The Games Machine's Scores

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For 1,077 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 70% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 78
Highest review score: 99 Red Dead Redemption 2
Lowest review score: 30 Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Score distribution:
1077 game reviews
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    • 77 Critic Score
    Fly Punch Boom! it's a fun and colorful smash bros like. It has an excellent online mode, thanks to the large community, but the lack of longevity undermines the fun over a long period.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    VirtuaVerse is a lot of things. It is a tribute to old school point&click adventures and, at the same time, a modern take on the genre. It is also an act of love to cyberpunk and his themes. But more than anything else, VirtuaVerse is a great adventure set in a detailed world built on a great pixel graphic, fantastic music and a suggestive atmosphere.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is the best version of a masterpiece that has lost none of its charm even after ten years, recommended to both newcomers and veterans.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Between a visual novel and a strategic game, Utawarerumono: prelude to the Fallen crosses the boundaries of the oriental market to capture the hearts of western players with a well packed game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry point into the world of the hack & slash games tailored for a younger audience. Too bad the loot system is abysmal and there’s no endgame whatsoever.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Saints Row: The Third Remastered faces the market as the umpteenth well-built remake, in these last few months, upgrading in a sufficient way all the technical aspects of the original title. Irreverent, reckless, armed with good intentions, the game could be easily recommended, even just for a taste of insanity madness in full swing.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Maneater feels like a B-movie and it’s not ashamed of it. The atmosphere is undoubtedly its best value and, if you wan to appreciate it, you must avoid looking too closely at the details. The idea on which the game is based, after all, is that fish are smarter than humans, so Maneater rightly treats us accordingly.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Neversong offers a mix of action, exploration and puzzles that everyone will like, together with a compelling story and a moving ending you will remember for a long time. A pleasure for both eyes and ears that will also thrill you, despite the controls being a bit inaccurate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The Persistence is still a good roguelite, but it is impossible to ignore to the absence of a fundamental element such as virtual reality in the new versions of the game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Except for some small nuances, which are not able to meet today's triple A standards, such as audio imperfections - which cause some lines of dialogue (regardless of the language used) to overlap in an unnatural way or use different volume levels - or the sudden teleportation of some NPCs from one scene to another, is pure gameplay where the weight of the years makes itself felt most.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    An awesome, compelling but repetitive rogue-lite shoot ‘em up with a lot of enemies to kill, and a comic-style story to discover, game after game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    My mind has not yet been able to fully grasp Wavey's wave movements, but the UpperRoom Games’ title is undoubtedly an original and intelligent "platform" that brings to mind the glories of Sonic launched at crazy speed through his articulated and strange levels.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Follia: Dear Father is a simple but intriguing survival horror made by small Italian software house. As many other indie titles, it is full of nice ideas but crippled by lots of imperfections. Its VR nature makes it hard to be enjoyed from a normal screen.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Space whales! Before We Leave brings us space whales! And along with them, a polished city builder which takes known tenets of the genre to forge its own direction. Repetitive assets are a minor flaw in an overall extremely enjoyable experience with a lot to do even in the absence of a real game over.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    XCOM Chimera Squad is a brillant spin-off which introduces a huge list of fresh new ways to play. AI and difficulty level are not perfectly balanced, but fun is guaranteed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Predator Hunting Grounds could have been a good product, thanks to the franchise from which it draws inspiration, staging an engaging show capable of bringing to the field one of the most fascinating alien in the Hollywood history. Unfortunately, the realization of this title, as its brother Friday 13: The Game, makes it hard to be bought at full price, leaving us only the hope a good post launch support to save it from auto-destruction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Streets of Rage 4 is a comeback in style for a legendary saga. It offers a smooth combat system and hours of fun for those who still appreciate good old brawlers.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Swamps of Corsus is an excellent excuse to keep exploring the fascinating universe of Remnant: From the Ashes. The new marsh area is quite elaborate, while the additional enemies are well thought out. What is less convincing, however, is the Survival mode. In this case too the new mode is certainly welcome, but being completely disconnected from the campaign, it does not make much sense within the overall experience, and that’s because the cosmetic rewards are almost negligible.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    SnowRunner is a dirty game with spotless physics. A truck-sized open world, tiring, slow yet extremely adrenaline-fueled work simulation. Maybe sometimes too tiring, but capable of giving enormous satisfaction.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gears Tactics is not only a pretty good turn-based tactical game, but it also manages to keep the typical feeling of the Gears of War series unchanged.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    From a certain point of view Sakura Wars is an anachronistic game, made for a specific audience that has evolved over time. The ease and repetitiveness of the title's gameplay overwhelms the overall quality, despite good art direction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Trials of Mana is a lacklustre remake of a masterpiece from another era. It's nothing special, but old-fashioned JRPG fans might appreciate it if you turn a blind eye.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    MotoGP 20 gets even better, with an even more responsive, solid and fun gameplay that pushes you to improve continuously, lap after lap. The career mode adds an interesting managerial layer while the AI is not yet completely convincing. An excellent racing game, the best motorcycle video game on the market.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The Procession to Calvary is a blasphemous, cynical and rad point&click adventure set inside a collage of Renaissance paintings. Brilliant dialogues and gorgeous animations are the perfect frame for Joe Richardson’s dark humor and his funny homages to the Monty Python.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Paper Beast is a fascinating migratory tale that highlights the power of collaboration and mutual help. Too bad its distinctive graphic style is brought down by terrible textures and the Sandbox mode is only the shadow of what it could have been.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    STATIONflow is a fun and colorful management simulation of a subway station, with no high ambitions. The artificial intelligence is unfortunately mediocre and a profound management of economic resources is lacking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    FORM takes us to another world, halfway between dream and metaphysics. The developers nail the feeling of interacting with every object in the game and present us with interesting puzzles. It is too short, though, more akin to a demo or a concept than a full game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Other Waters caresses the senses, stimulates curiosity and hits hard with an extremely deep story. An alien ocean to explore, discovering an incredibly fascinating ecosystem, to be protected at all costs.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy VII Remake is a successful return to the past; it's not without problems, but fans of the series will be happy to revisit an epic story and meet old friends again.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mixing games and movies is hard, and The Complex still hasn’t found the magic formula. At least, it doesn’t take the matter so seriously as Until Dawn, but it just delivers what it promised: 6-8 hours of an interactive movie, set in a direct-to-video sci-fi context. Not a mastepiece, but still better than the beginning of 2020.

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