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 Tekken 3
Lowest review score: 0 Ping Pals
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 920
920 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to its predecessor, NFSU2 is more. More city, more courses, more cars, more parts, more style...just more of everything in general. The game is huge. [Dec 2004, p.99]
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    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This one gives you a whole new set of career paths and more clutter for you Sim life. [Feb 2003, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're gonna buy one college game this year, buy March Madness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Holding back the fun are severe slowdown and scripting problems; hectic firefights and complex rooms often crush the game's framerate, and some event triggers can be irrevocably hung up, forcing a restart. [Dec 2003, p.92]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is Joint Operations better than "Battlefield 1942"? Yes, if all the pieces come together. But without good players backing you up and a well-populated map, you're screwed. [Oct 2004, p.96]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expansion pack to EverCrack opens up new worlds, new characters, and tigers with boobies (finally!). [Feb 2003, p.94]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anything bearing the valuable Lord of the Rings license will sell well. Happily, there's more to this beat 'em up than just the license. [Feb 2003, p.93]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spectacular work with an attention to detail that rivals the Peter Jackson films upon which it's based. [Feb 2005, p.96]
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    • 82 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like the annual football fix, it's a killer deal for the money, whether you're a casual fan or a liquid-limbed obsessive. [Nov 2003, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hit & Run's gameplay is entertaining without the license, but the license considerably enhances the fun, and you can't for ask for anything more from a tie-in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's physics interact brilliantly with your actions to create game sequences much more memorable than any cut-scene could ever be. [July 2004, p.86]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GL2 might be on the short side, but it's 100 percent pure beef; GL3 feels like cow eyeballs and kangaroo meat are mixed in—even if, in point of fact, the developers have actually expanded the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're gonna buy one college game this year, buy March Madness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambitiously niched and infinitely flexible, giving players a battle system of unparalleled depth that's as innovative as it is daunting - even for crusty veterans of the genre. [Oct 2004, p.112]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's somehow mind-numbingly mundane and brilliantly addictive at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the most thorough and competent rehash packages in recent memory, offering a slew of great games in top form, along with a few cool bonuses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The most welcome addition to the series are the highly interactive backgrounds of Namco's arcade classic "Crisis Zone." [Nov 2003, p.84]
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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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Practically begs to be played with other people. [Oct 2003, p.75]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most thorough and competent rehash packages in recent memory, offering a slew of great games in top form, along with a few cool bonuses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's somehow mind-numbingly mundane and brilliantly addictive at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Finding a hot zone that doesn't play like a deathmatch in a broom closet [or getting to a hot zone at all] takes more legwork than you'd expect for the payoff. [Sept 2003, p.65]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My only gripe is the less-than-perfect lightsaber controls. [Feb 2003, p.72]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although combination attacks and special strikes are possible, battles come straight from the "Warriors" playbook - and fights, no matter how lopsided, are all too easily won by locating an enemy leader and killing him or her. [Dec 2004, p.127]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's somehow mind-numbingly mundane and brilliantly addictive at the same time. [Jan 2004, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A remake of the NES classic. [Feb 2003, p.97]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Because may stages aren't too difficult to pass, the game might seem easy at first, but it's really a system that favors rewarding good players rather than punishing poor ones. [July 2004, p.89]
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    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of dazzling graphics or a riveting single-player game, Kings of War is a refreshingly entertaining game that gives players a good break from RTS conventions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you enter All God's Village, enter with a spare pair of underwear.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Powered by a solid 3D engine, an innovative control scheme (including user-controlled bullet time), and revolutionary shaky-cam views. [Dec 2003, p.92]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you marry the spot-on physics of pinball ballistics with the collection-mania of Nintendo's ageless Pokemon franchise, good times are all but guaranteed. [Nov 2003, p.90]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Harder-hitting than the rest. [Oct 2003, p.67]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like wasting small bits of time here and there with your GBA - and especially if you're new to the series - this is still the best thing you get get on the portable. [Nov 2004, p.134]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Premiership terms: FIFA is Manchester United - polished and predictable. "Winning Eleven" plays like Chelsea - maverick with panache and flair. Which would you rather play? [Dec 2004, p.119]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the best PC games of 2000 is ported faithfully to the PS2. Upgrade your character's skills and attributes to your liking. [Feb 2003, p.92]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like wasting small bits of time here and there with your GBA - and especially if you're new to the series - this is still the best thing you get get on the portable. [Nov 2004, p.134]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are a lot of things about HM:FMT that make it ideal for GBA, but the main thing is the bite-sized chunks of time that the game is broken up into. [Dec 2003, p.104]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jump online, and you'll immediately reconsider Thunder. [Oct 2003, p.76]
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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.
