Game Releases by User Score


Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective 1.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Platform: DS
January 11, 2011
Ghost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge player's brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.7
Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman 2.

Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger vs Darkdeath Evilman

Platform: PSP
October 25, 2010
Known as ZettaiHero Keikakuin Japan, Z.H.P. is the only turn based strategy RPG that allows you to create your own, one and only super hero to fight vicious(?) villains. Players can create a super hero literally from head to toe. If you wish to use drills instead of hands or wheels instead of legs you can do so by simply swapping out your body parts. Battle maps are all randomly generated for mad replay value and there are tons of character and secret base customization. Z.H.P. gives you the chance to relive your childhood fantasy of making your own superhero and superhero base.
Metascore:
81
User Score:
9.7
Metal Torrent 3.

Metal Torrent

Platform: DS
May 24, 2010
[DSiWare] Prepare for a high level of intensity as you pilot a solo ship deep into enemy space in this vertically scrolling shooter. Battle wave after wave of relentless attackers aiming to do one thing - destroy you! Your goal, beyond mere survival, is simple: Get the highest score possible and earn bragging rights in online leaderboards. Two powerful fighters are at your disposal: the Accipiter and Bateleur, tailored for beginner or expert players. Progress through eight phases of action and take out enemies by tactically using your weapons: an unlimited-fire blaster weapon available to both ships and an energy-consuming special weapon unique to each craft. Absorb energy cubes from destroyed enemies to replenish your energy gauge and increase your score. Collect a series of consecutive cubes to create a chain and boost your score even higher. Choose from pattern or random modes to vary the level of challenge, but the real indication of skill comes from competing with players around the world for the highest score possible. Use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to upload your score to the online leaderboards to see where you stack up or even view replays of top-ranking players' games and study their secrets. Do you have what it takes to be the best?
Metascore:
62
User Score:
9.7
Superliminal 4.

Superliminal

Platform: Xbox One
July 7, 2020
Perception is reality. In this mind-bending first-person puzzler, you explore a surreal dream world and solve impossible puzzles using the ambiguity of depth and perspective.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.6
Superliminal 5.

Superliminal

Platform: Switch
July 7, 2020
Perception is reality. Escape from a mind-bending dream where everything is exactly as it seems. As you fall asleep with the TV on at 3AM, you remember catching a glimpse of the commercial from Dr.Pierce’s Somnasculpt dream therapy program. By the time you open your eyes, you’re already dreaming - beginning the first stages of this experimental program. Welcome to Superliminal. Superliminal is a first-person puzzle game based on forced perspective and optical illusions. Puzzles in this game give you a sense of the unexpected. Players need to change their perspective and think outside the box to wake up from the dream.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.6
Crystar 6.

Crystar

Platform: PlayStation 4
August 27, 2019
For when I weep, then I am strong. Battle through Purgatory as Rei to help save her sister in this Action RPG. Switch freely between four playable characters, and uncover each one of their pasts to see the sorrows they have endured.
Metascore:
67
User Score:
9.6
Tengami 7.

Tengami

Platform: Wii U
November 13, 2014
Set in Japan of ancient dark fairy tales, Tengami is an explorative adventure game full of wonder and mystery. Players explore a beautifully paper architected pop-up world that folds and unfolds at their fingertips to solve puzzles and make progress. Tengami has a striking minimalistic art style inspired by traditional Japanese arts and crafts.
Metascore:
70
User Score:
9.6
Resident Evil (2002) 8.

Resident Evil (2002)

Platform: GameCube
April 30, 2002
Raccoon City has been completely overrun by mutant beasts and bloodthirsty zombies. You are a member of S.T.A.R.S.--a rescue squad sent into the community to investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the disaster. Take the role of operative Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield and uncover the secrets behind a radical, genetic research facility. With an array of weapons to master and horrors around every corner, the ultimate test may be just to make it out alive.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.6
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis 9.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

Platform: PlayStation
November 11, 1999
A month and a half have passed since the mansion lab incident and now the secrets come back to haunt you in Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Join Jill Valentine in her attempt to escape a nightmarish city in ruins. Around every corner lurk hordes of flesh-eating zombies, hideous mutants, and a relentless new nemesis. You'll soon rely on cunning and brute force to stay alive. The Resident Evil series has taken a horrifying turn, unveiling new layers in the Umbrella Corporation's devious activities.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.6
Vanquish 10.

Vanquish

Platform: Xbox 360
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:
9.5
Vanquish 11.

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:
9.4
Resident Evil Code: Veronica 12.

Resident Evil Code: Veronica

Platform: Dreamcast
February 29, 2000
Resident Evil Code: Veronica takes up the story of Claire Redfield, a character from Resident Evil 2. In that game she was searching for her brother Chris (a missing S.T.A.R.S. member) and in Resident Evil Code: Veronica we follow her to Europe where she continues her search at Umbrella headquarters.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.4
Resident Evil 13.

Resident Evil

Platform: PlayStation
March 30, 1996
Raccoon City has been completely overrun by mutant beasts and bloodthirsty zombies. You are a member of S.T.A.R.S.--a rescue squad sent into the community to investigate the ominous mansion at the core of the disaster. Take the role of operative Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield and uncover the secrets behind a radical, genetic research facility. With an array of weapons to master and horrors around every corner, the ultimate test may be just to make it out alive.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.4
Steelrising 14.

Steelrising

Platform: PlayStation 5
September 8, 2022
An action-RPG with a strong emphasis on fast-paced combat. SteelRising is set in an alternate timeline based on the French Revolution of 1789. To tame the flames of revolution igniting Paris, King Louis XVI unleashes a deadly army of clockwork robots on the people. You are Aegis, a mysterious automaton, bodyguard to Queen Marie-Antoinette, and the Revolution’s last hope against a king gone mad.
Metascore:
72
User Score:
9.3
Steelrising 15.

Steelrising

Platform: Xbox Series X
September 8, 2022
Paris, 1789. The French Revolution has been suppressed with bloodshed by Louis XVI and his merciless mechanical army. Aegis, a mysterious automaton masterpiece, must confront the king's army alone to save history in this challenging action-RPG.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
9.3
MADiSON 16.

