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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 15 Global Ops: Commando Libya
Score distribution:
1,250 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If a picture is worth a thousand words then the game itself is a novel every city block and every dusty trail. It’s the million dollar fireworks display at the end of the current generation cycle of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 – handing out free beer and barbeque chicken wings.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gameplay mechanics have been smoothed out greatly, and Uncharted 2 is one of the few PS3 games that both requires no installation and loads quickly. Maps are very large, and several levels have high-speed chases, helicopter attacks, and has players jumping from rooftops.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City is stuffed to the edge of the disc with content and replay value (in addition to the gigantic campaign there's an expanded Challenge Mode and New Game Plus), is incredible amounts of fun, is polished to perfection, has had real love poured into every aspect, and most importantly, it makes you feel like Batman.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    But, assuming you're fine with that, then Skyrim is, in a word, amazing. Sure, it has its problems, it's oddities, and again some of these are just down to how the game is made and others just need some extra patching or work done to it. There is always a danger with games like these that you'll get bored, or you'll lose your drive - Bethesda have done a wonderful job of staving off that feeling in this game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Rockstar's latest feels like an actual location rather than a movie set, and it's compelling, cohesive, at once familiar and yet imbued with a sense of slack-jawed wonderment. It's also absolutely unmissable.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Much like the adventures of Drake, if you own a PS3, you need to own this game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never before has a review embargo had us screaming inside so badly that our mind eventually goes hoarse. We've wanted to shout from the rooftops about how Portal 2 not only betters the original Portal, but completely annihilates it...If you thought the original Portal was a masterpiece, prepare to have your mind blown.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Rockstar's latest feels like an actual location rather than a movie set, and it's compelling, cohesive, at once familiar and yet imbued with a sense of slack-jawed wonderment. It's also absolutely unmissable.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never before has a review embargo had us screaming inside so badly that our mind eventually goes hoarse. We've wanted to shout from the rooftops about how Portal 2 not only betters the original Portal, but completely annihilates it...If you thought the original Portal was a masterpiece, prepare to have your mind blown.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Never before has a review embargo had us screaming inside so badly that our mind eventually goes hoarse. We've wanted to shout from the rooftops about how Portal 2 not only betters the original Portal, but completely annihilates it...If you thought the original Portal was a masterpiece, prepare to have your mind blown.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    MW2 is spectacular in all the right areas; building and refining on the most solid of bases. And although its political heart might not be in the ‘right’ place, at the very least it might make a few people think rather than skim through on muscle memory and twitch reactions. That’s a rarity in itself, and something to be respected in an age of apathy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Arkham City is stuffed to the edge of the disc with content and replay value (in addition to the gigantic campaign there's an expanded Challenge Mode and New Game Plus), is incredible amounts of fun, is polished to perfection, has had real love poured into every aspect, and most importantly, it makes you feel like Batman.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I may have hated Oblivion, but I utterly love Skyrim. It's fixed every problem I had with the previous game and don't think I'll be uninstalling it for a good long while.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There's no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best games ever made and an entertainment experience that should be unreservedly celebrated.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    MW2 is spectacular in all the right areas; building and refining on the most solid of bases. And although its political heart might not be in the ‘right’ place, at the very least it might make a few people think rather than skim through on muscle memory and twitch reactions. That’s a rarity in itself, and something to be respected in an age of apathy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This human quality and depth of gameplay is what sets CoH apart from RTS games where your units are all expendable. In CoH nothing is expendable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as 2010 goes, it's mightily difficult to recommend a downloadable title more than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bioshock Infinite is a game that deserves to be played, and then played again straight afterwards. It’s one of those games that you finish and just feel sad because you know you won’t be playing another game that good for a long time to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end StarCraft II didn't go changing on us in the fundamentals, and that's perhaps the greatest feature Blizzard could ever have included. What works, works and StarCraft nailed it back in 1998 and StarCraft II: Wings if Liberty nails it here and now in 2010.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it plainly, there is an odd disconnect between this game and Mass Effect 2. In fact, there are more ties between this game and the first game than there are between 2 and 3, and sometimes we can't help but feel Mass Effect 2 never happened.