Game Releases by User Score

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 1.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 5, 2007
[Metacritic's 2007 PS3 Game of the Year] As Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's single player campaign unfolds, the player is introduced to new gameplay at every turn – one moment you are fast-roping from your Black Hawk helicopter after storming into the war zone with an armada of choppers, the next you are a sniper, under concealment, in a Ghillie suit miles behind enemy lines, the next you are engaging hostiles from an AC-130 gunship thousands of feet above the battlefield. Mixed with explosive action, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare also delivers special effects, including use of depth of field, rim-lighting, character self-shadowing, real time post-processing, texture streaming as well as physics-enabled effects. Infinity Ward deployed a dedicated team from the start to deliver a new level of depth to multiplayer. Building on the hit "Call of Duty 2" online experience, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare's new multiplayer provides the community an addictive and accessible experience to gamers of all levels. [Activision]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
8.4
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 20, 2007
Oblivion is a single-player game that takes place in Tamriel's capital province, Cyrodiil. You are given the task of finding the hidden heir to a throne that sits empty, the previous emperor having been killed by an unknown assassin. With no true Emperor, the gates to Oblivion (the equivalent of hell in the world of Tamriel) open, and demons begin to invade Cyrodiil and attack its people and towns. It's up to you to find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel. In keeping with the Elder Scrolls tradition, players have the option to experience the main quest at their own pace, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore the vast world and make your own way. Numerous factions can be joined, such as the thieves or mages guilds, and each contains its own complete storyline and the chance to rise to the head of the faction and reap further rewards. Oblivion features a groundbreaking new AI system, called Radiant AI, which gives non-player characters (NPCs) the ability to make their own choices based on the world around them. They decide where to eat or who to talk to and what they say. They sleep, go to church, and even steal items, all based on their individual characteristics. Full facial animations and lip-synching, combined with full speech for all dialog, allows NPCs to come to life like never before. [Bethesda]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
8.2
Rock Band 3.

Rock Band

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 20, 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:
92
User Score:
8.1
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction 4.

Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 23, 2007
After saving countless planets from dreadful doom and earning intergalactic mega-celebrity status in the process, Ratchet and Clank have taken some well-deserved RandR -- again. Yet, Ratchet remains restless. An orphan of the universe, he has never known anything of his past, his family, or his Lombax origins. And no one, not even Clank, can fill that void. Unfortunately for Ratchet, someone else is equally interested in Ratchet's origins: Emperor Percival Tachyon. In his thirst for revenge, the vile tyrant of an ancient race of foul insect-like monsters called Cragmites has festered an age-old grudge and is bent on wiping the last-known Lombax off the universe. As Tachyon's forces ambush Ratchet and Clank in their home galaxy, our heroes realize they need to escape quickly to prevent its destruction. In a move of desperate irony, Ratchet and Clank steal Tachyon's imperial warship and embark upon an adventure bigger than any they've experienced- one that will not only unravel the mystery of the Lombaxes, but also test the very limits of their friendship. [SCEA]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.8
The Orange Box 5.

The Orange Box

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 11, 2007
Games included in The Orange Box compilation: The original Half-Life 2 - The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people - people he cares about - are counting on him. Half-Life 2: Episode One - The player reprises his role of Dr. Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, as they continue their support of the resistance's battle against the Combine forces. Half-Life 2: Episode Two -- the second installment in Valve's episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to new locations outside of City 17. Portal - a pioneering type of single player action game that rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their environment – much like how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun reinvented the way gamers interact with objects in the game. Team Fortress 2 - an all-new version of the legendary title that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game's daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date. [Valve Software]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.3
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune 6.

Uncharted: Drake's Fortune

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 16, 2007
A 400-year-old clue in the coffin of Sir Francis Drake sets a modern-day fortune hunter on an exploration for the fabled treasure of El Dorado, leading to the discovery of a forgotten island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The search turns deadly when Nathan Drake becomes stranded on the island and hunted by mercenaries. Outnumbered and outgunned, Drake and his companions must fight to survive as they begin to unravel the terrible secrets hidden on the Island. Using maps and ancient artifacts, uncover clues and unravel mysteries to find a forgotten island and a treasure that was thought to have never existed. Explore exotic locations. Traverse through living jungles and spectacular 400-year-old ruins. Drake's companions and allies play an important role in the adventure through cooperative mechanics, gun play and exploration. Experience fast-paced gunplay: use a variety of environmental elements for cover, shoot enemies off of moving vehicles in high speed chases and more. Use an array of hand-to-hand fighting moves to put your enemy off balance. Anything from wild haymaker punches to running drop-kicks. Naughty Dog's advanced animation techniques allow Nathan to switch seamlessly between movements and achieve a whole new level of believability in gameplay. Nathan can reload his weapon while dodging bullets and find cover behind a wall, all in one smooth natural motion. [SCEA]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.9
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 7.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 3, 2007
As Ryu Hayabusa you are out to seek revenge after your clan is massacred by the Vigor Empire. Realistic battle actions and acrobatic ninja moves are at your finger-tips. You play with only your wits, your ninja skills, and your deadly sword. Slice down opponents in the Vigor Empire as you attempt to beat the Holy Emperor and reclaim the magic sword "Ryuken". Bringing the classic to the PlayStation 3, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a more "complete version" of the Xbox Team Ninja title, with new moves, actions, and weapons for Hayabusa. Also added is a new playable character -- Racheal, one of the series' heroines, will be playable, and when using her, you'll get to experience the storyline from her perspective (with new cutscenes, attack moves and more.) [Tecmo]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.6
Unreal Tournament III 8.

Unreal Tournament III

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 11, 2007
Players assume the role of a futuristic warrior engaged in contests of intense shooting battles against skilled opponents, controlled either by human contestants online or by A.I. These contests are fought with the most powerful sci-fi weapons and vehicles.Unparalleled graphical and physical realism from the latest Unreal Engine 3 technology delivers the most compelling First Person Shooter Experience to-date...online and offline. The weaponry is bigger and badder than ever. Destroy your opponent from a distance with the ever popular Link Gun or blast away at close range with the Bio Rifle. Battle against lightening fast A.I. in the deeper and richer single player tournament mode. Expanded Onslaught game type features two complete sets of high-tech vehicles, including the massive Leviathan, the terrifying Darkwalker, and a completely new way to get into the action...the Hoverboard. Fight side-by-side with or compete against new and returning characters from the UT franchise, all with enhanced abilities, extremely detailed looks and distinct personalities. Enhanced popular game types, including: Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Instagib CTF and more. [Midway]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 9.

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 26, 2007
The stakes are high when the world's most elite counter-terrorism unit enters Las Vegas, where over 36.7 million men, women and children visit each year. "Sin City," the home of the famous Las Vegas Strip, flashy hotels, high-rolling casinos and world-famous celebrities, becomes the setting for a terrorist threat of global proportions. What happens when one of the world's most famous cities is held hostage by terrorists? [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.6
NHL 08 10.

NHL 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 11, 2007
The Skill Stick gave you the power to deke the goalie in NHL 07 – now you can own the 1-on-1 matchup and undress opposing defenseman with complete control Use your stick to push the puck into space and walk around your defender. Once you're all alone in front, improved stick handling and shooting accuracy will give you the toolset to beat your goaltender for that decisive goal. Dynamic AI adjusts to your every move both on offense and defense, promising to challenge even the most skilled hockey players. The intelligent CPU scouts your tendencies like a coach and makes the necessary adjustments to shut down your money plays, forcing you to adjust your style of play. New analog speed control of the left stick gives you the variance you need to glide into the zone with control or get a burst of speed to step up on a defender. With new skating animations and responsiveness, you have the control to perform crossovers to maintain speed or carve tight turns for an immediate change in direction. 29 AHL teams – the top developmental league for the NHL – are exclusively featured and fully playable. Develop your talent with their minor affiliate until you are ready to call them up for the show. Be the GM and manage your team from the ground up while staying under the salary cap. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.0
Super Stardust HD 11.

