Total Video Games' Scores

  • Games
For 1,401 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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 FIFA Soccer 10
Lowest review score: 10 LOL
Score distribution:
1,401 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Buzz! has moved up for the next-gens with dedicated online play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may seem like a small thing but bringing an over-arcing storyline really knits the action together quite nicely, although it would have been even better if there were more than just the seven missions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pick it up and be ready to immerge yourself in a fun filled, action packed adventure, that you won’t want to finish in a hurry and thankfully you won’t.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has given the US Masters its warmest possible welcome to video games with Tiger Woods 12 – doing justice to Augusta National can't have been easy, but the developers at Tiburon have pulled it off with great aplomb.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Oh EA what have you done; we we're getting to enjoy FIFA once again and now this. We're never ones to severely criticise an average game, however FIFA 06 beggars belief.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Somehow producing a breath of fresh air out of a fairly worn out strategy sub-genre, Ninjatown's adorable Ninjas and pesky Devils provide enough appeal to keep gamers thoroughly entertained.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's room for improvement, and we hope the omission of damage isn't a sign of things to come, but as a starter Prologue gets your engine revving to maximum.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Somewhat fittingly, this is the Fable to rule them all. Its revolutionary themes complement the series' trademark gameplay style exceedingly well, bringing a murkier side to crucial player choices that make impending decisions all the more engaging. It's still an RPG for the masses, but then it was always going to be really.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Demonically difficult, heart-shatteringly hard, Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is a gamer's game. Solid in both respects of the word, Konami's elderly iconic franchise fits perfectly on PSP for some vampire killing on the move...even if you do feel like throwing the handheld into a wall at times.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We personally would have liked to have seen a little more thought and attention paid to the concept of Vampires instead of relying on RPG decrees.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Technically the game is superb, whilst the graphics may not seam that impressive for a Dreamcast game, they do create that comic book atmosphere.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's testimony to Inafune-san and Blue Castle that they weren't tempted to pander to a wider audience and continued with a setup that while frustrating is at least rewarding and satisfying in its difference.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that the weapons fail to pack a punch, and the enemy AI is just as weak, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is fun with a level of frantic action that's emphasised by the addition of the hot-swapping functionality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Oh EA what have you done; we we’re getting to enjoy FIFA once again and now this. We’re never ones to severely criticise an average game, however FIFA 06 beggars belief.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The multitude of additional features on the Xbox 360 compared to the PS2/Wii make it by far the stronger game. The PS2 and Wii games really do feel a little tired in comparison, although the addition of a very natural feeling control system on the Wii helps to improve its appeal.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    In fact, it's easy to see general casual gamers get into Lock's Quest, with its accessible learning curve and 'brain training' wall-building strategy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A compelling experience that knows how to get the action spot-on, immersing the player in a well staged, believable conflict from start-to-finish.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite offering a significantly compelling single-player story, there's little to keep you coming back once it's been completed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Oh EA what have you done; we we're getting to enjoy FIFA once again and now this. We're never ones to severely criticise an average game, however FIFA 06 beggars belief.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A slightly bizarre mixture of realism and fantasy. All of the attention paid to replicating the courses and cars doesn’t seem to have been applied to the actual game and its mechanics, racing takes on more of an arcade like feel, whilst there isn’t that much depth to the actual going’s on behind the scenes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The overly detailed and crisp textures have been downgraded, character models sport lower polygon counts, on occasion the framerate becomes extremely choppy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offers everything you'll want from a FPS plus much more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the story angle alone Hitman: Contracts is a worthy addition to the series, and will particularly entertain fans of the franchise who’ve played both the predecessors. That said it’s certainly time for some innovation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well-polished adventure title that will tax most gamers, whilst it’s luscious visuals, slick presentation and good humour will appeal to most, however it’s slow pace isn’t for everyone.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The actual racing experience is virtually second to none, each car handles wonderfully different to the last you raced in, with a very solid and weighty feeling to them.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the fact that the weapons fail to pack a punch, and the enemy AI is just as weak, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is fun with a level of frantic action that's emphasised by the addition of the hot-swapping functionality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Galaxies is Geometry Wars for the masses, though whether the 'masses' will be happy to part with their cold hard cash for what is essentially a bulked up game released for seven quid two years ago, remains questionable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wii Fit is a "game" that excels at everything it sets out to achieve.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The idea of creating your own world is welcomed, and the graphics are good at times, but do falter at certain stages especially throughout the dungeon levels.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The online experience is of good quality and works as well as anyone could have hoped for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Features a number of flaws at a control level that stop it becoming an essential title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The story mode does provide a challenge and will last most around the 15 hour mark, however once that's past the game has very little to offer largely because of the fundamental online options.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA Sports has given the US Masters its warmest possible welcome to video games with Tiger Woods 12 – doing justice to Augusta National can't have been easy, but the developers at Tiburon have pulled it off with great aplomb.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As with all great sequels, Broken Bond deals with darker story elements than its predecessor and becomes a more jaw dropping spectacle as a result.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In many ways, it's the best Worms yet. There's a substantial amount of weapons, a gargantuan level of options and plenty of multiplayer fun to be had. However, it is just Worms, a game that's appeared on every format known to man for the last 13 years, and follows extremely quickly after last year's dubious handheld debut. Ultimately the question remains, how much Worms do you need?
