Hot Games' Scores

  • Games
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 5.8 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
    • 99 Metascore
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    A slightly flawed masterpiece, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
    • 98 Metascore
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    Grind until your wheels fall off, because that's what we do almost every single day.
    • 98 Metascore
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    Stunning 3D backgrounds, convincingly animated (to put it mildly) characters and superfluous effects are carried out in fine style with no hint of slowdown, all the while running in glorious high-res.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Once you get the controls down, you're in for the greatest board meeting of your life.
    • 97 Metascore
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    This game will not be completed in a weekend – this is one of those rare games that will take a lifetime to play. Not a biggie – you won’t soon be bored with it.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Joanna looks good and she knows it, with spectacular Ram-pak enhanced graphics.
    • 97 Metascore
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    If a copy of dis game should happen to fall off a truck somewheres in yas naybahood, pick it up. It's an offer you shouldn't refuse, capice?
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    • 97 Metascore
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    You watch in amazement as enemies dance and react to your gun fire, the AI gets progressively stronger throughout the game, with enemies that will avoid you and eventually out think you.
    • 97 Metascore
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    Not enough for you? If this isn't the ultimate football game, you need to suit up and play for real.
    • 96 Metascore
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    One can't go without mentioning the fantastic multiplayer mode. Unlike PC shooters, where ambush seems to be the name of the game, GoldenEye concentrates on fast, frantic fun. Everyone can see each other's screen, and radar is provided for additional assistance, so hiding is a virtual impossibility.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The way scientists and guards talk to you and each other, the huge stages that you can make a little bit more progress in each time you play, the absolutely amazing animation...it all adds up to a totally immersive gaming experience that makes everything else look quite shoddy in comparison.
    • 96 Metascore
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    Visually, Gran Turismo set new standards right down to the finest details including the brilliant lighting effects. And just wait till you see the replays - amazing.
    • 96 Metascore
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    The game is nearly perfect, with stunning graphics, great sound, and controls that enhance rather than detract from the overall cinematic experience.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a racing game – a good but flawed one, a technically masterful piece of work that still has not gotten the gameplay of racing against other drivers quite right. In some ways, it’s actually a step backwards from GT2.
    • 95 Metascore
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    Those gamers new to the adventures of Link and Zelda may want to do some background work and play Ocarina of Time before they jump headfirst into Majora's Mask.
    • 95 Metascore
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    One of the best Advance games at launch...But you’d better be in for a learning curve – although a small one.
    • 94 Metascore
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    A triumph of style with a touch of whimsy, this Fantasy is the perfect finale to an era of PS RPG gaming.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Quite possibly the game of the year – if you liked "Onimusha," then Devil May Cry will definitely possess you.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Once again, Madden leads the field in video game football, and as of right now, there’s no one near him in coverage.
    • 94 Metascore
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    Simply, one of the best RPG's ever made, and one of the finest games for the PlayStation console.
    • 94 Metascore
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    The essential 3D first person multiplayer experience of our time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game lasts about 12 hours for the average player, but it is an action-packed ride the whole way. Definitely worth the cash.
    • 94 Metascore
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    A game that captures the essence of why most of us started playing games in the first place -- skill, speed, innovation and style, with gameplay that's as fun to watch as it is to play.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It's not simply an all out brawl where the one who punches the fastest wins, but rather an elegant and more balanced fighting game, where knowing the combos is not enough - knowing when to use them and how to counter them counts for something as well.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Put simply, this is the best racing game you can get for yourself right now and is the sequel every Gran Turismo fan could have wanted.
    • 93 Metascore
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    While it is sometimes glaringly obvious that this is scaled down, Alpha's famous speed and depth comes across perfectly. All the combos, special moves and ISM's are in place, as are the characters.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What the hell is that ethernet modem for if you can't take the Hawk online? Because of that, this Hawk rates slightly lower than the PS2 version.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SSX
    Stellar arcade-style fun and one of the best games for the PS2. It's only hampered by some mild slow-down and a steep difficulty curve.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Internet game play is also the game's biggest plus -- "Unreal Tournament" on the PS2 is still a one-player game.
    • 93 Metascore
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    It may not have the emotional impact of some of Square's RPG's, but it does have likeable characters, a huge amount of gameplay, an epic quest, and beautifully rendered environments and effects.
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    • 93 Metascore
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    It's all the fun of the original in the palm of your hand.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Easily one of the best (if not the best) racing games on the Dreamcast. It's certainly the best GT-style circuit racer on the platform.
