Siliconera's Scores

  • Games
For 148 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Resident Evil 4
Lowest review score: 35 Inuyasha: Feudal Combat
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 148
  2. Negative: 8 out of 148
148 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Of all the excellent Gamecube titles out there Resident Evil 4 is one of the few games to live up and surpass all of the hype around it. [JPN Import]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    What makes Super Mario Brothers 3 a true classic are two things. First is the great level design. [JPN Import]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Improves on its predecessors in every possible way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The visuals in this game are simply amazing. The levels and backgrounds look sharp and are filled with shades of blue. The sun demonstrates realistic reflectivity, it can shine in your eyes and even create shadows.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The visuals in this game are simply amazing. The levels and backgrounds look sharp and are filled with shades of blue. The sun demonstrates realistic reflectivity, it can shine in your eyes and even create shadows.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Offers a larger and more challenging adventure than the first title. Even though most of the gameplay additions are tweaks off the original game Metroid Prime 2 is still an amazing title.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A brilliant title that takes the best aspects of platforming, puzzle solving and larger than life battles packed into a single epic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If there's one downside to Mario RPG it is the level of difficulty. Once you master all the timing tricks like giving extra damage, jumping on the enemies heads before battle, dodging and how to get extra coins the game becomes much easier than any other RPG. [JPN Import]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Engaging as other installments of the series, Advance Wars Dual Strike doesn't stray far from the formula. If you're looking for a complex tactics game look no further.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Better than the original in many ways and the original was already a great game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest VIII is bound to polarize RPG gamers. Veterans will appreciate Dragon Quest VIII’s challenge, excellent localization and emphasis on exploration. However, compared to most modern RPGs the story is a mere skeleton and the battle system is primitive. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything that you would expect and want in a Zelda title... It really sucks you into the game's world. [JPN Import]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is clear that Dawn of Sorrow originally started out as a GBA title. It plays more like an advanced GBA game instead of a full fledged DS title.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a super secret, not explained bonus Wipeout Pure can also be used as a web browser for the PSP.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A born sleeper hit. It's one of the best puzzlers in a long time, with wireless multiplayer and plenty of unlockable features to keep gamers coming back. [JPN Import]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    One that every strategy game fan will love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    An all around excellent game. It looks phenomenal and plays even better. What started out as a crazy fan based experiment for Square-Enix has panned out to one of the most entertaining titles of the year. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everyone from the hardcore FPS frag machine to a person who strayed away from games all their life can pick up Touch! Kirby. Being universally enjoyable is just another benefit, making this one of the best DS games to date. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even though it isn’t a major evolution in the series, Soul Calibur III fills the void of what was missing in "Soul Calibur II" - a deep single player experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Wild World is a game you’re going to be addicted to for years, there’s always something to do if you play in short breaks and wi-fi connectivity increases Wild World’s replay value. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Albeit shorter than an average game We Love Katamari is excellent all the way through. If you loved the first game there is no doubt that you’ll laud We Love Katamari.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    More than a game that Zelda fans or even action RPG gamers will like. This game is easy to learn, innovative and can appeal to people of all ages. The use of GBA connectivity and all of the extra mini games just fills this game to the brim with replay value. [JPN Import]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a huge surprise that Namco has decided to release this bizarre but fun game in North America. It's defiantly a nice treat and at an attractive $20 price point it's worth the money.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite some minor issues and the been there, done that feeling that tends to permeate the game, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is just as solid as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Onimusha 3 more accurately represents an action game like "Devil May Cry." Instead of the rigid control scheme used by the "Resident Evil" series, Onimusha 3 has fluid controls. Moving the analog stick around will directly move your character, instead of just turning him. [JPN Import]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A game that will entertain almost everyone looking for a simplistic fun platformer. If you're looking for a game that is epic and will last forever Astro Boy isn't it. [JPN Import]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A hallmark tactical RPG that is sure to please fans of the series and those who like the genre. [JPN Import]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Entertaining and frustratingly challenging at the hard difficulty. Could Nintendo have done more with the series? Absolutely. Is Fire Emblem a fun game? Without question. [JPN Import]
    • Siliconera
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While not the most innovative game, Devil May Cry 3 has all of the slick combat you would expect out of the title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Even though some areas are less polished than others, Honor Among Thieves is still an extremely enjoyable game, with colorful characters and enough scenarios that the game never gets stale.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as handheld fighting games go, Bleach DS: Souten ni Kakeru Unmei is among the best. The fighting system is well designed with lots of special moves and defensive options. There is enough depth to the system where you can really see the difference between an expert player and someone who just purchased the game. [JPN Import]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The beating heart of GSH is one of awing action and great craftsmanship, one in the same as its parent's. It may be jaded posturing from an over-analytical critic, but nothing will eclipse the original Gunstar Heroes. That comparison isn't everything, though, and as far as handheld action games go, nothing will eclipse Gunstar Super Heroes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game offers a little more than the standard platformer like a good combo system and a sense of urgency.