GamesBeat's Scores

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For 658 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 100 Super Mario Odyssey
Lowest review score: 13 Defenders of Ardania
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 658
667 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is a fun 2D Mario experience, but it doesn't stick with you the same way the franchise's classics do.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The online features drag the experience down a bit. If you’re someone hoping for a good online multiplayer experience with Ultimate, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a fun fighting games to play with friends on a couch, nothing serves you better than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    I like the Battlefield series, and I love the parts of this game that are here. I only wish it were finished.
    • 79 Metascore
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    I bet longtime Pokémon fans appreciate, if not embrace, this first Switch outing. It adapts much of what makes the series shine while adding effective motion controls and a bridge to Pokémon Go, the mobile game tens of millions of fans still play. Much of my enjoyment came from taking my kids along on this journey, benefiting from their love and knowledge of Pokémon to enhance what I found here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu is another good example of Nintendo doing what it both excels and fails at: pairing fun gameplay while introducing a new mechanic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The new, vibrant graphics make Spyro a playable fantasy cartoon. It’s one of the most attractive kid-friendly games you’ll find.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I consider myself lucky that I got to play this game. It’s special. If I could go back in time to show a video game to artists from the last century, I would choose this. God, I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I mean it. It is such an effortless and mesmerizing marriage of perfect game design and powerful imagery and audio. And it is an interactive lesson in why those things matter to games.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    That’s the heart of Hitman: giving players the power to create their own stories. And that’s as big and powerful as ever in Hitman 2. So I don’t care if it’s not the newest thing in the world. It’s still one of the most solid and rewarding games you can get. And it’s an ideal antidote to games that are more obsessed with looking immersive than playing great.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Rockstar has done a brilliant job blending an open-world game experience with the freedom of discovery and balancing that with the tightly woven narrative. Nearly 3,000 people are listed as contributors to the game. I don’t know if we’ll see the like of this again. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an amazing work of art.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diablo III on the Switch is my new favorite way to play the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If I was a more cynical and lazy person, I could have written this review in one sentence: Yup, it’s Soulcalibur. But I also happen to like Soulcalibur, so I won’t complain too much.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blackout is so fun that it could be a game unto itself, complete with set pieces that the players themselves create, either through bloopers in my case or amazing expert gameplay by others. It might take you 30 matches to become proficient at it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    It’s not a starfigter game in the line of X-Wing or Colony Wars that I’ve longed for on modern consoles, but it’s fun, and it has potential. I just wish its controls were a bit more user-friendly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep delivers on the faith its Kickstarter backers put into the project. It weaves combat, exploration, music, and puzzles into a game that stands out in a crowded market.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best Forza Horizon game, and that makes it one of the best racing games ever. But that just doesn’t wow me like it once did.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Super Mario Party’s new modes offer a welcome break from what some might consider the main attraction: the board game. They’re faster, and they focus on two of the Nintendo Switch’s strengths that make it such a special console in the first place — good Joy-Con motion controls and fun co-op play. For me, it makes this Super Mario Party the best in franchise history, even if I don’t care for the staid board game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of Mega Man but feel uneasy about how Mega Man 11 looks or adds to the formula, don't. This is a fantastic 2D action game worthy of the Blue Bomber's name.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey is dense, detailed, and varied. It is more dense, detailed, and varied than I considered possible for a video game before playing this. It is a stunning accomplishment, and the 500-to-1,000+ people who worked on it should feel proud. It has its problems. Combat is clunky, the menus are a slog, and leveling feels off. But those issues never made me want to stop playing. I want to keep playing right now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The storytelling is done well, where you learn a little bit at a time about the characters, their background, and the larger context for things that are happening around them.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This Lara Croft memoir ends in a good way, and I’ll miss this version of Lara more than any of them.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Insomniac's take on Spider-Man now reigns as the web-head's best game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    More than anything, I love the look of the new zones and the personalities of the new races. Zandalar and Kul Tiras are more fun to run and around than the Broken Isles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of classic action-platformers, The Messenger is another indie game that you need to own. It’s much more than a tribute to Ninja Gaiden.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age moved me in ways a Japanese RPG hasn’t done in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    I wished the story was longer and the game had more things to do besides capturing things in a hole. But the story was lighthearted and the gameplay was fun. If you don’t have high expectations, I think you’ll find Donut County is a nice diversion.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Destination: Primus Vita is an enjoyable narrative sci-fi experience. It looks and sounds terrific as you investigate your environment, solve puzzles, dash through mazes, and navigate short conversations with your colleagues and friends. Scraps of lore about the Scatters and their origin help build an interesting world and provides a menacing enemy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though I had a few minor quibbles over Overcooked 2’s garnishes, it’s overall a delectable followup.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Dead Cells is a masterpiece. It is the marriage and apotheosis of decades of Metroidvania design and the surging popularity of difficult Roguelike games. It is exquisite in all ways. It looks phenomenal. It plays like a dream. It makes you want to keep coming back even when you fail.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    I love that Semblance is challenging, and its presentation is lovely as well. It has a unique look, full of organic shapes and eye-catching colors. Though it’s light on story, it’s worth dying a few dozen times to experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This collection isn't for everyone. But if you're a big fan of the Blue Bomber, this is still a great package that helps you complete your digital Mega Man collection.

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