WHAM! Gaming's Scores

  • Games
For 584 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Lowest review score: 13 Crash Boom Bang!
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 50 out of 584
584 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    PC owners definitely will fare better than their Xbox counterparts in this particular gang war.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When you can finally crack a song that initially seemed far beyond your skill level, and not just play it but perform it - arched back, windmilling arms, grins and grimaces and devil-horn salutes - it transcends a mere video game. It’s interactive entertainment taken to an entirely new level.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The single-player campaign is shorter than other games of its kind — I stomped through it in about 8 hours. But it was so action-packed, I didn’t feel cheated at all.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game is so consistently fresh, it's desperately hard to stop playing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, however, you just can't beat the value being offered here and though it's not perfect, the sum of "The Orange Box" is greater than its parts.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Jade Empire is THE Role Playing Game to own on the Xbox, the best game on the Xbox period, and probably one of the best games released in the last 5 years. Are you sufficiently hyped yet?
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Simply put, BioShock is a must for anyone who’s over 17 and has a 360. So far, this is the best game of 2007.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Rarely do games with this much fanfare actually live up to their talked-about potential, but Gears does something that almost none do - it exceeds the hype. It looks almost unbearably gorgeous, it sounds out of this world, it plays as smooth as butter but most of all - it's fun. Pure, unadulterated, blood-spattered fun.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Another technological feat which just adds to the frightening experience of RE 4 is the lack of load times. You won't be catching your breath waiting on a load screen. The action and suspense will be with you at all times.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    It’s a huge game with an enthralling storyline and a huge mix of different gameplay elements that will keep players from ever being bored.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    This could very well be remembered as the PlayStation 2's best game ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It’s a huge, solid package all wrapped up in a slick presentation with enough added features to make it a big step ahead of "2K6."
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The great thing about Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is that it's just getting warmed up once you finish playing all by your lonesome. The Multiplayer aspect of it will easily quadruple your time with the game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Is it possible for an expansion disc to qualify as contender for Game of the Year?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's so realistic it makes me want to drivearound my block blasting the horn til' midnight.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Contrary to popular belief, Revenge is a dish best served hot. It's the best Burnout game ever.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The depth of what appears to be an initially incredible simple and one dimensional game is astounding as always with Mario Kart DS, and the delivered promise of online opponents only adds to the overall incredibly rewarding experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game play is fantastic, intuitive and engaging with the best graphics I have ever been witness to in a PC shooter. If you love first-person shooters and are jonesing for something to play on your shiny new rig, this is the game for you.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While the story is an improvement on the first, the fact that the sequel is so much better means the story should have been great too.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A sprawling fantasy masterpiece that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It has a great mix of tactics and action, it has a cinematic, engaging campaign mode, and plenty of multiplayer fun to keep everyone on Xbox Live happy for a long time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Whether you're starting a new franchise from scratch or simply playing a game of Dodge-the-Barrels, NHL 2K6 is a stunning addition to the world of sports games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Best looking, best sounding, best playing fighting game on the PlayStation 2. Excusing the fact there’s no online functionality, if fighting is your genre of choice this is your game of choice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A thoroughly engaging racing game with high production value and an extensive amount of replay. From the multiple game modes, to the extensive customization options to finally the numerous online options, there is an incredible amount of game to enjoy.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A gaming masterpiece that combines groundbreaking technology, atmosphere and all-out action. It's the closest you'll get to starring in your own sci-fi flick.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even without the car crashes, Burnout 3: Takedown would have been a superb arcade-style racing game. But the incredible vehicular carnage makes it a thing of profound destructive beauty.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the most well-rounded DDR version yet and with Xbox Live downloadable content coming in the future, its appeal will last even longer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The music will put you in the mood to hit that hole-in-one, and a taunting system that's customizable will be sure to annoy the heck out of your friends when you play multiplayer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the new look can be a little daunting to a guy who just wants to play a few seasons, it is definitely the most sophisticated simulation ever developed for a console.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even without the car crashes, Burnout 3: Takedown would have been a superb arcade-style racing game. But the incredible vehicular carnage makes it a thing of profound destructive beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The game is such a blast because you only have about ten minutes each day to prove that you really are as quick and sharp as you were the day before.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While the new look can be a little daunting to a guy who just wants to play a few seasons, it is definitely the most sophisticated simulation ever developed for a console.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While there are lots of competitors, there quite simply just isn't another football game that stands up to the standard Madden sets. If you love the NFL, you'll love Madden 2005.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Xbox users benefit immensely from the addition of online play, a feature that was noticeably absent from past games due to a tiff between Microsoft and EA.