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even though its more visually polished than some of the other shooters out there, the lack of innovation and the small number of seven stages makes Gradius V a must for fans of the series only. [JPN Import]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    In a rare occasion Digital Devil Saga 2 trumps its predecessor in nearly every category. The Digital Devil Saga series is a must if you like story driven RPGs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best RPGs to come out in a long time. It's an amazing game that blends shades of grey with capable gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't mind searching the city for action, Need for Speed Underground 2 gives you a chance to become the best street racer out there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A must for followers of the microgame craze.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    In every way, Screw Breaker harkens back to the oldies - the days of make-you-think design, fun times jumping for platforms, missing them, and trying again, timing boss patterns and testing your reflexes. [JPN Import]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As an action packed, sit down and shoot title Ratchet Deadlocked hits the mark.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A unique experience that only the DS can handle. If you own a DS pick this game up, it’s well worth a play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The unique cast of characters and entertaining story makes Phoenix Wright worth playing, once. After you've seen all the plot turns and twists the game loses its appeal. [JPN Import]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Instead of getting a Pokedex at the beginning of the game you're given an enhanced Pokemon Navigator that contains more facts and information than the Pokedex. The game also supports the new wireless link so you don't have to carry a cable to trade or battle Pokemon. [JPN Import]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An extremely entertaining game from start to finish with enough creativity to make this game stand out from other platform titles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be simple, but it's addictive. Add in a couple of friends to the mix and you'll be happy you picked this up. [JPN Import]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crystal Chronicles is more a kin to the mana series rather than the Final Fantasy series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Even though it's almost ten years old it's still a brilliant platformer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Each of the levels can be completed without much thought. Even though Kirby: The Magic Mirror may be fun for people of all ages it's designed for kids. The simplistic gameplay, lack of challenge and short game length suggests that this was Hal's intention all along.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Fans of old school shooters should rejoice... However, it doesn't have as much shelf life as many other games unless you're up for the challenge of unlocking all the ships. [JPN Import]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The two new dungeons are a nice addition for fans, but they may not be enough to warrant another purchase of the same games. [JPN Import]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Something that followers of the series will appreciate. It does have it's shortcomings, like it's short, pretty easy and is your standard run and gun game without two player support.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The replay value of this game is incredible.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A pretty picture to look at and a port of an excellent Super Nintendo action title. On the other hand increased slowdown and its short length will restrict Irregular Hunter X strictly to Mega Man maniacs. [JPN Import]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The difficulty in Digital Devil Saga will certainly turn some gamers off, especially those not fond of RPGs. However, if you're a gamer into RPGs and have been waiting for something fresh check out Digital Devil Saga. Digital Devil Saga is certainly one of the best RPGs in a long time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Plays like a homage to the entire series. Everything from the old school characters to the classic songs makes DDR fans reminisce.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A nice diversion from other taxing games. It also makes a great mini game for the road, but if you're looking for something that will last for over 20 hours look for another game. [JPN Import]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem with the game isn't the level design or the gameplay both are brilliant. It is just that the game is too much of the same. [JPN Import]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rockman Zero 4 isn't going to score huge on the originality scale or alter anyone's mind about the state of Mega Man games. Yet, it's probably the best portable action oriented Mega Man title to date. [JPN Import]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Enough content for die hard gamers and an easy learning curve for casual gamers. [JPN Import]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not like there aren’t any genuinely emotional moments in Grandia 3, but they’re balanced out by all of the cornball cheesiness. Still, if you can forgive this, and are up to the challenge of the battle system, then Grandia 3’s sprawling worlds are well worth adventuring through. [JPN Import]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other than the different endings and the way the difficulty levels affect the puzzles and combat, the only difference on a reply are the addition of some hidden items.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One neat addition that Nintendo did add was multiplayer support. Up to four people can be banging the congas together. When playing in four player mode, or even two player mode Namco has created slightly different segments for each player to hit the drums to.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s also lacking the presence of Yuri, who was one of the coolest RPG protagonists in recent memory. But if you let yourself free of any previous conceptions - and can forgive some uneven storytelling - you’ll find From the New World to be one of the most unique, engrossing, and well designed RPGs of this generation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chain of Memories does a great job of getting gamers who are unfamiliar with the series up to par with the story in preparation for "KH2"...A stellar addition to the Game Boy Advance line up. [JPN Import]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best part about the Gamecube version is it's multiplayer support. Instead of just mashing buttons by yourself you can do it with up to four players.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A refreshing change from the other RPGs out there. The game's good sense of humor carries the title from start to finish. On the other hand the gameplay isn't all there. It feels like a hack and slash "Diablo"-esque game that you don't actually fight in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Even with the fluid game control and the improved graphics Silent Hill 4: The Room is still just another Silent Hill game. Sure the controls make the game more accessible to non-survival horror gamers since it is more intuitive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    While Pokemon Emerald is really designed for people who haven't already picked up "Ruby" or "Sapphire," gamers will find a decent amount to do in Emerald. Features like the wireless adapter support, new battle styles and more 2 on 2 fighting make Pokemon Emerald a better version of a classic GBA title.