Game Releases by Score

Red Dead Redemption 1.

Red Dead Redemption

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 18, 2010
Developed by Rockstar San Diego, as a follow up to the 2004 hit game Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier. Utilizing Rockstar's proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), Red Dead Redemption features an open-world environment for players to explore, including frontier towns, rolling prairies teeming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes - each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the harshness of one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West and the gunslingers that inhabited it. [Rockstar Games]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
8.9
God of War III 2.

God of War III

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 16, 2010
Set in the realm of brutal Greek mythology, God of War III is a single-player game which allows players to take on the climatic role of the ex-Spartan warrior, Kratos, as he scales through the intimidating heights of Mt. Olympus and the dark depths of Hell to seek revenge on those who have betrayed him. Armed with double-chained blades, and an array of new weapons and magic for this iteration of the trilogy, Kratos must take on mythology’s darkest creatures while solving intricate puzzles throughout his merciless quest to destroy Olympus. [SCEA]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
8.8
Super Street Fighter IV 3.

Super Street Fighter IV

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 27, 2010
The follow-up to Street Fighter IV further redefines the fighting game genre with classic 2D Street Fighter fighting action, a host of new and returning characters, more advanced online gameplay, new ultra combos and much more. Super Street Fighter IV features the full roster of 25 characters from Street Fighter IV such as Ryu, Ken, Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuerte, and Rufus, while adding about eight characters new to the world of Street Fighter IV. The impressive new roster includes classic combatants from previous Street Fighter games like T. Hawk as well as all-new characters such as the mysterious and deadly female fighter, Juri. Super Street Fighter IV adds new Ultra Combos and advancements to the state of the art online matchmaking and online gameplay introduced in Street Fighter IV with numerous additional features. Super Street Fighter IV takes many of the groundbreaking features introduced in Street Fighter IV and refines everything to deliver the ultimate vision of Street Fighter to fans the world over. [Capcom]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
7.8
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX 4.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 23, 2010
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX continues to uphold NAMCO BANDAI's tradition of enhancing a classic franchise for today's gamer. Building upon PAC-MAN Championship Edition’s original six courses, the new game features more than 100 varied and mind-boggling mazes to navigate. Several new modes will also be available to test a player's pellet-munching aptitude. In Time Attack Mode, players will vie for the quickest clear time. Fulfill a series of objectives in Mission Mode or compete to devour the most number of ghosts gobbled in Ghost Mode.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
7.8
Rock Band 3 5.

Rock Band 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 26, 2010
Rock Band returns with another iteration of the popular music game featuring new songs and instruments.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.1
MLB 10: The Show 6.

MLB 10: The Show

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 2, 2010
MLB 10 The Show NEW Features: HR Derby – The Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Futures Game are now available during the All-Star break in our season modes and as a stand-alone experience. Catcher Calling the Game – Call pitches and play as the field general, just like Joe Mauer. Online Gameplay Improved – This year the online gameplay experience has been vastly improved and will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions along with reduced bandwidth to help the speed and flow of online gameplay. User Controlled Pick-Offs – Surprise a base runner with a quick move or lull him to sleep with our new pick-off mechanism. Custom Music, Fan Yells, and Chants – Assign music or a recording to an entire team, edit tracks to assign batter walk-up music, or record your own voice and assign it to play for the team or player during the situation of your choice. [SCEA]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
8.2
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood 7.

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 16, 2010
The critically acclaimed single-player experience of Assassin's Creed is back and better than ever as Ezio returns in an epic struggle against the powerful Templar Order. Now a legendary Master Assassin, he must journey into Italy's greatest city, Rome, center of power, greed and corruption to strike at the heart of the enemy. Defeating the corrupt tyrants entrenched there will require not only strength, but leadership, as Ezio commands an entire Brotherhood that will rally to his side. Only by working together can the Assassins defeat their mortal enemies.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
8.3
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 8.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 16, 2010
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
7.4
FIFA Soccer 11 9.

FIFA Soccer 11

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
EA returns to the field with another installment in its long-running soccer series.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.1
NBA 2K11 10.

NBA 2K11

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 5, 2010
It's the #1 selling and rated NBA series that everyone is playing - from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features - gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more - to deliver what's expected to be the best basketball video game experience EVER.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
8.0
NHL 11 11.

NHL 11

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 7, 2010
Celebrating its 20th year, the franchise that captured 22 ‘Sports Game of the Year’ awards has raised the bar yet again with NHL® 11. Powered by an all-new Real-Time Physics Engine, NHL 11 lets you create highlight reel moments as you experience adrenaline-pumping NHL action with bigger hits, broken sticks, and faster dangles. Whether you’re beginning your career in the Canadian Hockey League, dominating rivals in the EA SPORTS Hockey League, or assembling Hockey’s Ultimate Team, any moment can be a ‘WOW’ moment with NHL 11.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
7.2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 12.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 2, 2010
In this installment, the Bad Company crew again find themselves in the heart of the action, where they must use every weapon and vehicle at their disposal to survive. In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the 'B' company fight their way through snowy mountaintops, dense jungles and dusty villages. With a heavy arsenal of deadly weapons and a slew of vehicles to aid them, the crew set off on their mission and they are ready to blow up, shoot down, blast through, wipe out and utterly destroy anything that gets in their way. Total destruction is the name of the game, delivered as only the DICE next generation Frostbite engine can. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.5
Call of Duty: Black Ops 13.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 9, 2010
Treyarch is developing the next installment in the Call of Duty franchise, rumored to be set during the Cold War.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
6.7
BioShock 2 14.

BioShock 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 9, 2010
Set approximately 10 years after the events of the original BioShock, the halls of Rapture once again echo with sins of the past. Along the Atlantic coastline, a monster has been snatching little girls and bringing them back to the undersea city of Rapture. You are the very first Big Daddy as you travel through the decrepit and beautiful fallen city, chasing an unseen foe in search of answers and your own survival. Multiplayer in BioShock 2 provides a rich prequel experience that expands the BioShock gameplay. Set during the fall of Rapture, players assume the role of Plasmid test subject in the underwater city that was first explored in the original BioShock. Players will need to use all the elements of the game's toolset to survive as the full depth of the BioShock experience is refined and transformed into a unique multiplayer experience that can only be found in Rapture. [2K Games]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam 15.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 21, 2010
Set in the 1960s, this DLC adds 4 new multiplayer maps, 15 new weapons, and six vehicles.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
8.2
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge 16.

