Maxim Online's Scores

  • Games
For 560 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Madden NFL 2003
Lowest review score: 20 NCAA March Madness 2002
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
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    The only two things that don’t fly in House Party are illegal substances and Robert Downey Jr., which is too bad since there aren’t any Sim Cops on patrol.
    • 84 Metascore
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    Playing alone or with online teams (Xbox Live hooks you up), you clean kraut house with sniper rifles, machine guns, and rocket launchers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Looks beautiful, and is one of the best shooters we've ever played.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The battles themselves are chaotically free-for-all, allowing up to four monsters to grapple hand-to-hand and even rip up handy lampposts, buildings, and cars to bludgeon enemies.
    • 92 Metascore
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    No longer is there just one way to solve a treacherous night mission before the enemy picks up your audio signature: stealth will pay off just as well as good old-fashioned ultraviolence.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You don’t just kill creatures, you make them into abstract art by slicing, dicing, or machine gunning ’em to bits.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not all brutality. The Punisher is also one of the most immersive strategy games ever created. Aim for the head and enjoy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Impresses with smooth, realistic game play and rib-cage-crushing intensity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In addition to wedging the usual hundreds of teams, stadiums, and plays into the game, NCAA Football 2005 focuses on what makes college football special: the psychotic fans.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Now instead of finding public places to trash, you can make and destroy your own property—but we’re not sure that’s nearly as fun.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So good that it even drew Axl Rose out of hiding (he’s the DJ on the classic rock station, one of 11 listening formats), San Andreas cranks out even more action than "Vice City" as you engage in those wacky gang-related adventures you've grown to love in disconcertingly authentic versions of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you’re the kind of guy who likes to chop his prey into Sizzlean before he gets a whiff of your bad man musk, then the ninjas of Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven are right up your dojo.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easy controls help you play chicken with oncoming traffic at speeds so real, you can practically feel the G-forces pinning your jowls against your ears.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    No longer is there just one way to solve a treacherous night mission before the enemy picks up your audio signature: stealth will pay off just as well as good old-fashioned ultraviolence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The action is so intense and over-the-top that you have to wonder if Mario Lemieux would have reconsidered unretirement if he played this game a year earlier.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But the graphics and game play have been juiced up, too, with improved passing, a slightly tougher running game, and lots of combo-move action via manipulation of the right analog stick.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They loaded this year’s ultrarealistic game up with a slew of new features that include online play, a huge arcade-style training camp, and a nifty play creator that’s so versatile that you can have receivers run pass routes that spell your name.
    • 70 Metascore
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    The sickest shooter this side of Xbox killer app "Halo."
    • 76 Metascore
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    A subversive parody that cleverly indicts our depraved culture? If it makes you feel better about having a shitload of sadistic fun, sure.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    But don’t take our word for it, because Prince won Best Action-Adventure Game at this year’s E3 expo. So it’s got that going for it…which is nice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Forget hiking up to the woods for a rain-drenched, cattle-scattering game of paintball. Just hook yourself into PlanetSide for a measly $12.95 per month fee and you can feast on round-the-clock galactic virtual warfare with hundreds of faceless gamers worldwide.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's not all brutality. The Punisher is also one of the most immersive strategy games ever created. Aim for the head and enjoy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game is more than your average links simulation—it’s a lifestyle.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dispense with kicking and doodle-heavy playbooks, and deploy between-the-leg laterals and double reverses, plus a mess of excellent unsportsmanlike, showboating taunts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    True to its name, this punishing game takes some of the wussiness out of baseball, and we’re not just talking collisions at the plate.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One shot, one kill—this unforgiving, ultrarealistic console shooter is unlike any other.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With better effects (the lighting and environments are better than some movies-like, say, the Resident Evil movie) and slicker motion-capture animation, the new, improved Resident Evil regains the throne as horror-action video game king.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Kiss the rest of your summer (and your loved ones) goodbye and get ready to spend all your waking hours indoors, sitting next to a giant bag of Fritos, agonizing over 4–3 blitz packages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With speed and smarts to match its outrageous visuals, Painkiller boasts fiendishly clever monsters that attack in groups and learn from your defenses. No corpses shambling around like they have a load in their pants, these are monsters of the 28 Days Later variety: quick and scary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The action's a teenage fan boy's wet dream, all leering lizard-men and sneering, scantily clad vixens who exchange gunplay and close-range combat moves like speed freaks in a slap fight.