    • 80 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Given the lower-end price of FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage and its obvious strengths, it's easy to look past the lack of imagination and next-generation refinement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a vast collection of challenges for you to try, some simple, some stupidly difficult.
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game has a strong tendency to drop you in some town or dungeon with no clear idea of where you should go. Coupled with the fact that enemies respawn whenever you exit a room, and navigating becomes quite the chore.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Myst V but then again we’ve seen it all before and the story alone this time just wasn’t enough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best videogames ever created, something that should forever be remembered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that should just ages (excuse the pun.) At its core the game is a standard RTS title, but Mad Doc has added so many unique features to it that EE2 certainly stands out amongst the crowd.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s plenty of variety, fun and enjoyment to be had with the game along with some thought-provoking puzzles that provide a good blend.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This 2D shooter in a 3D environment may look slightly frayed around the edges and dated in many respects but with so few proper video shooters that go back to the real roots of arcade blasting this is a nice short fix.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps the only viable way to bring Banjo and Kazooie onto the Xbox 360, Nuts & Bolts is nevertheless a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding video game, deserving of its place in the popular series despite its apparent changes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no denying that there are a number of features implemented in Empire at War that separate the game from any other RTS title, and the excellent interconnection between strategy and tactics creates an enthralling experience; it's just a shame that certain areas, cannot match the enjoyment provided by strategically taking over the galaxy in the galactic sections.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a disappointing career mode and less-than-stellar presentation, it's a less complete package than Undisputed. I should probably drop in a fighting metaphor here, I suppose: with MMA, it seems like EA is finding its range with the jab in the first round, before swinging for the fences in the second.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Quite literally, an explosive experience that continues to push the Xbox 360's capabilities, the game nonetheless does have its weaknesses, particularly highlighted by the woeful enemy AI.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A stunningly exquisite looking RPG, Eternal Sonata also manages to create a fluid alternative to the standard plod of Japanese RPGs. It does hold onto some cliches of the genre however, with dodgy dialogue (at times) and of course, the overly fantastical setting - but this is one example of the genre that even those repelled by Eternal Sonata's brethren should try. It will surprise you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It lacks the polish of other Westwood games, however seeing as this is their first foray into three dimensions we can forgive the slightly rough feel and lack of overall refinement.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    'Niche' doesn't come close to describing the bizarrely pretentious Echochrome, which positively oozes self-importance from every pixel and line of code.
    • 79 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the finest series of fighters has been compiled with due care and respect, and will instantly bring back memories for those that recall shoveling coins in the arcades, challenging any pretenders to the throne.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It can be hugely exciting and fun when you are outside flying through the city. However the inside levels feel confined and just lack the excitement of the excellently implemented exterior sections.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the game's presentation is markedly improved, it seems as though we'll have to wait until Pro Evolution Soccer 7 marks its appearance on the PlayStation3 before we really see what Seabass can muster with the next-generation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single most comprehensive offering we've ever had the pleasure to play on PSP, Final Fantasy: Dissidia is an absolute gem, a masterpiece of Japanese ingenuity on the maligned handheld format that makes "epics" on the PS3, 360 and PC hide in shame.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Remaining credible to the works of Tolkien, EA LA have adapted The Lord of the Rings into the mechanics of an RTS with some success, though there are one or two niggles that stop this from being a classic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it has everything you'd want from an intense, action-fuelled open-world title, the overall feeling with Prototype is that it tries a little too hard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's testimony to Inafune-san and Blue Castle that they weren't tempted to pander to a wider audience and continued with a setup that while frustrating is at least rewarding and satisfying in its difference.
    • 79 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect, it does get tedious at the start as you’re trying to level up, it’s not for everyone, but for those brought up on Elite you’ll love it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One can’t help but think that Namco slightly rushed the title to get it out in time for "Virtua Fighter 4," the visuals aren’t exactly eye dropping but the gameplay is fast fluid and consistent. [Import]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With only eight chapters Mirror's Edge is a particularly short game and the only thing that extends this is the trial-and-error gameplay. You're constantly left feeling as though Mirror's Edge needed something else to sustain it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fact remains that F.E.A.R evolved shooters back in 2005, but there appears to be very little progress in the four years since with F.E.A.R 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BLACK's biggest misgiving is the fact it's over so quickly. 8 missions simply isn't enough and leaves you desperate for more, and probably unlikely to go back unless you're the biggest fan or to show off to your mates.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of the movies this alone is largely enough to look past the game's failings, such as the repetitive gameplay and dated design.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Undoubtedly a stylish and engrossing variation on the Sci-Fi shooter theme, the novel touches ensure Prey is a worthwhile experience; but, it's probably still not enough if you're tired of the premise and haven't enjoyed id Software' most recent efforts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A large portion of the enjoyment comes from the same type of British humour that featured in ‘Giants’; it’s certainly not an easy thing to develop a game that manages to make you laugh, however this one certainly succeeds.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heavenly Sword provides exactly what the PlayStation3 is in dire need of. An extremely stylish and immediate action romp that will entertain the masses and earn points for its faultless presentation and production. Nevertheless, it isn't quite the game we were hoping for and leaves a number of areas for improvement when Nariko struts her stuff on the PlayStation3 once again.
