Total Video Games' Scores

  • Games
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 Super Mario Sunshine
Lowest review score: 10 LOL: Never Party Alone!
Score distribution:
1397 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It features slick combat, interesting characters and an intriguing narrative that - for those who can ignore the presentational shortcomings - combine to make an incredibly immersive role-playing experience. However, the game's uninspired, repetitive environments and limited sense of adventure fail to provide a suitable platform for what could have been the defining RPG of this generation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the changes that they’ve made have come through, and whilst it may not play as realistically as Pro Evolution Soccer, the overall feel is more akin to the proper game then previous versions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Personally we're not too keen on the change to bigger maps, it's made the experience feel more like ever other tactical/shooter available.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A wonderfully unique title on a format well-known for its fair share of quirky hits, somehow EA has managed to fully realise and tap its true potential.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Very much in the same vein as last year's effort, Legends II manages to make further improvements especially with the introduction of online functionality though it still fails to offer the level of immersion that perhaps shoudl be expected of an RPG title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A messy amalgamation of storylines and side-quests, coupled with poorly executed Quality Assurance and archaic game saving, STALKER is about as radioactive as plutonium, and should be treated as such - behind thick lead-lined walls of concrete. The lead-lined walls being a metaphor for the high spec required to play the game at a decent performance.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The experience can be a frustrating one that isn't for everybody. Those with perseverance and patience, however, will find one of the most rewarding games around; one that has plenty in store and keeps you coming back for more.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game does have quite an 'old-school' feel to it that some may not like, but it's a definite foundation for the franchise to develop over time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Special mention going to the sound effects and music which are superb, every blow and block is recreated whilst a thumping tune plays in the background.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another excellent game.
    • Total Video Games
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fantastic levels designs, intense gameplay, enjoyable boss encounters and plenty of new tricks brings Sonic back to finest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its immense thrills and spills through the open-ended city of Bayview is exhilarating, and the culture that is emerging is created in the game to great effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a surprisingly long game, with plenty to do away from the main story; Thief will consume you for months on end.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call of Duty 3 continues the heritage of the franchise to great effect. The new structure builds towards a steep and shell-shocking climactic crescendo, and shows a clear unravelling of events that precipitated one of the most important battles of the Normandy Breakout, making the experience much less fractured than perhaps it's been in the past.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Split/Second is an original concept made irksome by a lack of depth and highly questionable balancing in the gameplay. Nonetheless, we can't help but feel that there's a lot more mileage left in Blackrock's big idea.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fantastic system that allows you to become more involved with your troops and resources on an individual level, ensuring a higher level of attention is paid on developing tactics and strategies based on the different warriors you’ve got.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite honestly the first realistic shooter I’ve found myself completely enthralled within. It’s cross between Medal of Honor/Call of Duty and Full Spectrum Warrior gameplay creates an experience that is fresh and compelling, while the multiplayer mode should make this one of the most popular titles around.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some gamers will complete the campaign mode fairly quickly, but thankfully the addition of the Infrastructure modes and the voice chat lift the game to a strong comparative position to its PS2 cousins.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be the most original game in the world, but the fact that it offers a level of fun that is certainly unparalleled in the genre more than makes up for that.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Myst stood for inventiveness and creation of many well formed ideas. Now it looks like a carbon copy of many of its previous releases!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may not win too many original gameplay awards but the combination of distinctive visuals and interesting narrative makes Shin Megami Tensei stand out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its immense thrills and spills through the open-ended city of Bayview is exhilarating, and the culture that is emerging is created in the game to great effect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the Xbox Live gametypes offer support for the oft forgotten Xbox Live Vision Camera, where players can see their opponents in a small Picture-in-Picture screen in the corner of the TV. A nice detail that's more about bragging/flaming rights than an in-depth addition to the gameplay, perhaps it's an option for developers to make use of the peripheral.