Strategy Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,339 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 15 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
1,339 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    NBA Live 10 is a step in the right direction for the series. The gameplay and graphics are heading towards offering the best package for the next-generation consoles – especially now that 2K Sports stunk it up with NBA 2K10.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With the customary spit and polish the engine will receive over the next year, Champions Online certainly has the potential to turn into the best superhero MMO out there. For now, that mantle still belongs to City of Heroes, but having played both games throughout beta and release, this is certainly a more daring title in the initial stages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is best not to come into Sonic & Knuckles looking for redrawn sprites or HD graphics – this is a faithful port that doesn’t try to crush anyone’s memories of how the game performed in the ‘90’s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope's retina scorching vistas and fast-paced swordplay, you'll be well served.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Story-wise, you'll be hooked enough that you'll want to finish Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, but it's the always engaging gameplay that's king here.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Story-wise, you'll be hooked enough that you'll want to finish Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, but it's the always engaging gameplay that's king here.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is more than enough content here to keep avid adventure and puzzle gurus occupied.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that the online aspects are so hit and miss, but the new chapter helps to smooth over that complaint. It’s old school and simple, but if you can look past that you’ll definitely have a blast with Doom II on Xbox Live Arcade.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's gets a tad dull by the end of the game, and as your character levels up, it becomes less of a challenge as well (unless you're on harder difficulties, naturally).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For a 4X strategy title it hits a lot of the sweet spots you want and is a great entry for anyone who wants to give running a star spanning empire a whirl.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dodgy camera and mildly repetitive dungeon scenery aside, Trinity Universe has a lot going for it. The subtleties of the Fury battle system and the humorous storylines will keep you entertained for hours on end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're at all a fan of old-school 90's shooters, Serious Sam or just superb multiplayer fun, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter could be the perfect distraction from all the serious shooters being released in 2010.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Until a more precise programme comes along, Your Shape will do a great job of keeping you active with minimal fuss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Those of you yet to delve into the Blood Bowl universe will find a game with hours of entertainment to uncover, provided you manage to scale the steep learning curve and avoid the pitfalls of mismatching. Online however, Blood Bowl is a rare treat - and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Propaganda have done a really good job in crafting something that not only achieves its main purpose, but also doesn't completely suck.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Propaganda have done a really good job in crafting something that not only achieves its main purpose, but also doesn't completely suck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Superstars V8 Racing is a worthy PSN title to pick up for racing fans. That being said, it isn't as cheap as most store offerings, and so just how essential it is depends on your budget. I enjoyed my time with V8 Racing, and I know plenty of other people will too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's good that Focus offered a significant discount to anyone who had already bought Cities XL, as otherwise there would be little here to entice old players. New people to the franchise who've longed for a decent city-builder should definitely try this out though.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Raskulls is cute, fun and clever, but it won't be for everyone. A more casual player will most likely get a big kick out of racing around bashing bricks, but the more hardcore Xbox owner will long for a more beefy experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those after a fresh twist on a near-expired genre, MicroBot offers enough action to get your heart pumping.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But is it worth the initial investment? Due to the impressive groundwork laid by the excellent character creation and combat, I'd say yes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On a basic level Hard Corps: Uprising is excellent, retaining the Contra spirit yet giving it a new lease of life. As such, series fans and old-school throwbacks will probably love every minute of it, regardless of cost. However, it does get bogged down a little by the strangely bad voice acting, downloadable content concerns and its meek attempt at catering for a broader, less experienced audience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With 100 buildings, twelve scenarios and thirty vehicle types, we're hoping that the game will be well supported by an active modding community as well as post-release DLC. At the moment actual content is a tad sparse, but at a knockdown price of £14.99, you're getting a lot for your money.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Explodemon is great fun for a few hours, providing interesting puzzles to blast your way through and many a secret to uncover. Repetition swiftly sets in, however, and you may well find yourself not bothering to play through to the end. Still, it's worth grabbing the demo to see whether you're into the concept.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gemini Rue is a truly great adventure game, with its clever mix of puzzles, logic and action, marred only by a convoluted aura.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A rollickingly gory ride, packing with blood, style and content. If only it built on its foundations, rather than pounding us with the same repetitive gameplay throughout, this would be a must-have.