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    God of War 3 is fantastic, and has at least three scenes that are utterly magnificent. Design and gameplay-wise, it's absolutely stunning. The downside is that it doesn't have that clear cut perfection that its predecessor had; the polish shine that brilliantly lit up our eyes when we first enjoyed God of War 2.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no incremental upgrade and brings more than just character balancing to the table, managing to improve, fix and surpass the original Street Fighter IV in every way imaginable - and they've done it at less than full price.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It has certainly laid down the marker for Gran Turismo 5 to surpass; a task that now looks incredibly daunting. At this stage in Forza’s lifespan, it doesn’t feel like we could ask for much more.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rewarding and engrossing in equal measure, the entire production reeks of quality from the stellar voice work to the jaw-dropping visuals and intuitive control system. Truly this is the Batman game that everybody’s been waiting for.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no incremental upgrade and brings more than just character balancing to the table, managing to improve, fix and surpass the original Street Fighter IV in every way imaginable - and they've done it at less than full price.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as 2010 goes, it's mightily difficult to recommend a downloadable title more than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though there hasn't been much of a technical improvement in the graphics and sound, the whole game feels much more vibrant. The colourful environments of the single player levels extend into the levels from the community too. LittleBigPlanet is just a joyous world to be a part of, even the menu screens have that extra sparkle of creativity poured into them.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is FIFA 10 the best EA has ever produced, it’s also one of the best football games we’ve played, period. It’s not without its niggles, but setting these aside, FIFA 10 does just about everything else exactly right.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only an unreservedly brilliant and compelling follow-up, but one of the finest games we’ve ever played. Boasting a suitably grand soundtrack, majestic aesthetics and masterful level design, Assassin’s Creed II is everything we could have ever wished for and so much more. Forget Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II is without a doubt this year’s biggest and best.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Crysis is a truly evolved first person shooter, both in terms of just how photorealistic the whole immersion becomes and the gameplay its highly attuned physics simulation brings to the player.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It’s teeming with new loot, better opportunities to stick it to your fellow players and has even richer music to fit the mood.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's unreservedly brilliant.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything has been enhanced and improved so much, that Bungie at least deserve kudos for all the effort they put in. This is definitely the most complete Halo game to date, and well worth the money. Hell, It may even live up to its own hype.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of Dread Lords, then this expansion should absolutely be on your list to pick up as soon as possible. Go download it, I’ll wait.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's faster and more intense than ever before, with tangible improvements to every facet. The word forza is used to cheer competitors at sporting events: it's about enthusiasm and passion. Forza 4 succeeds because it distils automotive passion into a form that anyone- not just petrolheads- will find enthralling.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Being a gamer who puts story almost equal to gameplay, personally I was kind of annoyed at the tangent the third game seemed to go off on. Gears 2 asked more than a few questions, and whilst Gears 3 answers some of them - mainly relating to the lambent - it leaves other's painfully un-answered.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rewarding and engrossing in equal measure, the entire production reeks of quality from the stellar voice work to the jaw-dropping visuals and intuitive control system. Truly this is the Batman game that everybody’s been waiting for.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the best RPG adventure of the decade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Not only an unreservedly brilliant and compelling follow-up, but one of the finest games we’ve ever played. Boasting a suitably grand soundtrack, majestic aesthetics and masterful level design, Assassin’s Creed II is everything we could have ever wished for and so much more. Forget Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed II is without a doubt this year’s biggest and best.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation is absolutely sensational, providing a television feel that eclipses anything I've seen before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blizzard has been bold and their gamble seems to have paid off - while this latest add-on doesn't achieve a flawless encore it feels pretty darn Zen. Cataclysm fixes up an already deep game with more flair and substance than ever before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is an assured, impeccably well-crafted game overflowing with enough offbeat ideas to fuel a million action games, and if we were doling out medals of our own, we'd award Platinum Games with the highest possible accolade. Simply put, Bayonetta is worthy of nothing less than pure platinum.