Nintendo Power's Scores

  • Games
For 2,179 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 38% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Lowest review score: 20 Ant Nation
Score distribution:
2179 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the perennial AI issues, 2006 FIFA World Cup is far from disappointing. [Jun 2006, p.86]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For players looking for a serious board game, there's a lot to enjoy here. [Dec 2011, p.80]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Adds some nice new features to the tried-and-true formula. [Jan 2006, p.110]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You'll need a calm mind to tolerate the slow pace at which everything is presented to you, but you don't have to be a fishing enthusiast to enjoy Fishing Resort's eye-catching scenery and the addictive nature of the fish-collecting. [Nov 2011, p.77]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Nonetheless, this is a solid effort, and fans of the license, especially, should check it out. [Aug 2010, p.91]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Something old, something new, something borrowed, someone blue--that's what you get in Mega Man Star Force, the latest adventure of Capcom's ever-vigilant hero. [Oct 2007, p.88]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Pokemon Rumble Blast is a somewhat shallow experience, but the simple action and short levels make it a good pick-up-and-play portable game. [Nov 2011, p.75]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The playing experience is enjoyable, just different from what you might expect if your concept of Sims games is PC-based. [Jan 2006, p.112]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a must for fans of the turtles and a good bet for anyone who enjoys a fun multiplayer game. [Nov 2009, p.82]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Visually, Shinobi isn't exactly a showcase for the N3DS hardware, but the game runs smoothly and the art style works well with stereoscopic 3D. [Nov 2011, p.74]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've ever been tempted by the dungeon-crawling genre, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon is a great place to get your feathers wet. [Aug 2008, p.88]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Conduit 2 certainly has some issues, but it's heartening to see that High Voltage Software took people's criticisms of the first title into account when developing this follow-up. [Apr 2011, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though the overall product doesn't quite measure up to this year's Madden or Tiger, FIFA 09 may be EA's best effort at catering to both casual and hardcore fans of a particular sport. [Dec 2008, p.94]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After you wave the Wii remote and nunchuk to unleash Goku's Spirit Bomb attack, I guarantee you won't want to go back to hitting a simple button combination. [jan. 2007, p.112]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A button-masher with a strategy-game pedigree, Koei's Dynasty Warriors DS: Fighter's Battle straddles the line between two genres with awkward balance. [Sep 2007, p.87]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Its charming exterior belies a pretty hardcore character-action game. [Oct 2010, p.88]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Offers a form of exercise that will strengthen part of the body other than our bulging thumb muscles. [Dec 2005, p.118]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The presentation is capped off with detailed graphics and special effects, and live-action FMV sequences that would've been right at home in the jet sims of the genre's heyday. [May 2007, p.89]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Something old, something new, something borrowed, someone blue--that's what you get in Mega Man Star Force, the latest adventure of Capcom's ever-vigilant hero. [Oct 2007, p.88]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the game can be played cooperatively; while the split screen hampers both your and your friend's field of vision, you'll still have more fun overall if you play with a buddy. [July 2009, p.86]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This baseball diamond loses some of its luster with occasionally confusing or clunky play (it's too easy to accidentally pitch or swing prematurely), but the game's simplified approach is great for sports-curious gamers looking to avoid the complexities of a real simulation. [Oct 2008, p.87]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An enjoyable adventure. [Nov 2009, p.90]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite room for improvement, Summon Night is quite enjoyable; what it does, it does very well. [June 2008, p.88]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, Legend is a breath of fresh air for Tomb Raider fans, and a solid GCN debut for Ms. Croft. [Jan. 2007, p.116]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid (if unspectacular) title worthy of some frustratingly fun bus rides. [Nov 2008, p.106]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of a well-established franchise, but the core gameplay is nearly spot-on. [Jan 2006, p.111]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can get past the bland '80s-era look of the robot designs and a lack responsiveness in the fighting controls, you'll find Custom Robo Arena has hidden charms. [May 2007, p.88]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the story, while engaging, is predictable. [Holiday 2007, p.80]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately enjoyable, with some nice gameplay variety and good sound-alike voice acting. [July 2009, p.85]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The multiplayer mode provides some good (if short-lived) entertainment - especially since the roster includes some fan-favorite "expanded universe" characters - but the story, the always-excellent Star Wars tunes, and the Force-powered combat are the real draws for fans. [Oct 2008, p.88]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With enough practice against human opponents under your belt, you