Absolute Playstation's Scores

  • Games
For 99 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 79% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 18% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 14.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 87
Highest review score: 98 Gran Turismo
Lowest review score: 49 The Simpsons Skateboarding
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 99
  2. Negative: 1 out of 99
99 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Spanning four discs, this is a massive RPG. You can try and skate through it in 50 hours but can easily spend over a 100 hours playing if you decide to take on all of the side games, collect all of the Cards and experience all there is to experience from this game.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I would confidently say that this is the most in-depth and enjoyable racing experience ever created on and computer or videogame system.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The game is light-years ahead of its time - even with the handful of annoying 'glitches' that occasionally rear their ugly head within the game.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    This is the current apex in RPG games. In fact it is probably one of the best OVERALL games ever created for ANY system.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    A "better than arcade" overall game translation here that will truly stand the test of time and perhaps be the best fighter we will ever see released on the Playstation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you don't value your time to any great extent besides playing video games, give this gem a try. If it hooks you, it hooks you big time!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Everything GTA3 was and so much more. Sweeping improvements have been made in gameplay, graphics and sound over the last incarnation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A fifty+ hour game, beautiful sound and graphics, and an interactive fighting system all wrapped in one great experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The graphics are a bit grainy but the fine animation and attention to detail more than make up for it. There are tons of secrets to open up, lots of game options and intense challenging gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In every conceivable category, this game outclasses and outshines its predecessor by a wide margin. Gotta love it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A masterpiece... I loved every single minute of it and I'm off to start again to find all of the secrets.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In gameplay terms Lara's latest adventures are by far the best... but don't expect an easy ride... I say if you can't stand the heat.... then get out of the jungle.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The inclusion of challenge and Deathmatch modes greatly enhance the gameplay, while the two player spilt-screen mode is sheer class. Add to this the hidden four player Split-screen-Link-up mode and.... well, what are you waiting for?
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The control is infallible.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    WOW, I thought SSX was a great game to begin with even more solid gameplay, yummy graphics and audio that just rocks... Tricky is just AWESOME !
    • 96 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Almost perfect - storyline notwithstanding.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A wonderfully presented game that truly goes beyond anything you are likely to find in this genre for any system. The sheer brilliance in the level designs and gameplay are sure to keep you coming back for more.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With drop dead graphics, haunting sound effects and non stop action it will leave you in a similar state last experienced with the original "Tomb Raider."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's a horrifying action/adventure that will set the pulse racing and put the mind on constant alert.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A wonderful game that manages to combine the action/mission based elements of "Goldeneye" with the military overtones of "MGS" into one slam blam package.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The gameplay is rock solid and the graphical upgrade makes everything feel fresh and new.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The storyline is marvelously weaved together with twists, turns and an amazing connectivity between the characters lives.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    SWEET PACKAGE. The graphics are gorgeous and gameplay was an extremely nice experience as well as addictive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    ICO
    It was a completely absorbing game that I just did not wish to stop playing. Even when I took the occasional break, my thoughts seemed to always drift back to this fantasy world.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The tense atmosphere and sense of urgency the game is able to generate is downright stunning. I often found myself gripping the controller so tight my knuckles would be turning white!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If they sharpen up the graphics and provide fitting music then a ten out of ten is probable. Sheer class.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best arcade racer of its type on any format. While it takes some time to master the controls, it is time very well spent as it reveals this game to be a true classic.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Combines all of the best elements from other kart racers, adds a few unique touches and throws out all of the crap. What gamers are left with is an exciting 2 to 4 player game and a very challenging 1 player mode.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The game rivets you to your seat with challenging gameplay, a thought provoking storyline and non-stop suspense as you sneak your way through level after level of action and intriguing twists.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    I found the overall balance of the game to be much improved from its predecessor and the gameplay controls tweaked just right. I also liked the save anywhere at anytime feature.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Crawling through hoards of dungeons in search for more, and more pieces to your missing world never got old for me. I was always driven to go on.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A real beauty in gameplay, graphics and sound. I cannot imagine any Tenchu fan out there not being overjoyed with the overall experience this game has to offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The one main thing this game has though is staying power. I often found myself throwing the controller in disgust and turning off the game only to be drawn back to it shortly afterwards.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    After you get over this titles considerable learning curve, you can really begin to settle in and appreciate the game for what it is... a wonderfully crafted story!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Lunar 2 is a template for what sequels should be. While not pushing the graphical limits of the Playstation, the involved story and excellent soundtrack are wondrous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The graphics are absolutely stunning, but lose a few points for a quirky frame rate and lack of spectacular lighting, but damn they sure are perdy!