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very difficult to adequately score or sum up FIFA 12, simply because it's taken such a risk with an established formula, one that's turned out – eventually – well indeed, but also one that requires a lot of effort to learn and get used to, something a lot of people might not want to do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Evolution's main strength comes from ambition. It's definitely a fully-fledged, weighty sequel. With a superb array of courses, newly-introduced multiplayer and a limitless track editor, 1200 MSP remains an absolute steal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very difficult to adequately score or sum up FIFA 12, simply because it's taken such a risk with an established formula, one that's turned out – eventually – well indeed, but also one that requires a lot of effort to learn and get used to, something a lot of people might not want to do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is FIFA 10 the best EA has ever produced, it’s also one of the best football games we’ve played, period. It’s not without its niggles, but setting these aside, FIFA 10 does just about everything else exactly right.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Limbo is a fine example of how you can create a masterpiece, yet sell it through the Xbox Live arcade at a budget price. It may not be the longest game, but to capture the imagination of any player is something that is a rarity in gaming.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is one of this year's finest releases, and improves on everything we loved about the previous title, while adding plenty of its own excellent features.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unforgettable, beautiful experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is glorious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The only thing one might criticise is that it can get a bit samey after a while. Around two-thirds of the way through, you may well be feeling a bit fatigued by the whole yellowness of your surroundings, and be yearning for something to change, even just for one level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A fast, slick and beautiful community-driven MMO experience featuring all the content and mechanics you'd expect from a game with a monthly fee, and a good deal more besides. With that in mind, I cannot recommend it enough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A game that demands your total attention, it will consume it, and you’ll need to refine your skills in order to get anywhere. If you don’t think you’re up to that kind of challenge then you may want to pass, and seek something a little more forgiving. For the real racing fans, and gear heads among the gaming community, you’ll want this – want this bad!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most fully featured Total War to date, and a great homage to the game that launched the series.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation is absolutely sensational, providing a television feel that eclipses anything I've seen before.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If we were to level any specific criticisms about Borderlands 2 it would be the whole guns thing. Yeah, we get it, the game has all the guns ever, but to be honest a lot of them are pretty samey, with maybe a new adjective or stat change here and there.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is one of this year's finest releases, and improves on everything we loved about the previous title, while adding plenty of its own excellent features.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whichever you prefer, playing versus with friends or cooperatively against the improved Director, there is almost no fault to Left 4 Dead 2.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Mass Effect is a superb game for its story, its breadth of characters and setting a new bar of standard for cinematic videogaming.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game preys on your feelings, and is very skilled at manipulating them. Make no mistake, it takes a certain kind of person (never mind gamer) to stick with and possibly enjoy this game - we believe they are sometimes called Masochists - but Dark Souls does what it does extremely well, and it's to be applauded for that at least.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Excellent gameplay, superb storytelling, a ridiculously open world and the best damn writing you’ll find today.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fez
    It's an absolute must-buy and, despite it still being early in 2012, a strong contender for indie game of the year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead: The Game won't just go down as one of the best examples of gaming as a storytelling medium, it isn't just one of the best licensed games ever made, and it won't just be known as one of the best games of 2012 (if not the best). It'll also be the only game ever that made me think, made me laugh, made me jump out of my seat, made me cry, and made me want to vomit. That's Telltale's real achievement in my view.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To many it'll still seem ludicrous that sports games are worth the purchase every year, but for anyone who's ever kicked a football in their life, this is the definitive choice.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Challenging, addictive, immersive... provided you like stealth-based action – there hasn't been an action/RPG this good in a long while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's engaging, thoughtful, mature and currently one of a kind. Unless you're the type who only looks for quick, dumb action from their video games I'd recommend this to just about anyone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you enjoy action, sci-fi and a rich amalgam of gaming styles, there's loads to enjoy right here.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection is an essential purchase, and more content worth experiencing than just about any other game released in the past year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Challenging, addictive, immersive... provided you like stealth-based action – there hasn't been an action/RPG this good in a long while.