GMR Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 920 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 37% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 58% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Virtua Fighter 4
Lowest review score: 0 Postal 2
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 82 out of 920
920 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There really isn't another game like Shadow of Rome, let alone one of similar quality and polish. [Feb 2005, p.102]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Magnificent. It's a terrific, if tardy, showcase for the GameCube, and it's every bit as worthy as the Halos, the GTAs, and the MGSes of this generation. This is a stunning return to form. (Happy Trails, GMR staff!) [Feb 2005]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you're not blasting baddies, however, it can get pretty dull. Vehicles aren't much fun to drive and, other than a few little challenges, there's not a lot to do. Good thing blowing stuff up in your hijacked tank doesn't get old quickly. [Feb 2005, p.95]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outside of a slightly boring midgame stretch in which you're tracking down overdue library books (no, really) and an overly tough final boss, this is a flawless portable adventure. [Feb 2005, p.91]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Football fans will have a great time with this one (especially with multiplayer), and there's plenty there for nonsports folk. But in the end, this one falls just short of greatness. [Feb 2005, p.88]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GL2 might be on the short side, but it's 100 percent pure beef; GL3 feels like cow eyeballs and kangaroo meat are mixed in—even if, in point of fact, the developers have actually expanded the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The worst thing that can be said about Viewtiful Joe 2 is that it's a lot like the first game, and that's a good thing. [Jan 2005, p.123]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A spectacular work with an attention to detail that rivals the Peter Jackson films upon which it's based. [Feb 2005, p.96]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fine RPG - it's just not the earth-shattering sequel that people might expect. [Feb 2005, p.100]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just as polished as the rest of the series, striking just the right balance between familiar and fresh material. [Feb 2005, p.99]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a challenging game, but that's Metal Slug for you - everything you liked about the previous games, you'll find here, and that's no small feat on a small platform. [Feb 2005, p.103]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The acrobatics alone make Warrior Within a must-buy. Rounded out with superb character design and vast Myst-like landscapes, this Prince is another winner.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's refreshing to look back on the genesis of the world's most popular RPG.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to relive the good old days and hat that your favorite 2D franchises are being recast as crappy 3D shooters, give Hominid a try. [Feb 2005, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Takes an excellent original game, loses some ground on control, but gains it back with variety. [Feb 2005, p.109]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Culminates in one of the greatest ending sequences in gaming and what's probably the most impressive display of the PlayStation 2's untapped graphical abilities.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With great presentation and a fantastic dynasty mode, this is the premier college hoops game this season. [Jan 2005, p.118]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The superior writing of The Urbz makes it far better than its predecessor "Bustin' Out." There aren't many handheld titles this solid. [Feb 2005, p.113]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's a game that somehow manages to simultaneously fulfill all expectations yet finish with the player unsatisfied and craving for more. [Feb 2005, p.92]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to its predecessor, NFSU2 is more. More city, more courses, more cars, more parts, more style...just more of everything in general. The game is huge. [Dec 2004, p.99]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Compared to its predecessor, NFSU2 is more. More city, more courses, more cars, more parts, more style...just more of everything in general. The game is huge. [Dec 2004, p.99]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent game with brilliant art direction and tried-and-true gameplay. But...feels slightly less powerful than its predecessor. [Jan 2005, p.96]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lacking modes, the new songs and Xbox Live make Karaoke Revolution on Xbox incredibly versatile. [Dec 2004, p.115]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jak 3 doesn't break much new ground, but it is head and shoulders above most of its ilk and is a fitting - and make no mistake, good-looking - send-off for this beloved trilogy. [Dec 2004, p.124]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The third volume includes features that rocket its entertainment value to an entirely unparalleled level. [Dec 2004, p.115]
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The digital surround sound is phenomenal (and the voice-acting peerless), and players with a good A/V system will enjoy hearing enemies approach from all sides due to the sharp positional sound.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MPT may not reinvent the game, but it definitely whacks it up enough to warrant a revisit. [Jan 2005, p.120]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are a few places where the game falls short (drivable vehicles would have been nice), but excellent A.I., solid gameplay, and fairly deep multiplayer battles make Pacific Assault worthy of the Medal of Honor name.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Scapland's gorgeous set pieces and unique take on "Grand Theft Auto's" open-ended gameplay makes it one of PC gaming's best-kept secrets. [Jan 2005, p.104]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The controls are flawless, the weapons are diverse, and the production values are some of the highest in the industry. [Dec 2004, p.106]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Frustrating but not impossible, The Third Age brings genuine LOTR authenticity and a believable RPG together - a fellowship that works. [Jan 2005, p.112]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fast and frenetic, ATVOF3 is a great title, so much so that we can forgive the occasional restart from behind an unmovable obstacle. [Jan 2005, p.87]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps not groundbreaking, Isuka is value-packed to the gills. [Nov 2004, p.132]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the ring, inconsistencies abound-weird collision detection, random selling, neutered submission moves, and A.I. that revolves between timid and simply schizoid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of gaming's most horrific experiences. [Feb 2005, p.102]
