InsideGamer.nl's Scores

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For 951 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 98 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 18 History Great Empires: Rome
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 56 out of 951
951 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Chaos Rising is a good add-on. The story is strong, we like the choices you can make in the missions and there is even more variation in the missions then there was in the original Dawn of War II.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sony managed to rewrite the manual for party brawlers and has, despite minor faults, delivered a great fighting game. The super system works well and feels refreshing. With beautiful environments and unique fighting styles Battle Royale will entertain you for quite a while.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box is just a great game for those who haven't played the console versions. There's tons of cars to unlock, races to engage in and stunts to perform. Add to this the 'pick up and play' control mechanics and you've got yourself a great racing game that doesn't require mad driving skills and is just genuine fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Child of Light is an enchantingly pretty, old-fashioned role playing game with a fun battle system, a beautiful graphical style and gorgeous music. Child of Light deserves your attention, even if you're not in to these kind of RPG's.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sound Shapes is a game you simply have to play to find out how good it really is. You can easily play a single number, but the game is also well suited for long play sessions filled with synergy between the music and the 2D platforming. The campaign may be a little short and the Death Mode is simply unfair, but the simple yet complete level editor makes up for this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    More a game than ever. The dressed down Classic Mode and the playful challenges give the series a nice refresher, without losing the most important Football Manager qualities: depth and size.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    InFamous: First Light feels grand due to its small size. In a flash you’ll receive tremendous neon powers to cross the city with great speed. Though these powers are what makes First Light great, the rest of the game is not to be underestimated. The famous comic like cutscenes, a modest amount of collectibles and challenges and a special Battle Arena mode take First Light beyond just feeling like InFamous Light.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    By giving each car its separate missions, Need for Speed: Most Wanted introduces a fresh new way to experience open world racers. You will be pushed to use new vehicles, though it is a shame that unlocked upgrades are somewhat useless because of this.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Halo 4 is a game with two sides. On the one hand 343 Studios hasn't managed to create a single player experience with a great story. And on top of that the musical presentation isn't what you'd expect it to be. The true magic of the game is to be found in the multiplayer mode. Through subtle changes, constant rewards through the Ordnance system and new gear, the multiplayer keeps you enthralled throughout. And should you be done with it, then there's still Spartan Ops.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 Special Edition for the Wii U is a good game. The Mass Effect 3 experience was kept intact, but the new functionalities offered by the Wii U aren't anything special.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I really enjoyed playing Left 4 Dead, and will continue to do so for many more hours. My only complaint is the slight lack of content and different gaming modes. The AI controller guarantees a certain level of variation in gameplay, but the playable levels and types of enemies remain the same. Content wise the game would score an 8, but Left 4 Dead packs enough fun to raise that score half a point.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is a special and well rounded adventure that delivers on graphics, atmosphere and humor. A good, eerie game with a cheerful tone. Great for cowards… but also challenging enough for the tougher gamer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 goes for gold with golden themed levels that bring simple, yet fun platforming action. It's not a punishment to play levels over and over again, finding all the secrets or trying to set a new record in Coin Rush. The addition of a compelling cooperative multiplayer experience makes New Super Mario Bros. 2 the best side-scrolling Mario-game to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grid 2 is a fantastic racing game in which you'll have to fight for a decent classification. There's no 'perfect line'-crap, but purely the battle. Because of this, a victory really feels like a victory. There's enough variation to keep you going, but the career mode seems a bit bleak. Because of that, it barely misses out on a 9 or higher.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite a weak storyline, the new story mode makes Dance Central 3 more fun to play by yourself, although experienced dancers probably won't even touch the mode. The formula still stands firm, even recurring small irritations can't change that. Add the great Crew Throwdown mode for eight players to the mix and it's clear Dance Central has once again raised the bar.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Reaper of souls is the perfect addition to Diablo 3 with loot 2.0. Loot feels less crappy, the Crusader is an interesting class – aside from the story – Act V is a pleasant experience. The strongest addition is the Adventure Mode though, that offers a whole new way to play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hitman: Absolution reaches out to a broader audience with some new features, but manages to stay true to its nature. Some new features, like badly placed checkpoints and mission structure, sometimes ruin the game, but the mission offers an amazing amount of killing options you'll be surprised in a positive way more often than in a negative.