DualShockers' Scores

  • Games
For 910 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Horizon Zero Dawn
Lowest review score: 20 Fallout 76
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 46 out of 910
918 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart seamlessly integrates the new with the old, keeping the classic elements that fans know and love, whilst introducing new gameplay features to keep the series fresh. There's no doubt in my mind this will be one of the biggest hits of the year.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Pretty environments can't save what is ultimately a bland game. Biomutant lacks character and excitement, which is a shame given the early promise it showed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Knockout City is a quirky game that players will find most enjoyable when teaming up with their friends. It struggles with pacing from time to time and could do with some quality of life improvements. However, it balances elements that players will feel familiar with whilst also successfully putting an individual spin on things to make for a fun time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Pokemon Snap is everything I hoped it would be. It's beautiful, well designed and full of endless charm. There's so much depth and replayability that I felt compelled to return over and over.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil Village sets out to do exactly what Capcom planned and that's offering players a well-rounded, gore-filled fright-fest.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the moment it starts, Returnal is unrelentingly challenging in a way that begs the player to try just one more time.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Emily is Away < 3 doesn’t wear your nostalgia like a mask, it brings you back to the feelings of being a high schooler when the world is only as big as your social group.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Performance-wise Ys IX ran smoothly on the PS4 copy I had, though there have been issues with playing the game through the PS5’s backwards compatibility. Meanwhile, on PS4 there were rarely ever any framerate dips (and even then they were barely noticeable), and combat remaining fluid and responsive. This was thanks to a patch carried over from the Japanese version, which thankfully prevented those in the West from suffering through constant framerate dips. Other movements such as general running and climbing are just as fluid.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with so many great indie games on Switch, Nuts stands out from the crowd. Its story concludes in a way that’ll stick with you after the credits. It also offers a quirky, mostly satisfying experience that answers the question: what have these squirrels been up to?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona 5 Strikers is an excellent return trip for The Phantom Thieves and hits all the stylish, energetic highs of its predecessor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Little Nightmares 2 pushes the formula from the first game forward with a lot of largely inventive changes, most of which work out.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If Destruction AllStars was entirely focused on the driving and crashing aspects, this review would be a hands-down recommendation. I just wish it didn’t come to a complete stop as often as it does when you lose control of the car. It does interesting things with the DualSense’s adaptive triggers and has a satisfying loop but comes to a screeching halt in other areas. Lucid Games has promised at least a year of new content for the game following its release, so hopefully, things will be fixed over time. Waiting for a fix, however, isn’t how I like to enjoy games. Luckily, Destruction AllStars is one of the free PS+ games for February, so with an online subscription and a PS5, I would recommend downloading it to give it a spin.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    In Werewolf The Apocalypse Earthblood, every advantage is neutralized by a disadvantage, leading to a totally mediocre experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may not be for everyone, The Pedestrian is worth a shot. It stands out from the crowd in so many ways, leaving a positive impact on me in the end.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Redout: Space Assault dabbles in numerous space shooter concepts but doesn't strike a chord with any of them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is a fantastic JRPG. Whether you’re a returning fan or a first-time player, it’s an excellent jumping-off point into the franchise. As a first-time series player myself, Ryza 2 was quite a pleasant surprise and one that I find myself continuously drawn into.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    Disjunction has so much potential — it has a great soundtrack, interesting ideas for combat, and a serviceable story. These are all bogged down by frustrating and imbalanced combat mechanics, unimaginative stealth, and plain visuals. Disjunction impressed me when I originally played it some time ago, but it may have benefitted from being bite-size. Taking in the entire game, I couldn’t help but want the experience to be over and done with.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Despite its technical prowess and stunning visuals, The Medium is a drag. From slow, uninteresting gameplay to a confusing and poorly executed story, Bloober Team's latest makes for a good tech demo, but not much else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of the better visual novels I’ve experienced in recent years. The story and the entire cast of characters are colorful and always a blast to continue to unfold. Its overarching mystery regarding corruption and imposters within the kingdom remains enjoyable and compelling throughout the entire lengthy and winding narrative. Sadly, it is sorely lacking with its uninteresting strategy and combat elements. However, the game’s narrative and beautifully drawn visuals are enough to overlook the less than stellar departures from its visual novel trappings. Behind those flaws is a fantastic experience for fans of the source material and those wanting to enjoy a strong time-bending narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sunlight will certainly be beneficial to players who enjoy games like Flower and are looking for a meditation-like place where they can get away from it all for a while. This game would also be a great place for players to return to as a quick-fix to relax. That said, I think to keep Sunlight impactful and interesting over a longer haul, updating the stories would be needed. Overall, Sunlight is worth the short time it takes to complete and makes for the ultimate respite if you need somewhere to restore your thoughts. Even without the visuals, the music and story combined are enough to create a perfect nest that embodies calm, meditation, and awareness of your body. Given the world we live in right now, Sunlight couldn’t have come at a better time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New levels, new targets, new graphical improvements, same Hitman taste. Hitman 3 won't be everyone's cup of tea, but the niche should be extremely satisfied.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I had high expectations for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Complete Edition and, even with my grievances, I can see why it is so beloved all these years later. It imbues the heart and character of the Scott Pilgrim IP with plenty of content for both new and returning players to enjoy. The big difference this time is that Scott Pilgrim is here to stay thanks to the “Power of Love.”
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the $20 price, the Collection of SaGA Final Fantasy Legend is still a fun bundle of games that serve as a wonderful time capsule for handheld RPG adventures, even if it is light on features.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unreal Life just ended up being a delightful experience that I really enjoyed exploring. That sense of the developer's passion for their creation was clear throughout the whole thing, and the game felt so much better for it.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Drawn to Life: Two Realms presents an interesting premise and an occasionally charming world, but never quite lives up to any of it.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Override 2: Super Mech League can be a lot of fun at its best as a mech brawler, but is ultimately pretty light on content and depth as far as its characters and combat.
    • tbd Metascore
    • Critic Score
    All in all, I’m extremely impressed with what I’ve played so far. Back 4 Blood exceeded my expectations and then some. But, if I had to nit-pick at any doubt I have, then it would be that the developers keep a keen focus on the all-around player experience and that they will continue to add new and interesting features to keep this game alive and kicking for as long as possible so that it doesn’t fall into a pit of monotony. [Impressions]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Cyberpunk 2077 is a deeply conflicting game, one that you'll end up loving but will also hate and feel profoundly disappointed by.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The numerous pitfalls and issues in Godfall prevent the better aspects from shining through, leaving only a dull mess that isn't worth the hefty price tag.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unto The End is a hardcore, lifelike action-adventure that offers a brutally challenging experience in a dark world.

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