Video Game Talk's Scores

  • Games
For 393 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 7.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 World of Goo
Lowest review score: 10 Fighters Uncaged
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 59 out of 393
393 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you loved the first Super Mario Galaxy, you will adore the sequel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fans of the NHL series are unlikely to skip an entry, for any number of reasons, including the roster and uniform updates, the online play or the simple lack of competition, and there's no reason to start now, as this version's tweaks offer a genuine improvement over last year's well-regarded title, once you adjust to the more realistic controls (either through practice or tuner adjustments.)
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Though the main challenge isn't that long, there's more than enough supplemental exploring included to give you your money's worth, and it'll be more fun and entertaining than the majority of what you've been playing lately.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Don't hesitate to download The World of Goo for the iPhone if you love puzzlers or simply well-polished games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Section 8: Prejudice is a must-own XBLA title.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It offers addictively fun gameplay, beautiful visuals and music, and delivers some truly memorable moments that will shock and surprise you. If you own a Wii, this is your Holy Grail and without a doubt should be for centerpiece of your software library.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is a game that's among the most entertaining overall on the Wii, and easily the finest example of a first-person shooter the console has to offer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story and some of the mechanics do work better in Blue Dragon but Eternal Sonata's artistic mastery and amazing combat help to balance the scales.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, I'm really judging my enjoyment level of Pac-Man CE DX compared to how addicted I was to the previous title.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Criterion did something that no developer has been able to do with the Need for Speed series in over 10 years; bringing the game back to its roots and making me feel like I'm still at that computer watching my brother.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    And in the End... It's the rare game that can be ported to a new system two years after its original release, nearly pixel for pixel, and yet still feel like a fresh new experience, but "Okami" is just such a game, thanks to an excellent implementation of the Wii controller on an already engaging game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You are looking at about 20 to 30 hours of gameplay in the single player story and more replay value if you enjoy the multiplayer mode. Highly Recommended!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Visceral Games didn't push the envelope in regards to opening up the sequel to new twists on the gameplay, they did an excellent job of capturing the terrifying intensity of the original in addition to providing a more captivating narrative.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Concentrated adrenaline comes whisked together with intricate level design and haunting atmosphere in Dead Space, which will probably pop up on many a Game of the Year list later this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game has a smattering of problems such as poor camera angles and too restrictive level linearity, this reboot of the Castlevania franchise has an enthralling narrative, amazing boss battles and tons of replay value.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nero brings an awesome dynamic to the franchise. Combine that with Dante's parallel mission and the game is absolutely over-the-top.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you loved other GTA titles or have developed an affinity for sandbox style games then this will stay in your PS3 for months to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, A Crack in Time is definitely the best entry for Ratchet & Clank on the PlayStation 3.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a fantastic entry into this series of games, and really restored some faith in what EA has been doing to the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But if solid, enjoyable game play is more important to you than high-end graphics or being taunted by 12-year-olds, you can't go wrong with what Madden '09 is offering up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After a quick learning curve, one can experience the true satisfaction of a well-placed shot, and once in tune, FIFA '12 offers plenty of gameplay options to enjoy, including the now built-in Ultimate Team mode. Though it won't change any soccer-haters' minds as to the quality of the game, it will make the faithful very happy and offers a fun experience to the casual crowd.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Chains of Olympus is a game of mythical proportions. The God of War franchise is rock solid to begin with but considering how well Ready at Dawn brought it to the PSP, I must admit that I'm stunned.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is easily the best NHL hockey has ever been on a console, and it sets the bar incredibly high for EA's next release.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA deserves a ton of credit for delivering not only the best golf game ever (on any console,) but a definitive Wii experience to be placed alongside the best first-party titles on the console.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales of Vesperia is a fantastic RPG that isn't to be missed by lovers of the genre.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bioshock does something that video games rarely bother to do: Break new ground. A combination of endlessly creative combat, mixed with a captivating story make for an experience that I can promise you've never had in any other video game before.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is everything a good sequel should be. It continues the story without repeating it, and adds new modes and features without mucking up what worked about the first game. And, most importantly, it still feels fresh.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't played the original Mass Effect or Mass Effect 2, you would be foolish not to pick this up immediately. It's an absolutely enthralling game that will easily last you 40 hours on a complete run-through if you are an explorer.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are into real time strategy in any form, it's hard to ignore Starcraft II.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game didn’t take me the 20 hours the makers claimed it would to complete, but it definitely saw more playtime than many physical releases that cost three times as much and delivered one-third the enjoyment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you liked the previous God of War titles, you're going to feel right at home with this one.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of the most unique puzzlers that I've played over the years, Limbo's chilling atmosphere is an example of an incredible gaming achievement.