Strategy Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,348 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 40% 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 Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Lowest review score: 15 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
1,348 game reviews
    • tbd Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Games like this are notorious for having very little replay value, but Professor Fizzwizzle saves the day and the game from being uninstalled once all the levels have been played by including a level creation feature which enables you to make your own levels to play.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Sadly the AI almost cripples the game and leaves questionable balances between class professions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Destination: Treasure Island a good game. In fact if you like Adventures, I’d say that given the slating they have been given over the years, it is very good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The Golden Horde is a pleasant shake up to the usual tried and true method of a RTS game, mixing light RPG to give the player the chance to better customise and tune their own war machine is an engaging feature. Unfortunately this also plays against as some won’t find it to their tastes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A solid puzzler but little else. What it sets out to do, gameplay-wise, it succeeds in, providing admirable and occasionally fiddly conundrums to cudgel your grey matter with. However, outside of that, there's little to charm you, little to make you 'love' the game, rather than just like it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The sum of an adventure game’s parts however is equal to that of the quality of the puzzles. Operation Wintersun gives us a mixed bag indeed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For all its comical charm, Jack Keane does not quite reach the heights of the games that inspired it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The gameplay of Paradise is fair, but nothing that will impress. A typical point and click third person style interface, with plenty of pixel hunting and manipulating of levers, dials, switches, etc.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Since this isn’t aimed toward the flight sim brigade, the control system is a critical make-or-break aspect of Attack on Pearl Harbor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a real shame that the campaign plays second fiddle to challenges for drama and certainly entertainment, as Tropico 3 still has a fair way to go before it makes a significant impact outside of the PC world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Criticising a title like Rig'n'Roll for lack of variety would be churlish considering the niche subject matter, but even so, the lack of interesting graphical presentation, open-world vitality or any compelling storyline presentation doesn't help its cause as you make your way from point A to point B for the 90th time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Enjoy it for the looks, the controls and cuteness of it all and enjoy it for the simplicity, most of all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Majesty 2: Kingmaker will appeal to two types of people; those who enjoyed the original so much that they cuddle the game box while they sleep, and masochists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Space Ark is a decent kids game, and it will probably hold the attention of an adult for a good couple of hours, but eventually the repetition begins to grate, and staring into the hypnotic disney-eyes of the Arkonauts becomes slightly disturbing as you begin to wonder whether they can see into your soul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it is clearly a nice game, Ancients of Ooga doesn't really do anything interesting enough to get beyond being a nice game into being a must have.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With no online play, replay value is a reverse skyrocket, burrowing deep into the Earth's crust.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With no online play, replay value is a reverse skyrocket, burrowing deep into the Earth's crust.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's horrible to say, horrible to trash something that's been lovingly put together by a dedicated group of developers, but Comic Jumper: Adventures Of Captain Smiley is, sadly, a case of style over substance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kinect Adventures acts as a decent way to show off your latest hardware purchase to friends, but beyond this there really isn't much reason to bung the disc back into your Xbox.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's an incredibly niche title, which unfortunately suffers from one too many flaws.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And the good bits, for all their worth, are just that; good, but not classic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Quake Arena Arcade is Quake III: Arena again, except this time around there is no-one to play against. If you've already played Quake to death, there is no need to pick this edition up, even for the exclusive maps. The lack of players online is a clear sign that Quake fans would really like something new for a change.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With more variation and a more concentrated shooting experience, this would easily be one of our Move party games of choice. Hopefully we'll see the ideas on show here shift and blossom into something brilliant in the future.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a shame because the technology underpinning both Spore titles is undoubtedly a fantastic achievement, but it looks like we'll be waiting a while longer before Maxis manages to find the right outlet for its creative tools.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As engaging, addictive and fun as the previous games. Unless you really don't like firearms, it will appeal to fans of the series, and even newcomers might appreciate the improved degree of direction you're given at the beginning.