Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,032 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 4.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005
Lowest review score: 10 The Asskickers
Score distribution:
2,032 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Brawl is easily the most fun I’ve had on a Wii, and could be the most fun I’ve had with a game in ages. It’s just that good. There is just so much to do, and so many different and refreshing things added that it would be a crime not to at least take a look.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Stands strong as the top survival horror game of the decade.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Beyond the surface, you'll find a set of imaginative and extremely well-developed ports of games that did very well in other countries, but didn't get the recognition in this part of the world that they deserved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is ART, god damn it. And it’s wonderful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mutant Blobs Attack! isn't a game with many surprises up its sleeve, but within its designed simplicity it contains unbridled joy. It's a game that focuses on being fun first, and succeeds at that ambition.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are incredibly fantastic and you’ll be shooting South Americans right up until Bungie release "Halo 3" in the autumn.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It has such an enormous amount to offer (did I even mention the two player option?) and carries everything off with such confidence and style that it's hard to fault.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game that stands is an absolute thrill-ride, brimming with verve and excitement.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tri is one of those paradoxical titles that is by no means perfect, but doesn’t deserve anything less than a ten out of ten rating when compared to everything else on the system.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite all its similarities, it offers so much more in terms of content and creativity. The sheer variety and unique twists on ideas make for some of the greatest platforming you'll ever see. You can go through whole stretches of this game and find something new and completely different in each passing level.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The challenge of this game will bring out the best or the worst in a gamer, a true test of ability and skill. All of this is given to us with a great story, memorable characters, vivid settings, all wrapped up in a presentation that's second to none.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 2 is a triumph of an action game, blending satisfying shooter levels with dark themes and hours of heated debate.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioShock is a title that gamers spend their whole lives waiting to play. Something that delivers on an absurdly high level in every department, and one that never dips in quality for the 15-20 hours that it lasts.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto IV is a game for the ages, one that will without doubt be included in gaming halls of fame and remembered fondly by everyone who was there to play it when it was released.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The adventure is lengthy, the characters are entertaining, and this is truly a game that you’ll want to keep in your pocket for any free minute you find yourself with. DS owners should not miss out on what could certainly be the best handheld RPG of 2009.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Cyrodiil looks absolutely stunning. Everything is bright and wonderful in the sunshine, birds singing, pigeons flocking, butterflies dodging about in the shadows, and then environments look damp, cold and miserable when rain rolls into town. The level of detail is quite breathtaking.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Rockstar have redeemed themselves and there's no need to return to the city after providing this compelling argument against automotive transportation.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Last of Us is a sobering conclusion to Naughty Dog’s relationship with the PlayStation 3. It is the studio’s finest game to date, marrying gameplay and fiction better than any of the Uncharted games. It’s sometimes haunting, sometimes beautiful, but more than anything else it feels real, and both you and Joel are very much vulnerable to it.
    • 94 Metascore
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    It isn't one thing that makes Knights of the Old Republic such a masterful RPG, but a remarkable amalgamation of brilliant gameplay elements, jaw-dropping presentation and a huge helping of that special Star Wars magic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Look, folks. If you have any interest in RPGs, you need to play Persona 4. Period. It’s one of the best titles available on the PS2. In fact, it just might be the console's swan song.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Perhaps my favourite part of Football Manager 2006 is the adaptation of the match engine into today’s defence-minded tactics. Teams are now more likely to play 4-5-1 and will often change tactics throughout the game, keeping you on your toes. It’s amazing once again at how you can swing a game with some simple changes, like setting a forward to run on the ball more in an attempt to coax a defender on a booking to challenge him and get sent off.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario Bros. was, is, and always will be a gaming masterpiece. Its oft imitated, yet rarely equaled combination of gameplay responsiveness, superb level design and visual flourish, combined with that special loving touch that only Miyamoto seems able to wield, makes it one of those rare games that seems to transcend time.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ridiculously absorbing and criminally addictive.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An improvement of an already sensational game. It’s got the stellar gameplay that made the previous title shine, as well as tossing in some great camera control and a few other modifications.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Easily one of the greatest titles on the DS...Between exploring the massive towns, wandering through the multi-tiered wastelands, and challenging legions of trainers, you’ll enjoy a lengthy adventure that no other DS game can boast.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    From start to finish, the main element that propels Ninja Gaiden above all others in the action genre is the dazzling combat-based gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gameplay has been honed to near-perfection, showing that a tactical approach doesn't necessarily lead to more complexity.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A magnificent hive of creativity and technical clout, and holds a world so open it frequently threatens to overwhelm. Skyrim is forever charming and consistently engaging, and will carve a completely different adventure for every player put under its dazzling spell.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s just a terrific experience, somehow managing to gratify with choices that seemingly mean nothing, achieving this feat with a phenomenal central performance, expert writing and ceaseless creativity.