netjak's Scores

  • Games
For 952 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 98 Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Lowest review score: 0 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
Score distribution:
952 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Nippon Ichi has done the impossible with Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories – taking a successful game and improving it on every count for the sequel. The battle system was tweaked in just the right ways, the graphics and sound were improved, and the new story is deep and faithful to the style of the series without copying too much from Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The result is what will probably be best game of 2006.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The interaction between player and environment sets the bar so high for other games, that it is nearly inaccessible.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A rare example of a complete game. Most titles lack in one aspect or another, but Prime pulls its weight in just about every part of a game you can imagine.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Expect dozens of hours in the game, with an almost endless replay value.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    With a slick story, great visuals, awesome multiplayer possibilities, and a style that is unmatched, Chaos Theory does not disappoint.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The same great Tony goodness is back with better graphics, more and cooler tricks (read: lazy a$$ manual), better sound, and the whole damn game has been completely revamped. The replay value goes through the roof.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    When I started playing the game I wanted to call everyone I knew and tell them how much this game rocked. I wanted to grab people by the ear, sit them down and have them watch me fight a battle and yell out, "You see that! THAT'S why I play games, baby!"
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Controls are the best out of any of the installments.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    I would place this one up there with "Xenogears" and "Grandia" as the three must buy RPGs for the system.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The controls may be a little iffy at first, the frame rate drops ever so-often; but the war sounds and game play more than make up for every fault the game has.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    "Katamari Damacy" is still on my short list of favorite games of all time. It's an incredible game, and I'm not giving up my copy for anyone. But We Love Katamari has managed to beat it, hands down, in almost every single way.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    They just don’t make games like this any more, and this particular game really shows us how far we’ve come and that you don’t need flashy graphics and surrond sound to have a mind-blowing game.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This game has officially spoiled me. Literally everything about Resident Evil 4 is oozing with style and meticulous attention to detail.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Each world is full of colors, whether it be lush green environments of a jungle, or the sandy feeling you get in the desert, each world is chock full of beautiful and vibrant colors that jump out at you more than Mexican jumping beans.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Don't let Dark Cloud 2's mediocre predecessor deter you from experiencing this masterpiece which is about as close to a genuine work of art you can get from a video game... Easily one of the most addictive, most fun games available for the PlayStation 2.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Overall, BioShock is definitely worth a purchase. There simply isn’t a better experience to be had on the PC.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete is a classic for every reason good games become classics. It's a brilliant answer for those who insist that nothing will ever be as good as Final Fantasy. Unfortunately, it's also out of print and exceptionally rare, so you'll end up paying top dollar for it. But hey, the way I see it, Lunar's rarity is just another finger pointing at its greatness. If you're lucky enough to find it, buy it then and there and I guarantee you won't want to part with it either.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Tools of Destruction gives Sony something it desperately needs, a solid reason to actually own a PS3.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A vast improvement over its predecessors.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Addiction... The answer to the PC's hit simulation "The Sims," however you've got kooky little animals instead of real life looking people, and it's also a whole lot more fun.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best game I've played this year.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One thing that sets Metroid Fusion apart from its predecessors is a clearly stated and well-developed storyline, including, for the first time, occasional monologues by Samus herself.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The AI in the game is rather incredible. Most titles’ AI enemies are either idiots or precognitive, with no real middle ground. Call of Duty manages to get to that middle ground.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Not only does ESPN NHL Hockey retain all of the rock-solid gameplay the was present in NHL 2K3, but it couples it with a presentation that is the closest to a television broadcast feel as any hockey game has ever come.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Absolutely a must-have title. It is one of the best games of the year. The gameplay is highly addictive and the cut scenes are hilarious- especially Captain Qwark's hand-drawn battle plans.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    To not have this game in your Xbox 360 game collection is like a form of self-punishment. There's no doubt in my mind: Gears of War can easily go down as one of the greatest video games ever created.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A masterpiece in the world of console RPGs...bringing in one of the most engrossing storylines ever, impressive battle systems, and some good visuals into an overall incredible package.
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    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The hype is real, readers.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I've never had this urge to unlock all the cars in a racing game since the old San Francisco Rush series. In fact, it probably gets my vote for best game of 2003.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics in Einhander are stunning. Before this I'd never seen 3D move so swiftly...Great graphics, high difficulty, lots of secrets, breathtaking CG, variety, and a killer soundtrack. There is honestly nothing more than I want out of a shooter than Einhander gives.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I enjoyed it more than the original, and for $19.99 it's a total steal for an expansion.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Thrones and Patriots manages to double the immense amount of replay in the original Rise of Nations with the addition of six new civilizations and four new campaigns.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    "Guitar Hero" was one of the best rhythm games I had ever seen, but Guitar Hero II improves upon it in nearly every way.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is a must-own, must-experience title for the Wii, a hardcore offering that sets the bar for first-person shooters on the console high and should be looked to as the new standard.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best $20 you'll spend all year. It truly defies description; it's one of those games that is so simple that it almost sounds boring, yet is nearly impossible to put down once you’ve picked it up.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With at least four known endings, Symphony's already astounding replay value is entirely phenomenal.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An absolutely astounding online multiplayer component. This could be a game in itself.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VI Advance immediately joins the short list of best games available for any portable system. Unparalleled graphics and epic music draw you into the world, and well-developed characters and a sweeping plot keep you interested from start to finish.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Where "WWF No Mercy" on the Nintendo 64 ruled as the best wrestling game, but WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 is the new standard.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are so many humorous moments in the game, but at the same time, many emotional moments as well. Throughout my journey, I connected with the characters, as they truly came alive for me. Few games were as engrossing as this, as it really captivated me with its fantastic story and entertaining twists.
