Village Voice's Scores

For 79 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 62% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
Lowest review score: 20 Charlie's Angels
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 79
  2. Negative: 5 out of 79
79 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Happily, no improvement over the original's deep and difficult strategizing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wait for the G late at night, and the mission might take you one ride: The game lasts for only a few hours. Finishing does unlock the hard setting (plus the original Metroid), and the first couple repeat plays are rewarded with different endings.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And with their waving grass and bubbling lava, Brute Force's graphics are even richer than its game-play possibilities. Those synthetics keep looking better and better.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The otherwise almost flawlessly executed retro design (which includes a grainy visual effect), lovely graphics, and combination of quick, arcade-style combat with ever mutating obstacles prove much more diverting than the bad humor.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to fine scrape-and-splash sound work, subtle controller feedback, accurate impact response, and smart visual rendering, the water and various hard surfaces—whether you encounter them in the flooded city of Springfield or a junk-boat-strewn Hong Kong—"feel" just as they should.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But what better way to show off the extravagantly idealized female form than with high kicks and kung fu-style stretches? Watching them pee sitting down would just interrupt the action, which is tremendous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Other than the less-than-perfect graphics, there's nothing to complain about in Ghost Recon's emphasis on undercover method and leadership.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When the gloves come off, ESPN NHL Hockey is really just a manicured version of last year's game. The new graphics engine looks slicker than any competitor's.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The seamless action—now presented in third person—is spit-shined and ever shifting.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A motocross title that makes you think, sure. But MX Unleashed thrills the way book learnin' never could, mostly by letting you launch off jumps into the propellers of passing helicopters.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a deep, campy story mode, a detailed create-a-craft option, and a preponderance of wicked-hard courses, F-Zero GX is a (primal) scream.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The fanciful settings, story mode full of bitchy trash-talking (voiced by the American television actors), customizable everything, and series of attacks that culminate in nutty cut scenes bring life to a sometimes plodding genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The flashy, all-new cutscenes actually distract from the game's innovation: the emphasis on artificial intelligence over player progress.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As with any role-player, there's a mess of shit to track: money, spells, elements, keys, letters, artifacts, trades, treasures, ailments, weapon parts, and your favorite foods (I like star carrots!). The multiplayer concept, like the game's pastoral setting, is much more elegant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The mind-emptying beauty of Ikaruga is its seamless unity of aesthetics and game-play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This might be the football game of the year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While cheesy flight simulation goes back to the original PC, this incarnation's technical detail brings CNN's gee-whiz graphics-and-stats fighter plane descriptions—indicative of our fascination with death from above—to life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Classical monsters are one thing, but why encourage players to think of themselves as killers of women and children, brought to justice, but justified by their "insanity"?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are no bosses to pelt, and the puzzles and plot kinks keep you looking over your shoulder rather than shooting from the hip.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As opposed to "King of Route 66," another $20 title that simply relies on such stereotypes, Big Mutha Truckers imports impromptu race challenges, various hauls, market-monitoring bartenders, biker pirates, loan sharks, and a ruthless extended family into classic arcade play. The game's got heart, shrouded though it may be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Switch between the game’s three passages—the Paths of the King, Wizard, and Hobbit—to hack levels tailored to each character’s quirks. Or better yet, stick with one and build up his abilities—cutting through the Orc-etc.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deploying your special powers is motivation enough to move through the game's booby-trapped military complexes, crash sites, mines, caves, and places that look like mines or caves.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's one thing to watch your favorite stars provide product placement in Hollywood blockbusters, quite another to force the BAWLS into your mouth as a condition of advancing through the game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the original will notice the drastically reduced "geo-mod" function—no more digging tunnels or indiscriminate destruction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When buildings light up—Big Ben, say—you can let your opponents know what time it is by picking up the structure and hurling it at them.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Besides making personal progress, you must hire hands, choose a complementary hierarchy of mates, explore the Caribbean, and, ultimately, earn cheddar. Giving your neighbors a good buggering simply comes with the territory.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is sexy violence: shot-up bodies stiffen and reel, tumbling down stairs, blood spurting. As you enter slow-motion "bullet time," hordes of attackers twist and fall in an orgy-like spectacle.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Thrilling and refreshingly buoyant, Sonic Adventure DX-Director's Cut actually justifies '90s nostalgia.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If only DMX could sic his pit bulls on you, Funkmaster Flex burst your eardrums ID'ing himself, or Redman burn you with a blunt.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Two things, besides the lack of a true multiplayer option, set Freestyle Metal X apart from other ex-games: the option to link its unlockable environments, so you can speed directly from the seaside into a snowstorm; and its soundtrack's handful of classic metal tunes from Twisted Sister, Mötley Crüe, Megadeth, and Motörhead.