Joystiq's Scores

  • Games
For 766 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 MLB 13: The Show
Lowest review score: 20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 766
766 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devil Survivor 2 isn't an anime, and it more than makes up for its lack of originality with well-drawn characters, a branching storyline and excellent mechanics. For that, I'm more than happy to accept any similarities, overt or otherwise, to the most popular -- and most screwed up -- anime ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sine Mora's unique time mechanic serves a dual purpose. It gives less dedicated players a chance to enjoy one of the industry's more vibrant genres while simultaneously giving hardcore players a new spin on an age-old formula. I heartily recommend it to either group without delay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I already know reactions to this game will be polarized, and it basically comes down to whether people can get used to those (again, admittedly) uncomfortable controls... But I can't help but be glad I stuck it out through the overlong adjustment period. The upbeat, funny, deep action game that comes after is totally worth the investment.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 12: The Show is an excellent experience that honors and respects one of America's oldest institutions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Awesomenauts does more than simply adapt a successful formula, it does so with humor and panache. It has taken a genre typically dripping with grim fantasy and turned it playfully on its ear. Even without the delightful presentation, the simple fact that developer Ronimo Games has effectively fused a MOBA with the trappings of a 2D action title is laudable on its own. Give it your money, and it will give you its love. You can probably hang on to your cheese though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The transition from emotionally tinged burial ground to functional battleground is at once touching and tasteless, presented in that kind of awkward, bittersweet combination that video games have gotten down to an art form.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's one of the best military shooters I've played. It doesn't push the boundaries of what we expect from that genre, but Future Soldier takes an approach that leaves little room for stagnant gameplay or retreading ground.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to forgive the things that Gravity Rush gets wrong because of the absolutely basic thing it gets spectacularly, brilliantly right: movement. You might have guessed already, but I found flying around wildly to be fun in itself.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The care and attention that went into this year's installment is obvious, and it's overall a fantastic product boasting several improvements over its previous incarnations. Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is the benchmark in the franchise and easily recommended to new and veteran Magic: The Gathering players alike.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At five bucks, it's an easy recommendation for anyone even remotely interested in role-playing games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 2 ends on a note that highlights the detail and thought behind its mechanics... (Potential spoiler omitted.) It's presented in a terribly disturbing manner, of course, but that's part of what makes it so wonderful.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its visual and aural splendor lies a simple, stimulating experience that's difficult to put down. Dyad manages to create a beautiful synthesis of music, visual design and gameplay mechanics, and it does so without missing a beat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The streamlined reward system illustrates the true brilliance behind Orcs Must Die! 2: an extreme level of player accommodation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an experience I intend to play repeatedly, wearing out the virtual grooves in the metaphorical albums.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale needs to retain a modicum of control over such an intense, intricate plot. In doing so, it has found the balance between personalized gaming and coherent drama. Enjoy the journey.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Double Dragon Neon is a fantastic game, one that's carried on a simple premise: it's fun to punch stuff.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Tekken's thesis statement, in a sense – the complete distillation of everything the series ever was and everything it is now, which just so happens to be everything I could possibly want in a fighter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though Mark of the Ninja's informative design makes it easy to obtain that perfect stealth run, there's still a healthy amount of fear throughout.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 is full of memorable moments and silly, crass folks – and if those silly, crass folks happen to be your friends, it's easily one of the best co-op experiences out there, and one of the best games I've played all year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm giving Torchlight 2 a half-star less. The game makes some minor missteps in design, and I don't think the pacing or the scope matches up to that of Diablo 3...Those complaints aside, Runic has made a phenomenal game here, and fans of the original will be overjoyed to find that most of what they loved is still here, with lots more of it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes Dishonored great are the mechanics made possible by the universe in which it exists. There is a level of replayability and creativity available here that isn't seen in most stealth action games. You aren't just figuring out how you need to get from point A to point B, but how you want to get there.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact remains that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is an exemplary turn-based strategy game. Firaxis has deftly blended management, tactics and the sort of gut-level, throaty encounters usually reserved for fast-paced action games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of the comic should feel a deep resonance with Episode 4, as it channels aspects of the early story directly, in the way the group explores the house, a la the Wiltshire Estates, and the inclusion of the self-obsessed, Governor-like figure briefly mentioned in the middle of the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a sense of wonder again, of exploration and discovery. I'm not quite prepared to say New Super Mario Bros. U fully recaptures the spark of Mario's 2D heyday, but it's an impressive step in the right direction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The coolest use of the GamePad, however, is in the environmental audio. When Batman receives radio transmissions from Oracle or overhears a conversation with his surveillance equipment, the audio comes in over the GamePad, simulating Batman's earpiece.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These minor problems, however, rarely interfere with the pulse-quickening thrill of diving into a mass of infected and coming out alive on the other side. ZombiU isn't for everyone, but those who stick with it, through its unforgiving and occasionally frustrating difficulty, there's a an exhilarating experience to be had.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Mass Effect 3 Special Edition is your only shot at dipping into BioWare's universe, you may as well take it. If you've already experienced the previous games, and you don't mind missing out on importing your character, you'll find a competent port with a few novel extras.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transformed should not be missed by anyone who truly values a fun, exceptionally well crafted racing game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has excellent, explicit design layered on top of system-based chaos – which is a fancy way of saying that just about everything in Far Cry 3 feels like a reward.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its simple mechanics and unforgiving difficulty, Crashmo is the new standard bearer for Nintendo's legacy of excellent handheld puzzle games.