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 6, 2010
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge will allow for direct control of Guybrush, allowing players to forego the old point-and-click system of navigation if they choose, and will include an interactive object hint system that can be used to highlight objects of interest in the environment. Pirate historians will "arr" with delight with in-game audio commentary from the game’s creators as they share their thoughts and memories about the making of the game. Players will also be able to get a glimpse of yesteryear with an in-game art viewer offering up classic glimpses of select areas of the game.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack 17.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 26, 2010
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Pack brings more adventures and challenges to the Red Dead universe.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.3
Heavy Rain 18.

Heavy Rain

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 23, 2010
How Far Will You Go To Save Someone You Love? Experience a gripping psychological thriller filled with innumerable twists and turns, where choices and actions can result in dramatic consequences. Spanning four days of mystery and suspense, the hunt is on for a murderer known only as the Origami Killer - named after his macabre calling card of leaving behind folded paper shapes at crime scenes. Four characters, each following their own leads and with their own motives, must take part in a desperate attempt to prevent the killer from claiming a new victim. [Sony]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.8
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift 19.

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 27, 2010
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift inherits all the key features of its predecessor while adding a few twists of its own. Tsubaki, ?-12 and Hazama will join the ranks of the veterans, who will be reborn with additional moves added to their arsenals. With new modes like Beginner Mode and Tutorial Mode, even fighting game beginners can pull off combos like the pros and dive right into the action. [Aksys Games]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
8.1
Bayonetta 20.

Bayonetta

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 5, 2010
Bayonetta is a stylish and cinematic action game directed by creator Hideki Kamiya. A member of an ancient witch clan and possessing powers beyond the comprehension of mere mortals, Bayonetta faces-off against countless ethereal enemies, many reaching epic proportions, in a game of 100% pure, unadulterated all-out action. Outlandish finishing moves are performed with balletic grace as Bayonetta flows from one fight to another. With over-the-top action taking place in stages that are a veritable theme park of exciting attractions, Bayonetta pushes the limits of the action genre, bringing to life its fast-paced, dynamic climax combat. [Sega]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
7.7
DJ Hero 2 21.

DJ Hero 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
Activision's turntable-based rhythm game is coming back for an encore.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.8
Joe Danger 22.

Joe Danger

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 8, 2010
[Playstation Network] Take control of Joe Danger, motorbike stuntman, and break world records in this 3D side-scrolling stunt-em-up.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
7.7
UFC Undisputed 2010 23.

UFC Undisputed 2010

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 25, 2010
UFC Undisputed 2010 is the only mixed martial arts (MMA) videogame this year that delivers the action, intensity and prestige of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Players navigate a roster of more than 100 prolific UFC fighters, each fully rendered to convey a photorealistic appearance. Prominent UFC personalities, including commentators Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg, veteran voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer, the Octagon Girls, referees, trainers and more, return to showcase an authentic and memorable UFC videogame experience. Enhanced combat offers players a new Sway System with full upper body and head movement that allows for the dodging of attacks. On the ground, a new Posture System enables players to deliver stronger, fight-ending strikes from every position. In addition, players manage Octagon control with new strikes, submissions, transitions and cage positions, as well as experience added realism with the introduction of Southpaw stance. Players also enjoy customizable freedom with created fighters by combining moves from numerous MMA disciplines, including new moves taken from Sambo, Karate and Greco-Roman Wrestling, to become true mixed martial artists. [THQ]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.3
The Sly Collection 24.

The Sly Collection

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 9, 2010
Developed exclusively for the PS3, The Sly Collection (Also known as "The Sly Trilogy") features three PlayStation 2 action-packed classic hits (Sly Cooper and the Thievius Racconus, Sly 2: Band of Thieves and Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves) fully remastered in high definition and delivered on a single Blu-Ray Disc. In addition to crisp picture quality and stunning visual graphics, The Sly Collection contains extra features and content, such as Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves in 3-D and all-new PlayStation Move mini-games that showcase the latest technology for a fun and immersive experience on the PS3 system.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.9
Castle Crashers 25.

Castle Crashers

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 31, 2010
From the award-winning independent developer The Behemoth, creators of Alien Hominid HD, now you can experience medieval-style insanity in Castle Crashers.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.2
NCAA Football 11 26.

NCAA Football 11

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 13, 2010
With presentation and gameplay improvements, along with an online-based feature, NCAA Football 11 promises to give players real college offenses that, for the first time , reflect the authentic style of all 120 NCAA FBS schools in-game. With team-specific pre-game run-outs and ESPN’s broadcast graphics package, NCAA Football 11 attempts to recreate the intensity of college football Saturdays, hoping to achieve all-new levels of quality in presentation and core gameplay by delivering an experience true to your school and providing 120 ways to win. NCAA Football also includes the new Dynasty Wire online feature. With Dynasty Wire, players create stories that recap their Dynasty game, complete with video and photo highlights, then share the news of the victorious triumph or devastating loss by publishing the story through social networking sites for the world to read. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.5
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 27.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 5, 2010
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow takes place at the end of days. The Earth's alliance with the Heavens has been threatened by a dark and malevolent force - the mysterious Lords of Shadow - darkness reins the world. Across this shattered land, the souls of the dead wander unable to find peace, whilst creatures of evil roam free wreaking chaos and death upon the living. Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. His beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul trapped for eternity. Neither living nor dead she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides Gabriel to his destiny - and hopefully salvation for the world... but at what cost? Thus, Gabriel must travel the destroyed world, defeating the evil tyrants in order to use their powers to bring balance back to the world. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross - the world's last hope must encounter the three factions of the Lords of Shadow and end their unholy rule. Mercury Steam has created a rich, open game world that traverses snowy mountain ranges, Gothic castles, and undead-strewn wastelands in a devastated Southern Europe during the Middle Ages. [Konami]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
8.1
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak 28.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 2: The Tomb of Sammun-Mak

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 18, 2010
In this episode, our heroes cross paths with an even more bizarre and dangerous pair of characters -- their own great-grandparents! These characters set out on their trippiest trip yet in The Tomb of Sammun-Mak, leapfrogging across ten decades and possibly as many continents (we haven't counted) in search of the mysterious force that's causing all the trouble.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.8
Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx 29.

Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 25, 2010
(Downloadable Content) Borderlands goes to ELEVEN! You may have seen some games raise their level cap by 5, or maybe even 10, but with The Crimson Lance Assassination Squads wreaking havoc and Crawmerax the Invincible being all invulnerable and stuff we knew you'd need more than just 10. And that's why Borderlands goes to ELEVEN! The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is an add-on pack for Borderlands that adds new guns, new Class Mods, new vehicles, new missions, new enemy types, and increases the level cap to 61. [Xbox.com]
Metascore:
85
User Score:
7.4
F1 2010 30.

F1 2010

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 22, 2010
In F1 2010 gamers will take on the full, expanded grid in a variety of game modes including Grand Prix, Championship, Time Trial and an extensive, innovative Career mode. F1 2010 will also feature a highly advanced damage model, fully dynamic weather system and extensive competitive multiplayer options.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.1
Split/Second 31.

Split/Second

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 18, 2010
Split/Second, an intense action racing game set within the world of a hyper-competitive reality television show. Competitors vie to be the first across the finish line in a made-for-TV city built for destruction, with the ultimate goal of becoming the season champion. Competitors in Split/Second don't just collide with other vehicles to knock them from the track -- they can also trigger explosive events that drastically alter the dynamics of the race. Players must use strategy and pinpoint timing to derail opponents, tactically alter the track or create entirely new routes. [Disney]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
8.0
Gran Turismo 5 32.

Gran Turismo 5

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 24, 2010
Known for its signature beauty and precision, the highly anticipated racer showcases new jaw-dropping cars, real-life tracks, and diverse racing styles. Gran Turismo promises to deliver exciting advancements to the series in the most comprehensive racing experience ever. [Sony]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.8
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light 33.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is the first ever downloadable, co-op action/adventure game featuring Lara Croft. This brand extension incorporates the hallmarks of the Tomb Raider franchise including exploration, discovery, platforming, and puzzle solving. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light allows players to experience Lara Croft from an isometric viewpoint, and combines new gameplay features such as character progression, fun fast-paced combat, and elements of cooperation and competition. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light will be available to download this summer.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
7.7
Vanquish 34.

Vanquish

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
Directed by Shinji Mikami, VANQUISH is a sci-fi shooter of epic proportions with a fast, fluid and frenetic combat system, and an engaging and immersive storyline. Players take the role of Sam, a government agent kitted out with a futuristic battle suit, in a near future world where nations war over the planet's remaining energy resources. A versatile fighter with a huge arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, Sam also has an array of martial arts skills that he can use to take down his robot enemies.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.1
Marvel Pinball 35.

Marvel Pinball

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 14, 2010
Marvel Pinball will include tables for Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Blade.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.5
Madden NFL 11 36.

Madden NFL 11

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 10, 2010
Madden NFL 11 promises to redefine the way you experience the game of football. SIMPLER: From 350 plays down to 1, the all-new GameFlow system puts you in the helmet of an NFL quarterback to execute an authentic, situational game plan, one play at a time. QUICKER: 60 minute game times reduced to as little as 30 minutes; spend more time on the field and less in the playbook. FULL games, HALF the time. DEEPER: Madden NFL 11 includes all-new 3-on-3 Online Team Play, improved animations, more intuitive controls, and Madden NFL Ultimate Team...all to the play-by-play of Gus Johnson. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
6.1
Final Fantasy XIII 37.

Final Fantasy XIII

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 9, 2010
In Final Fantasy XIII, you will embark on a journey through the cityworld of Cocoon and the outerworld of Pulse. Along the way, you will encounter diverse allies who will fight alongside you. Execute powerful attacks with weapons and magic, and summon the enigmatic Eidolons with an evolved Active Time Battle system. Experience seamless transitions between real time gameplay and in-game cinematics. Do you have the courage to face your destiny?
Metascore:
83
User Score:
7.2
Just Cause 2 38.

Just Cause 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 23, 2010
Developed by Avalanche Studios, Just Cause 2 finds Rico Rodriguez returning in an epic open-world adventure set in the diverse tropical playground of Panau in South East Asia, where the aim is to cause chaos and destruction in a way that only Rico knows how! His mission is to destabilize the island and free it from the tyranny of the evil dictator, Baby Panay. Players tackle missions and objectives in any way they want while exploring the highly-detailed and beautiful island by land, sea or air, performing an insane range of new daredevil stunts and mastering the use of the all new grappling hook and Rico's trademark parachute. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
83
User Score:
8.0
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa 39.

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 27, 2010
EA SPORTS 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa features all the emotion and passion of the fiercest national rivalries battling on the world’s biggest stage, with all 199 national teams that took part in qualification, all 10 official stadiums to be used in South Africa and stadiums from each qualifying region. Gamers can play as their home nation from qualification right through to a virtual reproduction of the FIFA World Cup Final and feel what it is like to score the goal that lifts a nation. Everything fans love about the World Cup comes to life in spectacular detail, including confetti rain, streamers, & fireworks - just like the official tournament. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.6
Darksiders 40.

Darksiders

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 5, 2010
Penned by legendary comic book artist Joe Madureira (X-Men, Battle Chasers, The Ultimates), Darksiders is set in a Post-Apocalyptic demon-ravaged world where evil forces have prematurely brought about the end of the time. Originally sent to oversee the destruction of Earth, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been betrayed by their master, stripped of their powers and cast down to Earth. Players take on the role of WAR -- the first of the Four Horsemen -- as he embarks on a brutal quest of vengeance and revenge against the forces that betrayed him with the help of his phantom steed RUIN. The first title from new THQ studio Vigil Games, Darksiders: Wrath of War features open-world exploration, a deep combat system and a huge arsenal of modern and mythical weapons. [THQ]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
7.9
Fallout: New Vegas 41.

Fallout: New Vegas

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
The latest game in the post-nuclear RPG series is being developed by many members of the Fallout 1 and 2 team at Obsidian Entertainment using the Fallout 3 engine.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.0
ModNation Racers 42.

