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 Mortal Kombat
Lowest review score: 20 Sonic Free Riders
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 714
714 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The experience of a game so elegantly, artfully designed in both mechanics and visuals is something that will stay with me, even if the plot wasn't totally coherent.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An imperfect, complex and ambitious reminder of what a game can be when it's unafraid.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's because Capcom had the good sense to leave well enough alone, however, that Online Edition is the best Third Strike there's ever been. And, as we all know, the third strike is what counts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resistance 3 isn't just a great game full of marked, inspired improvements over its predecessor -- it's a declaration of intent to become the new heir apparent to the sci-fi shooter throne.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ubisoft Reflections has pruned the dead weight from Driver's branches, and the result is a pure, focused experience, unencumbered by redundant mechanics and "me too" design choices.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't even think those skulls, or the brutal scoring system, were needed to encourage replayability. Bloodrayne Betrayal has enough style, substance and butter-smooth combat to pull me in for a sweet reprise.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best additions this year are bits of the unexpected, something almost never achieved in sports video games. FIFA 12 delivers enough of those flashes of brilliance to feel a little less like a game, and more like a true soccer simulator.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The cycle of Dark Souls is essentially the same: Hours of diligent, often frustrating work followed by a surprising, often spectacular payoff.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level of synergy between Career and multiplayer feels precise and balanced; one constantly bolsters the other, yet neither take priority or feel parasitic. It's an equalized, symbiotic relationship that neither hampers nor enables, and players that prefer one over the other need not worry over missing out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The post game has been tweaked to be more responsive and allow for more subtle movements over last year's effort, and an improved shot stick means players have more options when trying to put the ball in the net. Last second fakes and finger rolls rule the day and are easily accomplished with a little practice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Speaking as someone firmly on the casual end of the flight spectrum, I've never had more fun in the Wild Blue Yonder.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rocksteady has made the greatest Batman game ever crafted, and they've done that before. But breathing life into a staggeringly beautiful world; one which hums not only with opportunity, but ambition? That's a new trick altogether.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This team of rhythm game veterans have proven once again that they are, as they always have been, masters of progressive iteration.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If solo play is your primary motivator, then it's hard to recommend Battlefield 3 as anything more than an audio-visual treat. The times where Battlefield 3 does its damnedest to go toe-to-toe with Call of Duty are the times it stumbles the hardest. But when DICE is doing what it's always done best, Battlefield 3 is a uniquely mesmerizing multiplayer game with a seemingly endless number of ways to feel like a success. It's not revolutionary, but it's the best Battlefield game, and that's saying a lot.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Moment to moment, it outshines just about every other game on the market, and while it doesn't exactly break the action-adventure mold, it fills it with such practiced substance that you don't really mind the familiarity of its shape.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a solo game, Battlefield 3 on consoles is even less the sum of its parts than the PC version, due to compromised visuals and a legion of technical issues, some of which might stand in the way of actually finishing the game. When Battlefield 3 does its damnedest to go toe-to-toe with Call of Duty are the times it stumbles the hardest. But when DICE is doing what it's always done best, Battlefield 3 is a uniquely mesmerizing multiplayer game with a seemingly endless number of ways to feel like a success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a solo game, Battlefield 3 on consoles is even less the sum of its parts than the PC version, due to compromised visuals and a legion of technical issues, some of which might stand in the way of actually finishing the game. When Battlefield 3 does its damnedest to go toe-to-toe with Call of Duty are the times it stumbles the hardest. But when DICE is doing what it's always done best, Battlefield 3 is a uniquely mesmerizing multiplayer game with a seemingly endless number of ways to feel like a success.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer is some of the series' strongest, and the co-op offerings have been expanded tenfold. But the campaign will leave you yearning, wishing that the characters were differentiated by more than thick accents, or that the gameplay tried something more than aim, shoot, take cover, reload, rinse and repeat.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And while it takes a while to build up, and lacks the rich variety of secrets you know from games like Mario 3 and Super Mario World, Super Mario 3D Land eventually becomes a demandingly hardcore, addictive platformer. It's also easily the most beautiful game on the 3DS, and one of the best-looking Mario games.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a game punctuated by near-constant moments of genuine exhiliration, dishing out a stream of physical and mental satisfaction which moves between taxing and rewarding the player with an almost flawless equipoise. It is, however, a stream that's tragically interrupted by the filler which has reared its ugly head in so many of the series' past iterations.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row: The Third doesn't play like recent THQ efforts have -- all bark and no bite -- but instead feels like a labor of love. It feels like the developers had fun, and they wanted you to feel it too. And I promise, you will.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An exquisitely polished game with few flaws.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a digestible version of football that even the biggest sports cynic can enjoy. And, in the unlikely event you don't have a good time, the typical game only lasts around 15 minutes, so your stint in hell is at least guaranteed to be brief.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THQ and Yuke's bring the sport to life, and it says something about their efforts when the worst aspects of their product are minuscule in comparison to its overall value. UFC 3 makes it easy to get wrapped up in the tactical strategy of MMA fighting while maintaining the pace and difficulty at a challenging level.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My time playing Lumines has been the only time in the last week during which I wasn't panicking. I come out of a 45-minute session feeling rested and kind of euphoric. How's that for an endorsement?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Asura's Wrath is a glittering, golden starchild of incredulity, and I love it.
    • 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.