Kill Screen's Scores

  • Games
For 114 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 18% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 75% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 86 Bayonetta 2
Lowest review score: 21 Only If
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 114
  2. Negative: 12 out of 114
114 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    11 bit Studios’ greatest success with This War of Mine, it turns out, is in creating a videogame that is profoundly unpleasant to experience.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inclusion of real clips from sideline interviews is a revelation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, these new elements have been seamlessly integrated into the recognizable LittleBigPlanet foundation, and as a consequence never feel like the source of drastic change. What they offer instead is rejuvenation: a jolt of exhilaration—of imagination—from a series whose novelty had perhaps begun to wane.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, then, is another sign that Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is self-aware: It knows the difference between those who win and those who get in the winner’s way, and that one is no better or worse than the other.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And so it’s a strange mix. Lumino City is a real world filled with relationships as thin as its papercraft inhabitants. Whether intentional or not, it seems to be the focus, given that there’s not much in the way of “adventure” in this point-and-click adventure.
    • 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.
    • 81 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    This is why Styx's greatest strength is in always providing another option when a passageway appears to be impenetrable.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There’s no way to take back what it has said in the past—its trivialization of history with Black Ops and shift toward jingoistic chest-thumping in Modern Warfare 2 and 3—but in Advanced Warfare’s recognition of death as a by-product of war there is a chance for a new way forward.
    • 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.
    • 84 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's both love letter and time capsule, for fans and for the newly curious. In a few years, when it's faded almost completely from memory again, I look forward, not to playing it, but to finishing it, and remembering it fondly yet again.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    And so it makes sense that Helix’s triumph is also its downfall. All loops close the way they start.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a space to contemplate, a place to linger, a path to walk in patient consideration, you will find yourself at home in The Sailor’s Dream for quite some time. And in the moments when you are not playing, you will hear the voices within the labyrinth sing to you.
    • 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.