Total Video Games' Scores

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For 1,397 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Half-Life 2
Lowest review score: 10 LOL: Never Party Alone!
Score distribution:
1397 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a simply must buy product.
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This really is a staggering game with so much effort obviously put in to it, you just have to be impressed.
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    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Smashing down the barriers between videogames and movies, GTA4 is what happens when flawless game design and ridiculously high production values collide.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A decade on from "Mario 64" and Miyamoto delivers another landmark title, one that almost grips the term 'instant classic' with both hands tightly right from the off. Innovative level design, original gameplay, the best graphics and soundtrack on Wii to date, and the return to form of the first true superstar of videogames (sorry "Pac-Man") means that Galaxy will no doubt be looked back upon in years to come with the same level of veneration as "Mario 64" is today.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s simple if you loved the first two titles you need this one, newcomers may be put off as the game is beginning to get more complex.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply the best game I have ever had the pleasure of playing.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the best videogames experience we've had in a very long time. It’s not about the blood, or being able to indulge in illegal activities, although amusing, the simple fact is that GTA3 is so playable.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I couldn't possibly say enough in this review to give you an idea of how unbelievable this game is, you will have to experience it for yourself...and try and do it with a 5.1 stereo system...One of the best videogames ever created.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a perfect cocktail of action, suspense, logic, style and substance; you simply couldn't ask for anything more.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trying to usurp "System Shock II" in the scary stakes is no easy feat, and whilst Bioshock doesn't quite manage to replicate the fear I remember in 1999, it does have its moments. Plenty of times I found myself eager to progress, but at the same time, terrified to take a step further in fear of what lay ahead.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This is without a doubt one of the best games ever made. Every true gamer should own this game, Goldeneye is an absolute must. Personally I don’t think I will ever stop playing this game, I love it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2 is a magnificent example of how this generation can infuse movie production quality with enjoyable gameplay and maintain a sense of fluidity throughout the feature presentation. The sheer craft on display throughout every single moment deserves every accolade it receives; truly Naughty Dog has delivered a generation-defining experience that is worthy of buying/borrowing/stealing a PS3.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A revelation, a renaissance for the series and truly a next-gen Resident Evil that should re-ignite the franchise all over again.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half Life 2: Orange Box is undoubtedly the best value videogame around. Admittedly it may not have the sheer numbers of the dodgy '200-in-1' packs found in car-boot sales across the country during the 90's, but you'll rarely find something of this quality and diversity wrapped in one box.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By making choice, dialogue and characters the key ingredients, Mass Effect 2 delivers an experience in which the player feels directly at the core - more so than any other game we can think of. It effortlessly expands the scope of the original, creating a universe which is deeply engrossing and a plot that you can't help feeling part of.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of free-form gaming; one of the most ambitious games of this generation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Do not let the visual style put you off, you'll soon warm to it like everybody I've ever seen who's taken one look at the game. However more importantly the gameplay is the definition of perfection.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tracks to this game can get sort of boring after awhile of playing the game (most of the tracks are the same, they just re-route them for you to go in different directions).
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect balance between videogames and cinema.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A true platform defining title; in 20 years time gamers will look back at the Playstation2 and hold GTA: San Andreas as the true epoch-making title of the times. Nothing can be understated, RockStar North have truly delivered beyond everybody’s expectations.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The massive amount of new features sets this game miles apart from "GTA: 3" - everything from interior locations, the combat, the graphics to the car handling has been improved, making this into a totally brilliant game.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly one of the finest games in recent years, LittleBigPlanet deserves every single shred of a 10. You won't find a more polished or rewarding videogame this year, and for quite some time we'd imagine.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It offers the qualities we've come to expect from Rockstar in abundance, but just slips up short of GTA IV in delivering an experience that transcends the remit of a video game. Not quite a genre-defining experience, but one that offers a whole heap of entertainment for your money.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Everything we wanted; the graphics are so realistic it’s actually quite scary. The sound effects and background music push your adrenaline to the max, and you’ll find yourself in shock after playing this game.
