New York Daily News' Scores

For 167 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 32% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 65% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 100 Bloodborne
Lowest review score: 40 Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 167
167 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Additionally, while improved trade logic was supposed to show up in this year’s game, I was still able to trade for Shohei Ohtani with just a handful of my second-tier players; trades remain a bit too easy to execute in this game (NBA 2K’s sliders are recommended as the fix here). And there are still no custom created draft classes, meaning your Franchise mode eventually winds up with a host of random players if you play it long enough. (I’d love to see historic draft classes in this game)...It all prevents an intriguing game from reaching its ultimate potential. MLB The Show 22 sets a new bar in one category, and every sports game can learn a lesson from it. And it’s fun enough. There’s just more potential to be unlocked, hopefully next year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a solid journey to the Forgotten Land overall, and one that’s filled with mystery and enjoyment. Kirby’s 3D translation isn’t the most challenging game you’ll play this year. But boy, is it fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But the storytelling is a hair too cryptic to be easily followed. That’s true for most of Dying Light’s story elements too; from tiny touches, like photos of a dead family in an abandoned house to larger-scale interactions with other characters, the game struggles to emotionally draw you into its conflict. I never cared about saving Mia; my main focus was always on reaching the next objective. The bright side: Despite all those shortcomings, I had an absolute blast doing that.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s all terrifically done, especially when coupled with the story, which is full of mystery and plenty interesting. Elden Ring gets the little things right, too; the music that backs your journey is some of the best (and most well-utilized) in gaming. And every enemy feels distinct; you’ll face plenty of soldier-types, but the dragons and wildlife and the giant ogre-types that pepper certain lands inspire plenty of awe.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It all adds up to the most definitive version of one of the finest adventures the God of War has ever taken. If you’re thinking of diving into God of War, this is the best, most elegant way to play it. Opt for the PC version over the PlayStation 4 title – and enjoy a splendid ride.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In the end, it’s hard not to love Halo Infinite, which is easily the most complete game in a franchise that’s long set the bar for gaming. There’s just nothing like playing through an adventure as the Master Chief.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here, each battle is a conscious decision that may spell your doom. And despite a story that’s a bit too often on the periphery, that makes for immensely satisfying action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Add in absolutely stunning visuals, and you have one of the finest adventure games of 2021. Guardians of the Galaxy is everything you could want in a Marvel video game, really, filled with a blend of electric moments and thoughtful junctures.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At the moment, it’s still more Far Cry. The upside of that: It’s loads and loads of fun, story be damned.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Back 4 Blood definitely builds on Left 4 Dead, and it doesn’t drive too far from that steady formula. But the Left 4 Dead formula still works, and it’s a recipe for quick cooperative gaming fun whenever you take it on. Yes, there are other cooperative games out there, titles with deeper story and more lore or more involved progression. There may not be a cooperative game that’s easier to instantly jump into, though, than Back 4 Blood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It all adds up to a solid sci-fi battling sandbox, although at the moment, the game is marred by bugs. Outriders is prone to crashes, and load times can be long. And the cross-play and cross-save features that were expected are messy and confusing (although both ideas are new for this console generation, so you give Outriders a slight flier). Such issues hold the game back, limiting the overall fun and immersion you can experience in the world of Outriders. Still, when you combine characteristics from some of the greatest franchises in gaming, you’re bound to get a pretty solid game. And that’s exactly what Outriders is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s all a far cry from the roots of Plants vs. Zombies as a tower defense title, and in some ways, yes, I do miss that. This was, to me, the ideal tower defense game, and I would have played many many sequels of it to great enjoyment. Neighborville makes the shooter transition solidly and competently, joining the sea of shooter games out there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    EA knows not to mess with the classic formula, so the largely visual upgrades work, creating a satisfying game. Truth is, racing games haven’t changed that much in the last decade; it’s about speed, and letting you feel that speed. Sure, you’re missing the “rewind” feature