Yahoo! Games' Scores

  • Games
For 2,205 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 49% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Lowest review score: 20 Shifters
Score distribution:
2,205 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While a few frustrating missions and some obnoxious wingmen dampen the fun somewhat, Heroes of the Pacific is a genuinely entertaining game for those who dig WWII aviation but don't feel quite like diving into a hardcore sim.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The best tennis game in years...Whether it's rapid-fire one-off matches or a protracted solo mode that floats your boat, the game has you covered with a brilliant mix of rowdiness and realism.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And fair warning to all of you obsessive-completist types out there: Your lives, as you know them, are over... at least for a while.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bears the gift of immense replayability, lending itself to quick, low-commitment gameplay sessions.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new modes feel more streamlined and the varied song selection works well, as well as complementing the original collection.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Maybe being a villain isn't all that the brochure promised, but those giddy early levels and powerful later ones just might make the middle slog worthwhile.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But fans of the first Empire Earth are going to find a much improved game here, while veterans of the genre will be impressed by the new concepts.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game lacks the complicated character advancement common in the genre, but it's fast-paced, looks and sounds great, and will keep casual RPG and Lord of the Rings fans happy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's inoffensive and challenging enough to keep both the builders and the managers entertained for much longer than an outing to a real zoo would.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's unlikely to tempt many current MMO addicts away from their regular poison, but if you've been looking for something that requires less commitment or organization it might be just the ticket. Auto Assault is the MMORPG for people who don't have time for MMORPGs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The attention to detail is rewarding, the incidental battlefield ambience is awesome, and -- geeky bonus -- the game does a magnificent job of translating the gritty feel of the painted-figure tabletop games.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once the greater story starts, you'll face some great combat (the "Area 42" assault), moments of pure oddness (like making a brainwashed politician B.S. his way through a public speech), great little period touches, and some cool bits of humor from the alien who thinks he's Nicholson.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fascinating strategy game mixed with a lot of tactical shooter elements. Additional online modes and some gameplay tweaks would have earned the game a higher rating, but as it stands, it's still a thoroughly entertaining and involving experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tuners can go crazy creating a fully customized garage, and pure race fans can get off on the sense of speed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you come to Children of the Nile with a spirit of investigation and if you're willing to learn the nuances of this complex model of ancient life, you'll be richly rewarded with one of the most serene and gratifying city builders since the genre began.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neophytes may find the game's imposing difficulty tedious, but fans of the series will think Capcom has tapped into divinity with Dante's Awakening. It's got superb production values, exhilirating action... and besides, what would Dante say to his detractors? "To hell with them."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a wonderful synthesis of elements. Kingdom Hearts II is all about story, character, and the recreation of classic fantasies, and it excels at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's got some great physics that come into play during the game, but relies most on rapid-fire gameplay that only lets up to make you sweat even more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA's game may be slightly deeper from a control perspective, but it's not as much of a blast to play. Between the classic ice and addictive battle mode games, we're more than willing to substitute this game for the real thing, if need be.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you don't mind a lot of banging around, and are looking to expose your family to some musical challenges, Taiko: Drum Master is a good choice.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sign that the series is grinding along nicely in a comfortable rut, biding its time with the same old technology and some minor gameplay changes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A sign that the series is grinding along nicely in a comfortable rut, biding its time with the same old technology and some minor gameplay changes.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, the graphics and physics haven't changed, and this year's release beats you over the head with in-game advertising, but the enhanced career mode, online play, and other additions are more than worth the price of admission.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With all the attention given over to the performance and presentation, it's a shame that V3 features such lame audio.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The most creative and cathartic button masher since cult favorite "Gunstar Heroes."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be perfect, but the combination of movie authenticity, solid action, and exploratory gameplay adds up to one hell of a good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Act of War strikes an ideal balance between demanding and engaging. It's returned our faith to the modern real-time strategy game, and promises an impressive new franchise from Atari.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new perspective works excellently and the added buildings and units are welcome. It's a shame some of the old problems, like the unconvincing AI, are still around, but the intricate economy and unusual siege play make it stand out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That co-op feature makes this among the best kids games out there, because parents and kids can directly play together.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That co-op feature makes this among the best kids games out there, because parents and kids can directly play together.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid, straightforward first-person shooter. It manages to stumble, gasping and grinning, from the no-man's land of "adequate" and into the green zone of "good," mostly due to the assorted flairs and presentational touches that make all the difference.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid, straightforward first-person shooter. It manages to stumble, gasping and grinning, from the no-man's land of "adequate" and into the green zone of "good," mostly due to the assorted flairs and presentational touches that make all the difference.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If your only option is the PS2 version, it's a less attractive option -- but if you're looking for simple, addictive brain teasing, you can't go too far wrong with this.