Game Releases by User Score

Odin Sphere 101.

Odin Sphere

Platform: PlayStation 2
May 22, 2007
The nations of Erion had always held an uneasy peace, as the various kings and queens watched each other for any signs of weakness. When the country of Valentine is obliterated by the power of an ancient artifact, it sparks a bloody war between the fairies of Ringford and the warriors of Ragnanival. Little do they know that they are acting out an almost-forgotten prophecy: one that, if fulfilled, will lead to the destruction of the entire world. Take control of the warrior princess Gwendolyn, daughter of Odin, and follow the threads of an intricately woven story as you uncover the truth behind the prophecy – and how to bring it to an end. Five playable characters in all; each one's fate is intertwined with the others'. A robust cooking and alchemy system that can be used to create powerful attack and recovery items. [Atlus Software]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.6
Rock Band 102.

Rock Band

Platform: PlayStation 2
December 18, 2007
Play together in your living room or across the world! Rock Band offers deep online functionality, allowing players to rock together whether they’re in Rhode Island or Reykjavik. Major record labels and leading music publishers have signed on to provide unrivaled access to master recordings and legendary rock artists – from punk, metal and alternative to classic and southern rock. Rock Band ships with 45 fearsome tracks from artists like Bon Jovi and The Ramones to Black Sabbath and Stone Temple Pilots. Full support for downloadable content delivers never-ending challenges. New content will be available every week. Download full albums for play with Rock Band including the iconic rock album 'Who's Next' by The Who. Metallica has signed on to offer several tracks as digitally-distributed game levels for Rock Band as well as "Enter Sandman" for the Rock Band ship disc. Create your own rock avatar! Mold a unique rocker using Rock Band's character creator. Chose from gender, body shape, face, hair, clothes, tattoos and signature moves. Don't forget to pick your specialized rockin’ instrument. Drumming in the spotlight! Showcase a real drum solo with Rock Band's freestyle drum fill windows featured in each song. Break out your own rhythm and style as anything goes! Vocalists can bring the crowd to their feet during Rock Band’s freestyle vocal fill windows. Ad-lib your own words or shout to the crowd to raise the rock intensity of the performance. Band mates can fail out of a song for poor performance, but the band still plays on. Rescue your failing mate by busting out signature moves and blistering solos to wow the crowd with showmanship. Earn bonus points for your band during Rock Band’s Unison Phrase opportunities if everyone plays perfectly. [Harmonix]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
MLB 07: The Show 103.

MLB 07: The Show

Platform: PSP
February 27, 2007
MLB 07 The Show for the PSP system continues to be a fan favorite with its core features and ability to play anytime, anywhere, on the go. Plus, sports fanatics can utilize the PSP system's online news service to get the latest MLB news feeds online or save them to the Memory Stick Duo and review them offline at their convenience. [SCEA]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
Sam & Max Episode 105: Reality 2.0 104.

Sam & Max Episode 105: Reality 2.0

Platform: PC
March 29, 2007
With an internet crisis looming and a viral video game holding its players hostage, in this episode Sam and Max need to slip into a new reality to set things right. Can our heroes crack this virtual case in time to avoid a worldwide system failure? [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 105.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 28, 2007
Fire up the fretboard, crank up the amp and get ready to rock like never before. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops you into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Muse and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar, tune your exclusive new Les Paul Guitar Controller and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. [Activision]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
The Darkness 106.

The Darkness

Platform: Xbox 360
June 25, 2007
The Darkness features a distinct blend of dark modern crime drama and supernatural horror with intense first person non-linear gameplay. The game is a dynamic first person shooter that allows players to call upon the forces of the evil underworld as they fight in gritty, urban environments. Armed with an arsenal of guns, gamers battle an array of demonic creatures and supernatural powers. In the game, players assume the role of mafia hitman Jackie Estacado. On the night of his 21st birthday, Jackie is possessed by "The Darkness," an ancient demonic entity that gives Jackie spectacular powers. The story, written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins, follows Jackie and his fight with the fictional Francetti mafia. As the story unfolds, the player will learn to utilize traditional weapons and the extraordinary powers of The Darkness. [2K Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.1
Lunar Knights 107.

Lunar Knights

Platform: DS
February 6, 2007
Descend into the gothic Sci-Fi world of Lunar Knights and take control of two warriors on a quest to reclaim the world from the vampiric legion. Spin together tornados, guide down flaming meteors, and blow together snowstorms in Kojima Productions first ever title on the DS. Two different heroes with unique powers and weapons. In-game day/night cycle and weather affects gameplay. Use the touch pen to solve puzzles and guide your vehicle through 3D shooter mini games. [Konami]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer 108.

Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of The Betrayer

Platform: PC
October 9, 2007
In Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, players are transported back to the Forgotten Realms shortly after the events detailed in the original Neverwinter Nights 2. Following the climactic battle against the King of Shadows, the player awakens alone and stranded deep beneath the earth. Surrounded by a horde of evil spirits, the player embarks on an epic adventure that reveals his true destiny. Set in harsh, spirit-rich Rashemen, near the powerful nation of Thay, Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer presents players with an exciting new campaign; epic levels; dozens of new feats and spells; new races, base classes and prestige classes; new companions; new weapons, armor and crafting options; hordes of new monsters; and enhanced modding tools. [Atari]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.5
Aquaria 109.

Aquaria

Platform: PC
December 7, 2007
A massive ocean world, teeming with life and filled with ancient secrets. Join Naija, a lone underwater dweller in search of her family, as she explores the depths of Aquaria. She'll travel from hidden caves, shrouded in darkness, to beautiful, sunlit oases, all lovingly handcrafted by its two creators. Naija's story, narrated fully with voice overs, will become yours, as you join her on this magnificent adventure. Naija has the gift of the Verse. By singing songs, she can weave this force to change the waters around her. With each song Naija learns comes new abilities. With powerful songs, Naija is able to change form, giving players many options as to how to play the game. And with Aquaria's intuitive mouse-only control system, it's as easy to make Naija swim gracefully through the waters as it is to have her sing, cast spells, and engage in combat with the numerous dangerous creatures that inhabit Aquaria's waters. [Bit Blot]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix 110.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 30, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix downloads Capcom's popular puzzle game into the new generation. The new version of the game features newly created 1080p HD graphics, several new game modes, improved game balance, new stage backgrounds courtesy of Udon Entertainment and online play. [Capcom]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl 111.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
The player will become a stalker, a guy who earns money from shoveling embers out of infernal oven of Chernobyl Zone. Returning from the radioactivity-blazing Zone, he will sell anomalous formations to underground dealers and scientists in research camps on the Zone border. With the money procured, the player will purchase equipment, weapons and protective suits allowing him to reach previously inaccessible areas. This is a role-playing game without growing experience of your character, without changing characteristics and levels. We want the player to develop his real mastery, moreover Stalker is an FPS/RPG game and much depends on his ability to fight. [GSC Game World]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Prince of Persia Classic 112.

Prince of Persia Classic

Platform: Xbox 360
June 13, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] While the Sultan of Persia is away for a war, the evil Vizier seizes the throne for himself. He has also imprisoned the beautiful Princess and has given her an hour to decide her fate – marry him or die. As the courageous Prince, you have 60 minutes to complete the mission of saving the Princess from her deadly fate. Developed by Gameloft, Prince of Persia Classic has received a brand-new coat of paint with character designs, animations, visuals and lighting effects giving the game a close to 3D look. To freshen the gameplay experience, new traps, puzzles and enemies have also been added. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.1
College Hoops 2K8 113.

College Hoops 2K8

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 19, 2007
In the All-American Training Challenge, players can improve their game skills by competing in passing, shooting, and defensive tests against former college basketball standouts like Mike Conley Jr. of Ohio State, Julian Wright of Kansas, Glen "Big Baby" Davis of LSU, Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, Al Thornton of Florida State, J.J. Redick of Duke, and College Hoops 2K8 cover athlete, Greg Oden of Ohio State. Gamers can progress through the challenge drills against these great players while tracking their best times and highest scores in the game. With multiplayer support for up to four players, gamers can compete against their friends to see who has the best College Hoops skills. College basketball fans can truly feel the benefit of playing in front of a frenzied crowd—be it at home or in a neutral tournament venue—with the 6th Man Advantage where the energy of a team’s fans can motivate a team to play harder and with more confidence. During a game, the 6th Man Meter measures the current energy and excitement level of the crowd. By scoring often, playing good defense, and raising the excitement level of the crowd, the 6th Man Meter will rise. Once the meter is full, the home team gains the advantage of playing with less fatigue for a brief period while the opposing team starts to lose confidence in their playing ability. The 6th Man Advantage delivers a realistic element with how a great crowd can inspire their team to victory. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
6.4
Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa 114.

Sam & Max Episode 201: Ice Station Santa

Platform: PC
November 8, 2007
He's the most powerful opponent they've ever faced, an ancient being of myth – Santa Claus! With Christmas presents on the attack and carols of gunshots, Sam & Max must storm the North Pole to bring down a less-than-jolly foe. Can our heroes save the world's children from a holiday tainted by tears, turmoil, and Torture-Me-Elmer? Find out in the Season Two premiere, Ice Station Santa! [GameTap]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.2
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars 115.