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Absolutely worth the purchase for old and new fans alike. There’s no reason why someone looking for a third person tactical shooter should opt for the original game (unless they’re looking to save a bit of cash), and fans of the first GRAW will find all the same modes, but with more customization options and ramped up clan support.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Top notch for the handheld market. The audio sports a lot of remixing of previous Zelda tunes, combined with all the new original scoring. It's standard Zelda fair -- which is pretty much the equivalent of saying it's great stuff.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Easily and by far one of the most addictive and fun online multiplayer games to come along in awhile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that any fan of old-school Mega Man games will love ZX. Whether you’re familiar with the series or not, though, be sure that this is a must-have for anyone looking for a superb platformer on the handheld DS.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Whether you're an old fan, like an intense new challenge or just appreciate a well-done video game, Ninja Gaiden has what you're looking for.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Sadly though the multiplayer only serves to bring down the quality of the game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Speaking of navigation, another reason this game is so wonderful is that every last thing you do can be done using your stylus. Typing, walking, drawing, organizing – it’s just a tap or stroke away.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The use of lighting, reflections and shadows give the cars and tracks an ultra realistic look and an illusion of depth that just hasn’t been present in other racers. One caveat to this huge leap in graphical prowess though is that by pushing the PS2 to levels thought incapable of the system, there is a glitch that arises, called "stuttering" by most that’ve seen it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The controls on the PS3 Sixaxis controller work extremely well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The thing about Brothers in Arms which makes it stand out in this genre is its realism, and attention to detail. A painstaking amount of work has gone into re-creating what happened to the men of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It ended just in time - the end of the game comes down to, more than anything, one big boss battle after another - and left us with a true feeling of accomplishment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Smooth Moves is everything we hoped it would be and then some – it’s quite simply a must-have for any Wii owner.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it stays true to the Ratchet & Clank formula and doesn't try to get too creative, this is easily one of the best PS3 games so far.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Kirby game that's fun and cool? Thanks to the innovative touchscreen control, you bet it is. A must-have for the somewhat under-represented Nintendo DS.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly tight blend of action, exploration and story. It's just too bad it's over so quickly.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great game made even greater through its translation to two more powerful platforms. But Xbox owners might be miffed that the long-anticipated improvements are in reality so minimal.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Disney has all the bases covered and then some to keep a child's interest as they work their way through an assortment of diverse levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game truly has multiple paths with multiple choices to make that can affect the conclusion of the game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Plain and simple, ESPN NFL 2K5 is Sega's best football game to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for awesome graphics, revolutionary game play and realistic hockey, and don’t mind some sacrifices due to oddities in the game that EA happened to forget about and a lack of a major online component, this game is a hands down winner.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everything that was great about Morrowind is here in spades, but with smoother gameplay mechanics, snazzier visuals and a faster-moving storyline.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Trigger-happy players and those who prefer stealth will both be able to enjoy this game, though those opting for stealth will get a lot more enjoyment in the long run.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Another amazing asset is that the opponents that you face aren't stupid. These are some top-notch, intelligent drivers! These opponents actually try to set you up to crash in a race.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's all cute and Lego-y, yeah, but this is also a thoroughly charming, satisfying and faithful tip of the plastic hat to the original Star Wars trilogy. The Force is strong with this one.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With some of the highest production values seen in any game and more extras than you can shake a silenced tranquilizer gun at (all of which are on top of an amazing and improved single player game) result in a title that is easy to recommend and enjoy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gray Matter Studios, the makers of "Castle Wolfenstein," was hired to make this add-on, and has done an impressive job creating battle scenarios that are larger and feel more freewheeling than in the original.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So despite the course deficiency the 360 has compared to its cheaper and older rivals, EA has produced the golf outing they should¹ve released a year ago.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But given that we gave Half-Life 2 one of our very rare five-star ratings, it would be pretty tough to improve upon perfection. The mere fact that Episode One comes close to matching the greatness of the original is impressive.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it has the odd rough edge, Mass Effect pushes BioWare's trademark character development, dialogue and storytelling to new levels.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An absolute must for any retro gamer or PSP owner.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from a few frustrating spikes in difficulty and a slower-paced final act, God Of War II is about as perfect an action game as you could ever hope for, and a worthy sequel to one of the PlayStation 2’s crown jewels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A phenomenal game if it runs on your machine. While it is not exactly the dynamic battlefield that EA had hyped, it is one of the most enjoyable multiplayer first person shooters to come out in years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s unfortunate that the Xbox controller can’t possibly be as accurate as a mouse (this game originally was released for PC a few years back) but you actually get used to it quickly enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new A-10 Warthog will be worth the purchase price for many, but there is still enough here to keep any fan of Battlefield 2 amused for quite awhile.