Guardian's Scores

  • Games
For 457 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario 3D Land
Lowest review score: 20 Goat Simulator
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 457
461 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like all great detective stories, Gunpoint isn't quick to give up its secrets. And like all great games, its elements build up into a system as alluring as it is surprising. You're left wanting more; which is a small criticism, but much higher praise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is real craft on show in Angry Birds Space. The merchandise and spin-offs may be ubiquitous, but the gameplay still feels fresh, with enough new elements to reawaken the addiction for players of the previous versions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eidos Montreal’s near-future thriller presents a visually impressive dystopian playground, but a wonky narrative and some shoddy touches tarnish its potential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Ops II isn't a lazy annual update – it deserves credit for trying to play around with gaming's most winning formula. Yet this engine is showing its age, creaking at times as the jets fly overhead. Its new strategy levels don't need strategy. And the best parts are tweaked copies of what has been before. In the end, Black Ops II doesn't give us meaningful innovation, and it suggests COD's future success will depend on much more than fiddling around with the past.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Bad Piggies merits a four-star rating, especially as a relatively small tweak in the number of mechanics dished out for free would reduce the frustration factor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resistance 3 is fast, furious and entertaining throughout but lacks the uniqueness that would boost it to the very top of the FPS ladder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Final chapter in intriguing narrative adventure series brings back favourite characters, but fails to go out with a bang.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to think of a driving game on console that engages you more fully than Project Cars.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Once you’re in, you will – unlike many of my own early inmates – find it very difficult to escape.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat X is many things. It is mechanically refined and stylistically muddled; it has a sometimes unpleasantly violent, sometimes charmingly hammy commitment to the traditional fighting game template. It has thrust the series forwards and succeeds in delivering nuance while offering a welcoming genre gateway for inexperienced players.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And bravo to Nintendo for keeping this franchise on the standard DS rather than – for the time being, at least – adding that third dimension.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden 16 is an authentic, challenging simulation that explores key facets of the sport in new ways and adds much to the experience in the process.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pleasantly distinctive and great fun to play, making decent use of the Vita's attributes without ever giving you the impression that they have been shoehorned in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stacking is right up there with the likes of Braid and Limbo as an absolute must-download.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while the previous Skylander titles no doubt drew plenty of inspiration from these legendary releases (the series has its roots in the old Spyro the Dragon adventure platformers after all), it is Swap Force that really re-captures the magic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gaming experience that Tropical Freeze provides may be rich, enjoyable, challenging and frequently hilarious, but it isn't anything conspicuously new.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The detail in Watch Dogs 2’s world, the colour in its characters and the sheer fun you can have mucking around with its mechanics make for a great, albeit not all-time great, open-world adventure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Sim City and Civilization before it, it is a sandbox that not only facilitates but also actively nurtures experimentation and creativity. That is much more rare than it sounds, and so much more valuable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revelations remains as resolutely rock hard to play as ever, with an emphasis on slow forward motion that makes the 3DS's spongy analogue pad feel all the more frustrating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've played a GTA game before, you'll know precisely what to expect gameplay-wise from Saints Row The Third, and that in itself is a major recommendation in a GTA-free year.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA has shown a desire to create a more welcoming Madden for beginners, which is admirable and works as newbies can learn advanced techniques by playing the game rather than studying a manual. Just make sure you don’t leave the stabilisers on for too long. Let the real fun begin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those with a less all-consuming enthusiasm for all things on four wheels will find it provides more frustration than enjoyment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a complete package, Fifa 15 still rules the roost. But where it matters – on the pitch – PES 2015 is far superior.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If this is your first Fifa game on the new gen consoles then you will be blown away by all the little details that together contribute to an overall experience not too dissimilar to watching football on live television. If you owned Fifa 14 on Xbox One or PS3, Fifa 15 is still a significant upgrade, though maybe not the revolutionary product that it was built up to be.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is this the Pro Evo to convince Fifa fans to switch? No. Is it an improvement on the last couple of years' PES incarnations? Yes. Will I be loving it and hating it and still playing it until PES 2014 comes out? Absolutely.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a mighty fine game – for my money, the best in the Halo franchise – that deserves to accumulate a cult following. Microsoft should be applauded for having the balls (and the money) to exhume it in such a magnificent manner.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Here is an exquisite gem, the brightest in Ueda’s enviable clutch.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to be free to make your own way through an intriguing narrative in gorgeous surroundings, this subtle, melancholy game is for you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enslaved provides a rollercoaster adventure wrapped up in a brilliantly told story, which sees you grow as attached to the characters as they do to each other.