Super Stardust HD

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 28, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Super Stardust HD for the PS3 is a fully updated version of the classic game Stardust. Your mission is simple: destroy everything in sight. Twelve years have passed by. The times have been peaceful and prosperous in the home solar system. Not a single sign of evil penguin Professor Schaumund or his sinister forces have been detected. That is, of course, until today...The Professor is back for the most ultimate revenge. You must defeat his forces and save your home solar system from total annihilation. Five planets are under attack. Your destiny is to save the home solar system, yet again. With five highly detailed 3D planets to save, hordes of enemies and asteroids to destroy, and various game play modes, Super Stardust HD presents super intense action. [Sony]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.3
Virtua Fighter 5 12.

Virtua Fighter 5

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 20, 2007
Virtua Fighter 5 features an all-star cast of 17 fighters, including characters from the previous iterations along with two new characters named El Blaze and Eileen. El Blaze is a Mexican fighting champion who defeats opponents with his quick Lucha Libre fighting style. Eileen, originally from China, uses a Monkey Kung-Fu fighting style that she learned from her grandfather, a former Kung-Fu master. Players are able to customize their characters by selecting from four uniquely patterned costumes and a wide range of attachable items that can be placed onto each fighter’s various body parts. Virtua Fighter 5 delivers fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping action as players head into battle, taking on a host of popular characters. Players not only achieve victory by defeating highly-skilled opponents, but also by competing for prizes which earn them in-game money allowing them to buy many items at in-game shop. These items allow players to customize their ultimate warrior and become the top Virtua Fighter. In addition, the game introduces "Offensive Move", a new maneuver that allows players to easily approach opponents from the side, adding a more strategic element to the battle. The game supports 720p HD resolution. [Sega]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.3
Skate 13.

Skate

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 24, 2007
SKATE delivers the feel of skating through innovative controls, authentic cameras and a fully reactive skateboarding city. The game features professional skaters such as Danny Way and PJ Ladd, as well as a reactive city and relevant in-game cameras. SKATE's unique control scheme captures the true feel of skating versus the typical button mashing gameplay of past skating games. Featuring physics-driven animations, gamers will have a unique gaming experience every time they pick up the controller since no two tricks will ever be the same. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 14.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 23, 2007
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 builds off of the events in the first game and places gamers in control of the U.S. military's elite fighting unit, the Ghosts. In the year 2014, the rising conflict between Mexican loyalists and insurgent rebel forces has thrown Mexico into full-scale civil war. Under the command of Captain Scott Mitchell, the Ghosts are called upon to face an imminent threat to the United States. The fate of two countries now lies in the hands of the Ghosts as they fend off an attack on U.S. soil. Equipped with the most cutting-edge weaponry and technology, the Ghosts must battle on both sides of the border to neutralize the escalating rebel threat. The Ghosts will battle enemies in mountain terrains, barren deserts and even on their home turf in El Paso, Texas. Each environment presents its own benefits and challenges and will call for fresh tactical approaches. Vastly Improved Artificial Intelligence (AI): Watch your back as rebels send their own team members to flank your position or gain vantage points by utilizing vertical gameplay to pick you off from the rooftops above. Improved squad-mate AI will now feed you more of the information you need with descriptive commands. The revolutionary new Cross-Com 2.0 will give the player more information than ever before. You will be able to see what your friendly forces see in the top left display and the click of a button will expand that to full-screen view for a clearer and more precise picture. Command lethal air strikes with jet fighters, gain mobile cover for otherwise impassable situations and replenish armaments on the battlefield using an unmanned artillery MULE. Players can now heal their team on the battlefield, including squad leader Scott Mitchell, with an all-new Medic class of soldier. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.6
MotorStorm 15.

MotorStorm

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 6, 2007
Welcome to MotorStorm, the world's most brutal off-road racing event where the goal is to win at all costs. Choose from seven vehicle types, from high-flying dirt bikes to powerful big rigs, and destroy anything that gets in your way in a no-holds barred sprint to the finish. Try and survive. Real-Time Deforming Terrain: The terrain literally gets torn up with each passing vehicle, causing each lap to be different. Advanced particle effects cause debris and muck to "stick" to each vehicle. Vehicular Combat and Damage: Destroy anything that gets in your way. Smash your opponents and view spectacular Hollywood-style crash sequences. [SCEE] Editor's Note: This JPN Import Version title lacks multiplayer, which has had an effect on just about every import review.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.4
Warhawk 16.

Warhawk

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 28, 2007
[Dowloadable Game] In Warhawk, players experience the thrill of white-knuckle aerial combat with hundreds of enemy fighters, bone-crunching armored assaults and high-intensity infantry combat in a massive, all-out war fought both on the ground and in the skies. During gameplay, players are tasked with protecting their homeland from the invading Chernovan armada. By doing so, players take command of the most advanced war machine in the fleet, the Warhawk, capable of aerobatic dogfights at high speeds or hovering over ground troops providing tactical support. Players continue the battle on foot with an arsenal of weaponry including pistols, rifles, grenades and more. Furthermore, players can gain access to an array of ground vehicles and lay waste with powerful weapons mounted on jeeps, tanks and specialty transports. Fight on Foot, in Ground Vehicles, or in the Sky – Next-gen multimodal design throws players into a deep gameplay experience. Fight in the war as a foot soldier, vehicle driver or ace pilot - whenever you want. Experience an Expansive Online Community – Players can join in epic multi-modal 32-person online battles, constantly evolving with downloadable content and a variety of online game modes. [SCEA]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.3
Everyday Shooter 17.

Everyday Shooter

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 11, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Developed solely by Jonathan Mak, Everyday Shooter won three awards at the Independent Gaming Festival at the 2007 Game Developers Conference. Unlike traditional arcade shooters, the sound effects in Everyday Shooter play in musical harmony with the game’s background music. Throughout Everyday Shooter’s album of games, typical arcade sounds of destruction are replaced with guitar riffs harmonizing over an all-guitar soundtrack. Album of Shooter Games – Each of the 8 ‘songs’ or levels has a completely different visual vibe and chain system. Vector-Based Graphics – Graphics are created from mathematical equations celebrating the beauty of geometry. Stunning, Evolving Synaethesia - Every shot, hit, or explosion creates a visual and musical inspiration that produces a note, chord or riff that harmonizes into the song for each level. Full HD at 1080p – In addition to the fluid music, enjoy the brilliant colors and stylized visuals. [SCEA]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.3
DiRT 18.

DiRT

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 11, 2007
(Formerly known as "Colin McRae Rally 2007" or "CMR '07") After a two-year break for the series, Codemasters Studios' designers have created a reinvigorated McRae experience. The new Colin McRae title goes beyond the series' point-to-point rallying to deliver the most diverse selection of extreme off-road competitions. Sensational gravel, mud and dirt racing events from the world over include perilous Hill Climb and collision-packed Rally Cross events. International rallying competitions are also featured, with official cars on tracks based on real roads and locations around the globe. The title also expands on beat-the-clock racing and includes events with multiple cars on track to satisfy anyone who wants to push their on-the-edge driving just that bit further. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.1
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock 19.

Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock

Platform: PlayStation 3
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:
83
User Score:
7.9
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix 20.

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
College Hoops 2K8 21.

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:
5.9
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection 22.

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:
7.9
NBA 2K8 23.

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
College Hoops 2K7 24.

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
NBA Street Homecourt 25.

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
Assassin's Creed 26.

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
Madden NFL 08 27.

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:
6.0
FIFA Soccer 08 28.

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:
6.9
Virtua Tennis 3 29.

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
The Darkness 30.

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:
7.7
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga 31.

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:
7.2
Heavenly Sword 32.

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:
8.1
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 33.

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
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent 34.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 30, 2007
Veteran agent Sam Fisher is back. But he's never faced an enemy like this before. To stop a devastating terrorist attack, he must infiltrate a vicious terrorist group and destroy it from within. For the first time ever, experience the relentless tension and gut-wrenching dilemmas of life as a double agent. As you infiltrate a terrorist organization in its American headquarters, you must carefully weigh the consequences of your actions. Kill too many criminals and you'll blow your cover. Hesitate too long and millions will die. Do whatever it takes to complete your mission, but get out alive. Dual objectives to fulfill: NSA government agents and terrorists will each want you to accomplish opposing tasks at the same time. Discover the tension of being a double agent: Use actual tactics employed by today’s real-life double agents to sabotage the terrorists' plans. Explore a branching storyline with multiple endings: Your choices have an impact on how the story and game play unfolds. Missions from all over the world, from Asia to Africa to the heart of the US. Experience extreme situations: underwater or in a sandstorm, hiding behind the dust or smoke – and even skydiving. Master the latest weapons and gadgets used by NSA government agents in addition to black-market terrorist weapons. Ubisoft has developed special features for the PS3 version, adding multiplayer maps and skins, as well as support for the SIXAXIS wireless controller in single player and multiplayer modes. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.4
The Bigs 35.

