GameSpot's Scores

  • Games
For 10,889 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 43% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Lowest review score: 10 Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
Score distribution:
10892 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A wicked game of hide-and-seek with high-powered future guns, which delivers one of the most heart-pounding and graphically thrilling experiences of the year. If its exciting campaign doesn't rope you in, chances are the team-based multiplayer will--either way, Gears of War is downright amazing.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Provides just about everything you'd want in a follow-up to an outstanding game. It's bigger, badder, and better in almost every imaginable way.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you're an Xbox owner who either hasn't played these games or is looking to play them again, the Xbox versions of GTAIII and Vice City are the best ones available.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Though you'll undoubtedly get swept up in the game's plot and be dazzled by its cinematics, it's the incredible story and the tense, enjoyable action at the heart of Metal Gear Solid 2 that make it so extraordinary.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    A title that combines the elegant simplicity of an action game and the addictive storyline of an adventure game with the personalization and exploratoration of an old-school RPG... The best game to come out in the past year, and you should own a copy. Period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Graphically, the game has taken a very large leap, and the arcade version of the game looks downright ugly by comparison.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With its in-depth franchise mode, online play, excellent running and passing gameplay, and detailed graphics, NFL 2K3 is one of the best football games to date.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    An amazing achievement in a variety of ways, especially in how its inspired, state-of-the-art cinematic presentation works so well with its relentlessly exciting, white-knuckle action, all of which is wrapped up in a decidedly lengthy adventure chock-full of hidden secrets and bonus extras.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    It is truly a game you will come back to day after day, week after week, aiming to unlock every car, break every record, and experience the excitement of the 24 Heures du Mans.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    While the violent nature of the game will surely turn some people off and kids simply shouldn't be allowed anywhere near it, GTA III is, quite simply, an incredible experience that shouldn't be missed by anyone mature enough to handle it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The challenging breadth of the adventure, the richly detailed graphics, varied gameplay, killer sound, and multiplayer mode all fuse into one amazingly fun experience.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    "Morrowind" earned recognition for being one of the best role-playing games in years, but the immersive and long-lasting experience it provided wasn't for everyone. Oblivion is hands-down better, so much so that even those who'd normally have no interest in a role-playing game should find it hard to resist getting swept up in this big, beautiful, meticulously crafted world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Anyone with even a remote interest in either the genre or the real-life sport should purchase this game as soon as possible.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With a bigger roster than ever, online multiplayer, and the ability to share screenshots, custom levels, and game replays with friends, Super Smash Bros. has never been better.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This superb downloadable episode for GTAIV would be easy to recommend even if it were a full retail product selling for three times its actual price.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Red Alert belongs in the same category as "Civilization II" and "Quake," games that followed legendary predecessors and immediately eclipsed them. One can only wonder where Westwood can take us from here.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is an outstanding game that tells a great story with memorable and occasionally laugh-out-loud-funny characters. Think about great moments that you remember from spaghetti Western movies, put them all into one 20- to 40-hour epic feature, and picture yourself in the starring role. Now you have some idea of what's waiting for you in Red Dead Redemption.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Rises above the rest with its solid multiplayer performance, from its good weapon balance to its great level design...The most complete first-person shooter available.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With stunning graphics, excellent sound, and extremely solid gameplay, Paper Mario is a quality game on all fronts.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A moving story, serene visuals, and brilliant puzzles make Braid an adventure that you absolutely should experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2" used to be the must-own action sports game for the Game Boy Advance. Meet the new titleholder.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This sublime platformer provides tons of challenge, precise controls, and incredible level design that will keep you glued to the screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's in the uncompromising way it throws conventional wisdom to the wind, dropping you into its dangerous world without guidance, making you fend for yourself, and teaching you to shrug off defeat time and time again to finally earn victory. That this vast and unforgettable masterpiece is now only $40 makes the decision to play it even easier.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Crysis is visually stunning, packed with intelligent, thrilling gameplay, and easily one of the greatest shooters ever made.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even if driving games aren't normally your thing, Burnout 3 is still right for you. It's <I>that</I> good. It ranks among the best racing games ever made...An amazing achievement that anyone with a pulse will probably love.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is an extraordinary role-playing game that transports you to an awesome and menacing world you may never forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Dark Souls is an extraordinary role-playing game that transports you to an awesome and menacing world you may never forget.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With three amazing new games and two classics all in one package, it's impossible to go wrong with The Orange Box.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Never before have technology, playability, and narrative combined as well as in Final Fantasy VII.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you're looking to get back online and challenge people from all over the country or just your friends sitting across the room, NFL 2K2 is better than last year's game.
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    • 90 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Overwatch's strongest aspect is how it manages to constantly teach you something new. Each match reveals another detail you might have previously ignored--the audio cue that signals McCree's lethal Deadeye attack; the sound a stalwart Bastion makes when entering its dangerous turret form. Playing Overwatch is a digging process, and finding new layers is part of what makes it special. It's not impressive that Overwatch tries so many different things--it's outstanding that it succeeds in every attempt.
    • 91 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    What's amazing is that, despite how different each hero is, they clash, interact, and cooperate in compelling matches.
    • 81 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Almost 50 hours in, I finally feel like I'm playing Dragon Quest 7 proper; I have access to job classes, the main story is kicking into gear, and I've located a casino where I can try my luck at a few mini games while I continue my adventure. I'm wary after so many hours of repetitive questing and simple combat, but it's motivating to see signs of good things to come.