MADiSON

Platform: PlayStation 5
July 8, 2022
What would you do if you woke up locked in a dark room, with your hands covered in blood? Play as Luca, and endure the brute torture of MADiSON, a demon that has forced him to continue a gory ritual started decades ago, making him commit abominable acts. Will you be able to finish this sinister ceremony?
Metascore:
72
User Score:
9.3
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker 17.

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker

Platform: PC
December 7, 2021
Endwalker is the fourth expansion pack for FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. Experience the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, and encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as you travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn and even to the moon.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.3
Vanquish 18.

Vanquish

Platform: PC
May 25, 2017
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:
78
User Score:
9.3
Resident Evil 4 19.

Resident Evil 4

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 25, 2005
In Resident Evil 4 players are reacquainted with Leon S. Kennedy, Raccoon City Police Department's idealistic rookie cop from "Resident Evil 2." It has been six years since the destruction of Raccoon City and in that time, the U.S. government has been able to destroy the nefarious Umbrella Corporation. Fast forward to 2004 and players rejoin Leon, who is now a U.S. agent with a top-secret mission. He has been tasked to look into the abduction of the President's daughter and his investigation has led him to a mysterious location in Europe. As Leon encounters unimaginable horrors, he must find out who or what is behind everything. [Capcom]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.3
Resident Evil 2 20.

Resident Evil 2

Platform: PlayStation
January 21, 1998
Ready or not, the terror of Resident Evil 2 is here. In chapter one, the case of the disastrous T-virus outbreak--a mutagenic toxin designed for biological weapons--was eventually closed but the experiments were far from over. Control the destiny of Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as their nightmare begins when a biotech terror runs rampant in Raccoon City. Relentless zombies and hideous monsters are all out for a taste of your blood. If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will.
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.3
MADiSON 21.

MADiSON

Platform: PC
July 8, 2022
What would you do if you woke up locked in a dark room, with your hands covered in blood? Play as Luca, and endure the brute torture of MADiSON, a demon that has forced him to continue a gory ritual started decades ago, making him commit abominable acts. Will you be able to finish this sinister ceremony?
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.2
MADiSON 22.

MADiSON

Platform: Xbox Series X
July 8, 2022
What would you do if you woke up locked in a dark room, with your hands covered in blood? Play as Luca, and endure the brute torture of MADiSON, a demon that has forced him to continue a gory ritual started decades ago, making him commit abominable acts. Will you be able to finish this sinister ceremony?
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.2
GhostWire: Tokyo 23.

GhostWire: Tokyo

Platform: PC
March 25, 2022
Save a Tokyo under siege by spirits in a new adventure from mastermind Shinji Mikami and the team at Tango Gameworks. Explore the streets of a city filled with spirits and mysterious otherworldly threats, with an arsenal of powerful abilities at your command. Tokyo has become a city under siege; overwhelmed by paranormal threats beyond our understanding. After a devastating occult event leads to the disappearance of 99% of the city's population, only you stand between the loss of this great city and its salvation. After the vanishing, a strange encounter causes your own supernatural abilities to take shape. Explore a beautiful city that blends ultra-modern cityscapes and stunning ancient shrines as you purge the darkness from your home. Armed with a bevy of formidable, upgradeable powers, you will face off against evil spirits (referred to as The Visitors) haunting the city of Tokyo. Spirits like: * Amewarashi: This entity manifests as a young child in a yellow raincoat. Derived from the powerful emotions of sadness caused by being separated from his parents, as well as his innocent yet mischievous spirit, this Visitor will call for help and bring forth fellow spirit when it feels threatened. * Shiromuku: Shiromuku is a traditional type of pure white wedding kimono, and though she may appear to be a bride, this Visitor is actually a physical manifestation of powerful emotions. This Visitor represents regret and strong feelings for a partner she was never able to marry. * Kuchisake: Inspired by an actual urban legend, the Kuchisake-onna is a strong and agile opponent, capable of closing distances quickly to get at you with her large scissor blades. Be careful if she asks you if you find her attractive; there are no right answers there. Each spirit will have its own attack styles and weaknesses, so you'll need to combine your abilities in different ways to suit each unique combat encounter. But the spirits roaming the streets aren't the only threat. At the heart of everything the disappearance of the population, the appearance of the Visitors, and even your own supernatural abilities sits a shadowy group wearing "Hannya" masks. Who are they, what they want and how they will interact with you remains a mystery, and it will be up to you to determine their motives and unveil the mystery.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
9.2
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires 24.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires

Platform: Xbox Series X
February 15, 2022
Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China.
Metascore:
64
User Score:
9.2
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water 25.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Platform: Xbox Series X
October 28, 2021
The Fatal Frame series lives again! Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, youll explore the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-size dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses. Each shadowy location is connected by a stream of water flowing throughout the mountain, and this once holy water is tied to the darkest mystery of allthe history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami. Features: * Survive this horrifying new entry in the Fatal Frame series * Explore sinister locales like an underground cave for human sacrifices and a shrine for life-sized dolls * Use the Wii U GamePad controller as your Camera Obscurayour only defense against fatal ghosts * Mt. Hikami is coursing with inexplicably dangerous water; stay dry or die * Investigate and stay alive on the deadly Mt. Hikami
Metascore:
60
User Score:
9.2
Astro's Playroom 26.

Astro's Playroom

Platform: PlayStation 5
November 12, 2020
Astro and his crew lead you on a magical introduction through PS5 in this fun platformer that comes pre-loaded on PS5. Explore four worlds, each based on PS5’s console components. Each area showcases innovative gameplay that taps into the new features of the PS5’s DualSense wireless controller.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.2
Half-Life: Alyx 27.

Half-Life: Alyx

Platform: PC
March 23, 2020
Half-Life: Alyx is Valve's VR return to the Half-Life series. It's the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity's only chance for survival. The Combine's control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth's greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance. As founders of a fledgling resistance, you've continued your clandestine scientific activityperforming critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine. Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness. ABOUT GAMEPLAY IN VR: Valve's return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life. Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat. Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it at a Combine soldier. Extra content for Index owners Customers who have purchased Valve Index hardware by the end of 2019 will have access to unique bonuses starting early next year: * Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space * Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx's arsenal * Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 Community-built environments * A set of Source 2 tools for building new environments will ship with the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve's level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game's virtual reality gameplay tools and components.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.2
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers 28.