ModNation Racers

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 25, 2010
Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems, ModNation Racers empowers the player to customize their entire kart racing experience. Enjoy karting fun, where you can shoot, boost & drift your way to the finish line. Create your unique racing experience with the same tools used by the development team. Express yourself by creating your own Mod character, quirky kart and imaginative track, and share your unique racing experience with the rest of the world. [SCEA]
Metascore:
82
User Score:
8.4
Blur 43.

Blur

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 25, 2010
Blur is a new style of powered-up racing. The game drops players into heart-pumping racing action with 20 cars on a track all targeting the finish line and battling each other as they trade paint and collect intense power-ups, including the ability to blast other cars out of the way with huge bursts of energy, boost their speed, and more. Gamers can use offensive and defensive attacks as they battle for the lead and careen through real-world track locations ranging from L.A. and San Francisco to the streets of Hackney, UK and the treacherous roads of Barcelona, Spain. Beyond the action-packed racing filled with fast curves, sneaky alternate routes, hair-raising jumps and fully realized damage models that provide for spectacular crashes, Blur’s narrative is presented through Bizarre’s new community-based interface, reaching far beyond the game itself. This unique story-driving social network evolves dynamically as players compete in different races, make new friends, rivals and fans, and connect with other racers both in-game and in real life. Looking beyond Blur's single player story, gamers can engage in competitive and team-based multiplayer races with up to 20 players online, or on a single console via 4-player split-screen. Bizarre has also introduced Blur’s original social gaming experience - Custom Groups, where anyone can create unique multiplayer modes based on their favorite ways to play the game. These new modes are immediately shared through Blur’s social network, expanding the game in ways that are only limited by the gaming community’s creativity. [Activision]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.2
Hustle Kings 44.

Hustle Kings

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 28, 2010
Whether you're into eight-ball, nine-ball or even killer pool, chalk up your cue and step up to the table for a competitive game against a roster of tough challengers. Earn Hustle King credits in Single Player Mode by potting balls, performing trick shots and beating computer-controlled opponents, then go online and wager those Hustle King credits with other pool players in winner-takes-all single matches and tournaments. Stunning visuals and true 3D physics bring your favourite cue sport to life. Unique Hustle mode lets you wager your Hustle King credits online. Master the art of spin and challenge yourself with an array of trick shots. [SCEE]
Metascore:
81
User Score:
8.1
Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares 45.

Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 18, 2010
(Downloadable Content) This is the first installment of new content for RESIDENT EVIL 5. During the main story of RESIDENT EVIL 5, Chris Redfield alludes to a mission where he lost his partner Jill during a conversation with Sheva. Now you can find out what happened during that mission at Spencer's estate. This package also allows you to unlock two new characters in the all-new The Mercenaries Reunion. Play as one of the unsung heroes of the original RESIDENT EVIL, Barry Burton, or step into the designer-made high heels of one of RESIDENT EVIL's newest villains, Excella Gionne. There are also additional figures available in Extra Figures to round out this action-packed package.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.8
Swords & Soldiers 46.

Swords & Soldiers

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
Rewrite history as you take control of the brutal Vikings, the devious Aztecs or the crafty Chinese in their global quest to win the favor of the Gods! Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling strategy game that lets you control an entire army and lets you wield devastating magical abilities. Demolish your enemy's castle at the end of these two-dimensional battlefields and lead your troops to victory! Featuring hours of single-player campaign gameplay, challenging skirmishes and frantic local multiplayer matches that let you take the fight to your friends! If that still isn't enough for you, there are several compelling challenge modes to unlock that will test your abilities to their limits in a bid for that one glorious high score!
Metascore:
81
User Score:
6.4
Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 1: The Penal Zone 47.

Sam & Max: The Devil's Playhouse - Episode 1: The Penal Zone

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 15, 2010
Sam is a six-foot dog in a baggy suit sporting a trombone-sized .44 hand-cannon. Max is three feet of pure unleashed id with a saw blade grin and the impulsive nature of the average piranha. Together they patrol the sticky streets of a fantastical New York City, righting wrongs, pummeling perps, and ridding the urban landscape of the shifty legions of "self-propelled gutter trash" that litter their streets. Sam and Max got their start in comics in 1987, courtesy of cartoonist Steve Purcell. They have appeared in many formats over the years, including two seasons of an episodic graphic adventure game series; an award-winning animated series in 1998; an online web comic in 2006, for which Purcell was awarded an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic; and The 20th Anniversary Edition of the Surfin' the Highway comic anthology which was nominated for a Eisner Award in 2009.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
7.1
Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats 48.

Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 21, 2010
Red Dead Redemption: Liars and Cheats introduces Stronghold, a team based Competitive Multiplayer Mode, and the Explosive Rifle, a new, destructive addition to the arsenal.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening 49.

Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 16, 2010
Designed and written by the same team that brought you Dragon Age: Origins, the Awakening expansion pack offers a brand new area of the world to explore known as Amaranthine, featuring an epic story that will allow players to unravel the secrets of the darkspawn - and their true motivations! Players face a range of horrific and terrifying creatures including an evolved, intelligent breed of darkspawn and other menacing creatures such as the Inferno Golem and Spectral Dragon. Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening provides exciting new ways for players to customize their heroes and party, including the ability to re-spec their character attributes, allowing even greater customization and replayability. Featuring an increased level cap, new spells, abilities, specializations and items, plus five all-new party members, players can continue their adventures from Dragon Age: Origins, or begin with a brand new character. [BioWare]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.8
Dead Rising 2 50.

Dead Rising 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
Dead Rising 2 takes the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun with tens of thousands of zombies, the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City to explore and conquer plus a host of new in-game objects that can all be used as deadly weapons to stave off the zombie assault. Dead Rising 2 is set several years after the infamous zombie invasion of Willamette. Unfortunately, the zombie virus was not contained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, spreading unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike. [Capcom]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
6.7
Space Invaders Infinity Gene 51.

Space Invaders Infinity Gene

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 14, 2010
The game starts off looking like the classic Space Invaders, but as you play through the game, it evolves. Unlock new stages, new power ups, and new features. In addition to Normal Mode, Challenge Mode pits you against 99 randomly-created stages. And Music Mode generates custom stages based on music stored on your console. The Invaders are back, and they're watching you. The more you play, the more the game evolves!
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.0
Skate 3 52.

