RPGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 338 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 31% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Dragon Age: Origins
Lowest review score: 20 Time and Eternity
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 338
338 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skyrim is one of the finest embodiments of an open world RPG, as there is never a dearth of places to go or quests to complete. What Skyrim lacks in tough role-playing choices, it more than compensates for with interesting things to do.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioWare made a great game with Mass Effect, but Mass Effect 2 is better in every single way.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's remarkable about the game is that it's aged far better than most of its contemporaries. It's still fun, it's still relevant, and it's still Zelda.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Persona continues to be one of the best RPG franchises around.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the best RPGs ever created, a serious contender for Game of the Year awards from the gaming media, and a title with which all video game fans owe it to themselves to spend some time. It is hard to put down and will not disappoint.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioWare has crafted a fantastic game with Mass Effect 3. The shooting is improved once again, the RPG customization is deeper, and the story missions are mostly amazing, with the exception of the overall plot ending with a big letdown.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like any reimagining of a series, Skyward Sword doesn't get everything right in the first try. Despite everything it does well, there are still several kinks that need to be worked out. That said, it's still the most creative, bold, and arguably important Zelda title to be released in over ten years.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just because this is more accessible than most for newbies does not make it any less of a tactical game, hardly the best-selling genre in the gaming world. Awakening is nevertheless a genuine treat for anyone seeking a deeply rewarding tactical title on the 3DS, and a fine return of the series to the English-speaking world after the last game missed out.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chrono Trigger DS truly stands the test of time. From the distinct 2D visuals, to the wonderful score, to the singular characters, to the unique take on a well-known battle system, everything was done exquisitely in the 90s, and it is all there and just as fun today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite its length, Monolith Soft has managed the feat of keeping Xenoblade an incredibly enjoyable experience throughout. The top-notch story only furthers the fascination in the unique world that has been lovingly created, and it is a world that fans of the genre deserve to see.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is probably the biggest surprise of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 reaches for greatness, but falls short at merely being really fun. It has a few hiccups here and there and the story is very thin, but the exploration and combat really shine. It's a worthy addition to any collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Dark Souls II uses more subtle changes to find its own flavor and place in the series as a whole, rather than reinventing the wheel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, the game was great, and though there isn't much replayability, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story makes you want to play it over from the beginning again, just for the laughs alone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've never had an opportunity to experience The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, now is the best chance to do so.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While fans of Persona 3 can rest assured that they will find a thoroughly enjoyable experience in Persona 4, in many ways it feels like a move sideways for the series rather than a step forward.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With its numerous mechanical improvements, ridiculous amount of content additions, and of course the simple ability to carry the game around with you, Persona 3, RPGamer's RPG of the Decade, is at its greatest in Persona 3 Portable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is very hard, but not unfairly so; each time you die, you'll learn a bit more about the level, and you'll be able to progress a bit further. I was very surprised with what I found in Demon's Souls.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite being an all-around improvement over the original Borderlands, Borderlands 2's biggest flaw is that it plays it safe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Child of Light's artistic appeal not only holds up, but it has the gameplay to back it up, making the world of Lemuria an unforgettable one.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deus Ex: Human Revolution is a game that's definitely worth playing, but there's a lot of room for improvement.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Dark Souls succeeds in producing a game that is both incredibly challenging and fair.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For me Torchlight II was an immensely enjoyable experience from start to finish. The game is more than welcoming for both fans of the original and newcomers to the series and is high amongst the better gaming experiences I've had this year. It might not bring anything particularly new to the genre, but those who choose to pick it up will be provided with superb value for their money.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Many of the great franchises of the 90s have burned out or faded away. But now, XCOM is back in a way that plays like a love letter to the original. It may not be stellar, but it has everything to make it feel right with the old fans while at the same time welcoming the newbies with tentacular appendages. That is a rare and wonderful thing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few hiccups, Pokémon Y is a terrific addition to the series, but it's hard to really call it better than generation five. While it has a number of great new features, it also has a number of significant flaws, and the dearth of new pokémon is disappointing, especially in light of the addition of a whole new type.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While I clearly had issues with the actual gameplay parts of The Witcher 2, the story and characters were memorable enough to make it worthwhile, mostly because of how real they felt. While it starts off rough, has a steep learning curve, and offers a lot of places where it can get frustrating, in the end the experience was worth the effort. With a little more polish on the controls and interface, this series can continue to mature into something truly outstanding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It takes the core experience that made Diablo II great and makes it less frustrating and, more importantly, much more accessible. Where Diablo II encouraged careful planning and forethought, Diablo III encourages experimentation and fun. And hey, if you're not down with that, Torchlight II is right around the corner.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Dragon Quest IX's main story can be completed in forty hours or so, doing so would be a disservice to the supplementary material. These additional layers are what transform the most recent iteration of one of RPG-dom's sacred cows from a repainted throwback into an old-timer who has traded speed for the silvered brows of style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Square Enix has improved the battle system where its imitators have failed, while expanding on an already powerful story.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aside from the travel issue, Spirit Tracks is, in every way, a better game than Phantom Hourglass. Sadly, the travel gets so frustrating later in the game that it really drags the whole thing down.