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Next Big Thing, then, is not exactly what it says on the tin - but we still got plenty of laughs out of it. If you're on the prowl for a point-and-click adventure, this will easily tide you over until the next Telltale title comes knocking. Never before has a game produced a character who was so... disconcerting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gatling Gears offers several hours of enjoyable carnage and it's doubly fun with a friend, but it settles into a routine early on and sticks to it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not a bad game then by any stretch, but hopefully the last small iteration before Sega's inaugural next-next-gen outing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not a bad game then by any stretch, but hopefully the last small iteration before Sega's inaugural next-next-gen outing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On its own Generations isn't going to do much for your experience, but in conjunction with everything else it just makes for a more interesting experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    FEAR 3 would just be considered an okay shooter with a terrible story and poor attempts at horror, if it wasn't for the wealth of unique side-options it brings to the FPS table.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all its faults though, Pirates of Black Cove is a very endearing game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite lacking the scripted set-pieces of a so-called 'AAA' game, Insect Armageddon does a remarkable job of showing what a focused team can produce on a minimal budget.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite lacking the scripted set-pieces of a so-called 'AAA' game, Insect Armageddon does a remarkable job of showing what a focused team can produce on a minimal budget.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of 2011's best surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite it's downfalls, El Shaddai is a memorable experience from start to finish. It offers a quirkiness and sense of style that is not only unique, it's surprisingly refreshing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite it's downfalls, El Shaddai is a memorable experience from start to finish. It offers a quirkiness and sense of style that is not only unique, it's surprisingly refreshing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unlike anything you'll have ever played. For this fact alone, it's worth a look. Even if the platforming itself is floaty, and later levels fail to inspire the same 'wow' reaction that early ones do, this is an interesting addition to the PSN.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although the action in the final scenes is some of the best the title has to offer, the delivery of the narrative's closing stages is rushed and ultimately seems rather weak.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Finally significant progress has been put into place, as the game's backbone is starting to feel sturdy enough to carry the weight of expectation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Finally significant progress has been put into place, as the game's backbone is starting to feel sturdy enough to carry the weight of expectation.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On its own merits, the PC version of Insect Armageddon is a strong port of the most modern and proficient Earth Defense Force yet. The downloadable version is even cheaper than its console counterparts too, currently "e-tailing" for £14.99 on Steam.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All Zombies Must Die is a solid shooter with RPG elements and a decent level of character upgrading. Unfortunately, it's let down a little by the monotonous missions of 'kill that' or 'collect this'. Rachel isn't a particularly likable either - of course, you don't have to use her at all!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its short-length, bland level design and forgettable bosses, The Darkness II is a thoroughly entertaining blast from start to finish. Who knew dismembering hordes of enemies would be such a guilty pleasure?
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fair to say Final Fantasy XIII-2 is an appealing return for the much-adhered franchise. It offers some truly unique and intriguing gameplay elements that will invite newcomers whilst challenging series aficionados. This is extremely important after the failings of XIII, as it shows Square Enix are prepared to keep building on the RPG formula they shaped. Serah's adventure is an entertaining and dynamic one, signalling that Final Fantasy is moving in the right direction once again.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once I got into a mission I found it hard to stop until all my plans worked out, and even defeat often had me immediately coming back to try again. That's the mark of an addictive, fun game, which Jagged Alliance: Back In Action definitely is, but it just doesn't do quite enough to earn the really high marks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Syndicate's a good solid FPS, it wastes its world, its unique ideas and its potential. And that's just a damn shame. Bloody corporations.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a low-budget affair however, make no mistake, but as long as your brain can get over the sound of three British blokes hamming up their lines with conviction, then you'll uncover a decent amount of charm within Da New Guys script.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The rhythmic chants of bygone planes is something that easily get your juices flowing.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a decent stab at resurrecting the atmosphere and sense of foreboding that the series was once known for, and if it wasn't for those frequent technical hitches, it could well have been one of the best in the series. As it stands, it's a very, very good survival horror title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Going into Yakuza: Dead Souls I had some reservations, but after playing it, I'm happy to say that this works surprisingly well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are small issues with the HD conversion – especially in the menus – but this still feels like one of the more accomplished HD collections this generation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It might not have the longevity of a full action-RPG or the combat depth of the best side-scrolling beat-em-ups, but the balance that Lionhead has struck between accessibility and quick 10-15 minute bursts of fun is hard to resist.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of its more unique spin on things do shine through, such as City management, but others like the added adventure/discovery element just get lost amongst the need to survive.