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 4.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
2,039 game reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With poor combat and clumsy controls, repetitive gameplay, and many frustrating design issues, Hyrophobia is not the wet dream we all wanted, just a conceptual one.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The GBA can't make a game that looks anything like the sensational film, and clearly using a Double Dragon engine from the 8-bit era, and giving us lots and lots of uninspired action against swarms of clones in recycled backgrounds isn't the solution to the hardware's glass ceiling. This effort isn't worthy of the license.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It brings more than its fair share of content to the table but fails to ever truly distinguish itself as more than an average mini golf title.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’ve already completed the main game then Ultor Exposed is nothing more than a diversion, and a relatively expensive one at that.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A quick – if not awkward – adventure through the sea.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rhythm Zone was released as an inconsistent product that didn't do what it advertised.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There's some initial promise here, but it's ultimately a regressive, if not a lateral move from the last game, hampered mostly by its own lack of ambition, scope, and an overly demanding release schedule.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At best Sonic Adventure is an amusing history lesson for the tolerant, at worst it just serves as a reminder of how long Sonic has been floundering.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game has no story, almost non-existent controls, pathetic graphics, and audio quality that will make you twitch in discomfort.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite its solid foundations, Velvet Assassin doesn’t have the brute strength to be anything more than a brief distraction for extremely patient, hardcore fans of the traditional stealth genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is a sub-par licensed shooter without any real sense for what it wants to accomplish.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The problem is that the motion sensing is abysmal; the game will frequently misread your commands, resulting in your character shuffling through the stances until he either miraculously makes it through or smashes his head into a bloody pulp.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It comes without recommendation, and yet there’s persistence from within to keep this installed. Toilet paper has never been so charming, though it remains anything but a source of necessary entertainment. It has absolutely no reason to exist and for that I salute it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rather than begging the question of whether or not the Dreamcast title is still relevant, this port clearly indicates that it isn't.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The camera does not work well enough to capture everyone on screen at any one time. Much of the game was spent battling with the camera, in open spaces, spinning it around to find where the other unseen opponents were. It gets worse within enclosed spaces, when there’s little room to maneuver.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    When you play a game and find the most immersive sections are cut-scenes and the game isn’t called Metal Gear Solid, then you know something isn’t quite right.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It doesn't play well, it's unfriendly to the first-time user and it looks downright lacklustre. It may entertain some less-accustomed gamers for an hour or so and the soundtrack is impressive but that is not enough to forgive what is a completely uninspiring and underwhelming title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For some, it may be enough to simply have a new Nascar experience, but as a game, it’s not going to hold an appeal for anyone beyond those who simply want a straightforward replication of the sport.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    To say that Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom is overpriced at $10 would be a bit of an understatement. To be honest I had a hard enough time dragging myself to play the game for free.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The most innovative feature is that different creatures may appear depending on what time you dive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    From an intriguing prospect to an abysmal game, Fairytale Fights has turned out more like a horror story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With no story or true narrative to latch onto, there's no reason for players to care about what's going on. And there's only one thing ever going on in Dear Esther: nothing. Broken up into individual pieces-the graphics, writing, and music clearly show talent and might have led to interesting stories or games-but together they form a dull, lifeless experience that's quickly forgotten.