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would have been nicer if the storyline was a little longer, but the ability to go back and replay the game, but choosing to be evil instead of good, or a spellcaster instead of a fighter, will allow you to enjoy this game for some time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A sure bet on any platform, GTA on the PSP is the beginning of a portable revolution, setting the bar even higher for any future games that dare challenge it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's refreshing however in these times of relentless retro makeovers, is that despite the simplicity, there's considerable depth and longevity here, thanks to the varied outcomes of your every action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The action is exciting and varied, the puzzles are challenging yet rarely frustrating and the environments are simply gorgeous.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In many ways, The Godfather is much better than "GTA". The producers have taken the "GTA" gameplay concept as a starting point and then made it their own by surrounding it with a well-established storyline that gives everything purpose and charm.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best strategy game franchises gets even better with the addition of new DS-specific features and tweaks.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its wide variety of vehicles, numerous tracks and racing modes and its undeniably addictive sense of speed, Burnout Legends is by far the best racing experience to be had on the PSP.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than its steep PC system requirements and the merely adequate multiplayer modes, it's hard to find any fault with this gripping gem of a shooter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the history of gaming, there are a few releases that warrant the cost of purchasing an entire system. 'Goldeneye' and 'Perfect Dark' for the N64 and the groundbreaking PS2 version of 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City' are a few of those extraordinary titles. In my mind, based on its astonishing graphics and feral gameplay, you can now add 'Peter Jackson's King Kong' to that list of rarities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Newcomers might want to try the first two outings in the series just to be sure they don’t get lost playing the third, but other then that small issue, there’s little to complain about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics, the sound, the level designs, the characters and their voice acting - everything about this game is truly terrifying and horrific all at the same time. Revel in one of the scariest video games ever made.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Achieves something many role-playing strategy games fail at. It provides a fantastically involving adventure strategy for those who live and breath RPG, but also allows those who just want the strategy to ignore the wrapping paper and get straight to the gift.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the story and gameplay are identical, the PS3 iteration of Oblivion is slightly better than its Xbox 360 cousin from a visual and technical standpoint. Standing on the top of a tall hill and gazing at the landscape below is even more breathtaking than before, thanks to a greater level of distant detail in the environments. Loading times have also been shortened a bit, making transitions between areas a little smoother.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Double Agent's level design and scenarios will keep you on your toes while blowing your mind at the same time.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few niggling flaws — or maybe just impossibly high expectations — keep Halo 3 from perfection. But on the whole, it’s a heartfelt and worthy conclusion to one of the most beloved video game series of all time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfect merging of sneaking and shooting missions, Dark Mirror’s gameplay flows rapidly from scenario to scenario.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it doesn't bring anything radically new to the formula, The Sims 2 has enough amazing twists and tweaks to make it one of those rare sequels that outdoes the original in every conceivable way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sega's best football game to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More than any other release in the past, 'The Show' captures all of the intricacies and the essence of the great game itself.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While film aficionados will get more out of it than your regular Joe who will pay full price to see anything starring Rob Schneider, The Movies is for anyone who not only think they can make movies better than Hollywood, they know they can.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only real fault with Resistance is that its inspirations are sometimes too obvious. It’s a little too much like Call Of Duty here or Half-Life there, and one of the later tank-driving segments feels like it was lifted straight out of the original Halo.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What really leaves all the other modes in the proverbial dust though is the free-roaming aspect of 'Cars'.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Utilising each of the five pikmin-type talents is fun; the pikmin are easy to command and control, and the multi-tasking with Louie adds a lot of depth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you only have a slightest casual interest in the greatest puzzle video game ever made, the stack of gameplay modes and the introduction of online play are completely reason enough to warrant purchase.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a treat to play something so fresh, and yet so (often frustratingly) familiar. Helmet Chaos strikes the perfect balance between its 20th Century lineage and gameplay for today.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prettiest fighting franchise out there has grown some brains, upping the skill ante but also bringing a ton of online play modes and unlockable goodies to the table.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Besides being one of the best Xbox racing titles, RSC 2 is right up there with anything else currently on the market.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As one of the few distinct differences from the original, Lumines 2 features full, non-animated music videos as backgrounds on certain levels. The videos are pretty cool on their own, and yet actually add another degree of difficulty by being yet another visual distraction- something that should please veteran players of the first game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The series could benefit from features such as other playable races or a crafting system, but you'll likely be so busy adventuring that you won't have much time for gathering herbs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At present, this is the closest you will come to knowing what it is like to step inside a WWE ring. Here’s hoping THQ and the WWE will move past their business disagreements and continue producing superb wrestling games.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the story mode provides a compelling 12 hour experience, you won’t be rushing out to play through it a second time. Still, these minor gripes aside, The Darkness is one of the best games you’re likely to play this year. I’ve seen the light and it’s dark, very dark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I didn't realize how hard I'd been jonesing for destructo-racing fix 'til I gazed upon the game again, this time in all its high-definition glory.