Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,014 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 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Monster Hunter Tri
Lowest review score: 10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Hard Evidence
Score distribution:
2,014 game reviews
    • 61 Metascore
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    The plot wavers between comic-book badassery and awkward melancholy, making you wonder whether the writing team couldn’t come to an agreement on what kind of story they wanted to tell.
    • 59 Metascore
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    It’s not an abominable game, and is moderately entertaining in short bursts. It’s just that there are so many better alternatives out there that you’d be hard pressed to find a reason to pick this out of the bunch.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It can be a lot of fun and beating up familiar looking green-clad elves forces a wry smile, but for the most part the poor combat, paper-thin strategy and technical limitations hinder a product laced with potential.
    • 80 Metascore
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    For any PS3 owners craving a game of pinball on the system, this is currently the best (and only) choice, that is if the much older but more dependable likes of Pinball Illusions don’t appeal.
    • 45 Metascore
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    Amongst videogames, PDC World Championship Darts 2009 is peerless. But until the catchy theme tunes, drunken camaraderie and meaty dart-meeting-board thwack of the real game can be condensed into a handheld games console, the physical alternative will be an adversary no software can overcome.
    • 40 Metascore
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    Xtreme 2 succeeds as a budget game - it just doesn’t cater to any audience in particular. A lack of focus is the overarching problem with this decent budget title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even with all of its issues Bomberman Ultra! can still be a blast if you have a bunch of like-minded friends nearby and six extra DualShock 3s, but for those potential online bombermen and women out there, better wait for a patch or the inevitable sequel.
    • 60 Metascore
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    While it tries to do a lot with its MMO style quests, EXP, multiple campaigns and Conquest mode, it never really focuses on making the basic gameplay mechanics a success.
    • 68 Metascore
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    For those of us who are open to innovation and who appreciate the fantastical, immersive experiences the craft can throw up, Overlord: Dark Legend is destined to feel like something of a wasted opportunity.
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    The repetitive gameplay will probably stop most kids really engaging with it, and the educational value is debatable. A budget purchase only.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Some of the latter missions are quite fun and Ace Kill skill adds some interesting variety but it seems unlikely the average player will get that far as they’re inundated with a never ending sea of German fighters, useless comrades and clichéd World War II stories of heroics.
    • 77 Metascore
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    There's enough good in this episode to make The Siege of Spinner Cay a little bit more than just a mandatory stepping stone to the next chapter. But one can only hope, however, that this isn't the beginning of a mid-season slump.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At around 40 minutes Battle of Forli is also an extremely short piece of DLC. The cheap price of 320 Microsoft Points can justify it, but for such a small amount of content and the same gameplay we’ve already spent 15 hours playing, it isn’t really worth it.
    • 72 Metascore
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    But once those colourful environments are replaced with dull mechanical labs, and the few rocket pack-related ideas presented in the first stage are reused ad infinitum, any initial enthusiasm is dispelled quickly.
    • 77 Metascore
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    Though one could claim that the campaign and online rewards/achievements and the mediocre level of character customization online make the game worth looking into, in truth, this is a title that doesn't warrant your attention unless you're starved for a taste of Transformers flavour and the most basic gaming experience.
    • 63 Metascore
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    The perfect rental.
    • 79 Metascore
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    But despite its benefits, the plot is bland, predictable, and utterly cliche. By limiting Samus in such a nonsensical way, the game goes against everything the series is about. The exploration aspects are severely limited, and the linear designs are watered down versions of the stuff you'd find in the previous games.
    • 62 Metascore
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    Players that pick this game up will find a game that is certainly playable, but if you let this pass by, you won't miss much.
    • 75 Metascore
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    Prince of Persia is a great series with a lot of potential, but the developers just didn't hit the mark with this entry.
    • 80 Metascore
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    Fable III attempts to radically reinvent the franchise, a reinvention that fans neither wanted nor asked for. Instead of following on the success of the previous entries, Fable III tries to be something other than it is, but I don't think the developers were even sure what this is supposed to be.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Breach suffers from being bland. There is no visual style, it sounds dull, and without hardcore mode turned on the level design is uninspired and weapons lack impact.
    • 59 Metascore
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    Splatterhouse is wildly gory and wildly uneven. It has unrealized potential, and maybe if the kinks were worked out it would've been a great action game.
    • 49 Metascore
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    ROTT is a long forgotten fast-paced FPS that is exploding with style, let down by a lazy port. Take the time to master the control scheme though and you'll find ROTT a lot of fun to play and jam-packed with innovative features.
    • 84 Metascore
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    It's precise, practical, ticks boxes and has been too quick to shed its defining credentials; credentials that made the earlier games a must buy for any enthusiast. Killzone 3 feels generic, rushed and greatly unloved by its creators. A huge, huge disappointment.
    • 57 Metascore
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    The thought of turning epic Gundam combat into a fighting game is quite awesome, but Battle Assault falls far short of its potential. The story and characters are almost non-existent, giving you a game with little personality.
    • 65 Metascore
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    At least MoF is easy to get into, furnishing the player with plenty of quests and side-quests for the checklist-happy RPG fan.
    • 60 Metascore
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    Conflict: Vietnam earns another medal for a split-screen co-operative mode for up to four players. When your friends are controlling each person in your squad the game becomes much, much more enjoyable.
    • 57 Metascore
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    Naturally, mediocre graphics can be overlooked if the gameplay is there, but some considerable problems hinder this aspect of the game as well.
    • 73 Metascore
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    Although Path of Neo is an improvement from Enter the Matrix, it should have been much better than it turned out. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the final nails in the once lucrative and respectable Matrix franchise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If From Russia With Love could be solely judged on its sheer Bond-ness, it would receive high marks thanks to the stunning music, the incredibly detailed in-game Sean Connery and the excellent voice acting. However, as an actual game, this one just doesn't do enough to impress.