Operation Sports' Scores

  • Games
For 384 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 ESPN NFL 2K5
Lowest review score: 20 Manchester United Soccer 2005
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 21 out of 384
384 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    You just never know how the AI will react, but at least they do take the timeouts and run the hurry up offense when they are down. It doesn't play dumb. In fact, the AI will go into a no-huddle offense, just to throw you off occasionally. How cool is that!!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magnificent, all-encompassing presentation serves only to highlight the wholly engrossing game play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I’ve just had so much fun with this game that it’s practically renewed my interest in PC racing single handedly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best sports title on Xbox 360 so far. It’s exciting when a company actually uses the year in development to bring us a year’s worth of progress.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Well…I'm two weeks into playing this game non-stop and the other shoe hasn't dropped. I can't find a major problem with this game, and I've just been enjoying it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I’m going to make this really simple: this is the greatest basketball game I’ve ever played. This is also the greatest one year leap I’ve ever seen in a series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The depth is unlike anything that most sports gamers will ever experience. There are so many different ways to play and enjoy this game, it is almost as if there are five or six different games all rolled into one.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the world of text-based gaming, this game is, once again, one of the best around.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is the best game of hockey that I have ever played.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If the competition is Gran Turismo, there's no contest here. The complete integration of online play, full vehicle customization, better racing AI, and many other features raise Forza above the pack.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The greatest baseball game of this console generation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I must say that this might be the best sports game I have ever played. I think the replay value of this game goes up exponentially with the master league feature. Combine that with a physics engine that makes each game seem like unique, and this game is a “must buy”.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is only marginally a racing game - it's a game of destruction and chaos that holds more in common with a first person shooter than with a true racer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A visually appealing, nice sounding, smooth-playing version of the NHL. It has just enough simulation mixed with just the right dash of arcade to make it the best hockey effort we've seen on the Next Gen consoles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is a throw-back to old arcade racers, and it doesn't miss a beat. This game will last you as long as you want it to last.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    By far the best racing game I’ve ever played on a console.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    SSX
    Replay value like no other game that I’ve played to date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    World Soccer Winning Eleven 7 International not only is the best soccer game I have encountered; but it is one of, if not the best sports games, period, for the PS2. Any fan of soccer must own this if you own a PS2. Any gamer that likes a sports game with substance also needs to own this.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    I know that I'll be racing N02 online for quite some time, and it's the new crown jewel of online racing sims.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Even without any type of career mode, you are getting one of the most thorough and in-depth sports titles for the PC. The hardcore NASCAR fan that has the computer power to get the most out of this title will be in seventh heaven.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The best baseball game around period. Graphics can only do so much and this simulation is top notch in gameplay and delivery. If you are an avid baseball fan you need to check out this game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Definitely justifies the purchase of a PS2.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Superb. The game has more than enough features for a golfer to keep interest in this game without ever playing on the internet.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you want a great game to play online, go with "Links"; if you want a great career mode, go with Tiger Woods. Both games are equal (I know, it’s a cop out) and you can’t go wrong with either one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It looks fantastic, sounds fantastic, and possesses unrivaled gameplay – online or off.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best simulation of videogame basketball bar none.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game is great, an improvement over yet another stellar OOTP product.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Multiplayer functionality alone makes this game worth the purchase.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The bread and butter of this game is it's gameplay and presentation. The graphics are bar-none the best out there. If you are looking for football at it's best, look no further than ESPN NFL Football.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A huge selection of cars, custom soundtracks, and all the extras makes this title a contender for game of the year. Throw in Xbox Live functionality; and you'll be playing this one for a long time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Instead of relying on graphics and frills, Konami is putting all it’s eggs in the gameplay basket. They figure that if they improve that and leave other parts a bit lacking people will still enjoy it. I suppose that’s not that bad and we can almost count on great playing games down the line.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I love this game! I will be playing it a lot in the next 4 or 5 months. It’s the closest thing that I found to replicating that feeling of turning on the T.V. to watch Spring Training or heading down to “the corner” to watch my heroes play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With the tightened game play and unbelievably deep owners mode I honestly believe this is the best version of Madden yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    There is some room for improvement in the AI and the features, but when it comes to creating the illusion that you are really playing football, this is the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the best version since "Live 2000" (a classic in my opinion) and I'm looking forward to see how the game improves in the future.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With tons of secret characters, missions, and tricks to unlock, you’ll be playing this game until the snow melts next spring.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    3DO made significant improvements to the graphics, Gameplay and menu presentation. Perhaps the biggest improvement was to the pitch types, especially the movement on the various types of fastballs. [Actual Score: 90 - 95]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Baseball is about the battle between the pitcher and hitter and HH does this extremely well. Also with the wealth of sliders on key areas of gameplay, HH makes for an extremely customizable gaming experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    One of the most ambitious attempts ever made to replicate arguably the most complicated sport on the planet, and in most cases, it hits the mark in spectacular fashion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you’re a huge basketball fan, you need to have this game. If you’re not a huge basketball fan, you should still get this game.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you loved Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 or 2 on any other system, and you are a PS2 owner, this is a must have.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    No matter what anyone tells you, Inside Drive 2003 is NOT the same game as last year. With the addition of sliders, how can you honestly say it's the same game??