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Platform: Xbox 360
May 8, 2007
It is 2047 and the stakes could not be higher. Tiberium—a self-replicating alien substance that has infected the Earth—is spreading like a radioactive ice age. The GDI, a high-tech alliance of the world’s most advanced nations, is fighting to contain Tiberium, but Kane, the megalomaniacal leader of The Brotherhood of NOD has other plans for Earth. Kane’s secret society turned superpower is bent on using Tiberium to take control and transform humanity into his twisted vision of the future. All-out war rages over Tiberium and the fate of the planet rests in the balance. Experience a revolution in RTS gaming with a single player campaign that rewards you for your gameplay style. Add layers of strategy to your gaming experience by building mobile bases, wielding the power of terrifying Ion Storms on the battlefield, or customizing your armies by combining units. Battle it out online with native voice-over IP, integrated clan support, and new spectator modes that let you play RTS games like a sport. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.4
Sid Meier's Pirates! 116.

Sid Meier's Pirates!

Platform: PSP
January 22, 2007
In Sid Meier's Pirates!, a strategy/adventure game, players take the role of a Pirate Captain in the 17th century Caribbean – amassing fortune and fame in an attempt to seize a rightful place as one of the most revered and feared pirates in history. Players test their skills as a sea captain exploring the high seas and dueling in land and sea battles in a richly detailed 3D world. Additional features for the PSP system include wireless Ad-Hoc multiplayer for up to four players, widescreen graphics, new treasure hunts and more. [2K Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Flight Simulator X: Acceleration 117.

Flight Simulator X: Acceleration

Platform: PC
October 23, 2007
The Flight Simulator X Acceleration Expansion Pack delivers an all new thrilling multiplayer race mode, new action-packed missions, and even more new content! Challenge friends in the new racing mode, or test your flight skills in the 20 new missions like being a NASA test pilot, performing search and rescue on an ocean liner, or navigating a whiteout blizzard in the backcountry. Also included are six new scenery maps including the famed Red Bull Air Race courses, and three new planes such as the F/A-18A Hornet, EH-101 Helicopter and P-51D Mustang. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.5
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 118.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Platform: Xbox 360
September 12, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] With his new Super Spin Dash and "Tails" the Fox, Sonic is back and better than ever in Sonic The Hedgehog 2. Defy gravity in hair-raising loop-de-loops, bounce like a pinball and race like lightning. Play against friends at home or against others over Xbox Live in this classic game. Enhanced graphics and sound: The game stays true to the original, but takes full advantage of high-definition graphics, with enhanced sound effects. Achievements and leaderboards: Take on the challenge of new achievements to conquer, and use the leaderboards to compare scores among friends and the rest of the Xbox LIVE world. Play with a friend at home, or go online and play Sonic and Tails with the world at large. [Sega]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.8
FIFA Soccer 08 119.

FIFA Soccer 08

Platform: Xbox 360
October 9, 2007
The FIFA Soccer 08 next-gen gameplay engine, built to maximize the power of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, delivers animations and ball control that is so responsive you feel like you are actually on the pitch. Players in FIFA Soccer 08 now benefit from A.I. so smart, it features a 35-point decision engine which enables players to process multiple decisions and reactions in real-time. The A.I.'s dynamic ‘Threat Map’ system captures the excitement and realism of soccer. Players are now aware of their surroundings, reacting authentically to threats and opportunities to make intelligent football decisions. A true next-generation ball-striking engine calculates shot success by combining an almost infinite number of different contexts, including ball spin, pressure from defenders, player attributes, and even air pressure to recreate the drama and unpredictable nature of shooting. A new play mode called Be A Pro locks you in the role of a single player and challenges you to master the same disciplines as a real soccer player—from positioning and tackling to reading the field and passing. FIFA Soccer 08 introduces skill moves with a true next-generation organic 'building-block' system enabling you to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars or define your own style of play. Animations can be interrupted at any time to transition into a new move, enabling you to read and respond to the defence, just like real life. Master the skills to break down the defence, elude your marker and lead your team to victory. Represent your club online against your rivals throughout the season in the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League or Mexican 1st Division. When they play, you play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 120.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords

Platform: DS
March 20, 2007
Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle Quest challenges gamers to create, develop and customize the ultimate hero to save the land of Etheria from the evil Lord Bane. In order to advance, players battle in turn-based, head-to-head "match-three" style puzzle games in one of three distinct gameplay modes: Single-player allows gamers to battle against the computer AI as they embark on over 150 challenging quests, Instant Action allows gamers to jump in and immediately play continuous battles to level-up characters without participating in quests, and Multiplayer allows gamers to battle live opponents via wireless connectivity. Victory will advance the player’s hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more - ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn and providing endless hours of replayablity. [D3Publisher of America]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.3
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection 121.

Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 1, 2007
[Downloadable Game] The beauty of TEKKEN is re-created at 1080p and optimized for the HD era, delivering one of the most realistic graphics on the PS3 platform. Play as one of over 30 characters, including classics Jin, Heihachi, Paul, Law and more. New to Dark Resurrection, play as Jinpachi and take the final boss against all the other characters. Use your fight money to customize your characters. With more than double the items seen in TEKKEN 5, the sky's the limit on the unique look your character will have. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.0
NBA 2K8 122.

NBA 2K8

Platform: Xbox 360
October 2, 2007
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest - Live from Las Vegas, 2K is bringing you the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, hosted by street legend Bobbito Garcia. Choose from hundreds of dunks and a vast array of props as you compete against the NBA's finest dunkers in this 4 player event. The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is also playable online; it's here that you can prove to the world that you are the greatest dunker there is. More Signature Style - Customizable Free Throws, Dribble Moves, and Dunks give users total control over the way their favorite players play on the court. All new signature shots from many of your favorite NBA players, including #1 draft choice Greg Oden, as well as individual post and dribble moves, makes NBA 2K8 the most authentic NBA simulation on the market. Off-Ball Control - Run quick on the fly sets to get your favorite player the ball in the best situation for him to get a quick bucket. Use the Get Open button for a fast play, or call for the exact situation you want with the Off-Ball Control menu. On offense, you now have the option to switch off the ball handler to other players where you can call for alley-oops, jostle for post-position, set screens, etc. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.8
NBA 2K8 123.

NBA 2K8

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 2, 2007
Sprite Slam Dunk Contest - Live from Las Vegas, 2K is bringing you the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, hosted by street legend Bobbito Garcia. Choose from hundreds of dunks and a vast array of props as you compete against the NBA's finest dunkers in this 4 player event. The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest is also playable online; it's here that you can prove to the world that you are the greatest dunker there is. More Signature Style - Customizable Free Throws, Dribble Moves, and Dunks give users total control over the way their favorite players play on the court. All new signature shots from many of your favorite NBA players, including #1 draft choice Greg Oden, as well as individual post and dribble moves, makes NBA 2K8 the most authentic NBA simulation on the market. Off-Ball Control - Run quick on the fly sets to get your favorite player the ball in the best situation for him to get a quick bucket. Use the Get Open button for a fast play, or call for the exact situation you want with the Off-Ball Control menu. On offense, you now have the option to switch off the ball handler to other players where you can call for alley-oops, jostle for post-position, set screens, etc. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.6
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance 124.

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Platform: PC
November 6, 2007
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is the next chapter in the critically acclaimed Supreme Commander franchise. The game continues the epic story following the Infinite War, featuring an all-new single-player campaign, a new faction and a myriad of innovative multiplayer features. More than one hundred new units will give players access to cutting-edge strategic options, including fully realized navies, orbital weaponry and advanced counter intelligence technologies. [THQ]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
NCAA Football 08 125.

NCAA Football 08

Platform: Xbox 360
July 17, 2007
In NCAA Football 08, players look to be a leader and become a legend on the field. With all-new Leadership Control, players now lead by example and control the action on the field and can increase their sphere of influence by improving their players' personal ratings on each big play. For the first time, the game features a new and deeper recruiting system and an all-new Campus Legend mode. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
The Witcher 126.

The Witcher

Platform: PC
October 30, 2007
The Witcher combines spectacular and visually stunning action with deep and intriguing storyline. The game is set in a world created by best-selling Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The world shares many common features with other fantasy lands, but there are also some distinguishing elements setting it apart from others. The game features the player as a "Witcher", a warrior who has been trained to fight since childhood, subjected to mutations and trials that transformed him. He earns his living killing monsters and is a member of a brotherhood founded long ago to protect people from werewolves, the undead, and a host of other beasts. It's an action oriented, visually stunning, easy to use, single player RPG, with a deep and intriguing storyline. [CD Projekt]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.7
Jade Empire: Special Edition 127.

Jade Empire: Special Edition

Platform: PC
February 26, 2007
Step into the role of an aspiring martial arts master and follow the path of the Open Palm or Closed Fist. In this multi-award-winning action-RPG, your choices and actions will determine the fate of an empire. Will you prevent the destruction of this beautiful land or crush it beneath your heel? Are you a warrior who uses strength and fighting mastery to bring peace or will your power bring pain and ruin? Enhanced PC features include: Customizable, intuitive controls including support for game-pads and keyboard/mouse. Increased graphics resolutions and new visual effects. New monsters and enemies. New fighting styles. Improved combat AI and difficulty levels. New world map interface. Jade Empire: Special Edition is exclusively available for the PC and features increased graphic resolutions with new visual effects and fighting styles, as well as new monsters and enemies with enhanced AI. The game also includes customizable, intuitive controls and an all-new art book as part of the Special Edition bonus content. [BioWare]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Sensible World of Soccer 128.