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

Platform: PC
July 2, 2019
Take part in the next saga of FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online with the next legendary expansion pack—SHADOWBRINGERS. New jobs: Gunbreaker and Dancer New races: Viera and Hrothgar Level cap increased: 70 to 80 New cities: The Crystarium and Eulmore Journey through expansive new areas, such as the Rak’tika Greatwood, Amh Araeng, Il Mheg and Lakeland. New trails, including harrowing encounters with Titania and Innocence. New beast tribes: pixies, Nu Mou, and dwarves New 8-player raid: Eden An exciting new series of alliance raids YoRHa:Dark Apocalypse The Restoration of the Holy See of Ishgard - In the aftermath of the Dragonsong War, Disciples of the Hand and Land work together to rebuild Ishgard
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.2
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform: PlayStation 4
May 19, 2015
With the Empire attacking the Kingdoms of the North and the Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders, breathing down your neck, the only way to survive is to fight back. As Geralt of Rivia, a master swordsman and monster hunter, leave none of your enemies standing. Explore a gigantic open world, slay beasts and decide the fates of whole communities with your actions, all in a genuine next generation format. Also known as "The Witcher III: Wild Hunt"
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.2
The Last of Us Remastered 30.

The Last of Us Remastered

Platform: PlayStation 4
July 29, 2014
The Last of Us has been rebuilt for the PlayStation4 system. Now featuring full 1080p, higher resolution character models, improved shadows and lighting, in addition to several other gameplay improvements. 20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a violent survivor, is hired to smuggle a 14 year-old girl, Ellie, out of an oppressive military quarantine zone, but what starts as a small job soon transforms into a brutal journey across the U.S. The Last of Us Remastered includes the Abandoned Territories Map Pack, Reclaimed Territories Map Pack, and the critically acclaimed The Last of Us: Left Behind Single Player campaign that combines themes of survival, loyalty, and love with tense, survival-action gameplay. Remastered Features: -Explore a brutal post-pandemic world, fully realized with the power of PlayStation4 system -Includes additional game content: over $30 in value -Delve into Ellies past in Left Behind, the single-player prequel chapter -Eight new multiplayer maps in the Abandoned and Reclaimed Territories packs -In-game cinematic commentary from the cast and creative director
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.2
The Last of Us 31.

The Last of Us

Platform: PlayStation 3
June 14, 2013
Twenty years after a pandemic radically transformed known civilization, infected humans run amuck and survivors kill one another for sustenance and weapons - literally whatever they can get their hands on. Joel, a salty survivor, is hired to smuggle a fourteen-year-old girl, Ellie, out of a rough military quarantine, but what begins as a simple job quickly turns into a brutal journey across the country.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.2
Pokemon SoulSilver Version 32.

Pokemon SoulSilver Version

Platform: DS
March 14, 2010
Return to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessory allows players to take their favorite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Both games feature detailed graphics that spotlight the unique environments and hundreds of Pokémon that players can encounter and catch. Players can even see and interact with their favorite Pokémon outside of battle, selecting one from their team to follow behind them as they travel through the Johto region. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.2
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 33.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists. Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures. [Valve]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.2
Portal 34.

Portal

Platform: PC
October 10, 2007
Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and offers gamers hours of unique gameplay. The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation. Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space. [Valve]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.2
God Hand 35.

God Hand

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 10, 2006
With great power comes great responsibility. Play as a drifter bestowed with supernatural-like abilities who must confront the fate and responsibilities inherent with this new found power. Hand-to-hand combat is at its best when gamers unleash the power of the God Hand to deliver righteous punishment onto worthy enemies. Centuries ago, the world was in imminent doom until a man defeated Angra and sealed away his godly powers into his own arms. People feared and revered this person who would become known as "God Hand". Legend has it that anyone who acquired such hands would possess immense power that could turn them into a deity or demon. Fast forward to a small town overrun with thugs wielding super-human strength. A gruff drifter named Jean finds his way to this troubled region and defends a woman surrounded by a brutal mob. Despite his valiant efforts, Gene is overpowered by these thugs and his right arm is severed before falling into unconsciousness. He later awakens to find his limb whole again and that he is now the possessor of the legendary God Hand. The burden of being hunted by demonic legions seeking the right hand of God soon begins. [Capcom]
Metascore:
73
User Score:
9.2
Resident Evil 4 36.

Resident Evil 4

Platform: GameCube
January 11, 2005
Resident Evil 4 marks a new chapter in the Resident Evil series. You'll rejoin Leon S. Kennedy six years after his first mission as a rookie cop from Resident Evil 2. Now a US agent, Leon is on a top secret mission to investigate the disappearance of the president's daughter. As Leon, you must make your way to a mysterious location in Europe, where new enemies await. Take them down by using enhanced aim-and-shoot features and a new action button.
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.2
Half-Life 2 37.

Half-Life 2

Platform: PC
November 16, 2004
[Metacritic's 2004 PC Game of the Year] By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of both friends and enemies. 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. [Vivendi Universal]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.2
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 38.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne

Platform: PC
July 1, 2003
The Frozen Throne provides gamers with a vast new chapter in the epic Warcraft saga. In the single-player campaign, players revisit the war-torn world of Azeroth. Several months have passed since Archimonde and the Burning Legion were defeated at the battle of Mount Hyjal, yet a new threat has arisen throughout the land. One new Hero per race, each possessing powerful spells and magical abilities. A host of new units, each equipped with new abilities and spells, giving players the opportunity to create diverse strategic and tactical forms of combat. Player-built shops, unique for each race, equipped with items carefully designed to improve and aid the units of every race. Neutral Heroes, available for recruitment by all players, that can supplement and strengthen a player's army with all new spells and abilities. Expanded multiplayer options over Battle.net including multiple new game types, clan and tournament support. [Blizzard]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.2
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos 39.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos

Platform: PC
July 3, 2002
[Metacritic's 2002 PC Game of the Year] It has been nearly fifteen years since the war between the orcs and humans ended. An uneasy peace settled over the land while, for years, the drums of war were silent. Yet the kingdoms of men grew complacent in their victory - and slowly, the defeated orcish clans regrouped under the banner of a new visionary leader. Now a darker shadow has fallen over the world, threatening to extinguish all life - all hope. The drums of war play upon the winds once again - rising urgently towards the inevitable hour when the skies will rain fire - and the world will tremble before the coming of the Burning Legion. The Day of Judgment has come... [Blizzard]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.2
Resident Evil 2 40.

