Happy Puppy's Scores

  • Games
For 471 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Lowest review score: 20 Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 471
471 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All praise the lord of the church of the swollen-thumbed messiah--this game is a kick!...You pound endlessly on two buttons until either the event is over or you've lost feeling in your hand, but virtually every other aspect of the game has been improved.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a viable contender for anyone's gaming dollars, The Messenger is best suited for intermediate level detectives. Dedicated play requires a patient mind and hefty time investment, though not nearly so large an expenditure as most adventures demand.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The graphics, however, are the game's strongest suit. Viggo's Revenge sports the same cartoony characters and environments as the DC version, but they have been a tad improved thanks to cell shading technology.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing less than a solid role-playing game with old-school style and flair.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great graphics and storyline can't quite make up for its lackluster AI and tedious gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're willing to look past some minor gameplay quirks and some initial frustration, "Madden" is a worthwhile purchase.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great visuals coupled with great atmosphere and music makes this a must-have for fans of the genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The high degree of difficulty is matched only by the high degree of bad music.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    D2
    Scary it ain't, but D2's got its morbid charms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not pretty, and the sounds may drive you batty. However, if you can get past the primitive and cutesy graphics, you'll find a fun and addictive experience that offers an enjoyable--and certainly more cerebral--PS2 experience that's currently unmatched.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Doesn't really add enough that's new to the game, nor does it tweak the gameplay enough to fix some of the problems in "Pharaoh."
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A brilliant 3D world overrun by control and camera issues.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aside from the graphics, the PS2 version of Live 2001 can't hold a candle to its PSX counterpart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still the perfect choice for casual fans that want to take some cuts as Manny Ramirez or bring some heat as Randy Johnson, but the lack of any new features is disappointing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the learning curve is as steep as some of the game's slopes, patience does pay off in this game, which should appeal to snowboarding fans. Unfortunately, the rest of us will find the game's strict guidelines to reality a detriment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The empire component, while solid, is a little bit shallow, the AI is weak in crucial areas, and the game is also buggy on some systems.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a bit of a step backwards, taking the more exploratory 3D incarnations into consideration. Still, if you're looking for some chaotic old-school 2D side-scrolling mayhem, it's worth checking out.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good-looking FPS with a huge assortment of baddies, as well as a multitude of impressive environments. And although the action is fairly cut and dry, it is still a shooter's joy while it lasts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The funny thing is that the makers of this game actually guarantee to improve your real pool game. Speaking from experience, their claim turns out to be true, and spending a good amount of time on VP3 is analogous to attending a billiards clinic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deep Fighter ranks only behind the superb "Resident Evil: Code Veronica" in bringing mood to the table.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Serves up a decent game of b-ball, but sluggish gameplay and the lack of a few fundamental options keep it from reaching its full potential.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This was a good, but glitch-plagued game on the PC, and it may be just a little too complex for an easy transition to a console.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I've come to the conclusion that if there is even a glimpse of something with even the tiniest bit of fur on it, peeps will flock to it in droves, and it's to this I also attribute the success of "Basic Instinct."...BR3 is best left to the novice.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oni
    For all the complaints you can level at the game--serious though they might be--the fact remains that the combat controls are well designed, and kicking ass in this game is incredibly entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just a matter of personal preference, but I'll take Alex Trebek over the You Don't Know Jack pinhead any day. At least the free bag of microwave popcorn that comes with the game was good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The bugs are inexcusable, but when it comes to baseball, there just isn't any other game that comes remotely close to being this deep and endlessly replayable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What? That's it?...The above text is not a direct quote from my last date, but rather my initial reaction to finishing this fun, but brief, expansion pack.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Going about 600 scale miles per hour it is nearly impossible to discern what's going on with your gauges, not to mention the fact that it's really tough to know when you're about to destroy yourself...Only the most jaded of Wipeout players will feel cheated by purchasing this game and even they'll secretly have fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a big Star Trek fan, you'll enjoy this game immensely. If you're not, you'll still enjoy this game, but some of the more subtle nuances will be lost on you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps the freakiest, most outright offensive title since "Panty Raider," this no-brain child of development house Xilam proudly touts its own immaturity, Fred Durst-style. Technically, that's why you'll have such a blast playing the sucker despite a few glaring flaws.