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Harmonix proves rhythm games are still as alive as ever; it just lacked some creativity these last couple of years. Rock Band Blitz might start of slow, but this is soon compensated by the fresh outlook the game gives on music games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Blizzard shows with Diablo III that they know how to create a console game. With a few good improvements and additions, we’ll let the few slip-ups slip by. Diablo III on consoles is better than the PC-version in pretty much every way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We might be a bit sick and tired of all the videogame remasters, but Borderlands: The Handsome Collection awakens us. The huge amount of content, the updated visuals and the option to play together with three of your friends are all great add-ons to an already awesome videogame. The only downside to this collection is the technical imperfection, especially within the Pre-Sequel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The single player is quite varied when it comes to weapons, levels and gameplay elements. The OWL also offers players a few interesting tactical choices, which make certain sections of the game highly replayable. Top that off with some great visuals and a high framerate, and we’ve got ourselves a great shooter that’s worth buying for the single player alone.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV brings more, but not enough to justify the game if you already own Street Fighter IV.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It takes a little time to get used to (especially the controls), but thanks to Tech Web and the Affinities this is an awesome Civilization game. It is unpredictable, it looks great and there is a lot of freedom to do your own thing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Anno 1404 is a terrific game and will keep you entertained for a long time. It gives the player challenges after challenges, and you won't get easily bored. It also looks really good. The only downside is the lack of strategic elements.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Call of Pripyat is one of those game that people just seem to miss. It’s incredibly moody and an intents experience. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat is what Shadow of Chernobyl should have been.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Wind Waker HD is a fantastic remake. Lovers of the original can enjoy the visuals and improved gameplay to their hearts content, including the extra tough Hero Mode. New players can get ready for an amazing adventure that they'll cherish for a long while after playing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3 is much more sloppy and than expected, and the graphic quality of the Northern Kingdoms is a disappointment. However, the game is still so good that we accept these issues. This fantasy world is great, offers plenty of detail and keeps pulling you back in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    OlliOlli is about a flow; a balance between fun and challenge, in which rhythm and skills are crucial. The game does this in such a convincing manner, that you’ll gladly return for daily grinds, even if it is just to reach that top 100.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a history lesson as you have not experienced it, ever. The story is full of touching moments, small pieces of joy and at the same time it shows the horrific impacts of war. The gameplay remains varied, although the puzzles are a bit repetitive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shadow of Mordor is the best Lord of the Rings-game ever, maybe because it ignores so many of Tolkien's written rules. Thanks to the fantastic Nemesis-system and the familiar feeling of climbing and fighting, this game knows how to avoid the curse of bad licensed games.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Everything that had made World of Warcraft ​​a success can be found in Wildstar as well. Fortunately, the game - thanks to its cartoonish sci-fi western appearance, active combat system and humor - has its own identity. For newcomers to the genre Wildstar is ideal, but for MMO veterans Wildstar has plenty to offer too.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shovel Knight is a game that could have been released in the NES era. The best elements of the games of the past and the innovations that come from the games of today are combined brilliantly. The game may perhaps be over too soon, but Shovel Knight does not take a cheap route to your your nostalgic feelings, and goes one step further by being a great stand-alone platformer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grid Autosport is a fine racing game with enjoyable driving experience, a lot of variety in types of (race) cars and an extensive online multiplayer mode. We can forgive the fact that the game doesn't look good in every respect: it has no negative influence on the experience of racing. By far the most impressive thing about the game is the AI, that asks everything of you to win races, again and again.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Beatles Rock Band has become a very solid band-game. The game brings a unique and happy visual style, that offers a interesting setting for a wide audience. In fact it’s the ideal game for some father and son time. The tracks of the game are very entertaining, although some “click” with the Beatles music might be necessary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Tomb of Sammun-Mak is a really fun episode. The switching between the movie reels adds an extra layer of depth to the puzzles and the story is a lot better than in the first episode. Sam & Max: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak gives promising prospect for the episodes to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    MadWorld is a fantastic game, even worth killing for (*badoom pssh*). The game looks great, delivers great fun and sounds superbly. There are some minor annoyances: the game repeats itself over time and some quick time events don’t register well. Nevertheless, go get this game!