Skate 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 11, 2010
SKATE 3 features an all-new co-op mode where teammates can complete challenges together while advancing each other’s careers. From rewarding epic bails and fails with a beefed up Hall of Meat mode to honing your craft with the all-new skate.School, players of all skill levels have multiple ways to “kill it” in the game. The franchise also continues to raise the bar for user created content with the skate.Create feature suite, an innovative toolset that empowers gamers to truly express their skate style by creating their own graphics, videos, and skate parks. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
8.0
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West 53.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 5, 2010
More than 150 years in the future, the world has transformed into an unrecognizable state where all that remains are a dwindling human population and merciless robots left over from wars long past. In Enslaved, players take on the role of Monkey, a strong and brutish loner, and his AI partner Trip, a technologically savvy but sheltered young woman from a peaceful community. Both become captured by a mysterious slave ship, which are rumored to harvest people and take them out west never to return. As they each attempt to escape, Trip realizes quickly that Monkey, with his raw strength and power, is the only hope she has of making the perilous journey back home. She hacks into a slave headband to enslave Monkey and link them together - if she dies, he dies. Her journey has now become his. Players must make sure both Monkey and Trip work together as they skillfully navigate through the world and survive against the dangerous enemy obstacles that lie in wait. Monkey will deftly wield his trusty staff weapon to attack and defend against enemies, using a combination of melee attacks, blocks and counters. He will also be able to perform spectacular takedown moves, allowing him to rip an enemy apart piece by piece, take its weapon for his own use or destroy it in one final blow. [Namco Bandai Games]
Metascore:
80
User Score:
7.6
Yakuza 3 54.

Yakuza 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 9, 2010
Introducing the next cinematic chapter in the prestigious video game saga offering an authentic, gritty and often violent story set in modern day Japan. Following the events of the previous game, Kazuma and Haruka have left Kamurocho to seek a new life in Okinawa where they manage an orphanage for children. However, their peaceful life is soon interrupted when a series of events unfold pulling Kazuma back into the shadowy past he thought he had left behind. [Sega]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.2
Auditorium HD 55.

Auditorium HD

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 23, 2010
Auditorium is really all about the experience, both visually and aurally. There are no instructions to teach you how to play. The game is about exploration and discovery. Each level is a unique puzzle with several possible solutions. You play the game by manipulating "the Flow," a constant stream of moving particles of light and sound. The goal is to manipulate various controls in order to guide the Flow into Audio Containers. As you fill the containers, light transforms into sound. Given enough light, the containers will begin to sing together in a symphony, providing the ultimate Harmony of Flow.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.1
DeathSpank 56.

DeathSpank

Platform: PlayStation 3
July 13, 2010
[Playstation Network] For uncounted years the wanderer DeathSpank has been a Dispenser of Justice, a Vanquisher of Evil, and a Hero to the Downtrodden. Throughout his adventures DeathSpank has searched for a powerful artifact called ... The Artifact. Forged by unknown hands for unknown purposes some unknown time in the past, The Artifact is now within DeathSpank’s reach, but what is The Artifact and what evil tyrant seeks to steal it?
Metascore:
79
User Score:
8.3
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 57.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 29, 2010
Build the adventure from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament and experience the fun of the first four Harry Potter stories – Lego style. Explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learn spells, brew potions and relive the adventures with tongue-in-cheek humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.7
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Pigsy's Perfect 10 58.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West - Pigsy's Perfect 10

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 23, 2010
Pigsy, the comical porcine character known for his one-line zingers and questionable hygiene, finally gets his time in the spotlight. The Titan Graveyard is a lonely place and Pigsy really needs some companionship beyond the mechs that roam the area. He dreams of the perfect woman and embarks on a mission to build one from scratch using scrap parts he finds around the junkyard. In contrast to the main game which features strong, capable Monkey as the playable character, Pigsy is much more of a lover than a fighter. Pigsy's gameplay will have a completely different gameplay dynamic, with a focus on stealth and sharp-shooting. He has plenty of tricks up his sleeves including a far-reaching hookshot, trusty sniper rifle, various grenades and devices, Trouble Vision eye piece and the aid of his trusty mechanical sidekick Truffles.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
echochrome ii 59.

echochrome ii

Platform: PlayStation 3
December 21, 2010
Utilizing the PlayStation Move motion controller and the PlayStation Eye camera, players can rotate levels and control light and shadows to change the way objects are viewed and the shadows they cast. The ultimate goal is to lead your character through the path from beginning to end, while learning how a variety of different objects can be combined with perspectives, angles and the use of light can be used to help solve the puzzle. Beware … much like echochrome, the possibilities are infinite and there is always more than meets the eye as every person can view each puzzle differently!
Metascore:
79
User Score:
6.1
Final Fight: Double Impact 60.

Final Fight: Double Impact

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 15, 2010
[Playstation Network] It's a double strike of arcade perfection as Final Fight: Double Impact takes you on a hard-hitting journey through Capcom history with the ultimate versions of arcade classics Final Fight and Magic Sword. Double Impact slams into your home with seamless online and local co-op multiplayer, new music by acclaimed remixologists, HD-filtered graphics, a host of unlockables to discover, and an integrated online leaderboard to prove your mettle! [Capcom]
Metascore:
79
User Score:
7.0
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 61.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 8, 2010
One of the most prestigious tournaments in golf, The Ryder Cup, is featured in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11. Gamers select a team and square off to try and bring home The Ryder Cup for their squad. The Ryder Cup is one of the last great sporting events to be founded in prestige rather than prize money. Choose from the U.S. or European squad and participate in the various competition formats – foursomes where players hit alternate shots, fourballs and singles which traditionally bring the biennial event to a close with players going head to head. When playing The Ryder Cup mode offline, gamers have the option to swap matches, thus giving you the ultimate control over the outcomes of other matches. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.6
The Sims 3 62.

The Sims 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 26, 2010
With The Sims 3 for consoles and handheld, create Sims with unique personalities, fulfill their desires...or not, and control their lives within a living neighborhood. Customize your Sims’ appearance and choose up to five traits to create individual personalities. From the “Romantic” trait or “kleptomaniac” trait to “evil” trait, create millions of unique Sims. All-new features make it easier than ever to mess with life as you unlock the ultimate “Karma Powers” for instant control and unleash them on your Sims. New goal-oriented game play enables you to choose which short or long-term objectives you want your Sims to pursue and even determine your Sims’ destinies in life. Get inspired by the endless creative possibilities and unexpected moments of surprise and mischief in The Sims 3. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
6.7
Toy Story 3 63.

