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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2024

by Game Informer Editorial on Jun 05, 2024 at 10:50 AM

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Introduction

Each year, the Game Informer staff reviews a ton of games, but only a select few earn the highest scores. While you can find our full list of reviews here, we know that some people are just looking for the best of the best, so we've gathered our top-scoring reviews of 2024 right here. Whether you're talking hotly anticipated blockbusters like Final Fantasy VII Rebirth and Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth or surprise hits like Helldivers 2 and Balatro, we have you covered with all the must-play games we've reviewed in 2024. 

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back frequently, as we'll continue updating this page as more titles earn review scores on the top end of our review scale!

9.75
9.75

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree

Shadow of the Erdtree is one hell of a mic drop that further cements this adventure as one of the finest ever crafted. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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9.5
9.5

Balatro

Balatro is an engrossing and entertaining deckbuilding roguelike and one of the best games of the year. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android
Release Date: February 20, 2024 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), TBA (iOS, Android)

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Gameplay is king, and this Prince of Persia understands that. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:

9.25
9.25

Minishoot' Adventures

Minishoot' Adventures bridges the gaps between disparate genres with outstanding gameplay and thoughtful level design to deliver one of the best games I've played all year. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

9
9

Anger Foot

Fast-paced, split-second action, satisfying gunplay, and delectable destructibility turn Anger Foot from a one-kick pony into one of the year’s most exciting, challenging, and tough-to-put-down adrenaline rushes. Read review

Platforms: PC
Release Date:

Animal Well

Teeming with life, secrets, and charm that surprise and delight, Animal Well held my full, undivided attention. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Switch, PC
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Asgard's Wrath 2

As the showcase piece for the Meta Quest 3, Asgard's Wrath 2 stands out in a sea of virtual reality titles available on the market today, offering an experience rarely seen in the medium. Read review

Platforms: Quest 3, Quest 2
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Children of the Sun

Children of the Sun is a prime example of an experience born from a straightforward premise and then iterated for the right amount of time before it loses its charm. Read review

Platforms: PC
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Destiny 2: The Final Shape

After ten years of storytelling, Bungie wraps up its long-running storyline with an exhilarating and poignant concluding act and sets the stage for what's next. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Dragon's Dogma 2

Dragon’s Dogma 2 captures the spirit of the original without sanding down the edges of what made it excellent. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 swaps the top-down perspective for third-person while maintaining the frenetic, ballistic loop of crash-landing on hostile planets, completing difficult missions, and extracting against all odds. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PC
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Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Gripping storytelling, refined gameplay, and a jaw-dropping presentation make for a more wholly satisfying sophomore outing. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, PC
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Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance

Vengeance is aptly titled; it’s an act of defiance against convention, criticism, and maybe even its own reputation. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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With My Past

With few misses, With My Past is an impressive reminder of the power of games and how savvy developers can blend storytelling into how we play. Read review

Platforms: PC
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8.75
8.75

Botany Manor

You don't need a green thumb to enjoy Botany Manor's clever puzzle-solving and serene, whimsical atmosphere. Read review

Platforms: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Indika

Indika is bizarre, surprising, humorous, and captivating. It's a memorable journey down the rabbit hole of faith worth exploring. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release Date: May 2, 2024 (PC), May 17, 2024 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is a fantastic puzzle game I already wish I could play again for the first time. Read review

Platforms: Switch, PC
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Persona 3 Reload

Even with some outdated and repetitive elements inherited through the 18-year-old structure of the original, Persona 3 Reload is one of the best entries in one of the most acclaimed modern role-playing franchises in video games. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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Stellar Blade

Shift Up's lengthy adventure makes no bones about a provocative approach to sex and violence, but it's the top-notch action that is the real draw. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
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8.5
8.5

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy succeeds with everything it sets out to do, bringing three great games to modern consoles in their most approachable forms to date. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5
Release Date:

Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail

Dawntrail doesn’t reach the peak of earlier Final Fantasy XIV expansions, but its path is different. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC
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Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Parts of Infinite Wealth are the best in the entire series, a new watermark going forward. And some are the worst. It's complicated.   Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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MLB The Show 24

While it isn’t a hyper-creative leap forward, MLB The Show 24 finds a new swing by tethering style and strategy to baseball’s fundamentals. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch
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Unicorn Overlord

Vanillaware's tactical RPG is a rewarding high fantasy epic, and minor frustrations in the late-game battles aren't enough to derail the fun. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Switch
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WWE 2K24

2K's yearly WWE offering may not bowl over diehard players in the broad sense, but its incremental updates and continued polish make it the strongest contender since the franchise's comeback. Read review

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
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For more of our top reviews from recent years, head to the links below.

Products In This Article

Asgard's Wrath 2cover

Asgard's Wrath 2

Platform:
Quest 3, Quest 2
Release Date:
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crowncover

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogycover

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Platform:
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealthcover

Like A Dragon: Infinite Wealth

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Persona 3 Reloadcover

Persona 3 Reload

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Helldivers 2cover

Helldivers 2

Platform:
PlayStation 5, PC
Release Date:
Balatrocover

Balatro

Platform:
PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android
Release Date:
February 20, 2024 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC), 
TBA (iOS, Android)
Final Fantasy VII Rebirthcover

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

Platform:
PlayStation 5
Release Date: