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 1.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Lowest review score: 20 Big Mutha Truckers 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 562
562 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fans of the genre will probably get their rocks off, but casual gamers will find it a big tease.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After hours of useless conversation, wasted time, and unrewarding returns, chances are that Seaman will start to remind you of your ex-girlfriends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Golfing game standards like club selection, power meter, and control of backspins and topspins satisfy, but the sometimes-clunky controls and confusing camera perspectives will leave you teed-off.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game play is so tedious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The moves are so disappointing and ineffective, you’re down for the count before the festivities begin. On the list of failed comebacks, file this one below ALF.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An embarrassment. When the players run bowlegged to field a ball, it’s hard to take this game seriously.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fortunately for our loved ones, the urge to boot up a PS2 to waste entire months role-playing as an Orc who sells pomegranates or a Warrior who slays stray cats won’t be nearly so compelling thanks to graphics that often look like flattened dragon dung.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While it has an amazing cell-shaded, anime-influenced look that's both stylish and striking, it also has totally unnatural and unnecessarily complicated controls that make it impossible to play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Namco has bastardized one of our favorite timewasters into a ho-hum jump-a-thon with the occasional maze thrown in.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, when it comes to actual racing, FlatOut is about as interesting as a public service announcement for seatbelts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Take one part "Grand Theft Auto" and one part car combat game "Twisted Metal Black." Mix, ingest, and vomit. Stare wistfully into bowl. What could have been a great game—car carnage with heavy artillery against gangs in cities devastated by a mysterious plague—is only mediocre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, when it comes to actual racing, FlatOut is about as interesting as a public service announcement for seatbelts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, when it comes to actual racing, FlatOut is about as interesting as a public service announcement for seatbelts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While it has an amazing cell-shaded, anime-influenced look that’s both stylish and striking, it also has totally unnatural and unnecessarily complicated controls that make it impossible to play.
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If the boys of summer took a cue from Babe Ruth and got liquored up before a game, the results would look something like this.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Take one part "Grand Theft Auto" and one part car combat game "Twisted Metal Black." Mix, ingest, and vomit. Stare wistfully into bowl. What could have been a great game—car carnage with heavy artillery against gangs in cities devastated by a mysterious plague—is only mediocre.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The play and story will ring familiar to anyone who’s played the "Grand Theft Auto" series—which is good—but the guy responsible for the crummy graphics should slip on a pair of cement galoshes and take a long walk off a short pier.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The play and story will ring familiar to anyone who’s played the "Grand Theft Auto" series—which is good—but the guy responsible for the crummy graphics should slip on a pair of cement galoshes and take a long walk off a short pier.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sometimes the visual assault becomes so chaotic, you may lose track of your on-screen location. Our advice: Fly blind and keep on shooting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sure, it sounds gnarly, but the frustrating control interface and primitive graphics make Surf Riders a wipeout.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Take one part "Grand Theft Auto" and one part car combat game "Twisted Metal Black." Mix, ingest, and vomit. Stare wistfully into bowl. What could have been a great game—car carnage with heavy artillery against gangs in cities devastated by a mysterious plague—is only mediocre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A mindless version of "Simon Says" to the masterful beats of "Oops, I Did It Again."
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A robust online play mode is just impressive enough to make us think that this franchise is back on the cusp of respectability. But then again, that’s what everyone has been saying about the Cincinnati Bengals for the past 10 years.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Think of it as a choose-your-own-adventure book set in the Edo period of Japanese history—in other words, a very special form of excruciating, ritual torture.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    REOF2 inspires as much boredom as fear, and possibly boasts the most tedious tutorial in game history.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game doesn’t actually let you cut anything into lunchmeat except clunky Battle Droids. What fun is that?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But for the crimes of middling graphics and dull-as-dirt game play, we sentence Dredd vs. Death to eternal burial in the discount bin at Costco. Court adjourned.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Crush Hour is like some hick dream—demolition derby mated with pro wrestling—that actually gets old pretty damn quick.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But for the crimes of middling graphics and dull-as-dirt game play, we sentence Dredd vs. Death to eternal burial in the discount bin at Costco. Court adjourned.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But while the PSP version adds a two-player Co-op mode, it also has wonkier controls than its console cousin, which weren't great to begin with.