Yahoo! Games' Scores

  • Games
For 2,240 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 50% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 SoulCalibur II
Lowest review score: 20 Medal of Honor Underground
Score distribution:
2240 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Well-developed and believable characters. That, in itself, is no mean feat, but mix it with the game's delightful combat, varied design, and admirable coherence of style and creative vision, and you have something very special. Max Payne 2 is a superb game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Think of Civilization III: Conquests as you would an even more densely programmed History Channel. If you found yourself at all invested in the first, you're going to want to check this out. And if the first one intimidated you a little, be afraid. Be very afraid.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Set in a rich and charming world with a host of great characters, it's beautifully paced and challenging enough to make you want more, yet simple in both its control interface and concept.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The level of work that went into this game is way beyond the norm. It's obvious that no expense was spared in making Def Jam Fight For NY a big-time title... It's one the most polished fighting games available.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An all-round fantastic experience. It's got enough building to keep god-sim fans happy, enough interaction to keep Sims-fanatics interested, and enough detail for even the management freaks to have a damn good time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's no fighter on the system that even vaguely competes. Sure, "Street Fighter" was nice to have, but this feels like it belongs on the PSP, while Capcom's game never escaped the feeling of "port."
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remember this is a die-hard, slow-paced, no-nonsense strategy title, and chances are you'd be better served with one of Koei's Dynasty games if you're not prepared to invest plenty of thought and patience into building an empire.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nothing riotously new, but as any gear-head can tell you: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The staggering amount of real estate, the intricate combat system, the engaging narrative, and the sheer number of things to do makes it a real JRPG standout. It’s water in a desert for Wii U owners, and a smashing success that will likely be remembered as one of the system’s finest.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 2005 is a birdie to "2004's" eagle, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best sports games out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The effect of these changes is hard to overstate. The gameplay is much more laid back, and without having to restart levels over and over, it flows better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not for everyone, of course, but for those looking to shed some weight or strengthen muscles, including your heart and mind, this title is an extraordinary one worth spending time with.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is almost certainly the best release in the history of the NHL series and one of the most authentic action-oriented sports games currently on the market.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spectacular boxing game that moves beyond a lot of the systems prior limitations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PlanetSide's exciting mix of action and strategy is a breath of fresh FPS air.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That break-the-mold game that longtime players of the franchise have been waiting for. And if you're already a street-rag reader, you have permission and reason to drool - just keep it off the AirFlow controller, please.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The hallmark of Gears' weapon design is the balance of powerful tools with critical, exploitable weaknesses, and it's executed with real finesse.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A perfect place to jump into the Age of Wonders series. It's "Age of Wonders II," only sporting a few refinements and a lot of extra content.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply beautiful, with finely tuned play and as fine a presentation as we've seen in sport. The new details make the game feel much more real, and every step Konami takes towards full global licensing is a boon for fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best role-playing games of 2001. With just a few tweaks, Piranha Bytes could have given us one of the best role-playing games of all time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may just blow your mind!
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those rare games where the ratio of time spent to the cost of the game makes for some of the most efficient entertainment this side of "Oblivion" or "Civilization IV."