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is ideal for Wii U-owners who are up for a challenge in which they can easily lose dozens of hours. The game doesn’t look exceptionally well, but the strong use of Gamepad, the improved controls and the prospect of Capcom supporting the game with extra challenges and missions, make this final version of Monster Hunter 3 an excellent game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Super Street Fighter IV brings more, but not enough to justify the game if you already own Street Fighter IV.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Tiny Wings 2 is a sequel by the book: the same formula, with a slightly different approach and some new elements.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Wii leaves the stage with a bang. Beat the Beat: Rhythm Paradise is a collection of rhythm games that make the most out of the two buttons of the Wii controller. Funny tunes that stay in your head and completely random rhythm games; we can't think of a better game to put a beat in our summer.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Scholar of the First Sin is a good re-release of Dark Souls 2. The higher frame rate works miracles and the even higher difficulty level together with the mixed content will surprise even Dark Souls 2-veterans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's minimalistic style and simple concept entertains us level after level. In all it s simplicity, BoxBoy's key characters surprises us with his charm. We would have liked the learning curve to be a little bit more steep.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ensemble Studio wanted to make a Real Time Strategy game for Halo fans. We can tell you that they succeeded. The controls are as simple as riding a bike. Once you get to know the basic controls you just keep on going. For hardcore RTS players this game might be to easy and option wise the game is very restricted. Nevertheless, we have had a great time playing this game and love to play it a little bit more online.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Frozen Synapse has great gameplay thanks to a wealth of options that make for deep, turn-based combat. The fights are addicting, but it isn't visually amazing, despite the charm of the neon colors. The amazing soundtrack, great controls and excellent multiplayer make this an awesome game on iOS devices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Modnation Racers is the perfect party racer, with a lot of depth and a million customization options. The only bad thing about the game are the loading times, which are way to long.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Helldivers is an excellent mix of tactics and action. The freedom it offers through weapons and Stratagem-skills makes it possible for everybody to create their own way of playing this game. The difficulty level is nice and high, which makes the co-op experience even more intense. This game might look a bit generic, the gameplay is so much fun that you won't even notice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Sims 3 is the best The Sims game so far because of two new gameplay elements. The open ended neighborhood provide your Sims with a great deal of freedom and because of the new trait system, every Sim is completely unique all the time. Too bad the game is lacking some content object-wise speaking, but that doesn’t change the fact that virtual people were never more interesting to observe and never more fun to play with.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rayman Jungle Run isn't a very challenging game, but before you know it you're addicted to our running limbless friend. The levels are short but addictive and the graphics are straight out of Rayman Origins, which make it look fantastic on a tablet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It is pretty simple: if you loved Wolfenstein: The New Order, then Old Blood will give you a great time as well. And in case shooting Nazi's with oversized machine guns is totally your cup of tea, you will enjoy this DLC.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo 6 is the game GT5 should have been. The biggest annoyances have been ironed out, it's made huge improvements to its physics and with an abundance of cars and track it warrants keeping your PS3 plugged in for another year or so. Even if it only is to experience the future patches, because Gran Turismo 6 is not yet the game Polyphony promised it would be.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Origins is one of the best Nintendo DS-games of the year, and both appealing to fans of and newcomers to the Dragon Ball-universe. It’s got a good story, great humour, plenty of action, and some nice visuals to keep you coming back for more. My only gripe with it is the at times not so precise control system, and lack of co-op mode, which could’ve turned this game into an instant Kamehameha.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Civilization V: Gods and Kings has a serious price tag, but it does bring the Civilization veterans some great features. The addition of religion, espionage and new nations, gives Gods and Kings the well-known 'just one more turn'-feeling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Bright Lord is good extra content. It does not feel very renewing, but because it is a bit more about spectacular swordfighting this DLC is not forgettable. Using The Ring feels exactly how it is supposed to: epic and powerful. We totally get why Gollum loves that thing so much.