GMR Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 920 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 2.6 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 920
920 game reviews
    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a claustrophobic eye-dryer whose thrills are offset by the demands it places on the gamer. [May 2003, p.65]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deadly Shadows sticks closely to the formula, albeit with a highly refined touch. [Aug 2004, p.101]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes everything The Two Towers did well and improves upon it in every way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The A.I. of the genome soldiers has been drastically improved—they're able to hear and see you much better, even from above and below. If Snake is detected, they'll coordinate their searches and look in every room—and when it comes to looking under nondescript orange boxes, they're total jerks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brutally lifelike affair that firmly drives home the fact that 21st-century videogaming is rapidly approaching an era of photorealism. [Apr 2004, p.81]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers great rewards to gamers willing to commit the time to it (player-vs.-player between warring nations is coming in January), and the community is filled with surprisingly helpful players, which makes for a deep, compelling, and perpetual gaming environment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the reckless, breakneck speed and high-impact collisions of "Burnout" with the neon-tipped street culture of Fast and the Furious (and, more specifically, "Midnight Club II"), Underground is the new definition of white-knuckle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's biggest weakness is the lack of any levity or humor to counterpoint the story's overwhelmingly serious tone. [Sept 2003, p.68]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The detail in the fighter models and their movements is frighteningly convincing, and performing a violent action against another human being feels appreciably authentic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Because of its masterful pacing, detail, and variety, Advance Tour ranks up there with the champions of GBA games. Recommended even if you have zero interest in golf. [July 2004, p.87]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the only meals in town for a PS2-owning strategy fan, but it's the equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet. [Oct 2003, p.72]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The glossy graphics can't shine off the mediocrity of the Westwood formula. [Apr 2003, p.67]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you're not blasting baddies, however, it can get pretty dull. Vehicles aren't much fun to drive and, other than a few little challenges, there's not a lot to do. Good thing blowing stuff up in your hijacked tank doesn't get old quickly. [Feb 2005, p.95]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A gritty, stylish noir sequel built to please the first game's many trigger-happy fans. [Feb 2004, p.86]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of gaming's most horrific experiences. [Feb 2005, p.102]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two-player co-op is decent fun, and it makes the single-player campaign a lot more manageable and enjoyable, but the real meat of the game is the XBL multiplayer. [July 2003, p.68]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No better and no worse a game than its predecessor, and there's absolutely no shame in that. And it's no airport novel, as it requires some serious time investment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A last-second shot that splashes down for victory. [Dec 2004, p.118]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Precise, demanding, and about as tough as rally racing gets, Colin McRae Rally 04 should be approached by those predisposed to driving on dirt.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A one-time sleeper hit [has] evolved into a bona fide classic. Quite possibly the finest next-gen RPG thus far. [Feb 2003, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, like its prequel, Black Arrow's single-player campaign is still a collection of trial-and-error missions that require you to memorize the location of every hostage and enemy while perfecting your run through linear levels. [Sept 2004, p.93]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fundamental mechanics haven't changed much, but they have been significantly enhanced. What's most noticeable is the excellent presentation. [Feb 2003, p.70]
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    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Good looking and fun to play, Dead or Alive maes an impressive debut. [Oct 2004, p.122]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Odd naming system. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 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]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes everything The Two Towers did well and improves upon it in every way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boasts ideal handling and control, near photo-realistic graphics, and digital surround sound. Where the game staggers is in its defiantly single-player focus. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It looks great and provides a decent challenge. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The first American portal version. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tron 2.0 may lack a coherent or interesting story line, but that doesn't mean the game is style over substance. [Oct 2003, p.65]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Introduces a rather swift prebattle system. It's a welcome addition for "Total War" players who want better control of forces and reinforcements. [Aug 2003, p.75]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All the hardware that makes modern warfare hell is here, and from the moment you see the enemy hightail it at th efirst sound of your F-4 Phantom's engines, you'll know why every FPS - be it set in the future or that fabled galaxy far, far away - is out to imitate the Battlefield formula. [May 2004, p.89]
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Still the best baseball sim there is. [Apr 2003, p.65]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The next game should be unstoppable, but it better well feature Eric B. and Rakim.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes everything The Two Towers did well and improves upon it in every way.
