TotalGames.net's Scores

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For 1,714 reviews, this publication has graded:
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  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto Double Pack
Lowest review score: 5 Loons - The Fight for Fame
Score distribution:
1714 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s fair to say that Victorious Boxing will develop fine stick control more than simply being male ever could and, as in life, the rewards are vast, with expert wagglers able to move and fall into a lean-accentuated strike all in one, ahem, fluid motion.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It sets down the ground rules early on and adheres to them with a wonderful strictness that many games are terrified to do.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    And they're the meanest bunch of cops you'll find outside of America's deep south.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Easily one of the most refreshingly original adventures to grace the PS2 to date. Elements conspire to create a well-rounded and enjoyable gaming experience that will keep you entertained for all of its 40-odd hours and aside from the odd annoying section (being forced to use underpowered characters early in the second disc, for instance), there really isn't anything stopping this being one of the best RPGs due out this year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While there is plenty in single player to keep the gamer coming back for more, the chance to play online would have lifted this into true classic status.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The visuals are excellent, commentary exciting and convincing, and overall enjoyment is top-notch. Highly recommended.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Lego Racers 2 races along at a fantastic pace, with extra bursts of speed in places, and the graphics are lavishly colourful, featuring impressively effective weapons. It has set an impressive president as the first highly recommendable cart racer to appear on the PS2.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Tougher than a room full of ninjas, but action hero lovers will have a lot of fun trying to put an end to The Joker’s scheme.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The main drawback though is simply the hardcore nature of the beast, the controls are as intuitively arcade based as Madden and so playing is made difficult if you really don’t know what a ‘screen pass to the wide out is’.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    That the plot is furthered only periodically, rather than religiously at the end of each mission, highlights Namco’s tempered hand, ensuring that it’s the gameplay which remains firmly at centre stage.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This imaginatively titled sequel is far from a massive step up, but all of the changes and new additions make that small step seem so much bigger than it really is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite being essentially the same ride as before, the improvements make this as good - if not a little better - than the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's very complicated yet highly accessible and features the kind of attention to detail that consoles just have never witnessed before.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This one is a little joy to play that’s packed with an innocence that will fail to raise bile in the mouths of even those for whom fluffy white bunnies amount to nothing more than medical testing fodder.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    GF doesn't really go anywhere new so don't expect too many surprises in that field, where it does excel is in keeping to the tried and tested Lucasarts formula of comedy and logic combined to give you the most senseless fun you can imagine.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The painfully overused 'gangsta-speak', the cop with a grudge against you and Josie Maran trying to pop your hood the whole time are all completely unnecessary, although not particularly obstructive, adornments. Otherwise though, this is everything you already love about Need For Speed plus the pigs.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A slick hockey game that delivers all of the action, realism and play modes fans of the series and the sport could want. As ever though, this latest edition in the series plays, by and large, like the other nine.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The depth of story is surprisingly luxurious... This isn't a "Final Fantasy" beater but it's a cracking RPG nonetheless.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Initially it won’t take you that long to complete, but with other vehicles to try out and infinite scores to settle it is sure to keep you coming back, even after a long absence.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s a fast and furious blast that should appeal to all grapple fans. Now how’s about giving us 80’s Metal Vendetta next, EA?
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you don't have your PlayStation2 online you're going to be missing out on a large slice of the gaming fun to be had with SOCOM II.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The puzzles in Silicon Valley are varied and fun, preventing the whole thing from just becoming a matter of repeatedly killing things, and this is yet another factor which keeps the interest going.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Such a riotous explosion of colour and astounding visuals tied to a brilliantly useable control system that there’s little in the videogame world (or anywhere else for that matter) that compares to the sensation of playing it. [Import]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Still, with superb controls, well-designed courses and a structure riddled with extra incentives, there are few better arcade racers than Shox on the PS2.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    There’s nothing that Bomberman Max 2 does wrong, its just that we’ve all seen it before so many times that it’s starting to get stale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In fact other than the addition of Silvia, Viewtiful Joe 2 is remarkably similar to the original - the majority of flaws included. But when the game still feels fresher than the crisp clean smell of a bath towel washed in Daz Ultra we have no reason to feel aggrieved.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The second [half of the game] - and arguably the more addictive - is the car customisation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Not only does multi-play work, it... you get the idea. We don't want to detract from the goodness that is Baldur's Gate but even a mother who loves both her sons has a favourite. This is ours.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Just a little underdeveloped. A little more freedom of play and movement would have done justice to the original ideas, then the hype would have been justified.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Xbox owners will always be left with the bitter feeling that this game should have been so much more on their console.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The multiplayer levels outnumber the main game stages massively and each one has been designed specifically with action in mind - and they deliver!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's often the case with sports games, but this one is particularly geared up for some serious head to head potential. The over-the-top style is ideal for when you get the overwhelming urge to push a friend's face into a wall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Aside from a few camera issues the game is visually stunning, combine this with the show stealing repartee between the major players and Destroy All Humans! becomes an almost essential addition to your gaming galaxy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's easily the best of the series and with enough depth to silence the franchise's many detractors.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    One giant leap for GBA visual design, hardly a tip-toe for platforming gameplay.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The main problem that Tak And The Power Of Juju has is persuading gamers that it is not a game aimed merely at a young audience and that there is plenty of challenge here whatever your age.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Every single scene, be it a village, a forest clearing or an enormous city, is brimming with character and attention to detail.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is without a doubt a really fun little game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    We didn't want just another gun-toting FPS and this is realistic, intrinsically comfortable to play and a solid alternative to single-trigger action. But, as a long-term contender this doesn't carry enough depth to make it the ultimate combat ally.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game is full of good, original ideas that allow you to tackle familiar situations in a fresh way, and despite flaws that we'll discuss later on, playing through it proved to be an immensely enjoyable experience.
