CGMagazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,280 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 The Sexy Brutale
Lowest review score: 10 Vroom in the Night Sky
Score distribution:
1280 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Ninja Saviors – Return of the Warriors’ highly-aggressive play style makes all other beat ‘em ups seem slow by comparison.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trails of Cold Steel III marches the long-running series ever closer to an explosive climax with satisfying combat, characters, and music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ghostbusters: The Video Game is the ultimate fan-game—that is to say, a game for the fans. It captures everything that made the original film great, and puts you in the starring role; really making you feel like a Ghostbuster. With everything that this game does right, it’s a wonder how more Ghostbusters games weren’t made, excluding the terrible Sanctum of Slime, and Ghostbusters (2016) game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is a wonderful, and most importantly, innovative puzzle game that is great to play either solo or with others.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a messy game that half-heartedly tries to do too many things, resulting in a game that lacks a firm identity as to what it wants to be.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Concrete Genie is best summed up as one of those short and sweet types of deals and is best reserved for those who may have young people in their lives.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indivisible is a fantastic RPG hybrid brought to life through beautiful hand animation, a captivating score and an insanely addictive combat system.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is essentially a spiritual successor to Donkey Kong Country that ends with a difficult Super Mario Maker-like dungeon. It friggin’ rocks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deck13’s futuristic limb removal simulator is a solid but generic entry into the Soulslike genre.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Code Vein is some fun anime nonsense is a slickly designed package with some minor failings.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sayonara Wild Hearts’ is gorgeous and packs an incredible pop soundtrack, but the actual levels the music accompanies never feels as natural as its audiovisual splendor.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Contra: Rogue Corps is a game that is so bad, I can’t recommend anyone buy it for any price.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Borderlands 3 isn’t a franchise altering game, but it does manage to combine great gunplay, an expansive world, and stellar co-op into a great overall package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening fits right at home on the Switch, feeling like a fresh title despite being over twenty years old Played on: Nintendo Switch
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Daemon X Machina is a great mech action game that’s comparable in quality to the best entries in the franchise it’s heavily inspired by.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While occasionally caving under the weight of its ambition, Greedfall delivers a world worth exploring inhabited by characters and stories just as memorable.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Remothered: Tormented Fathers on Switch needs to have CPS called on it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A brilliantly realized, brutal and bloody Metroidvania that is the next best thing to reading up on Catholic Martyrs while you whip yourself with a barbed cat-o-nine-tails.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Iceborne is the definitive endgame of Monster Hunter World and a proper sendoff to the game that ignited a new generation of fans in the West to experience the series for the first time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Gears of War 5 bravely adds new mechanics to an aging series, but ends up being worse because of them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Torchlight II on the Switch is an excellent addition to its library of fun, multiplayer-oriented games for both new fans and those wanting to return to the world of Vilderan after an extended absence.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Catherine: Full Body has more interesting things to say about relationships that are dragged down by a story too cynical to let it shine.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Heave Ho is a fun multiplayer game that provides plenty of laughter – provided you play with three of your friends.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan pales in comparison to Until Dawn in practically every way and only surpasses it in its amount of jankiness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    “Faith” continues Life is Strange 2’s examination of a broken system to showcase a series at its most powerful.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A survival game that feels like a puzzle and plays a bit awkwardly. Overall, a brain-burning but enjoyable experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Astral Chain is a fantastic character action game that reimagines the subgenre at its core with a completely original and immensely satisfying combat system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Control combines the best elements of Remedy’s third-person pedigree with a well-realized open world that any sci-fan will enjoy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even having never played these specific games before, Grandia HD Collection ended up giving me a sense of nostalgia. Grandia may be one of the best examples of what a quality JRPG was during its era and still holds up to this day as a title which fans of the genre should experience. Grandia II might not stand the test of time as well as its predecessor does, but it is still worth checking out for its continued use of a nearly perfect battle system, especially for any fans of the first game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Oninaki has some good ideas, but they’re overshadowed by a weak story and tedious combat.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telling Lies is a game defined by the individual’s own terms and parameters, rewarding the wide spectrum of curiosity of anyone willing to put the time and thought into its mysteries.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remnant: From the Ashes is a surprisingly good combination of Gears of War-like third-person shooting with Souls-like difficulty.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    HORGIHUGH is a cute, approachable shmup with a loveable hero and some handy weaponry.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rad