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If there’s one music-oriented video game to buy this holiday season, it has to be The Beatles: Rock Band. Harmonix and MTV Games have created an exceptional representation of The Fab Four that needs to be lived by all music aficionados.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DiRT 2 was superlative stuff on Xbox 360 and PS3, and on PC it remains one of the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing game you can buy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's engaging, thoughtful, mature and currently one of a kind. Unless you're the type who only looks for quick, dumb action from their video games I'd recommend this to just about anyone.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K11 is undeniably the best game in the series yet, pushing forward just enough without leaving behind the fans who fell in love with this version of NBA in the first place.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While in many ways superior to Origins I’m giving it the same score because it’s a little bit too similar in places, nevertheless Rayman Legends is one of the best platformers of all time and you should definitely buy it if you want to have a smile on your face.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K11 is undeniably the best game in the series yet, pushing forward just enough without leaving behind the fans who fell in love with this version of NBA in the first place.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game preys on your feelings, and is very skilled at manipulating them. Make no mistake, it takes a certain kind of person (never mind gamer) to stick with and possibly enjoy this game - we believe they are sometimes called Masochists - but Dark Souls does what it does extremely well, and it's to be applauded for that at least.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If there’s one music-oriented video game to buy this holiday season, it has to be The Beatles: Rock Band. Harmonix and MTV Games have created an exceptional representation of The Fab Four that needs to be lived by all music aficionados.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A fun, yet involving game. The action is well paced, there’s plenty of differing challenges, and the story will keep you hooked whether you’re a card fan or not.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The plot may be straightforward but the level of detail in the world could inspire countless fan fiction stories.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A masterpiece that deserves your time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve never picked up a CKII expansion before, The Old Gods would be the perfect place to start. Saying that, there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick up the other expansions either, but we guess it depends on what you like to play as.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 11 is easily one of the most feature-packed and entertaining ice hockey games ever created.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More time was spent fiddling in the control settings menu than actually getting on with the on-ice action, which speaks volumes of a title that prides itself on such an innovative system.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More time was spent fiddling in the control settings menu than actually getting on with the on-ice action, which speaks volumes of a title that prides itself on such an innovative system.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few technical quirks (seriously Ubisoft, patch the save system), a slight shortage of non-cutscene NPC interactions and the occasional lack of constant threat Far Cry 3 is a triumph that stands out from every other shooter released this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Torchlight II is addictive, imagination-fuelled goodness. It never gets boring and its "just five more minutes" value is second to none. It may not have an engaging story but I don't think anyone twatting a zombie pirate called 'One-Eyed Willy' with a giant wrench will miss it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 11 is easily one of the most feature-packed and entertaining ice hockey games ever created.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What we have here is a refined and extremely confident product from a studio that has found its feet in the FPS world.
    • 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."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 itself is still an incredible title that really makes you feel that you're having an impact on the people and politics of this world, and the Enhanced Edition only makes it better.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the latest and most outstanding title in the Total War franchise, any history RTS buff or fan of the series would be psychotically imbalanced should they choose to pass on this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With all those dungeon randomisations, boss events, challenging difficulty, co-op play, loot gathering and the general mayhem of monster slaying, Diablo III is a ride that may tire if binged on religiously but one that'll haunt your dreams long-term to get back to it, just like its predecessor.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To many it'll still seem ludicrous that sports games are worth the purchase every year, but for anyone who's ever kicked a football in their life, this is the definitive choice.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As far as the 360-specific additions are concerned, there are a few extra environments and characters for you to get your teeth into, but the core of Joe Danger is resolutely the same as its PS3 cousin. And for once, that's a fantastic thing. If you enjoyed Trials, and if you like Sonic or even Tony Hawk, you owe it to yourself to give this a try.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The decision to let Criterion tackle the Need for Speed franchise has paid off massively. They've produced one of the simplest, yet endlessly engrossing racers of the generation, which is all down to their superb ability to balance how each race plays out.