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Effect certainly has flaws, but it’s easily the most enthralling space adventure that’s ever been created for a video game platform. It honestly makes the Halo narrative look like amateur hour.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    "Grand Theft Auto IV" is a remarkable title, boasting not only exceptional online play, but a terrific main story that contains much finer dialogue and character development than previous games in the series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unwound Future is the best title in the Professor Layton series, but you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't play through the first two games to learn about the main characters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A number of factors made this game a sales loser when it came out, but the passionate cult that gave it its high-quality reputation has a legitimate chance to grow now with improved graphics and a budget price as a downloadable game.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a rock-solid title that pushes the envelope and shatters expectations.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're a casual fan or a Beatlemaniac, a Rock Band guitar god or a neophyte, Beatles: Rock Band is the game for you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure you can still string together some amazing combos here, but you get a much large feeling of accomplishment when you do make that long line.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killzone 2 is an awesome game that will grab hold of you and not let go for quite some time. The gameplay is fast and furious, the atmosphere is rich and deep, and all around the single and multiplayer features are fantastic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From top to bottom Dragon Age: Origins is a quality adventure that’s worth checking out. The story and scope of the game are epic, the rich customization is appreciated, and the gameplay is a mix of familiar and new
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I wouldn't hesitate to give this game the highest rating possible, if it weren't for this terrible marketing strategy, because that aside, it's a fantastic game and one of the best sports titles I've played. Don't hesitate to pick it up if you love golf, just understand the few drawbacks.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the best looking games on the Xbox 360, Crysis 2 falls a bit short on the 8 to 10 hour single player campaign, but flourishes in offering up very addictive multiplayer.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a new world, new story, and new characters, but it feels like an old friend.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From start to finish Fable 2 is a great game that stands out as one of the better role-playing experiences on the current consoles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of Splosion Man should purchase without hesitation, while newcomers owe it to themselves to jump, or splode, on in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute joy to play and the variety of puzzles throughout the game keeps the experience fresh.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PS3 finally has a solid RPG and despite the fact that it is one that has been ported over from the 360 it's worth checking out.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While 1200 points seems like a hefty price for an Xbox Live Arcade release, this is actually the cheapest version (PC, DS, PSP) of Puzzle Quest: CotW in existence.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can’t stress enough the great uses of the Wii’s motion controls in this game. Whether it’s something as simple as shaking the controller in time to a song to using the controller to simulate turning a lock, this game gets all the movements right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation is highly polished and little touches like the inclusion of the Rio characters as playable birds or the extra information included in the menus really help advance the core concept of Angry Birds.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If I had to pick out one glaring fault with Donkey Kong Country Returns, it would be the lack of classic controller support. Old school gamers will be disappointed that it wasn't included, but will be able to adapt to the new controls. However, the rest of the game really fires on all cylinders; dare I say, better than New Super Mario Bros.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't even hesitate about picking this one up. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an instant classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenal conclusion to the trilogy, offering an epic story that is more satisfying than the second game, action on a much bigger scale and a multiplayer section that has been improved from the immensely entertaining multiplayer of the second game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While a few songs suffer from note repetition, the overall mix is robust and fun to play. For anyone who enjoyed Guitar Hero or Rock Band, Rock Band 2 is a no-brainer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As I've stated in the past, I love point-and-click adventures, but Broken Sword, with its engagingly deep storyline, gorgeous art, fun writing, entertaining puzzles and terrific vocal cast, just raised the bar to a level that will be incredibly hard to meet for any game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Out of the 48 Live Arcade titles that I digitally own, Bomberman Live tops them all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For $10, “Magic the Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers” is a lot of bang for the buck.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the lack of online tour mode is a huge letdown and the song selection is geared too much at younger generations, Rock Band is still above and beyond anything the Guitar Hero series has offered as of late.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a highly polished hit that deserves to be checked out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That being said, critics of the first game are going to find problems with Dead Rising 2, namely the highly difficult boss battles and the poorly structured inventory system.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is "Black Ops" a game of the year? No, but it's still a very good game. Highly Recommended.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you have a Kinect and are looking for a fantastic party game, don't hesitate to pick up Dance Central and start shaking your booty!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While I've been critical of Neversoft's handling of the Guitar Hero franchise, I must give credit where credit is due. Guitar Hero 5 has fixed 70%-80% of the problems I've had since III, and is easily the most fun I've had playing Guitar Hero since Guitar Hero II.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the best Formula 1 racer currently available, but that really wasn't hard considering the lack of competition.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Twitch gamers will eat this up, and Galaxies is an easy game to go back to every now and then to unlock new planets or try to break those high score records that you set.