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
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Improvements in puck physics means that hard shots can bruise your opponents, while last year's overly aggressive defense has been scaled back to realistic levels.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing beats running around cramped dungeons seeking treasure and revenge while hacking, arrow-ing, and spell-casting your way through hordes of Lord of the Rings rejects.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this muck jam has expansive environments and great graphics, it also boasts as much originality as a Winger sing-along chorus. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It does have...a kung-fu penguin! And what's cooler than that?
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing beats running around cramped dungeons seeking treasure and revenge while hacking, arrow-ing, and spell-casting your way through hordes of Lord of the Rings rejects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Improvements in puck physics means that hard shots can bruise your opponents, while last year's overly aggressive defense has been scaled back to realistic levels.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And while fans of such modern shootouts as Halo 2 will scoff at its Super Nintendo–ish look and gameplay, anyone who can remember the last decade without the aid of I Love the ’90s should come away smiling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Eye-popping.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not the deepest game you’ll find, but its oddly satisfying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Can’t be beat for fun, mindless destruction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yeah, it’s still just a video game version of pinball, but at least it won't steal all of your quarters like the arcade version of "My Little Pony."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    These intense, roller coaster–like tracks will twist and turn until you swallow your tongue and beg for mercy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The ho-hum game play won’t wow you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this muck jam has expansive environments and great graphics, it also boasts as much originality as a Winger sing-along chorus. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While these side-scrolling action games are still addictive and challenging, it's hard to get nostalgic over games with release dates from 2002 and 2003, respectively.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Your all-terrain vehicles come equipped with oil slicks, smoke screens, and acid bombs that are so fun to use that it's hard to tell if it's more fun to use contraband or smuggle it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, you spend more time scaring the crap out of people than blowing the crap out of people, which slows down the action.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this muck jam has expansive environments and great graphics, it also boasts as much originality as a Winger sing-along chorus. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And while it's more of a tech demo than a test of reflexes, after a long day of crime and combat, it's just what your overworked thumbs need.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, none of the additions will distinguish this one for vets of the PC version, but tight controls, abundant targets, and beautiful scenery still deliver the most disturbing vacation package since Kathie Lee Gifford stalked Carnival cruise ships.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Since they opt for realism at the expense of fun, you just can’t pull off those sick, death-defying feats you can in other games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Play is especially intriguing online, where our hero's acrobatic skills, ability to find cover, and state-of-the-art weaponry deliver death matches to die for.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    [Its] shortcomings make it hard to recommend if you’ve bought a previous edition in the past, but it’s just so damn fun to play and watch that it might be worth picking up anyway.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With matches of five-on-five taking place on small fields with really basic controls, Strikers is classic arcade-style soccer, but the game gets an extra kick from power-ups, random Bowser attacks, and a Telemundo-style announcer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Improvements in puck physics means that hard shots can bruise your opponents, while last year's overly aggressive defense has been scaled back to realistic levels.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But after nine innings, it's basically the same game, including easy to master controls that'll finally allow you to be big man on campus.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Improvements in puck physics means that hard shots can bruise your opponents, while last year's overly aggressive defense has been scaled back to realistic levels.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem here is Blitz is a lot like Jerry Springer: if you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen them all. This year’s edition does little to dispel that theory, since it comes with only a handful of new features, none of which include online play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But after nine innings, it's basically the same game, including easy to master controls that'll finally allow you to be big man on campus.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem here is Blitz is a lot like Jerry Springer: if you’ve seen one episode, you’ve seen them all. This year’s edition does little to dispel that theory, since it comes with only a handful of new features, none of which include online play.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The drab pacing isn’t helped by clunky controls and muddy graphics.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole shooting match feels kinda Xeroxed, but for fans of the genre, it's worth the rental after a long day at the rock pile.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only "improvements" consist of a slew of extra outfits, yawn-inducing training missions, and a handful of bonuses that only the most avid Gear geek could appreciate. If that’s you, fine.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though the tired scenarios prevent this from being a gourmet experience, on the action-starved Xbox it makes for a satisfying lunch special.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Offers enough twists to make us take the bait.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We don’t like how the pesky pedestrians always manage to dodge your cab, but the graphics of the San Francisco–like city are amazingly detailed.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the game's focus on cooperative gameplay with an AI fighting partner feels more forced than fun. If we wanted to be this bored with another person, we’d have gotten married.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The graphics and sound (enhanced by the actual voices of the movie’s stars) were well-rendered and intricate indeed, but players soon grew bored with repetitive thrusting and parrying against evil Sauron’s monstrous hordes.
