Machinima's Scores

  • Games
For 532 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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 10 NCIS
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 27 out of 532
532 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The excellent story hooked me in from the opening minutes and I didn't want to let go. With branching paths, multiple endings, and truly mysterious characters to interact with, Virtue's Last Reward will keep you thrilled for hours on end.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Okami HD is a great example of what games can accomplish outside the realm of guns and gore, and I love it for that.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For as large as Far Cry 3′s setting is, there's an elegant conciseness to the game's story mode. It'll still take tens of hours for completionists to get through, but the fast travel and dense map ensures you always have something meaningful to do within minutes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black Ops 2 on Wii U lives up to its Xbox counterpart (that being slightly superior to the PS3 version) in almost every way. The lack of CoD Elite support and live video streaming is irrelevant to your enjoyment of the actual game, and additionally insignificant next to the lack of players at the moment – a limitation that will subside as the user base grows.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I am really impressed with GOME, AI issues notwithstanding. As a gateway to MOBAs, this game hooked me in a way I did not expect. It's got that immediate gratification spirit to it, where I finish a match and immediately want to jump into another.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By including areas and missions outside of the tournament, this Campaign of Carnage has room to breathe and deliver a narrative that retains the twisted charm of the Borderlands franchise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The familiarity of the controls in combat help in welcoming DmC's distinctive art direction and new look for Dante. The attention paid to the script and narrative manages to make these intermissions worth watching, and not because of over-the-top gunplay or sword work; that's for you to control in-game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Niggles aside, escapeVektor is a game in which everything included works perfectly and anything left on the cutting room floor isn't missed. It's a fantastic value in addition to being fantastically fun to play, and it belongs on every 3DS.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a heart-warming protagonist, beautifully illustrated world, and addicting gameplay, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is another masterpiece of which Level-5 and Studio Ghibli can be rightly proud.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There aren't many strategy RPGs as approachable for newcomers and as deep for veterans as Fire Emblem: Awakening. Though the story feels like it's just going through the motions, an expansive cast of characters with a wide array of personalities to match means you'll find plenty to still love about the narrative.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m having a hard time remembering the last time I had this much pure, unmitigated fun just playing, period.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Leaf is a massive game that has broad appeal. No one person in my group of friends was playing the game the same way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall the game offers a robust offering of modes and solid gameplay that will have you playing well into the college season.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every addition is more than just a +1 to the feature list. Instead, it ricochets up and down the systems that are already in place, giving you new options and methods of play. Brave New World is the real Civilization V; get it and never look back.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a Pikmin fan, pluck the cash from your wallet, hand it to Nintendo, and enjoy the best Pikmin experience around. Just don’t be shocked if you’re left expecting a bit more in the way of story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a fun, maddening, and nostalgic romp through your 1980s childhood, DuckTales: Remastered fits that bill.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row IV isn’t a dignified sign-off to the current generation of gaming in the way The Last Of Us is. Nor is it a ham-fisted GTA wannabe. It takes the core creative elements of the last Saints Row game and adds superpowers… not only in your character, now the President, but in its awareness, competency, comedy, and enthusiasm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist both rewards players for focusing on one infiltration style while also encouraging experimenting with others. This kind of play-as-you-like approach isn’t new, but it’s hard to think of another game that means it with such certainty as Blacklist.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed The Stanley Parable or Dear Ester, or you’re a fan of narrative-driven games, you owe it to yourself to play Gone Home. For $20 it can seem quite steep so you have to be willing to pardon the linear gameplay and short length in favor of the journey. But the few tears I shed confirm that I feel the experience is worth it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s so much to take in from the world of Puppeteer that the seven hours you’ll spend on the moon may not be enough. It’s not a fluffy story by any means, given the idea of a boy running around without his head, but it still manages to have a sugary exterior that will delight and entertain.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What you will find is the most mechanically broad, content dense, and goddamned gorgeous MMO ever made. If you’ve enjoyed any MMO of the past decade, there’s something in Realm Reborn for you. And if you’ve enjoyed them all? Well… just remember to take a shower once in a while.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through complementary presentation, pacing, and the ease of the puzzles, the game’s rain mechanic transcends gimmickry and effectively serves both the gameplay and the narrative.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s incredibly telling that all Wind Waker needs is an HD spit-shine to belong in 2013. No game is released in a vacuum, but the greatest games are fun no matter when you play them. This re-release puts Wind Waker in that column, right along classics like Super Mario Bros. and Pac-Man. It’s an incredible game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are the best, most refined versions of the games to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Small improvements make the game better in ways I didn’t even know I wanted. The ease of online connectivity and interacting with players from around the world makes these games even more immersive and entertaining. Finally bringing the franchise into the third dimension makes the game look and feel like nothing we’ve experienced yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The freshness of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag puts any concerns of sequel fatigue to rest.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All told, Super Mario 3D World is a difficult game to pigeonhole. It borrows elements from multiple Mario games and ends up creating something new in the combination. It’s not as profound as Super Mario 64 but it’s still an interesting expansion of the Mario experience. 3D World is full of smart ideas and everything works.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some small flaws and occasionally dated features edge it closer to deposition, Gran Turismo is still the king of racing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This episode truly begins to set in place Clementine’s lost innocence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great representation of what Telltale does best: engrossing us in a dark world of secrets and deceit, where the walkers aren’t the only monsters lurking in the shadows.