    RAD is a gorgeous and addictive entry into the Roguelite genre with creative powerups and a groovy soundtrack.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Friday the 13th: The Game on Switch lacks in graphical fidelity, it makes up for in consistent fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Puzzle and strategy game fans are guaranteed to enjoy their time with Quench. I can only, however, recommend the PC version of the game, as the Switch iteration, ultimately feels gimped in comparison.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    PC players craving a bit of horror during the Summer can’t go wrong with Silver Chains, that is, as long as they’re okay with something that ultimately comes as feeling a little familiar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Metal Wolf Chaos XD is the definition of a cult classic video game. While nothing the game does could ever be considered truly exceptional or innovative, somehow all of its absurd elements have combined to create something truly memorable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Age of Wonders: Planetfall excels thanks to an emphasis on customization that makes it stand out from the competition.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot is a short shallow experience that doesn't do anything new and isn't required playing for fans of the series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Wolfenstein: Youngblood feels less like the story-driven co-op shooter that it should have been, and more like a product made to cash in on the legendary IP.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kill la Kill: IF has done a lot of work to push the arena fighter genre forward, even if its story mode won’t build up new fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In reinventing Fire Emblem for a new console generation, Three Houses doubles down on its philosophy of player choice, but neglects to make all choices equally valid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is comfort food. It retains the multiplayer dungeon crawling and love of the source material that made the two previous titles enjoyable, but it also elevates the action just enough to make it better and more entertaining than what came before. Not all of it works as well as it should, yet it’s vision isn’t compromised by the missteps it makes. You’re going to have a good time when you play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. And sometimes, that’s all you really need.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While not being the scariest horror game of this year by modern standards, Worse Than Death is a game that feels personal and terrifying at the same time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I was skeptical at first, World of Warships has made the transition to consoles better than I thought possible, and is a blast to play.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it’s very easy to see the elements that inspired SolSeraph, the game fails to capture why any of these memorable mechanics are worth revisiting or reinventing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players looking for a fun co-op experience or those who don’t care about paying a little extra can quickly jump into Dragon Quest Builders 2 for an improved experience and a healthy dose of new mechanics and features.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    A clearly personal story told in a bland repetitive 3D platformer with padded gameplay, terrible voice acting, and no subtlety.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the negative stigma surrounding early access games, Second Hand: Frankies Revenge, manages to overcome those expectations and deliver a fun experience.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shadowbringers is more than just a masterful arc in a beloved tale; it’s one of the best Final Fantasy stories ever realized, showcasing an MMORPG at the apex of its craft.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Muse Dash offers enough quality content to keep rhythm game fans busy for a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While lacking in diverse combat, Samurai Shodown’s intentionally slower combat offers a fresh style of gameplay worth experiencing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Switch makes a near-perfect home for Super Mario Maker 2, an exceptional platformer as well as a boundless course editor.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Sinking City struggles under the weight of its ambition, but it’s compelling mysteries and horrific world make it a compelling journey.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Observation is a thought provoking, eerie space drama with dubious computers, failing equipment, and very threatening geometry. Don’t let it get away from you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled breaks casual expectations, delivering a much needed jolt of speed and a high skill ceiling to reinvigorate my love for the genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Cadence of Hyrule is a lovingly crafted, challenging, but rewarding ode to 30 years of music.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is everything that was great about Igarashi’s Metroidvania titles all rolled into one, and feels like it will be as timeless a game as Symphony of the Night.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is Bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Judgment may be linked to Yakuza’s legacy, but it still provides a great reason to explore Kamurocho once again.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A loving homage to a niche sub-genre of days gone past, Slay the Spire uses procedurally-generated challenges to keep its deck-building gameplay fresh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone looking for a game that offers an almost endless amount of replayability should definitely check out Duck Game, especially those who have a couple of friends to play with.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yuppie Psycho is a solid adventure game that plays rough with first-timers, but offers enough hidden content to make exploring worthwhile.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dauntless is a great entry point to hunting games that is easily accessible to players who have yet to experience the thrill of the hunt.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Persona Q2’s has a lot of fun dungeon crawling to offer, but doesn’t make the most of its great cast’s time together.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gato Roboto is a simple, cute, short but enjoyable Metroidvania with fun mobility and satisfying gunplay.