Sensible World of Soccer

Platform: Xbox 360
December 19, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] Sensible World of Soccer is the classic nineties soccer game reborn with enhanced graphics. Play against your friends online in this fantastic pick up and play soccer extravaganza. Experience all the excitement of a full season or enter into a quick game against your friends. Want to be more hands-on? Manage your team over a full season with a fully immersive tactics editor to put yourself in control on the way to the title. Online play: Take on your friends online in this fun, fast-paced soccer game. Updated for Xbox LIVE Arcade: Play a fully updated Arcade version of this classic game. Classic and Enhanced modes: Play online with the graphics you remember, or with the new enhanced HD visuals. Retro experience: Utilizing the original '96/'97 code, widely recognized to be the best incarnation of the SWOS series, we are able to deliver an authentic, retro playing experience. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.4
Assassin's Creed 129.

Assassin's Creed

Platform: Xbox 360
November 13, 2007
The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
College Hoops 2K7 130.

College Hoops 2K7

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 13, 2007
With over 325 NCAA Division I schools, College Hoops 2K7 defines the college basketball experience. True College Atmosphere - The most immersive college game yet, College Hoops 2K7 puts the fans in the game and makes them a part of the team. No "I" in Team - Revamped defensive AI and defensive controls means that better teams come up with the big stops. Leadership Matters - Team chemistry becomes an important factor in the game as teams with strong leadership tend to get the big upsets come tournament time. Improved Legacy Mode - Legacy mode gets a complete upgrade in College Hoops 2K7, with improvements in everything from a new simulation engine and recruiting tools to bracketology, NCAA record books and new broadcast shows like College Hoops Tonight. More Customization - Make your own schools with customized uniforms and uniquely designed arenas. With an even more robust player creation system, you can bring your own NCAA team to life like never before. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.1
Overlord 131.

Overlord

Platform: PC
June 26, 2007
Controlling a mysterious figure that has inherited the legacy of the evil, long-dead Overlord, the player emerges, near death, from the ruins of the old Overlord's Dark Tower. Only the player's actions determine if they will rise to become the new all-powerful Overlord; it's all down to how much of a bad ass they want to be in order to succeed...evil or really evil! Played out with plenty of black humour and dark irony, the game immerses players in twisted parodies of classic fantasy scenarios and characters. Overlord's key innovation is the introduction of an array of impish creatures – the Minions. They believe you are the old Overlord reborn and will use their unique skills to fetch, fight and die for you. Throughout the game players actively control a horde of these gremlin-like critters and they follow your every instruction no matter how despotic or, for the Minions, life threatening it is. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 132.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Platform: DS
August 28, 2007
With new Touch Screen swing and putting controls take full control of your swing during training and challenges in Tiger Challenge mode, then take on the best PGA TOUR pros throughout an entire season. Featuring the greatest PGA TOUR pros, including Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, and Vijay Singh, plus four female pros, including Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.6
NBA Street Homecourt 133.

NBA Street Homecourt

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 6, 2007
The fourth chapter in the multi-platinum selling NBA Street series expands on the fast-paced and larger-than-life 3-on-3 basketball gameplay that has made the franchise a hit. The newest iteration of NBA Street creates a hyper-real world that merges legendary courts with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars into one seamless city of streetball moments. Earn a name for yourself and garner respect as you progress along your hometown journey and become a legend. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.2
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 134.

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

Platform: PSP
February 6, 2007
PES 6 once again features the graphical and gameplay tweaks that enable each new title to play completely differently from previous incarnations. The shooting system has been the subject of extensive retouching, now enabling players to pull off much more accurate snap shots as well as being able to exert a much larger feeling of control when going for quick half volleys or difficult full volleys. The intelligence of players has seen a marked improvement. For example, players now make more realistic runs into space, often pointing where they would like the ball played. The physical aspect has also been beefed up, with strikers using their sheer presence to turn defenders and likewise, the defenders stepping a yard away to enable them to force players away from goal and not letting them spin into dangerous positions. PES 6 also has a number of new teams licensed for inclusion, with the International roster now featuring the official kits for Argentina, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden. New gameplay modes have been added and features like the much loved Master League mode also returns, together with a host of new tricks, feints and animations that can be used to bamboozle your opposition. [Konami]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Assassin's Creed 135.

Assassin's Creed

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 13, 2007
The first game in the Assassin's Creed franchise is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players, assuming the role of the main character Altair, have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and to shape events during this pivotal moment in history. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.3
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 136.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings

Platform: DS
November 20, 2007
One year after the events of FINAL FANTASY XII, the young protagonist Vaan travels the skies of Ivalice with his trusted navigator Penelo at his side. Their treasure hunting adventures take them to the sky continent of Lemurés where they meet Llyud, a member of the aegyl race. These mysterious winged people have been living on the floating continent for centuries, but a disturbance has allowed treasure-seeking sky pirates to breach their once-hidden territory. It falls to Vaan and his band of young sky pirates to stand up against the trespassers, and defend this extraordinary world and its people.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.9
College Hoops 2K8 137.

College Hoops 2K8

Platform: Xbox 360
November 19, 2007
In the All-American Training Challenge, players can improve their game skills by competing in passing, shooting, and defensive tests against former college basketball standouts like Mike Conley Jr. of Ohio State, Julian Wright of Kansas, Glen "Big Baby" Davis of LSU, Alando Tucker of Wisconsin, Al Thornton of Florida State, J.J. Redick of Duke, and College Hoops 2K8 cover athlete, Greg Oden of Ohio State. Gamers can progress through the challenge drills against these great players while tracking their best times and highest scores in the game. With multiplayer support for up to four players, gamers can compete against their friends to see who has the best College Hoops skills. College basketball fans can truly feel the benefit of playing in front of a frenzied crowd—be it at home or in a neutral tournament venue—with the 6th Man Advantage where the energy of a team’s fans can motivate a team to play harder and with more confidence. During a game, the 6th Man Meter measures the current energy and excitement level of the crowd. By scoring often, playing good defense, and raising the excitement level of the crowd, the 6th Man Meter will rise. Once the meter is full, the home team gains the advantage of playing with less fatigue for a brief period while the opposing team starts to lose confidence in their playing ability. The 6th Man Advantage delivers a realistic element with how a great crowd can inspire their team to victory. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.1
Catan 138.

Catan

Platform: Xbox 360
May 2, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] Catan, based on the best-selling board game "Settlers of Catan," places you in the role of a colonist on a newly discovered imaginary island. Through strategy and trading, vie for control with other players over the territory and resources of this uncharted wilderness. Compete online with your friends from around the world, or go up against a computer personality. Features include an all-new 3-D "Living World" environment and robust computer gameplay to challenge all skill levels—even the experts. Difficulty levels: Play against historical personalities including Alexander, Cleopatra, and Tokugawa—a challenge to all skill levels, even experts! Also included is a "Learn As You Play" tutorial. House rules: Use popular house rules including Friendly Robber and Friendly Resources. Dice roll options: Choose from Randomized, Dice Deck with re-shuffling options. Multiplayer interaction: Taunt your opponents with engaging animations and emotes. Online support: Engane in multiplayer on Xbox LIVE (1-4 players, limited to one player per console) with Voice Chat enabled. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Madden NFL 08 139.

Madden NFL 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 14, 2007
All-New Read & React System: New player skill icons identify on-field strengths and weaknesses, providing an immediate read on what your opponent is giving you. Quickly react, create mismatches, and exploit opponent weaknesses before every play. All-New Front Office Mode: Take full control of every aspect of an NFL franchise. Construct a state-of-the-art stadium, set concession prices, hire your coaching staff, draft players, and manage the entire operation from the top down to build your dynasty. Your Ring of a Champion: Increase your Madden Gamer Level to help create and customize your own in-game championship ring. Madden Unmatched: All-new player moves, including auto-motion, backward passes and low-hitting tackles, plus ultra-smooth gameplay provide the most realistic NFL gaming experience ever. Control receivers and make spectacular catches or key possession receptions, or roam the secondary and jar the ball loose with big hits and ball-stripping tackles. [EA Sports]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.1
FIFA Soccer 08 140.

FIFA Soccer 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 9, 2007
The FIFA Soccer 08 next-gen gameplay engine, built to maximize the power of Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3, delivers animations and ball control that is so responsive you feel like you are actually on the pitch. Players in FIFA Soccer 08 now benefit from A.I. so smart, it features a 35-point decision engine which enables players to process multiple decisions and reactions in real-time. The A.I.'s dynamic ‘Threat Map’ system captures the excitement and realism of soccer. Players are now aware of their surroundings, reacting authentically to threats and opportunities to make intelligent football decisions. A true next-generation ball-striking engine calculates shot success by combining an almost infinite number of different contexts, including ball spin, pressure from defenders, player attributes, and even air pressure to recreate the drama and unpredictable nature of shooting. A new play mode called Be A Pro locks you in the role of a single player and challenges you to master the same disciplines as a real soccer player—from positioning and tackling to reading the field and passing. FIFA Soccer 08 introduces skill moves with a true next-generation organic 'building-block' system enabling you to combine tricks and skill moves together to recreate signature moves from the real-world superstars or define your own style of play. Animations can be interrupted at any time to transition into a new move, enabling you to read and respond to the defence, just like real life. Master the skills to break down the defence, elude your marker and lead your team to victory. Represent your club online against your rivals throughout the season in the F.A. Premier League, Bundesliga, French League or Mexican 1st Division. When they play, you play. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.0
Worms: Open Warfare 2 141.