The Bigs

Platform: PlayStation 3
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:
77
User Score:
7.2
NCAA Football 08 36.

NCAA Football 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
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:
77
User Score:
7.9
Stranglehold 37.

Stranglehold

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 29, 2007
Acclaimed action director John Woo presents Stranglehold, a stunning 3rd-person action adventure videogame and "spiritual sequel" to Woo's action masterpiece "Hard Boiled." Stranglehold redefines the action gaming experience with its acrobatic gunplay, thrilling cinematography, frenetic combat and incredible Massive Destructibility (Massive D). Chow Yun-Fat reprises his signature role as Inspector Tequila, pitting gamers as a take no-prisoners cop waging a personal war with Hong Kong crime lords. Tequila's loyalties to the force are tested when his ex-wife is kidnapped by the Russian mob in Chicago. Tequila struggles to balance his duty to uphold the law with doing what it takes to save his family. [Midway]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
MLB 07: The Show 38.

MLB 07: The Show

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 15, 2007
The innovative Road to The Show mode enables fans to play solely as a custom-created rookie on both offense and defense while attempting to rise through the ranks and make a starting line-up in the Big Leagues. Adding to its already robust online feature set, the MLB franchise now includes Online League Play, which gives gamers the ability to set up leagues with up to 30 teams, complete statistical tracking, point benefits and full customization, while the My Sliders feature allows users to create their perfect game settings and upload them to the MLB 07 The Show server for others to try out. [SCEA]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.5
Stuntman: Ignition 39.

Stuntman: Ignition

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 17, 2007
Stuntman: Ignition is the next installment in the Stuntman franchise. The game plunges gamers into the adrenaline-fueled role of a Hollywood stunt driver, challenging them to pull off the most breathtaking, death-defying stunts ever filmed. Players showcase their skills in a wide variety of big-budget action films, commercial shoots and tournaments while commanding more than 25 unique vehicles, including exotic sports cars, motorcycles and hovercraft. Online multiplayer allows rival stuntmen to battle it out on the film sets and custom built back-lot arenas, or players can devise their own insane stunt runs and challenge other stuntmen at their own game. [THQ]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.1
Medal of Honor: Airborne 40.

Medal of Honor: Airborne

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 19, 2007
Step into the boots of Boyd Travers, Private First Class of the 82nd Airborne Division and engage in battles throughout Europe. From rocky beginnings in Sicily to war-winning triumphs in Germany, each mission begins behind enemy lines, with an intense and fully interactive airdrop. Your ability to determine your own starting point dramatically changes the way each mission plays out. View the entire operation from the air, and then control your parachute to choose your landing spot. On the ground, gather your senses and assess the terrain. A wide variety of authentic, customizable weapons are at your disposal, each with distinct characteristics. Choose your path in this free roaming FPS environment. Medal of Honor Airborne also features exceptionally photo-realistic characters, adding to the intensity of the cinematic, story-driven game. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Sega Rally Revo 41.

Sega Rally Revo

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 9, 2007
(Known as "Sega Rally" in the UK/EU) With dynamically deformable terrain, proprietary next-generation graphics, realistic physics, and competitive bumper-to-bumper racing, Sega Rally Revo is a high-tempo driving experience that is every racing fan's driving fantasy. Vehicle selection affects driving strategy in Sega Rally Revo, as race course surfaces dynamically deform upon repeated contact with vehicle tires and changing weather effects. Sega Rally Revo features a variety of fully deformable surfaces, from gravel-littered tracks and smooth tarmac roads, to snow-covered mountain passes. This means no two laps will be the same, and drivers can skillfully lower their lap times as they hurtle their chosen world-renowned rally vehicles down photo-realistic courses only made possible on next-generation hardware. Driving skills are also tested by Sega Rally Revo's advanced AI which allows NPC drivers to dynamically adapt their driving style to the varied racing surfaces. Players can enjoy a comprehensive single-player campaign as they travel the globe racing the best drivers in the world. The game also features online capabilities, with multiplayer splitscreen modes offering an extremely competitive rally experience against drivers around the world. [Sega]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.1
Folklore 42.

Folklore

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 9, 2007
Folklore is a unique, dark fantasy adventure inspired by western fairy tales. Set in the mysterious town of Doolin, two strangers, Keats and Ellen, are drawn together to uncover a mysterious legend in a remote village that exists on the border between dreams and reality. They soon learn that the town serves as a gateway to fantastic realms, full of creatures, spirits and monsters. In order to solve the mystery of the town, and their past, the pair must journey through these worlds to uncover its secrets. [SCEA]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.2
The Eye of Judgment 43.

The Eye of Judgment

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 24, 2007
The Eye of Judgment presents a new style of gameplay where the player brings characters/monsters of fantasy trading cards to life for battle in 3D. Through use of a 3' x 3' board and trading cards - each encrypted with "cybercode", players conquer the field by selecting a card and placing the "cybercode" in front of the next generation camera for their respective character to come to life and battle. Each character has various skillsets, which will determine the outcome of the battle. Players take turns to place cards as they jostle for control of the board; the winner is the first player to capture five of the nine squares. The Eye of Judgment presents the player with more than 30 cards, as well as unique online and offline gameplay. [SCEJ]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
8.3
Calling All Cars! 44.

Calling All Cars!

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 10, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Directed by David Jaffe, Calling All Cars is a high-octane, fast action game of cops n' robbers. Take on the role of a bounty hunter careening around a stylish cartoon world on the hunt for criminals on the loose. Calling All Cars features four highly detailed 3D levels, multiple weapons and 10 vehicles to choose from. Gamers attempt to apprehend criminals and toss them back in the slammer before other bounty hunters can steal them and collect the reward money. Experience a combination of demolition derby gameplay, crazy weapon pickups, humor and a healthy throwback to classic arcade games. Dive in for crazy multiplayer action with friends both online and split screen (up to 4-player split screen running at 60fps). [SCEA]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.1
Formula One Championship Edition 45.

Formula One Championship Edition

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 27, 2007
FORMULA ONE Chamionship Edition roars onto PS3 with all the official drivers, cars, circuits, rules and teams, including SCUDERIA TORRO ROSSO, SUPER AGURI F1 TEAM and MIDLAND F1 RACING in their debut year. Next Generation Experience – High definition visuals, full surround sound, extensive circuit details and lighting effects, progressive dirt and car damage make for a realistic racing experience. Feel the buzz of the paddock and the excitement of race day with authentic pre-race car preparations. Warm up your tyres and get ready for the race with the parade lap. Experience the real pressure of a GRAND PRIX race thanks to unexpected collisions and race incidents. Introduction of the Safety Car – Choose the correct race strategy when the safety car is out: will you make an early pit stop to avoid being stuck in the traffic? Interconnectivity with PSP – Widen your playing field with interconnectivity applications with PSP. [Sony]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.2
Major League Baseball 2K7 46.

Major League Baseball 2K7

Platform: PlayStation 3
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:
74
User Score:
4.7
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 47.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 13, 2007
WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 lets players take the fight into their own hands with the debut of Superstar Fighting Styles. The game features eight unique styles, each having its own strategy and exclusive attributes. A brand new Struggle Submission System gives players intuitive and natural control over their WWE Superstars by using the game's popular analog controls. Realism and strategy are at the forefront, as players now control the amount of pressure they apply to their opponents. In addition, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008 features a significant Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) presence, including a variety of Superstars, arenas and weapons. The game is also packed with significant updates requested by fans, including new rosters, more environmental hotspots, a combined Season and General Manager Mode experience, improved out-of-ring action, enhanced online community support and much more. [THQ]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.2
NHL 2K8 48.