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Such a pleasure for longtime fans. The series keeps getting better, rather than rotting like the game's antagonists and citizens of Raccoon City...What makes Nemesis better than the previous installments is the improved interface.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I actually think GigaWing 2 is a great game in many ways, but it is so short it makes even the super-low $20 price tag look steep.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that NASCAR fans will be pleased, and others won't be completely bored out of their skulls.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Worth checking out simply for its quirky faux contemporary rock theme song.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some console role-players might just find this style of deep preparation and chess-like battle sequences too sluggish. Strategists who have been truly bored by trying to play "Panzer General" or even "X-Com" on a TV screen, however, will appreciate how much lush graphics, soundtrack, and effects can goose up a wargaming system.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good three to four hours of fast-paced fun if you take the time to find the secrets, thus making it perfect for a weekend rental.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Heavy Metal" magazine is known, well known in fact, for way-over-the-top action, violence, and gore... There is none of that here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combination of the beautiful visuals, awesome sound effects, simple control, and hysterical power-ups really makes Looney Tunes Racing an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, the whole thing is noticeably short-lived.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even more tragic is the fact that there is no way for you to turn the tables and play as the Arachnids. I don't know about you, but I wanted to be the first kid on my block to suck a human brain out of a skull with a three-foot long proboscis.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I'd only give NFL Quarterback Club 2001 a look if John Madden's voice drives you into homicidal fits of rage.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you liked the first one and are bored its levels, this game is perfect for you. If you never got a chance to play the first one and want a solid trick-based game for the PSX this, too, is a great choice.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Staggering amount of customization, a virtual fleet of licensed vehicles, and an effective cross-platform online experience that gives a whole new meaning to the words "replay value" for a console game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although a brief new Age (Rime) with additional puzzles and subtle foreshadowing of the Riven sequel has been added as an ending bonus, it's not really enough of an incentive to play MYST over again.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're looking for your first PSX golf title, this is the game for you. But if you're a veteran PGA Tour player, the 2001 edition of the series may not be worth the upgrade.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ridiculously long load times. Even with added structure, gameplay eventually goes stale.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This career mode-intensive cycle-racer does a great job of taking gamers through a variety of Ducati-brand bikes (new and vintage), along with plenty of impressive challenges and races.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But if you subject the actual gameplay to any real scrutiny, you'll see all sorts of cracks that mar the game's beauty.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amusing and might be fun for a couple of days, but there's not much here to hold your interest. If, on the other hand, you're an adult and a big fan of "Quake" or "UT," and you have a young sibling, relative, or child that you'd like to play games with (minus the graphic violence and gore in most games), this is a great game to try out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's lack of speed and overwhelming number of moves make it less of a draw for non-fans, but fans will be thoroughly floored.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's got scary atmosphere, decent graphics, excellent sound, great dinosaur enemies, ominous locales, and plenty to do. If you've already played through the PlayStation version, there's little reason to run out to get the Dreamcast rendition.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is creepy in a really bad way.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though exceedingly difficult, this title's still a rollicking good time.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I wouldn't qualify it as mind-blowing in any particular way, but each of the game's component parts is solid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Part of the pleasure in playing Sheep is just experiencing its originality and sense of humor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it has nothing on "Marvel vs. Capcom,"" Mutant Academy" plays uniquely enough to warrant a chance from fighting game aficionados, as well as from X-Men fanatics, old and new.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VIII has been called an epic game. And it is, if epic means "boring."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Certainly a feast for the eyes, but questionable AI and control issues keep it from instant-classic status.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The novel point scoring system makes for intense play.
    • Happy Puppy
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gaming equivalent of a four-day candy and soda binge: nothing substantive, you know it's terrible for you, and you'll hate yourself afterwards. In fact, you hate yourself while it's going on, but it's such tasty junk that you just can't stop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Has it turned out to be everything fighting fans had hoped and dreamed of? In a word, no. But the game is still a good fighter.