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It begins at a frantic pace and those early stages are particularly brilliant, however it's over all too soon and the cliffhanger climax is likely to infuriate as many as those who begin counting down the days until "Halo 3."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It offers the qualities we've come to expect from Rockstar in abundance, but just slips up short of GTA IV in delivering an experience that transcends the remit of a video game. Not quite a genre-defining experience, but one that offers a whole heap of entertainment for your money.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Genius is an often overused word but Valve's work on Portal 2 is genius in the truest sense. The studio has exhibited exceptional creativity in the game, even compared to some of its other masterpieces. If we could give it 11/10, we would.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Genius is an often overused word but Valve's work on Portal 2 is genius in the truest sense. The studio has exhibited exceptional creativity in the game, even compared to some of its other masterpieces. If we could give it 11/10, we would.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's an incredible system that only gets better with repeated play. Every aspect of control is duly handed to the player.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 ticks all of the right boxes: varied gameplay, immersive story, engaging gunplay, superb multiplayer, and the list goes on... If we're being really nitpicky, then we might suggest that there aren't many innovative features in the game. However, MW2's Spec Ops mode is fresh enough to ensure that the overall package isn't a stale one, while the long-term appeal of adversarial multiplayer will stretch out until the next Infinity Ward release with ease.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By making choice, dialogue and characters the key ingredients, Mass Effect 2 delivers an experience in which the player feels directly at the core - more so than any other game we can think of. It effortlessly expands the scope of the original, creating a universe which is deeply engrossing and a plot that you can't help feeling part of.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War is a game of superlatives; it's a game so full of moments that are enough to bring you to tears; it is the next-generation. Focussing on delivering THE next-generation action blockbuster, it would be hard to describe Epic's effort as particularly creative or revolutionary; but it is a shooter of the highest quality - one to hold out on the 360 as being testament to what the system can achieve with a talented team and a $10 million budget - roll on Gears of War 2...
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oblivion is a game that defines freedom within a videogame, one that accepts whatever role players choose and allowing them to play the game as they see fit; for this reason alone, Oblivion is a game with very few rivals - a flawed masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's only one downside to an otherwise overwhelmingly successful transition for Infinity Ward and Call of Duty. As with many classics, it's all over before you really want it to finish. If you're a veteran of tackling the Nazi invasion in past Call of Duty titles then you'll probably rush through Modern Warfare in less than 10 hours.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fight might well be finished but like the end to any war, Halo 3 isn't pretty. One of the top multiplayer experiences available on any console (as expected) redeems a largely disappointing Campaign, but even that doesn't change the fact that the 'Xbox mascot' baton has passed to Fenix and his crew of COGs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Oblivion is a game that defines freedom within a videogame, one that accepts whatever role players choose and allowing them to play the game as they see fit; for this reason alone, Oblivion is a game with very few rivals - a flawed masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's unlikely to rekindle the impact of Street Fighter II, there's little denying that Street Fighter IV is a return to the joyful simplicity of the game that spawned an entire era.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game is full of surprises and you never know what is going to happen, and that is a very good thing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its beautiful, fast, fun, and full of style, there's nothing out on the market like it so expect to be surprised the first time you see it in action.
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combination of cutting-edge technology and consuming game design creates an experience that is hard to put down, and it's really only minor gripes that prevent this from being a perfect score.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every aspect comes together to create a gaming experience that is one of the most polished and perfected we've ever seen, regardless of genre – you simply need Burnout 3: Takedown now.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Subsistence brings further substance to the Metal Gear Solid 3 experience thanks to its multiplayer mode, and the MSX versions of both Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, though much of the rest of the bonus features are nothing more than icing on a very rich and more-ish cake.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 2 ticks all of the right boxes: varied gameplay, immersive story, engaging gunplay, superb multiplayer, and the list goes on... If we're being really nitpicky, then we might suggest that there aren't many innovative features in the game. However, MW2's Spec Ops mode is fresh enough to ensure that the overall package isn't a stale one, while the long-term appeal of adversarial multiplayer will stretch out until the next Infinity Ward release with ease.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If like me you've waited a long time for this, ignore the final score, sit back and enjoy every wonderful cut-scene that Guns of the Patriots has to offer. For MGS fans, Kojima-san has delivered a masterpiece, but it's certainly an acquired taste, now more so than ever before.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Improvements to the interaction with the environment and further polish to the overall look would have resulted in a perfect score, as it stands KotoR offers one of the most enthralling and rewarding experiences you're likely to have with a videogame for quite some time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every aspect comes together to create a gaming experience that is one of the most polished and perfected we’ve ever seen, regardless of genre – you simply need Burnout 3: Takedown now.