Strategy Informer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,364 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 15 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
1,364 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From its combat mechanics and customisation, to the narrative and the visually orgasmic art-style, this is an experience to be savoured, to lock yourself away in the confines of your gaming boudoir and revel in its luxurious design and perfection.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Excellent gameplay, superb storytelling, a ridiculously open world and the best damn writing you’ll find today.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Without a doubt the best RPG adventure of the decade.
    • 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
    • 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
    It's unreservedly brilliant.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredibly welcome breath of fresh air. Never underestimate the simple need to let loose and cause some mayhem, and the skill shot system is exceptionally done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredibly welcome breath of fresh air. Never underestimate the simple need to let loose and cause some mayhem, and the skill shot system is exceptionally done.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An incredibly welcome breath of fresh air. Never underestimate the simple need to let loose and cause some mayhem, and the skill shot system is exceptionally done.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A masterpiece that deserves your time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You will love it though if you chose the Weird Wasteland perk, loved the Vault filled with Garys in 3, or just don't mind playing through an extremely funny and well-written DLC pack that throws interesting surprises at you all the time, rewards exploration greatly, and packs more imagination and play-time in it than nearly every other full-priced game out there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You will love it though if you chose the Weird Wasteland perk, loved the Vault filled with Garys in 3, or just don't mind playing through an extremely funny and well-written DLC pack that throws interesting surprises at you all the time, rewards exploration greatly, and packs more imagination and play-time in it than nearly every other full-priced game out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You will love it though if you chose the Weird Wasteland perk, loved the Vault filled with Garys in 3, or just don't mind playing through an extremely funny and well-written DLC pack that throws interesting surprises at you all the time, rewards exploration greatly, and packs more imagination and play-time in it than nearly every other full-priced game out there.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whilst the subject matter and the set-up may not be to everyone's liking, Crusader Kings II is definitely the most impressive Paradox game to date. The game mechanics are an interesting twist on a well-known genre, the code itself is highly polished, and it's just a really fun and interesting game to play.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm embodies an evolved RTS that shows Blizzard has taken on even more superior genes from other gaming greats, even when those greats coincidentally happen to be of their own creation. If this is what happened since Wings of Liberty, then we should be in for a real treat when Legacy of the Void drops out of hyperspace.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Much like the adventures of Drake, if you own a PS3, you need to own this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Burial At Sea: Episode 2 combines a cool fan-pleasing story, enjoyable new gameplay (that you'll wish Bioshock had attempted more), wonderful level design, a satisfying conclusion to the series, and I haven't even mentioned how great Rapture looks and sounds.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Supreme Commander is not without a few hitches, mainly AI orientated, but it is plainly a fantastic ride and has had a lot of passion poured into it from Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games. Honestly this is one of the big A-list titles for the RTS genre, any self respecting gamer who’s into the real-time strategic scene must, MUST, have this war behemoth among their collection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is much more than a game – it’s the glorious revisiting of Bioware’s past and a look at where they are going in the future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Origins is much more than a game – it’s the glorious revisiting of Bioware’s past and a look at where they are going in the future.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DiRT 2 is without doubt the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing game we’ve ever played. The overall racing experience is never anything but pleasurable, the depth and range of challenges on offer lending massive longevity and the presentation is also nothing short of exceptional.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    DiRT 2 is without doubt the most comprehensive and utterly playable off-road racing game we’ve ever played. The overall racing experience is never anything but pleasurable, the depth and range of challenges on offer lending massive longevity and the presentation is also nothing short of exceptional.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its freshness shows just how stale a lot of the industry is and it's what's needed in an era of grey, modern shooters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its freshness shows just how stale a lot of the industry is and it's what's needed in an era of grey, modern shooters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I am truly spellbound by the splendor of this game.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    You can do anything you want with this game, the limits being only your time and imagination. If any of you budding warmongers, strategy fiends or history buffs out there are looking for complete control, world domination and a great wargaming experience, look no further.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Finally the game that many 2K Sports fans have been waiting for, and at the very least, the gameplay and presentation is exciting and engaging.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Finally the game that many 2K Sports fans have been waiting for, and at the very least, the gameplay and presentation is exciting and engaging.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Finally the game that many 2K Sports fans have been waiting for, and at the very least, the gameplay and presentation is exciting and engaging.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The deed system is so simple yet so great; it’s a real surprise it hasn’t been included much before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that's worth immersing yourself in. There may be a few bugs now, but they'll inevitably be fixed in a patch soon, and there's more than enough here to keep you coming back for more Thrax-spanking action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rampaging counter-measures aside; Battlefield 2142 is the latest and greatest release in the series and is well worth every pound/dollar/euro.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a casual gamer then steer clear, but If you have both the time and the inclination to devote a lot of time to learning the sometimes over complicated set up then you'll have more fun than some kind of space pun I can't think of at the moment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure it looks the same, sounds the same, and plays about the same, but it's a whole new world out there, a world where nature reigns supreme and your sims must bow to its forces or suffer the consequences.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sam Fisher is back with a vengeance then, leaner and meaner than ever before. Splinter Cell: Conviction, like Fisher is also rather lean in terms of narrative-based content, but there's more than enough going on in multiplayer to make SCC well worth the asking price.
    • 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.
    • 87 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need For Speed Shift does exactly what it is made for: giving any driver the experience they want in a racing game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need For Speed Shift does exactly what it is made for: giving any driver the experience they want in a racing game.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not you can forgive CA for 'pulling a Valve' is up to you, but please don't blame the game itself - this is a worthwhile experience and well worth the money in reality, if not in principle.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Singularity is is a AAA title masked behind a lack of commercialism, which is completely out of style for Activision, and not nearly enough time to polish the game. With another two-three months, Singularity could probably have been the best shooter of the year.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare that a videogame can remain just as relevant today as it did at the turn of the decade, but precisely because of the stylised graphics, simplistic physics and endless customisation options, Worms remains evergreen to this day.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is glorious.
    • 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
    NHL 11 is easily one of the most feature-packed and entertaining ice hockey games ever created.
    • 83 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
    • 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.