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    UFC Personal Trainer would make a fine introduction into the world of fitness – it's just a shame that the surrounding shell of the software is so lacklustre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you're looking for what is probably the deepest and most complicated strategy game ever made, oh boy have you found it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For everything that Altelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland does right though, it fails to deliver on another key element of the genre. I never felt fully connected to the world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There is no denying that fans of the series can and will appreciate the options available and will spend hours customizing and creating the ultimate robot. With a stronger story and more attention to detail as well as a simplified difficulty level this mech could have been the ultimate warrior.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's a great game in here, and people who buy Risen 2 will probably be quite content with their purchase if they can get past the infuriating first few hours (and that sugar quest in the giant termite cave, shudder).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A good game. The question is; do you have the patience to play it? Newcomers to the genre probably won't, and even veterans might get easily annoyed at the feeling of helplessness the game can give you when there are so many units but such little control.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Your level of enjoyment will be almost directly mapped to how entertaining you find the visual spectacle to be, and - for me at least - it was perfectly good fun in short bursts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's still a bit of extra polish needed, not to mention, well, the rest of the game. If you like story and want to take yourself through the tale of the Gemini sector, then by all means give this game a go.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Mad Riders borrows a little too liberally from other titles to truly have its own identity. What is there, however, is an enjoyable enough arcade racer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you've played through The Witcher 2 and are hankering for another similar experience, and don't mind a budget-feeling title, then Game of Thrones is well worth considering.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you like the series, or enjoy games like Dead or Alive, then this new addition is something that you may enjoy. On the flip side however, the fact that it's very similar to these games might mean that it's not worth the extra cash.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's certainly fun for the odd match, definitely different from all the other quick-play multiplayer games out there, but you have been warned. It needs an injection of extra fun, STAT.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Port Royale 3 is not a bad game, not by any means, and I'd say on the whole it does a better job of things than Patrician IV did – it's still not fantastic though. Definitely one to pick up cheap if you can find it, but still worth picking up all the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There are a fair number of things to like in Cognition and it certainly represents a promising start to the series. While it's not quite up to the "modern adventure" standard set by The Blackwell Deception at least Phoenix Online are trying, and I was pleased to see and feel how much thought and effort had gone into all the components.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For its budget and decidedly indie status, maybe that's a bit of a harsh criticism of Strike Suit Zero, but the feeling of repetition was overwhelmingly strong as I made my way through the latter half of the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst there’s little in the way of tactical depth to sustain the action beyond the initial rush, Rebellion’s sniping and killcam mechanics remain an interesting and satisfying prospect in the short-term.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those who enjoyed the previous games should give Razor's Edge a chance, the improvements allowing the finer aspects of the series to shine through much clearer, but if it's a Premier Ninja experience you are looking for you might have to look elsewhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Shootmania can gather creative types into its playerbase, capable of bringing it new modes, weapons and maps then it could turn out to be a varied and lasting experience. But for now it feels like a shell or wraparound for a game that hinges on players engaging with the myriad tools available.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Wait for a better discount, or wait until they’ve made some improvements to it. As it stands, there are bigger and better titles to be excited about.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And that’s the reason the first Leisure Suit Larry is beloved enough to get a crowd-funded remake – it’s still very funny to play. Yes some of the mechanics are painful, irritating, or just obtrusive (even by 1987 standards, yet alone 2013), but lose them and you lose the experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Raven is a gentle, well-crafted mystery, but it just doesn't carry enough interest or intrigue to make you fully invest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The story tries to be too dramatic in parts, with a few out-of-place dark moments and a slightly unsatisfying ending that seems entirely written to tell me off for saying that Rufus was a selfish unlikeable dick (you’ll see).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Competent to the last, Alien Rage Unlimited will tick the boxes for anyone wanting to indulge in warfare, whilst perhaps parting ways from any sort of thought process for an hour or two.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As cynical as it might be to release a quick follow-up to a third-person shooter in one of the most populated thematic genres of the last generation then, Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army 2 is nonetheless another diverting exercise in brainless co-op action.