Kill Screen's Scores

  • Games
For 88 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 15% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 76% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 8.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 86 Bayonetta 2
Lowest review score: 21 Only If
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 88
  2. Negative: 11 out of 88
88 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 erects some of the most solid fighting mechanics and phantasmagorically gonzo visuals in gaming to date—certainly, something as compulsive and massive as this boosts the Wii U to the front of the pack—and through its formal choices communicates a singular, unfiltered vision of sexualization.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is all things. A videogame soundtrack for the ages. A digital hoarder’s dream. A virtual cock-fighting ring. A magnifying glass from space. A do-it-yourself 3D diorama kit. That it’s a fun game too is almost frosting at this point.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Throats are ripped out, bones snap, and The Wolf Among Us proves that it still has more than enough bite to back up its bark.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    This is the National Pastime deconstructed. This is also Nintendo’s past commingling with its future: A perfect, tiny game, forced into this strange new shape and sold piecemeal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The cumulative effect is a game that is as bright, rich, and lovely as nostalgia would have us believe our favorite NES games always were.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 15 is a truly impressive football videogame, and probably the best I’ve ever played.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a strategy game, but not really by design. It is a very good representation of being a baseball manager; it just happens that being a baseball manager is a pretty good strategy game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Transistor’s combat engages with the same dualism that informs the game’s central tension between coded performativity and human agency.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Like The Walking Dead, Republique is now freed of needing to instruct the player of their goals and how to achieve them. It is, instead, refocusing its efforts, in wonderfully surprising ways.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Calculords doesn’t punish you for dicking around with the equations indefinitely. But, for the first time, I’m enjoying equations, and whoever is responsible for that has performed some degree of math magic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The fact that Rocketcat have so aptly nailed the ratio of bitter to sweet is an achievement unto itself: rarely does a game as punishing as Wayward Souls bear up so well under repeated playthroughs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The details of the visual and ludic design, then, do more than keep the terror fresh—they create within the player a demand for more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    This may seem superficial, but in a lot of important ways—its music, language, representation, and sense of joy—FIFA 15 is a more cosmopolitan and worldly sports game. We could use one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    After two weeks of playing (and watching) Mario Kart 8, I want to slo-mo everything now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    But somehow, the small scale trials found in the levels of 1001 Spikes bring me back. Grabbing the key and making it inches from the stage door before dying carries a similar weight, and makes realizing the far-fetched goal all the sweeter.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The game is not about death or life but about the soul leaving the body and heading someplace new. It’s about the brief moment it spends flying.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    These theoretical games are why it can feel like Shadow of Mordor is not “a good Lord of the Rings game” but simply a good game. But the truth is that it is a good game in spite of the fact that it has bones that threaten to burst from the fantasy skin laid overtop; that it is yearning to mutate out of this Lord of the Rings form and into something truly revolutionary.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The game is a throwback to the old-style point-and-click adventure game, requiring you to solve puzzles with limited assets within a constantly shifting scaffold of constraints that limits what is and is not possible. For the most part, the game avoids the exasperating opacity that once plagued adventure games—flush the pickle down the toilet in order to get the car keys—but there is nevertheless little room for variation in how one solves the puzzles, and little room for choice within the story.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Unrest is a short, smart work. Most roleplaying games are about those in power, but Unrest is also about those who aren't.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall my Monument Valley experience was full of charm, perfect for a single marathon playthrough, or short stabs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The four games included are great fun, but to enjoy them, you need to play a fifth game—being a likable human being. If you don’t get that part right, everyone will go do something else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The loopy dictator is only as loopy as the world that made him; his brand of insanity merely combats the surrounding insanity. Tropico is an open invitation to either revel in it or understand it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Owners of the first game might be chagrined to find out they could have waited two years to get all the content on one game card for a single price. But newcomers to this musical take on a venerable series will be pleased to get what they should have always had in the first place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    FRACT proves that it’s through your own creative input that you can continue to surprise yourself beyond those initial magical moments. It’s true that FRACT isn’t the most mind-bending puzzle game out there or the most powerful music production software on the market; its triumph is in forging a middle path.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    In Super Time Force, the failures live on, but not as condemnations of my lack of skill. My sloppiness as a player is not useless. Seeing them all hopping around on the screen simultaneously, I realize: there can be grace in failure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    But Hohokum ultimately pulls its punches. You can do whatever, if you want, but eventually you’ve got a puzzle to solve. Bad puzzles are easy to design; good puzzles (whether easy or hard) require logic, care, even a touch of the narrative Hohokum pointedly rejects. Good puzzles tell a story in their physical parts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    DSII remains a skilled, often clever impersonation of the game everyone wanted. But I can’t see the point of teasing out its journey with ever more kings, dragons, and Havels. The more DSII overlaps with its predecessors, the less reason there is to play it at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    There is a market for this kind of happy pain, this agonizing joy. I just hope Dakko Dakko’s rotating, riveting shooter finds the cat-crazy audience it deserves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Pushmo World is more of a great thing, and that’s hard to complain about. But as the Wii U increasingly looks like a poor child captured in some mysterious restraints, I fear shiny versions from the past won’t unlock these unfair shackles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A lot of Wildstar’s content draws from all of the MMOs that have come before it, but this outlandish dedication to fun is its own. It’s unashamed to be a delightfully cheesy animated space adventure.