Strategy Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,250 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 15 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
1,250 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Endless Space may not push any boundaries or possess much 'wow' factor, but it's a very enjoyable 4X strategy game, set in a rich and diverse science-fiction universe that begs exploration.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a videogame that deserved a bit more attention, rather than being labelled as simply a fun download only diversion. That said, Papo & Yo is still a remarkable experience, one of the most emotive games of the year so far and one that will stay with you well after the credits have rolled.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The franchise is certainly improving its core mechanics, placing an emphasis on the minor details that will get fans excited. Hardly anything has changed on the surface, but beneath the exterior there's a sturdier, sharper and far tougher posterior to break through.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's definitely going to be punishing to casual players or people who simply aren't that good, but if you do manage to get to grips with it, it's very rewarding. It can sometimes feel a little grindy, especially early on as you're trying to save up money to perfect your first load out, but other than that this is one good looking and well-made man stabber.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't the greatest, but it keeps making strides to reclaim its former glory.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 6 is the disfigured spawn of a generation that is best known for Call of Duty. We've got Resident Evil 4's atmosphere spliced into the body of Operation Racoon City's action. Moments of brilliance clash with sections of irritation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I have no idea where the story is going next, and I'm itching to find out.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution's first batch of DLC is exactly what the game needs. A decent amount of extra content for 400 MSP will rejuvenate interest in those who have moved on. Upon returning you'll notice a richer, more diverse community to enjoy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Should you buy Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition if you own it on GOG? Probably not. A few optional characters, a Horde mode, and a few built-in modifications do not a Really Special Edition make. You should absolutely play Baldur's Gate if you don't mind isometric RPGs that give you a real challenge, since the writing is still amazing and both the world and combat system are still really deep and engrossing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DmC does a fantastic job of being immediately recognisable as a game belonging to the franchise, while also providing an experience that will introduce those unfamiliar to it. It's sleek and cool, providing a frantic and flowing combat system that underlies and defines it from the get-go. Dante doesn't just look cooler, he plays cooler, and this may well be the series' finest hour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ubisoft are to be applauded for grasping, as Hi-Rez Studios did with Tribes Ascend, that the secret to a successful free-to-play title is building a healthy player base first and foremost and watching the income flow from that, rather than nickel and diming gamers for even basic content. It also helps if your core game is any good to begin with, and Might & Magic Duel of Champions is most certainly that. In fact, I'd heartily recommend it to fans of the Might & Magic series or online trading card games in general even if it had a price tag attached.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall if you've got the rig and a game controller plugged in then DmC: Devil May Cry is great start to a new direction for the series, and hopefully one that will get to keep exploring this new, grittier Dante.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Franchise aficionados will know how convoluted Metal Gear plots can be. Revengeance also stumbles into preachy territory and tries to provide comment on America, politics and terrorism. This is expected for the most part and doesn't become too overbearing until the final hour, where cutscenes take an even greater role in proceedings. If the sociocultural commentary becomes too much, Virtual Reality missions offer a direct chance to get down and dirty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic game of exploration and survival. You can occasionally feel lost in its open-world that lacks any real signposting, but the simple joy of digging and crafting means you’ll keep playing to discover the naturally-occurring progress.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As I said at the start. Motocross Madness is a whole lot of fun. It's not without its problems, and it is a bit rough around the edges, but none of that matters. It's just fun. If you can scrounge up some mates multiplayer is a great laugh too.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately by being just generally being more challenging for both stealth and action gamers Knife of Dunwall is a decent piece of DLC no matter how it’s sliced. There may be only two real missions over five levels but there’s so much packed in those levels that I spend a good few days exploring them, and was left fully satisfied.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, expansion or no, is the game Duke Nukem Forever should’ve been – all ridiculous lines, over-the-top moments, glorious cheese all the way, with plenty of moments where you feel like the greatest bad-ass in the world.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leviathan’s simplicity is its strength – the games not that hard to make, it’s not that hard to learn, it doesn’t cost that much to acquire, yet it takes hours to master, hours to fiddle and tweak your ship and fleet loadouts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are quibbles along the way but Injustice: Gods Among Us is exactly as much fun as it needed to be and I can happily recommend it. And as a final point for fans who don’t know already, the tie-in comic is (whisper it) pretty darn fantastic