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    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is also a distinct lack of overall polish, mostly noticeable in the smallest ways: ugly character models, cluttered maps (the custom waypoint is a welcomed and downright necessary addition), unnecessarily complex wardrobe management, odd misspellings ("Cobra Marital Arts"), and even repeated references to Los Angeles instead of Los Santos.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taiko: Drum Master's surreal happy-happy smiling drums and their friends are much more charming and should easily win over the hearts of music-loving PS2 gamers across the globe. [Dec 2004, p.132]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While lacking the sheer depth of either "Virtua Fighter" or "Soul Calibur," DOA's fighting system offers the fastest 3D fighting around with a slick reversal system tuned for players of all abilities. [Oct 2004, p.108]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boasts ideal handling and control, near photo-realistic graphics, and digital surround sound. Where the game staggers is in its defiantly single-player focus. [Jan 2005, p.86]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Your enjoyment of this game will correlate directly to whether you dig the highly Japanese flourishes and style...If this is your bag, Otogi 2 offers some of the most lavish ass-kicking destruction around. [Nov 2004, p.124]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This more expansive and finely tuned sequel takes all that was great about its predecessor and finesses the formula while losing none of the charm. [Dec 2004, p.108]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The design is impeccable and completely distinctive. Though the gameplay can be conventional, there's not chance you've ever played a game quite like Nocturne. You should. It's a stunning, mature fantasy. [Nov 2004, p.114]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although combination attacks and special strikes are possible, battles come straight from the "Warriors" playbook - and fights, no matter how lopsided, are all too easily won by locating an enemy leader and killing him or her. [Dec 2004, p.127]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of 2D characters on a 3D plane not only looks appealing, the gameplay that's designed around the concept (Mario's transformation skills in particular) is a creative fusion of art and design. [Nov 2004, p.105]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THUG2 may not match "THUG's" charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there. [Dec 2004, p.116]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deception is excellent, and its online play and hundreds of unlockable secrets give it more longevity than most fighters. [Dec 2004, p.112]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THUG2 may not match THUG's charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THUG2 may not match THUG's charm and novelty, but it's still one of the most addictive and satisfying experiences out there.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a close one, but ESPN bows to "Live 2005" on the final shot. [Dec 2004, p.118]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The addition of first-person-shooter-style controls is what takes Nexus to the next step. The series instantly goes from being niche to nice, now that turning your Core is simpler for the uninitiated. [Nov 2004, p.112]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A last-second shot that splashes down for victory. [Dec 2004, p.118]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you found "RalliSport 2" addictive, think of Colin 2005 as the same game with the difficulty switched over to "realistic." [Jan 2005, p.100]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay is what will make or break Covenant for you; to be honest, it's nothing new. But the game is so chock-full of clever little intertwined ideas that you won't mind. [Nov 2004, p.126]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The multiplayer could use a few more game options, like allowing players to actually play the campaign rather than only skirmishes. Still, for anyone who wants strategic depth with their RTS game, there's no better title out there. [Dec 2004, p.131]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With the new modes and new tunes, Extreme feels more robust than other versions of DDR. It's more accessible without neglecting its core audience - fancy footwork to be sure. [Nov 2004, p.118]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With more true role-playing elements to balance out the sheer kill-and-collect MO of tis debut, this franchise, ripe with much potential, could grow serious legs. [Nov 2004, p.138]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The love that went into it shines through, and it's enough to have True Believers shouting "Excelsior!" for weeks to come. [Dec 2004, p.117]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game has an amazing energy and great joy. Its unfettered creativity is astounding, and this is where Katamari truly excels. [Nov 2004, p.110]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for something original, BWT fits the bill. [Dec 2004, p.129]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's Star Wars with a proven and well-executed game concept. And if that's not enough to persuade you, you're able to murder Ewoks. Enjoy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of dazzling graphics or a riveting single-player game, Kings of War is a refreshingly entertaining game that gives players a good break from RTS conventions.