Resident Evil 2

Platform: Dreamcast
December 6, 2000
Ready or not, the terror of Resident Evil 2 is here. In chapter one, the case of the disastrous T-virus outbreak--a mutagenic toxin designed for biological weapons--was eventually closed but the experiments were far from over. Control the destiny of Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield as their nightmare begins when a biotech terror runs rampant in Raccoon City. Relentless zombies and hideous monsters are all out for a taste of your blood. If the suspense doesn't kill you, something else will.
Metascore:
77
User Score:
9.2
Counter-Strike 41.

Counter-Strike

Platform: PC
November 8, 2000
Counter-Strike modifies the multiplayer aspects of "Half-Life" to bring to it a more team-oriented gameplay. Counter-Strike provides the player with an experience that a trained counter-terrorist unit or terrorist unit experiences.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.2
Deus Ex 42.

Deus Ex

Platform: PC
June 23, 2000
The game that incorporates RPG, action, adventure, and 1st-person shooter genres into a chaotic blend of real-world conspiracies, cliffhangers, and plot twists. A richly simulated world of unparalleled interactivity, engineered to react logically to your every action. The decisions and consequences are yours. [Eidos Interactive]
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.2
Planescape: Torment 43.

Planescape: Torment

Platform: PC
December 14, 1999
Welcome to Sigil, the "City of Doors", a place with gates that lead anywhere in existence, provided you have the proper key. It is a neutral ground and watering hole for races across the multiverse, all under the watchful shadow of the Lady of Pain, the enigmatic ruler of the city. It is a place where the word is mightier than the sword, where thought defines reality, where belief has the power to reshape worlds and change the laws of physics. [Interplay]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.2
GhostWire: Tokyo 44.

GhostWire: Tokyo

Platform: PlayStation 5
March 22, 2022
After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before. Don’t fear the unknown. Attack it.
Metascore:
75
User Score:
9.1
Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires 45.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires

Platform: Switch
February 15, 2022
Empires, a unique "Romance of the Three Kingdoms" experience. Dramatic stories of officers on different sides. All 94 officers who have appeared in DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 are playable. In addition, players can control all 700 common officers. A major change from previous series titles, areas around castles become battlefields, evolving into “Storming the Castle” instances. Employ strategic Secret Plans and balance Army Affinity to break through the enemy's gate. Defeat the enemy commander in Decisive Battle mode to claim victory of the castle. The Empires series' signature domestic system is back. With a high degree of flexibility, set long and mid term kingdom goals, recruit new officers, procure logistics, and execute a variety of military, economic and diplomatic commands to strive to unify China.
Metascore:
54
User Score:
9.1
Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water 46.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water

Platform: PC
October 27, 2021
The Fatal Frame series lives again! Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water is comprised of three interconnected stories that converge to uncover the truth behind a recent string of tragic deaths in a forest marred by a history of suicides. As one of three people with the power of the Camera Obscura and the ability to see the shadows of those spirited away, youll explore the ruins of an eerie inn, a shrine filled with life-size dolls, and a lake full of dead priestesses. Each shadowy location is connected by a stream of water flowing throughout the mountain, and this once holy water is tied to the darkest mystery of allthe history of death and darkness on Mt. Hikami. Features: * Survive this horrifying new entry in the Fatal Frame series * Explore sinister locales like an underground cave for human sacrifices and a shrine for life-sized dolls * Use the Wii U GamePad controller as your Camera Obscurayour only defense against fatal ghosts * Mt. Hikami is coursing with inexplicably dangerous water; stay dry or die * Investigate and stay alive on the deadly Mt. Hikami
Metascore:
69
User Score:
9.1
It Takes Two 47.

It Takes Two

Platform: PlayStation 5
March 26, 2021
From Hazelight comes It Takes Two an innovative co-op adventure where uniquely varied gameplay and emotional storytelling intertwine in a fantastical journey. Founded to push the creative boundaries of what's possible in games, Hazelight is the award-winning studio behind the critically acclaimed A Way Out and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Something out of the ordinary Bring your favorite co-op partner and together step into the shoes of May and Cody. As the couple is going through a divorce, through unknown means their minds are transported into two dolls which their daughter, Rose, made to represent them. Now they must reluctantly find a way to get back into their bodies, a quest which takes them through the most wild, unexpected and fantastical journey imaginable.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Ghost of Tsushima 48.

Ghost of Tsushima

Platform: PlayStation 4
July 17, 2020
The year is 1274. Samurai warriors are the legendary defenders of Japan -- until the fearsome Mongol Empire invades the island of Tsushima, wreaking havoc and conquering the local population. As one of the last surviving samurai, you rise from the ashes to fight back. But, honorable tactics won't lead you to victory. You must move beyond your samurai traditions to forge a new way of fighting -- the way of the Ghost -- as you wage an unconventional war for the freedom of Japan.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.1
Bayonetta & Vanquish 49.

Bayonetta & Vanquish

Platform: PlayStation 4
February 18, 2020
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of two PlatinumGames cult classics with the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle. Bayonetta: Experience the genesis of the Bayonetta series with the cult classic, original action-adventure game. Vanquish: The hit sci-fi shooter returns. An overpopulated Earth suffocating under limited resources looks to Providence, the solar-powered space colony for support.
Metascore:
85
User Score:
9.1
Bayonetta & Vanquish 50.

Bayonetta & Vanquish

Platform: Xbox One
February 18, 2020
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of two PlatinumGames cult classics with the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle. Bayonetta: Experience the genesis of the Bayonetta series with the cult classic, original action-adventure game. Vanquish: The hit sci-fi shooter returns. An overpopulated Earth suffocating under limited resources looks to Providence, the solar-powered space colony for support.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.1
NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition 51.

