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For 650 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 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 650
659 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 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.
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    I had a good time with Fallout 76. West Virginia is a beautiful, tree-covered land to explore. Making camps with friends lets teams be creative together while making something that’s functional. The PVP system is smart and makes it possible for organic fighting to break out in the open world while making it difficult to kill people who don’t want to be a part of it.
    • 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.
    • 83 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.
    • 79 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.
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    After just 45 minutes of what could be a very long game, I’m quite convinced that this is going to be one of the best games of the year. Perhaps I should play another hundred hours or so before I decide that for sure, but Rockstar has certainly shown that it knows how to level up the open world game so that it combines both freedom of discovery and a tightly woven narrative within believable, living world where we can all lose ourselves. [Impressions]
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're only going to get one of the Mega Man X Legacy Collections, definitely go for this one.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    The visuals remain entrancing, the music is as powerful today as when it was released, and the task of clearing baddies from webs continues to be challenging. If you can look past the roughest levels, you’ll find this to be a fun and highly memorable game. Here’s hoping Llamasoft gives it a little post-release polish so it can become a modern classic, just like Tempest 2000.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is charming, fun, and — in a rarity for Nintendo’s Wii U ports — right-priced for the Switch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Even though you can technically enjoy Lumines at a lower price on mobile devices, their smaller wells actually constrict the gameplay compared with wider console and computer platforms, and their soundtracks aren’t as compelling. If you want the full Lumines experience, this version’s reasonable pricing and interesting features nearly offset its remaining rough edges.
    • 75 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    I love Mario Tennis Aces so far -- even though I have some issues with its single-player content.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jurassic World: Evolution is more of a pure sim game than Planet Coaster, but it does a good job of taking advantage of its license.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Because BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is an anime fighting experience that allows for constant aggressive offensive and defensive reads, wrapped in accessible execution that makes slightly complex mechanics easy to grasp. If this can add more fresh competition to your world, embrace it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Vampyr is good — flawed, but very good — and pleasurable.

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