    • Happy Puppy
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game's depth and challenge factors are found sorely wanting. But what's on display isn't bad, remains perfectly replayable, and outfoxes the competition by a long shot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A silly little action shooter that takes a smidgen of brainpower and a tongue placed firmly in cheek to fully appreciate.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Innovative gameplay, clever level design, and an abundance of mini-games serve to spice up an otherwise generic experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In essence, the closest motorcycle fans are going to get to a bike version of "Gran Turismo."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The typical fashion model hangs out on the French Riviera and wears a slinky black dress with a fancy designer name on it. The typical RPGer eats a lot of french fries and wears a size XXL black T-shirt with a crewmember of the USS Enterprise on it. These similarities were not lost on From Software.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If a game doesn't bring anything new to the table, one must wonder why the developers even bothered in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Maybe the best entry in the all-too-often disappointing "Star Trek" category.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The PS2's first college hoop game doesen't blow the roof off the arena.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After spending some time in front of the tube playing this game, I was left wondering, "Is that it?"
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given the sordid history of Looney Toons games, it's simply enough that this duck doesn't suck.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the second-best RPG on the Dreamcast, and is surely a fantastic second helping that satisfies that next-generation RPG hunger that's only just been alleviated by "Skies of Arcadia."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is repetitive, no doubt, but there are enough challenges to make it worth a sitting or two.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My only major beef with the DR2 is that the problems of unit pathfinding that plague just about every other strategy game are alive and kicking here as well.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A stress buster with mindless fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Has everything an F1 fan could desire. But for experts it may be a little too easy, and for outsiders it's just not as fun as some of the other racing games out there.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Die-hard point-and-clickers may be turned off by the lack of any real brain-busting puzzle action, but an engaging plot combined with terrific graphics and sound should make up for these shortcomings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid--albeit brief--game. However, because of the game's flaws, it makes a prime rental candidate.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A mixed bag. And it definitely isn't for everyone. If you want a serious NASCAR sim and are willing to put up with some very schizophrenic graphics, this is your game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dozens of magical rings will have you wishing you had more than ten fingers, but the poor enemy AI will have you occasionally flipping one of them at your screen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GunBird's the word, standing out as one of the best finger-crampin' exercises since the Rubik's Cube.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, this is another fine addition to the genre, but how many can one gamer take?
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can get past the over-sensitive controls and find a vehicle or two that you like, then there's a lot of mindless fun to be had here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What could have been a groundbreaking title has been reduced to an exceptional weekend rental.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An entertaining, mission-based driver with hilarious commentary and fairly engrossing gameplay. This is definitely a sleeper hit for the aging PlayStation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After spending a week tiring of this title's company, memories of the countless frustrations encountered are also taken away from the affair.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite there being 13 different racers, all the characters seem to have the same abilities and driving styles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 24 mini-games that make up the whole present a pretty good cross-section of every gaming style imaginable. They're all handled well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    More an interactive movie than a game, RE2 looks pretty but lacks challenge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Players expecting next-generation gameplay to accompany the update in the graphics may find themselves a bit disappointed. But if mind-numbing powerslides pulled off in polygonal heaven is your thing, then RRV does indeed fire on all cylinders.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Great-looking models of some of the coolest planes ever made. Easy to jump right in and start blasting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One of the most intriguing blast-a-thons in recent memory.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You get the feeling that the voice work was done by people that roll their R's when ordering the "Burrito Supreme" at Taco Bell.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a shame that the developers didn't polish "Rally Challenge 2000" a bit before they sent it out the door, because it has a really cool racing engine at its core.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a World War II buff or a strategy enthusiast, by all means take PGIII for a cruise, but if you want variety and visual stimulation from a game, search elsewhere.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like a mixture of "Mario Kart" and "Motor Toon GP," RC Revenge Pro's pint-sized racing terrors are armed to the teeth, delivering a totally lighthearted, fun and competitive racing experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But if you move through the settings from easy to normal to hard to very hard, you've got a challenging shooter that is as graphically appealing and fun as any out there--except, of course, for "Radiant Silvergun."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with its flaws in gameplay mechanics and visual presentation, Capcom's port of Resident Evil 2 is a thing of beauty, preserving the euphoric atmosphere of a game that no other gaming company has been able to duplicate to date.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Has some arguably unique approaches, but seems to be lacking many of the checks and balances that would reign said approaches in from out-of-control excesses to interesting novelties.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the first time, a mech-style game makes you feel like you're actually inhabiting the suit, not controlling it from afar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My only complaint about the story is that it's a little linear, but as the focus of the game is on combat, it's forgivable.

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