Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,004 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 Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
2,004 game reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game’s combat system needs an overhaul, the levels lack inspiration, and the presentation will make your eyes water. When compared with its contemporaries, this game lacks the shine and polish that gamers are expecting when they try out their DS for the first time. This is shameful way to start the new batch of DS games.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The character models in the cutscenes look embarrassingly poor, with Mary Jane not even looking like Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire looking fat.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The story is interesting, but many of the scenes seem forced. Controlling the different characters could have been cool, but their movesets are pathetically underdeveloped.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that the concept was implemented so poorly, an example of sacrificing quality for mindless movie-licensed mush. With the absolute lack of difficulty and simplistic design, it’s a real wonder as to what Activision was expecting when they unleashed this game upon the masses of unsuspecting gamers.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    From its stripping down of the series’ most successful gameplay elements to its obviously desperate addition of weapons and ‘street’ cool this is still a product of a development studio with a good imagination. But also, it seems, a lazy one only too happy to jump on the same GTA bandwagon that’s currently carrying way too many developers.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The exact opposite of the film series. While the movies feature lavish visual effects, the game does not thanks to a poor frame rate and second-rate animations. Although the movies have impressive action and swashbuckling swordplay, the game is burdened with a clunky fighting system that rarely delivers thrills.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Imagine a free-roaming King Kong game, with a main plot line that you can ignore as you run through the jungle, beating the piss out of dinosaurs with tree trunks and rocks. That would have been awesome. Instead, we were given this six to eight hour snooze fest.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s good value for money to those who are interested (It lasts about 8 hours and contains the biggest selection of unlockable concept art and character costumes I’ve ever seen), but even if it’s not as bad as you’d expect, it’s still pretty bad on the larger scale of platformers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When you first take a gander at Daxter, you see a beautifully recreated Jak & Daxter game on the portable Playstation. Some thousand bug squishings later, you’ll realise that looks can be extremely deceiving.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    But once you’ve stripped away the enticing pictures, unquestionable innuendo and blatant sexual undertones, you’ve got a wrestling game that is mediocre at best. The story and characters are laughable, gameplay is dull and sluggish, the presentation is a mixed bag, and the incentive to actually complete this game is practically nil.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The combat can be fun, but ultimately it’s rather boring and uninspired, the beasts are sluggish and unresponsive, and the defence is just plain annoying.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Too Human had a lot to live up to after 10 years of imaginings and re-imaginings, and it's sad that a game which was slated for greatness fell so far from it.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I see a repetitive game without enough options to justify even a rental, let alone a pricey purchase. Robots deserve much better treatment than this game provides, particularly those rare racing robots.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, there's no real reward, no incentive, no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - there is literally no reason to play this at all. It's very, very average, way too short, has an underdeveloped plot, and only a few good gameplay segments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A bitter disappointment. It's a soulless, miserable outing that manages to make zooming around on crotch-rockets dull and frustrating.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Though the collection features a few gems like Billiards and Laser Hockey, much of the lineup is composed of half-assed mini-games with little to no depth whatsoever.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Exploring an entire island in order to race is tedious in itself. The need to win first place every time forces you to replay a track until you race perfection. The controls are slippery, and the gameplay seems sluggish. The Touch Screen features are poorly implemented. The difficulty, AI competitors, and convoluted mini-games are pathetic at best.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In a way, the game does live up to the hype: they wanted to ban it for its gratuitous violence and I can see why. Funny how they didn't just get out and say that the game isn't worthy to be played; that would've made things much easier.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The levels are gruesomely themed, but their simplicity, brevity, and linearity are disappointing. The sheer amount of glitches, questionable controls, laughable AI, and easy stealth mechanics make the game seem like a poor rendition of "Splinter Cell."
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is another sad case of a cash-in title that will only appeal to absolute die-hard fans of the Transformers series and in particular the new film.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Maybe the fans will find something enjoyable about controlling their favorite heroes via a randomized deck of cards. For the rest of you, go play some Solitaire. You deserve it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Quite simply Empire Earth III is a game you should never play in your life. It’s boring, it’s structured as well as the leaning tower of Pisa and in one of the best seasons gaming has ever seen, it really shouldn’t be on the shelves.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A lack of direction within the gameplay and narrative ensures that this is one gamers will overlook like so many before.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By trying to match up to juggernauts such Gears of War and Halo, Fracture ultimately becomes a prisoner shackled by predictability and poor design.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The art, the audio, the level design, it’s all just sorta “there”, and feels creatively bankrupt.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    So what did it need besides a miracle? Depth. Lots of depth.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's not a bad game, it's just one of the most tediously easy, generic and downright bland games of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Infinite Undiscovery is never particularly awful or broken. The music is excellent, and overall the presentation is pretty solid. It’s just that this is one of those games that seem to drag on even though it’s a relatively short game.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Suspending your disbelief in a theatre is one thing, but engaging in a socially inept character’s seemingly redundant flights of fancy via overtly over-exaggerated mini games is all kinds of messy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The story is a compelling piece that will drag most bookworms through the many gameplay obstacles, if only to find out what happens at the end, and truth be told it really is worth the wait. Problem is, you could just go and buy the novel and save having the experience marred by a disappointing effort of a game.