    • 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."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If sending a single bullet through someone’s head thousands of yards away sounds like a good Friday night to you, then Silent Scope is right up your alley (and therapy might not be a bad idea, either).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The scares happen early and often, so we strongly recommend you play this one with the lights turned down and the volume turned up. Just make sure you have a diaper on.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This confrontation between Crash and his massively noggined nemesis, Dr. Cortex, is the most innovative yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Not everyone’s cup of vino, but a true toga party for fans of the franchise.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A letdown for NRA enthusiasts, surely, but they will enjoy the best spy perk of all—a license to kill.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Maybe they should change their names to something catchy, like Fuzzy or Chi-Chi, so we can remember who the hell they are.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game’s lack of realism (your cars can’t get damaged or dirty) takes away from that devilish feeling that you’re doing something naughty with the family car.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like most outings with the little lady, this one gets tired, but ample eye candy—and violence—ensure that Eve is one traditional kiss good night that occasionally slips you the tongue.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fanatics will tweak tire pressure, suspension, and build dynasties, alliances, and sponsorships; rookies can learn the nuances of drafting, passing, and holding position on dozens of real-world tracks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Like the comic books that inspired it, Freedom Force features slick animation and plenty of boffo, whiz-bang special effects.
    • 63 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You'll add valuable mech piloting skills to your résumé in punishing combat situations that are as close as you'll ever get to the real thing...were these machines not totally fictional.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The unique fighting system keeps things lively—martial arts and gun battles play out by aligning "moves" on an action bar—but whether or not there are enough Matrix fans out there to populate this huge, lush world remains to be seen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not the deepest racer, the game has speedy thrills and frantic multiplayer action that help bring Sonic's usual racing antics and signature speed to the sky.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, figuring out how to work the controller is absolutely infuriating, meaning you go into firefights against stealthy Charlie with no knowledge of your environment, opponent, or weapon.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To say you need quick reflexes to survive this would be an understatement—it’s almost like you need to use a mystical, ambivalent power to help guide you through it. Sort of like the movie.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is engaging and the storyline suitably absurd, but in the world of PC games the first-person shooter bar is set high, and with Half-Life 2 out there, it's hard to imagine choosing this shorter, less clever game instead.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An adventure game that looks and plays shamelessly like "Tomb Raider," only without the oversized breasts.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Warning: Tenchu 2 requires a lot of patience and exploration, so if you’re looking for a mindless contest, maybe you should turn on a Presidential debate instead.
    • 58 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
    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
    While the tough, stealthy game play won’t grip you in a chokehold of novelty and surprise, it flashes a lethal look and feel.
    • 54 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    At last you’ll infiltrate the secret lair, where you’ll discover…you’ve been playing a very standard-issue game.
    • 63 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you want a glimpse of what the NBA might look like if Vince McMahon were the commissioner, then you owe yourself a look at NBA Hoopz.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game’s pace rarely manages to grind past second gear, making this a much longer haul than it really should be.