Toy Story 3

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 15, 2010
Unleash your imagination in this new open world and play with Andy's toys your way. As Buzz, Woody, or Jessie, you choose what activities you want to do and the order you wish to do them. The more you use your imagination and create your own story, the more you get rewarded. [Disney Interactive]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.9
EA Sports Active 2 64.

EA Sports Active 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 16, 2010
EA SPORTS Active 2.0 provides total body conditioning using progressive exercise in new prescribed programs. A three-phase, nine-week program provides a fitness roadmap to help keep users motivated and on track of their fitness goals. Additional mini-programs will also be available to add on, keeping workouts fresh and inspiring. The EA SPORTS Active personal trainer will walk users through their workout and provide continued encouragement with feedback to ensure an optimal workout experience.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
5.4
DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue 65.

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 21, 2010
Featuring the trademark humor found in the original, Thongs of Virtue centers on DeathSpank's journey through a massive war-torn land; explore the North Pole and the high seas to locate six mystical thongs to bring peace and harmony to the universe.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.0
Greed Corp 66.

Greed Corp

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 25, 2010
[Playstation Network] Why share when you can have it all? Greed Corp is an online multiplayer strategy game in which you battle for dominance over a world once rich in resources. In order to prevail, exhaust all the remaining resources to build an army, and then use the depleted collapsing terrain to your advantage. An extensive campaign mode and multiple unlockables prepare you to take the battle online. Will you defend your territory or sacrifice it to keep it out of enemy hands? Manage the finite available resources to build your army and use the unique collapsing terrain mechanic to your advantage, all while the mist grows closer. [Valcon Games]
Metascore:
78
User Score:
7.7
Mega Man 10 67.

Mega Man 10

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 11, 2010
[Playstation Network] The original 2-D classic Mega Man returns in the all new Mega Man 10! Mega Man 10 continues to bring the series back to its old-school roots, with retro platforming action and classic 8-bit graphics and sound. Rediscover Mega Man with new, classically-inspired boss characters, each with unique weapons and vulnerabilities. The year is 20XX and Robotenza - the Robot Flu - has spread like wildfire, incapacitating robots everywhere. One month after the outbreak, the situation worsens. Infected robots have gone out of control and have destroyed the city! It's up to Mega Man to get to the bottom of this viral mystery.
Metascore:
78
User Score:
8.1
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing 68.

Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 23, 2010
In a frantic battle to the checkered flag, Sonic and friends speed around tracks set in medieval castle ramparts, lush rainforests and bustling cities, all taken from the visually rich and varied universes of Sonic and SEGA. Fan favorites such as Dr. Eggman, Tails, AiAi, Amigo and many more will join Sonic in their custom built vehicles, revving their engines and jostling to stay ahead of the pack. Each character will speed around the track in cars, planes, motorbikes, and in Aiai’s case – a banana mobile! Secret short cuts, swift handling and avoiding strategically placed obstacles are certainly the best way to get to the top of the podium. But winning is only part of the fun in Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing! Each character has a specific All Star move – such as Super Sonic, Banana Blitz and Tails Tornado – that allows a quick way for competitors to get back into the race! Power ups and weapons can also be collected around the tracks and used against the opposition to ensure they don’t become a threat to that number one position. [Sega]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
EA Sports MMA 69.

EA Sports MMA

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
EA SPORTS MMA promises to feature the most authentic, intense and broad mixed martial arts experience to date - complete with a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 70.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
The PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER franchise has long been regarded as offering incredible realism and control, however PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 will reinvigorate the series with the most advanced set of improved gameplay additions, control options and to catch up with the evolution of the real-life soccer. Central to its total freedom of play, PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2011 introduces a power bar for each player that allows the user to determine the exact strength and placement of every pass and shot. Balls can now be spread absolutely anywhere with surgical precision, with long balls into space, short passes to feet, and intricate one-twos allowing the player to dictate play and control the tempo of a match.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
6.9
Singularity 71.

Singularity

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 29, 2010
On a clandestine mission deep into Russian territory, an American black ops team crash lands on an island research base that was mysteriously abandoned in the 1950’s. Cut off from the outside and under attack by an army of nightmarish creatures, Captain Nathaniel Renko is forced to battle his way through the hostile territory armed with the TMD (Time Manipulation Device) – a time altering weapon created over 50 years ago. Who created the TMD and why is just one of the many Cold War secrets Renko must uncover as he is thrown back and forth across time, making choices that will alter the course of world history. [Raven Software]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game 72.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 10, 2010
This will be a video game based on Universal Pictures' upcoming action-comedy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.8
Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype 73.

Soldner-X 2: Final Prototype

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 25, 2010
[Playstation Network] Twenty years after the Virus Wars, you return to Gota IV as part of the newly formed Söldner-X defense force. Your mission: to free the galaxy from the D'aarg, a technologically superior race that is threatening mankind. Staged across seven unique action-loaded levels, Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype delivers a must-have, shoot' em up experience, blending classic gameplay with the astonishing audio-visual capabilities of the PlayStation 3 system. [EastAsiaSoft]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.7
Dead Nation 74.

Dead Nation

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 30, 2010
Dead Nation features online and offline two-player cooperative play, a lengthy campaign littered with hidden treasures, hugely upgradeable weapons and armor, and tremendous replay value thanks to a host of difficulty levels. The fifth and final difficulty level -- "Undead" -- will leave you breathless!
Metascore:
77
User Score:
7.0
Costume Quest 75.

Costume Quest

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
Costume Quest is a rollicking Adventure/Role-Playing game that unfolds on Halloween night across seemingly peaceful suburban neighborhoods, a mysterious village carnival, and a monster-infested shopping mall. Created by Double Fine's lead animator, Tasha Harris, the game follows the adventure of a group of young friends who must rid their neighborhood of monsters using only their wits, their bravery, and their home-made costumes. Players go door-to-door collecting candy, points, cards, battle stamps and quest assignments as they prepare themselves for Combat Mode-where they transform into larger-than-life versions of their costumes. Each costume that comes-to-life provides its own unique set of superpowers that players will need to battle Halloween’s worst monsters.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.0
Transformers: War for Cybertron 76.