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Stunning graphics. Amazing sounds. Gripping storyline. Frightening enemies. Callenging gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game take the PlayStation to a new level of excellence. The graphics are the most fluid and detailed yet seen. The gameplay is even hotter than the original.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would say, if you don’t presently own MGS or MGS2, this would be a good investment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Commentary is witty in places and embarrassing in others.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Insomniac has raised the classic platform standards, set up by legendary gaming heroes such as Sonic and Mario, onto a new, higher level in this wonderful adventure for all ages.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Frequency will grab a hold of your senses and won’t let go. The visuals are mind blowing and the audio is diverse and alive. This splash of sensual delight coupled with gameplay that becomes more addictive as you play puts Frequency on a higher plane than other games in the same class.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fighting is as brutal as ever; perhaps even more so with the power of the PS2 behind it...but the fun is still retained.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You get a stable of incredible cars, wonderfully designed tracks and immersive gameplay thanks to some of the best sound effects ever to grace a console racer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is just designed and presented so damn well, that it hooks you in and keeps you coming back for more. It's one of those rare games that require players to think before they react.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an RPG there are very few characters in PE, however the lack of characters is more of a feature than a bug since it gives you a closer tie to the few main characters and more of a role in guiding their destiny.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pure, unadulterated, adrenaline pumping, arcade racing at it's best.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new benchmark in skateboarding games with its realistic game play, cutting edge sound track, and surprising game depth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A few rough edges remain, but aside from that Suikoden III is a well planed and executed Strategy Rpg, that draws the player into the game in a way that few Rpg’s do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It’s a nice looking game and the controls are smooth. WU also offers more than any other game of its genre. The learning curve is pretty short making it versatile for all ages, both in single and two player modes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With so many options, Quick Play to a Home Run Derby to a Season, you can play all day and not use the same player or combination twice. The graphics are superb and the movements of each of the players are fluid and clean.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With over 60 hours of gameplay and hundreds of animated characters both familiar and a new, Kingdom Hearts should prove a massive hit over the festive season.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The wonderful hand-drawn graphics move and animate the best that I have ever seen in a 2D fighter and the action is non-stop.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The irreverent nature of the game really lends itself to multi-player action.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Offering “65+ songs”…..Hell you can utilize the game for the music alone.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The wealth of control and freedom of movement will make gamers wonder what took so long to implement something of this nature.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Edge-Master mode is a wonderful idea and really helps to bring each character into focus. This is easily the best looking fighter on the market today, I just wish it had more characters to choose from.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    As with all RPG's, it's really all about the story and this is where Star Ocean really succeeds. Besides being an incredibly long game to play, it's also interesting and has characters that you want to root for and see victorious.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Similar to the last outing [the story levels] may be tough to get through, but they are a bit on the short side.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Don't expect a graphical treasure but the gameplay will take take some time to complete while raising a few smiles on the way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Yet another treat from Square. It manages to perfectly balance a unique blend of RPG and action all in the same game without losing its focus on exploration.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Every level has to be earned…every damn level…but there is also a distinct feeling of accomplishment that comes with this type of challenge and I certainly welcomed it every step of the way.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Great graphics and decent sound effects really make this game fun. With all those different modes, reasonable number of characters, 84 different costumes, and hundreds of moves, I don’t know how this game could get boring.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Yeah, the graphics are kinda crunchy and dated compared to what we have become accustomed to today, but the sound effects, music and the awesome storylines are enough to drive these titles into the stratosphere. It would be downright criminal for any self-respecting RPGer to deprive themselves of these epic adventures.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Well, while the graphics certainly cannot compare to the movie, the gameplay is very good and the story plays out in videogame format quite nicely. There is a lot to see and do while guiding Buzz around in this fantasyland of toys.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t say it is the best FPS available for the PS2 right now, but it is certainly in the top three and quite an enjoyable experience from start to finish.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A really top of the line shooter. I haven't had this much fun with a game of this type since "Nanotek Warriors". The graphics are gorgeous, the sound effects effective and the level design and missions a blast to play through.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A solid RPG with a good story containing many twists and turns. The characters are a little too cutesy for my taste, but are adequate for the story.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    This game is tougher than you would think. It’s not a mindless game of casting and bringing in fish after fish. You need to carefully plan a course of attack.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    SSX
    The learning curve is perfect and the courses are nice and long with plenty of shortcuts to lob off those precious seconds of your time.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Seemed kind of weird at first, being that this character is such an “in your face” type of fighter, but the whole stealth thing works and ends up creating a whole new facet to the gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s all great fun for the first few days and highly addictive but then you gradually slip away from the game and get on with real life. Just remember this… a dolls house is for playing with, but a Sim is for life!