    • 70 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not the deepest racer, the game has speedy thrills and frantic multiplayer action that help bring Sonic's usual racing antics and signature speed to the sky.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a decent shooter with 30 weapons to keep you trigger-happy while alternating between single- and four-player "Deathmatch" and "Last Man Standing" modes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the graphics are different from previous Taxi incarnations, the goal of this romp is the same.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultra-deep.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    And once you learn to handle swapping positions at the tap of a button, you'll realize that beneath the cuddly, kiddie veneer lurks a fiercely competitive game that's all about spanking the baby powder off your opponents.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The drab pacing isn’t helped by clunky controls and muddy graphics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The wacky sensibility will give you a few chuckles, while the insane difficulty level takes you on a masochistic tour of your squandered youth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite surprisingly disappointing graphics, RC Revenge Pro takes you back to grade school with more remote-controlled cars than a well-stocked Toys “R” Us.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, figuring out how to work the controller is absolutely infuriating, meaning you go into firefights against stealthy Charlie with no knowledge of your environment, opponent, or weapon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If the steep learning curve has you hollering "Mayday!" a little too often, you can always switch sides and play as a Japanese pilot—and plan a little do-it-yourself Pearl Harbor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Difficult navigation and slow play require Zen-like patience, but riches await the persistent. You’ll revel in a bowel-loosening atmosphere, brain-twisting puzzles, and voice acting surpassed in horror only by "My Slutty Wife XIX."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fanatics will tweak tire pressure, suspension, and build dynasties, alliances, and sponsorships; rookies can learn the nuances of drafting, passing, and holding position on dozens of real-world tracks.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While not the deepest racer, the game has speedy thrills and frantic multiplayer action that help bring Sonic's usual racing antics and signature speed to the sky.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fanatics will tweak tire pressure, suspension, and build dynasties, alliances, and sponsorships; rookies can learn the nuances of drafting, passing, and holding position on dozens of real-world tracks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the tough, stealthy game play won’t grip you in a chokehold of novelty and surprise, it flashes a lethal look and feel.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite its replay value, this is little more than a restructured stroll down memory lane. Next time, let's hope Nintendo enters the 21st century and puts this puppy online.
    • 48 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, figuring out how to work the controller is absolutely infuriating, meaning you go into firefights against stealthy Charlie with no knowledge of your environment, opponent, or weapon.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sharp graphics, explosive action, and an Internet multiplayer mode earn a big ten four.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sure, Arena Football may look and play almost as good as the pros (featuring all of the teams, players, and fast-paced fury of alternative smash-mouth), but time out here: who cares about the AFL? Oh, that's right—no one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s hard to diss a game that looks so realistic (Iverson’s still rocking ’rows), but there’s just something wrong when the only way to stop anyone from driving to the bucket is by taking away their keys to the stadium.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Keith Jackson is good for an occasional chortle, and brings realism to the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s hard to diss a game that looks so realistic (Iverson’s still rocking ’rows), but there’s just something wrong when the only way to stop anyone from driving to the bucket is by taking away their keys to the stadium.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sure, Arena Football may look and play almost as good as the pros (featuring all of the teams, players, and fast-paced fury of alternative smash-mouth), but time out here: who cares about the AFL? Oh, that's right-no one.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Yes, it’s half-amusing to see Marge do a 360 with her beehive do for, oh, about 10 seconds, but really, let’s just keep the skateboarding to experts like Bart and Tony Hawk.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    (Like some supermodels), there isn’t much to it beyond its looks.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The ordinary race-and-chaser’s loosely knit compilation of repetitive Mini Cooper showdowns has a recognizable scene or two, but that’s about it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Too bad repetitive action, mediocre graphics, and a limited kraut’s-eye-view perspective make slaying Private Ryan and company as predictable as an episode of "Hogan’s Heroes."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s hard to diss a game that looks so realistic (Iverson’s still rocking ’rows), but there’s just something wrong when the only way to stop anyone from driving to the bucket is by taking away their keys to the stadium.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The ordinary race-and-chaser’s loosely knit compilation of repetitive Mini Cooper showdowns has a recognizable scene or two, but that’s about it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The ordinary race-and-chaser’s loosely knit compilation of repetitive Mini Cooper showdowns has a recognizable scene or two, but that’s about it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Though it adds a new playable character, tougher skill levels, and the option to speed everything up 20%, it still has the same annoying and unavoidable music, occasionally stiff controls, and that frustratingly limiting “chose your style of fighting” system that made the original Cry 3 a lot less fun than the first two incarnations.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A little too complicated for its own good.