The Games Machine's Scores

  • Games
For 698 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 26% 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: 77
Highest review score: 97 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Lowest review score: 30 Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 14 out of 698
698 game reviews
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    • 83 Critic Score
    SoulCalibur VI offers plenty of hours of fun, and not just online. Some interesting additions to the gameplay and the new characters make the gaming experience fresh and varied, even if some animation risks to break the flow of combat. Had it not been for the rather unpleasant decision to block Tira as a Season Pass bonus, Project Soul's latest work would have had very few things to complain about.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    More than 160 characters, standard arenas, and thousands of enemies to mow away: Warriors Orochi 4 remains faithful to the musou formula, but it’s too easy and excessively repetitive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    A hurricane of style, good ideas and convincing narration clashes with a difficulty so low that sometimes is irritating: beyond an all-but-old problem of about a decade, The World Ends with You remains an incredibly fresh and original game that deserves to be played by both veterans and those who missed it on the DS in 2007. There is no better opportunity to brush up on the adventure of Neku, just hold on to the touch screen and leave the Joy-Con in a corner. The party, this time, is the exclusive prerogative of the handheld mode.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A collection of seven great titles that appeals to both old school gamers and newcomers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After many years, finally Space Hulk: Tactics represents a transposition as faithful as possible of the original board game. The two campaigns of Space Marine and Genestealer aren’t very long, but they allow the players to familiarize with the game mechanics, and they tell stories that are consistent with the Warhammer 40,000 franchise. There are a few bugs to report, but the fans of WH40K should not miss the title developed by Cyanide Studio.
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    • 50 Critic Score
    Despite the popularity of the manga, Black Clover: Quartet Knights fails to draw attentions due to the lack of compelling game modes and the presence of dull game mechanics, a repetitive story mode and the almost total absence of customization. There are some good ideas here in the form of an original story and a nice graphic design, but the final product is not able to fully bring out all its potential.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    First-party developer Japan Studio shows competence in the use of virtual reality, and even more in the way it takes the DualShock controller at the front of the action. The protagonists, Sony's Bots, are as cute as they come, and the general look and feel make Astro Bot a joy to play. On the other side, the game does barely offer any kind of challenge at all and more variety in gameplay would have been appreciated by experienced players. However, it is good to see this type of production for virtual reality, which show great potential.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Super Mario Party is a good step forward for the series after the previous pale chapters. With this first episode for Switch, Nintendo wanted to look back to the past, especially in the first few games of the series, to bring out the simplicity and immediacy of the original gameplay. The operation has succeeded and is exalted by the peculiar characteristics of the console.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Fun to play and with plenty of game modes (thumbs up for Ultimate Team and The Journey), FIFA 19 won't disappoint football fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The conversion of Dragon Ball FighterZ on Switch retains the strengths seen on other platforms, offering a high-class fighting game also on the Nintendo console.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Leaving aside a disappointing lack of ideas, Mega Man 11 stands as a decent modern chapter of one of the most important Capcom sagas of all time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise recreates the feeling of fighting and the charisma of the characters of Hokuto no Ken quite faithfully. The authors have conceded some creative freedom compared to the original material and this could annoy the fans, but the game developed by the authors of Yakuza manages to entertain the players despite its many flaws.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed Odyssey is the turning point for one of the most famous series produced by Ubisoft. Despite a somewhat shallow storyline and a constant sense of déjà-vu due to the evident reuse of assets from its direct predecessor, the metamorphosis in a full-fledged action RPG is successful, assisted by a system of choices and consequences that works well in guaranteeing tangible repercussions in the world. Now we can’t wait to find out how the series will evolve.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Transference is an extremely interesting experiment and it succeeds in mixing the movie and videogame components. The use of audio will keep you on the edge, and a few jump scare work very well. However, the constant feeling of tension ends up holding the narrative back, as a greater variety of emotions would have benefitted the overall experience. Transference is remarkably short for a videogame, which might disappoint many players.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 4 is the best Xbox One exclusive to date: Playground managed to craft an exciting racing game set in a colourful open world full of things to do. That said, we can’t wait to see what this talented team can do outside the racing genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    While the series is still far from perfection and the direct competitor is always fierce, NBA Live 19 is another step in the right direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Immortal: Unchained could have been an original take on the soulslike genre, but it's too buggy and imperfect to be a fully enjoyable mix of action RPG and shooter mechanics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The second chapter of Frozen Synapse is deeper and more complex, but too many technical problems keep it away from real greatness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles finally comes back to major gaming platforms, where it belongs. Despite some minor defects, the management of tactics and strategies in and out the battlefield offers a great experience. SEGA bring us a huge amount of high-quality content, but the tone of the narrative might not be in line with part of the western audience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA by 2K is confirmed as the best basketball video game series, with a long and engaging career mode, effective AI and great visual appeal even for this installment. Unfortunately, microtransactions are still a problem and cannot be ignored.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Technical problems and imperfect controls prevent Shinobi Striker from really convincing, despite the mix of single player and multiplayer online could offer an interesting touch to the anime series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Track design, off-road arcade driving and nice scenarios make V-Rally 4 a game worth trying; unfortunately, asphalt races, career and Buggy/Rally Cross are much less enjoyable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is a good title, which would have deserved a much higher rating with more courage on the options and game-modes.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is probably the best Dragon Quest of all the time, but this does not automatically make it a game for everyone.
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    • 60 Critic Score
    Castle of Venia smells of good old games of the past, but too many technical limitations and the lack of content irredeemably limit all the good things it can give.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new course of the Tomb Raider saga seems to have definitively matured with this chapter: someone could find it superior to Uncharted 4, and it would not be blasphemous.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Detective Gallo is a graphic adventure that clearly show off its sources of inspiration, such as the LucasArts titles. The studio is small, the production limits quite obvious, but it's still and enjoyable game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The Forsaken represents a real turning point for Destiny 2, with lots of quality content that make the game much more varied and complete.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    As the final chapter of the trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 should not be bought with the hope of finding some kind of gameplay innovations, but to savor the last part of an epic journey in search of safe place and truth.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The control system is less comfortable and the framerate not so stable, but Divinity: Original Sin 2 remains an excellent RPG also on console, with several improvements to the pure content.

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