Digital Trends' Scores

  • Games
For 280 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Tales of Arise
Lowest review score: 20 The Order: 1886
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 13 out of 280
282 game reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Yurukill: The Calumniation Games is a valiant effort to merge together two niche genres but it feels a bit underwhelming. The premise of the titular Yurukill Games is interesting and the characters have compelling backstories but there needs to be more meat and narrative justifications for the shoot-em-up gameplay sections. Without spoiling anything, the game’s ending is indeed sequel bait. If this game’s shortcomings can be addressed in a follow-up, there’s definitely potential here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Mario Strikers: Battle League is the latest in a long line of potentially great Switch games let down by sparse launch content. Strikers Club makes for a compelling competitive hook, but there’s very little to do in its off-seasons right now. That’s a shame, because the core soccer experience here is terrific. Matches are tense, team play is incredibly nuanced, and its Mushroom Kingdom cast shows more character than ever. Hopefully, a steady DLC rollout can liven the experience up over time, but Nintendo has yet to prove that it knows how to score with long-term support.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kao the Kangaroo might not be the most innovative, difficult, or narratively satisfying platformer out there, but this game still nails the basics. As such, any fan of modern 3D platformers will find a lot to enjoy with this reboot of Kao the Kangaroo and maybe even be inspired to check out the forgotten classics Kao starred in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sniper Elite 5 is an increasingly rare WWII game that actually does something new with the conflict. While its story has nothing new to say and its commitment to history can be a burden on its creative potential, its open-ended missions make for a devilishly enjoyable stealth action game. Its excessive violence can be a little hard to stomach, even for the most hardened gamers, but you can’t have a guilty pleasure without a heaping helping of self-indulgence.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Vampire: The Masquerade -- Swansong is an intricate narrative adventure game that can be too dense for its own good at times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Hiroki's journey and his own always-spoken-aloud thoughts are what really hooked me into Trek to Yomi. The more choices I made for the samurai, the more I wanted to see how he would turn out by the game's end. It's not something I expected from the game, and it certainly doesn't redeem all of its negative traits, but Trek to Yomi's story is good enough to be more than something pushing players along.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nintendo Switch Sports is exactly what it needs to be. It’s an intuitive package of Wii-era sports minigames with more precise motion controls and full online integration. Addictive activities like bowling and badminton make it one of the Switch’s best multiplayer party games, though overly complicated minigames like soccer miss the simple appeal of the series. With long-term support planned, I’m hopeful that Nintendo can build up the currently thin offering and turn it into the kind of console staple that any Switch owner needs to have installed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the most engaging Lego game in years, thanks to its deeper gameplay and all of the faithfully recreated Star Wars locales that players can explore. But like the protagonists of each Star Wars trilogy, The Skywalker Saga has an identity crisis. It always feels divided between being an accurate retelling of the Star Wars series and an ambitious galactic sandbox where players can go anywhere as anyone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it has its quirks, Weird West is a bit of storytelling spectacle that seems to have been hand-crafted for diehard RPG fans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it has its quirks, Weird West is a bit of storytelling spectacle that seems to have been hand-crafted for diehard RPG fans.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rune Factory 5 should satisfy fans and cozy game enthusiasts, but its not quite as friendly for newcomers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ghostwire: Tokyo is at its best when it's reimagining Japanese folklore in visually astonishing ways and delivering moving visualizations of what it’s like to pass on. It’s less compelling as a checkbox-driven open-world game, with limited content stretched too thin across its apocalyptic version of Shibuya.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy Origin will enthrall players with its dumb, but awesome story and approachable Soulslike gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    WWE 2K22 is a robust wrestling simulator that gets the series back on track after its nearly career-ending 2020 installment. It’s filled with modes, impressive combat tweaks, and a truly phenomenal creative suite that turn it into a hoss of a game. There’s still work to do if 2K Sports wants to fully rehabilitate the series. Multi-man matches need a rework, its more promising modes need to be expanded, and there’s still plenty of gunk to clean up. But if this is how much an annualized series can turn itself around by taking one year off, then every franchise like it should consider an offseason.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Triangle Strategy delivers smart tactics, but battles play second fiddle to its dull political lore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Grid Legends' Driven to Glory story misses more than it hits, but this is an otherwise solid, if unambitious, racing game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With a slow plot and uninteresting characters, Dying Light 2: Stay Human's few redeeming qualities are what sets the franchise apart from other zombie games out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokémon Legends: Arceus is a step in the right direction for the aging series, even if its technical limits can't always support its ambitions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain is a shockingly addictive collection of brain teasers, but a slim package makes it a hard sell.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl play it safe, faithfully remaking two classic DS games -- at times to a fault.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl play it safe, faithfully remaking two classic DS games -- at times to a fault.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While it adds some interesting new features to the Call of Duty formula, Vanguard's mixed bag of changes makes it a forgettable entry.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has some rough edges, but its solo team play mechanics are a perfect match for the dysfunctional superhero family.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a must-play for the hardcore, but doesn't look after casual audiences.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania should include everything fans love about the series: Skill-based difficulty, great music, fun minigames, and excellent replayability with a good group of buddies by your side. Unfortunately, this collection feels like a rushed remake that throws out the precise controls and stellar music of the original titles. The charm and fun gameplay of the original games are still there, but this remake doesn’t feel like much of an improvement over the classics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Outside of its stunning visuals, Hot Wheels Unleashed is a toothless kart racer, relying too heavily on nostalgia goggles and the Hot Wheels brand to carry it instead of the solid ideas that end up hardly being implemented. What players get with Hot Wheels Unleashed is the same experience I had with many of my Hot Wheels as a child; I was entertained for a few hours, then grew bored and tossed it in a box. That’s not to say that I didn’t have fun with the game. Those few hours were full of spectacle, because it’s simply impossible to not get caught up in the game’s sights and sounds. Eventually, though, it’s going to take more than racing a hot dog car down a strip of vinyl track to keep me interested.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Lost Judgment is a mechanically sound Yakuza spin-off, but its convoluted story makes it feel like a TV show that's gone on a few seasons too long.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Skatebird's rough skating mechanics are offset by its charming internet-age humor.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    WarioWare: Get It Together's character-swapping gimmick adds unnecessary confusion to a perfectly enjoyable microgame collection.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deathloop is a tremendously stylish stealth-action game that builds on Arkane's strengths, even if some of its creative gambles fall flat.

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