NieR: Automata - Become as Gods Edition

Platform: Xbox One
June 26, 2018
NieR: Automata is an action RPG set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by machine lifeforms and abandoned by mankind. As part of an android army created by humans to reclaim the planet, players will fight their way through the mechanical horde using a collective of close-combat weapons and ranged attacks.
Metascore:
90
User Score:
9.1
God of War 52.

God of War

Platform: PlayStation 4
April 20, 2018
His vengeance against the gods of Olympus far behind him, Kratos now lives as a man in the lands of Norse Gods and monsters. It is in this harsh, unforgiving world that he must fight to survive… and teach his son to do the same. As mentor and protector to a son determined to earn his respect, Kratos is faced with an unexpected opportunity to master the rage that has long defined him. Questioning the dark lineage he’s passed on to his son, he hopes to make amends for the shortcomings of his past. Set within the untamed forests, mountains, and realms of Norse lore, God of War features a distinctly new setting with its own pantheon of creatures, monsters, and gods. [Playstation.com]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Hollow Knight 53.

Hollow Knight

Platform: PC
February 24, 2017
Hollow Knight is a 2D action-adventure game with an emphasis on traditional 2D animation and skillful gameplay. Journey to Hallownest, a vast and ancient underground kingdom inhabited by a bizarre collection of insects and monsters. Players will forge their own path as they explore ruined cities, forests of fungus, temples of bone and other fantastic lands, all on their way to uncovering an ancient mystery.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor 54.

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor

Platform: PC
September 16, 2016
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor is an anti-adventure game about picking up trash in an alien bazaar. Play as the Janitor, an Alaensee girlbeast with a municipally-subsidized trash incineration job and dreams of leaving the planet of Xabran's Rock far behind her.
Metascore:
69
User Score:
9.1
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine 55.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine

Platform: PC
May 30, 2016
This expansion pack is an old-school add on with 20 hours of new adventures, where players will travel to the land of Toussaint.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine 56.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine

Platform: PlayStation 4
May 30, 2016
This expansion pack is an old-school add on with 20 hours of new adventures, where players will travel to the land of Toussaint.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.1
Dark Souls III 57.

Dark Souls III

Platform: Xbox One
April 12, 2016
Developed by Japanese developer FromSoftware, DARK SOULS III is the latest chapter in the DARK SOULS series with its trademark sword and sorcery combat and rewarding action RPG gameplay. Players travel across a wide variety of locations in an interconnected world of unrelenting challenge and deep RPG gameplay as they search for a way to survive the coming apocalypse.
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
Xenoblade Chronicles X 58.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Platform: Wii U
December 4, 2015
Fight for survival while exploring the vast expanses of an unknown planet where anything you see is reachable in your weaponized mech, called a Skell. Customize a lethal skill set of combat and defensive skills, called Arts, to strengthen your strategies and defeat enemies efficiently. Attack your enemies from multiple directions using melee weapons, guns, and your greatest asset—your tactical mind.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.1
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward 59.

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

Platform: PC
June 23, 2015
The Warriors of Light travel now to Ishgard a city-state mired in a 1000-year conflict with the dragons of the Dravanian Horde. Can our heroes reveal the ancient truths buried in Ishgard’s bloody history and help bring an end to the Dragonsong War? Can the Warriors of Light cast off the shadows that darken the realm?
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.1
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 60.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform: Xbox One
May 19, 2015
With the Empire attacking the Kingdoms of the North and the Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders, breathing down your neck, the only way to survive is to fight back. As Geralt of Rivia, a master swordsman and monster hunter, leave none of your enemies standing. Explore a gigantic open world, slay beasts and decide the fates of whole communities with your actions, all in a genuine next generation format.
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.1
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 61.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform: PC
May 18, 2015
With the Empire attacking the Kingdoms of the North and the Wild Hunt, a cavalcade of ghastly riders, breathing down your neck, the only way to survive is to fight back. As Geralt of Rivia, a master swordsman and monster hunter, leave none of your enemies standing. Explore a gigantic open world, slay beasts and decide the fates of whole communities with your actions, all in a genuine next generation format.
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.1
The Evil Within: The Assignment 62.

The Evil Within: The Assignment

Platform: PlayStation 4
March 10, 2015
The first of a 2-part, story-driven experience in which players assume the role of detective Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos’ enigmatic partner, in a concurrent story that seeks to answer a few of the questions surrounding her whereabouts during The Evil Within. She will confront disturbing new enemies, discover new mysteries, and reveal new horrors. The Assignment affords fans of The Evil Within the opportunity to discover detective Kidman’s furtive motivations and her opaque connection to Mobius, the shadowy group thought to be behind the gnarly events of The Evil Within.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.1
Xenoblade Chronicles 63.

Xenoblade Chronicles

Platform: Wii
April 6, 2012
Xenoblade Chronicles throws you into a universe bursting with imagination. Take hold of an ancient sword that offers glimpses of the future, customise your characters extensively and discover a world where your relationships with others matter.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Portal 2 64.

Portal 2

Platform: PC
April 18, 2011
Valve is working on a full-length sequel to its award-winning, mind-bending puzzle action game for the Xbox 360 and PC.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.1
Super Mario Galaxy 2 65.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Platform: Wii
May 23, 2010
Super Mario Galaxy 2, the sequel to the galaxy-hopping original game, includes the gravity-defying, physics-based exploration from the first game, but is loaded with entirely new galaxies and features to challenge players. On some stages, Mario can pair up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi and use his tongue to grab items and spit them back at enemies. Players can also have fun with new items such as a drill that lets our hero tunnel through solid rock. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
97
User Score:
9.1
Pokemon HeartGold Version 66.

Pokemon HeartGold Version

Platform: DS
March 14, 2010
Return to the beloved Johto region first introduced in the Pokémon Gold and Silver Version games for the portable Game Boy system. Several new enhancements for the series, such as updated graphics and touch screen features, enrich these timeless adventures, and the new Pokéwalker accessory allows players to take their favorite Pokémon with them wherever they go. Both games feature detailed graphics that spotlight the unique environments and hundreds of Pokémon that players can encounter and catch. Players can even see and interact with their favorite Pokémon outside of battle, selecting one from their team to follow behind them as they travel through the Johto region. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
87
User Score:
9.1
Chrono Trigger 67.