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero effortlessly tops the charts in terms of music/rhythm games -- and not just because the controller, gameplay, and song list are all flawless. It shoots to number one with a bullet because you actually feel and look cool playing it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's never really been a console game like this one – it's an oddity, and most people would be well advised to investigate its possibilities further before picking it up...Morrowind isn't for everyone, but those it grabs will be hooked for good.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A tremendously fun game; I don't usually play adventure games, but this one held my interest from beginning to end. With excellent roach animation and plenty of interesting locations to wander around your senses are kept keen, and the stylish video clips add very well to the eerie atmosphere.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just about the only bad thing about Madden NFL 2004 is the bar that it sets. EA Sports has one hell of a challenge waiting in the wings, trying to improve on a masterful title like this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a harder and longer version of Brothers in Arms, Earned in Blood fits the bill -- although it can be hard to shake the feeling that you've trudged through these fields and villages before.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TrueSwing is an unparalleled re-creation of what it's like to actually swing a golf club, and the visual touches provide you with nearly everything that a membership at a real-world club can offer. There is no finer simulation of golf.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes it great is the fantastic level design and AI, the solid cut-scenes and storyline, the inventive character abilities and the fact that the designers have squeezed so much into it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its FPS-like controls and gameplay mean you'll take to it easily, and the slow-moving 'mechs and long reload times add satisfying tactical elements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a number of new gameplay innovations, a low learning curve and high replay value, Time Crisis 3 is pretty much guaranteed to satisfy even the most jaded lightgun gamer out there.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's cliche to say those with heart conditions should stay away, but the game is truly one of those rarities that has you so caught up in the action, you don't realize that you were holding your breath until the mission ends.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To make up for the weaker aesthetics, PS2 gamers do get an extra single-player level (along with some tweaks to the existing levels), and a post-mission stats readout that might give players something to brag about online.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of the best brawling seen in this console generation, as well as slick presentation, varied gameplay, and an unbeatable depiction of gang life pre-gangsta rap.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The type of conversion we hoped to see on the handheld: There's virtually no degradation in quality, it's better than almost any console game in the genre, and it makes the platform look like gold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To produce a console RTS game that equals its PC counterpart is no mean feat, and here Electronic Arts has even surpassed it slightly in some areas.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strangely enough, the key to the game's success may very well be the restricted camera. Yes, saying so is likely to get us branded as gaming heathens, but for Castlevania, it works and it works well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're not having fun, you just plain don't like tactical RPGs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That break-the-mold game that longtime players of the franchise have been waiting for. And if you're already a street-rag reader, you have permission and reason to drool - just keep it off the AirFlow controller, please.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Striking a balance between cinematic, story-based gaming and free-roaming fun is harder than most people realize, and True Crime manages to pull it off in a way that brings excitement, challenge, and even a few laughs here and there (some of the voice work, particularly that of one Mr. Walken, is priceless).
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Liberty City Stories stands out on the PlayStation Portable like an elephant in a henhouse, and puts almost every other PSP game -- especially console ports -- to shame.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An eye-opening, awe-inspiring psychotic arcade racer with addictive, high-energy and often hysterical gameplay. EA and Criterion really hit it out of the parking lot with this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a crying shame that availability problems look like preventing Katamari Damacy from reaching the enormous audience it so richly deserves. Scour your local stores for a copy, because you owe it to yourself to pick this game up straight away.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 2005 is a birdie to "2004's" eagle, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best sports games out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden 2005 is a benchmark in football simulations, because for the first time, it implements a realistic, versatile, hard-hitting defensive game that will pin you to the chair like a 300lb tackle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's great on your own, it's great online, it's packed with vehicles and tracks, and it plays like a dream. In short, Forza Motorsport 2 is everything fans of its outstanding predecessor have been hoping for.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As impressive as the combat is, the story is even more so. When was the last time you felt a complex set of reactions to an action hero? Kratos will inspire awe, revulsion, and pity as players learn his sad tale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Extreme mode might be horribly named, but it's a great addition. Online, it's excellent, and the only things that move faster than MotoGP's visuals are the real bikes themselves.