    • 81 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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    • 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
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Luckily, the insipid offline game serves as a training ground for its exciting online counterpart. [Feb 2005, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's faced paced, full of creative shot making, and chock-full of fun unlockables - there's no denying the addictive power. [Oct 2004, p.98]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Eye Toy experience suffers from the overall lack of precision one would expect from a game that involves little more than waving your hands in vague motions at your TV, but it's still a bold experiment. [Nov 2003, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hand-to-hand combat, especially against a large group of thugs, is clunky at best and irritating at worst. [Sept 2004, p.79]
    • GMR Magazine
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a few places where the game falls short (drivable vehicles would have been nice), but excellent A.I., solid gameplay, and fairly deep multiplayer battles make Pacific Assault worthy of the Medal of Honor name.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    PC players have a set of expectations that couldn't be met without more solid A.I. That, plus unfulfilling multiplayer, takes away any chances for a Medal of Honor here. [Jan 2005, p.122]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, unique visuals and a well-made battle system can't always rescue this easy linear game from the swell of mediocrity that often threatens to overrun it. [Jan 2005, p.82]
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    • 80 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. [Mar 2004, p.87]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're not exactly sure how two games out of a series of nine constitutes an "anthology," but they're good games nonetheless. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fighting is absolutely mad-dog-howling good. [Mar 2004, p.93]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The title's most remarkable feature is the towrope's physics. Whether you're taking in slack or using it to slingshot around massive lakes, the rope feels absolutely real and must be played to be believed. [July 2003, p.73]
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    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the ring, inconsistencies abound-weird collision detection, random selling, neutered submission moves, and A.I. that revolves between timid and simply schizoid.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Combat is flashy and loud, marred only by the accent-heavy voiceovers. [Sept 2004, p.88]
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    • 80 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]
    • 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]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the action might not be outstanding, the game world itself is. [Feb 2005, p.98]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We struggle with MXU's collision problems, floatiness while jumping, and the decision to scrap "MX Superfly's" stunt track editor. These work to frustrate and unfortunately take things down a bit. [Apr 2004, p.93]
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    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Good for boredom, bad for creativity. [Jan 2005, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid title, but not what it could have been. [Oct 2003, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every stage looks utterly fantastic, with detailed architecture filling every corner of the screen... [and] the controls are simple enough to keep the action intense. [Feb 2003, p.62]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The third incarnation of the gorgeous two-wheeled racer MotoGP 3 marries high-octane speed with improved control, at long last implementing front and rear brakes. [May 2003, p.66]
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    • 80 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What really wins this skins match is multiplayer: "Tiger" doesn't do it on Xbox, while Links not only offers multiplayer tourneys, but also the promise of new downloadable courses. [Dec 2003, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's only four stadiums and there's no multiplayer, but it's still a great game of baeball. [Feb 2003, p.97]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pays homage to RPGs past while establishing its own unique identity. [Feb 2003, p.92]
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    • 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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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Factor in the need to half-push the left stick and left and right triggers in order to get style bonuses, and you can see why intuitiveness completely disappears.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Has Kirby on the right track and, for the first time in years, starts to evolve the series. It just doesn't quite live up to its ambitions. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few business games currently on the market are as enjoyable as this one.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A truly attractive game that sometimes even manages to better its competition, but the gameplay is just too riddled with holes for comfort. [Sept 2004, p.91]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its gameplay and graphics bring a richness to the genre in grand style and with lyrical grace. [Oct 2003, p.74]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intensely beautiful, highly playable, and downright inspired, R-Type Final is a somber but fitting end to a legendary series. A stellar combination of style, substance, and class.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Your enjoyment of this game will correlate directly to whether you dig the highly Japanese flourishes and style...If this is your bag, Otogi 2 offers some of the most lavish ass-kicking destruction around. [Nov 2004, p.124]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Best re-creation of dogfighting ever seen in a WWII flight sim, which is saying something considering how many there are. [Feb 2003, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The love that went into it shines through, and it's enough to have True Believers shouting "Excelsior!" for weeks to come. [Dec 2004, p.117]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's refreshing to look back on the genesis of the world's most popular RPG.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best thing about Nippon Ichi's games is the way they strike such a good balance between accessibility and depth, and La Pucelle is another good example of this philosophy. [July 2004, p.85]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Playing out your career is fun for a little while, but there's just too much tedium and repetition involved to inject freshness into a tired franchise. [Sept 2003, p.67]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The stroy is treated with respect and subtle class (that is, if you desregard the lackluster dialogue), with the conclusion providing the foundation for the many evenual battles between the Belmonts & Dracula. [Dec 2003, p.76]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And the first-person baseball feature? Don't even think about it. [May 2004, p.85]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who are just curious, it might not be worth your time, but with teh Amano art gallery, an Easy mode for "FFI," and other improvements, the old school will be pleased. [Mar 2003, p.65]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fun game, especially for younger players, but it feels slightly more hokey than Hollywood. [Mar 2004, p.93]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Day of Defeat isn't the most powerful gun in the armory, but it is the most reliable. [July 2003, p.73]
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    • 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]
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    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stellar third-person shooter that pulses with feverish invention, A&D welds together top-notch controls, a truly mental plot, and some of the most strategic gunplay to hit consoles in ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The disappointing lack of traffic [online] means you'll need at least four competitors on a course to prevent boredom. [Dec 2004, p.123]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a challenging game, but that's Metal Slug for you - everything you liked about the previous games, you'll find here, and that's no small feat on a small platform. [Feb 2005, p.103]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even without online play, Uru wins points for style and originality. Diehard "Myst" fans probably already have this, but others may want to wait until February to see if the whole online thing pays off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's hard to go wrong with giant robots blowing stuff up, but Enix's latest effort goes one step further with a novel control scheme. [Feb 2003, p.93]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new Objective mode adds a whole lot of challenge in multiplayer. [Nov 2003, p.88]
    • 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.