Joystiq's Scores

  • Games
For 714 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 0.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 FIFA Soccer 13
Lowest review score: 20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 714
714 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MMA is a fuller game that celebrates the broadest scope of the sport with a loving precision, while UFC brings out a roster of more recognizable fighters for a more casual, beer-and-buddies experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MMA is a fuller game that celebrates the broadest scope of the sport with a loving precision, while UFC brings out a roster of more recognizable fighters for a more casual, beer-and-buddies experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it may drag on at times, especially for those accustomed to more cerebral RPG fare, but it's also kind of magical, and I'm not convinced you're ever old enough to pass that up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's puzzling to watch so much effort go into streamlining Fable 2's already superb design without fixing its obvious technical shortcomings, try not to let that distract you from what remains an exceptional game. It may not be revolutionary, but it is royally fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're one of those car nuts I mentioned earlier, here's your game. Have fun, we'll see you in a year when you finally leave the house. If you're not in that group -- you like, even love racing games, but care less about tuning and more about the thrill of the race -- GT5 is like walking in on a group of physicists discussing string theory and asking who wants to go toss around a ball for a bit. You're looking to have fun; they're only interested in studying the math behind how it bounces.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You don't need to be a Disney fan to appreciate the high points of Epic Mickey, but it certainly helps when the going gets rough. Thankfully, the moments of sheer joy this game creates -- whether it's the umpteenth weird twist on a Disney classic or the multitude of fantastic side-scrolling levels themed after Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts -- mean there's always something worthwhile just around the corner.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare's work on Kinect Sports really demonstrates what the camera is capable when it's used by a capable developer. If you've already got the hardware to play it on, consider Kinect Sports a must-have.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can judge Kinectimals all you want, but are you going to be the one who tells the little girl she can't have her own imaginary tiger? Thought not.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Dance Central's greatest shortcoming is that it can't actually teach you how to dance. But, it's greatest triumph is that -- against all odds -- it will make you want to.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The hands-free motion control with heart monitor alone is worth the price of admission. But fortunately there's more to this game than just a gimmick – it's a solid effort all-around and a surprisingly fun way to get fit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To say that this game comes as a surprise would be an enormous understatement. Sonic fans, I know it's hard to believe, but there's a reason to believe again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Ops is a terrific action game with a solid story and a deep, rewarding multiplayer mode.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I tend to sprint in the middle of the room with a shotgun, shoot a round in the air, and get ready for the army to rain down on me. To each his own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a solid effort all-around and a surprisingly fun way to get fit.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the bite-sized puzzle play of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! initially seems no more enthralling than what you could find on a free Flash game site, it takes only a few minutes for the game's quality to shine through.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But like Narbacular Drop, Hoard's gameplay shines beyond its meager trappings. If anyone ever polishes this game to a Portal-like hue, there won't be enough cake jokes in the world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Having waited seven years for another helping of Golden Sun, cozy is exactly what I was looking for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amnesia's macabre sensibilities and slow pacing may not be for everyone, but horror fans looking for a truly frightening experience should turn off the lights, plug in some headphones and settle in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The music in Fate is dark, ominous, and really cool.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam -- as a $15 expansion -- is a must. The maps are excellent and several aspects of the game feel different, but still balanced, like they did in the original game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My apprehension toward abandonment is exactly what kept me coming back to ilomilo, because I couldn't bear to leave those errant thumbs unsupervised (in the game, I mean).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    How much you get out of Dead Space 2 is directly proportional to how much you enjoy slicing up Necromorphs (or eviscerating humans in multiplayer). The campaign is designed for multiple plays, with a "new game plus" option allowing Isaac to take his items and upgrades into a new game, even on a new difficulty.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with its rough spots, Encore of the Night is a great game and a genuine surprise. You don't have to be a Castlevania junkie to enjoy it, but you'll definitely appreciate it even more if you come from the vamp-stamping camp.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Explodemon doesn't coalesce into a product that's as refined or as beautiful as the Treasure classics that inspired it. But thought it may be a bit rough around the edges, it's also precisely the kind of game I would've bought used from a Japanese import store -- so, in that sense, it's still something of a gem.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a bad game, but it's certainly not a friendly game -- something that you'd notice even if you weren't coming off of Dragon Quest IX, and something that is only exacerbated for those who are.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, these are the new trappings of an old, old game -- one you may have already played three or four times before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, these are the new trappings of an old, old game -- one you may have already played three or four times before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By the time the last sword was swung in Dragon Age 2, I had enjoyed some great conversations, participated in some thrilling battles and even been at the center of an interesting story. I just never could shake the feeling that it was a story I was telling myself.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shooter 2 is not as consistent of an experience as its predecessor. Given Q's record of creating terrific "Encore" expansions for previous PixelJunk games, it's a bit disappointing that the franchise's first real sequel falls a little short. Still, I imagine it'd be a welcome addition to anyone's PSN library.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken in "shotgun" form, Pilotwings Resort's difficulty curve seems harsh, and the game stressful. But if you enjoy a few missions at a time, perhaps going back through them to refine your score and your abilities, you'll get a better sense of the relaxation and freedom that comes from taking to the skies.