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Various artificially induced frustrations hold the game back from its true potential. Still, it's nearly there, and for those with strong jaws, it's an otherwise exceptional experience. The next game should be unstoppable, but it better well feature Eric B. and Rakim. [Nov 2004, p.122]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DOW isn't a perfect translation of the Warhammer game, nor is it a vastly innovative RTS, but it is a good-looking and fun RTS that should entertain any fan of the genre. [Dec 2004, p.130]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The addition of legendary club swingers such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer to the roster adds credibility to balance out the fantasy golfers. It's also refreshing to see so many new courses. [Nov 2004, p.116]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offers racing thrills that compete with those in full-sized games. [Dec 2004, p.125]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's "Star Wars" with a proven and well-executed game concept. And if that's not enough to persuade you, you're able to murder Ewoks. Enjoy. [Nov 2004, p.120]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The next game should be unstoppable, but it better well feature Eric B. and Rakim.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    So much more involving, more expansive, and just plain more, more that that you might need to buy a new PC so you can play it alongside Mommy. [Dec 2004, p.120]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Two-player action can get a bit confusing, though, and the game will appeal to a niche audience only. But for those with the fever for quarter-crunching thrills, consider the eagle landed. [Oct 2004, p.94]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are beautiful, the characters original, the story entertaining, and the control dead-on. [Nov 2004, p.128]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it is, technically, a rail shooter, it's quite a rail you're riding. [Dec 2004, p.110]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's almost like a bawdy, medieval "Animal Crossing" for adults. But you lack true control; moreover, things don't change unless you change them, making the world feel shallow. Though you usually have the freedom to do as you will, important characters are often completely exempt from your meddling (or even exist only in cut-scenes).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not exactly cutting edge. What it is, though, is incredibly sold fun. [Oct 2004, p.110]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only missteps are a super class of cars that are almost too fast for the courses, an abundance of loading screens, and a mostly terrible soundtrack--the latter two problems solved by the Xbox version. [Oct 2004, p.111]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like wasting small bits of time here and there with your GBA - and especially if you're new to the series - this is still the best thing you get get on the portable. [Nov 2004, p.134]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like wasting small bits of time here and there with your GBA - and especially if you're new to the series - this is still the best thing you get get on the portable. [Nov 2004, p.134]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only missteps are a super class of cars that are almost too fast for the courses, an abundance of loading screens, and a mostly terrible soundtrack-the latter two problems solved by the Xbox version.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To be perfectly clear: This is the best 2D fighting game ever made...a 2D fighter fan's dream come true. [Sept 2004, p.95]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A thinking person's game with just enough button-mashing to keep things snappy. [Oct 2004, p.110]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ambitiously niched and infinitely flexible, giving players a battle system of unparalleled depth that's as innovative as it is daunting - even for crusty veterans of the genre. [Oct 2004, p.112]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the improved online play, expansion of the popular lightning challenges, and inclusion of Chase for the Cup, NASCAR 2005 has enough horsepower to last you all year. [Oct 2004, p.102]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    True icenicks will revel in the new dream mode and party mode. [Oct 2004, p.106]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Character upgrades, including a useless superpunch for Olimar and Louie, highlight Pikmin 2's greatest flaw: it relies too heavily on the collection of stuff. [Oct 2004, p.104]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, you need to play this to understand. [Oct 2004, p.94]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It kind of works, if only as a surprisingly challenging, exceptionally beautiful time capsule of Tezuka's greatest hits. [Sept 2004, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's faced paced, full of creative shot making, and chock-full of fun unlockables - there's no denying the addictive power. [Oct 2004, p.98]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It still doesn't own the grahics category, but Madden controls better with that same great pace it's known to have. [Sept 2004, p.86]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Enemies and weapons are well balanced, progression through the Mars base is even and steady, and the locations are varied enough to keep things interesting. [Oct 2004, p.100]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is one of the slickest-looking games on the PS2. [Sept 2004, p.88]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While "Madden's" a better game in the way that Peyton Manning is better than Steve McNair (marginally), it'll be fun to see if ESPN can beat the daunting spread with its budget-priced equalizer. [Sept 2004, p.87]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NCAA 2005 is not as good as "NCAA 2004." It's more on the level of colossal disappointment, actually, considering the hype surrounding 2005's release. [Sept 2004, p.87]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Charging $40 for a glorified expansion pack is a bit pricey, but fans will find everything they love about the original and more. [Aug 2004, p.91]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game's not just about kicking ass, though. It's also about gorgeous graphics. [Aug 2004, p.99]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Brilliant graphics, incredibly detailed environments, smart controls, and 30 sinister standalone missions. [Oct 2004, p.120]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's one complaint, it's the visuals. They're not bad, just more or less the same visuals we've seen since part one. [Aug 2004, p.89]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's one complaint, it's the visuals. They're not bad, just more or less the same visuals we've seen since part one. [Aug 2004, p.89]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hand-to-hand combat, especially against a large group of thugs, is clunky at best and irritating at worst. [Sept 2004, p.79]
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