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 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Thing
Lowest review score: 20 Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 62 out of 560
560 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cool options such as friend/foe identification and threat readings, plus the best graphics ever on an N64 game.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's lacking any social conscience but loaded with replay value, so it'd be very disrespectful to leave this one out of your collection.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This staggeringly polished first-person shooter (which also includes a Quake-style multiplayer option) will have even the most passive players sweating, er, bullets as they take control of an eight-foot-tall cyborg and greet intergalactic invaders with open arms-or open fire.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It looks so realistic that you’d swear that you’re watching a television broadcast—fake-breasted cheerleaders and all.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Be afraid. The intelligent, fast-moving fiends who stalk special agent Leon Kennedy will almost make you yearn for the embrace of old-fashioned brain-hungry cadavers.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most of the story is conveyed through masterful animation and acute facial expressions.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You’ll be more impressed that you can make Snake stare lecherously at a centerfold poster one minute, only to have him pop out and choke someone to death the next.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You’ll be sold the second you get into a gang bang with the song “Beat It” playing in the background. It just doesn’t get any better than that.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You’ll finally answer some of life’s most burning questions, like how your Suburu Impreza station wagon would fare against a 2002 Dodge Viper on a racetrack.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo 2 completely lives up to the hype. An improvement in every way over the original, particularly in terms of playability and graphics.
    • 95 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freed from time constraints, you now accomplish level-specific goals—like outmaneuvering skater-busting cops—to advance while on the lookout for secret minigames.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    And when you tire of solving puzzles using human sacrifices and petrifying foes with Medusa’s severed head, button-mashing mini-games let you unwind by propping Hydra’s jaws open or massacring the Minotaur.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This real-time, 3-D role-player neatly fuses the usual stat-crunching with plenty of chaotic firefights, ensuring there's at least something in here for the nongeeks (or at least not too geeky) among us.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a game that combines gut-churning speed and beyond-recognition wreckage to make road kill out of all others in the driving genre.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    SSX
    This isn’t only one of the best looking and most intense PlayStation 2 games, it’s also hands down the loudest.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sega added online play, a deeper Franchise Mode, and may have made the biggest acquisition of the off-season by reeling in ESPN to punch up their pigskin.
    • 92 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This up-and-coming franchise has been breathing down Madden’s hairy back for years, and now it might finally have the ammo to leapfrog him.
    • 92 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Completely reinvented in glorious 3-D, WCIII spruces up the age-old premise—organize armies and send them into battle against opposing forces—with much-improved graphics and a new pyrotechnic spell-casting system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now if we ever come across a “deity wanted” ad in the Sunday classifieds, we’re ready.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Microsoft Game Studio's answer to Sony's automotive masterpiece is simple-add online play and program cars that take realistic damage.
    • 92 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hilariously crude.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single-player adventure is every bit as time-devouring as the first Metroid Prime... But the multiplayer split-screen mode, while fun, is straight out of 1997. Plus, there are no online and no 16-player matches.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The hail of artillery shells on the Omaha Beach assault level will make you crap your shorts, as they blow away your eardrums and half of your platoon’s limbs.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most visually impressive football game ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freed from time constraints, you now accomplish level-specific goals—like outmaneuvering skater-busting cops—to advance while on the lookout for secret minigames.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay is so addicting that you might just forget that there’s no chance of Venus Williams’ mini-skirt fluttering up in the wind.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More immersion, more espionage, more metallic gear!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its fast and realistic action should make any joystick jock forget how badly his team is doing in real life, and the endless Dynasty mode will make classes optional for months.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The sleaziness of recruiting players to build a powerhouse program is almost worth the price of admission alone, but it’s a damn shame that you can’t bribe them when push comes to shove.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An all-around crowd pleaser with great weapons, exotic locales, and enough mystery to keep you coming back for more.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's dogged by Commodore 64–quality music and selective licensing agreements—Manchester United is simply Man Red—this new edition more than compensates with killer graphics, new tricks, and an improved dribbling system.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the sadist to the social scientist, The Sims 2 gives you an infinite sandbox to play in.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Same invigorating missions, same tight controls, same relentless action, and same trigger-happy scientist in a one-man war against our alien overlords.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its fast and realistic action should make any joystick jock forget how badly his team is doing in real life, and the endless Dynasty mode will make classes optional for months.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ICO