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the introduction of clinching, the innovative punch system, the deep tournament and career options, the graphics and realism, the improved presentation, and most of all, the obvious love of boxing infused into the game, Fight Night Round 2 is the best representation of the "sweet science" that gaming has ever seen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This deceptively simple little golf game is packed with so much variety and gameplay that it belongs on everyone's "If you were stranded on a desert island..." list. And you don't even have to like golf.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While this isn't a hardcore title, the puzzles and numerous battles will keep serious gamers busy for some time. Paper Mario is easy to play, exceptional fun, and a thoroughly engaging title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its finest qualities are its simplicity, depth, superior graphics and outright compelling gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You get a fun, instantly appealing, easy to play-hard to master real-time strategy, with character and an endless amount of playability.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics look great, the interface works a treat and the additions, while minor, fit well. Clearly a lot of work has gone into making the game feel like it was meant to be on PC.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every aspect of the game feels polished and ready to go, whether it's the single-player story, the online multiplayer, the numerous unlockables, or the custom mapmaker. This is one of those rare Jack-of-all-trades that has actually mastered them all.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most impressive difference between the Xbox and PC versions is that you can play online with up to 15 other players and, with the increased resolution, sniping is much more accurate and fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Walking down the steps into one of the larger cities, Balmora, for the first time is a moment that will stay with players for some time to come. It's the best-looking RPG to date, undoubtedly, and certainly ranks among the most graphically-impressive games around.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the multiplayer side, Sony's been looking high and low for a release that can stand up to "Halo" -- we never expected it to come from a platformer! In fact, you'll be hard pressed to find a better combination of action, platforming, and multiplayer goodness than this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remix gives PSP owners a massive, compelling experience, while at the same time making the hardware look golden. After all, it's not only a port of a best-selling console game -- it's better!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the creative track design to the expertly balanced difficulty levels, nearly everything about Mario Kart DS screams quality.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is it accessible enough to recommend to the casual RTS player, it's got more than enough depth to please even the most propeller-headed of strategy nerds.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is all exciting stuff that breathes exotic new life into Age of Empires III, and it's one of the best real-time strategy expansion packs since "Brood Wars."
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most exhilarating mix of simulation, realism, arcade fun, destructive firepower, strategy and action available for your PC.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It manages to translate all of the elements you loved from previous versions into one compact package that will allow you to master new skills on the move.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still the best skateboarding game out there and it's much more than "Tony Hawk 4" ever was. That being said, while some of the new features are great, others just aren't up to the level of quality that we've come to expect from Neversoft.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Offers an amazing amount of control over how the game is played in a game session. It is very easy to set up a multiplayer game, and just as easy to join one in progress over the Internet or LAN.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By building gameplay around non-lethal weapons, they've honored not only the police they're modeling, but the power of guns.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's amazing is that Criterion was able to create such a tight control scheme, when other PSP racing games have felt floaty and flaky. By any standard, Burnout's control is rock solid. It's possible to dodge right though the same small spaces that entice players on the console game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Picross DS, you get a real sense of accomplishment, while still being just as enthralled as with the Tetrises and Meteoses of the world. It rewards intelligence over reflexes, broadening its target audience immensely. Play it for 10 minutes, or five hours; either way, you'll have a smile on your face the entire time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it won't make as much of an impact as its predecessor, KOTOR 2's strong gameplay mechanics, interesting and well-voiced characters, and genuine, unforced sense of atmosphere make it almost as compelling to play. You won't be disappointed.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finally, the campaign elements and the 3D combat have merged into a game that's practically perfect in almost every way.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Under BioWare's guidance, Knights Of The Old Republic has become not only one of the best Star Wars games, period, but a wonderful expansion of the story and the first compelling Xbox RPG.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dismissing the game out of hand is easy: the plot is silly, the standard enemies don't vary much, and the level design amounts to little more than battle venues linked together with bland, featureless corridors and the occasional crap puzzle. But that'd be missing the point completely, and it only takes one hit to see why. Nail an encounter just right, ripping through your enemies with all the ferocity of a tornado in a knife warehouse, and you'll understand.