NHL 2K8

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 10, 2007
Fully redesigned next-gen player models with accurate equipment and updated player faces brings you realistic hockey. Goaltending has been completely overhauled with instinctive AI, entirely new animations, and situation specific behaviors. Goaltenders now come out and challenge, guard the post, perform spectacular butterfly saves, and much more. A new control system delivers an experience that transcends the hockey videogame genre. Take control of "the DEEPEST franchise mode in the business," now complete with realistic CBA features including waivers, two-way contracts, restricted and unrestricted free agents, and salary cap management. Off-season has also been revamped, boasting a brand new negotiation system, improved draft, and refurbished free agent signing. Topping off everything is the addition of an all-new player progression system and dynamic player types. 2K Sports Online - Go head-to-head against the best players on the planet and enter for your chance to win a new Dodge. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
All-Pro Football 2K8 49.

All-Pro Football 2K8

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 16, 2007
Imagine Rice, Unitas, Butkus, and Singletary. In their prime. On the same field. Maybe even the same team. Imagine preparing a precision squad of mercenaries—even building your own players. Imagine football action the way football is really played. Now imagine the best gridiron game coming back for more. Imagine Football Resurrected. This is All Pro Football 2K8. Draft your dream team from football’s legendary players--over 240 of them. Choose your arena and pump up the fan base to create stadium energy you can feel. Next Gen Graphics feature thousands of new player animations—games come alive with sweat and steam, rabid fans in the stands and dynamic weather challenges. 2K Broadcasting – A new style combining TV broadcast with on-field commentary to put you closer to the action than ever before. 2K Beats – Kick it off with original soundtracks, mashups and remixes by an all-pro producer with legendary artists. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
7.3
Need for Speed ProStreet 50.

Need for Speed ProStreet

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 13, 2007
Need for Speed ProStreet accelerates street racing culture by providing the ultimate stage for the pursuit of street racing supremacy. It is a game about building the ultimate performance-tuned battle machine, taking it to multi-disciplinary showdowns all over the world and pitting your skills and reputation against the very best street racers. Need for Speed ProStreet boasts impeccable precision and impressively detailed photo-realistic graphics, effectively transporting you to the center of the action. It pushes the Autosculpt technology to a new level, allowing you to directly impact your car's performance for the first time as well as personalize its appearance. Need for Speed ProStreet is a true taste of raw adrenaline and racing with consequences. Every dent, every scratch and every crumpled body panel is a battle scar, proof of your commitment and competitive mettle. With an aggressive and skilled AI system, you become immersed in an unmatched believable race experience. Add in a revolutionary online mode that will redefine the meaning of competitive social play, and Need for Speed ProStreet is the ultimate formula for an emotionally charged street racing showdown. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.5
NBA Live 08 51.

NBA Live 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 1, 2007
Taking a page out of NBA Street Homecourt's book, NBA Live 08 introduces Quickstrike Ballhandling. This intuitive gameplay mechanic is mapped to the right analog stick and gives you the direct responsiveness you need to perform a full repertoire of ankle-breaking ball-handling moves that let you dominate on the perimeter. Pass the ball inside and win the battle in the post with all-new 'own the paint' post play for the big men down low. Use the new shot-countershot control to string together combos of fakes and shots to fool your defender into committing and create space for the game-defining bucket. NBA Live 08 introduces hot spots, where real NBA shot data is used to illuminate the locations on the floor where your players are most effective. Couple this with all-new signature go-to moves that capture the essence of the NBA's best, and you can now play the game on a console like you see it from the stands. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
6.8
Tony Hawk's Proving Ground 52.

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground

Platform: PlayStation 3
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:
73
User Score:
6.5
F.E.A.R. 53.

F.E.A.R.

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 24, 2007
F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault and Recon), is an intense first person close-quarters combat experience with rich atmosphere and an engaging storyline. The story begins as an unidentified paramilitary force infiltrates a multi-billion dollar aerospace compound. The government responds by sending in Special Forces, but loses contact as an eerie signal interrupts radio communications. When the interference subsides moments later, the team has been literally torn apart. As part of a classified strike team created to deal with threats no one else can handle, your mission is simple: Eliminate the intruders at any cost. Determine the origin of the signal. And contain this crisis before it spirals out of control. [Vivendi]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
7.6
LocoRoco Cocoreccho! 54.

LocoRoco Cocoreccho!

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 20, 2007
All new LocoRoco game exclusively for PS3! Play as a butterfly and guide the cute little LocoRoco to safety. The LocoRocos respond to the environment, interact with each other, and sing along to the music. Running at 1080p, LocoRoco Cocoreccho! brings all new gameplay, use of the SIXAXIS wireless controller technology, mini-games, and online rankings. Control the butterfly to guide the cute little LocoRoco to safety! LocoRoco will try to follow the butterfly wherever it goes. Full HD at 1080p – Fly around a richly detailed environment to wake up and rescue up to 200 LocoRoco. Use the SIXAXIS controller to rock, launch, and bounce the LocoRoco. Additional Mini-games - Discover three addicting mini-games. [Sony]
Metascore:
72
User Score:
5.7
PAIN 55.

PAIN

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 29, 2007
[Downloadable Game] PAIN boldly tackles a rarely explored area of video-gaming... comedy. The unique mechanic of the game allows the player to load a character into a human-sized, ultra-powerful slingshot, and fire the character into an active, physics-controlled environment, filled with precarious and humorous situations. Players receive points by stringing together painful collisions and inducing chaos in the environment. Multiple playable characters each with a very unique personality and attributes as well as character specific in-flight poses. Plenty of ways to play in both Single and Multiplayer, including modes like Spank the Monkey, Mime Toss, PAIN Bowling, Fun With Explosives, and even more to come in future releases. Relive every cringe-worthy smash and crash with the replay system in PAIN. Use the free camera to get the best angle on your best ouchies. Unique physics model created on Havok powered events, allow for amazing ragdoll animations, while ensuring that duplicating incidents is almost impossible. Keeping gameplay fresh over and over no matter how many times a player is launched into the same environment. Robust online community feature set lets you compete with other players around the world on Global Leaderboards, track your friend's scores, and connect to the PAIN website, where you can participate in polls, get developer updates, and provide feedback to make for a more PAINful experience in future expansions. [SCEA]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.2
The Simpsons Game 56.

The Simpsons Game

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 30, 2007
The Simpsons Game features a hilarious, sprawling, and mind-busting storyline crafted by the TV show's Emmy Award-winning writers. The action-comedy also features the full cast of voice actors from the TV show who reprise their roles for the game. In The Simpsons Game, Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa use exciting, all-new powers to save the world from rising chaos. To help the Simpsons, gamers at home must journey through all of Springfield (as well as vast worlds beyond!), vanquish an amazing array of villains, and fight their way through parodies of popular games. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.5
Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights 57.

Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 22, 2007
Juiced 2: HIN evolves the current street racing scene, letting players experience the culture of the real-life HIN tour, the nation's largest lifestyle custom car show in an intense racing experience. Featuring track and drift racing at real-world locations around the globe, next-gen AI and vehicle customization, Juiced 2: HIN brings street racing to life, allowing players to test their skills at live street racing events against a back-drop of DJs, fashion, models and musicians. New features include addictive drift/ powersliding races and "Driver DNA" that tracks gamers' personal driving traits. These profiles, along with the profiles of select celebrities will be available for download across all online gaming systems. Racing developer Juice Games has evolved the game-play in its online racing, giving players the power to create their car, assemble their crew and put it all on the line in intense pink slip and crew races. Gamers can bet cash on each event, bringing a gambling element to the game that greatly increases the importance of each race. [THQ]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
7.1
flOw 58.

flOw

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 22, 2007
[Downloadable Game] flOw is a game about piloting an aquatic organism through a surreal biosphere where players consume other organisms, evolve, and dive into the abyss. With an embedded design of DDA (dynamic difficulty adjustment), players with differing skill levels can intuitively customize their game experience and enjoy the game at their own pace. [SCEA]
Metascore:
71
User Score:
6.8
Piyotama 59.