    • 79 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it's this focus on action, strong weapons and robust gameplay that proves to be Project: Snowblind's strongest aspect; it's just a good, solid, enjoyable romp with a strong multiplayer component.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it has everything you'd want from an intense, action-fuelled open-world title, the overall feeling with Prototype is that it tries a little too hard.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If yearly sports games are like fine wines, then Tiger Woods 2011's vintage is a good one. It may not be a great year like FIFA 10 or Madden 2003, but it does follow a run of very mediocre years for the series and for this reason it's well worth a look.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Stylised visuals and over the top physics make the game stand out, and the simple premise helps to cement it's pick-up-and-play strengths.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's no denying that Overlord II is an enjoyable expansion on the original idea, which will entertain the fans. Unfortunately, the frustrations seem to mount up as you get further into the game, making it plainly obvious that Triumph has failed to really address key issues that thwarted the original.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The fact remains that F.E.A.R evolved shooters back in 2005, but there appears to be very little progress in the four years since with F.E.A.R 2.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sky Odyssey brings all sorts of elements from "Pilot Wings" and packs them together with a fligh-based adventure, making this a fresh original title that you must have.
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The whole gambit of interesting locations from Normandy to an entire Russian campaign offers the strat player a real mind throbbing treat as you can play and assume a number of sides.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like that, PES is a contender again. There's still a way to go before it gets back to the levels of addictive playability that kept us hooked half a decade ago but the series finally seems to be finding itself on the current-gen consoles. The identity crisis is over and now PES is well positioned to bring its trademark originality back to footie gaming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With only eight chapters Mirror's Edge is a particularly short game and the only thing that extends this is the trial-and-error gameplay. You're constantly left feeling as though Mirror's Edge needed something else to sustain it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure exhilaration; it’s an adrenaline-fuelled romp that will satisfy even the most extreme racers out there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast, furious and most of all fun, Mario Strikers Charged is classic Nintendo territory, a game that appeals to even those who don't like the beautiful game that we affectionately call football.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If yearly sports games are like fine wines, then Tiger Woods 2011's vintage is a good one. It may not be a great year like FIFA 10 or Madden 2003, but it does follow a run of very mediocre years for the series and for this reason it's well worth a look.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bound in Blood is one of those rare games that you'll remember more for what it did right than the many ways it fell short of the mark.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much more of a 'grown up' experience after the stylised antics in Blue Dragon, the morality tale of a thousand-year life is packed with an ever-increasing sense of emotion, and will no doubt be of interest for J-RPG gamers.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rez
    One of the most groundbreaking titles around... a truly unique ‘game’ and of the finest Sega created titles ever, one that everybody can play yet it’s individuality will divide gamers into those that love it and those that don’t.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Oh EA what have you done; we we’re getting to enjoy FIFA once again and now this. We’re never ones to severely criticise an average game, however FIFA 06 beggars belief.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We loved every minute of House of the Dead: Overkill, but that's precisely the problem, it's a game that literally is, over in minutes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hard to imagine why gamers would opt for PES over FIFA this year unless they are such stubborn fans of the series that they'll never let go. FIFA betters Konami's offerings more or less across the board this time around, while PES' continued lack of substantial gameplay innovations (even without any comparisons to FIFA) is becoming quite worrying to say the least.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the overall experience is bogged down with too much dialogue despite its novel influences, and an unfulfilled demand for something to actually play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it has everything you'd want from an intense, action-fuelled open-world title, the overall feeling with Prototype is that it tries a little too hard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But it’s this focus on action, strong weapons and robust gameplay that proves to be Project: Snowblind’s strongest aspect; it’s just a good, solid, enjoyable romp with a strong multiplayer component.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game mixes enjoyable platforming elements, with highly charged action, a humurous storyline and a satisfying multiplayer mode - pick it up now if you missed it first time around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the few dozens that purchased one of the most creative and unique titles of 2005, Stunts & Effects is an absolutely essential expansion that dwarves other packs in comparison; for the thousands of PC gamers who looked past it, perhaps this is an opportunity to go back and discover a game that should be in everybody's collection.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Emphasis is placed on speed, power-slides and in the traditional EA BIG manner getting your blood pumping through a mixture of big-beat music and intense action; on this front Shox does not disappoint.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From the story angle alone Hitman: Contracts is a worthy addition to the series, and will particularly entertain fans of the franchise who’ve played both the predecessors. That said it’s certainly time for some innovation.