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The amalgamation of Tony Hawk's and "Jackass" is the videogame equivalent of a match-made in heaven, and certainly makes a marked improvement upon the weak story of its predecessor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    By eliminating many of the factors that we've come to expect Square-Enix has delivered a Final Fantasy XIII that is different, but also desperately attempts to cling on to some elements of the past purely to maintain conventions. Unfortunately, the biggest criticism is the fact that you're left with a feeling of playing for the sake of it, rather than savoring it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The breathtaking speed that we've come to expect from Midnight Club remains intact and better than ever on the streets of Los Angeles, becoming the most well-rounded instalment to date.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    EA went with the idea that if they put in the ‘freestyling’ option, everyone would love the game – this may set the game alight, but by no means does it make the game stand out from the crowd – there just isn’t enough quality in the rest of the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It seems a little harsh to accuse Enslaved of presenting style over substance but the feeling remains nonetheless: much like Heavenly Sword before it, Enslaved is an exceptionally well produced game from Ninja Theory where gameplay takes a passenger seat and cinematic presentation drives the experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Continuing the theme of simplification that was prevalent throughout Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's attempt to reinvent the Prince of Persia series is considerably disappointing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Halo Wars is a solid enough Real-Time Strategy experience from Ensemble, with a campaign that's just about challenging enough on the harder difficulties, and multiplayer features that has everything you'd would expect from any example of the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    MotorStorm Pacific Rift retains the same charms that MotorStorm offered but, as with the original game, there's just not enough variation in the single-player campaign because the race modes on offer are fairly rudimentary.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exceptional title; pure, simple, fun, brilliant - I simply can't lay enough superlatives around the game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We were genuinely hoping that de Blob would cater to all types of gamers, but ultimately found ourselves disappointed by its lack of development and attachment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An epic game that captures the spirit of the films excellently. Fans of RPG's will enjoy the experience, whilst those who love the subject material will take delight in the smaller details and back-story progression that the game offers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Packed full of rewarding and entertaining features, Saints Row 2 is an unadulterated videogame that makes no attempt to rival GTA4. Instead, it's quite content to offer plenty of fun and set itself as a worthy alternative to Rockstar's opus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The simple interface combined with the depth and detailed gameplay ensure this is a great game to play, the wonderful visuals and compelling storyline guarantee that you’ll be playing this for quite awhile.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I urge you to try it out. I did, and found a worthwhile experience that can be slow and frustrating at times, but ultimately puts a smile on your face and gives you a sense of achievement.
    • Total Video Games
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blur is to racing games what Modern Warfare was to shooters. It easily combines the solid racing action we've come to expect from Bizarre Creations with power-ups that provide plenty of depth and options in the game. More significantly its the multitude of layers to the game, in terms of extra challenges and multiplayer, that creates the most absorbing arcade racing action we've had since Burnout Revenge. Simply a must-have for racing fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everybody's Golf 2 is a pure joy. There are very few golf games out there that make a good shot feel so rewarding, and probably none that are so accessible to hardcore gamers, casual gamers, and golf fans alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undeniably a better game then "Doom 3" however as a single-player experience it’s hard to justify against "Half Life 2" and more recently "F.E.A.R." It’s everything you’d expect if you’re a fan of id, however there’s little doubt that you’re left asking for a little bit more.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Virtually caving people's skulls in with a crowbar or snapping their necks is brutal and the game wholly deserves its 18 certificate from the BBFC. Having said that the gameplay is quite repetitive with seemingly endless searches for the correct blunt instrument does get a bit tiresome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We were massively disappointed by the comical AI, which definitely has a substantial impact on the game – Serious Sam has shown that run-and-gun games can be fun, but this seriously detracts from the overall experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WarioWare Touched might not have quite the same ‘awe’ factor that it had when it first debuted on the GBA but it’s fun to play and will while away the hours away from home.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all Doom is a fantastic port to the GBA, some things are missing, some things are toned down, but that same raw gameplay that changed the way we thought eight years ago has come across wonderfully.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game of little steps as opposed to giant strides; it's a game that ultimately fails to push open-world, free-roaming games onto the next-generation, but is, nonetheless entertaining and worthwhile.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game of several frustrating elements and simplistic gameplay that somehow manages to immerse and entertain. The condensed retelling of the trilogy is genuinely amusing (unless you've never seen a Star Wars movie before), whist the many, many secrets and unlockables provide a compelling hook to the largely simplistic romp.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If non-stop action and an unbeatable multiplayer mode is what you crave, Time Splitters has definitely got you covered.
