Wired's Scores

  • Games
For 214 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 30% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 69% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
Lowest review score: 30 Zoids Assault
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 214
214 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The truly stunning thing about Persona 4 is that it just doesn't have any glaring flaws. Even though it doesn't stand up to the graphics of the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, the clever art style makes up for that. Those who despise reading large blocks of text in games will be pleasantly surprised by the solid voice-over work applied to almost every conversation.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The game's greatest accomplishment is that it is a paradise of escapism, a lavish love letter to immersion. Diving into Skyrim's world feels both thrilling and comforting, like riding a rollercoaster or swimming in the ocean. There is very little padding. There are very few scripted quests that aren't worth experiencing.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The most important change is that most everything feels new. The fights against giant boss creatures at the end of each dungeon don't rely on old ideas. The classic characters are replaced, for the most part, with novel ones. If you already know what's going to happen, is that really capturing the spirit of the original Legend of Zelda, in which we all went in blind? Skyward Sword shows that "a real Zelda game" is about more than certain items or certain gameplay rituals, which in the end is more meaningful than adding better sword controls.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Spelunky is designed to be played repeatedly, a randomly generated battle of human versus machine. Its goal is to challenge the player in a way that is seemingly impossible, but ultimately surmountable given the proper amount of training and skill. I can't recall another game that achieves that delicate balance as well as Spelunky. Its randomly generated nature and ecosystem of interactive elements challenges your decision-making abilities in a way that's nothing short of awe-inspiring.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endless depth, gorgeous graphics, excellent polish for a new MMO.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brawl isn't perfect. The single-player mode isn't nearly as polished and fun as the multiplayer. The disc is crammed so full of content that the loading times can get annoying. But it's still without equal -- can you even think of another four-player fighting game?
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoy playing first-person shooters with a team of friends or even complete strangers, Left 4 Dead offers an unparalleled social experience. It can be frustrating at times when the team's actions aren't synced, or strategies continually falter, but a bit of practice and, more importantly, communication will transform this zombie massacre into one of the most exciting and addictive gaming experiences ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its blend of action, strategy and atmospheric tension perfectly complement the film series it's based on. Assault on Dark Athena sets a new standard for games based on films.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Killzone 2 does walk on mostly well-trodden ground, it does so with a keen attention to style and detail, pushing beyond the gray-and-red color schemes that define its competition while encouraging gamers to put a little bit of thought behind every bullet they hurl.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply the most reliable gaming purchase you can make this holiday season. No other title will offer more content for the price.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game's audio is phenomenal. Throughout the game players are treated to a combination of Japanese-style blues, pop, techno and rock. Even those who have become tired of Japan's trademark stylistic alterations to American media will find the variety of tunes appealing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite minor quibbles about its online modes, Order of Ecclesia is a simply stunning handheld game. It ranks as easily the best portable game of the year and could very well qualify as the best Castlevania ever.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dokapon Kingdom's perfectly balanced multiplayer, cool aesthetics and pure addictive fun make it a new high-water mark for party games on the Wii.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rock Band 2 is a massive bullet-point list of new features, each of which makes playing the game a little bit more fun, a little bit less annoying. MTV has played it very safe: It has not broken anything, but neither has it taken any great risks to add any feature that is mind-blowingly new, the way it did when it added drumming and vocals to Guitar Hero in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it gives players that quintessential amped-up FPS experience, it isn't doing anything especially innovative or new. The firefights are intense, the pacing will keep you on the edge of your seat and quite a few scenes prove absolutely breathtaking, but the game's chief strength is the story that binds it all together, and the multiplayer modes that should keep us amused for quite some time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid is so much more than just another XBLA release. What you're paying for is a groundbreaking title that offers several hours of pure game enjoyment. Buy this game now, and experience some of the best this medium has to offer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rhythm Heaven is exactly the sort of novel, deep, challenging game that people accuse Nintendo of not creating anymore. Play it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On their own, the adventure and puzzle segments of Henry Hatsworth would not be especially interesting videogames. But this experiment succeeds because of how well the two genres play off one another. While certain level elements can feel monotonous, the core experience is sound, delivering controlled chaos into the palms of your achy, sweating hands.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This should serve as a reminder that a strong license shouldn’t be a millstone around a game designer’s neck but a gold mine, a vast stockpile of prebuilt characters and relationships that, properly tweaked, can work just as well in a videogame as they do in a movie or comic book series.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the war-torn home world of the lizardlike krogans to a planet so wracked by radiation that stepping out of the shade will eat away at your shields, the galaxy feels more lovely, lurid and dangerous this time around.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The moments when Modern Warfare 2 isn’t good are few and far between. That’s about all you can ask from a hero.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s just a solid, addictive, finely polished game that’s easy enough for newbies and challenging enough for those who remember. Sometimes, they do make ‘em like they used to.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Assassin’s Creed had a bold, brilliant concept; the sequel delivers the execution.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a challenging game, too. I've logged enough hours in strategy games to qualify as an officer in certain South American militaries, but the last few levels of Adventure mode and many of those Puzzle mode levels require intense concentration and genuine skill.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 may be a clever spin on the are-you-good-or-evil convention, but it falls short of its predecessor by not breaking free of it.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simultaneously more and less than its predecessor. It expands and elaborates on the gameplay in unpredictable ways, but the last one felt like a bigger, more complete adventure. That said, better core gameplay with less window dressing is infinitely preferable to the reverse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There hasn't been a funnier, more singularly creative videogame since Brütal Legend. And where Double Fine disappointed some with odd game design choices, DeathSpank does nothing but please.