Joystiq's Scores

  • Games
For 767 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 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Lowest review score: 20 Conduit 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 767
767 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I fell in love with this game, immediately. It's got a funny script, it's easy to learn, and I can complete a whole quest while I wait for my tea to steep.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crysis 3 is a marked improvement over its predecessors, both from a narrative and gameplay standpoint. It features a simpler, cohesive story with fewer of the constrained corridor crawls and Ceph turkey shoots found in Crysis 2. Even within the confines of its linear level design, Crysis 3 offers a great deal of freedom.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thief is best when it sticks to the involving, slow-paced stealth that made its ancestor such a tense affair. In its subtle moments, Eidos Montreal gives your creeping a sense of closeness and texture, in a game where you almost always have your nose pressed against things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Having waited seven years for another helping of Golden Sun, cozy is exactly what I was looking for.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 almost always rises above its annoyances. There's plenty to see and do, from its magnificent moonlit views to its sensational bosses (infuriating stealth boss excepted).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's gorgeous, even if it's built in an aging engine (the same engine that powered 2008's Dark Sector, in fact). And it's a first-person shooter with a story that's worth a damn, something we don't see very often in general (and especially not with shooters, specifically).
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it comes down to it, some automotive enthusiasts just want to jump into the car of their dreams and go for a long drive through the country, and Forza Horizon delivers that simple pleasure on a silver platter. The fact that a solid racing game is included doesn't hurt either.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Divinity: Original Sin could be more straightforward and more modern in other aspects and perhaps maintain its allure. After 60 hours of deep, challenging and often confounding role-playing action, I'm willing to forgive its sins, original or otherwise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB 14 might have its rough edges, but it lives up to the term "simulation" in the truest sense, offering players the means to realistically succeed any way they choose.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In spite of its minor faults, OlliOlli is fun to play. It eases you along at a very careful pace, doling out chains of more complex gaps and trick requirements as you advance through levels. I suggest you give OlliOlli a chance, because for every ten failed attempts, you'll find one gained success – and, best of all, you'll feel like you earned it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you approach it as a series of challenges to be overcome with skill, you will be driven into a rage (trust me). The correct approach is to just have fun, enjoy the funny animations and noises when you screw up, and keep playing until you can keep up with the rhythm naturally.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Admittedly, the platforming mechanics occasionally feel too simple for their own good, but the narrative and gameplay weave together so seamlessly that the game becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Its little blocks have heart, and that gave me a reason to see things through to the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A crystal clear, easy-to-follow example of how to do a licensed game. High Moon didn't think of the Tranformers' abilities as a liability, as something to be shoehorned into a standard game, but rather embraced them and came away with something really special.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it fails to elevate itself into the exalted ranks of the Very Best Mario Games, Yoshi's New Island is by no means a sub-standard experience. It's solid. Reliable. You come in expecting devious platforming levels that will test your gaming mettle, and that's exactly what you get.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a kind of elegance to this game that you don't really see anymore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seasoned Party-goers and newcomers looking for an entry point into the prolific franchise, however, should consider crashing Mario's latest shindig.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As unassuming and stylish as the rest of the series is melodramatic and bombastic, Hitman Go is an impressive debut for Square Enix Montreal. The play style recalls the strategic thinking of the console/PC games, but does so with an entirely new style that fits touch-based devices like a fine leather glove.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well-tuned kart racer. It cleaves rather closely to the genre's established formula, though it does add a few wrinkles to the equation, namely the grappling hook and the very welcome ability to defend oneself against power-ups.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not the most complicated experience, but its cute exterior belies some inner sophistication, even if it is sometimes let down by little troubles.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are few better places for creative players and unchecked villainy to prosper than in Scribblenauts Unlimited.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stepping onto the greens at Augusta National for the first time was nerve-wracking, but I did it. I walked away a winner in stylish bravado, the green cloth of victory a sign to all that I came and conquered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are some bugs and the story is disappointing, but it says a lot about the experience that I was able to quickly shake those things off and keep replaying levels or building contracts again and again.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't skip any cut-scenes and follow the story closely, Yesterday is an experience unlike any of Pendulo's previous titles, and one you'll be unlikely to forget, no matter how hard you try.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic, one that isn't a chore to play and is genuinely absorbing across its two-hour entirety, even with its hiccups. Also, if you're looking for the most depressing dad sim on the planet, The Walking Dead: Episode 1 is for you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a refreshing, perfectly sized game that squeezes the fun puzzle process, of learning and exploiting the rules, into tidy little rooms.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Has everything you want from this kind of cozy mystery: a high-stakes crime, over-the-top suspects and a plucky everyman sleuth. The story and acting are pitch-perfect and will engage even the fussiest armchair detectives, so long as they can put up with the game's mechanical shortcomings.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Most Wanted is the next Burnout game fans have clamoring for – it may not say so on the box, but everything about it screams Burnout. The feel of the cars, the physics and the eclectic mix of multiplayer modes are all undeniably Criterion qualities, the things old fans love and the properties that convert new fans with every studio release.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hey Ice King is a potent distillation of everything that makes the cartoon such an uncommon, endearing powerhouse, and out of all the things I assumed this game would be, that was never, ever one of them.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's my new favorite installment in the series, and it offers a great example of how to update old-fashioned RPG mechanics for the present day.

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