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    • 86 Critic Score
    We'd like to see the player rewarded for his skills more, that the game was fairer. There remain plenty of moments in Winning Eleven 9 where you'll scream with frustration not because 'that's football' but because the game does something that's completely out of your control, and for that reason we have to mark it down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Wetrix is weird, wild and incredibly addictive. It might not appeal to you if you're not keen on puzzle games, although you might surprise yourself if you give it a try.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It would be easy to dismiss it as a PlayStation port but it's a top game in it's own right, if you're prepared to look beyond the occasionally ropey visuals.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This is progressive programming at its least hurried - considered but hardly revolutionary, improved but still not quite perfect - and aimed squarely at its hungry core audience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a full scale epic that completely engulfs you from the off and squeezes out so many different emotions that after a long stint, you're left wondering whether you really do like it or not. [JPN Import]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The Danger Zone and the easy-to-use reversal system combine to make the skirmishes of Dead Or Alive more varied than many current classics, including high flyers like "Soul Blade."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If it's not parodying some of the world's most loved (or loathed) film franchises - such as Star Wars, The Terminator and Saving Private Ryan - it's having a pop at drugs, nationality and anything else that has been hijacked by the world of political correctness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The extra elements – such as the chemistry set, the work bench, the vibrating bed, the magic lamp and so on, coupled with the great new NPCs – including the Grim Reaper, the Genie of the Lamp and Frankenstein’s monster – ensure that The Sims: Livin’ It Up will add plenty more fun to the successful original Sims formula.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The graphics are stunning, making full use of an enhanced Rogue Spear engine and the sounds are equally impressive adding to the thrilling action. The attention to detail is incredible and the tactical knowledge and training manuals are so comprehensive it can become almost like a second job.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Shouts of "Who’s that bloody pink blob that keeps nicking my fruit?" rang across the office long after we should’ve all been hard at work on other things and it’s safe to say that Kirby 64 is going to be a game that will get a lot of use in the coming months.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The fighting system has been tweaked, leaving it as one of the smoothest rides on the console, and the visuals really set it apart from almost any other game created.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The fact remains that the improvements that NHL Hitz 20-03 has over the first game just can’t justify yet another £40… it’s just not different enough.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Considering the remarkably silly subject matter, Palmer’s does an excellent job of providing some seriously enjoyable gaming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The GameCube version of XG3 is, to be frank, bloody marvellous.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    You have the instant playability of the Dreamcast classic ["Crazy Taxi"], but with television's favourite family stuck onto it. How can it go wrong?
    • 61 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    We defy you to get through an entire tournament and still care whether you win or lose, which is about the best summation of Athens 2004 as we're likely to find.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The weapons are hardly original, the environments good but not graphically amazing, animations are basic and the voices can repeat. But combine all the elements of the game and you get one very addicitive title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s been carefully crafted to provide superb gameplay, and especially great graphics, despite the fact that games of this nature can only ever really be used for boredom-busting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a social creature you need this, and even if you're a semi-hermit who refuses to let your hair down, it will make casual visitors think that you jump around when you're alone and that gives you a sexy mystique. No doubt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Small problems like this, the brightness level and the basic control system are heavily outweighed by the exceptional gameplay and the stunning world laid out before you in Thief. [XBM]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A superior product.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    NBA Live 2004 has to get the nod over "NBA Jam" due to the deeper gameplay, sexier looks and fresher soundtrack.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Body Harvest is big, different enough to stand out among the clutter of Mario clones, and ambitious in a way that very few N64 games dare to be. Body Harvest had the potential to be one of the best games on the N64, but as anyone who''s seen insects like termites at work will know, little bugs can bring great structures crashing down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately this is an enjoyable package. If you can look beyond their relatively simplistic visuals then both games are worth investing some time in.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're prepared to overlook, or at least work around, the faults, Castlevania is well worth considering. The only thing that old hands at Castlevania will be left wondering is why you can't swing with the whip.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A game of high scores, precision and unlocking further stages to then score high on. It’s a game that flies in the face of new fads like stealth modes, world-building sims and realism in favour of old-skool thrills and kills.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Unlike most developers Nintendo can take an ingenious and unusual idea and turn it into an inventive game of discovery and fun. This, you might say, is the Nintendo difference.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    My only major gripe is the over-emphasis on combat. You seem to spend most of your time repelling massive onslaughts from the enemy, then frantically rebuilding before the next one begins.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fact is, Cold Winter repeatedly enables the player to do things you just wouldn't expect to be able to do. Big guns even break crates more easily than small guns; such is the developer's level of consideration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you want the most comprehensive and thorough hockey game/management sim, then NHL 2004 is the place to turn.