Variety's Scores

For 64 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 10.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Lowest review score: 10 Hail to the Chimp
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 64
  2. Negative: 17 out of 64
64 game reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A distressingly shallow videogame in which there's nothing for players to do but beat the living crap out of everyone they see.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The thrill of the chase loses all its appeal in Electronic Arts' Parkour-inspired Mirror's Edge. Repetitive, difficult and visually dull, the game is undone by its use of a highly constrained first person viewpoint in a world of high-speed running and jumping where perspective is everything.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Shrinking Guitar Hero onto the handheld DS system is an impressive achievement but doesn’t make for a particularly compelling game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Storyless, arduous and tedious, it’s essentially a mediocre minigame collection that offers too little context for older fans and too many repetitive challenges for kids.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    While it is a good way for individuals to learn different musical styles, Wii Music lacks the simplicity and vicarious thrills of "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band," and likely won't attract nearly as many groupies.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rock Revolution is overly complex where it should be simple and soulless where it should be rich. This revolution has little chance of overthrowing the genre's kings.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hellboy may look better than ever clutching his Samaritan revolver, but Aussie developer Krome Studios’ riff on Mike Mignola’s comic series about a crime-sleuthing demon with a wrecking ball for a right hook feels like a couple of strung-together demo levels instead of a cohesive videogame.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    This confused goulash of driving challenges, old-school puzzles, zombie battles, some late-game tomb-raidering and even a bit of “Grand Theft Auto” in the park fails at pretty much everything it tries to do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A disappointingly substandard role-playing game buried under the debris of a thousand forgettable robots slain in a hundred vacant hallways by one man in a silly outfit. After an initial burst of curiosity, this repetitive, derivative and ultimately ridiculous game will be remembered primarily for how little resulted from so much work.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A humorous ensemble film about self-discovery turns into an unoriginal two-character action game with nothing to say in Bolt, Disney's competent but uninspired adaptation of the new toon. All but erased are the film's comedy, its best supporting characters -- and even the titular canine's ability to talk.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A beloved fantasy franchise loses its most distinctive quality -- the epic scope of its battles, backdrops, characters and themes -- in Electronic Arts misguided and poorly executed Lord of the Rings: Conquest. The game boils down each of the trilogy's great battles to a series of compact, generic missions that rarely resemble anything seen in Middle Earth.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Though it sharply replicates the film's look and sounds, the Wall-E game has none of the movie's romantic spirit as it sends the lead robot and his gal pal Eve on a set of uninspired missions pulled out of the videogame cliches handbook.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    It's a fine idea, but in practice, Ultimate Band is a convoluted, inconsistent and inauthentic experience that emulates a phony lip-synching boy band more than a real rock experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sierra couldn't have picked a more forgettable swan song than an adaptation of the latest iteration in the blandly epic Mummy franchise that's as dull to look at as it is to play.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Game's few interesting levels are more than outweighed by those that combine cliché with confusing storytelling, resulting in a title that will perform just as poorly as the film has.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The Wii's 3-D gameplay is frustrating and occasionally broken.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    The resulting mashup is a chaotic jumble that's doesn't play well and only loosely is tied to politics at all. The minigames are too long and incorporate too many elements at once to make for good group play, the humor is disjointed and juvenile, and a few of the characters even lean into questionable stereotypes.