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing may lack in replayability it makes up for in competence, enthusiasm and easy charm. The moment to moment slaughter, the deceptively deep levelling and abundance of powerful loot mean it's a difficult game to put down.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As delightful and clever as Reus is, the intensity of the play when you find yourself juggling multiple projects unfortunately lets it down, as it doesn't feel built to support such action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there is a bit of a learning curve – you're likely to spend your first few games getting instantly killed by cunning unseen enemies – it's worth persevering with. The realistic aspects to the game like bleeding, and quick death by bullet, give it a unique feel among the majority of today's shooters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although notably lacking in enthusiasm for its PC platform, Joe Danger makes an excellent debut on Windows, with enough content to keep you entertained for months.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are a few flaws in Shadowrun Returns, most notably linearity, the lack of a save function and a slightly under-utilized world, the excellent and consistently fun writing and XCOM-inspired combat make it a worthwhile experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The excellent Clan eSport-style multiplayer, Steam Workshop support, Story Mode, and hilarious water system are all reasons to buy Worms: Clan Wars. It can honestly lay claim to being the new definitive Worms game on PC, despite the mangling of the Ninja Rope.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ducktales Remastered is a nostalgia trip from start to end, frustrating, life-taking warts and all.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything kind of just plods along and while you will get moments of brilliance, moments of wonder… they’re too easily buried by a startling amount of mediocrity. Total War: Rome 2 is a perfectly adequate/decent game. It should have been a bloody brilliant game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memoria is an excellent follow-up to Chains of Satinav, and you don’t need to have played that game to get what’s going on here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Shadow Warrior is a highly-polished fun FPS that realises that while being old-school is great there’s no reason why you can’t still be innovative.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granted, it’s a HD remake of a 2002 game, and when the new wave of space sim games come – X: Rebirth being the first in November – it’s going to get completely overshadowed, but it’s a great way to pass the time till then.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a Batman fan you should already have Batman: Arkham Origins, but anyone else might want to hold off a couple of weeks for some patches to come through.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enjoyable, inventive, and great delivery by developers Modern Dream, Typing of the Dead is a curio but one that definitely requires a few moments of attention. If you like typing really quick, zombies, and wisecracking: look no further.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It successfully combines all the best elements from Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite into a satisfying package, and it should be pointed out that level-wise nothing has been reused from either game (unlike the superb Minerva’s Den, which was great but didn’t have much new).
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game looks absolutely beautiful, is jam packed with things to do, and as ever, the combat is a joy to fiddle with.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to replay Baldur’s Gate II or are an RPG fan who hasn’t played it this is definitely the version to get, but unless you’re desperate to get it now I suggest waiting until a Steam sale.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Battle Worlds: Kronos is a really robust strategy game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For less than a fiver, it’s a bargain, if for nothing else but to experience the bizarre feeling of absolute frustration and absolute relaxation in tandem, courtesy of well-structured, taxing level design and Cody Cook’s beautiful soundtrack.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These points aside, the first episode of Broken Sword 5 is a lot of fun and a welcome return to form for the series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the flaws and interruptions of the story and presentation, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a superior title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apart from the ending of course, which I’m thinking about a lot. Broken Age: Act 1 is a wonderful piece of work, well worth the time and money put into it, an excellent piece of videogame fiction, but it just needs some work being an actual videogame.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it is too short an experience it’s a great, unique one and I urge anyone who likes fun games to give it a go.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps this is greatest compliment I can pay Liberation. This game restored my faith. Ubisoft can still produce a good Assassin's Creed game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smoke & Mirrors isn’t quite as good as the superb Faith and is a little shorter, which is a kick in the flying monkey nuts after how long it took to turn up, but it’s still an excellent and enjoyable adventure full of intrigue, surprise and emotion.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Strike Vector is enjoyable to play then, its current range of content hardly represents stellar value at a launch price of £18.99 - even if it is all available up front. RageQuit is promising frequent, and entirely free updates over the coming months however, so if you consider that lump sum a gamble on a lifetime membership to a subscription service then it becomes a little more palatable.