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the two people that remember the Commodore 64 and for the one person that remembers Sabreman, Sabre Wulf should bring back memories. For everyone else, know that Sabre Wulf is an excellent platformer in the style of the famous "Donkey Kong Country."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the mini games are pretty fun to play. They're definitely something refreshingly different from anything you've played before. However, they're short.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Front Mission 4 is for die hard strategy RPG gamers, if its not your cup of tea Front Mission 4 isn't for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re willing to relearn how to roll a Katamari and put up with some thumb strain Me and My Katamari brings everything you love about the series on the PSP. [JPN Import]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A refreshing change from the other RPGs out there. The game's good sense of humor carries the title from start to finish. On the other hand the gameplay isn't all there. It feels like a hack and slash "Diablo"-esque game that you don't actually fight in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Princess Peach will be enjoyed most by those gamers who tackled Nintendo's platformers in the pre-64 days. There’s a lot to collect and for once you get to save Mario. [JPN Import]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An awesome strategy RPG designed for lovers of the genre. [JPN Import]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game has an innovative use of time travel that doesn't include a cat with a vacuum cleaner or a hard drive to enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fortunately the world in Radiata Stories is vast, with lots of quests and people to find. It's also gorgeous in it's own artistic way and complex with a fully integrated time system.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    One thing Naurto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 2 does right is it makes good use of the Gamecube's four controller ports. Of course playing against a friend is fun, but playing against two other friends is even more fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers eager for something different and darker will eat Killer 7 up. Whereas some gamers will absolutely loathe the game because it takes time to get into and time to relearn controls. [JPN Import]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Atelier Iris Eternal Mana relives the glory days of 16-bit RPGs with a fine polish to it. Although, many RPG gamers are into the genre for the story, which is Atelier Iris Eternal Mana's weakness.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The good mix of action, planning and jaw dropping visuals in Kessen 3 will please the majority of gamers out there. [JPN Import]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    I have to hand it to Nintendo for making another creative product, but it's more like a mini game than a complete DS title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The most noticeable and welcome addition to the series is the possibility of 2 versus 2 fighting. Fights now take place on two lines, one in the foreground and the other in the background.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Cold Winter is sort of like the "C" student of FPS games. It's good in almost all areas, but doesn't excel in any. If you can't get enough shooting action, its worth a pick up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a dancing game designed for hardcore dancers that are willing to spend the time to relearn their footing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Xenosaga Episode 2 seems to top Episode 1 in almost all aspects of gameplay, graphics and sound...If you liked Episode 1, you'll like Episode 2. Speaking more generally, if you like RPGs you'll like Episode 2.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game features one of the best single player modes for a Dragonball Z game ever. The mode also has enough depth that you will get a decent amount of gameplay playing through it. Future developers take note, this is how a Dragonball Z game should be made. [JPN Import]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A lot of fun to play. The game captures the spirit of the Dynasty Warriors series and improves on them. Although, the game does suffer from the same technical problems that many old NES games suffer from slowdown and lack of graphical detail.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    An engaging action game from start to finish that is a blast to play. [JPN Import]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best part is the fever mode, which adds a fresh element of counterattacking to the puzzle fighting genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you already own and like "Samurai Warriors," Xtreme Legends is something you will love. However, if you're expecting it to be a solid stand alone title, it doesn't have that much to offer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With two different quests, multiplayer support, awesome graphics, and rock solid gameplay this game is a hands down winner. [JPN Import]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kingdom of Paradise has a solid combat system, which makes it an entertaining diversion from meatier RPGs. [JPN Import]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Dragon Ball Z: Sparkling ends up as is a good game for the millions of Dragon Ball fans out there even though it doesn’t have the general appeal of Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Electroplankton doesn't provide thrills as much as it stimulates creativity. One major disappointment is that while Electroplankton does promote art, it doesn't allow you to save anything. [JPN Import]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One huge graphical glitch in the game is that Derrick's appendages seem to penetrate enemy corpses when he's picking up items from them. All of the sudden parts of his hand seem to vanish, go through the enemy or both.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    When you're running away from a zombie flinging what ever items you're carrying in your hands it feels like something out of a horror movie spoof. What is even funnier is that attacking the zombies with weapons other than a gun is surprisingly effective.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers eager for something different and darker will eat Killer 7 up. Whereas some gamers will absolutely loathe the game because it takes time to get into and time to relearn controls. [JPN Import]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Instead of the tired RPG formula Wild ARMs 4 offers a lot that’s new to the genre like platforming and the hex battle system. If only the storytelling mechanics were up to par Wild ARMs 4 would be a surefire hit.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This isn't your hardcore aerobics DDR game. Instead Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix is a cheerful title that is sure to entertain gamers looking for something slightly new. [JPN Import]