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 0.6 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 Legends of Exidia
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 214
214 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Electronic Symphony's best new feature is the ability to sort your favorite tunes into a specified order and play them straight through. Or you can have your favorite song run on an endless loop and relive that moment of pure ecstasy, where it's just you and the music.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endless depth, gorgeous graphics, excellent polish for a new MMO.
    • 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
    Much like the original, it will be played for years to come. And that's why it lives up to all the anticipation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion's fantasy world doesn't feel derivative. Its world and characters are all its own, and the narrator's verbal descriptions of abandoned quarries, forsaken gods and terrifying fortresses breathe life into them.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Portal 2 is in the business of defying players' expectations. Valve never wants you to predict what's going to happen at any moment, and delights in subtly setting those pins up and knocking them down. Even more than the clever gameplay mechanics and sharply written story, the smiles and laughter that such a carefully crafted game can extract from you mean this one will stay with you for years to come.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was one of the best cooperative experiences I've ever had in a video game, and I don't even know who those people were. I've made my concerns about the storytelling in this game clear, but maybe that's not as big of an issue. I came away from Diablo III with a great story to tell, one of my own making.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rhythm Heaven Fever boasts a staggeringly extensive soundtrack of catchy tunes covering an array of different genres, from head-pounding rock to way-too-sweet pop, everything with a distinct Japanese style. Kicking back and listening to the music is the single biggest stress reliever when you're getting frustrated by the high difficulty.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gorgeous re-imagining of the original, lots of gaming for your buck.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. Wii is an excellent game with friends, and I had a great deal of challenging fun with the solo mode. But if you’re looking for a new Mario adventure that’s tailored to creating the maximum amount of fun for just one person, you’ll have to wait for next year’s Super Mario Galaxy 2.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game completely lacks scary moments; there is nothing going bump in the night. Actually, most all the levels take place in the daytime. They are very pretty levels, yes, although the RE5 team hasn't yet learned the tricks of the trade that other developers use to seamlessly blend them -- there are lots and lots of loading screens.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the clunky menu system and nearly useless real-time combat options, the biggest complaint I can level at Fallout 3 is that it isn't by the original developer, Interplay. But since we'll never see that game, Bethesda's take on the series is a very acceptable substitute.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Wii Sports was the Pong of our day, Wii Sports Resort is the Super Pong machine with color graphics and handball and hockey modes: Some of it is superfluous, but it’s worth the upgrade.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's another three or four hours of solid entertainment.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For all its undeniable polish and fun gameplay, Mario & Luigi is starting to feel less like a clever bridging of the gap and more like an indecisive straddle. It’s time to rethink the Mario RPG.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game isn’t about slavish devotion to original recordings. It’s about the power of the DJ to transform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2′s final chapters seem like an endless string of featureless rooms filled with monsters. Some wonderful moments emerge that make it a must-play, especially since the game wraps in less than 10 hours, but the last act seems rushed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I wish I could recommend Sleeping Dogs with no reservations. The story is excellent, the gameplay has flashes of brilliance and the mission structuring makes it rather addictive. It's hard to ignore all the little problems that keep presenting themselves, but not one of them is troublesome enough to make you stop playing.

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