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The point is fun, and that's something Infested Planet has in spades. Blasting aliens is inherently enjoyable thanks to responsive controls and some satisfying sound and visual effects.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you liked Shadowrun Returns but felt the main storyline was missing something, you'll find that Dragonfall improves on the original in almost every way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're more intrigued by jetpacks, rocket boosts, wall-running and the thrill of flying off a ramp as you make your way to levels end as fast as you ruddy well can, Cloudbuilt is heartily recommended.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warlock 2 is definitely a step in the right direction – it takes everything that was good about the first game, and refines it a bit, while also leaving the original experience intact.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It leaves once again a lasting impact and shows the real depths city building can go to and how strategy counts all the way. A few questionable elements hover like a dark cloud but honestly this is the best experience you’ll have to sate a city building lust, Roman or not.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It carries that rare trait of success where many expansions suffer miserably and leave many gamers in despair.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A great, if not fantastic adventure game that any fans of the genre must get a copy of. It was surprisingly intriguing and has now perhaps spoilt things for me, as anything less than ‘Tunguska quality’ and I’ll be gaming elsewhere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gothic 3 is a deep and rich world, waiting for your guidance to free or subjugate mankind. Any RPG lover must have this, but you may want to wait a while for the patches to arrive and then settle down.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A welcome addition to the strategy genre, offering a few new ideas sprinkled over a solid base of classic turn-based gameplay.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Armed Assaults comes with all the bells and whistles any gamer would love in a combat simulator, despite some really poor choice of menus, texts and questionable briefing presentations.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A very fun game for the buck. It’s a nice addition to the season arc, and likely my favorite of the four.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    All in all, Shadowgrounds: Survivor is a game for fans, casual gamers, and for gamers who miss the old ‘simple’ style of the arcade era. Newcomers may be a little put off with the ‘enter-in-the-middle-of-a-story’ feeling, but if you just ignore the story completely, then what you are left with is a perfectly enjoyable third-person shooter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The story falters towards the end, and the fact that the game is so short is the biggest bummer of all. Regardless, it’s a great game that will be remembered for a long time coming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The story falters towards the end, and the fact that the game is so short is the biggest bummer of all. Regardless, it’s a great game that will be remembered for a long time coming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Flying Lab have created the best online sea-faring adventure there is for players to get their fix of the Caribbean with such a large, intricate and growing community.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The level of historical detail on offer will be enviable to even the more established franchises, and whilst Imperium doesn't do anything to reinvent the genre as a whole, it's certainly a well-refined product that's worth a look to veteran players; or particularly those of you jumping in for the first time. Solid, if unspectacular then.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only issue that stuck out like a sore thumb was that the magnetism of the cursor was poor and three options to change it didn’t help either. For only 800 Microsoft Points, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Commander’s Challenge has plenty of replay value for offline players.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only issue that stuck out like a sore thumb was that the magnetism of the cursor was poor and three options to change it didn’t help either. For only 800 Microsoft Points, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Commander’s Challenge has plenty of replay value for offline players.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    MotoGP 09/10 is a solid, enjoyable racer that manages to capture the feel of charging about a track on a Superbike without being inaccessible to newcomers to the series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    MotoGP 09/10 is a solid, enjoyable racer that manages to capture the feel of charging about a track on a Superbike without being inaccessible to newcomers to the series.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Blacklight: Tango Down turns out to be too much fun for the slowness of the matchmaking system to prove too much of an obstacle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Succeeds and amazes in some areas but almost horridly trips and stumbles along in others. Still I find myself liking the game and am willing to overlook its potholes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Perhaps not one for the hardcore role player, but an FPS gamer or MMO addict might well find The Witcher to be a great alternative to watching a DVD during the evening.