Maxim Online's Scores

  • Games
For 562 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Madden NFL 06
Lowest review score: 20 Big Mutha Truckers 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 562
562 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get past all the gamesmanship, you can concentrate on bitch-slapping Mother Nature by creating twisted beasts that would make Jack Hanna brown his khakis.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heck, even if you aren’t a hoops fan, there’s plenty of unintentional humor to appreciate: Seeing Yao Ming dunk on Bill Walton alone is worth the price of admission.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stealing the best gadgets and characters from the movies, NightFire lets you decide how to topple the requisite megalomanical villain: Use stealth and gizmos (like Eurobabe-revealing x-ray specs—thanks, Q!) or go in guns blazing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freedom is king here, and you’ll know what we mean the first time you tear through a fast-food drive-thru or scare shoppers to death in a Los Angeles, Tokyo, or London mall.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is by no means a weak attempt to cash in on a franchise...Gamers not only get tons of extra movie action but also get to run, kick, and shoot in a fully realized Matrix universe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a nice combination of horror and hysterics, a fresh take long overdue with this style of game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clunky camera moves hit the occasional sour note, but the eventual showdown with the Dark Lord Currently Known as Satan makes it all well worth the ride.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Awesome.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The idea of battling enemies shaped like gelatin desserts and exploring environments resembling the paintings in your dentist’s office may sound like a bad acid flashback (or H.R. Pufnstuf rerun), yet it makes for an entertaining role-playing game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the ensuing police brutality doesn’t mold you into the model Wheelman, then having to endure those whiny English cop sirens surely will.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is actually one of the best adventure games we’ve played in a long time—even if pseudo-Conan is killing beasts by the thousands with something from Toys “R” Us.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though it’s sure to have Senate subcommittees soiling their Depends and declaring the end of Western civilization, jaded gamers will no doubt dig the surprisingly amusing vocal and visual gags that spice up what would otherwise be a moderately paced, story-driven shoot-em-up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Before you get your first set of prints back, you’ll find clues in maps and diaries—even encounter the phantasmagoric—to unravel a plot with more slimy twists than a barrel of Udon noodles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As hero Sieg Wahrheit, enjoy third-person action with strategizing and upgrading, RPG-style, plus plenty of splattery hack ’n’ slash fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an engrossing adventure, Kri doesn’t cut very deep, but where quick, visceral payoffs are concerned, it goes straight for the jugular.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it would be impossible for the game to mimic the raw emotion and chaos that defined this mission-turned-disaster in real life, the graphics are the best we’ve seen on a battlefield.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the plodding pace and cutesy atmosphere border on blasphemy, the game’s open-ended design lets you indulge your most megalomaniacal fantasies with ease.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only thing that’s out of place is Shaggy’s voice.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This reckless, Crazy Taxi–like romp around town is like a high-speed dream tour for fans of the series. Almost every Simpsons character in the game is either a driver or a passenger.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now if we ever come across a “deity wanted” ad in the Sunday classifieds, we’re ready.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a thorough training mode on the finer points on scrums, tries, and lineouts, one (or two players cooperatively) can take the controls and realistically injure opponents on soggy, mud-rutted pitches. Think "Madden NFL Football" minus the pads, steroids, and senile announcer, mate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ignore the nonsensical story—centered on Mordoc, the vampire king, and his Onyx Tower of Eldritch—and stay on course with your barbarian, dwarf, cleric, or elf, traversing time and eerie environments.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking hairpin turns and navigating loop-the-loops at 500 mph is Wipeout’s equivalent of a boring straightaway.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it feels more like babysitting than crime fighting, it’s still an NRA member’s dream come true.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    During this age of sanitary smart-bomb warfare, this stunning first-person shooter gives you a taste of the good ol’ days of killing—you know, bamboo traps, bloody ambushes, villages under siege.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can overlook minor perspective problems, Onimusha’s intense combat, stunning graphics, and involving story make this a masterpiece hotter than a mouthful of wasabi.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you think the best parts of movies involve explosions, car chases, and death-defying leaps (is there anything else?), then this homage to Hollywood’s unsung lunatics is just the thing for you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To hell with lame gunshot wounds and other gang violence. This game’s fatalities include creative beheadings and dismemberments that would make Hannibal green with envy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The closest we’ll get to interactive anime, this game couldn’t be more Japanese if it featured a ninja penguin schoolgirl getting bukkaked.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both the solo and multiplayer options deliver the explosive goods, but for maximum entertainment value try betting with friends on the strategy-based Conquest mode. Loser has to sponge-bathe Jabba!