Shacknews' Scores

  • Games
For 497 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 35% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 59% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 90 Horizon Zero Dawn
Lowest review score: 10 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 497
507 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Capcom Beat’Em Up Bundle does have some online multiplayer issues it’s still a ton of fun overall.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid entry into the lexicon of Lego and DC adventure-puzzle games. There’s a ton of family friendly content that will keep kids busy for hours and entertain their adult counterparts as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SoulCalibur VI is an incredible package, only bogged down by a few minor issues, and one that should be near the top of any fighting game fan's library.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Black Ops 4 feels like one of the strongest Call of Duty entries to come along in years. Despite not having a solo campaign or some of the past games' more bombastic mechanics, Treyarch has proved the adage that "less is more." And this game's "less" is good enough to keep me waiting around for "more."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are a few open-world games that sit above the rest, but Assassin’s Creed Odyssey falls just short of them. Its use of systems that appear in other open-world Ubisoft titles make this a bit like a yearly installment of a sports franchise looking to build on last year than a genre-defining experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mega Man 11 manages to bring our favorite Blue Bomber back into the modern conversation, and the Double Gear system helps tweak the familiar formula into something that feels fresh even in 2018. It may not be the smoothest transition — purists may shun the new mechanics, while unfamiliar players may wonder how the game was ever interesting without them — but the bottom line is that Capcom has found a way to keep Mega Man alive without banking solely on retro gaming nostalgia.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Against other racing games, Forza Horizon 4 stands alone as the best representation of what arcade fun is all about, evoking the spirit of OutRun, Need for Speed, and Burnout: Paradise. It is a love letter to car enthusiasts that doesn’t shun outsiders and casual players.
    • 82 Metascore
    • Critic Score
    A new journey in the Life is Strange universe has begun, but so far, it's not one I'm particularly enjoying.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This Legend is definitely worth exploring, especially since it’s free to play, which seems like a must today in the overcrowded mobile marketplace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bard’s Tale IV started off on the right foot, but proved to be [a] boring installment in a franchise that probably would’ve been better off staying in the 80’s.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are still things that need addressing, but NHL 19 is the best hockey experience I’ve had with the NHL franchise in the PS4 era.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a final blowoff to the Trinity saga, I couldn't help but walk away feeling that the resolution to the story and to Lara Croft's character could have been so much better. But in terms of a pure "Tomb Raider" game, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is everything a bold explorer could ask for, giving players a vast jungle to explore and daring them to master it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marvel's Spider-Man is at once a fantastic action game, a dramatic story-driven adventure, and a love letter to fans of Marvel's ever-endearing wall-crawler. It's also one of the strongest titles in Insomniac Games' catalog, and will no doubt be counted not only among the best games of 2018, but also among the best PlayStation 4 exclusives ever released.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Two Point Hospital is just what the doctor ordered. Management sim fans will eat this up and the game’s expertly executed presentation will be able to draw in players new to the genre with its humor and charm.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When you add all of the sensibilities of the Nintendo Switch to the mix, you’ve got yourself a robust little JRPG to sink your teeth into.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a growing number of games on virtual reality platforms that gamers without an HMD are missing out on and this is certainly one of them. Do not miss this one if you have the means to play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of the JRPG genre, especially classics Final Fantasy 6, Chrono Trigger, or any of the original Dragon Quests I would heavily encourage you to check out Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yakuza Kiwami 2 is such a fun, wild, and weird creature that it feels almost like fanservice.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Look at Guacamelee 2 as gaming's equivalent of NXT Takeovers or New Japan Pro Wrestling's annual G1 Climax tournaments. They may not feel overly different from each another, but there's no questioning their high quality and they'll leave you anxiously awaiting the next main event.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m not a big Metroidvania guy, but Dead Cells managed to conjure up the same feelings I had when I played Super Mario World, Portal, and Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl. It isn’t perfect, but no game is. It evokes feelings that remind me why I fell in love with video games in the first place.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game deftly balances exploration, crafting, combat, and puzzle-solving as you move through the game in the direction of the next story-based waypoint. It moves at an appropriate pace, and there's always something new around the corner, with plenty to discover as the world feels as though it's slowly unraveling around you.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that Seeking Dawn didn’t perform as well as I hoped, especially with the production values through the roof. Multiverse clearly has a firm grasp on creating worlds within VR. Hopefully, their next experience will trim the fat and give us the lean adventure VR game the team is certainly capable of delivering.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, Archangel: Hellfire has solidified itself as one of the best VR exclusive experiences on the market.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I, for one, will be anxiously awaiting the day when we get a host of all new WarioWare microgames for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo, call me. I've got tons of ideas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The minimalist design gives it a distinct, futuristic style but doesn’t excite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it all comes together, slaying a pack of Pixar-esque monsters with your carefully planned turret barrage is incredibly satisfying.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter if you've played the rest of the Yakuza series and know it like the back of your hand, or you're just now getting started as a fledgling fan, Yakuza 0 is a must-play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A challenging puzzle platformer with excellent level design and art style.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The experience of embodying superheroes is a lot of fun at times, but the lack of variety sets it way back.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's really no stone left unturned with either Mega Man X Legacy Collection, making them perfect for longtime series fans or for gamers new to the Mega Man X formula.

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