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best gets better. No doubt about it. The guys at Neversoft got pushed by the competition and they responded.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    PGR presents just enough challenge without being too hard and frustrating which keeps you coming back for more.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With the Internet play and use of the console engine, it is king.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Visual Concepts has started their series on the Xbox in outstanding fashion. If you are looking for the best the series has to offer, I suggest you go out and get this game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This game may have a Bulldog face that only it’s mother may love, but once you get past the mediocre graphics you will love it too. It’s magnificent gameplay on the field and customizable options off it, make it the console baseball game to beat.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A great, yet somewhat short, Career Mode, a bevy of online features, a fantastic Challenge Mode that will drive you crazy with replay factor, great looks, great courses, and the strongest simulation engine that I've seen on a console, will keep this title in your Xbox hours and hours per week.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    An incredibly deep Nascar game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    PureSim has some of the best graphics for a text-based game. The interfaces are beautiful and look like they have been worked on. The game screen is by far the best.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you are the type of person who cares more about gameplay and is looking for a sim-like basketball experience, run out and get this game as soon as possible. No game comes closer to replicating the on the court action of the NBA.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The individual control of this game is unmatched. Player movement is lightning fast and incredibly responsive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    My front runner for the fighting game of the year. While it does lack the variety of match types that Smackdown offers, it I believe is just as much fun, if not more fun than "Smackdown."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    No longer is the NHL series just an arcade game. Finally, us die-hard hockey fans have a simulation/game to be proud of.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A game that should be online for the XBOX.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The fun factor in this game is through the roof.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bowl Bound is the best text-based college football simulation I’ve played and I look forward to future versions of this fine game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a bunch of games and trying almost every game mode, I can say without a doubt, this is my favorite baseball game of the year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground does it again. The team at Neversoft has taken a great game and improved it like we’ve seen time and time before.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would give NCAA 2007 a perfect 10/10 based on the gameplay and the amount of fun I had with it. However, I'm knocking a point off for the lack of ESPN integration, the status quo on online play, and for not adding to the pre-game intros.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfectly balanced arcade racer. It's lovingly crafted, exciting as all get-out, and looks like nothing you've ever played before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent racing game period. If you happen to be a sprint car fan you would be doing yourself a supreme injustice by not checking this out.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The interaction between manager and players, media, and other managers just adds to the enjoyment and longevity of this title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A good game of golf. A beautiful title on the Xbox 360 that should be used to sell HDTVs. A fun and deep experience on Xbox Live.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not revolutionary as other "Sim" games it does a great job of what it is supposed to do...a fun experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RalliSport could very well be the racing game of the year. The only reason it doesn't go into our Hall of Fame is for the lack of customization and a little more "sim" options.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those looking for the most realistic hockey game on any console, look no further.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The quintessential sim racing experience available on the PS2. Time will tell if this is the release that pushes the series over the top into mainstream acclaim.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is easily among the top sports titles available on the PSP.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skate is a resounding success, a game that has complaints that are barely even complaints when compared to the rest of the product.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series has “returned to its roots” in a way, beginning with the handling model. At the same time, it’s managed to incorporate very new features, throwing in motorcycles that feel completely fresh and weather that can change every race you run.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the place where FIFA 08 shines the brightest is in what I am considering the revolutionary mode of online play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bottom line—if you play online and like hockey, then NHL 08 has you covered. If you play offline and like hockey, then NHL 08 has you covered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I won’t sit here and tell you that the game is perfect. It’s close, but there are still holes. I thought the create-a-skater function that went with the Career/Story mode was painfully underdone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Looks and plays sort of how I envisioned a meld of "NBA Live" and "NBA2k2."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A lot of fun and the depth of features is beyond compare. Easily one of the most immersive football titles made to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07 will continue to make me a bigger fan.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are a baseball fan and don’t mind the lack of graphics or the fact that you can't control your team’s every move, this is a must-buy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best PC racers available to date. The physics engine just feels right no matter what difficulty you play on, it looks drop-dead gorgeous, and it has stable online play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its few flaws and it's relative lack of "newness", NBA 2K6 offers excellent value - especially in comparison to other sports titles on the Xbox 360 system - and gives the gamer a full-featured product that also happens to be the best professional basketball simulation ever created.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They took an existing series that worked; did a 180 when they lost their MLB license - and produced a product with more features that was even better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When the dust settles, SCEA San Diego has done something that few have ever seen – they produced a follow up that was as good as or better than the original classic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most realistic and enjoyable basketball game on the market.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s the best game of soccer available on the “next-gen” console and one of the best soccer titles to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only looks amazing, but it plays an excellent game of the sport as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a sports fan with a PSP, my advice is simple: Buy MLB '06, bring it home, pop in that UMD, and enjoy real baseball excitement all summer long.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most enjoyable golf games on the market today – and the best overall on any console system.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Just a notch below eternal greatness.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    By far one of the best looking games for the Gamecube, one of the best playing, and a heck of a lot of fun. There really is not anything to complain about with this game other than the difficulty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The game just looks fantastic...a great game, but not an excellent representation of baseball.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Very addicting--I couldn't put the controls down.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Each of the 9 riders has their own ending movie which is well worth the effort to unlock.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Well, knock me across the head with a sledgehammer and call me Koko B. Ware...Smackdown: Shut Your Mouth is a great title!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A good game and light-years better than 2k2... The sim engine and the inability to get sacks are parts of the game where improvements are needed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The best college basketball game this year on any system.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If online play is the pure reason you are buying this game, you may be seriously disappointed. The online racing can be very fun, but without any incentives there eventually gets to be no point to it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It has a whole lot of action in a short amount of time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    EA Sports Big has once again delivered the big air, big stunts, big hits, and big competition we have come to know and love them for.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When you continually get dunked on, or miss “gimme” jump shots, frustration sets in and you start to wonder if it is me or the game? I am having a lot of fun finding out though.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A great playing and pretty game to look at. Yet, this game could have been so much more with the addition of a career mode.