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 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Real Myst
Lowest review score: 10 Blues Brothers 2000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 717
717 game reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It sits squarely in the middle of fun and boring.
    • 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?
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Of the four versions of this game out there, this is probably the least fun due to the choppy frame rate and blurry graphics, not to mention the apparently missing fighters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite a fairly impressive game speed even with eight riders, Supercross is a headache-inducing eyesore.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gameday fans are owed an apology for this morass of bad controls and weak graphics.
    • 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?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If cars really behaved like those in VP, the carnage on our nation's highways would immediately result in a national speed limit of 15 to deter the sort of fish-tailing, wildly over-steering behavior exhibited in this game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The most glaring drawback of gameplay is that there's no effective radar/tracking system to point you towards your remaining enemies, especially when they're out of range.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Slowly becoming the Utah Jazz of console sports franchises -- produces enough so that you can't ignore it, but possesses neither the flash nor the innovation to beat the younger competition in the ratings game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you’re expecting the latest in 3D graphics and CD-quality sound, you’re going to be disappointed. Besides the extra cinematic scenes made especially for this release, this plays, looks and sounds just like a 16-bit SNES game.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Long on ideas but well short on design and execution -- a game that for the most part looks as good as originally promised, but with some shoddy controls that almost ruin the experience.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you can look past graphics that came out of the Stone Age, if you can look past terrible sound effects (when guards get shot they grunt like… uh never mind), if you can look past a main character that doesn't look anything like Tom Cruise, if you can look past some ridiculous puzzles in places, you'll find Mission: Impossible, if you choose to accept it, really isn't that bad.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Uneven pacing, clunky interface and mismatched visuals undermine the game's potential.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not the most innovative game, and actually copies a block or two from other puzzle games, but the repetition gets endearing after awhile.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Oni
    Its anime influences also feel forced and plagiaristic. Overall, this is one of the bigger disappointments this year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The odd nature of the story and world is a change of pace (now there's an understatement) from the rest of the pack, and this one is probably worth checking out.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Just too easy, too short, and too busy visually. It’s initially quite an impressive looking and sounding game, but you know the saying about looks being deceiving.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you think of it as "Road Rash" up close and personal (and want to see a game like that), then go ahead and break these balls.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The better money is with "Q-Ball Billiards Master," which is far and away better than this.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A decent kart racer that never makes full use of its license and falls a bit flat in gameplay.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game is fun to watch (and that's mostly what you'll be doing) for a couple of hours, but beyond that the repetitive pre-scripted cut-scenes and ease of play will leave you bored.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's more like a reworking of "Prince of Persia."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A great effort, but when compared to games like Turok or Golden Eye, it falls short. With glaring problems in the multiplayer modes, it's hard to see Duke Nukem 64 being taken seriously as a contender in the 3D shooter category.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a repackaged version of the original. A few new levels aren’t enough to give this game a proper fun factor score – if you’ve played before, you’ll be disappointed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You never really escape the feeling that you've played all of this before - twice, in fact... As for people who just like to drive around and cause mayhem, we've got one word for you - "Driver."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Barely on par with your average "Tetris" clone.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Black Kat is like me first marriage, aye - fun for a few hours, and then as slow a death as you never want to witness, matey.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless you've got some kind of passion for snowmobiles, we suggest you pass on this one.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Impressive for its visual and audio style, these Brothers need more help in the gameplay department if they hope to become a franchise.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Somewhat less than the sum of its parts, StarLancer just doesn’t provide anything we haven’t seen before.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There has to be a better way to represent the sport of snowboarding than this.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fun is there for a few minutes, and then becomes tiresome.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's nothing all that special about the units or the missions, and there's absolutely no innovation to the gameplay itself.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In order to even get out of the gate, you really have to like snowmobile racing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not bad (like "Green Rogue" bad), but it’s certainly not 3DO’s best game (like High Heat Baseball 2002 for the PC).
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Where World Driver Championship fails is in its handling. It looks like the developers have studied at Namco's driving school as every one of the 30 cars on offer handles like the treads have disappeared from the tyres.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The same mediocre game on the Cube as it was on the PS2.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's almost impossible to ignore the game's graphical flaws -- specifically, its propensity to suddenly switch from high-res to low-res mode in the middle of a race, taking the frame rate south with it.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's the role-model for mediocre action games.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you want something more advanced for your Advance, pass this fossil up.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Graphics alone can't make up for blunt, repetitive gameplay and a grating soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not a bad little game, and the four player option makes it a lot more competitive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The mechs are slow and ponderous, the missions linear, and the controls complicated.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's all the worst traits of arcade racers thrown together, exaggerated to the point of grotesqueness, and then slapped into a game that's at best a visual mixed bag.
    • 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.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    May keep your little five-year old brother entertained.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If video games were breakfast cereal, Darkstone lurks below Malt-O-Meal.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There’s nothing about Army Men Advance that compels us to pick it up again.
    • 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?"
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    How could Reflections screw this up so bad? Driver 2 is a pale reflection (har har) of the original.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This lamp-rubber is definitely for little 'laddins.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's the same Gauntlet, and we're tired of running it.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It won't last long, but it is an interesting diversion.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This is a thoroughly disappointing effort, and one that does not live up to the World Series Baseball name.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If the monsters don't get you, the needless micromanagement will.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Roseanne of racing games. Some may say it has substance, but man, is it ugly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The controls and action are both pitifully executed, and the graphics and sound won’t make up the difference.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This feels like what it is -- a rushed, early RPG that didn't receive the time or care needed to turn it into a fun game.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If the game was a bit longer, or if even each mission took longer to complete than the 5-10 minutes generally required, maybe we could give the game a higher score - shoddy visuals and all.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dogged by its short length, unlimited continues and past-due graphics, this shooter barely scrapes by the mediocre mark.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Pretty vanilla, as RTS goes.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It seems cliché to say it, but there's just not much new here, and what is new (the higher difficulty) is not welcome.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    This one should just lay down and play extinct for us.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Just too basic to really hold much interest, and it’s too difficult to figure out for such a simple game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Batman Vengeance had a hopeful start, but the controls, cameras, and crappy graphics make this bat look like a rat.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 Critic Score
    Tedious micromanagement kills the fun before the going gets good.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Painful to play, painful to watch, foolish to purchase.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Cleveland Cavaliers of the video hoops world: not the worst team in the league, but lacks flash, is thin in the middle and an absolute non-factor in the playoffs.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Looks like fun, plays like crap, and isn't even that funny.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game, like too many now, is just a clunker wrapped up with pretty graphics. It may satisfy all you gamers that absolutely despise the bright and cheery atmosphere of Myst, but lacks in gameplay. So don't worry about calling the Orkin man, this cockroach is just about dead.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Crude presentation and lackluster humor can't save this game from the trough.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Casual gamers should pass Danger Girl like a bad bowl of chili.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This boxer needs a cut man to throw in the towel immediately.
    • 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.
    • 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..."
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    On the plus side, you can use the CDs for beverage coasters.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Looking for zombie-blasting kicks? Leave this one buried.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's nothing in AMSH2 that warrants a commendation. Give this company an honorable discharge already.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even if you dig Pikachu's act, the "game" is ultimately a spirit-crushing, mind-numbing exercise in tedium.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Absolutely vile. John Belushi must be spinning in his grave.

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