Guardian's Scores

  • Games
For 309 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario 3D World
Lowest review score: 20 Goat Simulator
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 309
309 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For now, it's the single player campaign – filled with stunning cut-scenes, music and voice acting – that prove the most compelling reasons to play this excellent sequel.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It manages a pretty impressive balancing act: non-gamers obsessed with Tron will love its ambience and authenticity, and may even discover they like games more than they thought. Yet it contains enough clever ideas, and is well-enough structured, to keep hardcore gamers interested, particularly given that it takes place in that seductive Tron universe.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But DKCR is a colourful, creative romp with one of Nintendo's oldest creations, and with all the hidden levels, bosses and treats thrown in, you'll still be playing it after Christmas.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When the hype settles, the new GoldenEye will probably not be as epoch-defining as the original. However, its pick-up-and-party multiplayer, and audacious and satisfying single-player mean that Goldeneye 007 on the Wii may wear the name with pride.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA MMA is clearly a painstakingly researched, precisely realised game. Surprisingly impressive.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, the game has one glaring flaw: the camera has an annoying tendency to zoom in too close, particularly when you're fighting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First time out, it scored four out of five, mostly for originality. This time round it scores the same purely for gameplay. That's definitely a (pin-striped ostrich) step forward.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throw in some surprisingly nuanced storytelling, some boss battles that can only reasonably be described as mega, and what Namco have produced here is something of a masterpiece of the beat-'em-up genre. Splatterhouse is a vulgar, noisy, shallow, juvenile, gruesome gem of a game that never forgets to be fun, even when going out of its way to be as appalling as possible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It goes without saying that, yet again, Sports Interactive has released the best football management sim ever. It's just very hard work at times.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to a bevy of pre-loaded Setlists and Road Challenges, you now have an attractive and instant alternative to World Tour – which is still there and as rigorous as ever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the last game impressed with the variety of enemies, TFUII takes a "less is more" approach, reducing the variety but upping the intelligence. The result is a frequently challenging (if disappointingly linear) journey to some truly epic boss battles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while it doesn't have the universal appeal of its more mainstream counterparts, the potential of its online feature means it could well become a huge sleeper success.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Battlefield games are very much designed for the cognoscenti, and those in the know will rush to download Vietnam.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Traditional it may be but Divinity 2 Dragon Knight Saga is an excellent RPG that is up there with the very best on the Xbox 360.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most disappointingly, for all the worlds he visits or challenges he overcomes, Sackboy never really develops past his minimal original powers, meaning LBP2 retains its two-button gameplay from start to finish.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But much of Dead Space 2's impressive scariness derives from more mundane devices, such as vents that unexpectedly blast you with steam, and gloriously chilling music, lighting and sound effects.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Serious puzzlers will plough through the levels in a matter of hours (although there's some family-pleasing, inter-generational mileage in the two player option) but, for the price, it's hard to grumble. It's also hard to grumble about any game that can leave such a big, goofy smile on your face.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Traditional it may be but Divinity 2 Dragon Knight Saga is an excellent RPG that is up there with the very best on the Xbox 360.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those looking for a one-stop masterclass in elementary game design could do a lot worse than study this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stacking is right up there with the likes of Braid and Limbo as an absolute must-download.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stacking is right up there with the likes of Braid and Limbo as an absolute must-download.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online, Killzone 3 isn't going to cause mass outbreaks of tumbleweed on CoD and Battlefield servers but, once again, it improves on Killzones 1 and 2.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Casualty levels of gore, Itchy and Scratchy levels of violent humour and many, many hours of multi-player testosterone-fuelled fun, if Bulletstorm's not a classic in the making, it's not far off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improvements do now leave the actual battles in conspicuous need of a visual overhaul (something for the imminent 3DS to tackle, perhaps) but at least fans will have plenty to occupy their time until that happens.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The improvements do now leave the actual battles in conspicuous need of a visual overhaul (something for the imminent 3DS to tackle, perhaps) but at least fans will have plenty to occupy their time until that happens.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Age 2 has its flaws, but none of them are big enough to obscure the vast, absorbing whole of the game. This Hawke the slayer is definitely not rubbish.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 4's production values are through the roof, its plot is gripping and quirky, it's often very funny indeed, and it would undoubtedly sell in millions if it was published by Rockstar rather than Sega.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end a faithful MotoGP sim will probably have limited appeal to those not already interested in the sport, but those who do give it a try should find plenty here to keep them entertained.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shogun 2 is a magnificent looking game with huge play and replay value. In terms of ambition and progression for the series, it arguably takes half a step back, but the huge leap forward in graphics and gameplay more than makes up for it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its look and feel when you actually play a match is more akin to what you would expect to find on the Xbox 360 or PS3. Which is mightily impressive – the only compromises that PES makes in order to fit onto the 3DS affect the least important aspects of the game.