The Globe and Mail (Toronto)'s Scores

For 68 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 39% higher than the average critic
  • 7% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 30 The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 68
  2. Negative: 4 out of 68
68 game reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The game straddles the line between intrigue and monotony, but fails to ever really come to life despite its promising premise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not often a new game franchise comes into the world so fully realized and without major shortcomings, which is why this is such an impressive achievement. Not only is it more polished, expansive, alive and fun to play than many predecessors in its genre, it’s also the best example yet of next-generation gameplay.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Terrible writing, outdated menus, frequent load times, repetitive missions and bugs galore – we’re not talking spiders – conspire to make this latest release a chore to play through. And the worst part is, Beenox has broken the cardinal if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it rule by messing with the one thing that made its previous games enjoyable: web-swinging.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Child of Light has a lot going for it – amazing visuals, serene soundtrack, cute dialogue, clever puzzles, a relatively large world to explore and challenging battles, all put together into a package that has an unmistakable indie-art game feel. While its inspiration as a Japanese role-playing game is unmistakable, Ubisoft’s effort is a real stride forward in a genre that hasn’t changed much to reflect modern sensibilities.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lego: The Hobbit is a surprisingly complex and expansive title that is sure to entertain for many hours as a result.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A strange hybrid of a game: It delivers just enough to be enjoyable, but not nearly enough to shine.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An immensely enjoyable and exquisitely crafted shoot-em-up...Yet Titanfall is also a worrisome product that delivers only a fraction of what competing games – including Call of Duty – do, for the same price tag. That sets a worrying precedent where gamers are set to get less game for the same money. As the next generation of consoles takes root, this is both a commercial and an artistic concern.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those who do like South Park, good news: This game is a fantastically faithful romp through the show’s long-running catalog of satire, parody, envelope-pushing and plain old obscenity. It isn’t just an homage to one of the most offensive – and often bitingly hilarious – TV series in history, it’s also the best effort to date at bringing it to life in the form of an interactive story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A game that requires patience, but which amply rewards players that can manage it and knits together lots of elements for a solid reboot of the series. It might also be the best thievery simulator – where the adrenalin and thrill of the steal is replicated – put together yet. Whether that’s a good thing or not, socially speaking, it makes for a fun game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This amped-up difficulty and the relative lack of new ideas make it tough to really enjoy Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, despite its beautifully inviting environs. While newcomers who haven’t played this sort of game a hundred times before may find it entertaining, veteran platformer fans are likely to find it trods a little too frequently on well-worn ground.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it doesn’t measure up to Traveller’s Tales masterpiece, last year’s Lego City Undercover for the Wii U, and it doesn’t live up to its theme song – where “everything is awesome” – it is indeed a colourful and fun puzzler that’s sure to please fans. But you’ll probably want to see the movie first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The shooting action is smooth and smart, with the artificial intelligence of both enemies and Lara a particular standout. Lara automatically snaps to cover when she’s near it and enemies are around, meaning no button pressing is needed.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is tremendous variety to Super Mario 3D World. It’s a game that mashes a thousand clever, creative ideas into one cohesive whole, which of course comes under the Mario umbrella.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For lack of a better description, it’s Microsoft’s attempt at a more realistic version of rival Sony’s highly successful mythological God of War series. But where the PlayStation’s brawler games have been inventive and varied in the action and scenarios they’ve thrown at players, Ryse is a monotonous drone that keeps pounding the same one note over its 10-hour-or-so campaign.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fantastic driving game for fans of the genre, but it takes almost no chances. It’s content to drive a straight line, which is a little disappointing given that we’re now supposed to be at the dawn of a new era of gaming. If anything, last year’s Forza Horizon – which featured an open world and a storyline on top of the series’ usual car fetishism – was a much bolder and more exciting game. In retrospect, it might have been the better showcase for the next generation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If it’s a true “next-generation” game you’re after, look no further than Dead Rising 3. Capcom Vancouver’s gory, over-the-top zombie thriller is a technological masterpiece that amply showcases the power of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console. But more importantly, it’s also immensely and outrageously enjoyable.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is a solid initial effort, despite it being a little long and rather hard.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If it were possible to punch a video game [in] the face, Killzone: Shadowfall would be sporting a giant shiner right about now. The first-person shooter will test the patience of the most excited new PS4 owner...Shadowfall is needlessly difficult – and the only reward for overcoming its toughest sections is a sense of gratitude that you’ll never have to do them again.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A strong entry in a series that is now 10 years old. It delivers much of what made its previous incarnations great, yet at the same time adds new efforts that successfully freshen up what should be a relatively long-in-the-tooth formula by now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some franchises are merely pumping out the same stuff every year with simply a new coat of paint, Black Flag is a welcome and well-done reinvention that adds new large-scale elements to an already solid base.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arkham Origins is a very good game that stands on its own and delivers the same excellent adventure, exceptionally timed fights, clever puzzle-solving, hauntingly beautiful graphics and characters as memorable its predecessors...However, there are a few areas where it doesn’t quite match Rocksteady’s lofty achievements, writing being the most noticeable shortfall.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lego Marvel combines so much youthful goodness into one colourful, exciting and fun package that it’s impossible for any kid – or kid at heart – to miss out on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Therein lies the beauty of the game – it’s offers players a wealth of choice, from the many variations of Skylander they want to play with to the upgrades they want to add to the secret areas they want to unlock. Most of the toys are, for lack of a better description, really cool looking, which got me thinking very much like a kid: I want them all. You’d almost think Activision planned it this way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an interactive drama, it’s a fantastic work of art that’s worth checking out. But it didn’t pack enough player action to make me want to replay it and see the many different possible permutations of Jodie and Aiden’s story, beyond what I’d already experienced. And yes, that pun was intentional.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rain looks like it strives to be a high-minded indie release akin to The Unfinished Swan or Journey, but it doesn’t measure up to those titles on either the artistic or gameplay level. Its environment is definitely different, but its story isn’t compelling nor is the action all that exciting.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 is the same, fundamentally great game that FIFA 13 was before it. Hard-core fans of the series will doubtlessly enjoy the latest instalment, but casual gamers who picked up last year’s won’t miss much by sitting this one out. There is, after all, a next-generation FIFA game to look forward to.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Is Grand Theft Auto V the best game of the year? Easily. Is it the best game of this current generation of consoles? Definitely – and it’s quite possibly the best video game yet. I say this after playing it for “only” 20 hours.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The latest outing from Electronic Arts is as good as hockey games get. The action keeps getting better and deeper, but the game also manages to avoid becoming impenetrable and inaccessible. Developers have eschewed new feature overload this year and have instead concentrated on a few fun extras.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s a game that tries way too hard to be funny, quirky and different, which is the surest way to end up as anything but.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The variety in Legends is also staggering, with almost every level throwing something new at you.

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