may eventually find play against the AI opponents to be more manageable. [Nov. 2006, p.85]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Other than that, this is a must-own for Wii devotees and Sims fans alike. [Dec 2008, p.100]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Regardless, it's nice to see that game makers haven't stuffed the GBA into Davy Jone's locker just yet, and that some developers still know that a big-name franchise isn't an excuse to make a half-baked game. [Aug 2006, p.85]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Go ahead and fill up Sierra Entertainment's balls meter--they've earned it. [Aug 2007, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not perfect--there are some context-sensitivity issues that can make the platforming more frustrating than it should be, for instance--but Toy Story 3: The Video Game is surprisingly fun. [Aug 2010, p.89]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Look past the rough exterior, however, and you'll find a fun game with retro appeal. [Dec 2009, 83]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fans of the Harvest Moon series will feel right at home, and the traditional overarching goals of improving your ranch, marrying, and raising a family are still in place. [Dec 2009, p.87]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If it's a serious racer you seek, this is the best ride in town. [Oct 2008, p.90]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you do like pinball, you're in luck--Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection is as close to owning a real pinball table as most people are going to get. [Apr 2008, p.90]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ninjago is a satisfying new addition to the LEGO universe. [May 2011, p.88]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The remake has some minor improvements, including the ability to continue playing from where the previous game ended. [Sept 2005, p.83]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Classic game compilations are strangely uncommon on the DS, but the handheld's finally getting some significant retro love with this collection of 15 Konami arcade hits. [Apr 2007, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Offers sharply diminishing returns after the first day or two of play. At least you'll enjoy the heck out of it while it lasts. [Dec 2010, p.81]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There may not be many new ideas in Dawn of Heroes but the hilarious dialogue and wacky adversaries still make for a memorable experience. [Apr 2010, p.89]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    How much you enjoy Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis will probably correlate directly with how much you like guiding characters via the stylus. [Nov. 2006, p.87]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like its predecessor, Diddy Kong Racing DS has a Mario Kart game to compete with, but also enough unique features to make it a kart-racing contender. [Mar. 2007, p.87]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So, the question remains, is it worth it to upgrade from 06 to 07? If improved graphics and new rosters do it for you, the answer is yes. If not, you may want do better by waiting to see what 08 brings. [Oct. 2006, p.90]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the main draw of LEGO Indiana Jones is playing through many of the movies' most memorable moments in the charming LEGO style, and the game definitely succeeds in doing that. [July 2008, p.87]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Spongebob Squigglepants might not have the polish of its garlic breathed inspiration, but it's a pretty solid title, even if you're not a SpongeBob fan. [May 2011, p.87]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Addictive simplicity. [Dec 2010, p.86]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Metal Slug 7 is a solid, fun shooter, but it lacks the ingenuity of the better games in the series. [Holiday 2008, p.80]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If Dragon Quest VI had been promptly localized into English after its 1995 release, it might have won a treasured place in the hearts of Super NES owners. [March 2011, p.89]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Strangely enough, Altair's Chronicles feels more stealth-centric than its console predecessor. [Mar 2008, p.87]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Adorable. [Dec 2010, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You may think the Fast and the Furious scene is on its way out, but Need for Speed: Carbon assures you it's still fueling up. [Jan. 2007, p.106]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Certainly Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love has its issues, but it's a game unlike any I've played before, and I applaud NIS America's willingness to finally bring the long-running franchise to North America. [Apr 2010, p.83]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Big Red One's personalized storytelling and scene delivery by reputable actors succeed in creating a movielike experience, but the linear, heavily scripted gameplay suffers as a result. [Feb 2006, p.102]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fortunately, a great storyline makes it easy to keep going in spite of the uneven difficulty. [Holiday 2007, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Like its predecessors, Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3 is good fun--the fighting is fast-paced and has easy-to-learn controls--especially when playing against your friends. [Holiday 2009, p.88]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its flaws, though, I ultimately enjoyed my time with Arc Rise Fantasia. [July 2010, p.84]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game's absence of goals won't please everyone. If you want drama, suspense, and action, you'll have to look elsewhere. [Feb 2008, p.87]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The addition of the Story mode is welcome since it gives the single-player game some longevity, but I can't help but feel that a true sequel to Guilty Gear XX is long overdue. [May 