of current racing games, and it might have been nice to get that added in here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game isn’t a miss. Zelda this is not, but it’s plenty of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It’s an overall terrific revamp for NBA 2K21, and a game that has something for everyone, especially when you consider that MyTeam and MyCareer also have plenty of other fun to offer. And the WNBA game has also never been quite this satisfying, delivering grounded, strategic basketball...It all adds up to the top sports gaming hit of 2020. Need a sports game on your next-gen console? This is it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    No, it’s the same great game it was last year, the same awesome basketball gaming experience it was last year. It’s just not quite a must-buy, especially if you’re taking aim at the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the moment, there are few major Marvel baddies (I’ve only seen side quests to face the aforementioned two), but imagine Square adding, say, Red Skull or Loki in the coming months. Already, more heroes (Kate Bishop and PlayStation exclusive Spider-man) are on the way, and that alone will enrich the experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So you keep playing The Origami King, even if Olly isn’t quite the master villain of previous Mario games, because you just can’t help yourself. Paper Mario: The Origami King never leaves you feeling defeated, and it never ever crushes your gaming spirit. All it wants to do is give you a chance to enjoy a world of fun and whimsy. These days, nobody should ever say no to that.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Paradise Remastered definitely shows its age 12 years after its initial release, but it still plays as fast as ever. And on a console lacking a light speed racer? That counts for plenty.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That’s a disquieting echo throughout this game, for reasons that extend beyond this game, and, at times, that can make The Last of Us 2 emotionally challenging to play. But that’s not a reason to avoid this game; if anything it makes The Last of Us 2 that much deeper of a gaming experience. At times, you’ll wish you the game gave you options, permitted you to make choices for Ellie in critical moments. Or maybe that lack of choice is the cold, hard lesson of it all.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    In truth, just about every moment of Nioh 2, even when it’s frustrating, and even when you’re dying is sweet — and almost every moment feels different. Team Ninja builds creative areas, too, pushing you through burning towns one second, underground caverns the next. And wherever you push, you’ll be challenged, and fulfilled.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The greatest disservice of Final Fantasy VII Remake is the last word of its title. Understand this: Final Fantasy VII Remake is no ordinary remake. To call it a remake suggests it’s faithful and loyal, playing it safe in its modernization. But this Remake is complete reinvention, so audacious and gutsy in its reimagining that the stunning visuals almost feel ... tame.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An absolutely spectacular game, and one of the early highlight games of 2020. Doom Eternal will make you think as you kill, pushing your mind to its limits. That’s not a bad thing. It’s the perfect trip to hell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game does manage to be fun, even if it is one of the heaviest experiences of 2019. Everything from story to gameplay is begging to be dissected, filled with imagery and symbolism -- just like so many Kojima games before this one. Entering Death Stranding, it’s likely that we all thought Kojima’s calling card was lengthy cutscenes and stealth and action gameplay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Darksiders Genesis shows us another side of the Darksiders franchise. And even if that side isn’t perfect, it’s definitely good early-2020 fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3 is so involved, that the Switch version outputs 720p picture to your big screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That shortcoming definitely holds Kakarot back, but the overall experience still delivers strong all-ages, Dragon Ball Z fun. Are the open-world RPG elements perfect? No, but Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is still a hit for hardcore DbZ fans in the moments when it counts.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The formula stays much the same as it’s always been. Not that you’ll ever mind with this game, because that tried-and-true NBA 2K formula is just as good as ever. Yes, MyTeam is awful, and yes, further WNBA integration would be great. But you can’t argue with a hoops game this deep and this fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What’s brilliant is how this can feed varying playstyles. Sure, I’m a sniper guy, but I’m currently in love with an assault rifle with a scope that FEELS like a sniper rifle. You might dig pistols, but that pistol-like assault rifle? It’s OK to love that, too.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Depending on your pace of play, there could be more than 100 hours of gaming locked in Three Houses, all of which is completely worth it. This is turn-based strategy gaming heaven.

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