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Atlus has managed to somehow improve upon one of the greatest NES games ever. To beat-em-up fans such as myself, the old school greatness means two schools – Cross Town High and River City High, with all the turf in between. Atlus took us back, and there's no reason for anyone to resist one more bout with Alex and Ryan.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredibly fun and addictive turn-based strategy game that even with its minimal improvements definitely overshadows what the original contained.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game is lightning fast, smoother than silk and chugs along like a Maserati at 60 frames per second. Yipes, was all I could say the first hour of play.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just a hair's breadth from perfection. The only real flaw comes in the form of the difficult to locate figments littering the levels. Everything else was incredible. The gameplay was smooth and responsive, the audio presentation was beyond impressive, and the visuals display a rare artistic value not seen in many games these days.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Improved in just about every way imaginable, Hears of Iron 2 will not only satisfy the fans of the previous game, but is now set up in such a way to entice an even larger market segment into enjoying the title.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its great character design, cool story and spectacular battle system, its one of my favorite games of the series.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The interaction between the player, Sam and the game form a symbiotic relationship that few games have achieved. Things like retinal scanners, fingerprint id's and sticky cameras will keep you spitting adrenaline on this 14 mission romp.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Bigger and prettier than its predecessor, but it really doesn’t do much to move the series forward. Everything that made the original great is still here and improved, but there is very little that is new to the series, and even the things that are new seem more toned down than perhaps they should be.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Complete in just about every aspect. Apart from the irritating escort missions and the short first run through, Max Payne 2 is perfect.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Fight Night is a far bigger improvement on Round 2 than Round 2 was on the original. I'd have bought it for the changes in punching and style options alone, much less the vastly improved graphics, sound, and other fringe benefits.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    As far was wrestling games go, it gets no better than this. With the new additions to the roster and the modified gameplay, fans of the series will not be disappointed, so don’t believe HCTP is the just the same old song and dance, because simply put, this is where it’s at.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With over 20 hours of core gameplay within, and every minute of it more fun than the last, I can't help but enthusiastically recommend Jak II.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Easily the best in the series so far. It rejuvenates the formula, radically changing the game enough to make it a completely new experience, while at the same time retaining enough of the SSX formula to still satisfy the series’ faithful fans.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    An incredibly solid RPG. The sheer variety of gameplay elements available, paths you can take, and quests in the game make it well worth a purchase. There is no reason why any RPG aficionado should not own this title.
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The best game I have played in months. The game managed to create the most complex yet most simple to navigate gameplay mechanism I have ever experienced.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I can't remember having played a game this unique, with this much character and originality, in a long, long time. That it's a heck of a lot of fun is an excellent added bonus.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Graphically, this game is amazing.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Few games leave my hands sweaty and clenched around the controller like F-Zero GX does. The difficulty level may scare away some new players (and maybe even some old ones), but it's a fun ride even when you're not winning.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Probably one of the most in depth and well balanced strategy based games that will probably ever grace any portable system
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The gameplay is awesome, the graphics are great, and being able to completely immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe is a force to be reckoned with.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    AoM takes what makes both the "Age of Empires" series and the "Warcraft" series great, and blends it all together into a tasty frappe, and the end result is simply divine.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    As a multiplayer experience, however, Halo 2 is simply unparalleled. No other game provides the sheer amount of variety, both in terms of game types and opponents, as Halo 2 currently offers.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you're hesitant to buy this game because you can't sing well, don't worry- the flexible judging level makes it easy for just about anyone to pick up this game. This is definitely a must-have title.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One fantastic looking game, and it plays like a dream. The controls are logical and simple, but at the same time can be very complex.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    THIS is the future of online multiplayer, not that massive stuff. Apart from poor sounds, average included modules, and some negatives in the new rules, Neverwinter Nights is a must have for any roleplayer out there.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What makes Soul Calibur so brilliant isn't just the amazing graphics and great combos, it's the continuity and fluidity of the progression of the game. Moves seem to flawlessly transition from one combo to the next, making the game seem believable one moment and then outrageous the next.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The graphics look excellent, sound effects and custom soundtracks are superb, the gameplay itself is rock-solid, damage modeling is present and accounted for, car customization goes even deeper than any game before it, the menu system is a god-send, and it's always ready to rock out on Xbox Live.