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Frankly, GT2 is so good it hurts.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the multiplayer which has completely engulfed us; we've yet to play an Xbox Live! game which felt so refreshing, as we said towards the beginning, there's no reason why this shouldn't do for Xbox Live! what "Counter-Strike" did to PC gaming.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The faster pace, variety, and use of the touchscreen makes for a less real, yet more entertaining GTA experience perfectly suited for the popular handheld.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    God of War II just seems to go on and on, without ever resorting to needless padding or levels for the sake of it. It's one of those few games that you just don't want to finish, and surprisingly never seems to come to this climax.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Starcraft 2 is a stunning example of a developer who really knows their thing. It doesn't attempt anything too bold, but accomplishes everything it does with absolute skill and panache. 12 years may seem like a long time to wait for a sequel that stays very close to the original format, but it's hard to think of another game that comes together quite as well as Starcraft 2.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
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    There is an unimaginable amount of depth underneath its flashy exterior.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it's unlikely to rekindle the impact of Street Fighter II, there's little denying that Street Fighter IV is a return to the joyful simplicity of the game that spawned an entire era.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything comes together in such a unique and fantastic way that I can see giving this game no less of a title then strategy game of the year thus far!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A perfect game; cinematic, compelling, exciting, and most importantly damn fun to play! Believe the hype it is this good.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall Quake 3 Arena is just as fun as it was on PC and with the addition of the split screen modes and its support for the upcoming broadband adapter it sets the bare for console deathmatch games.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a game that embraces the rich history of Japanese mythology with such ease and accomplishment, wrapping it up in one of the most entertaining and substantial videogames since Nolan Bushnell first put a virtual bat and ball onscreen.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no denying Fallout 3 is little more than Oblivion in a post-apocalyptic setting. However that's more a compliment than complaint.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 improves in every area over its blockbuster predecessor, delivering a solid and engaging storyline that goes far deeper than gamers will expect. Throw into that with an expanded multiplayer that will no doubt rule the roost of the Xbox Live most popular list for months to come, and Gears 2 rightly becomes an essential Xbox 360 title.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The perfect amalgamation of it's cousins, employing the best bits from both and coming up trumps.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the very few games to masterfully merge artistic style with compelling substance in the wonderful visuals, brilliant combat system and great game concepts.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's very accessible to those new to driving simulators or those used to arcade style racers, but its also very challenging for the veteran racers out there too.
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The best fighting game we've played since "Street Fighter Alpha 2," this is arguably the best fighting game to date.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a class act that builds and extends the Star Wars game franchise and PC gamers are getting something their kindred XBOX owners loved to bits and will not be disappointed in any way.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Braid is the real deal: an innovative, creative, brilliant bit of near-solo games making that I can only hope is a sign of things to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of course there are improvements, the draw distance and lighting models have received subtle enhancements, more importantly the frame-rate maintains a smoother pace throughout.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arguably it’s a game that could last a life-time. From the start there’s plenty to get stuck into, and we suspect Blizzard will be keen to carry on the momentum and evolve the experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mouse-keyboard combination does take some time to get use to, but if players have a good gamepad then San Andreas PC becomes much easier to overall control.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Slick prentation and excellent gameplay.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just like the God of War games that precede it, this final installment in the trilogy isn't quite faultless even though it's excruciatingly close to a perfect score. However, it forms a trilogy that's greater than the sum of its parts.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The stunt system found in SSX Tricky is arguably the best found in any sports title thanks to a wonderfully intuitive control system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply brilliant and definitely 'Game of the Year' material; we've been crying out for a game to re-invent the action/adventure genre and finally that’s here - if you've got a PS2 you need this now.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At times you're left with the impression that Uncharted 3 could have been bolder – the blueprint of success from Uncharted 2 has perhaps been adhered to a little too closely here. Beyond the slightly out-of-place gun combat and familiar box of tricks though, this third attempt is still a genuine innovator thanks mostly to an otherwise stagnant genre.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You can read as many reviews and features as you like but we can guarantee you that you shall not be disappointed with this one.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buy this game you will find yourself in a world of peace and humour.