2009, p.91]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is not very ambitious, but what it does, it does well. [Aug 2008, p.88]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Code of Princess isn't as good as its spiritual predecessor, but it nontheless offers an enjoyable, content-rich, and often genuinely funny action experience. [Oct 2012, p.86]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    From a purely technical standpoint, Tekken 3D Prime Edition is awesome - the graphics and gameplay are top-notch. But the overall lack of compelling solo experience keeps me from recommending this game more highly. [March 2012, p.88]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game offers a lot and it's all well-tuned. Just don't expect the publicized music element to be a big part of your playing experience. [Jan 2008, p.88]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid first effort for the new franchise that, while a bit rough in some parts, offers the most well-rounded tennis experience on the Wii. [July 2009, p.88]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, the Super Monkey action here proves to be a satisfying addition to the franchise. [April 2011, p.86]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although this DS remake offers an attractive polygonal world and plenty of usability improvements, it still feels very much like a product of its time. [Oct 2008, p.86]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Okami is a work of genius, but you should play the original game instead of the Wii version if you can. [May 2008, p.88]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite there being some room for improvement, I have no problem calling Mega Man Battle Network 6 the series' best entry yet. [Aug 2006, p.86]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not a perfect game, but it is a perfect fit for the Wii, and will likely be a series favorite for fans. [July 2007, p.92]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    You'll spend a lot of time checking the mansion's 15 rooms for ghosts, which can get tedious, but many of the game's puzzles are quite clever. [Dec 2003, p.144]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Each version features a unique ending and varying objectives for the game's 100 areas. [Apr 2002, p.152]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Vibrantly colorful graphics, a sensational sense of speed and realistic physics in a variety of track conditions make Top Gear Rally a solid and enjoyable play. [Dec 2003, p.146]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The initial abbreviated matches against CPU-controlled swingers may seem too easy, but the game ramps up in difficulty at a steady pace. [Jan 2005, p.138]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The game's a blast and it links to the upcoming "Butt-Ugly Martians: Zoom or Doom!" for GCN. [Sept 2002, p.165]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It's great for players of all skill levels. [June 2002, p.154]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The insults and mulligans are rapid-fire. [Dec 2002, p.214]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A fun and funny treat for Scooby fans. [Nov 2002, p.224]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A real gem for retro gamers. [Feb 2005, p.113]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The graphic style may appeal mainly to young players, but the gameplay, humor and story will attract gamers of all ages. [Mar 2004, p.123]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    An isometric adventure mixes with classic Tron gameplay for loads of retro-futuristic fun. [Nov 2004, p.131]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Exciting, fun, and unpredictable. [May 2002, p.142]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The story line and cel-shaded graphics are true to the Robotech animated series. [Dec 2002, p.216]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Side stories abound, and Ham Studios keeps you entertained with music and news. [Sept 2004, p.116]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The Disney gang's soccer slam is a real kick. [Jan 2003, p.173]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A lot of great ideas went into the game, but a clumsy battle system and frustrating camera prevent the game from realizing its full potential. [Mar 2003, p.135]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The game's locations are larger and more realistic than its predecessor's. [Nov 2002, p.226]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Otherworldly technology and techno-eerie sounds are among the touches that elevate this FPS above many others. [Jan 2003, p.173]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Each of the playable characters has such unique moves and play control that it's like playing five separate games under one unifying story. [Dec 2004, p.141]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A laugh-out-loud funny skateboarder. [Feb 2004, p.149]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Casual racing gamers might find the controls touchy, but others will appreciate the added challenge. [Nov 2003, p.151]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Namco is so faithful to the aspect ratio of the original games that the screen is often wee tiny. [Aug 2002, p.144]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The inventive momentum-building feature helps keep matches exciting and victory within reach. [June 2003, p.137]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The game's adventure element requires you to run around with your board tucked under your arm - not nearly as fun as pulling off tricks. [Jan 2004, p.162]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Since the pack presents the games in their original versions, the production values improve as you go from the first game to the third. [Jan 2003, p.176]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Play control is smooth and intuitive. [Dec 2002, p.222]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A great update of an established franchise. [Dec 2004, p.146]
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