Machinima's Scores

  • Games
For 524 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 10 NCIS
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 524
524 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While many find the God of War series to be repetitive in its formula, it continues to deliver a refreshing take that satisfies the core fan base. And though the campaign is shorter and the number of epic boss fights leaves you wanting more, this is the most human we have ever seen Kratos and the story compels you to him unlike ever before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With dozens of hours of gameplay, plenty of replayability with multiple class types, and a difficulty that is balanced with the right amount of reward, Etrian Odyssey IV is far and above the best dungeon crawler I’ve played.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s pretty darn respectable package. The difficult-but-fair single-player was very satisfying and well-paced, with extremely well implemented co-op, something rare in games these days. Overrun is a welcome addition to the Gears multiplayer suite, even if there’s little variety among the modes.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Capcom has given us two excellent titles in Darkstalkers Resurrection that fighting game fans will absolutely love.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The presentation is wonderful and the attention to detail creates a game that has a charm and feel all its own. The controls are a little confusing at times but if you can get over them you’ll discover a fun game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Black Forest Games revitalized its series by staying true to the game’s origins while still moving past its blatant clone gimmicks.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With so many different gameplay options, and the ability to make your own levels to put your friends through your own custom hell, BattleBlock Theater was worth the wait.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The visuals are universally great with detailed character models featuring natty costumes and appropriate attention to detail. The storyline really should appeal to DC Comics experts and novices alike for its tale of superhero battles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you missed out on Dragon’s Dogma the first time around, Dark Arisen is a must-play. Arisen’s content is different from the original game, but in a way that’s additive when combined with the experience. On the other end of the spectrum, dedicated Dogma fans will get their money’s worth thanks to the increased level cap, scads of new items, and new end-game boss encounters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Blood Dragon is a reminder that a story about one man killing thousands is just silly. That’s fine though, because games don’t always need to be serious. Games should just be fun, and that’s exactly what Blood Dragon is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With homebuilding, a rival monster summoner, and the justifiably angry villagers, Haunted Hollow offers the kind of multitasking stimulation that is worthy of the attention of real time strategy fans. Granted, the multiplayer is asynchronous, but that makes the game equally welcoming to newcomers of strategy games.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s hard to ask for more from a game in terms of content. Company of Heroes 2 provides a robust campaign, substantive side challenges, and a deep multiplayer that has the potential to foster a thriving community. It’s unfortunate, then, that control issues and obtuse game systems cloud the experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A great package. The replay value is extremely high thanks to a diverse cast of characters, unlockable content, and online multiplayer. Visually the game is impressive, with various levels to explore and enemies to fight.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Luigi U is absolutely worth playing if you enjoyed the original Mario U… or any Mario for that matter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Now, I don’t want to ever tell you to “buy a game” or “not buy a game” – that’s up to you. But if you like Magic: The Gathering, if you like strategy games, if you like the community of online gaming – you won’t get more out of your 10 bucks with any other title. The ratio of money spent to time enjoyed is hilariously negligible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Straightforward and addictive gameplay come together to make Shin Megami Tensei IV one of the 3DS’ best RPGs. The sheer amount of demons to unlock, multiple endings, and dozens of side quests means you’ll be playing this one for hours on end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Crown is going to be the next great multiplayer action RPG. It has all the ingredients to be a fantastic game: in-depth gameplay, tons of customization, superb multiplayer integration, and countless hours of replayability. That’s not even mentioning the game’s stunning one of a kind art style.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No doubt Rayman Legends is not for everyone. But if you appreciate art and you’re willing to put in the hours for completion, you’ll no doubt be rewarded with a grueling and rewarding platforming experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What other game on the market today is like the Wonderful 101? None.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While not a revolutionary advancement over last year, smart gameplay tweaks and the return of a couple favorite game modes make it once again a must buy for hardcore NBA fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Etrian Odyssey series remains the pinnacle of the dungeon crawling series for the current generation. Though the game’s high difficulty and required vigilance will not appeal to more casual gamers, it is exactly those aspects that will keep the cartridge in many an RPG fans’ 3DS for months to come.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From a story standpoint the single-player campaign is less ambitious than Black Ops II and less effective, despite several cool, fun moments. But wow, volume of content, tight multiplayer, and interest in Extinction, Ghosts is classic Call of Duty.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s a gritty, punk spirit here that I haven’t seen since No More Heroes. As such, Shadow Warrior is more than a victory for fans of the original, but a spiritual rebirth of what made games of that era so fun in the first place.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Driving on both sides of the pursuit/chase coin are equally engrossing, but where the game transcends other racers is the opportunity to race friends and escape the police at the same time. It can be a lot to take in, but there is a near palpable rush in managing these objectives while trying to make it back to your garage in one piece.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s the third game in the thirteenth of a series dating back to 1987, yet it’s also one of the most successfully inventive games I’ve ever played. It puts you in control of everything, which is a total inverse of Final Fantasy’s traditional position.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Issues with navigation and annoying load problems are impossible to ignore, and it stings to think of a version of this game that doesn’t suffer from those drawbacks. Still, Thief is just about the best modern Thief game I could ask for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game’s difficulty will likely turn off a lot of casual gamers thinking they’re in for a routine Nintendo platformer, but the dedicated gamers who persevere through the toughest the game has to offer will find a satisfying game with loads of replay value that’s a blast to play.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed EDF 2017, Earth Defense Force 2025 is a no-brainer. And if you somehow missed out? Jump on your chance to experience Earth Defense Force for the first time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun action shooting for fun-loving action shooter fans. If you count yourself in that number, you'll likely have a blast. If you expect meat or real depth, you probably haven't listened this far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delivers a fast-paced, accessible game that is both rewarding and beautiful. The problem is that it doesn't offer much variety in its gameplay modes.