    • Total Video Games
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two player cooperative play is a big bonus, and hopefully will set a trend in future space-fighter games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The more we played, the more we felt like we were being pushed down an inch wide pipe till we got to the end – it wasn’t a nice feeling and it spoilt the feel of the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Witcher's quality emanates from the understanding CD Projekt have held on Sapkowski's work. Engaging and thought provoking throughout with a rich gameworld that is effortlessly layered, The Witcher matches the style and substance typically associated with a Bioware RPG - perhaps the finest recommendation we can make.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shift 2 is one of the very few driving games where we'd actually prefer to boot-up its predecessor rather than this new iteration. It's still a thoroughly decent and innovative racer but fans of the original may be justifiably disappointed by the many missed opportunities here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid, action filled game, with lots of options, plenty of guns and Holywood Style shooting scenes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent title that offers a great racing experience, a novel storyline and an immense number of tracks and cars to race with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yet another strong and original title for Nintendo DS, Trauma Center provides an addictive and tense experience for players, though it's worth remembering that just because you managed to perform surgery on a multi-lacerated thoracic cavity (it's in there), don't expect to called into a real OR anytime soon.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The single-player stoy mode takes in three generations of the Black family over a number of missions, and once that challenge has been reached there's plenty of Multiplayer action to be had.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Astonishingly accurate when it comes to historic characters, details, and setting, it's a shame that the repetitive, formulaic structure to the game diminishes any impulse that the intriguing storyline provides.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With heavy amounts of text and progress based upon your brain reflex as opposed to your trigger finger, Ace Attorney isn't a game for everybody; but for those looking for a stylish and original experience, make sure to check this out immediately as it will probably surprise you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exceptional title; pure, simple, fun, brilliant - I simply can't lay enough superlatives around the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Certain aspects of the game work brilliantly although (such as the ecology) with the world of Skull Island coming to life quite naturally. It does tend to drag a bit in places and the pacing can be less than consistant but overall its a good title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chocked full of insane action and plenty of creative opportunities, and knows that ultimately it's all about having fun. It's a brash, no-brainer experience that gives everything you want from a sandbox game, but lets make sure the combat ramps up a notch in the next title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most compelling aspect of Rage is the combat, which is undoubtedly id's forte, but its partly open world, storyline and characters feel diluted and inferior when compared to the big hitters in the action RPG genre. Those hoping to see the developer finally break out of the corridor will have to wait a little longer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a pure videogame there's nothing on Microsoft's next-generation format to touch it in terms of instant accessibility, rewarding depth and immensely entertaining and addictive gameplay - maybe it's not a sports sim, but more a spiritual successor to the legendary PONG.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a strong sense of thought and loving care that’s been applied throughout the game; while it’s sophisticated physics ensure the game is fundamentally realistic, it’s styling and fun gameplay opens up the experience to those who’ve never dreamed of toppling the Tiger.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders literally takes this genre to new heights; the amalgamation of action and strategy is the best we've seen in a game of this type to date, and creates an enticing experience that is very hard to put down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although this is definitely a nice addition compared to the typically linear nature of titles in this genre, we would have liked to see the developers stretch the barrel a little bit further.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It was an impossible task to match the original and surprisingly, by changing almost everything, Eurocom came close to doing it. What they have managed to do is create the second best Bond game to-date, and given Wii owners a great shooter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the first new IP for Nintendo's Wii that caters expertly for the console's forgotten core audience, sating the bloodlusts of those loyal fans that made Resident Evil 4 such a huge hit on the Gamecube.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Astonishingly accurate when it comes to historic characters, details, and setting, it's a shame that the repetitive, formulaic structure to the game diminishes any impulse that the intriguing storyline provides.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The breathtaking speed that we've come to expect from Midnight Club remains intact and better than ever on the streets of Los Angeles, becoming the most well-rounded instalment to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Let down by a poor physics engine and terrible AI, Freekstyle just doesn’t cut the mustard – sure sometimes it has nice visuals, but this is at speed – I want to be able to sit back and look at the view, but there isn’t one.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the next-gens, FIFA 08 really is a step forward. Much improved graphics and gameplay, as well as the application of many new features. On the previous-gen formats, it's a continuation of a recent trend which has brought more depth and realism to the FIFA series.