The Escapist's Scores

  • Games
For 575 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 NBA 2K11
Lowest review score: 10 Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 575
575 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 manages to turn dark material into something lighthearted and fun, but it never quite achieves the magical goofiness that its predecessor does.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Ni no Kuni lacks in finesse it more than makes up for in quantity and packaging - there's tons to do and every single moment in the game is a visual delight. It can be extremely frustrating and makes some choices that don't quite work, but offers enough charm to ultimately win you over.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Burial At Sea tells an interesting tale with plenty of twists, but it doesn't have enough substance on the gameplay side of things to back it up.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nidhogg is a strange, unholy pastiche of lo-fi aesthetics and surprisingly deep, albeit minimal play; taking cues from decades of arcade-style 1v1 fighting games and modern indie darlings.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're willing to really delve into all the facets of Dust 514, and a few technical issues, there's a satisfying shooter with some stakes for you and your corporation mates to be found. If you'd rather not get that invested, then Dust 514 might not be for you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun action platformer that remains incredibly frustrating by taking a few too many cues from Castlevania's jerkiest moments, Shovel Knight is satisfying and infuriating in equal measure. It's also a damn fine callback to the days of yore in a world where callbacks are a dime a dozen, and rarely this well done.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anarchy Reigns may not have an incredibly in-depth story and also has some nagging flaws that detract from its otherwise entertaining gameplay, but it's enjoyable enough to warrant a playthrough.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy isn't worth rebuying if you already have the iOS versions or still have your DS copies in rotation. However, all three games are as great now as they were upon release, and it's hard to complain about getting more of a good thing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The thrilling gameplay that attracts fans is still here, although it's a bit obscured by too many mini-games that are less fun than or relevant to the core experience. The story is finally ended but we're still left wondering what's next for Desmond. Multiplayer is, as expected, awesome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regardless of which thief you prefer to use, or if you'd rather tackle the game solo or with other players, you're going to need a great deal of patience, luck and skill in order to handle Monaco's complex missions.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Magicka 2 is Magicka refined - the same wizard-killing simulator co-op fans love with the fixes and improvements players craved. While it doesn't break new ground or surpass the original, it's a blast to play with friends.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My Recommendation, then, is clear/ But so I don't deprive/ You any longer, here it is: / You'll love it if you strive/ To overcome the boring bits.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a short, yet enjoyable platformer, offering little difficulty, but tons of story, which lets you immerse yourself into the grittier side of fairy tales.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Achron will probably be the most unique RTS you'll play this year. The implementation of free-form time manipulation really takes the genre in some new and interesting directions, but only if you're willing to work through some flaws.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The combat in Devil May Cry gets to be repetitive when you play for too long in one sitting, but the missions are well designed for playing in short bursts and picking it back up later.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Absolutely bonkers, but untangling its many secrets is an addictive enterprise. There's tons of plot to discover, and the many storylines cross and reference each other in subtle ways that reward the diligent player.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best in the series to date, inFAMOUS: Second Son tells an amazing story and gives players a ton of relishable power to play with. It's held back by some outdated and formulaic ideas, but overall it'll keep players happy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strike Suit Zero is a decent space combat sim but the strike suit angle feels forced and ungainly, and the game misses on a few too many important points to be a true contender for the crown.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the unstable camera, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is a hilarious action-adventure with a lot of variety between the platforming, environmental puzzles and hack-and-blast action, but unless you're a hardcore Ratchet & Clank fan, you won't get the full experience playing it by yourself.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This latest entry into the beloved Wolfenstein series accomplishes pretty much what it sets out to do - deliver a fuss-free roller coaster of setpieces and guiltless butchery. It's not exactly the most impressive of goals, but it's not without merit!
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Star Ruler 2 delivers a unique, fascinating experience despite its reliance on sometimes obtuse systems.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Journey Down: Chapter One combines an intuitive control scheme, HD graphics, and classic point-and-click adventure gameplay to set up an intriguing story. The first episode lags a bit, and the voice acting doesn't add nearly as much as the improved visuals, but still shows a lot of promise for a potentially great series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Utterly stupid and often frustrating, Deception IV: Blood Ties is one of those games that manages to be enjoyable in spite of itself. It's a "bad" game, by most standards, but it's good in that "not good" way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A good little story with a bleak atmosphere that nonetheless provides some relaxing puzzle solving.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Darkness II is fun while it lasts, but sadly doesn't last very long.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arrowhead made a very true-to-source Gauntlet game, no doubt, but the source is 30 years old, and could use some modern accouterments. Gauntlet is as much fun as it has ever been, but it'll get old fast for those who still remember slogging through the original.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite a few control hiccups, Gravity Rush succeeds on the strength of its excellent movement system and endearing protagonist.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A hot mess of gibberish that still manages to be vastly amusing, Drakengard 3 is as close to Deadly Premonition as a hack n' slash game gets. It's bizarre and it's disheveled to the point of downright idiocy, but it knows what it is and it goes the whole hog. I laughed, anyway.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An episode full of setup, A House Divided trades in its intensity for a bit more action, and a touch of intrigue.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's brilliantly wacky and unique, with awesome basic gameplay, but The Wonderful 101 doesn't quite live up to its potential.