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 2.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Chrono Cross
Lowest review score: 20 Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 471
471 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Could possibly be the best game ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Graphics, gameplay, sound, story, and characters are all outstanding.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The comparison between THPS2 for the Dreamcast and PlayStation can be directly correlated to a comparison of Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears.... Because Spears (like the Dreamcast version) is four times as enhanced as Aguilera, she is recognized as a better product.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The courses themselves are also graphical masterpieces. The size of the skating environments in THPS3 dwarfs the levels that were found in THPS2 and each level comes to life with rich detail.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's everything you loved about the original (1998's RPG of the year), yet infinitely more refined.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But for the feel of nostalgia bolstered by the still-capable technology of the PlayStation, this game can make you feel actual delight--something that's tough to do in these cynical times.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fans of mission-based first-person shooters like "GoldenEye" will be dancing in the streets and signing Greek folk tunes. Yes, Zorba, this game is that good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Destined for greatness. With its unmatched multiplayer gameplay, incredible depth, and huge online community, everyone should experience Tribes 2 for themselves.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The overwhelming production of this game immersed me in the story. So, when I finally tore myself away from the one-player game to give the online multiplayer a try, I quickly realized that Starlancer had silently blown a huge hole in the side of my head.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While THPS is one of the finest games ever made, THPS2 is so much better that it makes the first seem almost unplayable.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you liked "Diablo II" and you are aching to get back in and play some more, there is no better reason than LoD.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    SSX
    SSX is so good, you'd better strap yourself into your favorite gaming chair, and have plenty of Kleenex and wet-naps on hand.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Quite simply the most ingenious, addictive and meticulously-crafted and executed computer game of the year thus far.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are as many different reasons for the gamer to go to bed thinking of simulants, or any of the friends that have been hiding behind walls and popping a cap in your ass with the farsight, as there are peanuts in the box.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Almost instantly did I realize that this wasn't a computer I was toying with, but a real live person! A person who goes for it on fourth down, when the computer would unflinchingly punt it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Having to get excited about what GT3 can do for the PlayStation2 gamer is like having to get excited for Christmas--it's a done deal. What's even better is that GT3 is best played with a cold beer open and sitting on the table next to you.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the jaw-dropping opening sequence--really, my jaw did drop--to the production extras rewarding you for your efforts, TLJ will likely impress any adventure gamer and even some who'd shun the label.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It is with out a doubt the best real-time strategy game on the market today. The multifaceted game play and shear volume of missions should keep you battling for spice until your eyes turn blue.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the music on the radio to the individual sub-missions that make up a large part of the game, GTA3 pulls it off with amazing ease.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics are more stylistically consistent and detailed than those in Ocarina, the geography is more enormous and fluidly connected, the challenges are considerably more diverse, and the control interface is vastly improved.
    • Happy Puppy
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Tricky has everything that SSX has and, along with tons of DVD extras, gives us all another reason to crash those slopes again this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed either "Delta Force I" or "II," you'll like this game as well. It is more of the same, with some gameplay, graphic, and multiplayer improvements.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The true star of the game is its speed. Never before in a racing game has the feeling of cruising at over 100 MPH been so perfectly conveyed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gorgeous experience -- as close to donning the full leathers as most of us are willing to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K1 is hype, dope, flash, stylin', radical to the max, groovy, and it's cool, daddio--real cool.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like Journey's Greatest Hits CD, it takes the best of the '80s and serves up a timeless experience. It's a classic in the best sense of the word.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There has never been a game of this complexity (save "Battlezone" perhaps) which has been presented with such perfect and stunning clarity. I was initially daunted by the incredible depth of choice the game affords, and then my anxiety turned to awe. The interface is clean and simple without being simplistic. It is truly a miracle of design with its sharp AI and thoughtful little touches.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A wonderful espionage sim with rich graphics and great playability. The attention to detail is uncanny and the story is engaging and fun.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own an N64 and are of legal age, pick this game up immediately. It is the most fun I've ever had with a platform game, and it's also one of the most challenging.