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A welcome change of pace for horror games. It's tightly focused, suspenseful, and fosters a strong sense of personality.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amongst all the launch games for the DS, this quirky dating game is the one that really captured our hearts and pulled us back.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even gamers who have played the "parent" game to death can find something to love in this promising -- if not entirely coordinated -- bundle of joy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Both atmospheric and exciting, and there isn't much higher praise for a historical first-person shooter than that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By removing some of the arguably cheap content from the game and introducing a couple of new weapons, Resurrection of Evil could be a rebirth for id's thriller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not overly deep or terribly long, but for anyone looking for simple, cartoonish blood and brutality, this is very definitely the place.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though all the elements are familiar, IO has polished them up and the end result is like a favorite dish: You know what it tastes like, but you're still looking forward to eating it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though all the elements are familiar, IO has polished them up and the end result is like a favorite dish: You know what it tastes like, but you're still looking forward to eating it.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rather than creating a new system to go with the new engine, the developers tried to shoehorn the classic control scheme into the new game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a standalone experience, University doesn't quite live up to The Sims 2's high grade point average. New stuff like pranks and streaking actually aren't that much fun and the whole experience feels like a lot of work... As an expansion pack to the main game, this is a terrific product.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Comic book fans will be enthralled with it, and so will anybody else looking for a cheerfully violent action-adventure. It may not be earth-shatteringly original, but it makes up for this by delivering plenty of earth shattering in other areas.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of flight simulation should be rolling in joy at the accuracy of the presentation of the racing, and there's the added bonus of being able to light up the skies in the excellent free-flight combat mode.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Worthy of ranking alongside some of the best console racing games to date.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The added feature of housing and storage alone makes it well worth its price tag, but the many new quests, island and monsters all making their debut are really the tasty icing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ahriman's Gift is one of the best that the genre has to offer. If you buy any RTS game this year, make sure you check out the Kohans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fun, attractive, and challenging solo adventure that satisfyingly concludes the longstanding series with a memorable finale.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Infected does get repetitive, there's no denying that. But the sheer action and stress-factor of clearing out mission areas, and the bloody, cartoonish joy of Bruce Campbell-ing your way through legions of splattering zombies to a Rawk soundtrack is probably more than you expected from a zombie-centric game in the first place.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Features the same aesthetic and attitude as its renowned predecessors but lacks some of their soul. On the plus side, the game is a heck of a lot better suited to mobile gaming.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We'd have liked some more multiplayer and customization options, but the highly exaggerated drifts combined with responsive controls make the game exceptional fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the ground stages don't quite match the rest of the game's quality, there's still something superbly delightful about marching a group of AT-ATs into battle, or commanding a fleet of star destroyers, or chopping up stormtroopers with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Empire at War captures these emotions perfectly, and backs them up with a robust large-scale strategic game and no end of single and multiplayer content.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A thoroughly welcome development of an established game style, and is well worth your money.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fascinating, unusual combination of turn-based story-driven missions with "card-battle" mechanics (think "Magic the Gathering" or "Yu-Gi-Oh!"). And being part of the infamous Metal Gear franchise, it's got all the convoluted yet strangely intriguing plot twists you'd expect.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great experience, although it suffers from a lack of innovation. Gameplay is all too familiar, and the new additions feel quite superficial. Having the best part hidden away as an unlockable doesn't help matters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's foundation is unshakable, and the endearing style adds just enough touches to make the game addictive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it may hit a few speedbumps along the way, but the multiplayer appeal can't be denied -- and thanks to the infrastructure support, you don't have to worry about finding local competitors.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Since the storyline is very linear, there's not a lot of replay value to Phoenix Wright, making it best served for a long trip. Even so, only the player most determined to resist Mr. Wright's charms will be able to object to the game's finer points.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The action is swift and challenging, but easy to control.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flawed but on the right track. If anything, it just needs some tweaking to make it easier and a little friendlier to players new to the concept of hitting arrows in time with a beat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enough of the original's dark charm has survived to make even Carnate Island vets want to settle a spell in Baltimore. Or die trying.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The core aspects of SOCOM 3 remain the same, so those who tired of the earlier games won't find much to win them back for a third round.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nightlife makes a challenging game more challenging and an amusing game all the more amusing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Never before has the Jedi experience been this visceral and accessible at the same time, and Revenge of the Sith has something for hardcore fans and curious onlookers alike. The Force is strong with this one.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Graphically it's a generation behind its peers, and the control system betrays its Xbox roots, but if you can put up with that you're pretty much guaranteed a good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Have your driving your way, while still getting enough substance and structure that doesn't feel like a mere test drive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When something is this well done, just because you've seen it all before doesn't mean it's not worth seeing again.