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Each crevice is likely to hold trigger-happy snipers, each road blocked off with mortar crews. Fighting is far more intense this way and navigating the streets of Baghdad can be a nerve-racking experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    An enjoyable, fun-filled game which should keep you puzzling for a long time to come.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game is really not helped by slightly confusing controls, and it will take a few premature deaths before you really get the hang of them but once you do, the excellent nature of the audio-visuals really draws you into the game and leaves you absolutely hooked.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The quality single-player shoot-'em-up that the Star Wars franchise needed. It's slick, quick, and easy to play with a sharp tactical edge that slides effortlessly into some free-flowing warfare.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s "MTV Music Generator" and there is this. Personally (and from the viewpoint of this particular reviewer) eJay is the better program purely because it is so user friendly. And we’ve already got a PC thanks.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As a sequel it doesn't falter in the same way other Capcom releases have, and we're talking "Devil May Cry" here. It seems that the developers were particularly happy with the original Maximo, or perhaps they had just designed themselves into a corner with nowhere to add anything too jaw dropping.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it does last (and there is plenty of replay value), it will provide most gamers with an experience even more enjoyable than kicking back and smoking a pound of grade A swampweed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The one thing that really stands out about Grand Prix Challenge though is the quality of the graphics and the amazing frame-rate that makes every course look sublime.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Perhaps the handiest feature Atomic Planet has incorporated into this great compilation though is the new Navi Mode, which basically allows you to use the great menu from Mega Man 8 in all the other titles and also gives you handy hints throughout the game. [JPN Import]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With some excellent kiddified gameplay, superb graphics and enough content to keep the little people quiet – for a while at least – this is a fine example of how to use a tie-in licence properly.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In many ways this is the ideal stock title that you need for those occasions when people who don't really like games end up in the same room with those who really do. And you're all out of gin.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Hardcore driving fans may argue that this doesn't offer enough options in the way of car upgrades, but you won't find another rally game that's this much fun to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A perfect example of how exaggerated sports games can often be more fun that their realistic counterparts.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's no denying the marked improvements which make Pandora Tomorrow a far more amicable gaming experience, unfortunately it's the similarities that keep it from greatness. This plays how the original should have.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Given that it actually came out before "Hour Of Darkness" in Japan, it'll come as no surprise that this is marginally the weaker of the two titles but what has taken us aback is both how different the game feels and how dangerously close it actually is in terms of quality.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Star Wars game that will have fans in absolute rapture because the presentation and authenticity is totally flawless. Forget technical prowess or ground-breaking gameplay (although Battlefront is by no means ordinary in this department), this game has been built from the ground up by fans, for fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most annoying of all is the painfully slow response of the players, as they stumble through their pre-set animations, never sparing a thought that the button you pressed two-seconds earlier might be a little inappropriate now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The conversion from the GameCube originals are flawless, and although some may bemoan the lack of Live support, this shouldn't take anything away from this perfect console party piece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A particularly good example of why SEGA and Sonic Team are so revered within the games industry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Forget flashy rendered graphics – this is a bargain at 35 quid, and will mean you won’t have to buy another fighting game for a long, long time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you approach this with an open mind, you'll discover a well-designed and deeply engaging piece of software.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The reduced teams make this game not only easier to follow but also a lot more fun to play than the EA hockey game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Third Age is the definitive Lord Of The Rings experience. It remains faithful to the film trilogy in terms of graphics and sound, and uses the licence to full effect, while at the same time delivering a captivating and enjoyable adventure. Good work EA.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There is plenty of customisation and character development, and a large variety of mini-games to master. There's never been a better time to enjoy the lighter side of golf.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The sound is probably as good as anything we have seen yet (or should that be anything we have heard yet?) with some marvellous dialogue and superb effects.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Visually the game is now crisp like snow as far as the eye can see.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We're basically being screwed from behind while simultaneously being fed the most exquisite cuisine. What a predicament. Oh well... us GameCube owners are used to being screwed, so we may as well just close our eyes and taste the honey.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In a nutshell, Custom Robo is a vibrant and entertaining adventure game with more customisation options and robot combinations than you will ever actually see. [JPN Import]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those who have always wanted to have the chance to star in a real life cartoon should look no further than this fun little game. The cult starts here!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With some occasionally spooky moments, dialogue that isn’t afraid to say **** and NPCs that don’t mind the occasional vomiting session you’ve got a game that does the source film justice.

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