TotalGames.net's Scores

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For 1,715 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
Lowest review score: 5 Loons - The Fight for Fame
Score distribution:
1,715 game reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In a complete reversal of modern trends, these are games whose visuals play second fiddle to the sheer wealth, diversity and involvement of tasks on offer, all the while playing on some very tongue in cheek moments and dark humour that even Hollywood's finest would have a tough time trying to rival.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If there was an award for best grenade launcher sound effect in a game, Rainbow Six 3 would win. The bass-filled 'thwooomp' as it launches (and the room-shaking explosion that follows) make up just one of many Guns-N-Ammo-erotic moments. [XBM]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The masterpiece that is Splinter Cell gets under your skin and stays there for a very long time... The kind of game you do want to go through over and over simply because it is a delight to play around with... A true work of art.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game is quality. You don't so much play it, but experience it...Invisible War gives us a new vision and for that we are nothing less than extremely grateful. It's legend time, right here.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Looking, sounding and playing as brilliantly as ever, it's such a relief to know that the hype behind this game can be believed. [Import]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    It's about being in one long and deeply worthwhile experience that manages to do the impossible and improve on what has gone before, and then has the confidence to expand itself to a size that defies belief. Pack some sandwiches, it's going to be a long trip.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A remarkable achievement of proportions we never imagined possible. It has single-handedly changed the way we see all videogame entertainment and the repercussions it should have for the industry are staggering. In one fell swoop your entire games collection has become obsolete, all other games seeming pathetic attempts to waste your time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    This is the single most impressive piece of software the PS2 has seen since "GTA3." Where the Rockstar game innovated in its style of play Frontline innovates in the perfection of its execution. We’ve seen first-person shooters before, but nothing like this. Nothing as superbly crafted as this.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    These games are massive, easily rivalling any recent console release in terms of size, scale and re-playability.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    To have a game this amazingly good on day one brings tears of joy to our eyes. Everything in Halo is going to make you praise the day you were born.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    A breath-taking game. It's majestic in scale, beautifully realised and virtually flawless in execution. Scary, shocking, captivating and, in every sense, brilliant.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    When it comes to what people will now demand of a top videogame, Nintendo has moved the goalposts off the pitch, into a lorry, down the road, into the airport, onto a plane and halfway round the world to a different continent entirely.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Half-Life is brilliant in every respect with huge monsters appearing later on, Half-Life gets so spooky it hurts, so frightening people simply watching jump!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Everything about Vice City positively reeks of genius.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Every moment spent in the game world, from the ramshackle village to the far-from-abandoned military installation, is pure, adrenaline-fuelled fun. The game doesn't want to be big or clever - it wants to take you on a roller-coaster ride that leaves you breathless. And it does.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The biggest, best and sexiest racing game ever. What we have here is a gigantic car game that's such enormous fun to play because of three main elements: unparalleled realism, ground-breaking graphics and the chance to spend a lot of money.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    To accompany the breathtaking graphics is a soundtrack of pure extravagance, and it does wonders to heighten the action and suspense, we can tell you.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A thoroughbred that out-strikes the opposition as if it were high on steroids. Put bluntly, we're not gonna get a better beat-'em-up. Tekken 3 is a killer app that is close to perfection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    We've been floored.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It could be argued that Halo 2 multiplayer is not only leagues ahead of any other broadband enabled game, but it may even leave the single-player experience in the shadows. The options for online play are far more varied than even Ubisoft's Clancy titles, and the interface and lobby systems represent everything that Xbox Live is truly capable of. [XBM]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    There are wow factors on top of wow factors here. Everything from the gorgeous visuals to the way the game plays scream one hundred per cent cool...The multiplayer mode is nothing short of bloody amazing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Nothing comes close to the feeling you get when the Eznite shuts down your systems for the first time and you have to reboot.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Goldeneye is even better than "Mario 64." Even Oddjob could figure out what that means! A Nintendo 64 without Goldeneye is like James Bond without a vodka martini.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Beautiful to look at, it's as rewarding as ever to play and, judging by the attention to detail that has been lavished on it, it's the most lovingly-created game ever. The chances are that you'll fall in love with it too, as only people who are obsessed with cars can fall in love with inanimate and soulless objects.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you feel that your love for games is diminishing, play this and be welcomed back to a Technicolor world of total obsession. If this game was a person, we’d stalk it, search its bins and collect snippets of its hair. [Import]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An epic story, accompanied by fantastic visual effects, a comprehensible battle system, and a glorious soundtrack. All in all, probably the first truly emotionally-moving experience ever to grace a console. A grand achievement.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Burnout 3 is as pure a gaming experience as we have had the pleasure of kneeling before for longer than we can remember and we've been doing this for a long time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A work of Tolkeinesque proportions and not only the greatest RPG of our times, but one of the greatest games of all time. Wholeheartedly recommended.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One of the most clever, crowd-pleasing, tense, dramatic, beautiful and playable games ever conceived.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    THIS IS THE BEST ADVENTURE ON THE GAME BOY ADVANCE!
