Sports Gaming Network's Scores

  • Games
For 252 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 59% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 36% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 77
Highest review score: 98 SSX Tricky
Lowest review score: 20 Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 252
252 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Fast, smooth, detailed, and colorful...THPS3 simply makes the previous games of the series look like battered stepchildren.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If I could sum up my over 5000 word review in one word, it would be "Wow."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The game is far from perfect due to questionable AI and some issues with physics. The liberties taken with the physics keeps the game from being the true simulation most gamers think it is.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    I've been playing soccer games for more than 15 years, ... Now while there have been many excellent live-action soccer games over that period nothing comes close to either Evolution or GameNight.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Updated Career mode? Check. New tricks? Check. Online play? Check. Hopelessly addictive gameplay? Check! Yup, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 just about has it all.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    EA must have been hanging out in newsgroups, forums, and review sites listening to consumers complain about the passing game as the secondary AI has definitely improved for the better.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It's so good, I find it humorous that ESPN uses Madden for its pre-game show.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    In the end, I want substance over style, and NCAA Football 2004 is the poster child for that.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    SSX
    With tight gameplay, huge environments, and stunning graphics, SSX is the most enjoyable snowboarding game ever made, and it is easily one of the best games available for the PS2.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While there is no doubt in my mind that NFL 2k3 is the most realistic football game on the market, I am not sold that is the most fun. Madden does play at a faster pace, but it is much easier to pick up on and scoring is much easier.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    There is simply so much depth that even after 4 months of playing this game, and years of playing the preceding titles in the series I am still amazed by something every single match.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Just flat out fun to play. Is it better than "Sega GT?" Yes. Is it better than "F-355?" Yes. I can honestly say that it's the best racer on the Dreamcast and on any system for that matter. "Whoa! Man, are you saying this is the best racer of all time?" Yep, that's what I'm saying.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If it weren't for the beautiful graphics, great sound, awesome gameplay, and enormous replay value NBA2K1 would have nothing going for it.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The gameplay engine is brilliant, not only for its attention to detail, but also for its perpetual challenge. I don’t think I can categorize the gameplay as “easy to pick up, but difficult to master” but I never think I’m being cheated by the CPU.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A major improvement over last year's version in terms of both the gameplay and the in-game features.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game uses DTS Interactive and SurroundSoundScape audio technologies to deliver a dynamically enveloping and completely stunning audio presentation.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For football sim fans, we want to be able to customize just about every aspect of the AI. 2K3 attempts this to a certain extent, but it still has a ways to go.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The advanced controls let you take unprecedented control of virtually every aspect of the game. With it the running game is improved and the defense rises to a new level. All this boils down to one great football game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the new minicamp, rookie scouting, improved DB AI as well as the create-a-play feature, this game is definitely fun in the long term. Add that in with the existing franchise mode from last year and it only gets better.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I don't know if Keanu Reeves is a gamer, but if he is, he would probably say, "Whoa, these are some most excellent graphics...dude!"
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed "SSX Tricky," you will love SSX 3--it's as simple as that. Even if you hated "Tricky," you still might dig this sequel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If EA Sports increased shot making difficulty and paid a little more attention to golf physics detail, Tiger Woods 2003 would probably be the first game I ever gave close to a perfect score.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I love both games, with ESPN being a better gameplay game and Madden holding the edge with game modes and options. But, graphically, the two are similar and so is the replay value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Delivers graphically and excels in the running game, but its passing game comes up short.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be a tragedy if this wild romp got lost among this year's many blockbusters. The variety is fantastic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of solid game play, entertaining commentary, and unparalleled replay value make NCAA 2003 one of the best sports games ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    ESPN's fatigue problems and lazy secondary play detract from the game, but the first person view, running game, and overall presentation show ESPN is a strong contender.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    To say that Madden 2005 is the best of all the games is accurate, but is it the strongest year-to-year improvement? To that, I say no. Nonetheless, Madden is king.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Even in a year when EA's FIFA series was pretty solid, Winning Eleven again reigns king because of its excellent game engine and overall depth.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    I'm not saying Street is more or less realistic than "Live," but Street is better at being an arcade b-ball title than "Live" or "2k3" at being a sim.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The additions of the VIP, online seasons and tournaments, and weekly schedules make this game hard to pass up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's not yet great, but I think more of a stepping stone toward greatness, and the NHL series seems to be finally moving in the right direction.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The combination of graphics and intuitive gameplay make this game a success.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The secondary play continues to be a sore point, and the CPU still can't run the ball effectively with the default AI settings. On the positive side, the human-controlled running game is as good if not better than "NFL2K1" on the Dreamcast.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Those familiar with the 2K series already know it's the best basketball franchise around. For all others, welcome to the party.