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most compelling aspect of Rage is the combat, which is undoubtedly id's forte, but its partly open world, storyline and characters feel diluted and inferior when compared to the big hitters in the action RPG genre. Those hoping to see the developer finally break out of the corridor will have to wait a little longer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You’ll know by now not to expect any radical changes, but a better game through slow refinement and evolution, and for this reason only purists will want this title if they own the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Joanna's return may not be everything fans could have hoped for however the combination of intense action, good presentation and enjoyable multiplayer make it a worthy launch title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game of football that is fast and fluid; now that the game uses its own engine and not a modification of the NHL one, it’s fair to say that issues such as stifled player controls and jerky animation transitions are well and truly a thing of the past.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Returning to the title (regardless of the platform) does prove to be just as much fun now as it did in Autumn 2005.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A slightly lacklustre port of a great game that you should play, but we would only recommend the PS2 version if there is no way you can get your hands on the PC edition of the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With faults and flaws, Ryu Hayabusa's return is still one of the most enjoyable high-speed action titles available.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's by no means a vintage year for Tiger, but a full-bodied one nonetheless.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lone Wolf does build upon the original game's foundations and does start off as a decent Mech game, sadly it quickly degenerates into a standard blaster and becomes forgettable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game of football that is fast and fluid; now that the game uses its own engine and not a modification of the NHL one, it’s fair to say that issues such as stifled player controls and jerky animation transitions are well and truly a thing of the past.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An exceptional title; pure, simple, fun, brilliant - I simply can't lay enough superlatives around the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game does have quite an "old-school' feel to it that some may not like, but it's a definite foundation for the franchise to develop over time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like most RTS titles, the biggest fault with Panzers is that the gameplay is rather samey. True, the progressing storyline adds some interest to the game, but because missions are usually ‘capture this bridge’ or ‘secure this town’, the missions can blend into one another.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Continuing the theme of simplification that was prevalent throughout Assassin's Creed, Ubisoft's attempt to reinvent the Prince of Persia series is considerably disappointing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's been awhile since their was a 2D platformer to shout about, and in some way DK: Jungle Beat represents something of a renaissance for the genre, fusing next-gen qualities such as delicious visuals to hopefully ensure it's not just the older gamers clamouring after them bongos.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, the jets look stunning and at a great distance, so do some of the landscapes. Get closer however, and Ace Combat 6 doesn't hold up to scrutiny, with both its visuals and gameplay coming up short.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soul Reaver 2 has some excellent moments, carried through with superb narrative, an excellent story and some stunning visuals, however it’s just not enough for me anymore…
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The sense of immersion through intelligent AI, captivating missions, wonderful visuals, atmospheric sounds and the balance of action/strategy has opened my eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Xbox hasn’t been put to the test in the visual department, and unforgivably some of the basic flaws such as loading times, pop-in and slow-down haven’t been eradicated.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's by no means a vintage year for Tiger, but a full-bodied one nonetheless.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege II will certainly please fans of the original game, although the simplistic combat system does mean that criticisms about a repetitive experience are bound to fill forums in the forthcoming weeks and months.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most captivating and thoroughly polished titles in recent times. It’s not perfect, however anyone who has an interest in well-crafted Sci-Fi storylines a la "Minority Report" will find themselves completely captivated with this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Achieves the Holy Grail in the action/adventure genre, by perfectly merging arcade action with sufficient strategy and depth. We loved every moment in the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Without doubt extremely enjoyable for fans, simply because controlling Spider-Man has never been executed so well. There are problems with the main game, there’s problems with its presentation; however we still find ourselves loading up the game just to swing around New York again.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it is however is a stylish first person title that successfully blends hard-hitting combat with thought provoking mental challenges. It's brutal, atmospheric, tense, and scary as hell - we love it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly the most complete, polished offering in the series to date. Tearing through the streets of San Francisco, forcing your car into manoeuvres that it probably shouldn't be able to do with the knowledge that you can hit X and take control of another car at any time is just as fun as it sounds.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At times claustrophobic, with intensely quiet and loud moments, this is a game that fans of the series will welcome.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly a must-have XBLA game, From Dust can hold its head up high amongst the likes of Limbo, Braid, and Super Meat Boy – much like those platformers, Eric Chahi's long-awaited return has brought back a sadly forgotten gaming genre and given it a fresh breath of life. It's been a long time coming, but with any luck a god gaming renaissance is upon us.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although there has been an increase in the number of unit types available to gamers, Panzers: Phase Two is very much the second part of a three part game rather than a sequel, and fans of the first title will be more than happy to carry on with the story.