Post Arcade (National Post)'s Scores

  • Games
For 534 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Gone Home
Lowest review score: 10 Alien Creeps TD
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 534
537 game reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    About 60 per cent of Trials of the Blood Dragon is wicked barmy brilliance...Alas, the less said about the remaining 40 per cent the better.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Blood & Wine is a bargain by any standard. In fact, you’re almost better off thinking of it as a small sequel than just an expansion pack, so broad, multifaceted, and rewarding is the experience it delivers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Use your kid as an excuse to buy it, then start a fresh save file and play through it yourself once she’s fallen asleep.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I want to love Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, but the best I can manage is to appreciate its aspirations and intentions.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Koi
    If there’s a bright side to all this it’s that playing a clumsy attempt at interactive art can’t help but engender a greater appreciation of games that manage to avoid tragic missteps and create a moving, memorable experience that makes us think about our world and ourselves in new ways...Perhaps Dotoyou’s next effort will be such an experience. I hope it is. Koi, assuredly, is not.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While I’ve had plenty of fun with Fallout 4 and, to a slightly lesser extent, its DLC, I’m feeling pretty ready at this point to wait a few years for the fifth numbered entry in the series – a game that, hopefully, will receive a little more of a buffing than its predecessor.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I’ve only spent a couple of hours with Disney Art Academy, but I was pleased with the quality of a Chip – or was it Dale? – drawing I was able to produce completely from scratch following instructions.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For me, leaving a game unfinished is like suffering an itch I can’t scratch. But I don’t think that’ll be a problem with Homefront: The Revolution. I’ve muddled my way through six of its eight open-world zones, and I’m just not interested in playing any more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, though, Hitman‘s second episode and the limited Elusive Target mode simply confirm my original impression of the franchise’s new episodic format: It hinders rather than helps the experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Doom in 2016 may not be quite what I had anticipated, but it has just enough old and new to make me a fan.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Battleborn has laid the groundwork for a decent online cooperative and competitive shooter, but most players would do will to hold off until it rectifies its balancing issues and dearth of content.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Multiplayer is] competent, polished (I experienced a few connection problems but chalked them up to pre-launch network jitters), and reasonably entertaining. But it lacks the depth and long-term appeal of shooters that make online play their bread and butter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like a good film, 1979 Revolution often makes you feel like you’re witnessing real events, or at least an accurate depiction of those events.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That said, if you’ve already got a shelf full of Amiibo there’s no reason not to at least give Mini Mario & Friends Amiibo Challenge a go. It’ll cost you nothing and requires just a wee bit of space on your Wii U hard drive. No point looking a gift horse in the mouth. However, if you’ve yet to pick up at least a few Amiibo or have shied away from collecting the core Mario characters, this is one free game you can skip without losing much sleep.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead: Michonne ends up an entertaining, if not quite as satisfying, addition to Telltale’s slowly evolving series. At its worst it simply provides more of the same action and difficult decision making that fans seem to love, and at its best it delivers fresh canonical insight into one of The Walking Dead’s most interesting characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    To be sure, Alienation could have done with a little more polish in its RPG systems and the inclusion of an extra mode or two.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Star Fox Zero is a frustrating experience because it has the potential to be a great game – a fantastic game, actually – but fundamental flaws not only hold the game back, they make it downright unplayable at times despite relatively easy fixes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even with Zombies proving less of a draw than it has been in a couple of years, the well designed multiplayer maps ought to make Eclipse worth the download for franchise fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you’ve got an evening to spare and want to fill it with some great beats and alien-blasting action, LOUD on Planet X is worth checking out.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bravely Second: End Layer is probably the superior game. But sequels come with a different set of expectations. And from my perspective, those expectations haven’t been entirely satisfied.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark Souls III hasn’t proven to be quite the revelation for me that was Bloodbourne, but during the time I’ve played there was little else I’d have rather been doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether you should pick up Automatron might end up coming down to how much you dig robots. If you can live without them, you can probably just skip it. If, on the other hand, you want to build your own lethal automaton companion to take with you out into Far Harbor’s irradiated sea a couple of months from now (as I know I do), then Automatron becomes significantly more compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Encounters – generally set in bland open areas – tend to be pretty similar to each other. Jack uses his time shifting abilities – which evolve in terms of range and power, but not sophistication – in the same ways on a limited variety of enemies time and again while relying on an awkward automatic covering system as he reloads or waits for his abilities to recharge. Rinse and repeat. There’s simply not enough variety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The sooner you can wrap your head around the fact that Dirt Rally isn’t so much about winning but rather finishing the race, the more likely you’ll be to stick around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I went into 101 Ways to Die hoping for a clever cross between Pain and Lemmings and came out with what felt like a gorier version of Mario vs. Donkey Kong that tasked me to kill rather than save. There were moments of giddy fun at the start, but they petered before too long.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I suspect most of my qualms wouldn’t exist had République been designed from the ground up for PlayStation 4, which is perhaps a point in favour of the hardcore crowd who raise their noses at mobile games. However, these problems are too minor to greatly distract from a game with a compelling dystopian story and stealth action that’s both pleasantly reverential and legitimately innovative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Hitman feels like a typical big-budget game that’s been fragmented solely to more easily fund its middle and end bits. Whether this is in fact the case matters little. That’s the way it comes off. Even if the rest of the episodes deliver levels on par with the excellent Paris mansion mission, separating them by weeks or months dilutes the experience and diminishes the already spotty narrative.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a very good meat-and-potatoes Zelda game, Twilight Princess HD will likely scratch that itch. If you can’t see yourself playing more than a couple of hours of it, maybe pass.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The between-mission meta game is better than ever, but if you’re like me the reason you play XCOM games is for the turn-based combat. And it, too, has been tweaked in fun new ways.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Horror fans may want to give Layers of Fear a shot if they can find it in a future Humble Bundle or if it eventually pops up as a free downloadable via Xbox or PlayStation subscriptions. I can’t recommend it beyond that.

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