Hot Games' Scores

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For 717 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 80
Highest review score: 100 Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Lowest review score: 10 Blues Brothers 2000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 717
717 game reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A simple flight combat game with stunning visuals (like most X-Box games, stunning visuals and great game play seem to hide from each other), mediocre sound, and good controls.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But to beat the horse to death even more, there are precious few events (no swimming events, which is disappointing), and some of the events seem like odd inclusions (trap shooting?).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't suck right out of the box - but it doesn't do the series justice. If you're a huge fan of the show, the X-Box version is slightly better than the PS2 version, but don't expect to see the engine taxed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's jolly good fun and should be examined immediately.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Compared to "Spiderman," another Activision release, this game pales like Storm’s hair. It’s a good game, but an even better rental.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Getting surrounded by zombies and not having any way to defend yourself thanks to not being able to activate the special moves isn't really a pleasant way to spend your time, and turns this game into a tedious chore.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We have to be impressed by the number of included titles, faithfulness of the emulation, and the huge amount of archival material. Our only real gripes are the controls and lack of save support.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its bare-bones style of play may not impress those accustomed to more outlandish PC titles, but purists of the arcade will find just enough here to add to their Playstation library.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still fun, and still retains the exploratory element that made the first game so addictive.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a lot of exploring and mostly the same old shooting technique as before, Mega Man qualifies as a run-of-the-mill action RPG. Fans of the man will enjoy it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's time to move on, Lara -- Angelina Jolie is waiting in the wings, and then you're done.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a good training game, but there's too much looseness in the controls to make it a top draw.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Parents should strictly heed the Mature rating on this game – everyone else, take your shot. Literally.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only way to make the game any more fun is to through in the options that would make any four-wheeler drool, and the game has plenty of that.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This ain’t no "Twisted Metal: Black." If Motor Mayhem had come out last October we might have recommended it; as it is, there's no real competition.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If the monsters don't get you, the needless micromanagement will.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like your destruction on a massive scale, this game is the one for you – though it relies heavily on big explosions to entertain you (have we made our point yet?).
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Take KISS out of the picture and you have a mildly entertaining shooter that does an adequate job of shooting things up. But if you're a KISS fan expecting lots of face paint and heavy guitar riffs, forget it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Good for the nostalgia crowd, and that's the target audience. It's a cheap package too, so it's probably worth it. But what's with the slowdown in such old games?
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lots of options, plenty of races, and some challenge puts this racer in a league of its own – it’s actually better than some of the official NASCAR racers available now.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A highly detailed and realistic golf simulation that just isn't all that much fun to play and has a few maddening quirks.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a great snack until the Hawk strikes back. Pick it up now and you’ll be done with it by the weekend.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The scenery you drive through never stops being interesting -- one of the best incentives to keep playing is to see how attractive the next stage will be.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is Jedi Power Battles in 3D - a simple, fast-paced action game that makes you forget everything else for a couple of hours, just like the movie it's based on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s hard enough to see on the Advance as it is – some of the darker areas in Pitfall make the game unplayable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There has to be a better way to represent the sport of snowboarding than this.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If video games were breakfast cereal, Darkstone lurks below Malt-O-Meal.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It won't make you stand up and cheer, but it will keep you busy - like a good game should.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game won’t be taking home trophies for the game play, which is the most serious of the game’s flaws.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On the plus side, you can use the CDs for beverage coasters.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fish fans, fear for the fun factor - it's frightful.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The QB Club controls...still suffer from occasional glitches, and graphics that, though detailed, are so small you have to squint to make sure you're running the right play.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even if you dig Pikachu's act, the "game" is ultimately a spirit-crushing, mind-numbing exercise in tedium.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is knuckle-busting controller-breaking button-mashing action all the way, and it still works as well as ever.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Easily the most enjoyable of the three JP games released by Konami.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Looks better than NFL Gameday 2002, and plays better than QB Club or Gameday, but it doesn't have the serious adjustments in the computer controlled players to compete with Madden, Fever, or NFL 2K2.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's a modified "Fighting Force" with a little thought behind it, but it is also hamstrung by controls that are less than intuitive.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This boxer needs a cut man to throw in the towel immediately.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact is except for a resolution bump-up, there is almost no difference between the PSX and PS2 ports of this title -- and that's a sad state of affairs given the extra horsepower under the PS2's hood. Kinda makes you wonder what that $300 you spent on the system bought you.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You'll love playing this one over a snow-bound weekend, but probably return it to the rental counter by the time your senses thaw.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There’s nothing about Army Men Advance that compels us to pick it up again.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't damage the reputation of fantasy games, but it doesn't make any spectacular leaps and bounds with it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Worth the effort for gamer who likes their puzzle games fast and tough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like your N64 titles simple and charming, and can live without strategic game play or thoughtful graphics and sound, than this scaled-back version of the TV show is right up your alley.