Worms: Open Warfare 2

Platform: DS
September 4, 2007
Players can challenge others from all over the world via multiplayer battles using a wireless connection as they command their worms through clashes that take place in famous battles of the past, as well as fictional fights of the future. Battles include the Spanish Armada conquest in "Pirates!," the frontlines of real war in "World War II" and laser shooting spaceships in "Space War!," among others. In addition to the classic Deathmatch mode, the game also includes robust new single and multiplayer modes such as Rope Race, Fort, Puzzle and Campaign modes that challenge players to use new strategies and teamwork to defeat their enemies. The new Firing Range allows gamers to test their weapons skills, including 11 new weapons like the Bunker Buster and Buffalo of Lies as well as classics such as the Super Sheep, Concrete Donkey and the Holy Hand Grenade. Gamers that take the battle online will be able to demonstrate their Worms combat prowess with daily updated stats and leaderboards on the official Worms website. Players will also enjoy the new, in-depth customization options including custom landscape and team flag editors in addition to modified hats, tombstones and victory dances for their worm teams. [THQ]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
The Warriors 142.

The Warriors

Platform: PSP
February 12, 2007
Based on the 1979 cult classic Paramount Pictures film, The Warriors expands the stylized cinematic journey of the film into a gritty, interactive experience set in 1970's New York City. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.9
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations 143.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

Platform: DS
October 23, 2007
Players star as a defense attorney, who must prove a seemingly guilty client's innocence no matter how dire the circumstances may seem. Phoenix faces the toughest prosecutor yet as the mysterious hard-boiled "Godot" tries to take him down at any cost. Players must collect evidence, survey crime scenes, weed through inconsistent testimonies, and overcome corrupt agendas to ensure that justice prevails. With the return of the popular "psyche-lock" interrogation tool from the previous title, "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All," players have to overcome even more intense courtroom standoffs in order to close the case. Maya Fey is a bright young girl that aids Phoenix in his trials; she harnesses her psychic powers which are useful in a pinch. Godot - the mysterious, hard-boiled prosecutor makes his appearance. Play as two lawyers - relive Mia's rookie days from the past and Phoenix's current cases in the present. Two distinct gameplay segments: Investigation phase - survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence that will be used in court; Court phase - present findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to testimonies and examine witnesses. "Psyche-Lock" system - break down tough witnesses with a series of correct questions or catch them on inconsistencies. Touch screen interface progresses players through the game. Microphone can be used to yell "Objection!" and "Hold it!" as you cross examine witnesses. [Capcom]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
9.0
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties 144.

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties

Platform: PC
October 23, 2007
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is the second expansion pack for Age of Empires III. Engaging gamers of all ages and types in epic warfare in the Eastern world, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will lead Japanese, Chinese and Indian civilizations to expand their empires. Playable Asian civilizations. Lead one of three unique Asian civilizations — Japan, China and India — to expand their empires and fight for control in the Eastern world. Each Asian civilization, led by powerful leaders, will have unique groups, armies and wonders, as well as buildings that reflect the culture’s architectural style. New gameplay elements. Extending upon the innovative gameplay of Age of Empires III, Age of Empires: The Asian Dynasties will introduce new ways of winning and trading, random map styles that feature remixes of classic Age of Empires game styles, and 15 new Asian Wonders. Returning to the historical, civilization-based single-player campaigns, Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties will offer gamers who enjoy the solo experience a chance to engage in strategic combat with Japan, China or India through several engrossing scenarios. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.4
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation 145.

Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

Platform: Xbox 360
October 23, 2007
Online for the first time, via Xbox Live, players can experience Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation on a massive worldwide scale as it features an in-depth multi-player online experience that includes a variety of action-packed online modes. Players fight alongside fighter planes, gun ships, attack helicopters, tanks, naval fleets, heavy bombers, and electronic warfare vessels in the ultimate Ace Combat showdown. The Dynamic Operation System provides for massive battles unfolding on a "living battlefield," as up to six independent land, sea or air conflicts can break out at any time at multiple locations as allies and enemies clash in real-time. Players can experience the realism of war when battlefields come alive with engagingly authentic audio and visual effects: thundering explosions, dense vapor trails of air to air missiles, piercing machine gun fire, booming anti-aircraft artillery fire, mid-air explosions, gigantic columns of black smoke and more. Players can prove their supremacy on a global scale as they pilot highly detailed, authentic aircraft such as the F-15 E Strike Eagle and the F-22 Raptor online via Xbox Live. For an all out worldwide battle for the sky, players can choose from a variety of different online modes including the death match and team death match style game modes. Or they can team up with friends to play in co-op, where players combine strategy and skill to work together to take on computer-controlled adversaries. Online rankings are calculated globally with high-ranking players being granted honorable titles on a global scale, adding fuel to the fires of furious competition. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Metal Slug Anthology 146.

Metal Slug Anthology

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 28, 2007
SNK Playmore, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of their classic arcade franchise Metal Slug, releases the greatest array of Metal Slug titles ever assembled for the PSP including Metal Slug, Metal Slug 2, Metal Slug X, Metal Slug 3, Metal Slug 4, Metal Slug 5 and Metal Slug 6. [SNK Playmore]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.8
Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die! 147.

Sam & Max Episode 104: Abe Lincoln Must Die!

Platform: PC
February 22, 2007
The president's lost it. Federally mandated group hugs, a pudding embargo...what's next, gun control? Sam & Max are off to Washington to take care of this bozo, but the political climate will only get stormier...and a new power will rise. [TellTale Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.4
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 148.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Platform: Wii
November 6, 2007
From the Trade Federation's "negotiations" with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace to the space battle above Endor in Return of the Jedi, The Complete Saga allows players to kick some brick through 36 Story Mode levels, including Episode II's newly added high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell. Traveller’s Tales has revamped levels from the original LEGO Star Wars to match the gameplay evolutions found in LEGO Star Wars II, and Prequel Trilogy characters can now be mixed and matched with those from the Original Trilogy – more than 160 in all. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.7
TMNT 149.

TMNT

Platform: Game Boy Advance
March 20, 2007
The new NT video game uses the same dark and dangerous environments and adventurous themes featured in the new NT CGI film being developed by Imagi Animation Studios and Mirage Licensing. The NT movie takes place in a New York City plagued by secretive villains and strange, otherworldly creatures. Faced with these perils, the Turtles will experience their most trying time as heroes and as a family, as Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo lose their focus and struggle to maintain their unity and ninja discipline.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
NBA Street Homecourt 150.

NBA Street Homecourt

Platform: Xbox 360
February 20, 2007
The fourth chapter in the multi-platinum selling NBA Street series expands on the fast-paced and larger-than-life 3-on-3 basketball gameplay that has made the franchise a hit. The newest iteration of NBA Street creates a hyper-real world that merges legendary courts with the hometown courts of your favorite NBA stars into one seamless city of streetball moments. Earn a name for yourself and garner respect as you progress along your hometown journey and become a legend. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne 151.

Titan Quest: Immortal Throne

Platform: PC
March 5, 2007
Titan Quest: Immortal Throne features an original storyline with more than 12 hours of single-player content per difficulty level. New game-play features include an all-new skill mastery that combines with existing masteries to form eight new playable character classes. Titan Quest: Immortal Throne also adds dozens of terrifying new monsters, hundreds of unique weapons and an additional 10 levels of character and skill development. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.4
Test Drive Unlimited 152.

Test Drive Unlimited

Platform: PSP
March 21, 2007
Test Drive Unlimited is the only game that immerses you into the car and bike enthusiast lifestyle, with total freedom to race however and wherever you want within a huge, online-persistent environment. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Features more than 125 licensed vehicles from exclusive manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ducati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Saleen, Shelby, and Jaguar; Upgrade each car or bike with options from the actual manufacturers' catalog. Players create characters, buy new homes and garages, and tune and upgrade vehicles with aftermarket parts; Extracurricular activities such as expanding your garage, getting clothes and fashion accessories for your avatar, helping hitchhikers catch planes, picking up girls, chasing car thieves, and escaping from a psychopath. [Atari]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.7
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 153.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Platform: Xbox 360
November 6, 2007
From the Trade Federation's "negotiations" with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace to the space battle above Endor in Return of the Jedi, The Complete Saga allows players to kick some brick through 36 Story Mode levels, including Episode II's newly added high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell. Traveller’s Tales has revamped levels from the original LEGO Star Wars to match the gameplay evolutions found in LEGO Star Wars II, and Prequel Trilogy characters can now be mixed and matched with those from the Original Trilogy – more than 160 in all. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.1
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles 154.

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles

Platform: PSP
October 23, 2007
Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles is an entirely new take at the best Castlevania game to never be released in the US, "Castlevania: Rondo of Blood". The Dracula X Chronicles brings this action/adventure franchise to the PSP system for the first time, complete with 3D graphics, enhanced gameplay and new music. Completing the Dracula X storyline, this game also includes an unlockable version of Symphony of the Night and players will also be able to unlock the original Rondo of Blood from the NEC PC Engine. Includes unlockable versions of the original "Rondo of Blood" and "Symphony of the Night" games, optimized for the PSP. Timeless side scrolling action through more than 10 gothic stages and additional hidden areas. Return to previously completed levels to find additional secrets. [Konami]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.3
Virtua Tennis 3 155.