Piyotama

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 9, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Hidden deep within the Hotai forest lives a family of playful and mysteriously colored creatures known as Piyos. Every spring Mother Piyo, "PIYOMAMATM", lays eggs to fill the forest with new colorful Piyos. However, this year, in all of her excitement, she laid too many! In Piyotama, players help her hatch the eggs before they overflow the nest. Simply line up the colorful eggs, chain them together and combo hatch them. Lining up four or more eggs of the same color causes them to hatch. Piyotama is an excitingly addictive action-puzzle game for PS3. Easy to learn and hard to quit, Piyotama delivers fast puzzle gameplay in 1080p. Easy pick up and play – either solo or against a friend. Match 4 or more eggs of the same color to hatch the piyos. Hatch the rare egg to complete each level. Infinite Levels - Enjoy colorful characters, carnival music, and playful scenery in full HD at 1080p. Test your skills in timed play or play timer-free. SIXAXIS Wireless Controller - Nudge controller side to side to fill in gaps, and shake up and down to force matched eggs to warm and hatch instantly. Global Online Ranking - Perch your hatching skills worldwide. [SCEA]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.8
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII 60.

Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 6, 2007
Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions shows World War II from a different perspective – that of an elite pilot who is part of a secret team. In the game, the player undertakes some of the most dangerous missions in exotic locations all over the globe. As an elite pilot, the player goes from one great adventure to another, while battling the most lethal experimental weapons of the Third Reich. The squad's mission is to prevent the ultimate weapon from being built. To help players in this quest, they have at their disposal an assortment of highly experimental aircraft and weaponry. Secret Missions comes straight out of the history books of World War II's most top secret projects. Fly above hills and mountains, navigate through treacherous mountain passes and dogfight in the clouds with enemies. Take part in large-scale battles through various conditions: darkness, rain, snow, and air turbulence. Secret Missions takes players around the world, from Paris, Rome and Moscow to exotic locations like Rangoon and Cairo and the highest mountain ranges of the Himalayas. Each mission brings its own surprises, twists and unique challenges. Players have access to some of the most advanced and unusual aircraft and weapons of WWII, as well as access to a huge assortment of weapons, including high-velocity cannons and early guided missiles. Multiplayer features free-for-all, co-op and squad-based play, including the brand new Capture the Flag and Epic Battle modes, the latter pitting two teams of players against each other in a large-scale battle with conquerable bases and objectives that can be destroyed in order to gain the upper hand on the opponent. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.2
The Godfather: The Don's Edition 61.

The Godfather: The Don's Edition

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 20, 2007
The Godfather The Don's Edition includes The Corleone Expansion Pack with new gameplay and missions. The game offers brand new ways to go from Soldier to Don as you gain control of the streets of New York. Follow the path of an Enforcer or Operator; each with its own unique perks and abilities to earn. Now you can chat up specific characters to get the skinny on dirty cops, take down two additional revised compounds of rival Families, execute five new contract hits, and call in larger Corleone Hit Squads when the going gets tough. With The Godfather The Don’s Edition also having the new Shipyard and Rail yard transportation hubs to explore and exploit; your path to the head of La Cosa Nostra is wrought with all new perils and excitement. The Godfather The Don’s Edition takes full advantage of the SIXAXIS controller for PS3; manhandle your controller to manhandle your opponent. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
7.4
TimeShift 62.

TimeShift

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 19, 2007
TimeShift challenges players to use their minds along with their weapons to battle enemies and solve complex gameplay puzzles. TimeShift changes the fundamental way gamers think about first-person shooters by using the fourth dimension: time itself. TimeShift empowers players with the gift of time manipulation, including the ability to slow down, stop and rewind the world around them, allowing them to move freely while opponents and game objects are frozen in time. TimeShift feature mores than 30 combat missions, each showcasing time control elements and challenges that players must solve using both their extraordinary capabilities and combat expertise. An array of devastating and unique weaponry from the world's alternate timeline is at the player's disposal, including bizarre incarnations of traditional sniper guns, machine guns, pistols and more, as well as never-before-imagined armaments from an era humanity has never seen. [Atari]
Metascore:
70
User Score:
6.5
Conan 63.

Conan

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 23, 2007
Conan is an action adventure game featuring a story of epic brutality, sheer evil and visceral combat. Players follow the journey of Conan the Cimmerian as he fights a vicious battle against a variety of enemies and an elusive power that threatens to consume the Hyborian world. Playing as Conan, players take advantage of a deep and gratifying combat system that offers a variety of deadly weapons, fighting styles and interactive environments to battle hordes of enemies. In addition, the Conan harnesses next generation hardware to deliver a cinematic game play experience, complete with special effects, lighting and a powerful, epic soundtrack, to capture the essence of the Conan universe. [THQ]
Metascore:
69
User Score:
7.2
Def Jam: Icon 64.

Def Jam: Icon

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 6, 2007
Infusing hip-hop music, culture and lifestyle into the gameplay, EA Chicago and Def Jam Interactive push the boundaries of game development bringing unique and innovative content to the next generation of gaming. Music is the cornerstone of hip-hop culture so EA wanted to incorporate music and rhythm into the actual gameplay mechanics. EA Chicago delivers star-stunning action and bone breaking beats as players live out the life of a hip hop mogul, going from rags to riches. Incorporating hip-hop culture into every aspect of the game, DEF JAM: ICON delivers the intensity of a no-holds-barred street fight but with style and rhythm. Music affects how players fight in each venue and environmental interactions and hazards become a key strategy to staying alive. The game's unique fighting gameplay controls introduce a new way for gamers to fight as they assume the role of top celebrity characters such as Ludacris, T.I. and Big Boi. Innovative controls give better feedback to players so they feel like they're actually throwing the combat moves. Gamers can now fight with the style and flash of the superstar personalities. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
68
User Score:
4.1
NCAA March Madness 08 65.

NCAA March Madness 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 11, 2007
NCAA March Madness 08 has created a strategic new gameplay experience called Dynamic Post Play that enables you to take complete control over running your offense through the post, and defending your opponent in the paint. Experience the intensity of a strategic match-up on each possession, outwit your opponent by creating a favorable mismatch, and then make a move that scores the bucket to lift your team and your fans to victory. For the first time, you have complete control over dozens of new offensive post moves, including finesse ones like an up-and-under, drop step, hook spin, jump hook, and pump fake, and the ability to combine moves together. Animations can be interrupted at any time to transition into a new move, enabling you to read and respond to the defense, just like real life. Take command of the post on defense with strategic positioning to dominate down low -- guard your opponent man-to-man, front him to deny the entry pass or read the offense and go for the steal. NCAA March Madness 08 finally makes dream match-ups a reality, enabling you to replay classic games in college basketball history. Featuring more than 70 classic teams, take the court as the 1972 UCLA Bruins against any of the great North Carolina Tar Heels teams of the 1980s, the Duke Blue Devils of the 1990s or the two-time defending national champion University of Florida Gators. In addition, the ultimate teams for dozens of Division I programs have been created enabling you to go head-to-head to determine the best team in the history of college basketball. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
4.6
MX vs. ATV Untamed 66.

MX vs. ATV Untamed

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 17, 2007
MX vs ATV kicks it up a notch and shifts into high gear as the best selling offroad franchise returns. Rainbow Studios (MX Unleashed, MX vs ATV Unleashed) has evolved their legendary Rhythm Racing engine to include throttle based power slides, near upside down whips and new scrubs at full speed all while retaining the smooth and authentic feel not found in any other game. Attempt to own the offroad by dominating the innovative new "X-Cross Tournament". X-Cross brings together 8 unique racing series like Endurocross, Opencross, Supercross, Waypoint and SuperMoto and then crosses them into one ultimate offroad championship. Brand new styles of racing are born as powerful vehicles tear through treacherous trails in the new Opencross mode, while then shifting gears to navigate boulders, logs, and water pits in Endurocross. Players can take control of the new ORV Sport and multiple other vehicles, including Monster and Trophy Trucks, as they blitz through rough rivers, rip though swampy everglades, and blaze through the desert dunes. Amp up your favourite vehicles power, handling, and acceleration with more than 100 sponsor parts and accessories. The MX vs ATV rivalry explodes as the top professional riders like Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, and others go bar to bar in Supercross, Outdoor Nationals, Supermoto, and Freestyle showdowns. The top 10 professional MX and ATV riders collide on the same track vying for vehicle supremacy. Be the last vehicle standing as 8 players compete online. [THQ]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
6.6
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 67.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 25, 2007
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore’s Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. With the ability to play multiple characters, including Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Sirius Black, the videogame of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix offers fans the opportunity to wield a wand, explore all around Hogwarts, and experience one of the most exciting and dangerous years in the life of the Boy Who Lived. [Electronic Arts / Warner Bros.]
Metascore:
67
User Score:
4.7
High Velocity Bowling 68.

