Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,028 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 AMY
Score distribution:
2,028 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wipeout HD alone is a superb game, but when paired with its Fury expansion it becomes a near perfect package. For a cheap bargain this is ridiculously essential which represents possibly the greatest value to be found on the PS3.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s no question that this is the definitive version of Street Fighter IV. With a ton of ‘new’ characters and a vastly improved online component there are a number of great reasons to get back into Street Fighter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer action is fast-paced and furious, just like Quake multiplayer should be and the single-player campaign feels just like it should, even if it is linear.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PSP fans, rejoice. This is the killer-app that you have been waiting for; the game which will send PSP units worldwide flying off the shelves - just like what Final Fantasy VII did for the original PlayStation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tetris DS does what Tetris has always done: delivers an addictive, simple, and challenging game that anyone can enjoy and Tetris DS also does it with a few new bells and whistles that give you even more than you need to enjoy it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent game and a thoroughly enjoyable experience, but unfortunately the game is far too short. I don't say that too often, but I was left craving more out of the title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection is more than a convincing argument to upgrade from your old PlayStation 2 copies. It's an essential title in the library of anyone interested in narrative-lead gaming.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While nothing terribly new has made its way onto the new disc, the amount of songs more than covers the price of admission. And you won't even have to sit through any putrid local opening acts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas isn’t the most novice-friendly game, once you get past the steep learning curve, you’ll discover one of the finest action games currently available. With sublime gameplay, smart A.I., slick presentation and a fully featured online mode to keep you playing, it’s hard to pass up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the experience of playing the game that demands attention, because there is very little quite like it. It's a strange and unusual game that plays in a familiar manner to explore an unfamiliar world, and it's worth exploring. As long as you don't mind dying a few times to get there.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might seem obvious but if you’re not a fan of The Beatles then The Beatles: Rock Band probably isn’t for you. I’m certain it can garner in some new fans, but if you’re buying it because you’re a Rock Band fan then you’ll be left disappointed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The "endless running" genre consists of many excellent titles, with the likes of Tiny Wings, DoodleJump and Grim Joggers receiving high acclaim. Temple Run goes above and beyond, offering gamers a superb, addictive experience throughout.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the grand scheme of things, they mean so very little because every waking moment spent in St Mystere is an absolute joy to behold.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great game that does the series justice, and is a fitting conclusion to a remarkable trilogy.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A haunting, tragic experience that no one should miss. Some of its dark luster is soured by a few of its bold design choices, but neither of which ruin its resounding accomplishment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the dim twilight of the PS2’s life, no other game can send it off better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Tiberium Wars finally correcting so many of the problems that have beset the genre since its console inception, it would be hard not to recommend this as a purchase to any 360-owning strategy fan.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m against developers who churn out yearly updates with little improvement (LMA Manager, Pro Evolution Soccer), but with Football Manager 2010, it almost feels like it justifies another investment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is a spectacular game. The combat is truly exceptional, taking the baton from games like Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden and blowing them out of the water.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion doesn't need gameplay gimmicks to feel innovative - instead, it plays with presentation in clever ways, and ends up feeling incredibly fresh, despite essentially being action RPG lite.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Flower may not be for everyone but if you go into it with the right mind-set then you’re guaranteed to witness something exceptional.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But once you look past all fan-worship and hype, you'll discover just how well the game stands on its own. It addresses the numerous flaws of the original version, and remedies it with a vastly improved control scheme and item menu.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't experienced the trials of Gordon Freeman at the hands of the Combine before, The Orange Box is an absolute must buy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL is a series which feels like Pro Evolution Soccer did in its peak. It’s a game which every year you wonder how they could improve it in any way other than basic graphical updates and the odd new mode, however unlike the former, Madden is a series which on its twentieth anniversary is still taking large strides every single year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can’t name another game in this genre that attempts to inject this much humor into the gameplay that never falls flat.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yakuza 2 is more than worth your attention. The writing is often sharp and witty, the cast of characters are wonderfully realised each with there own intricate back-story and the story is deep enough to throw off even the biggest of cynics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It strives to be a big, all-encompassing cyberpunk adventure, and it wholly succeeds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall the game is fantastic. Too often fun is left out of titles, and Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy does a brilliant job of bringing it back.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those expecting even Halo 3.5 may feel a little underwhelmed, with 3-II the most relevant numerical comparison, but for anybody who has so much as enjoyed the series in the past, this is an essential purchase.

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