The Games Machine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,583 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.1 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 Real Farm
Score distribution:
1585 game reviews
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Lots of games, but not all stars among Pac-Man's birthday guests. The essential emulation gives a no-frills experience to the old glories in a context tailor-made for chasing the online leaderboards, but the absolute lack of extras is a great disappointment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Sniper Elite 5 marks the new entry point for tactical shooters, and although it's not a big revolution for this kind of games, thanks to a refined and engaging stealth and sniping approach, as well as the interaction with many elements of the scenario, it offers a fun gameplay in which there isn't a single way to complete missions that require multiple objectives to be fullfilled, all while offering a robust challenge. It’s a pity that the game is not especially daring, but it's a fun single player and the online should grant it a lengthy lifespan.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Touken Ranbu Warriors features a combat system which virtually would allow to complete all missions just using, in addition to the directional stick, a single button. Acting this way, however, you would miss the soul of the entire musou and its myriad of lethal and spectacular attacks performed by charismatic characters. Although the official plan is restoring the normal course of history, the real one is to unlock all the combos to try them out on the field and slaughter the poor, unfortunate enemies. Thanks to its breathtaking onslaughts at the price of a simple gameplay, fans of this kind of products will love it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dolmen, in its current state, is a game that seldomly works. Not very consistent and with poorly conceived mechanics. Frankly, what was published looks more like an early build that still needs months of optimization and polish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The Serpent Rogue focuses the whole experience on gathering resources and crafting, relegating every other feature of gameplay to the role of supporting actor. But then it repeatedly puts a spanner in its own works by inserting materials too hard to find, a limited inventory and a loot system that relies more on luck than on skill or knowledge. The result is some kind of roguelike adventure that can be great fun when everything runs smoothly and you quickly find what you need, but is extremely frustrating if you can't progress because that common ingredient is nowhere to be found. Those who prefer the alembic to the sword will surely like it, others may find it a bit dull.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong follows in the vein of narrative games like those of Telltale and Quantic Dream, but cannot reach the same level of quality. The narrative has a tendency to feel too linear and technically wise the game is far from impressive.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Whether you’re playing with your friends or alone, Evil Dead: The Game will give you a short but entertaining action-survival experience. Carrying some friends along is a good idea – Ash is still one of the best characters in the horror universe but he can't do everything on his own! As always with multiplayer games, playerbase retention and developer support are going to be crucial aspects in the coming weeks and months.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A peculiar FPS that will appeal to those who love H.P. Lovecraft, to those who miss the legendary DOOM of the past and to those who are ready to ignore some flaws in the name of old-fashioned fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Plagued with technical issues partially resolved patch after patch, Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate Daemonhunters has also problems in terms of balancing and AI. The boss fights are well done, but it’s also a little monotonous as you find yourself playing the same dull couple of missions from the start to the very end of the game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story shows us a hundred years of the Shijima clan amidst mysteries, deaths and intrigues. It does so with an interesting story, which works well and which, albeit with some strange events, follows a coherent and understandable plot. Gameplay is simple, with some interesting ideas and a few too many hints that reduce the need to think and to guess what happened. Even with this limitation, it still remains a fun gaming experience, that will bring crime fans on a century-long journey for a considerable number of hours.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We Were Here Forever is essentially a Non-Fungible-Escape Room. Playing with a friend means trying to explain what is happening to you, while at the same time you have to deduce from his (or her) words hints and clues that might help you find your freedom. Words are your only weapon, and your only way out, so make sure you play this with the right person (or the wrong one, for potentially hilarious outcomes).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Source of Madness is a roguelite with a brilliant potential, which unfortunately feels mostly squandered. It’s a fun game mechanically, but repetition kicks in after just a few hours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Undemanding and decidedly enjoyable, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a light-hearted and often cartoon-like Action JRPG which is really fun to spend your time with. Of course, you don't have to have anything against going back and forth a thousand times in the same places, to do the same things again and again, because in this case appreciating it would be quite difficult. The visual quality is really impressive and I really liked the mix of backdrops in (very rich) 3D and two-dimensional pixelated characters, and I can't get the music out of my head. In short, a good game: not essential but absolutely enjoyable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Despite some flaws here and there, much like its predecessor Salt and Sacrifice is a solid soulslike that will keep fans of the genre diving into it, one “obliterated” after the next. Everyone else should be wary of its often unforgiving enemies, though.