High Velocity Bowling

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 6, 2007
[Downloadable Game] It's time to bowl - High Velocity style! Meet the High Velocity Bowlers. Each High Velocity Bowler has their own unique personality, skill-set, and attributes. Use the SIXAXIS wireless controller to simulate a genuine bowling swing with real lane environments, providing a truly next-gen bowling game. Compete to unlock eight distinctive characters and progress through eight themed alleys on their way to bowling domination. 1-4 Multiplayer - 8 unique characters with their own themed alley to unlock through game play. Fully controlled by the SIXAXIS motion sensors to simulate a real bowling swing. Challenge Mode - Progress through a series of tournaments, matches, and trick shot showmanship to unlock hidden characters and lanes. Trophy Room – View all the trophies, rings, and patches you’ve accumulated. [SCEA]
Metascore:
66
User Score:
7.7
Armored Core 4 69.

Armored Core 4

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 20, 2007
Armored Core 4 reinvigorates the brand by offering an all-new storyline, new environments, and online capability. The 10th anniversary of the acclaimed franchise is punctuated with a leap to next-generation platforms. Multiplayer functionality allows up to eight players to battle online. Join one of six factions specializing in different aspects of battle. 30 missions played out in detailed futuristic 3D environments. Fly through canyons and rip through cities battling multiple enemies. Deploy "Quick Boost" and "Over Boost" features for precise explosive movement and precision control of AC units. Engage "Primal Armor" the all-new defense shield that adjusts its strength according to specific battle conditions. [Sega]
Metascore:
65
User Score:
6.9
Enchanted Arms 70.

Enchanted Arms

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 3, 2007
Enchanted Arms adventure takes place in a fantasy world filled with beautiful cinematic graphics and vibrant characters. It includes more than 50 hours of gameplay and is the only next-gen RPG with the fast-action SpeedTactics Battle System, which enables the player to move his or her characters and use distance-dependent attacks while in battle. Players embark on an epic RPG adventure and escape to a fantasy world filled with unique and bizarre creatures. Taking the role of Atsuma, enchanter-in-training, players transform from a naïve student into the most powerful savior in a war 1,000 years in the making. In an immersive, deep storyline filled with increasingly difficult challenges, players meet new allies and master Atsuma's special fighting and magic abilities. SIXAXIS Wireless Controller Integration Provides an Immersive Experience: Use the motion-sensitive controller to harness weapons, recover your EX power meter, unlock more powerful attacks and solve puzzles. Master the SpeedTactics Battle System: Easy-to-navigate interface, the ability to move characters in-battle and distance-dependent attacks combine to create fast-paced, hands-on gameplay. More Than 500 Characters, Including 130 Unlockable Creatures You Control: Find and unlock 130 controllable creatures to use in battle as part of your team. Customize your party and learn to harness their unique abilities. Includes 30 all new creatures exclusive to the PS3. Includes Both the Original Japanese and an All-New English Language Track: Choose to play the game with either Japanese or English dialogue. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
6.6
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men 71.

Kane & Lynch: Dead Men

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 13, 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a dark and gritty drama featuring two men, one is a flawed mercenary and the other a medicated psychopath. Forced together on a violent and chaotic path of redemption and revenge, no action is considered too harsh as this volatile partnership is pushed beyond reason in this brutally realistic, character-driven third person action shooter. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
64
User Score:
3.8
NBA 08 72.

NBA 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 12, 2007
To complement the fast-paced basketball action, NBA 08 introduces an all-new progression system where players earn skill and experience rewards that can be used to thoroughly customize player appearance and play styles. With a control system from last year that utilizes broader SIXAXIS functionality, gamers can engage in all-new and comprehensive gameplay movement on and off the ball. Also for this year, character models are updated with new animations, more dynamic movement, and new skin textures to give them a more realistic look. Additionally, the user interface has been revamped to incorporate a retro NBA look and feel – from the menus down to the loading screens. To submerse gamers in a true basketball atmosphere, NBA 08 introduces for the first time a comprehensive and in-depth audio commentary with top broadcast talent. The game features a fully reworked user interface, revamped character models and environments, and a robust online system with player profiles and quick play options. [SCEA]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
6.0
Cars Mater-National Championship 73.

Cars Mater-National Championship

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 30, 2007
Cars Mater-National features an all-new International group of racers vying for their chance to compete against Lightning McQueen in the First Annual Mater-National Race Festival, hosted by Lightning’s best friend, Mater. Explore the new and improved open world of Radiator Springs, play in the all-new Monster Mode, jump into the fast lane with 6 new International racing competitors, burn rubber on new tracks, and twist and turn your way through new mini-games like Ramone’s Rhythmic Rumble and Fillmore’s Fuel Frenzy. Explore the new open world of Radiator Springs, Lightning McQueen’s new Racing Headquarters, and practice facility Over 20 challenging mini-games. 7 exciting new international characters. Multiple new adrenaline-packed tracks to race on. Go head to head with over 10 multiplayer games. [THQ]
Metascore:
63
User Score:
7.4
Go! Puzzle 74.

Go! Puzzle

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 14, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Go! Puzzle includes Swizzle Blocks, Aquatica and Skycraper - the ultimate test of speed, nerves and, wits all rolled into FUN! Swizzleblocks is a hectic and addicting puzzle game featuring four exhilarating gameplay modes. Aquatica is a nautical, fast-paced, mind-twisting puzzle game in which a string of three mines fall into your submarine's playing field. And Skyscraper is the most extreme, fast-paced puzzle solving race to the top. If you think you can handle it, prove yourself by trying them all online and earning a place on the leader boards. Contains single, co-op and multiplayer challenges with various play modes and infinite levels. Swizzleblocks features video chat, four exhilarating modes including Puzzle, Challenge, Time Attack, and Battle. Aquatica features three fast paced modes, 50 brain cracking puzzles, and online video chat. Skycraper features three mind-tickling modes, 7 cities, 5-7 towers each, 50 brain teasing puzzles, multiplayer on-line video chat and much, much more. [SCEA]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
tbd
PixelJunk Racers 75.

PixelJunk Racers

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 13, 2007
[Downloadable Game] PixelJunk Racers is an addictive slot car racing game that supports 1080p and features single player and multiplayer fun (up to 7 players simultaneously offline!). Intuitive controls, 32 different race modes, and online rankings provide hours of racing mayhem. 16 core racing modes with varying degrees of difficulty for a total of 32 modes, including an in-depth single-player tournament and offline multiplayer modes (up to 7 players!). SIXAXIS Wireless Controller - Use the controller's left and right buttons on the D-pad to steer through traffic, master cornering, and overtake rival vehicles. Global Online Ranking – Play for your personal best in Score Attack and see how you stack up against other racers worldwide. [Sony]
Metascore:
62
User Score:
6.1
Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 76.

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 28, 2007
(Known as "Gundam Musou" in Japan) In the future, rebel space colonies launch a brutal war for independence with a series of orbital strikes against the Earth. War is reinvented as advanced ECM renders long range sensors and communications virtually useless. In this chaos, a frightening new weapon, the Mobile Suit, is born. Agile, heavily armed and armored - optimized for short range combat with melee attacks and a wide array of weapons, the Mobile Suit is the ultimate instrument in this new age of warfare. The time has come to pick a side, choose a weapon and prove your supremacy. Dynasty Warriors:GUNDAM takes gamers through an intergalactic conflict where the only hope for survival is to annihilate the encroaching opposing forces. It's a one-versus-many as gamers fight at lightning speed aboard their favorite Mobile Suit, the ultimate weapon of war. Gamers can explore the rich and detailed setting of the Gundam multi-verse from a myriad of perspectives. Assume the role of legendary heroes and villains while strategically enhancing their power, skills, and abilities. Play out the legendary scenes from the rich storyline and marvel at the subtle twists viewed through the eyes of each character. Furthermore, unlock Mobile Suits and Pilots from different Gundam universe time lines while accomplishing secret missions adding limitless replayability. With a variety of game types including Official, Original and Versus Mode, gamers must overcome impossible odds to bring their Mobile Suits to victory. [Namco Bandai / Koei]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.1
Time Crisis 4 77.