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    UFC 2009: Undisputed is a must-have for UFC-fans. If you're not a fan, you can still enjoy a good fight and it is a superb introduction to the UFC-world. The game is visually great and the impact of the hits is impressive. Play this game with your friends until the late hours.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Beatles Rock Band has become a very solid band-game. The game brings a unique and happy visual style, that offers a interesting setting for a wide audience. In fact it’s the ideal game for some father and son time. The tracks of the game are very entertaining, although some “click” with the Beatles music might be necessary.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Xcom: Enemy Unknown is one of the best recently released strategy games.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Monument Valley is a beautiful digital work of art that’s a joy to play with its fascinating puzzles and amazing looking levels. Every level plays with perspective, the laws of nature and a simply unique experience with its great use of color, sounds and music. Too bad it’s really short though.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gravity Rush is unique in multiple ways. Playing with gravity takes a while to get used to, but thanks to the intuitive controls, the game soon plays like a dream. Together with the amazing visual style and great cut-scenes this makes Gravity Rush a true work of art.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The missing maps and lesser graphics don't affect the core of XCOM. It can easily keep you occupied for twenty hours or more on the iPad, even if you've played the game on other platforms before. A great game gone mobile.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A sparkling game full of cute character, funny situations and spectacular boss battles. It’s a shame the bad recognition of symbols sometimes get in the way of the chaotic and fast gameplay. And the game sometimes gets frustrating when new enemies kill you before you even get a chance to find out their weaknesses. But despite it all, Platinum Games delivers a solid title that is interesting and beautiful in many ways.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Red Faction: Guerrilla is a sandbox game in its purest form. Watching giant structures collapse is an absolute thrill, and although the characters and their backgrounds aren't very compelling, the awesome weapons and great amount of side missions will take players on a path of destruction for hours to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 10 is a good golf game. It has some nice enhancements in the gameplay area, such as the precision putting and the addition of the US Open-course.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's a shame that Kokuga hasn't realized its potential because it was developed for Nintendo 3DS. The lack of a second stick makes your vehicle less flexible than you'd like and the many enemies often don't fit on the screen. Having said that: the pacing has been slowed down a tad and levels don't scroll along automatically, which works perfectly with the flaws of the 3DS. Aside from that, the card system work sublimely and provides the game with a tactical dimension. It helps Kokuga draw the maximum out of the handheld, so it'll offer you a full fledged experience at a digital price.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A wonderful fighting game. Netherrealm managed to combine all of the good Mortal Kombat had to offer, with the charm of the DC Comics, without incident. Online and offline it provides great over-the-top gameplay for starting players, and offers enough depth for the more experienced players. This depth can be found in the form of interactive levels, individual moves and powers. Aside from that it offers a huge amount of different and unique characters to play with, and lots of content that'll satisfy any DC-fanatic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An incredible hack 'n slash game with a great fighting system that is shown beautifully on screen. Moves seamlessly come together under the guidance of an amazing soundtrack, which constantly pushes you to set an even better score. That this symbiosis of style and content isn't found in the other elements of the game, becomes painfully clear when Dante is trying to act though with bad jokes and terrible one-liners. The writers hint towards an intelligent and deep plot, but when it fails to deliver the disappointment is even bigger. DmC: Devil May Cry is played for the action, and the stylish, beautiful action alone.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The many challenges ibb & obb offer make for many hours of co-op fun and give puzzle aficionados are real challenge. The game turns the player upside down and the beautiful visuals and music make ibb & obb a blast to play. It could’ve been even better with a good hint system and an alternative for voice chat. It might not be the new Braid or Journey, but with ingenious puzzles and a great visual style Dutch indie studio Sparpweed puts itself on the map.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Red Faction: Guerrilla is a sandbox game in its purest form. Watching giant structures collapse is an absolute thrill, and although the characters and their backgrounds aren't very compelling, the awesome weapons and great amount of side missions will take players on a path of destruction for hours to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Skylanders Swap Force is the best Skylanders game yet. Graphically it’s seen some major improvements, it’s quite varied and the amount of content can keep kids busy for countless hours. Its still leaves a bad taste in your mouth though, because you’ll have to spend a lot of money if you want to get the most out of it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Papers, Please is interesting enough to try on its unique base alone, but it's not only the special concept of playing as a customs employee that makes it worth it. Looking for falsified papers, stamping documents and the necessary ethical dilemmas make Papers, Please a game like no other. Glory to Arstotzka!