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Warhammer: Chaosbane borrows the elements that made past action RPGs of the same genre so addicting , perhaps sticking a bit too closely, resulting in a game that may feel a little too familiar for veterans of the genre.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When Trover Saves the Universe is funny, it’s VERY funny, but its humor is just not enough to carry such an average, unspectacular game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Priced at a more reasonable, $50, Blood & Truth comfortably finds a middle ground between a full retail release and something more indicative of a smaller, VR experience. Owners of PSVR, especially those yearning for more, after their time with PlayStation Worlds, are wholly encouraged to check out Blood & Truth.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Castlevania Anniversary Collection is a vital collection of the games that made action and horror the genres they are today.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Layers of Fear 2 is striking in its unsettling places, but is a looser experience than its predecessor, losing the player with busywork puzzles and winding corridors.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    World End Syndrome offers a gripping mystery about undead and lost folklores, yet also a touching story about the hidden trials of those who suffer in silence.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    “Wastelands” has a better understanding of what makes Life is Strange 2’s story work, and is more enticing for it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be over 20-years-old, but Blood has aged nicely into a gory red wine that remains highly replayable to this day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Team Sonic Racing refines and advances the genre in creative ways that make it a must play for both kart racing and Sonic fans alike, which is easy to do thanks to its budget price.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three Kingdoms, to me, represents the best of both the historical and fantasy sides of the franchise. It creates stories that are compelling to play through and watch, using a vast number of systems working in harmony to achieve it. It creates the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows, and it does it all while still improving upon the Total War formula.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark desperately wants to recreate the experience of a tactical RPG and it does so with a few added flourishes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Readers looking for an engaging and dark story, one that isn’t afraid of embracing the harsh realities of the middle ages during its tail end, are encouraged to try A Plague Tale: Innocence.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is a good remaster of an average third-person shooter.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage 2 takes Doom-like gunplay and puts in just another dull open world game that doesn’t do anything particularly memorable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re in the mood for some crude humor and silly, over-the-top action, Saints Row: The Third is still an undisputed king of ridiculousness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puyo Puyo Champions is a near perfect for hardcore puzzle game enthusiasts, but casuals may want to start elsewhere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whispers of a Machine is a puzzling enigma, a fascinating story, and a bit of an ugly beast, but well worth your time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    VA-11 HALL-A demonstrates its ability to create a unique world filled with diverse characters without even setting foot outside of a rundown dive bar.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Copy Kitty is a fountain of content and fun, giving 2D action fans a unique synthesis of old concepts they don’t want to miss.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For such a largescale RPG as Final Fantasy XII, it’s great being to experience the title at home and on the go with all necessary enhancements.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Anno 1800 is a great, deep city builder that doesn’t care if you know how to play it or not.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    World War Z has a great gameplay hook, but it unfortunately lacks the variety needed to keep it engaging past the first few hours.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Dogma stands the test of time and is excellently recreated on Switch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Days Gone is an above average open-world game that is brought down by a weak first act, poor shooting, and a lot of technical issues.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In its current state, I can only recommend Jupiter & Mars for play in 2D, for those who were looking to exclusively play the title through PSVR, I recommend holding off till a sale.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat 11 isn’t just a fantastic entry into this long running franchise, it’s a stunning example of how much value and content developers can pack into the fighting game genre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Time will tell whether or not Space Junkies can stand the test of time, ideally maturing into a game that can live up to the games it borrows from. As of right now, Space Junkies is at the very least, is a must try for owners of the PSVR headset.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain offers players with a nice change of pace from the hyper-connected and competitive nature of contemporary gaming, with a game that actually feels like a game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy X/X-2 make for a lovely addition to the Switch’s library – a touching experience for new and old players.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    My Time at Portia forces players to figure out the game’s features before they can truly appreciate them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cuphead is a great addition to the Switch library, it’s also a game that just feels right at home on a Nintendo platform, thanks to its colourful aesthetics and old-school difficulty. I can’t recommend the game enough, even for those players who may have already played the title during its initial release on other platforms.
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    • 65 Critic Score
    Grave Keeper fits well with a free-to-play model but adds nothing to justify its new cost.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Super Dragon Ball Heroes: World Mission has all the strategy and complexity of a TCG beautifully mixed with the blood pumping tension of a fun multiplayer arcade game.

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