's Scores

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For 1,714 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 57% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 SoulCalibur II
Lowest review score: 5 Loons - The Fight for Fame
Score distribution:
1714 game reviews
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As for the new and imaginative innovations that we now expect from every EyeToy game, they're just not here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In all likelihood, we can see the charm of this game fizzling out in a couple of weeks, but it's damned good fun while it lasts. [JPN Import]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Only really recommended for wide-eyed children who are yet to tire of jumping on switches and collecting thousands of shiny, yet meaningless, tokens.
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    • 86 Critic Score
    We'd like to see the player rewarded for his skills more, that the game was fairer. There remain plenty of moments in Winning Eleven 9 where you'll scream with frustration not because 'that's football' but because the game does something that's completely out of your control, and for that reason we have to mark it down.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Combat Elite makes an ideal rental title, three days being a good length of time to gauge whether you can tolerate quite so many invisible walls and German soldiers shooting you from nowhere.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Playing as Kong is a joy, (see boxout for details) but it's all too brief a flirtation with primal rage - scooping Ann up in his oversized hand and fending-off a Jurassic Park of tyrannosaurs with wrestling inspired moves, after swinging through a jungle canopy with all the grace of Ico is inspiring, but it feels like little more than a cameo.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Aside from the somewhat devastating problems with the camera, Combat Elite is a nifty little number that has all the addictiveness, interaction, and 'pick up and play' of many retro titles that people still cherish today.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    For such a promising, daring game ultimately to play no differently at the end than it did at the beginning only underscores what a tremendous disappointment it is. As a pure cinematic experience it's absolutely unrivalled; as a videogame, it falls tragically short of the mark.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The definitive, most universally appealing WWII title ever made. It's not that the game does anything more or less than its digital brothers in arms, far from it, but instead it strips the genre down to the bare essentials and this turns it into one of the most pure shooters we've seen for some time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The trouble is, with the likes of "Project Gotham Racing 3" and "Test Drive Unlimited" looking pretty awesome - that level of expectation is very high - and this latest Need For Speed adventure doesn't quite have the weight to match it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest VIII's world flows. It moves. It's utterly huge. It reminds one of "Zelda: Ocarina of Time" on a "Grand Theft Auto" scale. It is an adventure. It's possible to get hopelessly lost in mountain paths, or on tributaries in rivers that dissect giant continents with no place to land a boat outside of a shady hidden casino in the rocks. [JPN Import]
    • 45 Metascore
    • 43 Critic Score
    Nasty visuals, odd camera work, silly levels - Shadow suffers from all the problems for which people have criticised every other 3D Sonic game only, for the most part, to a greater degree. Deserves to get lost among the Christmas rush and never found or spoken of again.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The painfully overused 'gangsta-speak', the cop with a grudge against you and Josie Maran trying to pop your hood the whole time are all completely unnecessary, although not particularly obstructive, adornments. Otherwise though, this is everything you already love about Need For Speed plus the pigs.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There's plenty of puzzling-out what to do next but it's never too basic or too complex. You get a good sense of achievement out of completing chapters and get to regularly unlock new moves for your efforts.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The only problem now is where THQ takes things from here; if it doesn't want to fall into the FIFA-trap, it'll have to come up with something pretty special next time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    There's little cohesion between one level and another, which makes the whole experience like fast-forwarding between fight scenes while trying to understand the story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Without Warning fails miserably at whatever it set out to achieve. A lousy camera and ropey AI take a lot away from the cinematic style, and the sheer weight of repetition involved in the missions does little to expand on an idea that could have become a great title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The biggest indictment against From Russia With Love, however, is that it makes the whole experience of being Bond seem about as much fun as an afternoon spent at a stamp-collecting convention, which is something 007 should never stand accused of. It's dull, banal, boring and any other adjectives that can be used to describe a game unworthy of your attention.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The series may seem a little aged after just 12 months - something underlined by the superior alternative of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat which is already available - but there's a lot here to get to grips with, especially given that multiplayer effectively triples the potential, with offline and online modes fleshing out the action.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With so many World War II games on the market, Earned In Blood's dedication to creating an understanding of what the war meant to those who fought it, as much as providing the player with a recognisable game, should be lauded.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Every moment spent in the game world, from the ramshackle village to the far-from-abandoned military installation, is pure, adrenaline-fuelled fun. The game doesn't want to be big or clever - it wants to take you on a roller-coaster ride that leaves you breathless. And it does.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gladiator has a well-planned multiplayer mode that works on and offline so we're left with a fairly empty, meaningless experience of stupid weapons, coin collection and weapon upgrading that makes you wonder why you're playing. The answer: Multiplayer or you're recovering from a coma.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A high watermark for where epic hack'n'slash games should be at this stage of the Xbox's lifecycle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Why publishers can't just leave classic titles to die gracefully in the warm glow of our misguided reminiscing, is beyond us. Taito Legends represents the crème of the crop, but it still tastes a little sour with age.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Sims 2 might not be an incredible game, technically, but it's the stories that are written in your head and the situations that are thrown up as you play that make it a unique experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's the sort of title we'd recommend to anyone who fancies something a little different and is prepared to put in several hours hard graft - but it's just too slow and doesn't twist itself far enough into the spooky or surreal.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The visuals are sharp, the audio is awesome (whack up the 5.1) and the action comes thick and fast in what is one of the most frenetic and exciting shooters we've seen for a while.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's SOCOM meets Hitman and it makes lying in the rubble of a blown-out rathaus a tense, exciting and deeply satisfying pastime.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    We love this one too, though it's more out of loyalty than out and out lust.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Not as great as real poker, but certainly the next best thing. Now take those socks off, we got three kings.

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