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 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 NCAA Football 2002
Lowest review score: 20 Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But even if you lack broadband, the bizarre characters and 13 arcade-style courses to choose from will keep you giddier than Carl Spackler on a gofer hunt.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For the casual player, this is archaic stuff that’ll provide about an hour of nostalgic fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the controls are still choppy compared with Dreamcast blockbuster "Soul Calibur," which defeats the purpose of splurging on a new PlayStation 2.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s the perfect cross-breeding of "Super Mario Brothers" and "Hooters!"
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With Heroes, D&D has severed its dorky roots in favor of fast-paced, arcade-style hackin' 'n' slashin'.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A game for those who think they don't make 'em like they used to, but should, Shodown is an exact replica of the classic arcade fighter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's too bad that clunky controls and eh game play stay forever buried in a time lock of dull sloppiness.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Stevie Wonder could breeze through this first-person shooter in under five hours.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the kill-and-kill-again objective may be low in frills, the simple, straightforward action is a welcome break from a sea of complex games that currently take longer to set up than to play.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though challenging, it's also sometimes pedestrian, with a host of uninspired levels and dim bad guys ruining what could have been the triumphant return of 007.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What’s really shocking, though, is that it plays as well as a regulation tennis game. It has the same responsive controls, and even lets you play online doubles with your friends—assuming they're more likely to chug a Country Club than apply to one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Most of the game consists of endless management, such as babysitting your kids, managing your dough, and constantly mailing postcards to your friends so they don’t resent your ignoring them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Decent graphics and gory (if kinda short) game play will keep most players nailed to the controller, but sometimes wretched camera placement sucks harder than the minions of Dracula at a Red Cross blood drive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you’re keen on tasteless, tongue-in-cheek jokes, smooth sailing lies ahead.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Now we don’t mean to be football snobs here, but there’s just something wrong when a downfield bomb takes longer to drop than the Goodyear blimp. Just ask the unconscious wide receiver that got clocked by a safety waiting for it to come down.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The concept and play consistently deal a royal flush, just ignore the choppy visuals, which can irritate like a pesky infection picked up at Miss Kitty’s Cat House.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite the occasionally clunky controls, Emperor’s Tomb does impress with its hand-to-hand brawls (Ms. Croft would be lost without HER weapons) and the free-range exploration allowed within each level.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Painstaking detail and suspenseful play make this a thinking sofa slug’s delight, though the deliberate pace might frustrate action fans.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This build-your-own-robot game gives grease monkeys a 20-story garage, hundreds of parts, and plenty of time to tinker with and create the ultimate 40-ton rig.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Such virtual destruction may once have seemed innocent, but these days the whole thing hits a little close to home.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We forsee you buying this game, enjoying it at first, getting frustrated at certain parts, then putting it on your shelf after you’re done and rarely playing it again.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hilariously crude.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We forsee you buying this game, enjoying it at first, getting frustrated at certain parts, then putting it on your shelf after you’re done and rarely playing it again.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some of the better moves defy gravity and reason—such as the four-man pile driver. The game doesn't reveal who these freaks are or why they're fighting, but extensive research has revealed they're based on a line of rubber toys and a disturbing '80s TV show.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What's really shocking, though, is that it plays as well as a regulation tennis game. It has the same responsive controls, and even lets you play online doubles with your friends-assuming they're more likely to chug a Country Club than apply to one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s all so much like the Xbox version, in fact, that you might wonder why the hell you spent money on it a second time.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the game's star is really Nevin's cool, morphable costume, which gives new meaning to the phrase "class action suit."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like the movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is quite an ambitious undertaking. Unlike the movie, it doesn’t consistently deliver the goods.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Blowing away targets requires use of annoying lock-on control, but rolling out of harm's way during lead showers and stealthy clinging to walls varies the pace-as do cut scenes dripping with cheezola dialogue.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Welcome to the mile-high club.

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