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If breathing through the rifle’s scope, watching your subject walk unaware of his soon-to-be demise is not enough to make you feel like an assassin, then this may be the wrong game for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It has some nice features which make it better than an average FPS, but the things that are missing mean it’s never going to be great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Obviously there are a few limitations such as only having 5 characters, but that’s not too much of a problem. I was personally impressed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The AI for all of the Battlefield suite is well written, but there's nothing like a human opponent or partner to add spice to the experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you like a hack and slash game in the style of "Diablo," then you’ll definitely enjoy Titan Quest. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a true role-playing experience in which bashing things with a sword, spear, axe, bow, or some other weapon isn’t the only way to achieve your goal, you’re probably better off playing "Oblivion" or waiting for "Neverwinter Nights II."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Dawn of Magic contains enough deep content and a pleasing enough approach to the genre to recommend a purchase, but only if you know what's in-store and don't mind the incessantly repetitive nature of the combat.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars is unique from other turn-based space empire titles out there, the enormous sizes of the galaxies and their shapes set it apart. Players of the original will already be familiar with this but for those still in the dark, space is all 3D here and not just in terms of pretty graphics.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    All in all Supreme Ruler is a solid game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The best advice anyone can be given is to pick up South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! for the Xbox Live Arcade if they are either a fan of the genre or a huge South Park fan by default.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you forgive it for its flaws, the game accomplishes its mission. You end up with a taste of what it’s like to be Tony Montana.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The first time that I was the exploder instead of the explodee I think I scared my fish with the hollering. It’s so fun to see the pieces go flying!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The turn based combined with RTF is unique and fun, providing a little time for thinking and not so much twitchy trigger finger.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The acceleration, the speed and the presence of distractions and the actual destruction of my enemies are lovable on screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great adventure game and certainly worth the time for fans of the genre with its blend of beautiful environments, sounds and entertaining puzzles.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An entertaining addition, with a great game engine. Sadly I can’t see it breaking out and drawing a huge following simply because the WWII RTS genre has been done to death.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the game does deliver a nice bundle of challenges and like a larger number of other adventure titles now it comes with a FPS feel, you could still do better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s the best damn football game ever made, but only by a gnat’s whisker, and if anything that whisker is merely the updated seasonal player data which separates it from Pro "Evolution Soccer 5."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much care has been taken with character, monster and environment design, so even if it is all a bit boring and repetitive, and insists on making obvious statements, it sure is pretty to look at.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Satisfying if a bit on the short side.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The emphasis on grinding, the linear environment and the rather uninspired early levels pose a serious threat to this games growth. Whilst these are things that cannot be changed, it will depend on what NCSoft will do next which will ultimately make or break it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst the integration of the physics system within the environment in Penumbra is certainly more deeply-ingrained, the puzzles themselves never quite reach the same level of ingenuity as the classic Valve title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On the one hand, it’s a fun, addictive little game that’s a good homage to a classic genre. On the other hand, as of publication there are still quite a few bugs and entire features that just haven’t been implemented yet. Coupled with the lack of a truly competitive element this game will probably only entertain hardcore fans of the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst Section 8 may not be revolutionary, it’s a refreshing take on the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A decent little title, and a testament to just how far you can take your hobby if you but try.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You won't be buying AvP for its single-player though, and if you are you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Rebellion has built AvP around its multiplayer, which is both well-constructed and surprisingly well-balanced.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You won't be buying AvP for its single-player though, and if you are you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Rebellion has built AvP around its multiplayer, which is both well-constructed and surprisingly well-balanced.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You won't be buying AvP for its single-player though, and if you are you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Rebellion has built AvP around its multiplayer, which is both well-constructed and surprisingly well-balanced.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We like Halo 3: ODST and welcome the injection of personality brought to the narrative by your lost crew - especially Firefly actor Nathan Fillion as Buck - but it doesn’t quite manage to live up to our lofty expectations of what a Halo title should offer.