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The end result is exquisitely original multiplayer gaming that's a vastly different experience based on which team is chosen. It's only marred by a bizarrely overlooked bug that crashes the Xbox when browsing available servers through OptiMatch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a market that's crowded with guns, over-the-top graphical effects and heart-pounding action, FSX serves more to educate and amuse than arouse and enrage, and it does so in real style. It's a stunning achievement.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most thrilling games to hit PS2 since its launch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 2005 is a birdie to "2004's" eagle, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best sports games out there.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The enemy AI isn't really what it should be. This is a minor criticism, but when a game reaches this level things like this tend to stand out.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best skateboarding game out there and it's much more than Tony Hawk 4 ever was. That being said, while some of the new features are great, others just aren't up to the level of quality that we've come to expect from Neversoft.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the introduction of clinching, the innovative punch system, the deep tournament and career options, the graphics and realism, the improved presentation, and most of all, the obvious love of boxing infused into the game, Fight Night Round 2 is the best representation of the "sweet science" that gaming has ever seen.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fast, fluid, and gorgeous game, with a remarkable control scheme, a gratifying sense of progression, and its own unique sensibility. With a launch title like this, the Wii comes out of the gate swinging, demanding to be taken seriously.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunning game. Graphics, sound and online play benefit the most from the treatment, but there isn't an aspect of gameplay that hasn't received attention, making this the most comprehensive slapshot sim available.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Project Gotham Racing and Forza Motorsport improved upon their winning formulas in their respective sequels this year, EA completely overhauled the Need for Speed franchise to create what is arguably the best game in the series.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although there's little more than 20 hours lurking under the cover, that time is packed with some of the best gameplay we've seen in the genre for some time, and more story than most platformers have in their entire franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A linear game that simply doesn't feel linear, and that's a major achievement. By tightly focusing the action and constantly engaging the player, the developers have managed to make you feel a part of the action without holding your hand.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complete in nearly every way and is a good bet for casual fans who just want to slap a few balls out of the infield and diehards who will settle for nothing less than a full career simulation.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The endless combat may smack of War Machines Week on The History Channel, but the contentious, jaunty chatter between friendly (and enemy) characters is pure Cartoon Network. Move out!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The visual impact of the game is fantastic in terms of the surroundings that you race through, the shape of your bike and the track design.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combined with the fun dogfighting and smart stylus control, this is better action than we deserve in a portable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Skate is swimming with atmosphere and features, it's the gameplay that stands out in this gem. It's not trying to compete with "Tony Hawk" -- it's trying to do its own thing. As such, old Tony Hawk fans looking for a more authentic challenge will love this game. While some challenges will be frustrating, that's just how skating is, and EA did a wonderful job re-creating the atmosphere and style of the sport in game form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end though, what really makes Crypto-138 stand out from the pack is the combination of solid controls and side-splitting humor. It may not be politically correct, but it's going to keep you entertained.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC can support insanely high resolutions that put even the Xbox to shame. The frame rate is better on the PC, as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Upon playing the original, it was easy to get the sense that this was a complete package, with scarcely any room to squeeze in any innovation. Opposing Fronts clearly proves that isn't the case. Now more than ever, this is the can't-miss real time strategy game of the year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 2005 is a birdie to "2004's" eagle, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best sports games out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer is a stroke of genius, destined to keep players coming back for more, long after the single-player has faded away from memory. Only the best type of gaming experience can do this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Recent releases have seen plenty of tweaks, but they merely nudged the gameplay. This year's implementation of a quarterback's cone of vision really changes things by rethinking the foundations of passing the ball.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Packing serious star power, astounding production values, and surprisingly entertaining gameplay, Everything or Nothing delivers on all relevant counts, providing for a rousing escapade that ranks among the best to feature Her Majesty's finest.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    They've taken id's gorgeous Doom 3 engine and used it to create vast intricate playgrounds for fast and frantic battles between humans and cybernetic alien invaders. Quake Wars are on!
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's just as good on the GBA as it was in the old days.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you don't need real world licensing or scenery, if you're willing to power through some gratifying RPG advancement with your duffing, and if you don't mind the cloying kiddie graphics, Super Swing Golf is the definitive fantasy golf game.