Virtua Tennis 3

Platform: Xbox 360
March 20, 2007
With Virtua Tennis 3, the series returns with enhanced photo-realistic graphics and advanced player animations that perfectly match the behavior and mannerisms of individual professional athletes. In Career Mode, gamers travel the world and take on the biggest stars of the tennis world. Improvements to the Player Creation Mode allow gamers to customize their own tennis star with a wealth of licensed tennis equipment and increased detail. No Virtua Tennis title would be complete without the popular and addictive mini-games, and Virtua Tennis 3 is no exception. In addition to the popular mini-games from previous titles used to sharpen players' skills, there are a host of brand new games to keep players in top form. [Sega]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Virtua Tennis 3 156.

Virtua Tennis 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 20, 2007
With Virtua Tennis 3, the series returns with enhanced photo-realistic graphics and advanced player animations that perfectly match the behavior and mannerisms of individual professional athletes. In Career Mode, gamers travel the world and take on the biggest stars of the tennis world. Improvements to the Player Creation Mode allow gamers to customize their own tennis star with a wealth of licensed tennis equipment and increased detail. No Virtua Tennis title would be complete without the popular and addictive mini-games, and Virtua Tennis 3 is no exception. In addition to the popular mini-games from previous titles used to sharpen players' skills, there are a host of brand new games to keep players in top form. [Sega]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.9
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 157.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Platform: Xbox 360
August 28, 2007
Photo Game Face is a new feature of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 that lets you use photos of your face to create an ultra-realistic likeness of yourself in the game. Your photo-based face can be used with any custom golfer profile you make. Customize your Photo Game Face just like any standard character using the tools in "My Appearance". For the first time ever, find out who truly is the world’s greatest golfer. In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, all of your golf game is recorded: from the first tee box in Play Now mode, to your final putt in a FedExCup tournament. Post your most amazing--and unthinkable--performances on EA SPORTS GamerNet, a revolutionary interactive gaming hub that hosts user-created content online. Set the bar high by sharing your top moments, or take on challenges set by others. Whether you’re uploading an unbeatable round or the craziest shot you’ve ever sunk, take on the golfing world with GamerNet and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. A Shot of ConfidenceAll-new Shot Confidence tracks your performance on every hole, round, and golf course. Based on key factors, including club selection, hole, lie, and more, dig into past performances with the Confidence Meter to identify strengths and weaknesses before every shot. The Most Golf Courses EverExperience the all-new FedExCup championship format by playing a dream round of golf at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill, and East Lake. Take On PGA And LPGA Tour ProsChallenge the greatest PGA Tour pros, including Tiger Woods, John Daly, and Vijay Singh, plus LPGA Tour pros such as Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Christie Kerr, and Morgan Pressel. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
MLB Power Pros 158.

MLB Power Pros

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 3, 2007
MLB Power Pros delivers an original visual style to America’s favorite pastime. Every MLB player is represented in the "Power Pro" character style - a miniature toy-like figurine model. Gamers will recognize their favorite Baseball stars through comic usage of facial expressions, facial hair, and hair styles. Every MLB ballpark has been faithfully replicated with their respective famous landmarks, bringing authenticity to every game. With Season Mode, players become an MLB team general manager with the goal of winning the World Series by controlling all aspects of the team including training players, purchasing better equipment, making trades, and much more. Success Mode combines traditional role-playing elements with baseball scenarios - this story-based mode puts the user in the role of a college baseball player with the goal of becoming a Major League player – gamers train the player in numerous games while dealing with real-world situations of academics, part-time jobs, and other social situations. [2K Sports/Konami]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
The Darkness 159.

The Darkness

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 25, 2007
The Darkness features a distinct blend of dark modern crime drama and supernatural horror with intense first person non-linear gameplay. The game is a dynamic first person shooter that allows players to call upon the forces of the evil underworld as they fight in gritty, urban environments. Armed with an arsenal of guns, gamers battle an array of demonic creatures and supernatural powers. In the game, players assume the role of mafia hitman Jackie Estacado. On the night of his 21st birthday, Jackie is possessed by "The Darkness," an ancient demonic entity that gives Jackie spectacular powers. The story, written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins, follows Jackie and his fight with the fictional Francetti mafia. As the story unfolds, the player will learn to utilize traditional weapons and the extraordinary powers of The Darkness. [2K Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 160.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Platform: DS
November 6, 2007
From the Trade Federation's "negotiations" with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace to the space battle above Endor in Return of the Jedi, The Complete Saga allows players to kick some brick through 36 Story Mode levels, including Episode II's newly added high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell. Traveller’s Tales has revamped levels from the original LEGO Star Wars to match the gameplay evolutions found in LEGO Star Wars II, and Prequel Trilogy characters can now be mixed and matched with those from the Original Trilogy – more than 160 in all. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.5
Geometry Wars: Galaxies 161.

Geometry Wars: Galaxies

Platform: Wii
November 20, 2007
Geometry Wars: Galaxies delivers an all new mission-based campaign where players blast-off on action-paced quests across the galaxy, defending solar systems one by one, defeating waves of alien enemies on new and classic Battle Grids. The controls have been optimized for Nintendo systems, allowing gamers to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller or DS touch screen to execute hotshot moves as never before. For the first time ever, the Geometry Wars videogame lets players battle via hot seat, co-op, simultaneous and versus in multiplayer mode. Those that own both the Nintendo DS and Wii can link the game together using Wi-Fi to unlock bonus content. Elite players can challenge the universe by posting high scores on the Wii's online leader board. Geometry Wars: Galaxies videogame also includes the full version of "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved". [Sierra Entertainment]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 162.

LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 6, 2007
From the Trade Federation's "negotiations" with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn in The Phantom Menace to the space battle above Endor in Return of the Jedi, The Complete Saga allows players to kick some brick through 36 Story Mode levels, including Episode II's newly added high-speed pursuit of bounty hunter Zam Wessell. Traveller’s Tales has revamped levels from the original LEGO Star Wars to match the gameplay evolutions found in LEGO Star Wars II, and Prequel Trilogy characters can now be mixed and matched with those from the Original Trilogy – more than 160 in all. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.3
Worms: Open Warfare 2 163.

Worms: Open Warfare 2

Platform: PSP
September 4, 2007
Players can challenge others from all over the world via multiplayer battles using a wireless connection as they command their worms through clashes that take place in famous battles of the past, as well as fictional fights of the future. Battles include the Spanish Armada conquest in "Pirates!," the frontlines of real war in "World War II" and laser shooting spaceships in "Space War!," among others. In addition to the classic Deathmatch mode, the game also includes robust new single and multiplayer modes such as Rope Race, Fort, Puzzle and Campaign modes that challenge players to use new strategies and teamwork to defeat their enemies. The new Firing Range allows gamers to test their weapons skills, including 11 new weapons like the Bunker Buster and Buffalo of Lies as well as classics such as the Super Sheep, Concrete Donkey and the Holy Hand Grenade. Gamers that take the battle online will be able to demonstrate their Worms combat prowess with daily updated stats and leaderboards on the official Worms website. Players will also enjoy the new, in-depth customization options including custom landscape and team flag editors in addition to modified hats, tombstones and victory dances for their worm teams. [THQ]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.2
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage 164.

FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage

Platform: Xbox 360
October 2, 2007
FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage is rebuilt from the ground up and specifically developed to utilize and take advantage of the additional feature sets and improved processing ability of the Xbox 360 to produce an entirely new FlatOut experience. Features include: 12 cars racing on screen up from eight cars in FlatOut 2; Five all-new single player and two all-new Xbox Live multiplayer modes including ‘Hunter & Prey’, ‘Beat The Bomb’ and ‘Frag Derby’; Downloadable content support; Widescreen HD resolution (1280x720); Dynamic lighting and shadowing with real-time environment mapping on all vehicles; Increased polygon count, 20,000 per vehicle as opposed to 5,000 in FlatOut 2; 7,000-8,000 dynamic objects per track, up from 5,000 in FlatOut 2; Dynamic shadow maps for every single moving and static 3D object on each circuit; Parallax mapping for skid marks used in the off-road tracks and mud surfaces; Improved particle effects, e.g. dust, dirt, smoke and water. [Empire Interactive]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.6
Test Drive Unlimited 165.

Test Drive Unlimited

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
Test Drive Unlimited is the only game that immerses you into the car and bike enthusiast lifestyle, with total freedom to race however and wherever you want within a huge, online-persistent environment. Visit the most sophisticated car and bike dealers to purchase new vehicles or simply take them for a spin. Collect and trade rare performance parts and customize each vehicle to make it one-of-a-kind. Test Drive Unlimited challenges players online to experience the most exotic and fastest vehicles on more than 1000 miles of diverse Hawaiian roads. Gamers win races, challenges, missions and tournaments to earn credits and purchase new cars, bikes, rare performance parts, clothes, apparel, homes and garages. Features more than 125 licensed vehicles from exclusive manufacturers including Lamborghini, Ducati, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Saleen, Shelby, and Jaguar; Upgrade each car or bike with options from the actual manufacturers' catalog. Players create characters, buy new homes and garages, and tune and upgrade vehicles with aftermarket parts; Extracurricular activities such as expanding your garage, getting clothes and fashion accessories for your avatar, helping hitchhikers catch planes, picking up girls, chasing car thieves, and escaping from a psychopath. [Atari]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.1
The Bigs 166.