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of geometry being thrown about to depict the cities and areas being driven through (literally) is also quite impressive.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Worth a play… even if it’s just to experience the outrageously frightening “Haunted House” section towards the end of the game. Meanwhile, first timers to the town of Silent Hill will reap much reward and lots of scares in the process.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A nice change of pace for fighting games. Only downside we see is the number of combos you would have to memorize, but that would all come in time and repetition of gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The graphics are sweet, and the racing is sweeter still. Its pure, unashamed, high-energy fun, and it lasts for ages!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It may not appeal to the hard core arcade racing fans out there, but for the more simulation minded gamers out there that appreciate a touch of arcade action, this title is sure to please.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While SmackDown is still quite a long way from matching the visual peaks reached by other highly popular fighting series (Tekken, DOA, Soul Blade…), there have been massive strides in the right direction with this fourth instalment from the THQ/Yule team.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    About the only downside to Defender is the games overall length…it is rather short and can probably be finished in one or two sittings by veteran players.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Probably one of the toughest titles released for the PS2 and right up there with the other games in the Contra series.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A nice package, though certainly not as good as EA or Sega’s version.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    For all the greatness though, I still walked away from Rally Fusion feeling like something just wasn’t right and it bothers me that I just couldn’t place my finger on it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Even the cockney pedestrians fail to hold back the punches with gems such as “Oi, get off the road you fu**in’ w**ker!” It all adds up to a game that rolls along at the speed of a Guy Ritchie movie (minus the humour) with a couple of "Reservoir Dogs" torture scenes added for good measure.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is much less blood and gore in this game than is usually seen in games of this nature and those looking for a game with a story line with not all of the killing will find this game a welcome change.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It suited my short passing style (didn’t much fancy 2002 tho) and there were just a few niggles with the gameplay that left you feeling this could have been better.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The gameplay is fluid and clean. The players resemble their real-life counterparts as well as act like them. This game has all the features of a true soccer match.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A rather uninspired, but enjoyable enough experience. You will probably walk away feeling a real sense of accomplishment for solving the all of the puzzles, but the game itself will in all likelihood, not leave much of a lasting impression.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While better than "Time Crisis" in many areas, it falls short in one very important area… longevity.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The amusing storyline, catchy tunes and the 'just one more go' gameplay combine to make it the perfect party game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you are a true YU-GI-OH fan, into the trading card thing, and have a decent understanding of the YU-GI-OH card’s powers, yada yada, you will probably love this FIRST EVER YU-GI-OH PS2 videogame.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The real icing on the cake here though is the incredibly flexible track editor that comes with the game. Not only is extremely complete and fully functional, it is also very easy to use and administer.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    May not be one of the longest lived, gameplay-wise; it may not offer the most sophisticated or mature battles but it is certainly one of the more visually accomplished games to have been developed recently.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Not a total disappointment. Konami did a wonderful job with the graphics and sound. Unfortunately, the rest needs some work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game has depth (if you give it the proper time it needs to shine through), but there is very little to hold onto until this aspect of the game becomes apparent.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst not the most gripping or exciting game I have ever played, it is nevertheless fun-filled & entertaining and one that parents (or grandparents!) could easily sit down and play with the kids! Ripper!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Codies made too many changes from CMR2 (the front end and in-service menus) and not enough (the graphics!) at the same time.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 49 Critic Score
    Worst of all is the control system. It may be understandable that the most difficult combos will only ever be pulled off by a genius (or accidentally by an epileptic), but even the simple commands prove sluggish.