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Check out the demo for this title before purchasing Roogoo if you enjoy single player puzzle games.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The main problem with taking the series back onto the Playstation portable from the PS3 is that the series loses the grand depth that was created in God of War III. Sure, this is set in the timeline after the first God of War, but veterans of the series have already gotten used to the more complex combat system and epic bosses.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Considering there are so many Naruto games on the market, it really says something that Storm actually stands out.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an RTS that is cut from a slightly different cloth then EndWar is definitely the way to go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This really just boils down to if you enjoy RTS games and the methodical level of pacing that comes with the genre. This is the first RTS game on a console that I have been able to tolerate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply one of the best puzzle games to ever grace a handheld and a must get for any puzzle game fan, and the sheer amount of different solutions each puzzle can have will keep you playing for a very long time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure it may have its flaws, and yes it’s not the most creative RPG ever, but it’s such a joy to play that it’s an instant classic in my eyes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, for the slight faults the game has and the sometimes repetitive nature the game employs, you cannot deny that this is a stellar title and will do much to propel the series to future titles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a Naruto fan then Broken Bond should definitely be on your play list.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Travis' journey upwards in the ranks of the UAA provided some of the quickest, most viscerally charged gameplay made available across the board. Its only faults lie in its decision to focus more on the luridly uncomplicated gameplay than further expansive depth.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is a lot of fun and it reminds me why I enjoyed the first game as much as I did. The simple puzzle interface combined with the role-playing elements go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the exception of the horrific online performance, NBA 2K11 is really an exceptional basketball title with a ridiculous amount of depth and a shockingly challenging AI.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tales From Space: About a Blob is a very unique and charming game that provides a nice change of pace.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the Advance Wars series or folks looking for a solid strategy game should shell out the 800 Marketplace points for this title.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's also a value question around Shank. Before spending the $15, you really need a qualified co-op player on hand locally to help you get your money's worth out of the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thought it may be a sequel in title only, Far Cry 2 is a fantastic shooter worthy of finding a home in any FPS fan's library.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's little to nothing in NHL 11 to complain about. The quality of the presentation is fantastic and you can tell EA went to tremendous lengths to tweak the gameplay to improve the hockey experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's easily one of the more polished poker games that I've played on any platform, but there's plenty of free poker games on the PC that can offer the same thrill.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a solid production all around with some addictive gameplay and diverse fighting styles to tinker with. The addition of online play is key to the success of this title and it creates an unlimited arcade experience right from your sofa.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game gets a high recommendation for the multiplayer aspect but if you're in a position where you're going to be exploring single player consider this merely recommended.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sadly, Neversoft finds themselves unable to find that perfect balance with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, cutting corners in places that really affect the feel of the game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The DS version is also a bit more forgiving than the Wii version, so even passing fans of these kinds of games will find a lot to like here without feeling overwhelmed, making this one an even easier recommendation. This is the best shooter on the DS so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Ubisoft have pieced together an engrossing, intricately designed fantasy experience with Prince of Persia, one with a smooth and decadent sensibility that reflects on both its visual sumptuousness and meticulous framework.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Highly recommended if you love multiplayer matches.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extensive single player career mode will have you playing for weeks on end. Unfortunately, the multiplayer design flaws hurts the replay value after the single player is completed.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Goldeneye's reputation was built on its stellar split-screen multiplayer, and Activision was smart enough to bring it back for this go around. As before, getting together a group of friends for a night of gunslinging is ridiculously fun, and the PS3 version even includes Hugo Drax with a Moonraker laser pistol as DLC (for those who purchase the game new) for some vintage Bond action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, this is the worst performing version of Plants vs. Zombies and oddly the most expensive.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apollo Justice delivers an evolved version of the Phoenix Wright titles, but the overall experience has been shortened dramatically.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Catherine is a strange beauty of a game that deserves to be given a spin in your console.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the controls are occasionally a bit troublesome, the entertaining single player campaign, loads of mini-games and well balanced set of achievements definitely offer an excellent Xbox 360 gaming experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you loved all the other Halo games, there's little I can say to dissuade you from purchasing Bungie's last creation in the Halo series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LucasArts and Travellers’ Tales have been a great job of making the Lego Star Wars experience portable and a genuine blast to play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In any case, You Don't Know Jack is an excellent choice for parties or simply those looking for a great trivia challenge with a liberal dose of silly humor.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Assuming the crashing issues that I observed on my system were isolated (I didn’t hear many reports of this happening to others) then Saints Row 2 gets a highly recommended grade from this reviewer.