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The best feature of the game is that no matter how low your school's hoops program is in real life, you can take your school to the championship.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The PS2's version of "Vanishing Point." Floaty, slow control, graphics that shine in some ways but fall a bit flat in others, gameplay that doesn't last very long and feels more like work than fun most of the time.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Repeat this to yourself over and over if you find yourself tempted to purchase this title: "I will not buy this game today, I will not buy it any day. I will not buy it in a store, I will not play it on the floor..."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And like the movie, the game begins to seem pointless after a while, which qualifies it as a rock-solid rental.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The story is un-engaging, in no small part due to the unsympathetic characters, the nail in the coffin for any second-rate adventure/RPG.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fun is there for a few minutes, and then becomes tiresome.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Play it long enough and you may start to enjoy it, but the long load times and cheap AI mean you'll likely never get to that point.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where March Madness doesn't compete is in the game play respect afforded to the big timers - "NBA Live 2002" and "NBA 2K2." The game has a slower pace and a less hurried feel than real basketball.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Nothing but a knock-off of every other mission-based car game out there, and a dull and frustrating one at that.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Weak gameplay, graphics, sound and options make NBA ShootOut 2001 an easy pass. Don't bite on this ball fake.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Little more than a rehash of the earlier game, "Fighter Destiny 2" would have been acceptable in 1998, but feels extremely dated today.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's the same Gauntlet, and we're tired of running it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The better money is with "Q-Ball Billiards Master," which is far and away better than this.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The create-a-player mode (welcome to the 1990’s - it’s 2001 already) and dunk editor didn’t make us bat an eyebrow...It’s an unwelcome rehash of a franchise that screams for a complete overhaul.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Still not the contender that it should be, but there is hope - and the QB Challenge is still fun to play.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this title just doesn't measure up on the Dreamcast, with a rushed feel when compared to both the PC and PSX versions.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Looks great, but just try to aim and move at the same time. We'd rather play Galaga from "Namco Museum."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game’s ugliness is its major flaw, though the free-roaming nature of many of the levels can be frustrating too.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It sits squarely in the middle of fun and boring.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's the same old game, and a short one at that.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of "StarCraft" "WarCraft," and even "Myth" will love this new addition to the real-time strategy genre, and Trek fans finally have worlds of their own to build, populate -- or destroy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the role-model for mediocre action games.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you've been spoiled by the big boys like "NBA 2K2" or "NBA Live," this seems so freshman.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ITF is still a better game.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For driving fans used to the rigors of Gran Turismo and Ridge Racer, 007 rates about a 003 on the fun factor scale.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Doesn't add anything to the venerable Twisted Metal series - it just subtracts, and subtracts, and subtracts, until the only thing small is the fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gameday fans are owed an apology for this morass of bad controls and weak graphics.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You may find yourself saying things like "well, it was only ten bucks..." at various points while playing the game, but the fact is there are worse games than this that cost a lot more.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    GameDay 2002 finally got the ball, but it's late in the fourth and the other teams (Madden and NFL 2K2) are already celebrating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is old-school gaming -- it feels like Urban Chaos, looks like the first Tomb Raider, and smells like a bomb.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s one of those rare games that you find yourself playing just to see how it turns out.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A good game with solid mechanics backing up its good visuals, but the depth and breadth of the game will have you sitting around waiting for more snow in a very dry season.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Jam fans will find the move to the Advance didn't really make the experience any better.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The animation is spotty at best, missing blocks of frames, while the monsters are chunky messes. The “blood” effects are pixilated eyesores too.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's certainly not the worst kart racer out there. But this isn't supposed to be a kart racer, this is supposed to be an RC racer -- it's there right in the title. And at that, the game fails pretty miserably.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game play appeals to the young and hopelessly naïve gamers who think they're reliving the movie experience. Good luck to them - to the rest of us, spend your X-bucks on something a little more sophisticated.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A bitter pill to swallow. Still, you could waste an afternoon or two on this and still find yourself fairly amazed with some of the puzzle elements, the hunt for horror exploration aspect, and all the chainsaw-ripping, zombie-blasting gore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a jerky, blocky looking mess for most of the levels with a minimum of frames for each animation. There are Super NES games that are leagues ahead of this eyesore.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A pointless sequel that adds nothing to its genre or franchise. Almost as dreadful as its N64 counterpart.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Better than bad is sometimes still pretty bad, and that's the case here -- though at least the frame rate is not so piss-poor as to be completely unplayable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Tedious micromanagement kills the fun before the going gets good.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's good for those that want all their classics in one cart - but the Game Boy Color versions are exactlt the same.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a thoroughly disappointing effort, and one that does not live up to the World Series Baseball name.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid, competent extreme bike game, without a lot of frills, and with little style, but hey – when did style and grace ever figure into extreme sports?
