Post Arcade (National Post)'s Scores

  • Games
For 327 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 10 Alien Creeps TD
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 327
327 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When you’re dealing with disturbing subjects ranging from life-destroying drug addiction to creepy cult organizations to legitimately psychopathic behaviour, the jokes go down a little easier if you get the sense that the writers penned their quips with an aim to make you think about why you’re laughing...True satire happens in Grand Theft Auto V, just not nearly as often as I’d like.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With all the tweaks and additions, the current generation edition is unquestionably the best. It may not include quite enough fresh content to warrant a second purchase, but it’s certainly the edition that ought to be sought out by those yet to play...Most importantly, perhaps, it provides us with a small peephole into the future of the series.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Terror and beauty are potent bedfellows in The Last of Us, a masterwork of interactive entertainment conjured up by the master gamesmiths at Naughty Dog.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Columbia is a unique and unforgettable city meant to inspire its inhabitants — both virtual and player-controlled — to gaze in awe, shock, and horror at its bountiful marvels...So long as you remember to stop snooping through rubbish bins and take time to pause and look around, I have no doubt you’ll be properly amazed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Endlessly creative, relentlessly delightful and eminently playable by all levels of player, SM3DW is perhaps the best 3D platformer released since the series’ heyday.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Give it a chance – not just a couple of hours, mind, but five or ten; enough to let its claws sink in nice and deep – and you’ll probably find Bloodborne an intoxicating dose of pure masochistic pleasure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There’s enough new here that Enemy Within almost feels like a completely different game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening won’t go down in history as the game that revolutionized a franchise or genre. However, traditional turn-based tactics has rarely been more compelling.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has holes that simply can’t be filled with trophies and an encyclopedic soundtrack. The customizable characters are interesting, amiibo’s have their finer points, and the multiplayer is smooth, but at its core this is a game left unchanged.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most useful Wii U feature (at least for a family guy like me) is that it as a GamePad-only mode. Should your better half, roommate, brother, sister, mom, or dad wrest control of the TV from you the game will keep running on your controller’s screen.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Indeed, Dark Souls II is pretty much exactly the sort of game it wants to be.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Something much more tame, a word that should be the antithesis of the series...Game developers won’t fix what isn’t broken and to do so is taking a huge risk, but Bayonetta is a series of firsts and this game feels like it’s playing on repeat.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gear is the catnip that will keep you playing Ridiculous Fishing for hours on end. Whether it’s a new pair of duel-wield uzis that make it easier to perforate your catch, a hair dryer that you can tie to your line to electrocute the first fish that touches it (essentially giving you an extra chance), or just a redneck red cap to keep the sun off your fisherman’s head, every purchase is well worth the multiple casts it takes to earn it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A game that looks very nearly as good as did on my Xbox 360 and in some ways plays even better, thanks in large part to intuitive touch screen controls that prove a fine fit for the game’s turn-based action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The addition of the newer, free-er structure and the loss of a lot of the chaff from the post-Link-to-the-Past Zelda’s make the game a joy to play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Much like when it was first released, Wind Waker is a visual and auditory feast and it works brilliantly for its first few hours.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Believe it or not, I found the added depth helped breathe life into the adventure. Going back to the flat 2D presentation removed much of the world’s vivacity.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pillars of Eternity proves that the men and women at Obsidian know how to make a good traditional RPG based on their own intellectual property...And now they’ve proven they don’t even need an investor to do it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beyond saying, “Limbo on the iOS is great for people who don’t have an Xbox 360 and want to play the game,” there isn’t much else to this version of the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Monument Valley is a strong contender for my mobile game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    BioWare’s about to drop its mic and walk off stage...It is a paragon of multiple-path storytelling and character development. It offers a master class in intricate, customizable, multi-hero combat. And it delivers not one but ten beautiful and expansive open worlds to explore, boldly throwing down the gauntlet to rival developers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Mario Kart 8 wasn’t what I was exactly looking for in an MK game, it works well on its own terms, even if Battle Mode is the worst.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If it’s not the best indie game of the year, it’s pretty bloody close to it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But the real treasure here is the story, which is written beautifully and flows smoothly, even as players alter its direction by making narrative choices every few sentences. If nothing else, 80 Days makes a strong argument for interactive storytelling.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not so much what has been added that makes Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag good — but rather, what it lacks. Assassin’s Creed III was a grim game. The world was grim, and its protagonist grimmer. Strip away the environment, and you’re left with the sea. Strip away the American Revolution, and you’re left with humour and plunder of a lawless pirate war. It’s a welcome change — but it also deviates a little too far from the Assassin’s Creed DNA. The core mechanics are there, yes, but after ACIII, it’s been hard not to wonder how much is left to say?
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A deeply unnerving yet marvelously moving interactive entertainment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just a pleasure to play – and the first Xbox exclusive in some time likely to leave at least a few PlayStation owners green with envy. Download this one with confidence.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a nice twist on traditional defense-style games. The strategy is surprisingly thoughtful, and the wacky traps rarely failed to bring a smile to my face.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is at times dauntingly difficult, but there’s no denying Simogo’s slightly deranged Year Walk is among the most daring and innovative gaming experiences yet available for iOS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of excellent level design, amazing art-style and spot-on combat should appeal to any gamer. But when you add in humorous dialogue and gads of tongue-in-cheek jokes, memes and homages to the video games, it elevates Guacamelee! to a must-purchase.