Transformers: War for Cybertron

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 22, 2010
Transformers: War for Cybertron challenges players to become the ultimate weapon as a TRANSFORMERS character in the final, epic war that will determine the survival of their entire race. Armed with a diverse arsenal of lethal, high-tech weaponry and the ability to instantly convert from robot to vehicle at any time, players will engage in heart-pounding battles on land and in the air in this gripping, 3rd person action shooter set in the TRANSFORMERS’ war-ravaged homeland. Complete with several multiplayer modes, Transformers: War for Cybertron allows gamers to play through story missions with their friends in drop in/drop out online co-op, and also create their own TRANSFORMERS character for competitive head-to-head multiplayer modes, choosing among four distinct character classes, personalizing its look and selecting from a huge variety of weapons, skills and abilities. [Activision]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.2
3D Dot Game Heroes 77.

3D Dot Game Heroes

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 11, 2010
A long, long time ago, the Dark King Onyx brought an age of darkness upon Dotnia Kingdom. Only by the bravery of a hero with a legendary sword was Onyx sealed in an orb, restoring peace to the world. But Fuelle, a powerful Dark Bishop, has stolen the orb, and with it, peace. Dotnia requires a hero once more! Can you live up to the legend? Ultimate retro love letter -- Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D. Simple, but deep action-adventure gameplay is a throwback to the 8-bit era. Veterans will find references and jokes that pay homage to the great games of yore. Awe and adventure live again -- Embark on the next generation of classic exploration and discovery in a grand story-based quest. A hero sets out to gain the power of the six sages and the six orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction. Customize your hero -- When pixels are your building blocks, the possibilities are unlimited. Freely edit the look of your character, or design one completely from scratch, and then trade designs with friends via a compatible USB storage device. Your hero's blade is also upgradeable, letting you add length and width to create a sword that fills the whole screen. [Atlus USA]
Metascore:
77
User Score:
8.1
Worms 2: Armageddon 78.

Worms 2: Armageddon

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 14, 2010
Featuring an in-depth single-player Campaign Mode, Tutorials and Firing Ranges along with multi-player online and offline game modes, it is now even easier to jump in and get involved with the world of Worms. Playable in full 1080p, this is Team17' best looking Worms title yet and with full trophy support and customization options this is a Worms title that is guaranteed to last the test of time, in both a gameplay and a visual sense.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
R.U.S.E. 79.

R.U.S.E.

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 7, 2010
R.U.S.E. is a real-time strategy game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory, controlling the action using views that range seamlessly from the heart of the battlefield to the full theatre of war. Players are plunged into the action thanks to the exclusive IRISZOOM Engine which offers an intuitive interface that allows for smooth, rapid transitions from a birds-eye view of the entire conflict, down into the heat of the battle and vice versa. In R.U.S.E., players use their brain as the ultimate weapon, fighting a war of perception, where the ability to deceive and mislead the enemy determines success. A first in a strategy game, R.U.S.E. promises to reinvigorate the genre by using deception to give new-found depth to the game play. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
Green Day: Rock Band 80.

Green Day: Rock Band

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 8, 2010
Green Day: Rock Band allows players to step onto the stage and into the shoes of Green Day, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band that jump-started the punk-pop revival and has continued to pave the way for American rock music into the 21st century. Taking on the likenesses of Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool, players progress through the story and history of Green Day, gaining access into the band’s media vault, where they can unlock more than 100 collectible images, and more than 40 minutes of rare and unreleased video from interviews, outtakes and performances. [MTV Games]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
6.2
MAG 81.

MAG

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 26, 2010
2026: The Post WW3 political climate forces the world's superpowers to eliminate their military and turn to Private Military Corporation. The three largest PMCs engage in a Shadow War to control the global, paramilitary contract market. Enlist and enter the world of MAG. Join a Private Military Corporation and begin your paramilitary career. Intense 256 player FPS battles are fueled by a simple Command & Control system. Gain a personal advantage by working as a team. Enlist and pursue the career of your choosing with one of three different PMCs (Private Military Corporations). Customize your look and select your skills and equipment to create your own custom warrior. Each victory will strengthen your PMC’s standing with the Global Superpowers; resulting in faction and player benefits. Your contributions matter. [SCEA]
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.2
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 82.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 19, 2010
Developed by CyberConnect2, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 2 faithfully recreates the anime series and fully immerses players in the mythical ninja world with new expansive environments, missions, battle systems and gameplay modes. Taking players through the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc, daring ninja warriors must strategically recruit the right support characters to ensure victory against any and all opponents. With the winning combination, players can easily unleash bigger and more explosive Team Special Techniques to obliterate enemies who stand in the way.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
8.3
Sports Champions 83.

Sports Champions

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 7, 2010
Sports Champions Sports Champions will let you and your friends physically engage in an array of competitive sporting activities as you go head to head in six events. Use your motion controller as a racket in table tennis as you conduct high speed exchanges against your challenger; or ignite the arena as your motion controller becomes a sword and swing your arm forward to battle your opponent.
Metascore:
76
User Score:
7.8
After Burner Climax 84.

After Burner Climax

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 22, 2010
[Playstation Network] The classic arcade game After Burner has now returned for a new generation of gamers. After Burner Climax is fast and frantic action, putting you in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter plane. Dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft. Built for all skill levels, everyone will be able to take to the air and blaze through a branching storyline and over 20 stages. Unlock achievements along the way to unlock exclusive Avatar Awards using your experience and expertise. [Sega]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.7
Hoard 85.

Hoard

Platform: PlayStation 3
November 2, 2010
HOARD™ is an arcade action-strategy score attack game in which you play a dragon intent on ransacking a medieval kingdom to gather a giant hoard of glittering gold. You must scare towns, kidnap princesses, burn knights, and even topple berserk giants. Let no obstacle prevent you from your treasure hoarding!
Metascore:
75
User Score:
5.6
Heavy Rain Chronicles Episode 1: The Taxidermist 86.

Heavy Rain Chronicles Episode 1: The Taxidermist

Platform: PlayStation 3
April 4, 2010
Heavy Rain: Chronicle One – The Taxidermist features investigative journalist Madison Paige in one of her first cases tracking down a serial killer.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.7
Dante's Inferno 87.

