Thunderbolt's Scores

  • Games
For 2,014 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 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Lowest review score: 10 300: March to Glory
Score distribution:
2,014 game reviews
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own an Xbox 360 and have even a passing interest in racing games, this is a no-brainer. If you own a 360 and have zero interest in racers, but love games in general, this is still a title that needs to be seen to be believed. If you don’t own a 360, Forza Motorsport 3 might just be enough to make you buy one, it really is that good.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of how you approach it, Desperate Struggle is an amazing game. It takes everything that worked from the previous title and expanded upon it, and fixes nearly everything else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s nothing short of joyous, then, that Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 is so much more than a lazily thrown together update of last year’s game.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer makes it even better; the competitive online gameplay is among the best on the Wii. It doesn’t really matter if you know only half the cast; Tatsunoko VS Capcom is one of the best fighters out there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s made for kids of all ages, and Starfy’s well deserving of sitting alongside Nintendo’s other great gaming legends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game allows you to interact with its rain-drenched world, shaping its development in ways that you’ll never expect until it’s too late. The clunky movements and awkward controls kill some of the immersion, but the gorgeous graphics and emotionally assaultive scenes will keep you mesmerized.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time’s likelihood of appealing to you is nearly as infinite as the universe it takes place in, but a few disappointingly expected plot turns and some finicky camera controls will make the universe seem a tad smaller.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trine is one of the most playable and likeable downloadable ‘full’ games of the last few years.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has a certain charm you can’t help but love and the precision based, high octane gameplay is one you’re going to keep coming back to.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Secret of Monkey Island is still one of the greatest games of all time and this new Special Edition presents it to a new audience with its fantastic production values and hilarious dialogue.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Professor Layton is back, and he’s never looked better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of its shortcomings, New Super Mario Bros. Wii is easily one of the best titles on the system, and an impressive addition to the series. Saving the princess just got fun again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Shooter combines the best aspects of old school shooters with its own unique brand of environmental puzzles to create a shooting experience unlike any other.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes everything that made the previous game so awesome and refines it. It continues the story, but it makes the effort to give more meaning to Kratos's journey and its eventual ending. It takes the previous established combat mechanics and makes them faster, tighter, and more fun than ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strange Journey does its own thing, but boy, does it do it well. If you're looking for an interesting challenge that will keep you rapt from start to finish, this is one adventure you won't want to miss.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    3D Dot Game Heroes is challenging, but it's nowhere near as difficult as Demon's Souls - but it really doesn't need to be. The overall experience is relaxed and humorous, and the retro concept stays amusing for the whole ride.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 10: The Show is by no means a perfect game, but it comes pretty damn close. No baseball sim delivers the amount of game found here, and more importantly, no other sim accurately portrays the nature of the game better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's limited in many regards, but it's also a near-perfect fit for the handheld space.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beyond all of the enhancements and extras, After Burner Climax’s bargain price of 800 Microsoft Points ($9.99) makes it a must own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s one of the best looking games on the market, has impeccable presentation and wonderfully campy voice acting (this time, intentionally), a strong plot that brings back a handful of classic characters and, most of all, it’s just plain fun. Whether it’s padding slowly down a dim concrete hallway, complete with flickering florescent lights and ominous blood-splattered walls, or running from a horde of crazed, zombie villagers, Resident Evil 5 delivers a truly engrossing survival horror experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Left 4 Dead 2 is an insanely fun co-op and competitive online experience, and that’s a great similarity to have with the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hustle Kings is one of the most enjoyable and sizeable PSN games in a long time, and quite possibly the finest pool or billiards replication ever committed to a videogame.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's exactly what a sequel should be; it takes an established formula and improves upon it in every way.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While releasing Persona 3 for a third time might seem like a little much, P3P is more than different enough to be a fresh and interesting PSP title.
    • 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.