    • 93 Metascore
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    This is by far the best-looking basketball game currently on the market, the only negative being some jarring motion-capture transitions.
    • 93 Metascore
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    WO XL also has possibly the best soundtrack of any game, including contributions from Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Prodigy... A landmark racer and one of the all time classics on this console.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Deceptively deep, this is the new blueprint for action RPGs and one of the last must-haves for the N64.
    • 93 Metascore
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    It’s the best next-gen basketball game available, easily beating "NBA Live 2002" for the PS2, which is more of a roster upgrade than a revamping of the game.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Simply the best hockey game ever released.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It has great competitive factions, a large line-up of diverse skaters, and some of the most mind-blowing, thumb-numbing, breathtaking tricks yet seen on a console snowboarding game.
    • 92 Metascore
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    You simply have to check this out!
    • 92 Metascore
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    Cute, funny and continuously enchanting - it's what good gaming is all about.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great medieval romp that plays just like the espionage thrillers "Syphon Filther 2" or "Metal Gear Solid." It's a welcome reprieve from traditional role playing games like "Secret of Mana."
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A true sleeper out of left field, packed with depth, style and replay value.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The first game was an undeniable classic that could easily be ruined in the wrong hands. We're here to tell you to pack those fears away in a box because this is the dream sequel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Seriously addictive - and seriously fun.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the most fun game out for the Game Cube right now. It's not really a fighting game as much as it is a four-person party brawling game.
    • 92 Metascore
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    It's fun, whether you're playing solo and trying to complete the Crazy Box-type mini games or going head-to-head in the four-player mode, and it will instantly become a party classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nice one, although it needs a gigantic monster of a machine to really play properly.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Easily the best game of its type on the PlayStation.
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    • 92 Metascore
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    Without a doubt the most intriguing, most competent, and most encompassing game of the franchise. It's a great game, the best RPG the PS2 has to offer, and it does a good job of weaving story and structure together.
    • 92 Metascore
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    Essential. Brilliant.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The constantly evolving waves and progressively harder CPU opponents mean that Wave Race 64 never stops from being challenging.
    • 92 Metascore
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    The environments look spectacular, with appropriate decor lining every object in the huge stages and good use of shadows and lighting. Character animation is a riot.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is on the short side and once you are well practiced it won't take much longer than 30 minutes to beat it. But believe this, this is one great party game, you'll be in stitches as people fumble their way through the rap when they first start. Parappa is a must have game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can't help shake the feeling that Rare threw offensive material into the game merely for the sake of offending. Once you get over your initial shock at so much swearing, you'll find a competent game with great humor hidden among all the fart jokes.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fun, pure and simple - the scenarios and environments it's based on were paid for with blood, sweat, and tears. It's makes the game an honor to play.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden certainly has style, substance and reputation behind it, but "NFL2K1" (for Dreamcast) has an undefinable fun factor that makes it more readily playable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s a rare game that combines style and simple, brilliant play, and a very worthy choice for King of the PS2 platformers.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer of course shines, and there's never been a better excuse to splash out for that cable modem than the multi-tiered dogfights possible in FreeSpace 2. The best of its kind yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game you'll probably keep coming back to periodically even as the years progress -- its simplicity and charm will likely ensure it a lasting place in your game library.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For all its graphical splendor and high level of polish, the game’s inherent flaws are its high level of difficulty and relative lack of depth.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Lara herself is well designed and animates superbly, whether it be while shooting a gun, traversing treacherous mountain ledges or swimming through violent rapids.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Like "Sonic" and "Crash," Spyro grabs on and doesn't let go, and the complexity of the levels, hidden games, and non-stop action make it one of the year's best platform games.
    • 91 Metascore
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    One of the best looking fighters so far for the PS2, it eclipses "Street Fighter EX3" and "Tekken Tag Tournament" for beauty.
    • 91 Metascore
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    It doesn't take a skateboarding fan to be a Tony Hawk fan -- this is just a fun game that PC gamers won't want to miss.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The easily accessible humor and storyline of such adventure classics as "Broken Sword" and "Monkey Island" are lacking in here, though, but it's a pretty ride while it lasts.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the swank voice-over cast and Bond-ian soundtrack to the pounding rattle of machine gun fire, nobody does (sound) better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best skateboarding game ever – but without multiplayer support, it falls a notch behind the PS2 version.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Graphically, this could well be the PlayStation's finest hour. The lighting effects are nothing short of incredible, with each environment sporting realistic and amazingly effective touches on each surface.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's enjoyable, playable, and everything that fans of RPG's could hope for.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Features fun gameplay with more depth than you'll find in most GameBoy games so far.