Dante's Inferno

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 9, 2010
Dante's Inferno tells an adapted story that focuses on delivering a blockbuster 3rd person action game experience while bringing Alighieri's depiction of Hell to the medium. Players assume the role of Dante, who descends into Hell after returning home to find his beloved Beatrice murdered, with Lucifer seducing her soul into the underworld. Dante sets out on a rescue mission to save Beatrice, but he soon realizes he is also in Hell to face his own demons and ultimately to redeem himself. Players take Dante through nine unique circles of Hell as mapped out and described by Alighieri: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. Each circle showcases its own distinct look, with demons, monsters, damned and geography that are crafted straight from the poem's vivid descriptions. To take down the demons of Hell, Dante is outfitted with two primary weapons: the Scythe he takes from Death and the Holy Cross given to him by Beatrice, which has spiritual powers that will help Dante collect souls and spells from the creatures he defeats on his journey. The game also features a deep upgrade system so gamers can customize their abilities to their specific gameplay style, something they'll need as Dante comes face to face with Hell's fiercest beasts and bosses. If successful, Dante will be able to tame certain beasts, exacting their will and turning Hell’s punishments back on itself. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.6
Medal of Honor 88.

Medal of Honor

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 12, 2010
EALA is crafting this single-player component of this modern-day, Afghanistan-set reboot of the classic shooter series; DICE is working on the multiplayer.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.5
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands 89.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Platform: PlayStation 3
May 18, 2010
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the next chapter in the Sands of Time universe. Visiting his brother's kingdom following his adventure in Azad, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince embarks on an epic adventure in which he learns to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost. [Ubisoft]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
Def Jam Rapstar 90.

Def Jam Rapstar

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 5, 2010
This karaoke-style game will feature a robust set of hip-hop hits and extensive online community features.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
6.6
Mafia II 91.

Mafia II

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 24, 2010
Featuring a deep mobster-driven narrative packed with both behind-the-wheel and on-foot action, Mafia 2 is the sequel fans have been clamoring for. Like the original Mafia title, Mafia 2 immerses players in the mob underworld of a fictitious late 1940's-early 1950's scenario. Players easily become engaged in the game's cinematic Hollywood movie experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing city. [2K Games]
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.9
Shank 92.

Shank

Platform: PlayStation 3
August 24, 2010
Shank is a new game that a small team at Klei is working on. It's an over-the-top action/adventure, built with all the things that we at Klei are passionate about: amazing control, great animation, immersive environment, and everything else that we feel like, and none of the stuff we don't.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
7.4
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I 93.

Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 12, 2010
Sonic is back for his fourth installment in the classic 2D series, revamped from the ground up.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.1
Major League Baseball 2K10 94.

Major League Baseball 2K10

Platform: PlayStation 3
March 2, 2010
Work the corners - Based on each pitcher’s mechanics and official scouting reports, Total Control Pitching lets you put the ball exactly where you want it -- provided you keep a close eye on your pitch count. Work the count - With Total Control Hitting you can time your swing to hit for power, put the ball in play or take a defensive cut. Batter's Eye uses a hitter’s real-life eye rating to help you identify Fastballs, Breaking Balls and Off Speed pitches before they get to the plate. The best play like the best - True-to-Life Player Rating System, Signature Style and a new Motion Model ensure every pitch, swing, catch, throw, steal and slide looks and feels like you’re at the ballpark. Become a living legend - With My Player mode you can create a player, choose a team and then play your way into the Hall of Fame. [2K Sports]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
5.3
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions 95.

Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 7, 2010
Swing your way into action to help restore reality with your friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.7
Star Ocean: The Last Hope International 96.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope International

Platform: PlayStation 3
February 8, 2010
The year is A.D. 2087. In the aftermath of World War III, Earth has been ravaged and the population decimated by a deteriorating environment. The countries that survived have joined together to form the Greater Unified Nations and turned their eyes skyward - to space. Edge Maverick and his childhood friend Reimi Saionji are chosen as pioneer members of the Space Reconnaissance Force, which was created to seek out new worlds beyond the stars. Their ship, the Calnus, takes its place on the lunar launch pad along with four other starships of the first reconnaissance fleet. These ships - humanity’s last hope - blast off one-by-one and sail into the awaiting wormhole that leads to the vast star ocean. And so, Edge and his crew begin their voyage in search of a new haven for humanity...and a second chance. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.9
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 97.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

Platform: PlayStation 3
October 26, 2010
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 will empower players more than ever to to define their gameplay experiences in a dynamic and ever-changing WWE. Along the way, gameplay scenarios will change based on player decisions, allowing for more spontaneous WWE action in and out of the ring. Players will also enjoy a greater level of interactivity and have increased control of their destinies in the game's popular Road to WrestleMania story-driven mode.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
8.0
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock 98.

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
KISS frontman Gene Simmons provides the voice for the next installment in Activision's long-running rhythm-game series.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.4
Army of Two: The 40th Day 99.

Army of Two: The 40th Day

Platform: PlayStation 3
January 12, 2010
When a disaster of epic proportions strikes Shanghai, China, Rios and Salem find themselves right in the middle of it all - the wrong place, the wrong time, but the right team. A carefully orchestrated series of mysterious catastrophes is dragging Shanghai to the brink of ruin, and now the Army of Two must fight their way through ravaged city districts as they try to beat the odds and uncover the secret of the 40th Day. ARMY OF TWO: THE 40th DAY features a bigger playbook of new co-op moves that either player can use at any time, opening up new strategies and countless choices for both players. The result is a bigger, better, more organic and immersive co-op experience that lets gamers put their best two-man tactics to use whenever and wherever they want. [Electronic Arts]
Metascore:
74
User Score:
7.0
Borderlands: Claptrap's New Robot Revolution 100.

Borderlands: Claptrap's New Robot Revolution

Platform: PlayStation 3
September 28, 2010
Claptrap's New Robot Revolution invites recruits to attempt to beat down the deadly Claptrap revolution either as a lone gunman or in co-op teams of four treasure hunters using many of the more than 17 million unique weapons available in the game. Brave volunteers will find themselves caught in the lethal cross hairs between the Hyperion Corporation's fortified armadas and the ever-growing army of homicidal Claptraps and "Claptrap-ified" enemies led by one of the most eagerly awaited characters in the franchise’s history - the cunning Ninja Assassin Claptrap.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
6.3

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