    Odd adventure.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For immersing entertainment, this game is totally up our halfpipe.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than a Jedi mind trick to make you buy Nintendo's new whiz-bang console, this is the closest a video game has come to recreating a Star Wars movie.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A thousand yards beyond any other college football game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tons of tracks, events, and online races give Revenge plenty of variety, but it's the blinding speed and the velvety smooth controls that make this the best racing game of the year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apart from some cramped environments, the immaculately reincarnated Unreal Tournament is a stone-cold killer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Looks beautiful, and is one of the best shooters we've ever played.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freed from time constraints, you now accomplish level-specific goals—like outmaneuvering skater-busting cops—to advance while on the lookout for secret minigames.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it's dogged by Commodore 64–quality music and selective licensing agreements-Manchester United is simply Man Red-this new edition more than compensates with killer graphics, new tricks, and an improved dribbling system.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In addition to playing on boring, traditional courses like Pebble Beach with the good ol’ boys, you can take on a quartet of kilt-wearing Scotsmen in the middle of the Amazon.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Force is strong with this polished first-person shooter.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tons of tracks, events, and online races give Revenge plenty of variety, but it's the blinding speed and the velvety smooth controls that make this the best racing game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For immersing entertainment, this game is totally up our halfpipe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Teams of up to four can then venture to visually stunning alien worlds, solving puzzles and wasting anything that moves.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Hot Pursuit not only gives you the keys to more than 20 exotic cars, it also gives you the unsurpassed joy of leaving traffic cops in the dust.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Konami's annual soccer franchise, which has scored in the past for its slick controls, wads of teams, and shin-splintin' graphics, returns to the field to affirm its ball-kicking dominance.
    • 89 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What truly sticks out about this real-time strategy game is that it never lets its engrossing depth create a dull moment.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The grimy and amazing graphics, plus gory, well-paced game play, wrapped in a worthwhile story add up to a surprise hit. If only Diesel's movies could be this good.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Improves upon already stunning graphics and amps game play with faster speed and such fresh gridiron moves as sidearm passing and—wahoo!—gang tackling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You’re not going to get a more realistic driving experience without nicking the keys to dad’s Delorean. Is GT4 more fetish than game? Probably. But if this is a fetish, then put a leather hood on us and whip us till we bleed!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If the grainy, David Lynch ambiance doesn’t make your nads retract in terror, the four-legged headless guys in combat boots and leather thongs certainly will.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If the game were any more detailed, they would have to include a “Record Shitty Rap Album” mode.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We suggest using the seven foot Wolfman, he’s great at blocking shots.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers with short attention spans will likely find all the squad management tedious, but we think it adds a much-needed dimension to a very stale genre. Plus it includes the best video game quote so far this year: "If you see something, shoot it; if it screams in German, shoot it again."
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Thankfully, you can slow time, Matrix-style, to get out of the more harrowing battles, while the game's controls are smoother than Moby's head.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to playing on boring, traditional courses like Pebble Beach with the good ol’ boys, you can take on a quartet of kilt-wearing Scotsmen in the middle of the Amazon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In addition to playing on boring, traditional courses like Pebble Beach with the good ol’ boys, you can take on a quartet of kilt-wearing Scotsmen in the middle of the Amazon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    We have to admit that most first-person games nauseate us, but Faction’s smooth graphics and easy gameplay make it hard to put down.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While this Xbox sequel is even quirkier, it’s just as insanely addictive...[and] plays like one big ghetto-fabulous party. Word.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, you'll be reminded why Hell is such a bad place to spend eternity-but such a good place for four friends to join in multiplayer bullet-tossing.
    • 88 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This intentionally kooky bounty hunter simulator-playing it is like watching an episode of Cops while huffing bleach fumes-is easily the most original game we've played this year.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s an endless cycle of killing creatures to get bigger weapons so that you can kill even more creatures. But who cares? “Are you not entertained?”
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're expecting jittery "Unreal Tournament"–style multiplayer action here, you'll be sorely disappointed...The real fun is in a story that leads you so deep into hell, with rich graphics and engulfing sound, you can practically smell the sulfur.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Your hard-won mastery of the throttle and brake can mean the difference between surviving to the next stage or taking in the scenery from the bottom of a roadside ditch.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most fun comes in the game's "Race for the Heisman," an all-new game mode separate from, but similar to, "Dynasty."
    • 87 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Awesome.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the one-player mode can get a bit stale, it's saner than picking fights at the local Teamsters hall.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most fun comes in the game's "Race for the Heisman," an all-new game mode separate from, but similar to, "Dynasty."

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