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The great AI, realistic QB decisions, incredible off season, and improved graphics makes this the football game of choice.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An average basketball game...All in all, Visual Concepts didn't really push the bar too much as they've done in previous versions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The animation sequences are nothing short of perfection, with pull-down tackles and wrap-around sacks utilizing many frames of action.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Certain flaws in NBA Street V3 held it back from getting a better score, such as the gameplay feeling awkward at times and the annoying announcer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I'll play games of arcade style hockey for instant gratification, I'll stick with NHL 2K3 for its depth. It's as close to real hockey as you can find currently on a console.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you have a moderately fast computer and decent video card, you should be able to really enjoy Nascar Racing 2002 Season.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The key is the gameplay. While there are some nagging issues, the game is balanced overall and will appeal to fans of the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Even though the other two versions of this series are more fun, the incredible customization depth, tons of unlockables, and the addition of online multiplayer make up for the V3's flaws and make it the best of the three games in the series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The key to the game is the balance of arcade and sim elements of the gameplay. The game is flat out fun to play, which is what counts the most.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At first, I was so taken in by the new physics, sound, and overall look that some of those faults didn't bother me...With some more work, especially on the AI and damage modeling, we could have a real winner here, but as it stands, a great driving model wrapped in a far less than satisfactory overall experience just doesn't quite make the grade.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If it had a couple more adjustments for force feedback and pedals, and had the ability so save unfinished races, it would almost be as perfect as a racing game is capable of being today.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With such new additions as the ladder match, more in-depth championship modes, and new wrestlers, WWF No Mercy is definitely a good investment even with some of the AI problems found in the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sure, the graphics aren't what we'd expect from a PS2 title, but the gameplay is what counts, and 2K2 has it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Not only do you have to be able to play street ball, but you also have to be able to break some ankles and score with style, not just a wussy 15-foot jump shot, which likely would get rejected/goaltended in the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A great portrayal of professional basketball. While its counterpart, "NBA Live," may have more razzle and dazzle, ESPN has the fundamentals covered. If you know the difference between a "2" and a "5" when it comes to basketball positions, ESPN is your choice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most realistic playing hockey title to date and a fun one at that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be revolutionary, but it has enough going for it to suck in most gamers, regardless of their skill level or feelings toward golf. Only haughty golf purists or those truly burnt out on the Tiger Woods franchise should consider getting their golfing fix elsewhere.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Plays too fast to be considered a serious sim.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The best fighting game I have ever played. I don't think the game is perfect, but is solid in every area.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The catalog of user created courses and online flexibility make you consistently want to come back for more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    I can ignore a lack of game mode additions, but when the gameplay feels untouched, the overall appeal decreases.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Hands down the best series on the PlayStation...The Madden series leaves PSOne gamers on a high note as they take the series to the PS2 and X-Box.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The game is a work of art visually; you won’t believe you’re playing on a handheld. Unfortunately, the gameplay isn’t up to the same level as the graphics. [JPN Import]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Rallisport Challenge 2 should win the award as the best looking game on the Xbox. Its graphics are nothing short of amazing, but the audio package is typical for racing games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Visually MSR is second to none with highly detailed environments...Likewise, the AI can be bullish at times, but with cunning driving you can beat them at their own game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    [Score clarification: 85 if you've never played "NHL 2001"; 75 if you have]. If you've never played NHL 2001 then this game has a ton of replay value with custom tournaments, international teams, a fairly decent season/franchise mode and online play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you prefer a quicker-paced game buy "High Heat," but if you like a more methodical and in-depth game, buy WSB.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some of the major AI problems (specifically the lack of fast breaks and effective CPU team defense) mentioned above definitely took away from my enjoyment of the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While MVP will likely fall short of fulfilling gamers wanting a true simulation, the game blends realism and arcade successfully, just as many other EA games have done in the past.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A refreshing break from typical graphics-oriented games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is just plain fun and I can honestly say that I would rather play Live 2001 than almost half of the PS2's line-up of launch games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    More than just a slight improvement over last year’s version. It’s my favorite version to date primarily due to the reduction of goalie ability. While the neutral zone play isn’t there like the past, overall the game plays better than ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A damage model makes the game more intriguing, although it is available in only one mode. The graphics suffer from pop-up and collision detection miscues, but overall the game looks good.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Some of the elements need to be fine tuned in next year's version, such as presentation and audio. With these problems asides, the depth of the Legacy mode, increased Xbox Live features, and better gameplay make this a good buy at $20.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The 3D accelerated graphics are a big boost in my eyes and the addition of the APCD is going to give this sim the legs it's been lacking in recent years.
