Shacknews' Scores

  • Games
For 479 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 34% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 60% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 90 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Lowest review score: 10 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 479
489 game reviews
    • 90 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, Archangel: Hellfire has solidified itself as one of the best VR exclusive experiences on the market.
    • 77 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • Critic Score
    With a glut of side content and a massive city to explore, this is looking to be one of the biggest Spider-Man adventures ever made. Even after four hours, I still didn't even scratch the surface of Spidey's rogues gallery, which gives me the idea that this is going to be quite the lengthy story. [1st 4 hours impressions]
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sniper Rust VR is a collection of things that make for an unentertaining experience, but a poor shooting experience is the final straw.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's quite the barebones package, despite being an uproarious amount of fun in small doses. Some small control tweaks, additional content, and other changes might make this the best Tempest out of the rest, but for now it's still a great diversion and addition to the series' portfolio.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Captain Toad is a happy game and those are becoming fewer and farther between in the modern landscape.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic Mania Plus cranks the game up to eleven with its new content and it is a must-play for fans of the original Sonic the Hedgehog 2D platformers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Octopath Traveler succeeds where other classically-styled RPGs fail: the presentation is spot-on, the combat is addictive, and the potential for party customization is tremendous. Small stumbles with dialog and framerate can be forgiven simply because the rest of the game is an absolute delight. This is an experience that players can easily get lost in for dozens of hours, and it's sure to be counted among the best Nintendo Switch exclusives released to date.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A hidden gem in this year's long list of video game releases.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredible party game and with Nintendo's multitude of controller options, it's possible to get up to eight players together for total madness.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    They say the Tetris Effect happens when you start seeing Tetris blocks everywhere, but I'm starting to see Insane Robots chips and circuitry wherever I go. Does that mean I'm addicted?
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Bus Simulator 18 is not a game changer and to be honest, it’s not the most rewarding experience I’ve ever had in front of my PC. Still, it has solid driving mechanics, some detailed buses, and a gameplay loop that is strangely relaxing.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    New Gundam Breaker definitely has some great nuanced aspects to its core concept of mix-and-match mech model making, but what it needed was more variety to spice up the gameplay. While last year’s Gundam Vs was nothing mind-blowing it was a much more solid and mixed combat experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Musynx is a light, quick, and challenging music game with plenty of reasons to keep you coming back for more. It may be devoid of endless options, additional difficulties, and all the window dressing that comes with the "bigger" rhythm games out there, but it's well worth taking for a test drive.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Crew 2 fails at providing the heart of what what a racing game should offer, specifically a fun and rewarding driving experience. All the icing and fancy decoration in the world won’t make a crappy cake into a great cake. The Crew 2 can take a pack of exotic cars racing on a mountain road and produce results that are about as exciting as a round of solitaire.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's stuffed to the brim with Moto Grand Prix-related details like racers, tracks, and commentary, and includes plenty of different options that riders can use to tweak their bikes and chase a podium finish. With that said, MotoGP 18 simply feels less thrilling than it should, mostly due to its underwhelming graphics, spartan presentation, and monotonous gameplay.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I walked away from Captain Spirit wanting to know more about where the story is headed, but even without the game's overt hints pointing to the eventual Life is Strange sequel, I enjoyed Chris' story for what it was. And given the current state of the world, it's nice to experience a story from the eyes of an innocent child. Captain Spirit challenges players to approach it with a different perspective and that challenge is one everyone should welcome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An adequate follow up to 2016’s indie darling. It hosts a plethora of new puzzles that force players to think, but without making them go mad. Too many checkpoints may turn off players looking for a genuine challenge, though. The all new dynamic of co-op really gives a jolt of energy to this game; Without that new component I’m afraid Unravel 2 would’ve just felt like a level expansion. Those that really dug the first Unravel will love what its sequel has to offer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Should you pick up Mario Tennis Aces? If the answer wasn't immediately obvious already, that's a resounding yes. It's the best the series has seen in years, and that's saying something for this tennis fan. If you're looking for one of the best sports games the Switch has to offer, look no further. You've found it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The visuals are crisp, the music is great, and there's a wide variety of things to do, but unfortunately it veers too far into freemium territory to elevate it above other, extremely similar titles.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is a bad game. It’s not worth $20 and, in my opinion, not worth $5, unless you’re the kind of person that would get a kick out of Paris Hilton slut jokes in 2018 and can’t get enough lazy, casual racism.

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