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a pretty good RPG. It has an interesting story, strong characters and there is a lot of room for exploration. Besides that, it has a very good fighting system. The downfall is the slow pace of the story, but that shouldn't stop you from buying it!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn shows that FFXIV can be saved. The game was declared dead, but with the perseverance of Square Enix a strong game rises from the ashes. There'll be a few lingering annoyances for players here and there, but the beautiful world and typical Final Fantasy elements will keep you hooked for long.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Life is Strange needs a bit of time to get going, but the very nice atmosphere and fun dialogue make this introduction worth while. We do hope the lip sync will be better in the following episodes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What Skate 3 does, it does it good. It is better than the second installment and brings some interesting online modes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    This is the best version of the popular puzzle-rpg that we have seen. ​The Mario-version feels a bit like an easy choice, but again it offers easy to play, deep gameplay that is solid as a rock. Without microtransactions but including a new storyline plus a lot of Mario, this is the ideal way of getting to know the Puzzle & Dragons-phenomenon. ​
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The biggest compliment that I can lodge against Killzone: Mercenary is that is simply works. It’s a complete FPS-game that wouldn’t be misplaced on consoles and works excellently on the Vita thanks to the hardware’s features. Visually it’s stunning, but the game is a bit short and the touch controls do annoy slightly from time to time. The very entertaining multiplayer more than makes up for that though.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a devote Chrono Trigger fan myself I have to admit that Chrono Trigger DS could have used some more improvements than just some touchscreen controls, an extra dungeon and a monster battle system. Still, this remains one of the best games ever made, and newcomers to the game should definitely pick it up right away. The way the compelling story, interesting characters, inspiring music and great gameplay are combined into one game, is something that RPGs to date haven't easily surpassed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank: Nexus is a worthy final addition to a long running series and offers everything that the duo is known for: humor, fun gadgets, innovative weapons, puzzles and enough climbing and jumping. Everyone that enjoyed the series shouldn't miss Nexus, but it's also a great place for newcomers to take a look at what it has to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Super Time Force is constantly chaotic, extremely amusing and at times an elegant time traveling game. Its concept doesn't fully live up to its potential, yet Super Time Force knows how to entertain with a cool style, lots of silly jokes and absurd characters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander 2 is more accessible than the original game, that’s good for those new to the series but veterans might be a bit disappointed. The scale however, manages to impress and in the end that’s what it is all about in a RTS.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The translation from the consoles to the PC is a mission done well by Capcom. Although the extras aren't that interesting and you see the loading screens a bit too long, the PC-version has a lot of positives sides as well. And the way you control the game is perfect, and it does contain some extras as well. Resident Evil 5 is a much more polished game on the PC, that makes everything looks a bit better than on the console.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Ghosts plays it safe. That doesn’t mean it’s not a competent game by a long shot. The single player has gotten a fun new settings, the multiplayer maps are well designed and the new modes are a lot of fun to dive into. It’s just too bad that a few popular modes have been removed and it doesn’t cater as much to the competitive player as previous installments in the series. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this is another great shooter in the Call of Duty franchise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat X has great animations, a solid online gaming experience and smooth controls. The best thing about this game still are the bloody Fatalities, which is exactly what we want in a fighter like MK. It is a pity the single-player story mode is a bit limited.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    An excellent and complete arcade racer. The short and intense races work great on the mobile platform. The many cars, challenging opponents and annoying police make sure you'll never have a moment of boredom. The only downside is that too much of the races are held on the same track.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s more style than substance, but that isn’t a bad thing. However, Platinum Games hasn’t fully embraced this fact and tried to bring a serious story with depth to the table. In which it failed miserably. The game is pure action: a hack and slash game you’ll have to memorize to master. The Blade Mode is a great addition to the series, but the parry system isn’t quite as memorable. The total package, however, is a game that belongs to the top of its class, mainly thanks to the great art style and the brutal, yet amazing music.