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    • 89 Critic Score
    A must-buy for recruiting nuts. If recruiting is your cup of tea, I can't envision a game getting any better than this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If the game had more depth or difficulty it would perhaps be the top arcade racer on the PS2--instead it's just a very good, though not great, game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    CM3 has only a fraction of the features of "CM2" and fails to add significant upgrades. While the sound, driving, and stages are excellent, the game ultimately comes up short.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    College Hoops is the second best sports game I played in 2004, with Madden taking the top prize.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game flows like no other basketball game out there, but a few flaws keep NBA Live 2004 from running away from its competition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The racing is intense and should appeal to arcade racing fans.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The AI is a mixed bag. As mentioned before, their pitch selection along with their swing selection are realistic. However, the AI base running is not good at all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The running back strength is excessive, and some of the secondary play is suspect. If these parameters were addressed, I'd probably switch allegiance yet one more time since the overall graphical and audio presentation of NFL 2K2 is the best around, and the tighter control makes for a fun play.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Despite some of the AI problems NASCAR Thunder 2002 still provides a good race. The huge field certainly enhances the gameplay and makes passing a key aspect of the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While the graphics aren't as good as I expected from this PS2 title, they are still a huge jump up for PlayStation owners. The reported slowdown hardly detracts from enjoying the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While there are some audio and AI issues, overall the game has progressed since last year. The grudge and alliance system adds a whole new element to gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Flaws in the graphics and lack of improvement in 24/7 mode are outweighed by the positives of improvements in gameplay, the Association, and online.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This new edition could have been so much more (and some of its features should have been in the original).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game isn't the "NBA Jam" of soccer, but the propensity for high-scoring games gives it a different feel from "Winning Eleven."
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The gameplay and AI is solid, albeit a little aggressive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sure, Live has the reputation of being a more fastbreaking, high-scoring game; in many ways it still is, but in trying to take a step with realism, the game lost its arcade appeal.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    What sets the game apart from its rival is the obvious better graphics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There were enough nuances and respect for fundamentals that I felt like I could use my basketball I.Q. as an advantage. And yet, the game is playable, even for someone who has never touched the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Truth is, beyond the crassness of its Story mode, THUG 2 is not radically different from last year's game. There's not a whole lot new here aside from a few gimmicks and some off-the-wall elements.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A huge improvement over the past few versions of the game. The game has a good balance between realism and fast arcade style action.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    I gave "Final Four" a better overall score than College Basketball 2k3 on the basis of game play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The gameplay of F1 2001 is the best yet for the series on a console. The nagging issues of super grip and limited tuning options have been addressed and the game has rounded the corner on its way to becoming a potential sim lover's dream.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Questionable baserunning AI, lack of tuning options, and some fielding issues.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game play is top notch and the graphics got a great upgrade.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The strongest college basketball game on the market this season by a good margin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ball physics, course modeling, new swing type, and huge number of options make this a must buy for Links fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A huge improvement from NBA Live 2002, bringing back the enjoyment that had been missing before. Obviously the FreeStyle Control has a huge role in this revival.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's the best-looking NASCAR racer on any of the next generation consoles...The AI is solid most of the time, but there are instances where you get clipped for no known reason.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The selection of courses is excellent, and the outdoor Enduro environments are packed with tons of thrills and secret locations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you can handle the twitchy racing style of the expert mode, the tuning options are numerous. The game features a good damage model, and the support of the Logitech force feedback wheel adds to the realism of the game.