    • 91 Metascore
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    Even while he's just holding a golf club, Mario still has plenty of style and charisma - as do his similarly golf mad companions that join him. Forget all the so-serious golf sims and have a round of Mario Golf.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Each of the 3D worlds are crammed tight with interesting layouts, dazzling backgrounds and novel gameplay situations. You never are at a loss to find your next objective - the flip side is that there's little room to explore and find all the cool secret stuff found in other games of this type.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ICO
    It’s like playing "Final Fantasy" without meeting any monsters. Pretty to look at, but ultimately a little light in the game play.
    • 90 Metascore
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    This is one of those games that just screams out fun whenever you play, even though technically apes aren't the same as monkeys. An absolutely essential part of any platform fan's collection.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The atmosphere is captured perfectly, the cinemas are perfectly interleaved with the action, really drawing you into Gabe's chaotic world.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Fast and furious action, great sound and gameplay -- it's the best 2D fighting game ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although the female players are an excellent addition, and the create-a-player is another good move, there are noticeable gaps in the lineup, including Sampras and Chang.
    • 90 Metascore
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    This is simply an unbelievably cool game, and one that you will physically HAVE to stop playing long before you want to.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's got some of the better features of THPS3 for the PS2 and X-Box thrown in, and plays well.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Jak and Daxter brings back memories of the fun of Crash without killing the character through repetition.
    • 90 Metascore
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    With sleek modeling on all the craft, breakneck action and speed in all the levels, and detail that only a Star Wars fan can appreciate (like the Snowtroopers running towards the Hoth generators), this game is as superior in the graphics category as you can get.
    • 90 Metascore
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    It’s a fantastic college football game, and as of yet, completely without a collegiate equal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as any other espionage thriller out there, "Deus Ex" is bolstered by a fantastic storyline.
    • 90 Metascore
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    NBA 2K2 still showcases the best basketball game out there - steady game play, dazzling visuals, realistic sound.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Since the game requires the bundled Expansion Pak, you would think that the graphics would take the Nintendo 64 to new levels. This sadly isn't the case - there's still cases of pop up and fog - but we can safely say that there aren't many games out there that look as good as this.And hey, any game with monkeys in it is cool by us.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The best internet play of any console shooter lifts Unreal Tournament to our top score. That doesn't mean it's perfect -- but it does mean it's the best of its genre on any console.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The original premise, varied situations and fresh gameplay means that Blast Corps is like nothing you've experienced before. The biggest shame about Blast Corps is that it seems destined to be the most under-rated classic Nintendo 64 game.
    • 90 Metascore
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    One of the best wrestlers on the PlayStation, Smackdown 2 puts all the other jabronis to shame with its quick action, cool graphics, and exciting game play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas last year the controls seem looser than Madden’s, and therefore more intuitive and fun, this year they seem way too easy.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The extensive Franchise Mode (which includes this year’s Houston Texans) is the best in any football game ever, and the Madden Cards once again hype the game’s replayability.
    • 90 Metascore
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    The best RPG's, though, tell a compelling story, provide plenty of exploration, and let you mix it up with fun, addictive battles. On those counts, Grandia II is a rousing success.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't expect to jump in and then jump out of Banjo's world -- once netted, you'll remain til the end.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Its minor control issues notwithstanding, this is the best rally racer available on the PSX -- maybe on any platform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the best, most well-rounded basketball game out there, and soars above the competitors.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no better platform game available for the PS2.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's major weakness is in the combat system - there's too many loopholes that can be exploited with the Draw technique, making combat tedious and mundane after a while.
    • 90 Metascore
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    Madden takes the trophy again this year, with "GameDay" closing the gap by a little.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As the title suggests, the gameplay in Beetle Adventure Racing is focused more on having fun rather than being serious. Thanks to the ludicrous amounts of jumps and turbo boosters littered on each track, your VW is capable of leaping into the air with the greatest of ease.
    • 89 Metascore
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    The seamless controls and extensive levels can only be matched by the spectacular graphics and superior sound.
    • 89 Metascore
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    Takes the vibe and style of the previous two games and ramps up the speed to even higher levels.

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