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Short, mindless fun.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's nothing in AMSH2 that warrants a commendation. Give this company an honorable discharge already.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you ever get the tricks down (and we're still trying), the game could be fun, although it's no "Tony Hawk," which it tries to emulate in style and form.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t let the soft controls or graphic glitches deter you, though. Arctic Thunder still has some fun in the engine, mostly in the breakneck pace of the races.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not awful, and is in fact a solid platform game, but it can be annoying, and even worse, pretty boring at times.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s an ugly mess that’s hard on the eyes, and it doesn’t get an easier to look at the more you play.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The addictiveness of Jonny Moseley Mad Trix is outweighed by the poor design and tepid game play.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the child-eating boxer, help yourself to a serving of Mike Tyson Boxing. Otherwise, spend your bet money on "Knockout Kings" or "Ready 2 Rumble 2."
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This one should just lay down and play extinct for us.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Casual gamers should pass Danger Girl like a bad bowl of chili.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game needed a hell of a lot more graphics optimization, and a bit more work on the control would have been nice too.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Legend of Alon D'ar goes for the big story (which is lame in its own way) and the big RPG feeling - but falls short on both counts.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But said frame rate is so bad that not only does it distract, it actually affects the gameplay by ruining your timing -- taking turns is often a case of guesswork as the game jerks along at somewhere between 5 and 10 frames per second (that is not an exaggeration).
    • 42 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not bad, but certainly not the best vehicle driving game out there.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If survival horror games went out clubbing together, Countdown Vampires would be the one getting asked, "So, who's your friend?"
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not going to keep you up nights either; it's simply an amalgam of traits copied from more successful franchises, with a few new innovations that don't really add much to the gameplay.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A better-than-average motorcycle simulation, with a deep career mode and satisfying racing action. It'd be nice if it had been optimized for the Dreamcast, however.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Painful to play, painful to watch, foolish to purchase.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The controls and action are both pitifully executed, and the graphics and sound won’t make up the difference.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Looking for zombie-blasting kicks? Leave this one buried.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Have you seen the movie Driven? Neither have we. But this game, which I based on the movie, gives us so many clues as to what the movie was like that we don?t feel like we have to watch the movie to know what it's about.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's as tired and useless as many of the wrestlers represented, and playing this is almost like watching a seniors match in wrestling -- old familiar faces doing the same old, familiar moves that made them famous.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's so much more wrong with the game (especially the lack of multi-player, and password save system – would a battery have cost that much?) that even the great sound and mediocre game play are swallowed up by this product.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The same mediocre game on the Cube as it was on the PS2.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s as much to do in this game as there is in any other full-priced motocross game – and Motocross Mania is really no better or worse than most of those.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Absolutely vile. John Belushi must be spinning in his grave.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A full point goes to the voice cast. Otherwise, we wouldn’t use the disc for a Duff beer coaster.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There’s some pretty horrendous slowdown at times also, which is instant-death in a pinball game that relies on precise timing for ball aiming (not that you’d have much success at that anyway).
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    May keep your little five-year old brother entertained.

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