The Bigs

Platform: Xbox 360
June 25, 2007
This over-the-top baseball action title puts an entirely new spin on Major League Baseball as it blends outrageous visuals and intuitive gameplay mechanics to bring fans a brand new MLB video game experience. Fans redefine the baseball highlight reel by performing dramatic wall grabs, spectacular diving plays, and epic homeruns. Unique and intuitive gameplay controls deliver a new baseball experience, while advanced power-up mechanics add exciting depth with each turn. Turbo gameplay raises the action bar, and culminates in the ultimate batter pitcher power-up duel, where either the pitcher's Big Heat will be the turning point, or the batter’s Power Blast will be the explosive end to the game. In The BIGS, every play is a big play. Each MLB player has been individualized to emphasize their extraordinary athletic attributes. The development team paid great attention to detail to portray a player's face and physical characteristics so baseball fans will easily recognize their favorite players. To deliver the authentic MLB atmosphere, stadium landmarks have been stylized to highlight the unique architecture of each MLB ballpark. Whether it's the glove at San Francisco's AT&T Park resized to mammoth proportions or the left field wall in Boston's Fenway Park made into a real "Green Monster," gamers will be in awe at the grandeur of each stadium in The BIGS. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.4
Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific 167.

Silent Hunter: Wolves of the Pacific

Platform: PC
March 20, 2007
Silent Hunter 4: Wolves of the Pacific takes players to the depths of the Pacific Ocean as the skipper of an American submarine. Immersed in this intense environment with the help of amazing graphics and sound, players will engage in massive battles with enemy units, manage and evolve an entire submarine crew, and earn promotions and commendations to ensure victory in the Pacific. Hollywood Blockbuster Experience: Lifelike graphics and spectacular audio/visual effects offer an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Innovative Crew Evolution: Earn upgrades and experience to help create the most effective naval force in the Pacific Theater. Immersive Single-Player Gameplay: Diverse mission objectives and events on more than 15 maps combined with unique rewards make each campaign a unique experience. Addictive New Online Adversarial Mode: Join forces with up to eight friends via LAN or four via Internet in either cooperative or adversarial gameplay modes. Scripted and generated mission types allow for epic online battles and unlimited replayability. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Lost Planet: Extreme Condition 168.

Lost Planet: Extreme Condition

Platform: Xbox 360
January 12, 2007
In Lost Planet, human snow pirates navigate VS (Vital Suits) through hostile ice-covered environments, fighting against the indigenous Akrid creatures for the precious thermal energy they need to survive. For one such pilot named Wayne, death almost seemed imminent until he was fortunately rescued. However, he can only remember a few fragments of his past including the slaying of his father by the monstrous beings. Yet under the veil of ice, a devious plan has been set into motion for the termination of all Akrid and snow pirates alike. What really happened to Wayne? Who is plotting the destructive scheme? Encounter valuable allies and dangerous enemies on Wayne's search for the truth. [Capcom]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Eternal Sonata 169.

Eternal Sonata

Platform: Xbox 360
September 17, 2007
(Also known as "Trusty Bell: Chopin's Dream") The story of Eternal Sonata begins as a famous composer, on his deathbed, drifts between this life and the next. In his reverie, a happenstance encounter of a young girl who accepts her terrible destiny and a young boy fighting to save her, changes the destiny of the world. Uncover the light that shines in each of us in this enduring tale of good and evil. Features a host of next generation features such as a unique monster morphing system, a hybrid of a turn-based and action battle system with a special attack feature dependent on light and shadow. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.9
Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood 170.

Sword of the Stars: Born of Blood

Platform: PC
June 5, 2007
Forged in the fires of advanced biotechnology, a new race has emerged from the shadows to threaten the SotS universe. Born of blood, driven by hunger and launched on a relentless search for the Gods that made them, these brutal warriors will stop at nothing to find "The Great Masters." As they tear the galaxy apart, a dark new chapter in the annals of interstellar conquest will begin. Bringing with it new strategies, new weapons, and a new view of "resources." They call themselves The Zuul. And they have uses for you. [GamersGate]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
GrimGrimoire 171.

GrimGrimoire

Platform: PlayStation 2
June 26, 2007
Lillet Blan was very excited. Her heart had been racing since the moment she heard Lillet had been invited to enroll into a Magic Academy where only talented youths were personally sought out by the greatest wizards. The school was lead by the famous wizard, Gammel Dore, who had once defeated the Archmage. And the campus on which they study, the Silver Star tower, was once the destroyed Archmage's castle. The tower was full of unsolved mysteries and dangers, and this attracted many who had their own personal reasons in mind. Lilet had opened her first grimoire, and began her studies. But only five days later, a terrifying disaster threatens the academy, and all lives are lost. All except she, who had traveled back throgh time without knowing why...Can Lillet come closer to the truth by repeating days? Can she end the nightmare at the end of those five days? [NIS America]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.9
Virtua Tennis 3 172.

Virtua Tennis 3

Platform: PSP
March 26, 2007
With ultra-realistic graphics and precise player control, gamers will hit the court and play as or against today's tennis elite including Federer, Sharapova, Roddick, Nadal, and Williams. A new multiplayer mode allows up to 8 friends to battle it out on 23 courts around the world. As they serve up their best in a mix of exhibitions, tournaments and competitions, players will rise through the ranks and battle for the top spot. [Sega]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.8
Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007 173.

Winning Eleven: Pro Evolution Soccer 2007

Platform: Xbox 360
February 6, 2007
PES 6 once again features the graphical and gameplay tweaks that enable each new title to play completely differently from previous incarnations. The shooting system has been the subject of extensive retouching, now enabling players to pull off much more accurate snap shots as well as being able to exert a much larger feeling of control when going for quick half volleys or difficult full volleys. The intelligence of players has seen a marked improvement. For example, players now make more realistic runs into space, often pointing where they would like the ball played. The physical aspect has also been beefed up, with strikers using their sheer presence to turn defenders and likewise, the defenders stepping a yard away to enable them to force players away from goal and not letting them spin into dangerous positions. PES 6 also has a number of new teams licensed for inclusion, with the International roster now featuring the official kits for Argentina, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Sweden. New gameplay modes have been added and features like the much loved Master League mode also returns, together with a host of new tricks, feints and animations that can be used to bamboozle your opposition. [Konami]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.5
The New York Times Crosswords 174.

The New York Times Crosswords

Platform: DS
May 29, 2007
Write in your own answers on the Touch Screen or use the Touch Screen keyboard to enter your answers. Complete more than 1,000 puzzles across Puzzle Me Quick!, Puzzle Week, or Crosswords. Challenge mode which includes time and difficulty settings you can adjust to your liking. Compete against up to three friends in a wireless multiplayer VS match or work together to fill in clues in 4-player cooperative play. Experience multiple visual themes as you complete puzzles. Take advantage of special functions including Hint (fills in a letter of a word you can’t figure out) and Undo (remove a letter you’ve placed incorrectly). [Majesco]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.7
Sam & Max Episode 106: Bright Side of the Moon 175.

Sam & Max Episode 106: Bright Side of the Moon

Platform: PC
April 26, 2007
What started out as a local mind-control scheme has grown to global proportions, and Sam & Max are off to the moon to save the entire planet from a lifetime of hypnotic enslavement. But when chaos collides with tranquility, have the Freelance Police finally met their match? [Telltale Games]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.9
Alien Hominid HD 176.

Alien Hominid HD

Platform: Xbox 360
February 28, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] They've got your spaceship, so blow up anything in your path to get it back. Completely hand-drawn high-definition graphics coupled with old-school game play results in ultimate mayhem. This side-scrolling shooter features cute, quirky humor and adjustable cartoon gore. Alien Hominid HD features jump-in-anytime multiplayer action, immersive environments, award-winning bosses, and over 30 fashionable hats. This 2-D console experience comes jam-packed with seven mini-games, including several four-player party games. All You Can Eat, Neutron Ball, and PDA Games will keep the party going for hours on end. All 16 levels and seven mini-games are included in this version, in addition to 720p HD support and 150+ brand new PDA mini-game levels. Two players locally in the main game, and up to four players offline or on Xbox Live in mini-games. Per-player difficulty: Difficulty settings can be adjusted on a per-controller basis. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 177.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Platform: PC
November 13, 2007
Fire up the fretboard, crank up the amp and get ready to rock like never before. Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock drops you into the spotlight of the largest and most legendary rock concert ever. The star-studded soundtrack includes master tracks by such legendary artists as Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys, Muse and Pearl Jam, with added songs as made legendary by Kiss, Alice Cooper and Heart. Now drop that air guitar, tune your exclusive new Les Paul Guitar Controller and shred the night away with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. [Activision]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
Shadowgrounds Survivor 178.