    • 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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's not much of a graphical upgrade from the PC version, but the interface and audio is improved. Goes great with Xbox live. [Feb 2003, p.95]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
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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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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cohesion between 007's on-foot mission and driving excursions further adds to the cinematic feel, which is Everthing or Nothing's strongest trait. [Apr 2004, p.86]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jak 3 doesn't break much new ground, but it is head and shoulders above most of its ilk and is a fitting - and make no mistake, good-looking - send-off for this beloved trilogy. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly addictive and highly cute. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the stealth formula has been done to death, Psi-Ops is saved from mediocrity by the sheer versatility of its mind-over-matter approach. [Aug 2004, p.92]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This one is actually a brand new game, with significant changes. [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only compelling reason for Halo fans to buy this version is for multiplayer, which is so much better than playing split-screen on your television. Otherwise, it's the same old space opera. [Dec 2003, p.80]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a close one, but ESPN bows to "Live 2005" on the final shot. [Dec 2004, p.118]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A beautiful-looking Dungeons & Dragons-based hack-and-slash that can be played cooperatively with another player. [Feb 2003, p.95]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The the story for Homeworld 2 is a rehash of old themes, this spaced-based RTS plays far better than the story deserves. [Dec 2003, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This Greek mythology-based action game is an update of the arcade and NES classic in name only. Fun combat and great music. [Feb 2003, p.93]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've ever played "Jagged Alliance 2" and thought "Hot diggity, if this took place in World War II and was in 3D, it would rock," here is your dream game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For newbies, this is still a great game, but for veterans of previous iterations, there's no reason to switch. [July 2003, p.75]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the reckless, breakneck speed and high-impact collisions of "Burnout" with the neon-tipped street culture of Fast and the Furious (and, more specifically, "Midnight Club II"), Underground is the new definition of white-knuckle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THUG2 may not match "THUG's" charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there. [Dec 2004, p.116]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While lacking the sheer depth of either "Virtua Fighter" or "Soul Calibur," DOA's fighting system offers the fastest 3D fighting around with a slick reversal system tuned for players of all abilities. [Oct 2004, p.108]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not always realistic, but the proven mechanics ensure that it's fun...even when bling is no longer in. [June 2004, p.90]
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    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still the best baseball sim there is. [Apr 2003, p.65]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the reckless, breakneck speed and high-impact collisions of Burnout with the neon-tipped street culture of Fast and the Furious (and, more specifically, Midnight Club II), Underground is the new definition of white-knuckle.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the shiny A.I. upgrade that's the game's biggest improvement (though it's still not perfect). [May 2003, p.64]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As complete and comprehensive an epic as we have ever seen, and it succeeds on all levels, both plot-wise and game-wise. [Mar 2003, p.55]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best damn puzzle game of the last 10 years has finally made it, in perfect form, to GBA... The game is, however, excruciatingly difficult, so consider yourself warned. [Apr 2003, p.73]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game looks as good as it can, and the gameplay still offers a few tricks you won't find in your average RPG. [Aug 2004, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THUG2 may not match THUG's charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not nearly as embarrassing as "DDR", Karaoke Revolution is perfect for parties and tribal gatherings. [Dec 2003, p.67]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The delights are mostly in the details - and the developer has taken the time to stuff this version full of neat little extras. [Apr 2003, p.73]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those with the cash, it's well worth it. [Feb 2003, p.95]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an all-engrossing interactive soap-opera that grabs hold of you and never lets go. Consider yourself warned. [Feb 2003, p.64]
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Offers a more simplified, newbie-friendly version of traditional Tribes gameplay. [Jan 2005, p.92]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Various artificially induced frustrations hold the game back from its true potential. Still, it's nearly there, and for those with strong jaws, it's an otherwise exceptional experience. The next game should be unstoppable, but it better well feature Eric B. and Rakim. [Nov 2004, p.122]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boktai finely fuses the action with the role-playing, so it's well suited to fans in either camp. [Oct 2003, p.78]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still the best baseball sim there is. [Apr 2003, p.65]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What really distinguishes this charmer is its finely honed sense of pacing: While the first game's notorious difficulty level is fully intact, the levels, objectives, and boss battles are mixed and matched to near perfection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great-looking and playing racer with one major drawback: a tedious password save system. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ruby and Sapphire stick to the script - there are few surprises here. Yes, the world is all new, and yes, there are 100 new Pokemon, but it's still basically the same game. [June 2003, p.78]
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    • 82 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The third volume includes features that rocket its entertainment value to an entirely unparalleled level. [Dec 2004, p.115]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Combat is intuitive and intense, it looks absolutely gorgeous, and it never gets boring. [Apr 2003, p.55]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Turbine can keep the quality content coming, AC2 deserves your hard drive, you Internet bandwith, and your $12.95 a month. [Feb 2003, p.71]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two-player action can get a bit confusing, though, and the game will appeal to a niche audience only. But for those with the fever for quarter-crunching thrills, consider the eagle landed. [Oct 2004, p.94]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With great dialogue, beautiful art direction, and generally high-quality puzzles, it's worthwhile to indulge the designers' crate fetish just to see what comes next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Possibly the best reason to own a PS2 network adapter. The team-based miliary tactics work better online than off. [Feb 2003, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Difficult yet engaging. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the reckless, breakneck speed and high-impact collisions of Burnout with the neon-tipped street culture of "Fast and the Furious" (and, more specifically, "Midnight Club II"), Underground is the new definition of white-knuckle.
    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There are no more than a handful of truly danceable tracks. The rest are either slow, boring, or both. [Jan 2004, p.64]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast-paced, big on fun, and contains the best passing engine on any hoops game. [Feb 2003, p.67]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Squad-based, tactical strategy game set in the same universe as the classic Fallout rpg sets a new standard. [Feb 2003, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fighters plays up the action while devaluing its story with cookie-cutter bad guys, bad accents, and jingoistic sentiments. [Oct 2003, p.76]
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    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Takes its inspiration from "The Legend of Zelda" - and that ain't bad. [Feb 2003, p.96]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The design is impeccable and completely distinctive. Though the gameplay can be conventional, there's not chance you've ever played a game quite like Nocturne. You should. It's a stunning, mature fantasy. [Nov 2004, p.114]
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