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Official Nintendo Magazine - review scores

by rawmeatcowboy
17 December 2008
GN 1.0 / 2.0

Sonic Unleashed (Wii):

+ Best 3D Sonic gameplay yet
+ Graphics are fantastic
+ Classic Controller compatible
- Voice acting is terrible
- Werehog stages are boring

Verdict: 79%

Skate It (Wii):

+ Plenty of tricks and settings
+ Best skating game on the Wii
+ Real longevity for completists
- Some dodgy controls
- No head-to-head multiplayer

Verdict: 78%

Tomb Raider Underworld (Wii):

+ Lara is beautifully animated
+ New freedom of movement
+ Attractive, sprawling tombs
- Terrible camera
- Glitchy and unfinished

Verdict: 70%

Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (DS):

+ Refines the formula nicely
+ Capturing is more strategic
+ A very defined puzzle element
+ Loads to do, see and capture
- Takes ages to get going

Verdict: 84%

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lightsaber Duels (Wii):

+ Fantastic graphical style
+ Great music and dialogue
+ Fun multiplayer action
- Single-player is limited
- Moveset is pretty basic

Verdict: 71%

Facebreaker: KO Party (Wii):

+ Impressive characters
+ Great licensed soundtrack
- Mindlessly simple controls
- Dull multiplayer mode
- Tries too hard to be funny

Verdict: 42%

Guitar Rock Tour (DS):

+ Effective control method
+ Drumming is great fun
+ Sound quality is superb
+ Cheaper than Guitar Hero
- Very limited setlist

Verdict: 80%

Call of Duty: World At War (Wii):

+ Outstanding single-player
+ Looks and sounds fantastic
+ Online multiplayer works well
+ Wii Zapper controls are great
- The occasional online lag

Verdict: 92% (Gold Award)

Need For Speed: Undercover (Wii):

+ Interesting characters
- Multiplayer is a mess
- Lack of online options
- Diabolical car pop-up
- Multiplayer is a mess

Verdict: 39%

Forgotten Worlds (Wii Virtual Console):

+ Old-school shooting action
+ It’s as tough as nails
+ Two players is quite a laugh
- Not actually that much fun
- Better shooters out there

Verdict: 61%

The Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS):

+ Nice new art style
+ Classic acrobatics
+ Magus is a nice addition
+ Good use of the stylus
- Can be very annoying

Verdict: 80%

Strong Bad: Dangeresque (WiiWare):

+ Solid point-and-click action
+ Great humour as ever
+ Challenging puzzles
+ A nice twist in the series
- An in-joke too far?

Verdict: 88%

World of Goo (WiiWare):

+ Massively addictive gameplay
+ Perfect physics engine
+ Brilliantly dry humour
+ Almost infinite replay value
- It probably won’t sell

Verdict: 95% (Gold Award)

Exit DS (DS):

+ A substantial challenge
+ Lovely cel-shaded animation
+ Plenty of content
- Frustrating controls
- Seen-it-all-before gameplay

Verdict: 77%

Round Up Reviews

Tomb Raider Underworld (DS): 77%
Mega Man 3 (Wii Virtual Console): 64%
Guiness World Records (wii): 72%
SNK Arcade Classics: Vol. One (Wii): 81%
Tom Clancy’s EndWar (DS): 61%
Dragon Ball Origins (DS): 70%
Monster Lab (Wii): 79%
Art Style: ORBIENT (WiiWare): 81%
Art Style: CUBELLO (WiiWare): 86%
Art Style: ROTOHEX (WiiWare): 72%

Thanks to Ximikal for the heads up!