Chrono Trigger

Platform: DS
November 25, 2008
[Metacritic's 2008 DS Game of the Year] When a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions at the Millennial Fair, young Crono must travel through time to rescue his unfortunate companion from an intricate web of past and present perils. The swashbuckling adventure that ensues soon unveils an evil force set to destroy the world, triggering Crono's race against time to change the course of history and bring about a brighter future. Features an engaging and unparalleled storyline, leading to the discovery of multiple epic conclusions to a journey that transcends time. An inspiring musical score created by Yasunori Mitsuda. Intriguing battle system made possible by the unique combination of the Active Time Battle system and Tech skills. Famed character designer Akira Toriyama lends his signature art style to create the vibrant world that has captivated gamers around the world. Taking advantage of the Nintendo DS hardware, CHRONO TRIGGER makes its way onto the portable platform with all-new dual screen presentation and Touch-Screen functionality. A brand new dungeon and a Wireless Play mode adds exciting new dimensions to this timeless classic. [Square Enix]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Super Mario Galaxy 68.

Super Mario Galaxy

Platform: Wii
November 12, 2007
[Metacritic's 2007 Wii Game of the Year] The ultimate Nintendo hero is taking the ultimate step ... out into space. Join Mario as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy. When some creature escapes into space with Princess Peach, Mario gives chase, exploring bizarre planets all across the galaxy. Mario, Peach and enemies new and old are here. Players run, jump and battle enemies as they explore all the planets in the galaxy. Since this game makes full use of all the features of the Wii Remote, players have to do all kinds of things to succeed: pressing buttons, swinging the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and even pointing at and dragging things with the pointer. Since he's in space, Mario can perform mind-bending jumps unlike anything he's done before. He'll also have a wealth of new moves that are all based around tilting, pointing and shaking the Wii Remote. Shake, tilt and point! Mario takes advantage of all the unique aspects of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, unleashing new moves as players shake the controller and even point at and drag items with the pointer. [Nintendo]
Metascore:
97
User Score:
9.1
The Orange Box 69.

The Orange Box

Platform: PC
October 10, 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:
96
User Score:
9.1
Okami 70.

Okami

Platform: PlayStation 2
September 19, 2006
In Okami, the legendary monster Orochi has come back to life and turned the world into a veritable wasteland. Players must assume the role of a wolf, an embodiment of the sun god Amaterasu, which is capable of wielding unimaginable power. The state of the world lies in gamer's hands as they must fight ominous beings and reclaim the earth from a curse that plagues it. It is crucial to help Amaterasu make the world a place where all living creatures can dwell once again. [Capcom]
Metascore:
93
User Score:
9.1
Shadow of the Colossus 71.

Shadow of the Colossus

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 18, 2005
(Also known as "Wanda and the Colossus" or "Wanda to Kyozou" in Japan) In Shadow of the Colossus, players take the role of a young man seeking the truth of an ancient tale of power hidden in a mystical land. Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With a trusty horse at your side, players explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. The uneasy task of defeating a Colossus relies on intelligent puzzle solving and action oriented gameplay. Armed with strong wits, a mystical sword and a sturdy bow, players use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth. [Sony]
Metascore:
91
User Score:
9.1
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory 72.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory

Platform: Xbox
March 28, 2005
As Sam Fisher, Third Echelon's most skilled Splinter Cell operative, you are assigned to execute a hazardous series of operations to investigate and eliminate a new source of information attacks originating in North Korea. At your disposal is a lethal array of tactics ranging from Combat Knife techniques to experimental prototype weapons skills and more-radical hand-to-hand techniques such as the Inverted Chokehold. Experience the intensity of acting as a lone operative fighting tomorrow's threats in the field and of cooperating online with a partner to accomplish crucial missions.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening 73.

Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening

Platform: PlayStation 2
March 1, 2005
Devil May Cry 3 unfolds an earlier chapter in Dante's history, before the original Devil May Cry, to the fateful clash between Sparda's twin sons, divided by the divergence of their chosen paths. Along the way, Dante encounters formidable foes and unusual characters including a mysterious man named Arkham and a female hunter named Lady whose mission is to take down all demons, including Dante. These precursory events disclose the complex roots of Dante's character and reveal insight into his clouded past. In addition to its strong roots, the game increases the intensity of gameplay with a new "style" system, which adds an additional level of depth. Depending on preference, players can choose to use short-range, long-range, defensive or evasive play styles. Each system has its own range of gameplay features and players can choose to power up their favorite style for increased special attack abilities. [Capcom]
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.1
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 74.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Platform: PlayStation 2
October 26, 2004
[Metacritic's 2004 PS2 Game of the Year] Five years ago Carl Johnson escaped from the pressures of life in Los Santos, San Andreas... a city tearing itself apart with gang trouble, drugs and corruption. Where filmstars and millionaires do their best to avoid the dealers and gangbangers. Now, it's the early 90s. Carl's got to go home. His mother has been murdered, his family has fallen apart and his childhood friends are all heading towards disaster. On his return to the neighborhood, a couple of corrupt cops frame him for homicide. CJ is forced on a journey that takes him across the entire state of San Andreas, to save his family and to take control of the streets. [Rockstar]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.1
Fire Emblem 75.

Fire Emblem

Platform: Game Boy Advance
November 3, 2003
Marshall your forces and draw your steel--Fire Emblem has arrived. Fire Emblem combines strategy and role-playing in a story heavy on royal intrigue and backstabbing. As a military strategist, you must choose the best method of attack whether it is swooping from the sky with your Pegasus Knights or striking with a phalanx of armored juggernauts to crush the opposition. With dozens of soldiers, weapons, and magic spells at your service, Fire Emblem equips you with everything you need to dominate the battlefield.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Gothic II 76.