Shadowgrounds Survivor

Platform: PC
November 14, 2007
Shadowgrounds Survivor is a spin-off/sequel to the underground PC hit Shadowgrounds, and it tells the story of three survivors who join forces with the last remaining human resistance in the heated battle against the ongoing alien onslaught. The atmosphere and gameplay mechanics of the original Shadowgrounds make a triumphant return armed with a new feature set. 3 playable characters, each with impressive new tactics. RPG-like upgrade system for weapons and characters; including special attacks such as the all-engrossing Napalm Flame and the mighty Brute Slayer. New gameplay features such as the Sentry Turret and the powerful Mech. Campaign mode short of filler and full of action, running parallel to the Shadowgrounds story and expanding it to new locations, including snow and ice environments, gritty sewers and the suffering New Atlantis colony. Survival mode where the player is pitted against hordes of alien monsters – the clock is ticking and they just keep on coming. New graphics enhancements, including raging snowstorm effects, new weapon effects and much more. Integrated physics that bring the world alive with hundreds of physics objects, taking the destruction to the next level. [Meridian4]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Heavenly Sword 179.

Heavenly Sword

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 12, 2007
A dramatic tale of revenge sees Nariko, a fiery red-haired heroine embark on a quest for vengeance against an invading King and his army. The story builds around the ancient Heavenly Sword which once belonged to a powerful deity. It can never be wielded by a mortal without it draining their life-force, killing them within hours. When the invading King (played by Andy Serkis) destroys the warrior clan that guards the Heavenly Sword, the clan leader's daughter, Nariko, takes up the sword in a desperate fight for survival. Nariko must now pay the ultimate price as she embarks on one last mission of vengeance against the King and his army before her life is finally drawn to a close... The Heavenly Sword itself can Transform into Three Distinct Stances – Players can switch between on the fly allowing players to create their own fighting styles. The Combat Engine can Scale Up – From sophisticated one-on-one encounters to one-on-many, where enemies employ intelligent squad-based dynamics, right up to combat against battalions pushing real-time gameplay and AI to unprecedented new levels. Physics-based Combat – Players can sweep debris against opponents, kick tables to halt an oncoming surge of fighters, smash the enemy into the scenery or throw bodies into other enemies using aftertouch controls. [SCEE]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 180.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 28, 2007
Photo Game Face is a new feature of Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 that lets you use photos of your face to create an ultra-realistic likeness of yourself in the game. Your photo-based face can be used with any custom golfer profile you make. Customize your Photo Game Face just like any standard character using the tools in "My Appearance". For the first time ever, find out who truly is the world’s greatest golfer. In Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08, all of your golf game is recorded: from the first tee box in Play Now mode, to your final putt in a FedExCup tournament. Post your most amazing--and unthinkable--performances on EA SPORTS GamerNet, a revolutionary interactive gaming hub that hosts user-created content online. Set the bar high by sharing your top moments, or take on challenges set by others. Whether you’re uploading an unbeatable round or the craziest shot you’ve ever sunk, take on the golfing world with GamerNet and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08. A Shot of ConfidenceAll-new Shot Confidence tracks your performance on every hole, round, and golf course. Based on key factors, including club selection, hole, lie, and more, dig into past performances with the Confidence Meter to identify strengths and weaknesses before every shot. The Most Golf Courses EverExperience the all-new FedExCup championship format by playing a dream round of golf at Westchester Country Club, TPC Boston, Cog Hill, and East Lake. Take On PGA And LPGA Tour ProsChallenge the greatest PGA Tour pros, including Tiger Woods, John Daly, and Vijay Singh, plus LPGA Tour pros such as Annika Sorenstam, Natalie Gulbis, Christie Kerr, and Morgan Pressel. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.6
Guild Wars: Eye of the North 181.

Guild Wars: Eye of the North

Platform: PC
August 28, 2007
Guild Wars players can embark on a journey that will take their existing characters into the treacherous reaches north of the Shiverpeak Mountains. There, they must stand side-by-side with both friends and enemies from the past, recruit new allies and heroes, and delve deep into perilous dungeons to face an ancient evil. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. One thing is certain; at the end of this battle, nothing will remain the same. In Guild Wars: Eye of the North, players encounter two new races: the enigmatic Asura, masters of magic who were driven from the depths by a great danger, and the fiercely independent Norn, who are more interested in contests of personal prowess than the troubles of the world around them. And as the Deldrimor Dwarves fight a desperate battle against a new evil welling up out of the earth, players once again come face-to-face with humanity's most-hated enemy—the Charr. Guild Wars: Eye of the North introduces another exciting feature to the Guild Wars legacy—multi-level dungeons. As the story of this expansion unfolds, players delve into eighteen vast dungeons to face untold enemies, search for clues about the menace facing the world, and uncover new weapons they can use in the final confrontation. These immersive, multi-level dungeons take characters deep beneath the earth and expose them to challenges the likes of which have never been seen in any Guild Wars game to date. [NCsoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Carcassonne 182.

Carcassonne

Platform: Xbox 360
June 27, 2007
[Xbox Live Arcade] Based on the award-winning board game and designed for two to five players, Carcassonne is set in a medieval landscape made up of 72 tiles. Players start from a single tile and then draw from a pool of remaining tiles to create a growing landscape and gain points for ultimate victory. Carcassonne features multiplayer modes both offline and online allowing players to compete against up to five players on Xbox LIVE and four players on a single Xbox 360. Players amass valuable points by strategically placing tiles and claiming land, completing towns, roads and farms. Gamers can master strategy in the medieval world by owning the largest towns, longest roads and biggest farms, not to mention a monastery or two. Or they can score points and properties the old fashioned way--by poaching from others!
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.5
Geometry Wars: Galaxies 183.

Geometry Wars: Galaxies

Platform: DS
November 27, 2007
Geometry Wars: Galaxies delivers an all new mission-based campaign where players blast-off on action-paced quests across the galaxy, defending solar systems one by one, defeating waves of alien enemies on new and classic Battle Grids. The controls have been optimized for Nintendo systems, allowing gamers to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller or DS touch screen to execute hotshot moves as never before. For the first time ever, the Geometry Wars videogame lets players battle via hot seat, co-op, simultaneous and versus in multiplayer mode. Those that own both the Nintendo DS and Wii can link the game together using Wi-Fi to unlock bonus content. Elite players can challenge the universe by posting high scores on the Wii's online leader board. Geometry Wars: Galaxies videogame also includes the full version of "Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved". [Sierra Entertainment]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.6
FIFA Soccer 08 184.

FIFA Soccer 08

Platform: PSP
October 8, 2007
FIFA Soccer 08 challenges players to master the skills required to play like a pro soccer player. Fans around the world can experience the same highs and lows of real-world players and tackle the challenges they face on a daily basis. FIFA Soccer 08 puts you on the pitch to defy the odds, perfect your skills, elevate your game and rise up to win glory for your club. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.5
Major League Baseball 2K7 185.

Major League Baseball 2K7

Platform: Xbox 360
February 26, 2007
It's a whole new ballgame! Major League Baseball 2K7 redefines the pure baseball video game experience with true, Next-Gen details, all-new throwing mechanics and a revolutionary presentation system. Signature Style - Batting stances, waggles, home run celebrations, step-ins and step-outs bring each player to life. True Fielding – Fielder positioning, relay and cutoff A.I. has been redesigned to allow for better, more authentic Major League defensive play. Defensive alignments are now based on who is at the plate. Dynamic Throwing System - Responsive throwing mechanics coupled with unique animations for infield, outfield and situational throws brings your command of the ball to a new level. Inside Edge - Updated for the 2007 season, Inside Edge data is now tied into USER control at the plate. Playing into your pitcher's or hitter's strengths will now reward you with a boost in hitting power. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
Spider-Man 3 186.

Spider-Man 3

Platform: DS
May 4, 2007
Spider-Man 3 for the Nintendo DS is set in a 3D side scrolling world and delivers complete touch screen handling, in which players must draw upon Spider-Man's vast array of moves, attacks and upgrades as they choose their path and embark on a wide variety of city-based missions and multiple movie-based and original story arcs. Additionally, Spider-Man 3 for the Nintendo DS features local wireless multiplayer gameplay featuring with a variety of modes enabling awesome two-player head-to-head challenges like Brawler, Hot Potato, Target Practice, and Combo Challenge. [Activision]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.6
Blue Dragon 187.

Blue Dragon

Platform: Xbox 360
August 28, 2007
Famed game producer Hironobu Sakaguchi of Mistwalker and developer Artoon present Blue Dragon. Featuring the character design of Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball Z and music by Nobuo Uematsu of Final Fantasy, Blue Dragon is an epic role-playing game that centers on a young boy named Shu and several of his friends. These unlikely heroes possess the power to control phantom shadows that mirror the actions of their masters, giving Shu and his comrades miraculous strength and magical powers. The warriors can create and develop their combat styles by utilizing different types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. Shu and his friends must use the shadows as weapons and wield their skills to save their world from impending doom. Encountering various people on a planet where numerous ancient ruins remain, the characters and their shadows travel through a world full of mysteries and illusions, where the slightest touch can cause reactions of unparalleled magnitude. Innovative RPG gameplay features: As their quest progresses, warriors can create original attack methods by utilizing several types of Shadow Change, including Sword, Assassin, and Power Magic. You can choose to focus the hero on certain areas of expertise. Shadows level up and gain new abilities associated with the job they are currently doing. Once gained, abilities are not lost and remain available to use when needed. Massive scope and engrossing environments: Shu and his companions battle their way through an immense world filled with vividly illustrated remnants of ancient civilizations long forgotten. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.0
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground 188.

