RPGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 400 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 66% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Bastion
Lowest review score: 20 Valhalla Knights 3
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 57 out of 400
400 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LISA is grotesque in the classical sense: revelling in humanity's warts, viscera, and puffing orifices to better explore its failings. People are a collection of blood-filled sacks and floppy limbs, one second away from being stretched out and twisted like so much skin-taffy. In other words, viewer discretion is advised. This is an uncomfortable game, but worth the chance.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeon Defenders is unlike any game you'll find on the market, and that is what makes it such a triumph. It's not without its few pitfalls, but it creates an enjoyable atmosphere that has yet to be replicated by other co-operative RPG experiences.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless, Fallout: New Vegas is a great experience. Offering a huge world with many sights to see and things to do, players will have a lot to do in the Mojave where the only bugs that should be feared are the wicked flying Cazadores.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I adored my time with Atelier Shallie, though I feel a bit let down that the story didn't have as much closure as I was hoping. Still it's easy to get swept up in the world, characters, systems, and combat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it'll never be the most technically impressive or original game, its creators clearly understand what works and what doesn't. The excellent music and fun combat combine with the charming characters to create a game that has a certain intangible feel, a spirit that pervades it and makes it more than simply the collection of things seen before it may appear at first glance. As the PSP enters its twilight years, most RPGamers would find few better sendoffs than this.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon could be played by someone new to the series quite easily thanks to its many refinements and the tutorial contained within the Prologue chapters. Veterans of the series will find a game that combines the refinements of more recent entries, save for a lack of variety in battle objectives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For me, this is an ideal remake. It keeps all the hardcore mechanics I love, gets rid of the ones I find tiresome, overhauls what needs to be improved, and leaves the right things alone. Any EO fan who isn't burned out should enjoy this game, and even if you're burned out it might be worth a shot thanks to the reduced rote activities.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering the game sets out to recreate a classic experience, it's hard to find any real faults in Etrian Odyssey III aside from the graphics and music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A couple of hang-ups prevent it from being a truly excellent experience, but regardless, it comes highly recommended.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With Van Helsing's first set of adventures, Neocore Games seems to have hit its stride very quickly. These first steps are a strong start for a series of much promise, and RPGamers should find plenty of reasons to desire to return to Borgova in the near future and create yet more monster giblets.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon HeartGold is an addictive game. There's plenty to do and lots of secrets to uncover.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark Arisen is definite a play to Dragon's Dogma's strengths and it turns out well for it. There is still work to be done for the series, particularly in bulking up the story and world, but there's lots of highly addictive fun to be had from exploring Bitterblack Isle's depths.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are areas for improvement, most notably on the storytelling front, but Capcom has produced a thoroughly entertaining adventure with widespread charm.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alpha Protocol is an excellent hybrid between a straightforward third person shooter, a tactical game like the Tom Clancy series, and a plot-driven epic like Mass Effect; it is unlike anything else on the market.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 3 has tons to offer for RPGamers of all kinds, and if nothing else, you can at least kick loads of gangster ass while taking names.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Surivor 2 Record Breaker is a worthy follow-up to the original and is a terrific example of a well-made enhanced port, something Atlus has shown time and again that they are experts at.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon Fantasy should not be dismissed as a Dragon Quest clone, but instead should be embraced as a game that takes all the greatness of the older games in that series and wraps them up in a nice, new format for a whole new generation to enjoy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 4 is a triumph; for those who desire to take the plunge with this series, this may be the best place to start.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Ayesha is a game that can give even a cold person warm and fuzzy sensations. Ayesha's journey is worth undergoing for those who love to see how this series continues to improve.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege III ends up being a fantastic hack and slack adventure that nearly achieves brilliance if not for lack of post-game content and expansive multiplayer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game sounds great, looks great, plays well, feels old-school, and has a deep and interesting plot with characters we already know and love.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales of the Abyss is a very worthwhile addition to gamers' collections, and more than welcome on the 3DS' library. The removal of the technical issues is much appreciated and gives players the opportunity to experience the game at much closer to its full potential, where it easily earns the right to be spoken out in the same breaths as the more beloved entries in the series. Tales of the Abyss 3D is a very solid game all round, and the handling of characters' growth throughout the story should stick in one's memory for a good while.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not as modern as Dragon Age: Origins, but it's worlds ahead of Baldur's Gate II.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This sweet experience is one that can be enjoyed by newcomers and veterans of the Harvest Moon series, as Rune Factory 3's positives definitely outweigh the negatives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is a cohesive and stunning effort that keeps you coming back for more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, despite some presentation and interface issues, Pokémon Conquest does a splendid job of combining two seemingly uncombinable franchises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you're a fan of the series or not, you will very likely enjoy the story of Suikoden Tierkreis and have a blast playing it, if you can get past its flaws. This is the type of game that could have been so much better had Konami put more effort into it, but that doesn't stop it from being a great DS RPG.
    • 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.