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the plot and motivation spazzes out all over the place, linking the narratives of the animated series and the contemporary movie (literally highlighting different ages and generations), the gameplay is consistently solid.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the co-op mode which really shines. Sadly, co-op must be entered through the menu rather than by plugging in an extra controller, but the mode is a total success regardless.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Adding cop chases back to the franchise, retaining the free-roaming world setup from "Underground," and introducing the Speedbreaker are all welcome items.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We've seen non-games like this before; the Dreamcast's "Seaman" comes to mind. Typically, they're fleeting novelties that burn out quickly. Electroplankton feels different, simply because it offers too much choice and unexpected surprises.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It captures the thrills of the original, and spices up a few areas while adding some new things. Unfortunately, space battles drag down the total package; but at least it's trying something different.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is the sequel we should have had in the first place, and the simple fun of leaping from wall to wall is enough to overcome any lack of challenge or novelty.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A polished and exciting ride, carefully calculated for 80 percent thrills and 20 percent brain teasers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a more detailed and challenging storyline, Genji could have been right up on the top tier with the titles that inspired it. As is, this is an entertaining, beautiful experience for any fan of swords and samurai.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's at its best with a crowd of friends, but the single-player mode does have enough substance to make it a worthwhile purchase even if you don't anticipate much chance for group play. In short, it deserves to be a smash. Sorry.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Devotees of multiplayer shooters will lap up Advanced Warfighter; single-player gamers won't be quite as enthralled. But in either mode, it's a gorgeous and atmospheric play, and just a little more time in boot camp would have made it into something really outstanding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rather short, but thrilling ride. The plot is linear and there's virtually no replay value, but it's a hugely compelling ride thanks to the pure visceral nature of the experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a fast-paced online deathmatch game with few bells and fewer whistles, featuring essentially the same weapon lineup it's had for ten years.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether it's a licensed track by Moby or Timo Maas, or a Bemani original such as Genom Screams or the Shining Polaris, the selections vary in style, speed, and genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online play is something that PlayStation 2 owners have been requesting ever since it debuted on the Xbox and it has finally arrived. Offering both head-to-head play as well as a ranking mode, it's a nice way to find an opponent in the wee hours of the night.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hidden underneath the heroine's cute, sly smile is a solid helping of classic Rare goodness, just waiting to burst forth. Layer on the excellent combat system, beautiful visuals, and an orchestral score, and you've got a game well worth checking out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshingly good -- albeit a bit short -- movie-based game with a dose of ingenuity and plenty of memorable game-play moments for fans and action-adventure gamers alike.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't offer the same mission or weapon variety as its big brothers, but its portability and wireless multiplayer more than make up for those shortcomings. And like its counterpart on the PlayStation 2, it's one of the best first-person shooters for the PSP to date.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PSP now has a stylish, almost insufferably cute dose of action/puzzle gaming, and a world that will appeal to both sexes and all ages.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, one of X-Men Legends II's greatest strengths is also its greatest weakness. There is virtually nothing different about the actual gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no question that X-Men Legends II is an improvement on its console predecessors -- now it's even better with a PSP version, so you can take your mayhem with you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it has its flaws, it's paced well, full of action, and managed to keep us smiling all the way to the end. With a tweak here and a polish there, Ritual could really be onto something good. Bring on part two.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is it going to challenge for dominance in video game hoops in general? Not a chance; but it is the best example of handheld B-ball released thus far.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like most pure-bred simulations, Rail Sim offers rewards proportional to the amount of effort you're prepared to invest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More than anything else, Big Red One is all about throwing players into war individually, and letting them feel the despair, noise, and thrill of coming out the other side alive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A definite step up from the Underground brand, but make no mistake: It's still yet another Tony Hawk game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A definite step up from the Underground brand, but make no mistake: It's still yet another Tony Hawk game. With Activision seemingly stuck on annual sequels and Neversoft's dedication to advancement, you'll see even more bugs than before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If your only complaint about the core game was that it still seemed too quick, too "deathmatchy," then Special Forces is just the reinforcement the Commander ordered.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don't buy it hoping for a wonderful solo experience: Buy it because you want to spend hours fragging your buds on Xbox Live or working through a uniquely implemented cooperative campaign. It ain't perfect, but it's sure to please.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gun
    The quality story, strong voice acting, vast landscape, and competent combat make for an all round solid action-adventure experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NBA Live 2006 isn't the perfect game for serious NBA fans who dig stat-tracking more than slam-dunking. It is, however, a great game for someone searching for a good looking, fun and portable game of basketball.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a diverse selection of top-notch games, an incredibly creative "sketchbook" front end, and plenty of unlockable extras, the Capcom Classics Collection is an appealing choice for any retro-gamer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Online or offline, as a campaign or a freeform scenario, Caesar IV is an inviting game, easy to like and hard to stop playing. It's got a fairly forgiving learning curve, and it will rarely plunge you into the sort of economic death spirals that can make other city builders so discouraging.