p.86]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Features an essentially unchanged game system and makes no allowances for introducing newcomers to the halfway-complete adventure. [Oct 2003, p.66]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lackluster graphics ensure that P.T.O. screenshots will never hang in the Louvre, but when the Klaxons are blaring, few will care. This one shoots to kill. [Mar 2003, p.65]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ash does a wonderful job of establishing an eerie, dystopian world where Dorothy's evil still slingers. [Mar 2003, p.71]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With Dynasty 4's release scheduled for March, it's hard to recommend Xtreme Legends for purchase, fine game though it may be. [Feb 2003, p.72]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Spearhead's default movement is also faster, which makes the game livelier: But if you're only interested in single player, there may not be enough here to sway you. [Mar 2003, p.70]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mega Man's bread and butter has always been the run-n-gun, and X7 continues that tradition admirably. [Nov 2003, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An incredibly deep military flight simulator, Lock On is overwhelming, except to the most die-hard flight-stick jockeys. [Mar 2004, p.83]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A totally new game. Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of the other games here, and therefore won't satisfy hardcore baseball fans. [Apr 2003, p.64]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Between its immature "Mature-rated" content (naughty language is prevalent) and rough gameplay, RoadKill narrowly misses excellence. [Nov 2003, p.81]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game time is artificially prolonged by ridiculous amounts of difficulty. The clunky and unresponsive control scheme is bad enough, but you start so weak that you're forced to do a lot of mindless leveling up before you can do anything interesting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One fine tactical strategy series...It's just too bad that so little has been changed. This isn't Dynasty Tactics 2, it's "DT: Special Edition." [Nov 2003, p.77]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can forgive it for some plain visuals and don't mind wading through menus - it may be fast-paced, but it's still an RPG - it's worth your time. [Mar 2003, p.58]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the fastest-paced, most exciting wrestling games we've ever played... [But] effectively dealing with multiple opponents is highly problematic. [Apr 2003, p.70]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The whole game is a bit too complex for its own good - the skill system itself might put off those who have never played an MMORPG. [Oct 2003, p.71]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When the action speeds up - in some painfully confusing boss battles - the imprecise controls and weak camera direction nearly kill it. [Nov 2003, p.84]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The textures aren't quite as sharp [as the Xbox version] and the framerate is a little dodgy, but Indy controls slightly better on the PS2 controller, thanks to the additional shoulder buttons. [Sept 2003, p.69]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A lot of fun, but if it has one problem, it's that it is too similar to the previous game. But hey, the first game was great. [Aug 2003, p.71]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As solid as ever, but unlikely to win new converts, Silent Line: Armored Core preaches to the choir and no one else. [Aug 2003, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All the atmosphere is here - the confusion and fear - but beyond that, DFBHD doesn't involve much more than mowing down hordes of mindless enemy drones. [June 2003, p.73]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offers a more simplified, newbie-friendly version of traditional Tribes gameplay. [Jan 2005, p.92]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    People with high blood pressure might want to stay away, but if you can tolerate unreasonably difficult A.I., Far Cry will punish you. And you will like it. [June 2004, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A totally new game. Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of the other games here, and therefore won't satisfy hardcore baseball fans. [Apr 2003, p.64]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd be hard pressed to stake the claim that any of these add significantly to the first game's singularly terse thrill. [Jan 2004, p.60]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not baseball. Slugfest is "NFL Blitz" with bats... If you know what you're getting going in, you'll have a blast. [Apr 2003, p.65]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game expertly blends physical—mostly platforming—challenges with cerebral puzzles and, in the process, keeps players guessing throughout.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game may be too complicated and difficult for most, but you've got to appreciate its dedication to realism and great graphics. [June 2003, p.75]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lacking in the production department, with awful slowdown at times and a camera that makes life difficult. [Feb 2003, p.70]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Acclaim made a lot of improvements and did a great job at capturing some of the spirit of baseball, but the actual on-field experience seems a little off. [Apr 2003, p.64]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun, frantic fighting game tht completely captures the unique spirit of the show... A must have for DBZ fans. [Feb 2003, p.69]