Gothic II

Platform: PC
October 28, 2003
Gothic II takes you on an even greater journey of adventure and discovery. The plot continues from the cliff-hanger of the original: After the imprisoned colony members are victorious, collapsing the magical barrier, the former Prison Colony is struck by a terrible earthquake, claiming the lives of many. The majority of survivors seize this opportunity to escape with only a handful of people remaining in the derelict prison.
Metascore:
79
User Score:
9.1
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 77.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Platform: Xbox
July 17, 2003
Long before the Galactic Civil War, an epic drama begins. Engage in this saga set in the Golden Age of the Republic--over 4,000 years before the first Star Wars film, when both Jedi and Sith number in the thousands. With the Galaxy reeling from a recent conflict with the Dark Lords, the ongoing battle between the Jedi and the Sith rages on. It's up to guide your customizable and evolving characters through ten different worlds, fast-paced minigames, and locations including a Sith world, the Wookie homeworld, and the Jedi Academy. Your actions determine the outcome of this colossal galactic war--and your destiny as a Jedi.
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Mafia 78.

Mafia

Platform: PC
August 27, 2002
Mafia brings the 1930's underworld to life in this 3rd person 3D action game. Rise from the lowly but well-dressed footsoldier to the envied and feared Made Man in an era of big bands, zoot suits and Model T's. Take on the role of a hitman, enforcer, getaway driver and more in your struggle for respect, money and power within the Salieri Family. [Take 2]
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Super Smash Bros. Melee 79.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Platform: GameCube
December 2, 2001
Nintendo's all-star cast of combatants is back in Super Smash Bros. Melee, along with a new batch of brawlers ready to tear it up. The sequel to Super Smash Bros. keeps the same basic premise: Characters duke it out in interactive environments, using special attacks and various items to knock each other into the abyss. Some new defensive techniques add an even deeper level of complexity to the combat. In addition to traditional battle royale matches, players can select all-new ways to play like Coin mode and Tournament mode.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Max Payne 80.

Max Payne

Platform: PC
July 23, 2001
A story-driven third-person shooter with a realistic weapon setup including over a dozen real-life guns, all fitting the crime-story setting like a bullet in the head. The action is surrounded with more than 80 hand-painted comic-screens that enhance the game's gritty atmosphere and attitude, introduce the game's murderous cast of characters, and carry the plot from one location to the next. [Gathering of Developers]
Metascore:
89
User Score:
9.1
Dino Crisis 81.

Dino Crisis

Platform: Dreamcast
November 14, 2000
Raw instinct takes over in this adrenaline-pumping journey into Survival Horror. Something is terribly wrong. Your covert mission to inflitrate an isolated, research compound, has gon haywire... now you find yourself pursued by a relentless, pre-historic terror. Suddenly, your mission becomes a desperate fight for survival.
Metascore:
74
User Score:
9.1
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 82.

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Platform: Nintendo 64
October 25, 2000
Thrown into a parallel world by the mischievous actions of a possessed Skull Kid, Link finds a land in grave danger. The dark power of a relic called Majora's Mask has wreaked havoc on the citizens of Termina, but their most urgent problem is a suicidal moon crashing toward the world. Link has only 72 hours to find a way to stop its descent.
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.1
Dino Crisis 2 83.

Dino Crisis 2

Platform: PlayStation
September 29, 2000
In the first Dino Crisis, Regina fought for survival against raging prehistoric dinosaurs and helped capture rogue scientist Dr. Kirk, but the threat is far from over. Despite these past events, research continued on Third Energy, which led to the disappearance of a military base, a research institute, and an entire town. Armed with the latest in heavy artillery, Regina and her team get to the root of this latest catastrophe. With more dinosaurs, environments, and weapons, you must be ready to hunt or be hunted.
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.1
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 84.

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Platform: PC
September 24, 2000
An epic continuation of the story that began in "Baldur's Gate," this RPG is set along the southern portion of the Sword Coast, a detailed and rich area of the Forgotten Realms called Amn. It features 300 spells and 130-plus monster types compared to only 130 spells and 60 monster types in Baldur's Gate. [Interplay]
Metascore:
95
User Score:
9.1
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 85.

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Platform: PC
September 30, 1999
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Suikoden II 86.

Suikoden II

Platform: PlayStation
August 31, 1999
Sequel to the early PlayStation RPG. As a member of the Alliance, a military force only really hinted at in the original, you play the unwitting hero of the game: an orphan who has been raised by a quiet, unassuming battle hero in a seemingly ancient war. Alongside you in the ranks is your best friend Jowy, a boy born of nobility but who has never been able to receive approval in his stubborn father's eyes. As the game begins, you are immediately tossed into a tale of political strife, betrayal and war on a grand scale beyond your scope in the early stages. As the game wears on, the plot will twist, turn and develop in numerous ways that expose the personalities of each of the characters involved. The battle system is turn-based, with the option to equip Runes for special abilities, combine party member attacks to create chain combos or devastating spells, and the option to run the battle in Auto mode.
Metascore:
82
User Score:
9.1
System Shock 2 87.

System Shock 2

Platform: PC
August 11, 1999
Like System Shock 1, there will be persistent levels (i.e., drop an item on one level, and you could go back later to retrieve it), gameplay elements like logs, inventory, skills, persistent world, leaning, hacking, rpg elements, multiple weapons and enemies, and a compelling storyline. Unlike most other first person shooters, the purpose of System Shock was not to kill everything in sight; nor was it a "find the key to move onto the next level" game. The plot was always present, but not so confining as in traditional shooters - there was almost always more than one task to accomplish. Levels were realistically designed and had logical reasons behind them. It is the principle of System Shock 2 to continue this game design. [sshock2.com]
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 88.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Platform: Nintendo 64
November 23, 1998
As a young boy, Link is tricked by Ganondorf, the King of the Gerudo Thieves. The evil human uses Link to gain access to the Sacred Realm, where he places his tainted hands on Triforce and transforms the beautiful Hyrulean landscape into a barren wasteland. Link is determined to fix the problems he helped to create, so with the help of Rauru he travels through time gathering the powers of the Seven Sages.
Metascore:
99
User Score:
9.1
Half-Life 89.