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prinny presents NIS Classics Volume 2 offers a more convincing selection of releases than its predecessor, making it a good purchase for those who want to get their hands on the old NIS classics. If you've spent countless hours playing the two games present at the time of their release, consider that the new features introduced (in this case Petta Mode, for the first time in the West) are not substantial enough to justify another playthrough, especially without the tools to fully enjoy them on high-definition screens.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Trek to Yomi is a solid and well-executed trip to a black-and-white tale of swords and souls, where a simple but satisfying gameplay is paired with a charming narrative that offers three different endings. Enemy and setting variety could be better, but overall this is a game worthy of your time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, I can’t say I have had huge amounts of fun with Galactic Civilizations IV. Although all the basics are there for an enjoyable experience, and Stardocks added a good amount of specific systems to make the experience unique, crucial aspects like war management and IA behavior ended up ruining my time with the game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dark Souls meets Diablo and spices it up with a bit of Tetris in this original “shifting” action-roguelike that will test both your combat skills and your wits.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Thinking of The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe as just a remaster or a sequel to the original would be doing it an immense disservice. Yes, it's The Stanley Parable with more content and on new platforms. But it's also much more than that: it's a criticism of the industry's over-reliance on DLCs and sequel, it's a tale that makes us reflect on what videogames are and should be, and it's a powerful window on Davey Wreden's evolution since the original. Unmissable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Another generation of the Nintendo Sports series, that once again delivers a truly enjoyable and entertaining experience. Still, the singleplayer experience could use some love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Crimesight is a successful mix between Among Us, Clue/Cluedo and Hitman Go. Although there are two quite different kinds of gameplay depending on the faction you belong to, it manages to make them both equally interesting and I really can’t tell you if I had more fun playing with Sherlock or Moriarty. Once the initial very pleasant surprise is over, however, it becomes a victim of its own mechanics, not guaranteeing any variety. With more maps, more situations and more characters it could capture a very large community lasting for years. The content of next updates will therefore be – according to the spirit of the game – a matter of life or death.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Made by a single developer, an industry rookie, FixFox really brings a good amount of ideas to the table. The main mechanics are quite simple, designed to be relaxing and reassuring. The outline, however, stands out for brilliant ideas and insights, which contribute to the creation of an intriguing context. Not everything is perfect, some aspect for example are a bit generic (music, especially) and some other may appear unclear at first glance. Its slow and somewhat repetitive pace might also bore more action-oriented players.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Sam “Serious” Stone is back in a new top-down shooter with roguelite elements that delivers a thin-like-paper crazy story and some entertaining (but repetitive) bite-sized gameplay elements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    By adding details that increase realism and a mode like NINE—Season 2009 to a solid game frame, MotoGP 22 takes an evolutionary step in the right direction. The general improvement compared to the past may appear less deep than expected, but those who love MotoGP will also love MotoGP 22.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    With its unique system of buying perks with hit points, Revita can reward the ones who dare or punish the reckless ones. A twin shooter roguelike in which to experiment in search of the best powerup combos, fast paced and suitable both for those who want to try and try once more for the perfect speed run, and for those looking for a game to play in short sessions, almost in a casual way. Unfortunately, bad luck can be a decisive factor when it comes to success or defeat, since only a handful of the more than two hundred available upgrades are real gamechangers.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Hero's Hour mixes RPG, roguelike, real time strategy and auto battler elements in one convincing bundle, portrayed with a nice use of pixel art and an impressive number of units on screen. The gameplay loop, however, tends to be a bit repetitive and the lack of a single-player campaign doesn’t help. Still worth it for its price, though.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Seriously, how cute is Quill? Her adventure is quite the epic one though, and you should be ready for a strong emotional ride. By the way, the puzzles are perfectly integrated into the platform sections, and considering the lack of strong alternatives on PS VR right now, you should just thank Polyarc and give them your money.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The House of the Dead Remake is a game rooted on nostalgia and zombies, but fails to bring an entertaining experience on Nintendo Switch due to the many issues with its control scheme. A pity, since the juicy arcade gameplay and extras would have deserved all of your love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is a notable step forward for TT Games, which renews its game formula, with an impressive amount of content and new mechanics to play with. There are some flaws here and there, but it is still an essential videogame for every Star Wars fan and beyond.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB The Show 22 is a great game. It is fun, full of options and with a gameplay studied to meet everyone's needs without distorting the essence of baseball. At the same time, it is also almost identical to its predecessor, with only some minor changes and adds-on that are not too surprising. For this reason, if for those who want to pitch, hit and run for the first time it is an unmissable event, the same cannot be said for the veterans of the series. If you belong to this category, personal interest and passion come into play, as well as the desire to return to live a gaming experience similar in all aspects to the past one.

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