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

Platform: DS
October 15, 2007
For the first time, players will have the freedom to define their character, story and style based on the choices they make, the paths they choose and the style of skating they use on the proving grounds from Philadelphia and Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Tony Hawk's Proving Ground features deeper customization than ever before, including a Video Editor with full-featured editing tools and visual effects for creating "epic skate videos," and a fully customizable online Skate Lounge where players can skate with friends in the ultimate pad. In addition, players have the freedom to skate from single player to online seamlessly, as well as utilize new gameplay mechanics such as skateable terrain altering and building, and Bowl Carving. Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground also features even more Nail the Trick moves such as Nail the Grab and Nail the Manual intensifying the thrill of pulling off big tricks. [Activision]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
5.8
Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull 189.

Nancy Drew: Legend of the Crystal Skull

Platform: PC
October 8, 2007
Bruno Bolet was the proud owner of the "Whisperer," a crystal skull rumored to protect its holder from almost any cause of death - except murder. When Bruno passed away, his nephew Henry came to wrap up his affairs, but he couldn't find the skull among the clutter of the creepy Bolet manor. You'll need to team up with Nancy's best friend Bess Marvin to find this mystical artifact before it falls into the wrong hands! [Her Interactive]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
Mario Strikers Charged 190.

Mario Strikers Charged

Platform: Wii
July 30, 2007
(Also known as "Mario Strikers Charged Football") Take to the pitch as Mario Strikers Charged arrives with a new roster of features. The follow-up to "Super Mario Strikers" delivers bigger shots, massive hits and the chance to play gamers around the world. Mario Strikers Charged is high-impact, all the time. More captains, more playing fields, more sidekicks: It's crush or be crushed in this wild kickfest. Goal Control: Use the skill the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers provide to win the ball, score unstoppable goals and take control of the goal keeper to perform spectacular saves. Score Big with Mega Strikes: Each captain has his or her own set of skills and super abilities, as well as the ability to perform special shots called Mega Strikes, where the iron ball splits into five balls and flies at the goal. The defending player must use the Wii Remote controller to shoot these balls out of the air to stop a goal. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Traxxpad 191.

Traxxpad

Platform: PSP
June 26, 2007
Traxxpad: Portable Studio turns your PSP into a music studio. The power of a drum machine, sequencer, mixer and sampler is now portable. Produce, record, mix, sequence, share, sample and export your own original music and sounds. Record the sounds around you or choose from over a thousand sounds and kits provided. Export to mp3 and make your own ringtones and CDs. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.3
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure 192.

Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

Platform: PSP
February 12, 2007
Gurumin stars a strong-willed girl named Parin, who is sent to live with her grandfather in a small mining town while her parents are off excavating an ancient ruin. With no other children living in this town, Parin is surprised one day to encounter a young girl being tormented by a stray dog. After Parin drives off the mongrel, she is shocked to discover the young girl is actually a monster, and like all monsters, invisible to adults. Parin is soon invited to pass through a crack in the wall behind her home and enter Monster Village. Parin has just started making monster friends when evil spirits, known as the Phantoms, invade the village and monsternap most of the inhabitants. Parin soon learns of the Legendary Drill, a weapon hidden underneath the village and, in the right hands, powerful enough to destroy the Phantoms. Thus begins Parin's quest to reclaim the Legendary Drill and set the world right. Features Non-linear game play set in vast world with a variety of stages in different environments. 23 non-player characters, 48 unique enemies, and over 90 items to collect. Destroy everything in your path with your legendary drill: almost all objects are destructible, and many hide money and valuable items. [Mastiff Games]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 193.

Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Platform: DS
January 22, 2007
Los Angeles, 1979. You are Kyle Hyde, an ex-cop turned salesman trying to track down a missing friend. Clues lead you to an eerie, old hotel rumored to have one very strange room – a room where wishes are granted. It's up to you to unravel the mystery in Hotel Dusk: Room 215, a gritty new graphic adventure for Nintendo DS. Players hold their DS like a book and use the touch screen to grill characters, search for clues and solve mystifying puzzles. Players follow the plot twists and turns as they hunt for their missing friend and investigate the mysteries of Hotel Dusk. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon 194.

Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon

Platform: DS
August 14, 2007
You awaken to find yourself in an unfamiliar village with no memory of who you are or how you arrived. Mist, a beautiful young woman comes to your aid and helps you start to build a life for yourself…on a farm. Till the land, grow crops, raise animals, catch fish and battle monsters! Battling against fierce beasts is very important for your survival, but making friends with them is essential for your farm life. Build skills and learn magic as you save your neighbors and uncover the secrets of your forgotten past...Befriend wandering monsters to help with your farm, each with their own special abilities. Upgrade your skills as you use and create hundreds of items and tools. Communicate and exchange items via Wi-Fi. Grow crops, make friends and fall in love. [Natsume]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.2
Naruto: Rise of a Ninja 195.

Naruto: Rise of a Ninja

Platform: Xbox 360
October 30, 2007
In a game exclusively developed from the ground up for the Xbox 360, and for the first time, gamers can experience Naruto starting from the series' beginning. Relive Naruto's transformation from noisy ninja-academy dropout to respected ninja. Immerse Yourself In Naruto's Universe: Roam freely and discover authentic environments. Explore the genuine Konoha Village and its surroundings. Interact with Sasuke, Sakura, Kakashi and members from the Naruto cast. The first Naruto game to combine action-adventure gameplay, classic platforming battles, head-to-head fighting, and in-depth character development. Build Your Fighting Techniques to Defeat Deadly Enemies in Fast-Paced Combat: Define your own way of the ninja as you learn to better control your chakra, improve your techniques, master new taijutsus and ninjutus, and command more powerful ninja weapons. Select your favorite Naruto character and challenge a friend. Customize your character and pick your own battlefield. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.5
Sonic Rush Adventure 196.

Sonic Rush Adventure

Platform: DS
September 18, 2007
Sonic returns to the DS with all the classic 2D dual screen action of "Sonic Rush," as well as a new high-seas adventure where he clashes with ruthless pirates. As Sonic, set off from Windmill Village to explore seven islands for action-packed adventures spread across a large map. As you venture, you'll uncover valuable items and materials that will help Tails build new ships so that Sonic can track down the villainous pirates in a variety of ways. With a fleet of up to five ships, including a submarine, water bike, and hovercraft, you will use the touch screen technology in exciting new ways to control your ships as you race across the ocean gathering rings, busting tricks, and torching pirate ships in fierce ship-to-ship battles. At the end of each level, test your skills in epic 3D boss battles that span both screens, including the ultimate showdown with the evil pirate, Captain Whisker. A high-speed ocean adventure: Battle with wicked pirates both on land and at sea throughout 14 action stages on seven different islands. Navigate the oceans and perform aerial tricks to avoid treacherous water mines and aim your cannons during ship-to-ship battles by using the stylus and touch screen on the Nintendo DS. Compete with friends via Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play in two battle modes. Two players will face-off in intense dual screen races or collect the most items spread throughout the map in exciting mission battles. [Sega]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.1
Silent Hill: Origins 197.

Silent Hill: Origins

Platform: PSP
November 6, 2007
Silent Hill Origins tells the tale of a solitary truck driver stuck in the terrifying town while making a routine delivery. New gameplay elements, such as a barricade system that lets players block off rooms from enemies, and an enhanced camera system deliver an added sense of isolation and anxiety in this frightening adventure. [Konami]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.6
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 198.

Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Platform: PSP
August 9, 2007
Inspired by the first Tomb Raider videogame, originally released in 1996, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a totally new 2006 adventure for Lara, faithfully preserving the elements which made the original Tomb Raider such a classic. Using an enhanced "Tomb Raider Legend" game engine, the graphics, technology and physics bring Lara's adventure and pursuit of a mystical artefact known only as the Scion up to today’s technology standards and offer gamers a completely new gameplay experience. The puzzles are now more in depth and incorporate environmental interaction and physics driven solutions. The level design and flow of gameplay are inspired by the original videogame making Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary a brand new experience in gaming, while still invoking the nostalgia of the first adventure in Tomb Raiding. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.4
Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol 199.

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol

Platform: PlayStation 2
January 2, 2007
Karaoke Revolution: American Idol combines the Karaoke Revolution game engine with America’s most popular television show to deliver an authentic Idol experience for the PlayStation 2. Sing along to 40 new songs, including hits from the show, and compete from auditions to performances on center stage in your quest to become the next American Idol. [Konami]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.4
Mega Man ZX Advent 200.

Mega Man ZX Advent

Platform: DS
October 23, 2007
Mega Man ZX Advent follows two heroes, Grey and Ashe, on two separate but intertwining adventures as they search for answers amidst a chaotic war between humans and robots. They fight against a menacing, evil force in a battle unprecedented in the Mega Man series. The title takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS features to enhance the action-packed gameplay and story line of the popular series. A dynamic "Biometal" system is central to gameplay, allowing players the ability to change into several forms, including eight bosses, each with a variety of unique abilities and powers. With a touch of the Nintendo DS screen, players can easily switch back and forth between the Biometal and Map navigation screens. Bosses can be fought in several different ways, testing players' skills and rewarding them with nearly 24 different items depending on how they take on a boss. Co-op and head-to-head two player wireless play (two cartridges required). Two-player downloadable mini-game (one cartridge required). [Capcom]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.8

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