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Guild Wars is an incredibly immersive and addicting gaming experience, and with new quests being added to the game and the promise of expansion packs for the game, it looks like we’re all going to be hooked for a long, long time.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I love the series and the latest installment is worthy of a purchse...While I prefer the Dreamcast version a tad more.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Despite it's flaws, Guitar Hero 3 has it where it counts, which is a quality-and-quantity song list, tons of unlockables, challenge, and online play. It seems that every other day I am discovering a new "OMG, this is my favorite song!" track.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An audio experience that shouldn’t be passed up, especially if you are a fan of the series or survival horror in general. It is a shame the controls are difficult and the game is so short, or all would have been wonderful.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An instant classic.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I ended up playing it so much that my hands would literally fall asleep. When not even physical discomfort can keep you from playing a game, you know that's a special game indeed.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bringing to the table solid gameplay elements, great visuals, and even better sound makes this game the culmination of the World War 2 FPS experience.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I was truly amazed at the overall completeness of the game.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    An amazing gaming experience. It has something for everyone: fishing, bug hunting, philanthropy (i.e. donating fossils to the museum), epistolatory madness, costume design, music composition, empire building and much more.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What may amaze people the most is the sound quality in the game. The game's designers were of the opinion that video games don't have enough hard rock and metal in them, and I'll be, they were right. I suppose it's of no surprise that such edgy material works well with a fighting game, but the quality of the choices just enhances the game. You want to press the attack partly because the music is practically egging you on.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Worth noting is that ESPN NFL 2K5 is one of the few third-party games to take advantage of the Xbox's custom soundtracks, and it even goes a step further by allowing the player to set up Stadium Music that plays at certain points in a game, such as when the home team scores a touchdown or forces an interception.
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    One of those rare games that is complete in every aspect. The content and the technique is nearly perfect, and it molds flawlessly into a genuinely entertaining experience.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The two endings give you a overall thirst for more, and the quality of the storyline and gameplay simply astound.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There's easily over 100 hours of gaming here if you choose. A well designed piece of software and one of the best I've played in a long time.
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    All told, while I was extremely impressed with The Wind Waker, I didn't have a whole lot of fun playing it. In fact, more often than not, it felt like work more than play.
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A blast no matter how long you want to play it. Whether it is for 15-minutes or five hours, it will satisfy your racing bug. The controller works seemingly flawless with the game, and shouldn't be difficult for even beginners to pick up and play.
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While it may be dragged down somewhat by the brief running time, Tactics has the wonderful gameplay that makes it worth that replay or two.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While it does feel a bit more like an expansion pack than a full sequel, the original was so good that just more missions and cooler weapons with a few incremental improvements is more than enough to make Going Commando a blast to play.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It is flat out gorgeous eye candy, it has decent sounds, and great gameplay. If it weren’t for the weak AI and limited environments, the game would have been nearly perfect.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    From the elegant battle system to the beautiful graphics and excellent sound, everything just comes together beautifully to grab the player from the very beginning and not let go until Ares has been sent to Hades.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you already own the original, this is a must have. If you don't own the original; shame on you. Pick up Ghost Recon and the expansion in one swoop.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    While the series hasn't changed drastically in its 9 year history, the latest Metal Slug is still, for some inexplicable reason, hard to put down. How many series can you say that about?
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Truly a great game.
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Takes so many facets of game play, and does them all so well, that this game is one of the must-own games of the year. I’d be satisfied with half a game this good.
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The more rabid Tony Hawk fans should find more then enough here to come back and play through it again while the newbies get a great introduction to the series.
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Easily one of the most unusual and beautiful adventure games released in the past few years.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There is just no way around it. Rock Band is, to date, the single best music game on the market, and not merely because it's the four best instrument simulation games available, either.
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A guilty little pleasure. It is easy to pick up and hard to put down. The open-ended gameplay makes for a unique experience for every player.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The game has sped up considerably, allowing for a much more exciting flow to the game. The goalies have been made more realistic, as opposed to the brick walls standing in front of the goals in last year's game.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is to the gaming world what "The Matrix" was to the film industry: it breaks so much ground and introduces so many significant things that it will no doubt have an impact on how games are made for a long time to come.
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A top quality shooter. It is visually impressive, has some of the best AI this side of the Rio Grande, and does a damned good job on weapon management. Still, the steep system requirements will put a hamper on the regular public’s enjoyment and hold off all but the most advanced PCs.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter 4 has moved in next door and I am coveting my neighbor until I am sore.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Outstanding musical splendor. The score, like the graphics, is a compliment to the game's dark setting. The excellent sounds are loud and clear, and they don't struggle to be heard.
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