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Transformers: Fall of Cybertron offers a lot of fun, but has some minor issues. The campaign is varied and compelling, but has some rough edges and misses a cooperative multiplayer mode. The multiplayer is unique and fun, but misses a deeper layer to keep you entertained longer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Without a doubt one of the coolest cooperative games this year. Unlocking new skills and gears is addicting and fun, and the game demands good cooperation if you wish to succeed. The crime.net system mixes up the missions just enough that it stays fun and challenging. The game isn’t made to play by yourself and there are some balancing issues, but despite these issues Payday 2 is highly recommended for every aspiring criminal.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A world full of darkness and fantasy combined with a fascinating story makes Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons a memorable experience. The controls can be quite difficult, despite the low difficulty of the game itself, and the game is a bit on the short side. Yet, the game has the right idea and links a convincing world to it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Because of the unlockable songs and modes Just Dance 4 feels like a game more than ever. The Sweat mode is an exciting option for those who'd like to keep fit by dancing. But it is a shame that some obvious changes haven't made the cut.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Shift has found the right direction once again. The race feeling with the most cars is fantastic and the game looks great. There is enough to do and the experience system invites the player to do races more than once.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Black Ops 2 isn't the game it could have been; there hasn't been enough change in the multiplayer mode. The game does offer an interesting single player experience and a cool zombie mode, unfortunately with dated graphics.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A great collection of bullets and smart level design make Wreckateer a compelling and challenging puzzle game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The charm of the Skylanders is still present in Skylanders: Giants. The synergy between the kiddy exterior and the grown-up gameplay is incredibly well done. Even though the tempo of the game may sometimes drop and you'll probably end up spending way more than a normal game, don't change the fact that Skylanders: Giants is one of the most fun family games of 2012.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In Harm's Way is an outline of what the rest of The Walking Dead's second season will bring us. Decisions are even more difficult and story elements are shocking, but unfortunately there are also less classic adventure puzzles. However, Clementines story gets clearer bit by bit. We're preparing for the rest of the season: things to come will be more exciting and heartbreaking than ever before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With Kero Blaster, Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya shows again his love for (8-bit) games. The game takes a different route than that of Cave Story, but the surreal worlds and the 8-bit visual splendor return. The controls work perfectly and thanks to the innovative shooting system you bang with extreme precision. The only thing Kero Blaster suffers from is the extremely short duration of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What Skate 3 does, it does it good. It is better than the second installment and brings some interesting online modes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Red Faction: Guerrilla is a sandbox game in its purest form. Watching giant structures collapse is an absolute thrill, and although the characters and their backgrounds aren't very compelling, the awesome weapons and great amount of side missions will take players on a path of destruction for hours to come.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Shift has found the right direction once again. The race feeling with the most cars is fantastic and the game looks great. There is enough to do and the experience system invites the player to do races more than once.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Playing a remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is like reliving great memories. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are pure enjoyment, which is not just because of their high quality, but also the addition of nice new elements.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    WWE 2K14 isn’t really doing anything new. The combat system, which works well, has hardly been altered, it looks pretty much the same as its predecessor and has a few old quirks here and there. But whoever wants to throw themselves at all the available content, is going to have a good time with WWE 2K14.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Playing a remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is like reliving great memories. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are pure enjoyment, which is not just because of their high quality, but also the addition of nice new elements.