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While at a glance it seems that this game is just a slightly more polished SSX engine with new levels, the new single player campaign makes such an impact on how the game is presented and played that it really sets this game out from its predecessors.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hard to say how impressed we'll be with future Marios after this one. For now Banjo has the nod with detailed, 3D graphics, crisp sound, beautfiul control and the best gameplay seen on the N64. Excellent job Rare and Nintendo.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Motorsport doesn't just straddle the gap between "PGR2" and "GT4," it sits perfectly between the two, offering the best of both worlds and rarely puts a foot (or should that be 'pedal') wrong.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a handheld, the AI of your computer-controlled opponents is surprisingly diverse and complex.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For me Super Mario World is the greatest Mario game ever, now that it's on the GameBoy Advance both my sleep and relationship are beginning to suffer, I simply can't put it down.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Completely rips apart the rulebook, delivering a 'fun' fighting game that everyone can play.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An epic game in terms of both visual execution and longevity...Campaigns can last for several hundred turns, so prepare for the long haul.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forza 3 has undoubtedly come a long way since its predecessor - the handling is better, visuals have been improved all-round, and it provides more online options for car customisation via the new Storefront feature. It's just a shame that the game's focus on attracting a more casual audience has detracted from the hardcore experience, with an inadvisably implemented time rewind feature and underwhelming opponent AI.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It triumphs where most other superhero games and other types of licensed action games fail: it makes you feel like the lead character. It makes you feel like The Batman.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Combine the wonderfully fluid control system, level designs that ooze the 'one more go' appeal and the fact that it's Mario, and you've got one of the best games in a long time and certainly the GameCube's finest hour to date. [Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who purchased the original and probably played it to death will find themselves asking why this game has been in development for the best part of three years; it's along similar lines to annual sports updates in terms of innovations and enhancements, so why such a wait???
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a real shame that despite pushing the developed Multiplayer feature a tad, Guitar Hero II is little more than a 'by the numbers' sequel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything from the way the guns fire, to the way the enemies take a round to the chest, everything is done with complete authenticity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There can be no doubting that as an adventure game with elements of action and puzzle, and a storyline that requires the player to work at and deduct as you progress through the game, there's very little to touch it on any format.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only niggle that you can level at Metroid Fusion, is that the focus on strong story telling reduces the exploration aspect, an area that the Metroid series is virtually unrivalled in.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are polished, the sound is atmospheric and helps create a realistic environment and if that wasn't enough the Artificial Intelligence is second to none (well maybe Halo).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While LittleBigPlanet 2's main campaign is something of a disappointment, there's no denying the impressive scope of the new creator. Media Molecule has provided gamers with a formidably deep tool-set that still manages to be fairly accessible, which is fortunate really as it's almost entirely down to the users to create compelling experiences this time around.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Manages to entertain initially but begins to dwindle after a few weeks have passed and the tracks perfected. It's an experience that should be seen and needs to be played by all, but one that is hard to recommend as absolutely essential given the novelty nature of the game as a whole.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If a more methodically paced, realistic game is what you're after, then this is your game. But if you prefer more lenient physics and control, not to mention online play, then "NFL2K1" is your best bet.
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The graphics are some of the best we have ever witnessed in a game to date, the storyline has been refined giving you more information about Umbrella and STARS, the game itself is pure genius.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Overall FIFA 10 plays a much more varied, fluid, and believable game of football, which easily sets a new standard in the genre. We spent a fair amount of time between matches wondering what it takes for a football game to get a 10 and we're inclined to believe Rutter and his team have actually achieved it this year. It's a marked improvement over last year's 9 rating and undoubtedly provides the finest videogame take on football so far.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the ultimate testimony is the fact that it left us longing for another sequel, something the original certainly never achieved.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A lot of the new features fail to add anything of any substantial merit and actually continue to break up the experience, whilst the jungle location is certainly a required taste.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like "ICO," Shadow of the Colossus simply defies categorisation and is simply an experience unlike any other. It manages to evoke emotion and create an attachment to the player unlike any other videogame I can remember.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crytek has clearly stuck close to the Far Cry formula with Crysis, which is no bad thing. Improvements in graphics and evolved gameplay, as well as brilliant new features such as the nanosuit, make this a thoroughly suitable spiritual successor to Crytek's first game. We'd be lying if we said that the campaign's final act wasn't bitterly disappointing though.