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Every minute of the adventure is packed with excitement and intrigue as you set out to discover exactly who's behind the mysterious 'accident' that destroyed the station and killed everyone aboard.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This is by far the most impressive extreme sports game that we have played on the GBA. It truly is a remarkable piece of handheld programming.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A work of art, a piece crafted to such infinitesimal detail that every second of the experience has the capacity to cause the player to gasp with exhilarated pleasure from the opening race of the coupe series, right through to the final, devastating Crash Junction on the Burnout world tour.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The Live aspect of Black Arrow is the finest you'll find on the Xbox, and the new 3.0 support adds a further, inevitable, depth to what was already a first-class shooter... You need this game because it is utterly and unashamedly brilliant.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The learning curve is pure genius... A perfect game in almost every way.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Every Shine is a joy to collect, with hundreds of different tasks to carry through... These different tasks mean that the game always feels fresh, and you never know what to expect next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The most beautifully balanced, well-crafted 2D beat-‘em-up to grace God’s fair Earth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Pure, unadulterated, hard-core, ass kicking, pop a cap in ya' ass action and gunplay. Max Payne levels it’s .45 and sends stealth quivering back to the marketing table, where it belongs. And it’s all the better for it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Short of smacking your knees with a sledgehammer and scraping your face with a cheesegrater, the genre couldn’t really feel much more realistic (and no, none of us plan to stand on one of those daft ‘skateboard PS2 peripherals’ either).
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    To play this is to love it - there is so much to do, so much to learn and so much enjoyment to be had from this that I cannot see anyone failing to like it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While Medal's mechanics are every bit as sophisticated as "Goldeneye," it's clear that PlayStation isn't up to the task in terms of graphics, though that shouldn't be any surprise. What is does have is gameplay by the trench-load, war movie tension and really grizzly violence.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    'brilliant', 'fantastic' and 'a breathtaking work of genius.'
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you never buy another title for your Game Boy Advance, then at least get this one – it’s worth the cost of the console, all on its own!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In a nutshell this can be described as the best GBA fighting game on the shelves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The best beat-’em-up you can get and it certainly puts "Tekken" in its place showing that 2D still rules the roost.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Quite frankly you’d be pushed hard to find a better extreme sports game anywhere and we believe this could possibly be the best game available on the GBA.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The finished result is a game that rewrites the book on realism in videogames. The length they have gone to to recreate the experience of driving the world's best cars around the world's most exciting cities will astound you.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is about as complete a racing experience as you could ask for from Xbox Live.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    After all, any self-respecting Halo 2 Live player who actually misses out on these nine new maps is probably beyond help anyway.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    New modes, new vehicles and a whole new batch of trophies and awards to obtain (including the awesome Vertical Takedowns that see you falling from a height to land on a rival) all make for an experience that has enough in common with the sublime "Burnout 3" to create a feeling of comfort, but is different enough to test you all over again.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most well oiled pieces of software to be released, ever. This can stand proud next to the likes of "A Link To The Past" and "Ocarina Of Time." You'll be coming back to it again and again for many years to come.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You MUST experience Resident Evil. Swoon at the graphics, cringe at the gore and prepare your nerves for the ride of their lives.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Full of options and it plays like a dream, but even if you're not playing you'll be impressed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you want to experience something a bit different and something that will genuinely chill you to the bone, take note; you need this game. Eternal Darkness takes adventuring and horror to levels that "Tomb Raider" and "Resident Evil" will never reach.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There is so much to do in this enormous, indepth game that you could get sucked into its fantastically animated absorbing world and stay there for weeks. Donkey Kong 64 deseves the fanfare of being the most eagerly-awaited game since Zelda.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beneath the day-glo grass and cuddly-wuddly wittle characters beats the brutal, steroid-pumped heart of a sadistic beast who eats raw liver and stamps on puppies for laughs. Everything about Diddy Kong Racing is perfect.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The storyline to Majora’s Mask is far superior to that of the first game and besides the camera and the occasional annoyance created by the advance of time, the puzzles, quests, objects and characters that you meet in this game make it a more than worthy sequel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A title which has almost infinite replay value because every time you play it it’s a different game. Even if you repeatedly just play the same map over and over again the variety of things you can do and the impressive AI of the CPU opponents means that it’s never the same game twice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The interface is simple despite the huge number of men at your disposal, Shogun is the next step in war-gaming, as accessible and fun as C&C but with vast scope and grand aspirations.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    EverQuest is certainly the more immediate of the two online role playing games but it still has a lifetimes worth of enjoyment in it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    From chasing down a hijacked Interceptor to protecting friendly forces or shutting down an enemy base, Spy Hunter rarely leaves you with less than four things to think about with each of the fourteen levels boasting some of the most exhilarating set-pieces your likely to have witnessed for some time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    EA has turned in a shockingly playable Bond game that looks as good as it plays – and that is damn fine.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Indeed, it's only once you've actually sat down and experienced every element that SSX3 has to offer that you can see how much more complete it feels against all the other snowboarding games that focus purely on one style of gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Half-Life 2 establishes a class-step in gaming we haven't seen since "Elite" on the BBC Micro.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Like so many classics, the fun in Tony Hawk's 3 comes from being given a liberating amount of freedom.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Totally immersing from the start, never letting up and always lashed with the sort of extreme violence that we’ve always wanted.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There's quite literally nothing else about Virtua Fighter 4 which comes close to disappointing as much as the graphics – and considering that the game still looks marvellous, that's the best bad-news-good-news we've ever had to tell anyone, you lucky people!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The most complete FPS we have ever seen. This is it. We have it now. We have a game that is as essential to your console happiness as a memory card, Dual Shock and big comfy armchair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Overall, this is the most complete Smackdown game yet, with changes and improvements everywhere you care to mention and a fighting system that's such fun, knowledge of the WWE isn't even necessary to enjoy it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This is the game we have wanted to play since we got caught setting fire to teddy bears in 1984...An excellent multiplayer combat game, a tremendous Star Wars Experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Within minutes of starting out, you will find yourself totally immersed in the world inside your PC. No longer will you care about what''s for dinner or how you pay the rent. Instead, you will be worrying about how to raise finances to build catapults, or how best to storm the nearby French castle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This game is awesome... If you like killing people, this is for you. Hell, if you like killing snowmen, or nurses, or ducks, pirates, ninja, the French...