Time Crisis 4

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 20, 2007
The newest installment in the popular action-shooter series propels the franchise into the next generation, with an in-depth First Person Shooter mode, High-Definition graphics and a newly designed Guncon to complete the total Time Crisis experience. Players are given the task of preventing a top secret weapon from falling into the hands of international terrorists. With 4 modes of gameplay delivered in true HD, players have a vast gaming experience to enjoy. Featuring a new dual analog stick design, the next-gen Guncon 3 is capable of delivering entertainment to any home theater setup, supporting both High Definition displays and Standard Definition displays. New to the Time Crisis franchise, the FPS mode allows players to move freely through stages. In addition to basic game controls such as switching weapons, changing camera angles and character movement, a full feature set of gameplay actions including crouching, jumping, sniping provide a completely immersive FPS gameplay experience. A vast assortment of upgradeable weapons, unlockable bonus weapons and the ability to capture enemy machine guns mounts, make Time Crisis 4 the most in-depth and expansive Time Crisis title yet. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.3
Clive Barker's Jericho 78.

Clive Barker's Jericho

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 23, 2007
An unflinching realisation of a Clive Barker nightmare for next-gen console platforms and PC, Clive Barker's Jericho is a supernatural horror concept with story by the master mythmaker, novelist and filmmaker Clive Barker. Jericho deals with the mysterious reappearance of a lost city in a remote desert. When a form of evil that goes right back to the dawn of days resurfaces from there, a Special Forces squad, trained in both conventional warfare and the arcane arts, is sent in. Their mission: Hunt down and destroy the evil that lurks at the heart of the city before it destroys humanity. Jericho is designed as an action horror title that ups the stakes in visuals and phantasmagorical special effects. Mingling the darkest elements of Barker’s horror fiction and films with an ambitious, age-spanning story, aimed at mature gamers, fans of Clive Barker and horror fiction enthusiasts. [Codemasters]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
7.3
Spider-Man 3 79.

Spider-Man 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 4, 2007
Possess the never-before-experienced powers of Black-Suited Spider-Man. Unleash incredible agility, amazing durability and awe-inspiring web abilities. But be warned - the rush your intensified powers bring could overwhelm you. More freedom than ever. More city than ever. For the first time, enjoy unprecedented freedom—choosing what you want to do, when you want to do it. There's no checklist to complete in order to progress. You set your own next goal, roaming anywhere you want - including subterranean areas such as subways, sewers and villains' lairs - in the most massive, detailed New York City ever seen in a Spider-Man game. Experience an all-new combat system, two exciting ways. Redesigned from the ground up, a unique combat system empowers both Spider-Man and Black-Suited Spider-Man to perform suit-specific powers and abilities. State of the art animations, combos and finishers make punch, kick and web attacks more super-heroic than ever. Battle 10 of Spider-Man’s most infamous enemies from the movie and Marvel universe, including Sandman and Venom. [Activision]
Metascore:
60
User Score:
6.7
Nucleus 80.

Nucleus

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 31, 2007
[Dowloadable Game] Nucleus is a shooter that tasks the player with ridding a human body of a spreading virus.
Metascore:
59
User Score:
8.0
Surf's Up 81.

Surf's Up

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 30, 2007
Surf's Up is an arcade surfing and extreme sports video game. The action is set at the annual "Reggie Belafonte Big Z Memorial Surf Off," where surfers from around the world are ready to risk it all for glory. Players experience the rush and thrills of surfing in exotic surf spots around Pen Gu Island and can rip it up and play as one of 10 characters from the film, including Cody, the young challenger from Shiverpool; Tank, the merciless champion; or Big Z, the surfing legend from the past. Only by mastering and understanding the waves can the player become not only the new champion, but a true surf legend. Game features include: Innovative arcade and surf feeling with players performing a variety of impressive tricks in the air and learning to surf inside a tube. Win the championship in the single-player mode or challenge your friends in the multiplayer mode with easy pick-up-and-play game controls. Surf in a variety of locations, each with its own waves and obstacles. Train in the calm water of Shiverpool, ride your first tubes in Pen Gu Island, and try to surf on the explosive waters of the volcano area. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
59
User Score:
5.1
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War 82.

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 6, 2007
Bladestorm heralds a break from the tradition of basing games on Japanese and Chinese history by being set within the Hundred Years' War. This famous European conflict between the English and French provides the setting in which hundreds upon hundreds of soldiers clash on the battlefield. If you thought the massively populated battles in the Dynasty Warriors games were huge, think again. [KOEI]
Metascore:
58
User Score:
7.9
NASCAR 08 83.

NASCAR 08

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 23, 2007
Take the wheel and drive your way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship. As the new rookie driver on the circuit, develop your racing skills to gain licenses and contracts from hungry owners and unlock legendary top performing cars from NASCAR's biggest stars. Gain new experiences during every race then modify your car's handling with over 40 tuning options to truly master every track. Share your setups with NASCAR's gaming community, then challenge the field in live races with up to 16 players online. Experience tomorrow's racing today in NASCAR 08. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
4.6
Toy Home 84.

Toy Home

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 20, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Toy Home is an exciting toy car racing game where your house becomes the racetrack. Weave between other toys strewn across a bedroom floor, hurtle across kitchen tables, dodge toy soldiers and zoom along model railway tracks in moonlit playrooms. The aim of the game is to collect coins, discover hidden medals and hit every checkpoint before the time runs out – and there are bonus points available for every jump, smash and flip you make. Toy Home is manic, miniature racing fun! Miniature Racing Action - 4 racing modes, including split-screen offline multiplayer and online battle modes, and 8 unique courses. SIXAXIS Wireless controller - Tilt the controller left or right to steer, perform back flips in the air, or master cornering. Global Online Ranking - Play for your personal best in Ranking Mode and challenge the high scores on the online leaderboard. [SCEA]
Metascore:
57
User Score:
5.6
BlackSite: Area 51 85.

BlackSite: Area 51

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 10, 2007
Featuring a powerful single-player campaign, along with multiple online multiplayer modes, BlackSite: Area 51 delivers vicious combat action, next generation graphics and A.I., and a plethora of powerful weapons and vehicles. Set in present day, players take the role of a decorated military veteran charged by the government to lead a squadron of "secret soldiers," each with his/her own specialty skill set, into the Rachel, Nevada area to fight off the invasion of unidentified enemy races. The player’s modern-day emotions and fears are driven into a world charged with grave responsibility affecting lives hanging in the balance and eventually finding himself torn between his professional orders and his own ethical standards. In the end, only the actions of the player and his squad can shape the outcome of BlackSite: Area 51 during this potentially pivotal moment in history. [Midway]
Metascore:
56
User Score:
6.3
Disney/Pixar Ratatouille 86.

Disney/Pixar Ratatouille

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 23, 2007
Players relive the film's most thrilling moments as they assume the role of Remy, a young rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef, despite the obvious problem of being a rat. From the underground sewers to the bustling streets of Paris, players dash, glide and slide through 6 action-packed worlds filled with dangerous enemies, heists and perilous missions. Players can go head-to-head with their friends in multiplayer mini-games or navigate their way through a sensational rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. [THQ]
Metascore:
55
User Score:
5.4
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 87.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 22, 2007
At World's End video games from Disney Interactive Studios invite players to "live and die by the sword" as they venture to the worlds of the films and beyond while playing as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. [Disney Interactive Studios]
Metascore:
55
User Score:
7.0
Transformers: The Game 88.

