Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,039 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 The Last of Us
Lowest review score: 10 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
Score distribution:
2039 game reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The experience is enjoyable but once the basic formula has been established it’s just a case of repeating what’s come before on an increasing scale.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For people who are alright with playing fifteen hours or so of Helm’s Deep-style carnage, Shadow of Mordor is a delight – and even for people who couldn’t care less about Lord of the Rings, the exciting combat and unique Nemesis System are more than enough to make the experience worthwhile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Strider isn’t the lightning-in-a-bottle remake that Bionic Commando Rearmed was. That was a clever reimagining, where the updates enhanced the experience rather than detracted, and every new armament felt like a natural requirement of the combat mechanics. Here, it’s overstuffed with nary a worthy challenge in sight.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, introspective and occasionally exhilarating ride from one end of the solar system to the other. It’s worth the trip, even if you only want to make it just the once.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition is a solid collection for anyone still nostalgic for Duke’s brand of gory antics or those wanting to test their mettle against the corridor shooters of old.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it’s not really much of a looker, and non-fans won’t find much here besides a series of fights, there’s a ton in here for fans of the series to dig into and enjoy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a spark here, though, and certainly a handful of memorable moments. There are just as many that require restraint, lest you put a controller through your TV.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, that’s why Super Mega Baseball succeeds. It doesn’t sweat the superfluous stuff. It has great teams, good difficulty scaling, approachable gameplay and a phenomenally addictive rendition of pitching and hitting.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hardline is the archetypal spin-off, then; the victim of a franchise treading water until the next big advancement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    And while the story is fun enough, the plot isn’t the centerpiece. This expansion to the Saints Row universe is here to give a new sandbox to blow things up in. It is a sandbox to play around, without either worrying or carrying about the direction of any overall plot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I simply wish there was more of it. Not necessarily in terms of length, but more combat, a more fleshed out story and more player agency. It has the ingredients to be great but it’s too restrictive and those aspects of its design are used so sparingly or aren’t yet fully formed, that it’s simply disappointing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a shame those moments aren’t more frequent, though, because I really wanted to like Dying Light more than I did. I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it if you’re in need of some schlocky fun, there are just some caveats clutching on to this recommendation that even a bloody hatchet won’t fix.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All in all, Entwined is a flawed game with some good ideas, but none of them coalesce in a cohesive, interesting way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re not on board with the series’ mashing of shooting and RPG elements, there’s nothing here that’s going to dissuade, and even casual fans might not feel the need to pick up this interquel after they’re still stuffed from Borderlands 2, but for the hardcore fan it’s hard to deny the formula is still plenty of fun and taking things to the moon provides enough of a difference in the mechanics to justify a play-through.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While its myriad of technical issues are certainly detrimental to anyone’s enjoyment, it’s the lack of ambition in reinventing its aging mechanics and tired mission design that leave Unity treading water.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s just so cluttered by other stuff that it ends up being a slog to get through once you’re nearing the home stretch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This War of Mine is a soul crushing thing to consider as entertainment. It is going to make you feel bad and absorb the consequences of your actions. It exists as a piece of indie expression that shows the actual grayness that is inherent in all conflict. There is no winning.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spit-shined re-release of one of the most ambitious games of last generation is nothing to be flip about, especially with just how polished this version feels.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, Dead Rising 3 is a fun, open world zombie-splattering experience that is notably let down by a weak narrative, derivative boss fights and too much emphasis on using crazy weapons to obliterate scores of undead.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As solid as ever and the best it’s been in quite a while. I just won’t be holding out hope for next year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For better or worse, The Evil Within is essentially Mikami’s survival horror greatest hits.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are a Hatsune Miku fan… well, you already bought this game. If you’re a fan of rhythm games in general, this is one of the best around and very much worth recommending.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alien: Isolation is a triumph and one of my favourite horror games ever. That it features such an iconic antagonist is the cherry on top of a delightfully terrifying cake.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although it’s DLC, Dragonfall is an improvement on the base game, Shadowrun Returns, in every aspect. The campaign is superior, the narrative more engaging, the characters well fleshed out and the quests more compelling.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To take a game that was supposedly complete and yet seamlessly expand it in such a way is laudable, and overall, this is a bravura performance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Murdered is a game that does a lot of things sub-par, but what it does offer is an engaging, well written story. You just have to look past the mess.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    While not as revolutionary as Mario 64 or Galaxy, 3D World manages to feel simultaneously fresh and nostalgic in a way the New Super Mario Bros. series never quite realized.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the mystery of what happened in Mount Massive was already discovered, developer Red Barrels has shown that there are plenty of new horrors that can be built, even more grotesque than then those left behind.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There might be an interesting game in this engine, but it’s not here, not yet, and as a result Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is at best a very expensive demo that should only be approached with the lowest expectations.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you look at that game it’s difficult to see how this has taken such a giant leap backwards. With any hope the next iteration in this series will gravitate towards previous successes.

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