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The fact that Smackdown! Vs RAW manages to both encapsulate the essence of the WWE while also delivering a highly skill-based and technical beat-'em-up means that even those without a taste for wrestling will be able to enjoy at least most of what the game has to offer.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The definitive, most universally appealing WWII title ever made. It's not that the game does anything more or less than its digital brothers in arms, far from it, but instead it strips the genre down to the bare essentials and this turns it into one of the most pure shooters we've seen for some time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Tremendous fun... Gameplay is rarely this pure. Get monkey spanking!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    More brutal than anything we've seen before on PlayStation, the open structure of the game and lack of energy bars are welcome additions to a genre which was frankly getting stale.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Prepare to be dazzled, gob-smacked and taken for the wildest ride of your life. And that's guaranteed... a masterpiece. The best game we've played for ages and absolutely recommended.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    But be warned, this game is horribly difficult early on and it will take even the most capable gamesplayer an age to complete.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A shotgun blast of colour and speed, Wipeout 3 is not something you'll forget easily. It's the biggest, finest-looking, finest-playing game of an exceptionally good trilogy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    One of the most ingenious games ever to come from the Nintendo stable.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Despite being on a handheld, the visuals and music in the game really astound – they create just the right mood for a game about vampires and other nasty stuff.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The graphical detail throughout makes this a new watershed in handheld game design.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A masterpiece of handheld gaming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The icing on the cake though is the two-player link-up game...it’s fantastic! Believe us when we say that StreetFighter has never been this playable or fun – you simply have to own it!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It is so good you’ll find it difficult to put down.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Played at leisure, though, this remains a bewitching adventure, and one that true Harry-maniacs will want to return to again and again.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    We can highly recommend having a crack at finishing it on the hardest difficulty setting with the lights turned down low and the surround sound up high. Especially since, on the hardest difficulty setting, your health is constantly ticking down to a base level of 25 points. For this challenge only the hardcore first-person gamer need apply. Forget "Halo 2" on Legendary - that's for whiny pussies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Combines elements of countless classic games and adds three years' worth of great ideas to create something that in our opinion betters Nintendo's best attempts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best multiplayer racers ever made.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The gameplay is sumptuous, and is helped along considerably by a smooth learning curve and a constant 60fps update. The biggest surprise of all, and one which we've mentioned several times, is the depth the game has to offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    By having multiple game styles - many of which are only additional to the main ones, as opposed to overpowering - helping enhance the overall experience rather than weaken it, Beyond Good & Evil is all the better for it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's fluid action all the way, absolutely no problem to pick up and learn for even the most novice of gamers, striking to look at and lengthy enough to keep you going for months. And we've still not played it in English. [JPN Import]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    But what strikes us the most is how polished it feels. It's pointless going on about the gameplay because by now you know it's flawless. [JPN Import]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The camera is extremely intelligent, zooming in and panning out where appropriate to give you the best view of proceedings. On the odd occasion where the camera doesn't give a perfect shot of things, the camera buttons make fixing the view very simple. Rare has got a serious rival for the title of N64 3-D adventure game supremo!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 2 is not just a great game, but also proof that the N64 can do the supposedly impossible when developers put their minds to it. An incredible achievement.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The first thing that strikes you about this game is the feeling of sheer quality that runs throughout it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The most entertaining, instantly involving and technically innovative PC game of the year so far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For goodness' sake don't play this on evenings when you have to work the next day because the odds are you'll still be in front of your machine in the early hours, striving to build one more bit of your spaceship, or conquering just one more city before you go to bed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its groundbreaking realism, intelligent opponents and top playability, F1 2001 has set a new standard in racing simulations.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Everything about Unreal Tournament is spectacular and in your face.