    • Happy Puppy
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bullfrog took on the near-impossible task of transforming a dedicated online game into a satisfying experience for the not-yet-online Playstation2, and completed it brilliantly.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The AI is sharp, and even if it wasn't, you'd have to admire the tight multiplayer coding and thrilling multiplayer games offered on Sacrifice's free server.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Realism is one of the major reasons this title is so amazing. After playing for a while it feels as though you have actually been to Hyrule.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn't necessarily the Battle of Britain, it's YOUR Battle of Britain, and that makes it a game that anyone interested in that great battle, and flight in general, must have in their collection.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Make sure your affairs are settled before you start playing this game, and pray that your relationship is strong enough to make it through the addiction.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So far above and beyond the majority of real-time strategy games out there, it's tough to find any shortcomings at all.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Realism aside, Half-Life provides some of the best unrealistic opponents seen to date as well. The creature design here is outstanding.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Having never played either of these back in the day, I can assure you that both of these games rank among the best RPGs ever made.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The faces are the truest recreation of NBA stars I've seen, though the big heads do look a little out of place on the equally outlandish bods.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You won't touch your PlayStation or N64 again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    (The engine) not only renders huge environments and complex architectures with nary a hiccup, but can also handle massive amounts of enemies and, in general, kick your ass without a second thought.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looks so good that it took me a minute to figure out that the opening computer-generated cut scene was over and the gameplay had begun. The transition between cut scenes and gameplay is swift and seamless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It combines several of my interests: kooky Victoriana, bloody fairytales, lush writing, bratty girls with knives, and talking cats.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At three in the morning, I realized that having me write about GT2 is pretty much like giving Stone Temple Pilots' frontman, Scott Weiland, a gig as a heroin reviewer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite basically, this game rocks... Plus it lives up to the peak level of story, animation, and performance that is expected from an adventure game these days, so it isn't just sitting back on its new control's gimmick value.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tense, violent, hyper-realistic, team-oriented online gaming experience like no other. Viva la Half-Life!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly deep simulation of human behavior.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dazzling graphics couple with intense and addictive play.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most visually innovative and stunning game to hit any console. Oh yeah, it's a lot of fun too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More a series of interlinked tale-telling vignettes than a proper blast-'em-up, the small-screen heir to Austin Powers' legacy is nonetheless one of the finest offerings in years.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Realistic season mode, improved graphics, and all of the WWF drama that you could wish for in a console game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most realistic fighting game ever. Period.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything you could possibly want from a driving game.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphical update this gives the game is mighty impressive, even if it takes away a little bit of GT2's character.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest and most refined platform game ever.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is simply phenomenal, from its representation of the sport, to its incredible gameplay, all the way down to the brilliant sound effects.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Combines land- and water-based vehicles in a racing simulation that's nothing short of amazing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A unique, humorous, inventive, challenging, and highly addictive action-puzzle game. High replay value, terrific multiplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether it's eluding the NYPD's helicopter force's raining of missiles down at you or evading the powerful grasp of Venom, the action is relentless.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The DC controller's scheme is only adequate, and the number of pauses that occur during online play is too many.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A beautiful meld of both action and strategy that seems to hold a little something for everyone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Short and to the point, Zone of the Enders is a beautifully presented and entertaining, if shallow, action game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Excellent outlet for novice users and musical geniuses alike.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The architecture is incredibly designed, ranging from vast, open structures to dark, claustrophobic corridors. The story is intriguing. Its deep, unexpected twists and turns will draw players deep into the game, delivering a rich experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best new feature is the school... There's no more need for those huge strategy books--this mode covers everything and reinforces it in a way no book could.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All aboard! This game will appeal to sim fans and model-train collectors alike.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Vagrant Story is, quite simply, a shard of excellence in terms of gameplay, emotion, storytelling, and cinematography.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The finest NASCAR racer to hit any console--setting a new standard that EA will have to follow.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Without a doubt, the Madden cards are the niftiest new things about this year's game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With gameplay that's addictive and rewarding, you'll find yourself playing it into the wee hours of the night.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A first-person shooter that has you shooting Nazis in the head for a better score.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    And if you're too cool for this stuff, hey, grow up and get over it, because you're missing out on a terrific game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A shining example of excellent game design...Plus, it sets new standards for blood spilling in a single sitting.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's different, distinctive, looks great, and has an infectious soundtrack to match the addictive gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While there's still plenty of room for improvement (the inexcusable lack of a four-player mode), this game does so much innovative stuff, and does it right, that it's hard not to classify it as a must-have title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although incredibly entertaining, unique, surprising, and well designed in nearly every respect, "Seaman" is not perfect, revealing many of the current limitations of voice-recognition software.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's simple, robust gaming at its best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're looking for something unique, look no further than that series known for its bouncy girls. Now its got even more depth to go along with its more obvious features.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A guaranteed sleeper hit. While its edutainment background seems at odds with the subject material, these two worlds collide rather splendidly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although the fundamental Tekken formula has changed a little, the mind-blowing graphics will draw in even the most casual gamers.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are wonderful individual combos and terrific moves that link each of your three selected characters together in order to defeat the common foe.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like to play in a digital sandbox and have an affinity for humor-leaning sci-fi, Startopia is not to be missed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The combat aspect could stand another tweak or two, but the intriguing story -- a blend of creepiness and conspiracy--keeps these discs in the console until the final credits run.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The first game on the PS2 that has made me look forward to owning one of my own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The eye-catching graphics, tight control, and enjoyable gameplay of this fine game really caught me by surprise. To all the PS2 users disappointed with the system's lackluster games, I highly suggest picking this title up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game is what the movie should have been.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This one takes full advantage of the PS2's graphic capabilities, giving a digital beatdown to all comers in the genre.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Call me evil, but there is nothing more satisfying then overhead-smashing a ball right into the cute noggin of either Baby Mario or Toad.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dino Crisis 2 serves up plenty of heart-thumping mayhem, awesome graphics and sound, and enough dinosaur bloodlust to keep even the most experienced dino hunters on their toes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best classic compilation yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fresh graphics, tight controls, and completely addictive gameplay make this a definite must-have title. To sum it up in one word, it's smugglelicious!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A no-nonsense boxing sim, which means that if you're dog-tired, you may have to go an entire round without throwing a punch just to get your wind back. This may seem ho-hum to "Street Fighter EX 3" fans, but for the hardcore boxing crowd, this degree of realism is the next best thing to a title unification bout.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its true 3D exploratory gameplay, its vast and varied level designs, its colorful cast of characters, and its picture-perfect control create a fantastic atmosphere.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Let's cut to the chase -- this game sucks. Or rather, its chief antagonist does, since that vampiric schmuck Dracula just won't stay dead...bloody good fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Featuring powerful graphics and intense gameplay, CFS2 makes up for all the mistakes of its predecessor, and then some.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just know that you're in for a short ride that will leave you yearning for a full-fledged sequel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The control in Jedi Power Battles is fantastic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gorgeous graphics, simple gameplay, and tons of multiplayer fun give this title legs like Steffi Graf's.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tremendously fun gameplay with an addictive online component.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Meshes tight control, serviceable graphics, and EA's trademark extras to set the standard by which future motocross games will be judged.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hellish steering, steep difficulty and satanic AI. How it manages to be fun despite this boggles the mind.

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