Half-Life

Platform: PC
November 19, 1998
Half-Life combines great storytelling in the tradition of Stephen King with intense action and advanced technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players need to think smart to survive. Half-Life has won more than 50 Game of the Year awards from publications around the world, and was named 'Best PC Game Ever' in PC Gamer's November 1999 issue. [Sierra]
Metascore:
96
User Score:
9.1
Fallout 2 90.

Fallout 2

Platform: PC
October 29, 1998
It's been 80 long years since your ancestor trod across the wastelands. As you search for the Garden of Eden Creation Kit to save your primitive village, your path is strewn with crippling radiation, megalomaniac mutants, and a relentless stream of lies, deceit, and treachery. You begin to wonder if anyone really stands to gain anything from this brave new world. [Interplay]
Metascore:
86
User Score:
9.1
Xenogears 91.

Xenogears

Platform: PlayStation
October 20, 1998
A mysterious organization is turning the tides of a century-long war with ancient technology - giant combat robots known as Gears. A failed attempt to steal one of these powerful weapons places it in the unwilling hands of young Fei and his dubious allies. Now he is pursued by military governments, royal pirates, spies, the emperor, and his own forgotten past.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.1
Grim Fandango 92.

Grim Fandango

Platform: PC
October 14, 1998
Something's rotten in the Land of Dead and you're being played for a sucker. Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there's trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation. [LucasArts]
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Banjo-Kazooie 93.

Banjo-Kazooie

Platform: Nintendo 64
May 31, 1998
Trouble is brewing on Spiral Mountain! Gruntilda the witch, wildly jealous of Tooty the Honey Bear's good looks; is determined to steal them for herself! But even as she whisks the helpless youngster off to her tower, Tooty's big brother Banjo and his loud-mouthed partner Kazooie are hot on the trail to rescue her...Aided by the mystical shaman Mumbo Jumbo, Banjo and Kazooie must tackle gloomy swamps, scorching deserts, towering mountain ranges and spooky haunted houses on their way to the final confrontation at the summit of Gruntilda's Lair.
Metascore:
92
User Score:
9.1
Starcraft 94.

Starcraft

Platform: PC
March 31, 1998
In the distant future a small group of human exiles have been doomed to fight for survival on the edge of the galaxy. Through military strength, espionage and deceit, a unified Terran government has maintained an uneasy peace. As resources run short, however, these Confederate nations find themselves looking towards the rich worlds of their alien neighbors, the enigmatic Protoss. To further complicate matters, it seems that a previously unknown and deadly species known only as the Zerg has entered Protoss space and is destroying everything in its path. The time for war has come... As the military leader for your species, you must gather the resources you need to train and expand your forces and lead them to victory. 30 unique missions will challenge you across three different campaigns as you control the fate of the galaxy.
Metascore:
88
User Score:
9.1
Final Fantasy Tactics 95.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Platform: PlayStation
January 28, 1998
Featuring over 20 types of Jobs and 400 Abilities through the Job System, beautifully laid out 3D environments and the Charge Time Battle System, FINAL FANTASY Tactics provides strategy-intensive gameplay that takes a twist on the traditional RPG.
Metascore:
83
User Score:
9.1
Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares 96.

Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares

Platform: PC
October 1, 1996
Master the unknown before it masters you. The need for galactic expansion is critical. You must conquer alien star systems to secure the resources that will guarantee your supremacy. The ultimate goal is to defeat the evil Antarans.
Metascore:
84
User Score:
9.1
Super Mario 64 97.

Super Mario 64

Platform: Nintendo 64
September 26, 1996
Mario is super in a whole new way! Combining the finest 3-D graphics ever developed for a video game and an explosive sound track, Super Mario 64 becomes a new standard for video games. It's packed with bruising battles, daunting obstacle courses and underwater adventures. Retrieve the Power Stars from their hidden locations and confront your arch nemesis - Bowser, King of the Koopas!
Metascore:
94
User Score:
9.1
Steelrising 98.

Steelrising

Platform: PC
September 8, 2022
Paris, 1789. The French Revolution has been suppressed with bloodshed by Louis XVI and his merciless mechanical army. Aegis, a mysterious automaton masterpiece, must confront the king's army alone to save history in this challenging action-RPG.
Metascore:
71
User Score:
9.0
Touken Ranbu Warriors 99.

Touken Ranbu Warriors

Platform: Switch
May 24, 2022
History Revisionists began attacking the past to change history. In order to stop them, the Government of the Time appointed the "Saniwa" with protecting history. Saniwa can awaken tsukumogami (tools with spirits), the Touken Danshi. They travel through time and seek to defeat the History Retrograde Army (HRA) who seek to alter history. The Saniwa and Touken Danshi were enjoying a peaceful life when they were suddenly attacked by the HRA. After a fierce battle, the Touken Danshi managed to overcome the HRA, but the Honmaru was greatly damaged, weakening their military strength. In addition, in the midst of the battle, the Saniwa, who are vital to the Honmaru, disappeared.
Metascore:
68
User Score:
9.0
Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream 100.

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

Platform: Switch
February 25, 2022
A mysterious story of a mysterious dream... One of the stories experienced throughout the Alchemist Sophie’s many adventures, as she continued her travels after leaving her hometown of Kirchen Bell. This is Sophie’s adventure as she searches for her friend Plachta in the dream world Erde Wiege, where they become separated, and shows the bonds she forms with the people she meets and passing of hearts. ■Evolved turn-based battles & seamless transitions! In the 6 member party turn-based battles, the 3 members in the front and 3 in the back form 2 teams cooperating “multi-linked turn battles”, and transitions from exploration to battles without loading times in “seamless battles”, the entire game can be enjoyed at a great pace. ■2 types of panels for everyone to enjoy synthesis! This game uses panel synthesis, the synthesis system of the Mysterious series, where materials are placed in the panel slots to create new items in this puzzle-like feature. By placing the certain materials in the slots, various effects can be produced. There are 2 types of panels in this game that players can select from : a regular panel and a restricted panel that has a higher synthesis difficulty level. The board of the restricted panel is fairly complex, but when materials are placed just right, items with high effects can be synthesized, which can't be generated from the regular panel.
Metascore:
80
User Score:
9.0

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