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As a series of systems then, Final Exam is actually a whole bunch of fun, but it fails to harness those into a coherent whole and inject enough variation to keep things fresh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those who fully appreciate the fast-paced, arcade action may not be fully appreciative of the attention to detail paid to the planes on show. Likewise, those who fully appreciate the attention to detail, may be disappointed to not be given a deeper flight simulation with which to fly their historical birds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    These caveats are not minor ones, and it's important that people don't rush into buying the game from blind nostalgia without some idea of its not inconsiderable technical deficiencies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst 1954 Alcatraz does certain things very well, it too often lets itself down.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Spiders wanted Bound By Flame to be their big breakout hit but penny-pinching on theirs or their publisher's side will hold them back.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Krillbite get a lot of things right in Among The Sleep. Their use of graphics, sound and level design to build tension and create a creepy atmosphere is second to none, and I was genuinely on the edge of my seat for almost all the time I spent playing. Unfortunately the tension builds to nothing, the monsters aren't involved enough and the game's over and done with in no time at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Try it, you may very well like or even love it, but don't come crying to me if you don't. I told you so.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Overall Vanguard isn't a bad game, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table of the MMO industry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This is one just for the big Star Trek fans. The average gamer is unlikely to maintain interest for too long; especially given the main campaign has a completion time of around 10 hours.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    What they get is what they expect; a bright and brash fighting game that keeps to the established expectations, but would have been far better suited to the repetitious, unpretentious and simplistic nature of a home console.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Overall Darkness Within wasn’t a bad game…however it wasn’t a great game either. It’s a game with a lot of potential that felt like it just needed someone to tighten everything up across the board.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The harsh void of an instructive and friendly tutorial is enough to send away newcomers within the first minutes of firing up the game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Lacking in polish and attention to detail, Risen still stands up as an absorbing and hugely playable RPG title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's a lot of fun, visually pleasing and nods towards players who've been with SEGA since the dreaded Dreamcast days.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Right now, Mario won't be looking over his shoulder, but if this title (and indeed the franchise) continues to grow, we could see a much needed competitive side to the genre that has been severely lacking for a decade now.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Rise of Prussia is a solid but unspectacular slice of neoclassical strategy gaming that is worth a look if you are a die-hard fan of AGEOD's previous efforts, or if you're a strategy buff looking for a new challenge. And possibly if you have an obsession for white wigs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Buy it on a console if you must play it, but don't expect things to be much of an improvement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Escape from Paradise City attempts to combine strategy games and RPGs, but does so in a most unspectacular manner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Two Worlds succeeds at what it sets out to provide – a poor man’s Oblivion and a simple, unrestrictive introduction to role playing games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A little more imagination and Galactic Assault could have been a far more valuable addition to the overfull alien battle strategy genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Obscure II's solidity of game design tends to fall by the wayside to some glaring technical glitches and generally low production values, making it look like a game from 2005 rather than 2007 at times.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Perhaps this is due to the game being rushed out to coincide with the film's release, but whatever the reasoning behind it, The Incredible Hulk just doesn't quite seem finished.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It's very traditional, very solid and in gameplay terms doesn't offer anything new to the genre. Behaviour have, as mentioned, attempted to keep things fresh, but there's only so much they could do if their remit was to create a generic platformer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It's very traditional, very solid and in gameplay terms doesn't offer anything new to the genre. Behaviour have, as mentioned, attempted to keep things fresh, but there's only so much they could do if their remit was to create a generic platformer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mixture of classic and new levels is a perfect introduction for newcomers, but perhaps only the ardent roll ‘em up fan will truly love this Katamari.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s essentially an enhanced remake of the original with new 3D graphics applied. There’ll be a certain feeling of monotony when playing through the title, so players shouldn’t expect a fantastical time that revolutionizes the genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Did they hope people wouldn't notice its shortcomings? Where they conducting some kind of experiment? Did they always plan to do this overhaul?