Transformers: The Game

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 26, 2007
Based on the 2007 live-action feature film, Transformers: The Game lets gamers control the outcome in the battle for Earth as they choose to protect it as Autobots or destroy it as Decepticons. Players experience the unstoppable power and massive scale of their favorite Robots in Disguise such as BumbleBee, Barricade and others. As the Transformers robot's war comes to Earth, gamers make the choice to join the Autobots in protecting our planet or to join the Decepticons in destroying it. With dual campaigns, the fate of the world is in players' hands. Instantly change from a larger than life robot to a high-powered vehicle such as a sports car, fighter jet or helicopter. Players crush, topple and wreck every object, including buildings and vehicles, in their path or use the objects as weapons. An unprecedented line-up lets gamers experience the massive scale, unique abilities and sheer strength of an army of characters from the Transformers universe when they choose to play as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Ironhide, Starscream, BumbleBee and more. For head-to-head battles, fans engage in melee combat that reflects each Transformers robot's character, scale, weight and power along with melee weapons and special moves unique to each character. The game's ranged combat offers a wide array of projective weapons designed to take out enemies from afar. [Activision]
Metascore:
54
User Score:
6.0
Lair 89.

Lair

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 30, 2007
In a world ravaged by endless conflict and natural disaster, a call for peace turns into a bloodbath of betrayal and deceit. Playing as a warrior riding a voracious dragon trained for deadly aerial and ground combat, and capable of scorching, clawing and smashing thousands of enemies, gamers must defeat countless armies to save a civilization. Together, the gamer and the beast will attempt to change the destiny of a world on the brink of extinction. Engage in a struggle on an epic scale as your civilization repels the onslaught of an unrelenting army. A seamless combination of vast battles in air and on the ground, against other beasts, and armies of thousands. Unleash your might through large-scale battles that span both the sky and ground. Turn the tides of war with your ferocious dragon. Scorch the ground with flames and command the skies against vicious enemies. Immerse yourself in a living, breathing world of voracious beasts, a deep storyline and visceral gameplay. Fully supports the Playstation 3 motion sensitive controller. [SCEA]
Metascore:
53
User Score:
6.4
Beowulf: The Game 90.

Beowulf: The Game

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 13, 2007
Gamers live the life of Beowulf, the legendary Norse warrior with the strength of 30 men who is torn between the nobility and brutality within him. Arrogant, self-serving and lustful for gold and glory, Beowulf journeys to Denmark to destroy a bloodthirsty beast wreaking havoc on a frigid land. But evil persists, and Beowulf succumbs to its lure of even greater fame, quietly maneuvering to claim the Danish throne. As King, Beowulf must face the consequences of ambition, even as war descends on the realm. As Beowulf, players lead their men, called thanes, into battle, slay the Titans of a dying age and crush the enemies that threaten to annihilate both their kingdom and people. Only then, when Beowulf looks Destiny in the eye, will he know what kind of hero he has truly become. Army of up to 12 thanes to unlock as players increase their heroic experience (by saving thanes, killing giant monsters, etc.). Players use the thane army to their advantage by giving orders, assigning positions, tailoring weapons to the situation or enemy and by triggering in-game mechanisms. The thane army evolves with upgradeable weapons (swords, mace and spears), skills and abilities. Use legacy experience points to gain thanes, replace weapons and upgrade Carnal abilities. Carnal Power allows the use of stronger attacks and special weapons. Carnal upgrades include less daze after use and prolonged use of Carnal Fury. But if used too much, there will be grave consequences. Dynamic combat system including combos, parries and increasing skills as the player progresses. Grab ability allows Beowulf to hold on to walls or climb, as well as fight up close with visceral hand-to-hand combat against enemies and giant monsters. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
51
User Score:
5.0
Soldier of Fortune: Payback 91.

Soldier of Fortune: Payback

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 19, 2007
Soldier of Fortune Payback evolves the signature gameplay of its predecessors with refined controls, tension-packed warzones, and an enemy damage system that may be shocking to even experienced FPS players. Boasting more weapons options than any previous Soldier of Fortune installment, Soldier of Fortune Payback's impressive arsenal includes an array of more than 30 weapons including sub-machine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, projectile explosives, weapon attachments and cutting-edge tactical weapons. The game features many of players' favorite online multiplayer modes including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Elimination, Team Elimination, Capture the Flag, and Demolition. Additional online options include maps tuned specifically for multiplayer action, persistent stat-tracking throughout the gamer’s online career, and many server settings for custom online play. The storyline reflects the practice of "outsourcing" wars. When a routine escort mission goes horribly wrong, freelance mercenary Thomas Mason finds himself battling an insidious enemy that knows no boundaries. Traditional armies can not handle these extremists – only underground guns for hire can fight a war this dirty and get results. [Activision]
Metascore:
50
User Score:
5.2
Super Rub a Dub 92.

Super Rub a Dub

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 2, 2007
[Downloadable Game] Super Rub-A-Dub brings rubber ducklings to life. Fully controlled by the SIXAXIS wireless controller motion sensors, guide your ducklings in colorful water filled tubs to clear each stage safely away from sharks. Tip and toss those sharks overboard. Create a duckling line and win bonus time. Includes over 60 ducktastic stages – Enjoy colorful and vibrant themed stages with varied difficulty. High definition graphics brings realistic water simulation with whirpools, currents and flow. 1-4P Turn-based Multiplayer - Select a stage from three difficulty groups - Fun, Tricky and Tough - and try to beat the fastest times. Global Online Ranking - Compare online records with friends and world-wide leaderboards and download replays to watch the world’s top Rubadubbers in action. [SCEA]
Metascore:
49
User Score:
7.2
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 93.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 15, 2007
Marvel’s first family of Super Heroes face its greatest challenge yet as the enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. Transform into any member of the Fantastic Four to fight enemies from the Fantastic Four Universe including Silver Surfer, Super Skrull and more. Battle in 4-player co-op with easy pick up and play ability. Combine super powers for devastating team attacks with the new Fusion Attack System. Truly destructible environments: smash, wreck, wreak havoc. Loads of unlockables including alternate Fantastic Four costumes, historical comic covers, and more. Enhance your super powers: use the Sixaxis controller for mega boost attacks. [2K Games]
Metascore:
47
User Score:
5.6
Sonic the Hedgehog 94.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 30, 2007
Sonic celebrates his 15th anniversary by blazing his way onto the next-generation consoles, with his first adventure set in the human world. Featuring interactive 3D environments and a large cast of returning and new characters, get ready for the reinvention of Sonic The Hedgehog, in his most intense, high velocity escapade to date. [Sega]
Metascore:
43
User Score:
4.4
The Golden Compass 95.

The Golden Compass

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 4, 2007
The Golden Compass follows the screenplay adaptation of the first book in the acclaimed trilogy, capturing the fantasy adventure set in a parallel world where giant armored bears rule a kingdom, beautiful witches fly through the frozen skies, and human beings' deepest essence is manifest as talking animals that remain their faithful companion for life – their daemon. Players can assume the role of Lyra, a young girl, along with her daemon Pantalaimon (Pan), as she journeys through the frozen wastes of the North to rescue a friend kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as The Gobblers and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. Gamers can also take on the character of Iorek Byrnison, a great armoured polar bear who joins the quest. As Lyra, players use their daemon and collaborate with in-game characters, collecting special items in order to explore, evade, and deceive their way through confrontations with the Gobblers, the Magisterium, and the horribly dangerous spy fly to find her friend. They can also do battle as Iorek with special attacks and a riding mechanic as he protects Lyra during the journey. Gamers can unlock secrets and mini-games using a mysterious, truth-telling golden compass device called an alethiometer. Players can explore 13 vast locations, including all-new breath-taking environments not seen in the film, on this massive journey of collaboration, exploration and the eternal struggle between good and evil. [Sega]
Metascore:
40
User Score:
4.8

Titles with fewer than 7 critic reviews are excluded.

Highs and Lows
Highest of the Month
  1. 95

    Tetris Effect: Connected

    • Release Date: Oct 8, 2021
    • User Score: 8.5
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 89

    Metroid Dread

  3. 87

    Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

  4. 85

    Lone Echo II

    • Release Date: Oct 12, 2021
    • Platform: PC
  5. 80

    Alan Wake Remastered

    • Release Date: Oct 5, 2021
    • Rating: T
    • User Score: 8.1
    • Platform: XBSX
Lowest of the Month
  1. 44

    The Good Life

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2021
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: Switch
  2. 62

    The Good Life

    • Release Date: Oct 15, 2021
    • User Score: tbd
    • Platform: PC
  3. 64

    The Caligula Effect 2

    • Release Date: Oct 19, 2021
    • Rating: T
    • Platform: PS4
  4. 66

    JETT: The Far Shore

  5. 66

    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl