Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,015 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 Super Mario Galaxy 2
Lowest review score: 10 Emergency Mayhem
Score distribution:
2,015 game reviews
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo 2's Campaign mode is a luminous experience and testament of Bungie's rare talent for mixing gorgeous cinematics with captivating and fun gameplay segments, but it also serves as the concrete foundation for the game's multiplayer, making simple deathmatches, team skirmishes and CTF games that much more engaging.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A 2D fighting game fan's dream come true. It's got all the flash and pizzazz of "Marvel vs. Capcom," the finely tuned balance of "Street Fighter," numerous unprecedented gameplay enhancements that push what we expect from the genre and some of the best hand-drawn graphics to ever grace a videogame.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is one of the best games of 2011. Never thought I'd be saying that about an iPhone title.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Essential, easily worth both the time and monetary investment not only to your own gameplay experience but also to that of your character. Besides the raised level cap, new traits, arsenal and items, once completed, the Big MT can be revisited at will. And unlike other DLC, this is one you'll actually want to revisit again and again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With an adventure so far unmatched for memorable moments and constant thrills, the game is truly one of a kind.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Run Roo Run is one of the most enjoyable experiences you can have on this particular platform, and probably the best dollar you'll spend for a long, long time.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Its weird blend of influences coalesce into an experience that transcends its parts, creating a title that feels familiar enough for the average rhythm fan, but different enough to be considered on its own merits. Retro/Grade is a seamless mix of concept and execution, an essential entry into the music genre.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Part of what makes the game so generally appealing is that, for the most part, it drops the nagging feeling of “good for an open world game."...Grand Theft Auto V is a good shooter and a good driving game with responsive character control. While some of the extras might be spread a little thin, there are no compromises with these central mechanics, which is a feat for a game of this breadth.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It is ART, god damn it. And it’s wonderful.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An underrated gem.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Feels nearly perfect. Aside from the lazy camera, really, it’s as good as it gets.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But if you can work with the game’s difficulty and take the time to learn the characters, you’ll find that Virtua Fighter 4: Evolution is a fighting game second to none.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Besides these quibbles, the game is nearly perfect, and ultimately, it's just a hell of a lot of fun to play. It’s addictive and incredibly challenging.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an amazing game, easily one of the finest in the Metal Gear family. Even if this weren’t a MGS game, it would still be one of the greatest currently out on any of the consoles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond Good and Evil is a game like no other, and while many aspects of its design are unoriginal snippets of genre, they all blend into each other to create something truly original.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Literally, there are well over 200 hours of gameplay in the Simulation Mode, even for a skilled player just to beat the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Tekken Tag Tournament is one of the oldest fighters on the PS2, few of the later fighting games have come close to matching its quality.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, the creepy atmosphere is incredible. Forget those survival horror games full of cheap scares and dark alleys. System Shock 2 manages to frighten without succumbing to horror contrivances. Considering this game is six years old, it truly is an achievement. [Aug 2005]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has the right blend of intense gameplay, an intricate place to explore, several hours of gameplay, a great selection of 80’s era music, a wonderful (if not a little cliched) story, and one of the most memorable antiheroes to ever set foot on the gaming scene.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A slam-bang action ride that never lets you off the edge of your seat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s everything that we could come to expect from a game; it has an excellent storyline, a cast of remarkable characters, intense gameplay melded with style, and a presentation so vivid and brilliantly executed that you’ll feel right at home.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry might be over six years old and arguably superseded by younger competitors, but if you want a classic, dependable and tough action-adventure with its finger firmly on the trigger then you can’t really go wrong with this awesome adventure.