LevelUp's Scores

  • Games
For 195 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us Remastered
Lowest review score: 20 Fighter Within
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 195
195 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Naughty Dog has proven itself again as one of the most accomplished development teams in the world. With The Last of Us they have given us a consistent and interesting world that is supported by practically all of its game mechanics. From the rich complex combat system to the sublime sound design, this game immerses the player in one of the most visceral plots in this generation. Maybe the AI could have been better, but, overall, this game proves how far the craftsmanship of making video games has come.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With Grand Theft Auto V Rockstar has delivered one of the most amazing and awe-inspiring games of this generation. Even if you are not a fan of the series, the incredible level of detail, the three main character switching mechanic, the bank heists and the hilarious story make this game a must.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A peerless title full of virtuosity and richness that combines the tight mechanics of old school games with sophisticated formal experimentation, full of liberty, complexity and mastery that reminds us that art has no limits.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While it may not seem like much, 1080p resolution and 60 fps are very welcome improvements for a nearly perfect game. Naughty Dog managed to do a flawless technical adaptation for the PlayStation 4. We would have loved a bit more extra content, but we can't complain, as the game already is one of the best ever created for a Sony platform.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    While maintaining the core elements of the BioShock formula, Infinite succeeds at moving the franchise one step forward. The result is one of the best FPS of this generation and a moving story that no one should miss. From the detailed city of Columbia to the lovely and believable Elizabeth, BioShock Infinite surprised us as an almost perfect game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Hiromasa Shikata assumes for the first time the challenge of directing a Zelda title. The result will please fans of both the classic action-0oriented Zelda and the puzzle oriented Zelda of Aonuma. Beautiful art direction, great music and the triumphant return of some classic features of the series make this Zelda one of the most memorable additions to the franchise.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Loyal to its roots and perfectly executed, Dark Souls II is not only a worthy sequel: it is the worthiest homage to the mettle and spirit of hardcore gamers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The Wonderful 101 is an absolutely spectacular and memorable game that manages to represent the authentic spirit of arcade games, the original spark that gives life to great video games. This is not an easy game, nor does it facilitate the player's experience, but it reflects so much authenticity, life and pride for the trade that all minor imperfections are more or less forgiven.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fast, stimulating and vibrant, Mario Kart 8 improves almost every aspect of the franchise. It's a shame that the Battle mode is now a watered down version of a normal race. The low frame rate during local 4 player competitions also affects an otherwise pristine experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Tomb Raider is an action-packed adventure game that offers a new origin story for Lara and that mixes an epic plot and an incredibly detailed setting which let us enjoy the very beginning of her journey towards her legendary status.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Ni no Kuni is almost a perfect video game adaptation of a Studio Ghibli's movie with only minor problems. Level-5 excels in crafting experiences and Wrath of the White Witch is no exception, from beginning to end exudes geniality. The story is an emotional travel through a fantastic world filled with charismatic characters. The gameplay offers a wide arrange of personalization thanks to an almost endless collection of creatures to capture. In an era in which JRPGs are dying, Ni no Kuni might be the savior that could take things to the next level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD is the definitive version of the classic GameCube title. With HD graphics, lighting effects, a new soundtrack and gameplay and technical enhancements, this remake brings a memorable and emotional experience to a new generation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Pokémon X/Y represent one of the largest steps the franchise has taken since its beginnings. The main game mode is not only vast, but fun. Anyone who gets through the initial portion of the game will found a deep and complex RPG experience and a rich competitive side that is more accessible than ever. It doesn't matter if they are veterans or newcomers; every 3DS owner need this game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Left Behind does a great job to complement a game that seemed impossible to improve. Even if there are few new mechanics, it's hard to complain when you have such a solid base from where to build an interesting setting.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The three tables included in this DLC are among the most interesting and awe inspiring ones so far. Fans of the Star Wars saga will have a hard time trying to reach a high score and taking in all the details and references from the movies and the animated series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Dead Space 3's action filled gameplay offers a great experience for those who enjoy a cooperative adventure, but its suspenseful and intense plot also makes it appropriate for players who would rather face Hell alone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Puppeteer offers a great experience, full of memorable and charismatic characters and awesome graphics, but one of its best features is that it really puts you right in the spotlight of a little puppet theater, where you play the roles of the star and the entertainer at the same time. This is one of those games that we'll remember for a long time and that reminded us that innovation is still possible in video games.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SimCity is a fun and addictive game that offers an intuitive simulation interface that will help you create thriving cities that can interact and trade between each other. Even though it's launch was smeared due to server overload, once you start creating, you won't be able to stop.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than a game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a habit. We are not afraid to say that New Leaf is the best title in the series. The developer managed to exploit the 3DS' capabilities to offer a game experience that, while not groundbreaking, feels very polished and handcrafted. Players capable of enjoying noncompetitive games will find in New Leaf hundreds of hours of content and a lovely place to relax and spend time. This game is a very good reason to own a Nintendo 3DS.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brave New World offers a great deal of content and new elements that makes the gameplay so much more dynamic, while maintaining everything that made Civilization V a great game. The real beauty of this expansion lays in the fact that you can actually use art and culture as the weapons through which you can attain world domination.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the microscopic point of view of the Pikmin to the macroscopic space scenario of the astronauts, Pikmin 3 is a wild ride where resource administration is essential to the gameplay. This title was crafted with care, and this is evident in almost every aspect. However, we would have liked to see more experimentation and objective diversity; basically the kind of thing shown in one the last stages, which turned out to be a lot of fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon's Crown is a perfect mixture between addictive gameplay and a friendly combat system that can be a real challenge for those seeking to submerge themselves in this beautiful world. In this time filled with mediocre beat'em ups, Dragon's Crown really sticks out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist offers a complete and balanced experience. Its campaign and multiplayer modes are filled with fun and addictive gameplay, specially Mercs vs. Spies. The stealth mechanics are great and they make this game the best Splinter Cell of this generation.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not that common that a game as extravagant as this one manages to offer such a fun story, deep gameplay and a great soundtrack. Volition focused on offering a great dose of raw fun and they succeeded. As the last game of the series, Saints Row IV delivers everything that we wanted to see in it and even a bit more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although lacking a bit in terms of innovation when compared with previous iterations, FIFA 14 remains a well balanced, profound and addictive soccer experience, that will be enjoyed by rookies and veterans alike.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed IV is one of the best games in the series. The sheer size of the world and the fact that you can take your ship and just sail away, blow a few enemy ships to oblivion, catch a great white shark, take control of a fort and be back in time to continue the main story gives you a great sense of freedom.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport 5 is a real Next-Gen simulator. With its beautiful graphics and excellent lighting effects, anybody who loves cars and speed will want this game to be their first pick on the Xbox One.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To make a name for itself in a well-established genre is no easy task. Tropical Freeze manages to do that by achieving rock solid level design and being thorough in almost every aspect. It's a shame that its co-op is not as polished as the rest of the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Transistor is the best example that shows us that it's not necessary to sacrifice aspects in the game in exchange for good gameplay.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    After many years of stagnant design, the Fire Emblem franchise takes a huge step in sophistication with Awakening, probably the best strategy RPG on the 3DS and maybe in the genre, at least in recent years. Its amazing storytelling is only bested by perfect mechanics that nurture with relevant characters, each one unique in abilities, dialogue and personality. The well-crafted design finds perfect match in beautiful cinematics and orchestral music, everything creating an harmonious and epic experience.